Monthly Archives: December 2008


On a trip through the South West a few months ago, we spent one night in Albany after a couple of day’s at the Stirling Ranges. Setting off to scout some locations for a sunset shoot we rounded the bend at the head of Middleton Beach, to come across a large crowd at the lookout. Curiosity took over and we stopped and looked, sure enough there were some whales at the base of the cliffs. Not even 10m off the shore it was a stunning site. Needless to say we sat and watched for a while, and didn’t leave enough time to scout a location.

I decided to go down the hill to some nice rocks and see what I could get, as it was so late there was nothing to lose. We ended up in a little rocky cove, but nothing really took my eye. So I left Alysia there and clambered around the rocks a bit further to see what was there. I looked back, and suddenly the cove we were in looked alot more interesting, and I set up for the shoot.

Perched/wedged in a precarious position on a boulder with not much room anywhere, I was constantly getting wet feet and legs from the sea splashing up on the rocks. Not to let that worry me I kept shooting as the light got better and better. Then it happened….

First I see the swell…I think oh…could get a bit of splash here….then it grows….I think oh…..could get quite wet here….then it grows more…I grab tripod with right hand….put hand in between camera and sea (yeah cos that’s going to do anything..) ….. and then SPLASH!!!!! I’m soaked head to toe instantly, camera is soaked.

Somehow senses kicked in and I had the camera turned off and battery out before the wave had settled. Throwing camera, lens, filters into the bag I skate across the slippery rocks back to the cove. Where of course I am greeted by the “oh you look a lil wet” from the girlfriend… 😛

So I gave the tripod to her and sprinted back up the hill, to nearly run into some walkers on the path who looked very surprised to see a man dressed as a drowned rat emerge from the bush! I get back to car and pull everything apart and dry slowly in front of the cars a/c vents. At the end of the day it all came up well, and despite lenses and filters needing a very good clean nothing was wrong with the equipment. Still…it’s not what you want on the 3rd day of a trip!

Middleton Dreaming

Middleton Dreaming

I like the rocks in the foreground of this shot, and the sloping rocks going into the water. The rocks are great in that part of the world! The sky was starting to turn nice, but probably needed another couple of minutes to go real nice. But nothing can be done with that. There were some nice atmospheric clouds going past the other side of the harbour, some which are getting lit by the setting sun. It is still weird looking at this image knowing what happened about 30 seconds later! It looks so peaceful and surreal.

Here is another shot of a mother and calf Humpback whale just off the coast the following day. Not a great shot at all but seeing these beautiful creatures up close is unforgettable!


I hope everyone had a great christmas, and all the best for the new years 🙂

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West Cape Howe

This is the second of my images I got from my trip down South with mates earlier this year. We were staying at the Stirling Ranges and went into Albany for what has become out traditional “Macca’s Run”. 2 hours of driving for some unhealthy food… 😛 We usually do a few things other then that too, and on this occasion I took them to West Cape Howe. About half an hour West of Albany.

I’ve been there a few times, and it’s a great area with sand tracks leading out to secluded beaches. We were running pretty late to get anywhere in time. And I ended up deciding to turn down a track i’d not actually been down before. With light fading rapidly we ended up at this beach.

West Cape Sunset

West Cape Sunset

The rocks in the region are quite stunning, and provide you with many composition opportunities. In this image I thought the big rock provided some nice foreground interest. And then the overall feel of the scene nearly comes across as metallic. With some unusual colours picked up with the long exposure. It was nearly too dark to see so was about 15 min after sunset from memory. It is also one of only a couple that don’t have some silly kids (my mates) running through the scene. Got some nice one’s, then I look closer… and then I swear!! 😛

This image I feel is much better, but i’ve already posted it a few times already. It did have some success in competitions in the past so was briefly covered in those posts.

Rocky Dreams

Rocky Dreams

What’s one more time hey 🙂

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Well I thought i’d continue on with the beach theme as I can’t wait to actually get some free time and get there myself!! This is another image from my Pilbara trip, and was taken at one of the beaches along the West side of the Exmouth Cape. I can’t remember what one exactly, but I think it was either side of Lakeside.

Looking out over the Ningaloo Reef, it is a breathtaking bit of coastline. The sand is flawless, and the water is such a fantastic blue. I didn’t have much luck with the standard beach scenes, so i tried something a bit different.

There were some small dunes right near the water so I headed into them hoping to find some nice ridges. It was a bit late in the day to get heavily contrasting ridges in the sand (a type of image I really want to get one day) but I ended up coming across this scene. I liked the small ridges following up the dune to the water. And using the plants as some natural framing to keep the scene compact. Would love to be there again! It was my first time really shooting beaches like this, and since then I have had so many ideas and compositions I want to try next time.

I’m still a bit undecided on this, so interested in peoples thoughts, And also would like to have any suggestions for what I could have done. Thanks 🙂

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Kalbarri Sunset


I’m going back in time a bit and pulling up another image from my Pilbara trip earlier this year. It’s one of those images which at first I liked a bit, but it’s started growing on me over time.

I went to Red Bluff to capture the sunset, which wasn’t overly special. But then as so often happens the light in the other direction starts blossoming. It’s a pretty bland sky but being on this angle I managed to get a bit of the fading in the sky. From the sun side through to the blue of the East.

But for me anyway, I love the rocks and water. From the bit of sand on the rock, to the bright water on the left, also following the sky and fading to a nice blue with ripples on the right. And then my poor attempt for a wave splash to top it off 😛

Anyway I hope this image makes you all want to get out there and hit the beaches.

Summers here at last!! 🙂

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Araluen Revisited

A while back now I touched about my visit to Araluen with the Camera Club I’m a member of. Gem Camera Club. We had a bit of a fun day out in which we did a photo rally. Where a list of 12 subjects was given and we had 2 hours to get photos, only taking 1 image of each only. Really making you focus on every aspect of each shot you take.

I’ve finally got round to putting up the next few of my images from that day.


The first one here is obviously of Tulips. Araluen is known for these, and I can’t imagine how many million photos have been taken of them!! When you think of Tulips, the standard shot comes to mind. Side on with a bit of back lighting. Or looking up through the Tulip bed from a lower POV. I really wanted something different, and spent nearly the whole 2 hours looking for my shot. Finally I saw something I was after. And then after many small adjustments of zoom, and positioning so as to not appear to “cram the shot” I ended up with this.


The second topic here was the unique chairs they have in the middle of the garden beds. I went for the symmetry shot, wish i’d seen at the time that the chair wasn’t in the middle 😛 otherwise I would have moved it a bit haha.


And the last one i’ll show was a bridge. I’ve made it no secret that I like winding subjects in photos. So the old style bridge and the winding creek caught my eye. I didn’t quite get what I was after but wasn’t entirely unhappy. I wish I was a bit more comfortable in asking people if they could move for a minute while I take a shot…. That part doesn’t fit in with this image.

I’ve finally got a link up to the club site (in my blogroll). So if you have a few minutes check them out and see some of the fantastic work from the club. All scanned images from the place getters in each of the competitions throughout the year. Some unfortunately don’t quite do the photo justice (losing some quality in the scanning process), but next year going digital will be a big improvement. Still a great collection from such a small club.

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