This is a seascape photo I managed to grab a couple of weeks ago from Burns Beach its a place I’m starting to look at more closely as there are heaps of rock formations around. Yes there is heaps to photography in Perth but I have to admit I’m getting restless and hanging out to head down south again to Fletcher territory to get some awesome shots. Well off to try and get some more shots. Let’s hope the breeze doesn’t pick up and blow all these great clouds away!
Well I wasn’t going to go out tonight. You all know the usual story, too cold, too windy and its raining. Something told me to just get out there and shoot. Let’s face it, if you’re not there and the sunset fires up then its a shoot you’ll never get back. So I headed down to Cottesloe Beach and I just felt that it was the place to be, I drove up to Trigg Beach, Bennion Beach and North Beach before I headed back down to Cottesloe. I should’ve just stuck with my original decision! I got so many interesting shots this afternoon and I can’t wait for Sunday afternoon as the waves are meant to be huge, so guess where I’ll be Sunday afternoon! 🙂
I hope you guys like this photo, as far as I’m concerned this one is definitely going straight into the pool room.
PS – Mark I think the pressure is off now.
Don’t you just love an awesome sunset in winter? The colours are still quite strong though not always as intense as summer and the water is always so moody. I managed to capture this shot at North Cottesloe which if you haven’t discovered it yet is an amazing place for seascape photography. There is normally heaps of interesting rocks and plenty of waves hitting them as well. The other great thing about North Cottesloe is that the waves rarely make it past the rocks so you don’t tend to get too wet when taking photos here.
I remember last winter when I was taking shots at Bennion Beach. It was in the middle of winter and I was taking photos when a rouge wave came thumping through. I just managed to grab my tripod and hold it above my head before it hit me. The wave was that strong I lost one of my thongs. It was so funny, all these people were looking at me when I got back up to the carpark. I was drenched from my waist down on a cold day with only one thong on! I did eventually manage to get the other thong back.
What’s the worst thing you guys have lost while shooting? Hope everyone has a great week this week!
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Winters on its way and I’m getting excited. Not only do we need the water here in Perth but it also means its waterfall time and I love waterfalls. They are exciting to photograph because not only are they visually spectacular but they have such strength behind them as well. I’ve found a few good ones over the past two Winters but I’m really hoping to find new waterfalls this season. Fingers crossed that I will.
Winter also brings some really cool storms so its a great time to head down to the beach and get some awesome seascape shots of waves crashing against the rocks. So bring it on Winter. Bring it on!
Anyone else like like taking photos of waterfalls? What special considerations do have when taking photos of waterfalls? For me its taking a rag to wipe off all the spray, placing my camera in a plastic bag to protect it and to wear shoes with excellent grip.
Have a great and safe weekend everyone.
Its another weekend, time to get out there and shoot like crazy! This photo was taken about two years ago and I’ve never really done much with it, however, with a few of the guys doing some black and white photos I thought I’d join the club. Its so much fun shooting the sand dunes at Lancelin, they are forever changing and you always come back with something different.
When I took this photo it was blowing a gale as usual and I had to wait for a lull in the wind before rushing out of the car and setting up a shot. I must have lost at least 5 kilos that day hopping out of the car and running up the dunes to setup for a shot and then run down the dune back into the car again. Still it was heaps of fun.
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Hope you all had a great weekend. Is everyone back from Karijini yet? I decided to get out and about this morning to new territory and hit Burns Beach. Mornings like this morning are always good fun, its not too cold and the waves are big enough to create interest but not big enough to completely soak you. I’ll definitely be heading back there when its low tide to cover it a bit better.
Melissa and I are still waiting for son No 2 to arrive sometime over the next couple of weeks.
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I’ve been sitting on this photo for months, its really captivated me, mainly because Canning River has been such a huge part of my life growing up. Growing up I certainly always appreciated going down there during the summer months and going swimming at Deepwater Point. I was a Sea Scout at Deepwater point and spent pretty much every weekend of my youth down at Deepwater Point. At 15 I was no longer elible for Scouts so for a year I stopped going there.
Then I discovered rowing and for the next four years I spent pretty much six to seven days a week twice a day on the river before I became a submariner in the Navy. Before I left it was such a rare event to see Dolphins in the river.
When I left the Navy one of the first things I did was rejoin the rowing community. I was amazed at how much cleaner the river was, we saw dolphins at least twice a week whilst out rowing and lots of Pelican’s and Shags feeding on huge schools of fish. It was good to see that efforts to clean up the river were working.
I’ve spent the past few weeks just riding around the river and remembering all the great times I’ve had down there and capturing photos of the area, so stand by for more photos from this area over the coming months.
