Monthly Archives: June 2010

Twilight Cove- Esperance

Even though Twilight Cove makes me wince at the memory of my first trip there, which after only 30min- left me with a wet camera and a headache. The headache occurred the day after anyway as I chose to live it up at the pub to try and forget my woes haha. I still love it there, it is such a beautiful place, and obviously sits very highly on the list of visitors who visit Esperance.

Twilight Pool

Twilight Pool

I’m not sure if it gets it’s name from the wonderful soft light that occurs there in the twilight hours, but anyway I reckon it’s such a fitting name. For some reason, even though spectacular at sunset- it’s after the sun goes down that the absolute beauty comes out. I found that the first time I was there, and this time it proved to be the case again.

This shot also reminds me why it’s important to scout out an area thoroughly before I start shooting the sunset. I arrived, set up and shot away for a good hour, about 20m away from this spot. It was nice, and I got some shots from it- but I don’t think any of them come close to this. The sun had well and truly gone down, and I was in basically complete darkness when I decided to climb up the rock and see if there was a nice location for the morning. I then saw this! Argghhh!! @#@*!!!! There was awesome colour in the sky directly behind this, but as I didn’t walk up the rock I missed it! Anyway in the soft light I still thought there was an opportunity, so I set up again and fired off a couple of shots.

It ended up being nearly a 2min exposure, at ISO 320 from memory- but when I saw it on the screen I was glad that I set up and gave it a go. With no harsh light the rocks were perfectly and evenly lit, and then the blue cast coming from the cooler light. It’s quite a different shot from my standard landscapes, but one I really enjoyed. I hope you do too šŸ™‚

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Living on the edge

This is another image from Two Peoples Bay, found near Albany. Very very close to the image I had in mind, and my favorite of the images i’ve got from here to this stage.

Living on the edge

Living on the edge

I was really drawn to the tree hanging on to the rock, as a matter of fact it had stuck in my mind ever since the first time I saw it. And I was very excited to try and use it in an image upon my return. The water here is so clear, and as it’s so shallow you can still see all the rocks on the bottom. I was actually set up further along the beach, taking images very similar to my previous photo, but with the late afternoon sun hitting the rocks. The sun went behind some thick clouds on the horizon, so I thought the chance of a good sunset had disappeared with it.

So as I waited for the light to improve, I walked down to the rocks and clambered over this scene. Just as I got here, the light went insane! What had happened was the sun was below the horizon, still with the thick cloud killing any direct light from it. But there was a lot of higher cloud, and that was acting as a huge natural reflector to the left of this, and as it lit up- cast this perfect light across the rocks and scene. I sprinted back to get my camera, and got back with minutes to spare. It was interesting balancing out on this rock, but was well worth it in the end.

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Two Peoples Bay- Albany

From the first time I saw these rocks, I knew there were a few images to be found amongst them. So I’ve headed there a few times since to get it, but never quite got it. I took it to the next level on my trip South a few months ago, and stayed for 2 nights at the Kalgan River Caravan Park, which is about 10min drive from this location. So i’d have a good chance of getting something I like.

Two Peoples Bay Dawn

Two Peoples Bay Dawn

Unfortunately Albany put it on for me….. and I got 2 days solid of rain haha. No surprise really. But,Ā  it gave me a chance to get a nice atmospheric image. Again I know haha… one day I may get a “happy cheerfull” image, until then you’ll have to settle for these šŸ™‚

I got up nice and early to get out here in the hope for a ripper sunrise over the rocks. The cloud was in real thick, and as you can see there was no light to be had. In the low light however I was able to lengthen up the exposure, really flattening the ripples in the water. From there the rocks were the perfect subject.

I still find it funny with this image, because literally a meter behind me, was seaweed. Mounded up about a meter deep along the whole section of beach. It was pretty horrid to walk through lol.

And to Neal and Kirk, to think yus went all the way to America, and Lake Tahoe to get rocks like this. When they’re in your own backyard the whole time šŸ˜‰ Maybe not quite the same, but they’ll do me for a while anyway haha.

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Luck doesn’t just happen-you create it

Well after Jamie’s turned around and referred to me as “Mr Stirling”, I thought i’d best pump out a post from my beloved Stirlings. This is an image quite similar to others, with the harvested crops leading towards the hills. But as usual with me it’s got a twist- that being that this isn’t Bluff Knoll. Just about every image like this contains that peak- so here I am giving Mt Trio some love too.

Head to the hills

Head to the hills

If you’re wondering where the title came from, the story will fill you in on that. This image was lucky that I got it, but it wasn’t a case of me driving down the road, to just happen to see it there. I sure earned it. The evening before I climbed Mt Trio late in the day to try for some nice sunset photos, something that unfortunately didn’t eventuate due to an amazingly thick band of haze on the horizon. Which literally shut out all light about 15min earlier then normal!

