I went down to Smiths Beach this evening hoping for a decent sunset. I thought the river would reflect the light well, so I crossed the river – it isn’t very deep, but is quite fast flowing. When I looked at my camera the lens had no lens cap. I thought I must have left it at the car, and proceeded to set up this shot. As I was taking the shot(s) – it was a panorama and focus stacked, so it took a while – two young girls appeared and asked if I wanted this thing they found. It was my missing lens cap and it had been about to be washed out to sea about 100 metres to my right!
After a couple of months of nonexistent temperatures (doesn’t 0 = nothing?) it is a joy to warm up again. This Easter is heading towards one of the best I can recall, weather is perfect (Definition of perfect weather = 28 Max temp, overnight cool enough to sleep well, light winds, low humidity, just enough clouds to make photography interesting). So here is an image that illustrates this. Well OK both clouds were behind me! Gannett Rock from Pt Picquet with a yacht blocking the view!
Back home in the South West of WA. Last night I went out to Sugarloaf Rocks as there was some cloud around, and it even looked like there may be a thunderstorm. When I arrived there was a large band of cloud above the horizon, and the sun was disappearing behind it. It didn’t look promising, and some photographers left. I noticed a clear band just above the horizon and stayed to see if the sun would make a final appearance. It did and the sunset was quite spectacular.
Very often sunsets here fizzle out due to a large band of cloud that forms over the horizon. Last night looked promising, so I went down to Wyadup. At the last minute a small band of cloud appeared on the horizon, and this prevented the sunset from developing into a full blown knock your socks off sunset, but it was pretty good.
The shore along this stretch is interesting. Over summer the sand will build up, and this whole area becomes a sandy beach. Most of these rocks are either covered by sand or partly covered. Then during winter the storms wash it all away again and the cycle starts over again.
Bunker Bay is one of the prettiest beaches in this area. This shot was taken from Rocky Point late in the afternoon. The cloud formations were impressive, however there was a low band of solid cloud on the horizon behind the hills and this prevented the sunset from developing. This image reminds me of a photo of Bunker Bay I took in the 80’s. I was on holiday in WA while working in Holland. I took the photo to work when I got back late January – a pretty mean trick as it had been -15 for several weeks. My colleagues stared and stared at the photo and after about 5 minutes one of them said “But there is no one on the beach!” I hadn’t noticed because in those days there rarely was!
This was probably the closest to a sunset we had while in the Kimberley – there were no clouds. While taking this shot I noticed the pair of Jabiru’s (just right of centre). So I changed lenses and took the shot that resulted in the previous post. If you look at the extreme right and left of this image you can see the steep drop down the banks of the river. This is why the gate to this area is shut at night – patrons of the Crossing Inn would get into trouble in the dark if they could wander around here.
It must be an incredible sight to see this river in full flood!
I have been travelling the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia recently. The lack of posts to this website reflects the fact that I have been in an area with no Internet Access, no mobile phone access, nothing. (Approximately the road travels from Derby to Wyndham and is only open during the “dry” season”.
This road is rightly regarded as one of the “must do” trips for those wanting to explore the remote parts of Australia – gravel roads, remote cattle stations, gorges, you name it this road has it. My reason for travelling this road has been to investigate setting up Internet Access for the communities along the first 300 km of this road (measured from the Derby end).
For a while I will be posting photos from this trip – ranging from sunsets, gorges, ruins, snakes, crocodiles, more gorges, waterfalls, Jabirus, eagles, ranges, fossils, rivers, well you get the idea.
Here is the Derby Jetty. The tidal range at Derby can be over 10m, hence the long piles in the jetty. Sunset can be glorious although at this time of the year don’t count on clouds – I haven’t seen a cloud in a week. There is a great restaurant at the base of the jetty and they serve a mean barramundi.
Anyone in Derby should visit the Mowanjum Art Centre – about 5km along the Gibb River Road. The art at this centre is superb, and you can get Internet access – a by product of the system we have installed in the community.
On the way back from the wheat belt I drove along the Indian Ocean Drive and went past Cervantes. I called in to the Pinnacles and stayed until well after the sun set below the horizon. The moon had risen in the east by that time and although there were no clouds to make a classic sunset, the red glow in the sky made up for it.
This was taken on Saturday evening – a glorious winter day with temperatures around 24c.
After I had finished photographing the sunset I turned around and found a large crowd watching (the sunset – not me). This place seems to be a popular place to watch the sunset. I have previously sold a print of a sunset taken from this spot to someone from Brisbane who wanted it as an engagement present for a friend. Apparently the friend proposed to his girlfriend on this spot while watching the sun set!
