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


Yeagarup Dunes sunrise

This image gives a wider perspective of the dunes.

Yeagarup sunrise

Yeagarup sunrise


By the way – the sand cliff in the distant middle of this shot is the same cliff as the image in the previous post!


Sugarloaf Rocks Dawn

Sugarloaf Rocks

I found this old bent tree trunk which was pointing at the rock. It begged to have its photo taken! (Sunrise was pretty good this morning)


Busselton Jetty Dawn

Busselton Jetty Sunrise

Busselton Jetty Sunrise


Brisbane sunrise

There are some very steep hills around Brisbane. Great for photography, but not so good for walking! While I was taking this photo I heard a dog barking. I looked around and there was a man out the front of his house over the other side of the road. He had let the dogs out the front door, and they were barking at me and wouldn’t come back when he called them. His problem was that all he had on was a towel wrapped around him!

Brisbane sunrise

Brisbane sunrise


Magical Misty Meelup

This morning I went to Meelup. There was a superb sunrise, but that wasn’t the star attraction this morning. The sea was obviously still warm and there was a cold offshore sea breeze blowing. The warm air over the ocean was meeting the cold air off the land, and creating a fog which was moving rapidly out to sea. The combination of the fog, and the sunrise was amazing. This shot shows the fog. It was taken after sunrise, and looking away from the sunrise.

Meelup sea fog

Meelup sea fog

This second one is a “classical” Meelup shot.

Classical Meelup with sea fog visible

Classical Meelup with sea fog visible

The next shows the sunrise at its most  spectacular.

And finally some lovely tones. It was a superb mornings shooting, and I have lots more to stitch!

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise and fog

Cullens vineyard

This was taken as the leaves were beginning to fall from the vines.

Cullens vineyard

Cullens vineyard


Were Wines vineyard in fog

For those who don’t know Were Wines is the name of a vineyard opposite the Bootleg brewery (presumably owned by the Were family). The sign outside the vineyard says “Were Wine – the’re beer”!

This was taken 12 months ago.

Were Wines vineyard in fog

Were Wines vineyard in fog


Quindalup boat ramp this morning.

I went down to Quindalup this morning because there were some great clouds around – rain squalls etc. Unfortunately my camera had been in a warm house overnight, and once out in the air, I started getting condensation on the lens. It ruined a few of the shots, but I quite liked this one – almost a “classic” Quindalup boat ramp shot.

Quindalup boat ramp

Quindalup boat ramp


Vasse Felix sunrise

Vasse Felix was the first commercial vineyard planted in the Margaret River wine region. I think the vineyard was planted in 1966. The following year Moss Wood and Cullens were planted.

During the week I went down to Vasse Felix with a specific shot in mind – from the middle of the vineyard looking towards the restaurant and cellar door outlet. I was just finishing taking that shot when I looked behind me and saw this beautiful sky that had developed.  I quickly turned around and took this shot. And that IS the moon high in the sky!

Vasse Felix Sunrise

Vasse Felix Sunrise


Hamelin Bay dawn

I went to Hamelin Bay this morning, not at all hopeful, as the cloud got thicker the further south I went. When I got there it was drizzling, but it soon stopped. The only gap in the cloud cover was where the sun was rising, and as it came up underneath the cloud cover it did a reasonable job of making the clouds turn pink. The waves had washed all the footprints from the sand overnight.  Later a couple of stingrays came up looking to be fed.

This is a beautiful bay, and this old jetty is often photographed.

Hamelin Bay Dawn

Hamelin Bay Dawn


Super Moon at Wills Domain

Although there were no clouds I wanted to catch the vineyard at dawn with the super moon low in the sky. The next opportunity is probably a long way off – tomorrow the moon will be higher in the sky at dawn. The predawn glow added color to this picturesque setting.

Super Moon at Wills Domain

Super Moon at Wills Domain


Quindalup sunrise

This is the jetty at the Quindalup boat ramp earlier this year. The tide was unusually low, creating the expanse of wet sand you see reflecting the predawn colors in the sky.

Quindalup jetty

Quindalup jetty


Saracen’s winery

This was taken this morning after the best of the sunrise was gone. This was my second choice for location  at the time, but I liked it the best when I saw them on the computer.

Saracen's winery/Duckstein Brewery

Saracen's winery/Duckstein Brewe


Hay Shed Hill vineyard in fog

During autumn there is often fog over the Margaret River vineyards in the early morning. At this time of the year the leaves are turning yellow. The combination of autumn leaves, fog, and sunrise colors offer good opportunities for photographers. This image  was taken April 20 last year. The Cape Clairault image from an earlier post is another example of the early morning fog.

Hayshed Hill vineyard

Autumn fog in the Hayshed Hill vineyard.

. This was taken towards the end of April last year at the Hayshed Hill vineyard.


Castle Rock

Castle Rock is just outside Dunsborough. The carpark is the site of an old whaling station that dates back to the 1840s. I have heard rumors that part of the old station is buried beneath the car park!

This shot was difficult to get. There was a band of cloud on the horizon when I arrived, and it looked like the sunrise was not going to happen. I tried various positions and nothing was working until I saw that this cloud and rainstorm had moved to a position where I could line up the rock and the cloud. As I got in position the sun rose above the line of cloud on the horizon and the early rays lit the back of this cloud.

This is a four image stitch of blended exposures. This technique does not work well with waves (or other moving objects such as trees in wind), so I selected the best of the individual exposures and masked the water back in from a single image.


Abbey Vale vineyard

This image won a bronze award in the 2010 Landscape 500 competition. It is taken at the Abbey Vale vineyard in Wildwood Road, Yallingup. (The cellar door outlook is leased by “The Growers”, hence the title).

I would have liked to have had more clouds in the sky, but when I revisited the spot, the leaves were falling and the sun moved further north, spoiling the shot. Maybe next year.


Cullens Vineyard

Cullens vineyards

Cullens vineyard at sunrise

Cullens were one of the pioneers of the Margaret River wine region, and their wines are superb. This image is a panorama stitched from about 4 or five images in two rows (it is a while since I did it!). This was taken from besides Caves Rd at dawn