Have any of you guys tried to capture your childhood history via the photography skills you now have? As photographers we are lucky as we can document our lives as we see it.
I hope you all have a fantastic Australia Day.
Its really rare for me to post an unedited landscape photograph but I just couldn’t help myself with this one. I was down at Cottesloe Beach when it was 43 degrees and it was stinking hot! It took me 10mins to get to the beach as I couldn’t park near Cottesloe as all the car parks were full.
This is a 10 stitch image of Cottesloe Beach. If I didn’t have all my camera gear with me I would definetely have just jumped into the water myself. Any way back to processing the image.
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This is a shot of a Tulip that I managed to capture at Araluen last year. I have always meant to head up to Araluen when the Tulips are out in full force but for one reason or another I’ve never made it. Well after spending only 5mins at Araluen I had managed to capture a whole stack of images, it was just that good. The team who look after Araluen certainly do a fantastic job and I for one will be back next year to try and capture the Tulips a little earlier in the season this time.
Has anyone else shot at Araluen? Do they have other flower exhibitions at all? I’m guessing most of us have been up to Kings Park at one time or another to capture the flowers up there.
Well this is officially my last post for the year. Can’t believe its gone so incredibly fast. Again I hope you all party safely and I can’t wait to catch up with you all in the New Year.
This shot was taken at Quindalup boat ramp with Mark. As you can see the skies were really going off this particular afternoon. I’ve got heaps more shots from Sugarloaf Rock and Wyadup Rock from this evening but of course I’ll post them in the new year.
See you next year everyone,
The seascape location I shot on Friday night is certainly no secret and I’m quite happy to share for those interested. 🙂 This image shows you that the photo was actually taken at North Beach itself. I just pulled up into the carpark above the beach and spotted the rocks. From there I just walked down to the beach and in this image you can see where the rocks are. I’d be really interested in some of you fellow Perth landscape photographers heading down there and taking some shots. I’d love to see what you guys come up with.
Did anyone see the sunset tonight? I wish I was down at Cottesloe Beach.
Anyone up for the challenge? Head down to North Beach and come up with your own interpretation of the rocks and then post them on your blogs!
Now my next location I’ll have to keep secret…………… just joking.
Chat to you all soon,
Some days are diamonds and other days you just get lucky. Well yesterday was both. Its been five weeks since I’ve ventured out to take a serious photo, not sure why probably a little battle fatigued from a pretty tough year. I just had to get out last night and ‘recharge’ my batteries, I hopped in the car and with no particular destination in mind just started to drive. Those who know me well enough would know that I instinctly drove to the coast for my recharge. I hit the coast at Port Beach near Fremantle, and headed past Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough and then past Trigg Beach. Finally I decided to hop out of the car and below me I saw a really small group of rocks that were just begging to have their photo taken. Being the ever obliging seascape photographer that I am, I grabbed my camera gear and walked down to the beach and setup my gear.
After being there for an hour and working out my shots the sun finally set and I got to work. The joys of taking seascape photographs came flooding back into my veins, I felt alive again and I think the joy of coming alive again were reflected in my photos. I’m really happy with this one. Where do you guys go for your recharge? Is it just taking photos itself that recharges you, or do you have a certain location that you gravitate to?
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I hope you guys enjoy looking at it as much as I did taking it. All comments are greatly appreciated.
As some of you may or may not know, earlier this year I had the privilege of going down to Esperance with Neal of Spool Photography and Kirk Hille. This was from our second night out at Lucky Bay in Esperance. As there was stacks of seaweed on the beach I thought I would go in search of some water crashing against some really steep rocks. Remember as a landscape and seascape photographer we don’t always get to shoot what we want so rather than waste the sunset or sunrise we have to quickly find something else to shoot.
Well I found a little trail leading off past the big rocks at Lucky Bay and I decided to follow it. It took me 25mins of walking to find some decent rocks and I managed to get a few decent shots. I then commenced the really steep walk home and once I got to the top of the hill I just had to stop for some water. It was from here that I took the shot. I was admiring the rock and just looking over Lucky Bay and relaxing when being a bit slow from all the exercise I finally realised that this would actually make a pretty cool shot. I love this shot its a typical Australian Landscape married with a great seascape shot. You’ve got the red rocks with green bush and the beautiful colours of Lucky Bay below. I couldn’t have asked for much more.
Its amazing how some of our best shots happen when we least expect it. I’m definitely heading down there again next year probably a bit further East this time though as well as a bit more time around the town. Hopefully I can get up to Broome as well and maybe share a beer with Flemming.