Although there was a lot of cloud, and it wasn’t very warm, the sun came out (partially) towards the end of the day. I was hoping for a good sunset, but it wasn’t quite there. However there were still a lot of people surfing at Smiths Beach (Supertubes), and they had to cross the river to get home – its not deep, but the water creates interesting patterns. I had to cross the river to get these photographs, and left my shoes on the beach. A large wave came and washed them into the river. I had to rescue them before they went out to sea! Wherever a river is flowing into the sea there is always interesting water patterns, shapes and colours and this was no exception.
It has been wet and windy down here lately. I went out to Canal Rocks last night to see if I could capture a nice sunset. There were some nice clouds around.
A short time after this storm came across Cape Naturaliste.
We have had some rough weather down here. Last evening I took my D800E to Canal Rocks. It was hardly ideal conditions, wind gusting to 45 knots, spray everywhere, and shooting into the sun. The camera was in a rain cover to protect it from the spray. I couldn’t let go of the tripod or it would have blown over. I had seen some evidence that the D800E was very good at recovering detail from shadows, so I just braced myself, tried to steady the tripod and decreased the exposure until the sky was not blown out (except directly at the sun). The rocks and water all looked pretty black. Back at home and in Lightroom I was easily able to recover the shadows!
This was not the best image to judge the resolution of the D800E – at times it was all I could do to stand up, and focussing through the plastic of the rain cover was difficult. However a large print looks pretty good, so I am pleased with the result.
Last night the sky was looking promising for a spectacular sunset, so I went down to Sugarloaf Rock to watch it, and try for a night time shot with stars (still processing that one). I like to get out on the front looking back. It was a great night, made even better by the sight of a seal, two dolphins, and a pod of whales breaching offshore. For a while it seemed I had missed the sunset – behind me it was going wild. However eventually I started to get this pink glow in the clouds just after sunset. This was a lot more subdued than the sky looking directly at the sunset, but was still a lovely color.
This is an interesting area. The cliffs are used by rock climbers to abseil down and climb back up. The section of the Cape to Cape Trail between the cliffs and the mouth of the Willyabrup River (about 2km to the north) has many photo opportunities. When the river is flowing the river has interesting patterns in the river bed created by black mineral sands deposits. And sunset on the cliffs causes them to glow a fiery red on the right day. This shot was taken towards the north end of the cliffs, looking north towards the mouth of the Willyabrup river which reaches the coast at the stretch of sand you can see.
The other night I went down to Smith’s Beach to catch the sunset. A young girl, complete with walkman, arrived about the same time as I did, and went off towards Torpedo rocks for a run. She was gone for quite a while and returned Later. At just the right place she stopped, and began doing stretching exercises.
I have cropped the bottom of image since I originally posted it. I think this version conveys the feeling of the wide expanse of Smiths Beach better, and highlights the girl better. Cropping the bottom off has given it a more panoramic look that seems easier to look at.
However the original version had more of the the dark expanse of water at the bottom of the image and had a moody, unsettling effect (at least I thought so). Perhaps there are two worthwhile images in this. Here is the original. Does anyone have a preference?
Yesterday started out fine but in the afternoon a line of dark cloud and rain came over. It was clearing by late afternoon, and it looked promising for a good sunset. Conditions were difficult, with squalls coming through.
This is the result.
The first shot was taken just before sunset and the second after.
Yesterday afternoon there were some reasonable clouds around mid afternoon, and it looked promising for a good sunset. The afternoon was a perfect autumn day, and the sun was lovely. However as the afternoon went on the sun slowly burnt off the clouds, and by 5:00pm there were only a few clouds left in the east. We went down to Meelup to catch them, and they continued to fade. There was some smoke around and the late afternoon sun produced a red glow with the help of the smoke. This is the result.
Bunker Bay is a stunning location, and before the resort was built the beach was almost always deserted. In the 1980’s I was working in Holland, and came back to WA on holiday. I took some photos of Bunker Bay beach and on my return to Holland showed them to my workmates (that was evil – it was -15c at the time). They stared and stared and stared – I began to wonder what was wrong. Finally one of them said “but there’s no-one on the beach”! They could not believe that such a beautiful beach would be deserted.
These days it is a bit more occupied, but still just as beautiful.
Last night there was more cloud around, so I went out to Sugarloaf Rocks to see if I could capture the sunset. There were a lot of people there (visitors down for Easter holidays). The sunset was pretty good I thought. So did this couple in front of me.
I went over to Yallingup Beach yesterday and captured this image of the sunset. There were quite a few people watching the sunset.
A beautiful way to end the day. I am sure the guys surfing were enjoying it as much as I was.
I seem to be on a Canal Rocks theme at the moment. It is the closest part of the coast to where I live and I can duck down there in a few minutes, so it becomes the choice when I make a last minute decision to go out. This was taken Friday evening, just after the sun had set. About 5 minutes after the sun sank behind the rocks the sky came alive. This lasted for about 3 minutes. Ideally I would like to have been a couple of metres to the right, but I would get very wet if I tried!
The title of the post relates to the fact that the water under the bridge is always moving, even on the calmest of days.