Anyway I climbed the peak, and while I was up there I noticed this field far below me, and thought what a good place for a shoot the following morning. So I tried to make note of the side roads that led to it, and then the following morning tried to navigate there in the dark. I got there in the end surprisingly easily šŸ™‚ The hardest part was actually standing in the field while mozzie’s nipped away at me in crazy fashion! haha. I waited for the light, which once lifted above the ground lit up the stubble beautifully. So when it’s all said and done, if I didn’t trek up the peak late the day before, this shot would never have come about.

Mt- Trio

Mt Trio Pano

This is the sunset from on top of the peak anyway. Not the best as you can see due to the thick haze. A bit unfortunate, but then as you can see here, it also created a pretty unusual effect the other direction, with the haze causing some intense colours, and then Mt Trio casting a shadow into the sky itself.

Bluff Knoll from Mt Trio

Bluff Knoll from Mt Trio

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Wylie Creek Sunset- Esperance, Western Australia

This is the second image from pretty cool sunset at Wylie Creek, near Esperance. As you can see, sunlight has huge impact on sand such as this. With the previous image I posted being pure white- to this golden yellow sand. Within about 10 minutes, the sand went from beautiful white, to freakin awesome gold! šŸ™‚

Whylie Creek Sunset

Whylie Creek Sunset

This is one of the few parts of the dunes which weren’t torn up, or scattered with litter and campfires, which as I touched on in my previous post was incredibly disappointing. I was even there midweek, so the wind did have some time to cover up the evidence of the weekends activities. I probably shouldn’t go saying this otherwise i’m sure you’d imagine this image was taken in some remote area, relatively untouched.

I guess that’s why photography is such a powerful thing, as we can take the parts from a scene that we wish to remember- and until some fool blabs like me, no one would even no what else was around it šŸ™‚

Either way it’s an image i’m quite happy with, the lovely light and slight ripples were stunning. I was really drawn to the nice reeds on the slope. I passed up a close up image of them for another scene, which didn’t work out too well anyway. Perhaps not the right thing to have done, but if we got it right first time everything would be boring I reckon lol. šŸ˜›

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The superhero of all sand dunes

While Esperance is known mainly for it’s white beaches and amazing water, it also has some pretty cool sand dunes around as well. Of course that white sand that stretches the beaches also makes it’s way into the dunes. I’d seen the dunes on my previous trip down there and also on Google Earth, and really wanted to get in and check them out.

Esperance Sand Dune

Super Dune

Getting there a bit before sunset, the sun was quite low- intensifying the shadows and lines. As with any location I go to, I wanted something different to the standard sand dune photo. So when I saw this “S” curve in the dune, with a perfect amount of light hitting it’s edge I knew it was that unique image I was after. It was interesting getting images here without tracks all through them from 4wds and motorbikes, or remains of campfires. There was stuff scattered all through the dunes which was a bit disappointing. Why can’t young people enjoy these places for what they are!? Instead of only going there to proceed to wreck it! Grrr…

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Awesome Iphone App for photographers

Well i’m never a real big fan of getting the latest gadgets as I like to let everyone else iron out the bugs haha. But i’ve just gone and signed onto a new plan and got my hands on an Iphone. Nifty little gadget that’s for sure. Main reason I got it actually is so that I can use it in Next G area’s so i’ll actually have some coverage in some of the area’s I like to travel to…. oh ok, and maybe for some games šŸ™‚ hehe

“The photographers bible”

Anyways, I came across this app the other day. Freakin fantastic!! It covers just about everything you need as a photographer. Moon phases, Sunrise/Sunset times, Sun highest point, Exposure Calculator, DOF and hyperfocal calculations, bulb timer, it can even work out difraction for your particular camera model. Yeah you can work all this out via other ways, but hey- we’re in the age of being lazy and having everything done for us, and of course instantly in our hand. So check it out! You’ll probably all turn round and tell me you all got this ages ago. Well if that’s the case, why didn’t you share!? hahaha šŸ™‚

Canning River- Perth, Western Australia

I hadn’t managed one of these images before, or even attempted one actually. But IĀ  have always been captivated by this type of image when it was done correct.

Canning River- Perth

Into the Blue

On this occasion I headed down to Shelley with another photographer- Anton, checking out that part of the Canning River. It was the first time i’d been there, and in the end wasn’t really what i’d expected. While there though, I spied an old jetty opposite us, so we quickly headed around to check it out. Took a bit of effort on the mobile phone GPS to work out where it was and how to get in there but we got there. Anton lended me his Tokina 12-24mm lens to try out, which I now am glad to call my own šŸ™‚ But I tested it out on the jetty remnaints just as the sun was setting. The longer exposure settled the water and I also managed some nice blues.

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