Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Posts tagged “sunrise

What to photograph on a cloudless morning?

Answer: Find a limestone cliff that faces the rising sun. This one is about 3km west (towards Cape Naturaliste) from Bunker Bay. The cave is natural even though it doesn’t look it because of the square shape. (I have been trying for this shot for a while now. It can only be taken for about 3 months in the middle of winter because in the rest of the year the sun rises so far south it is behind the cliff. You need a calm day to make it easier to get there and also so the water shows the reflections of the colors of the sun. A low tide helps as well). When all the photography planets are aligned, you still need to wake up early enough to be there when the sun rises above the horizon. Cloudless days are normally cold and this morning was no exception. The bonus today was that I saw about 20 seals swimming around. The seal colony is on the low lying rocks at the RH edge of the image.
Limestone Cliffs at Bunker Bay


Quindalup boat ramp

Taken Monday morning just after sunrise.

Quindalup Boat Ramp

Quindalup Boat Ramp


The different faces of the ocean.

Within a few kilometres of my home there are an amazing array of rock formations and beaches. They are always changing, and always worth photographing. Here are two very different shots taken within a couple of kilometres of each other. The first was taken at Canal Rocks just after sunrise. This rock formation is a natural canal with a row of offshore “islands” protecting the canal. There are gaps in this protection and the sea surges into the canal which has strong currents. A slow shutterspeed shows these currents.

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks


The next shot was taken mid afternoon at Wyadup. The incoming waves were reflecting off the rocks and the surfers were catching this superimposed wave. I specifically went down mid afternoon to get the sun backlighting the waves (we face West here!)._DSC8373-11

Wyadup backlit

Wyadup backlit


Fitzroy River Dawn

This was taken a few km downstream of where the Jabiru photos were taken. I climbed down the banks and out into the river. This is not the full width of the river bed – the sand on the left is a small island in the river bed – the actual river bed is about 3 times this wide. In full flood it must be awesome. Again this is about the best Kimberley sunrise I could manage at this time of the year – not a cloud to be seen.

Fitzroy River Dawn

Fitzroy River Dawn


Tardun Truck

No not a Tardis Truck! Tardun is an abandoned railway town on the Mingenew to Mullewa line. All that is left of Tardun are the buildings behind the truck and an old hall about 500m away. I didn’t bother taking shots of the buildings as there was a lot of broken asbestos in them, and the buildings didn’t look structurally safe.

Tardun Truck

Tardun Truck

I have no idea what sort of truck this is as all identifying marks have long since gone. This image was taken at sunrise. I bracketed a series of shots, picked an underexposed shot in which the sky wasn’t blown out, and then recovered the shadows in Lightroom.


Gunyidi – Wubin Lakes sunrise

A few days ago I posted a stitched panorama of a sunrise taken in the middle of a lake. This shot had the reflection of the sunrise in the water and it was a magical moment being there taking the photo. However downscaling a massive file down to web resolution loses a lot of detail and much of the impact of the image. I often see this with web images when the photographer makes comments such as “the detail in this photo is amazing!”, but of course only the photographer can see that at web resolution.

This photo was similar. It also lent itself to cropping to create new images. With images sizes from 20,000 to 30,000 pixels across, there are many ways the image can be cropped. Here are a couple – the first is a crop down to about one quarter the size of the original, and the second is a further crop of the first.

Of course when the original is printed at a large size, all these “mini” images in the original can be seen! Just a reminder – these are all straight out of the camera – the only processing is to stitch and crop – there has been no dodging and burning, no playing with saturation, vibrance etc.

Lake Sunrise 1/4 crop

Lake Sunrise 1/4 crop

Lake Sunrise - 2nd crop

Lake Sunrise – 2nd crop

Here is the scene – the lake bottom is full of black sticky mud – I walked out as far as I could until my boots got stuck. At this point the light show was nearly over.

The scene

The scene


Gunyidi-Wubin Rd – sunrise in lake

I have just completed a 3 day tour around the West Australian Wildflower regions. Day 1 was raining, and I got an early start on Day 2, leaving Watheroo. I wanted to catch a sunrise at a nice location, but was not hopeful as it was dark and I didn’t know the area. At the last moment I saw a white area to the side and stopped. I found a salt lake with water in it. There was fog all around,and I put fog, water,lake,sunrise together – it made for a good photo. One small problem – salt lakes in western Australia usually have lots of mud, and this was no exception, Fortunately I had a pair of gum boots in the car and with them on I was able to walk out in the lake and wait for the sunrise. This is the result – straight out of the camera – all I have done is stitch the image. Now all I have to do is get the mud off the gum boots!

Gunyidi - Wubin Rd Sunrise

Gunyidi – Wubin Rd Sunrise