Does anyone else have any grand photography trips lined up for next year? Can anyone else share an accidently shot that turned out to be amazing?
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I just love standing at this spot and watching the waves roll past. This is just to the right of Sugar Loaf rock. The swell and surf coming past here is normally big and powerful and stops for no person. Quite often after a morning shoot I’ll either head to Injidup Point or here and just sit back with a coffee for an hour or so and watch the waves crash into the beach. Its such a soothing thing to do. For me its important to be near water, to see it, feel it and be immersed by it, its everything to me. It recharges me when I’m run down, and brings joy to everything I do.
Does anyone else feel the same way about water?
All comments are appreciated. 🙂
Just me tinkering around with some textures. I’ve been hanging out to try this sort of photoshop treatment for ages but I couldn’t find a site that had any decent textures to use. Well thanks to Brent Pearson I’ve finally managed to find a site full of textures that I’m going to use to experiment on my Australian landscape and seascape photographs. Obviously textures don’t suit every photo but its certainly fun to try something different. Have any of you guys experimented with textures in your photos at all? If you haven’t tried it but are curious and want to give it a go, check out Brent’s excellent tutorial on is blog.
On with the tinkering. 🙂
Comments are always appreciated.
This is another photo of the Monte Bello Islands. If you’re into taking seascapes then its the place for you. For those of you who don’t know about the history of the Monte Bello Islands, its quite fascinating. It was the site of Britain’s first atomic bomb tests in Australia and you can still see lots of debris and buildings that were left over from the tests. At Trimoulle Island we were able to look back and see the viewing platform that they used to watch the bombs going off, it was only approximately 5kms away from where the bombs went off. We couldn’t believe that they setup the viewing platform so close. Imagine suggesting to someone in this day and age that they stand behind a steel viewing platform and look at an atomic bomb going off!!! They would just laugh.
Those poor guys certainly weren’t safe from the fallout, fallout was even registered in Brisbane days later.
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Cruising around the area in a boat its hard to understand how anyone could blow up such a beautiful area. These days its pristine and if you ever get the chance to head out there you should. If nothing else you might come back with a nice healthy glow. 😉
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I just love this photo. I was walking to work on Saturday and of course I had my camera with me, I was trying to get a few urban landscape shots. Anyhow as always is the case I had my eyes on the street and had walked up and down the street twice getting shots of doors and steps before I looked up and saw this. I guess the time of day was just right. It really does show though that whenever you can you should always carry your camera with you because you just don’t know where your next shot is going to come from.
Photo Settings (for Chloe):
Lens – Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 USM II
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Have any of you guys taken a walk through the city trying to get photos? Whether it be Perth or elsewhere? Have you ever dragged your camera along ‘just in case’ and then end up getting a cool shot?
This was a shot I that I managed to grab around three months ago now whilst I was spending quite a bit of time out at Bunker Bay. As you can see I managed to narrowly avoid a stack of rain heading across the bay. In fact it was taken the day before I got totally rained out when I headed for a shoot at Meelup Beach.
I just really liked this shot because I thought that the tree dangling over the water was pretty cool. It really made me wonder why a tree would grow that way rather than just straight up in the air. That is the great thing about Mother Nature I guess, she is always creating interesting things for us landscape and seascape photographers.
Now that Summer is here I can’t wait for those amazing sunsets to kick in. What about everyone else? You guys hanging out for those amazing summer sunsets as well?
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This is another photo that I manged to capture up at Lancelin last weekend. As I said last weekend Lancelin with all its sand dunes is a landscape photographers dream. I was going to head back up this weekend but with the lack of clouds I didn’t think it was a great idea. I think this week I’ll be hitting the Perth beaches again like Trigg and Cottesloe to see what I can up with.
Did anyone get out of Perth this weekend and get some good photos?
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As we sat in the helicopter I thought we were going to have a pretty cool two hours hanging over some of the best spots around Exmouth but I had no idea just how awesome the next two hours were going to be. This was probably the best part of the trip for me. Once we reached 1000ft and started heading out to the coast from Learmonth Airport I saw Ningaloo Reef and was just amazed at how big it was and how colourful it was. This helicopter ride was a landscape and seascape photographers dream come true. For me nothing came close to this over the entire trip. Well maybe videoing the humpback whales the day before by helicopter was better than this but it would be a close call.
As landscape photographers we get to see some pretty amazing sites and scenes and for that I am eternally grateful.
Did anyone manage to capture the sunset tonight?
As a landscape photographer what would you most want to photograph? For me it would probably be Alaska, Cook Islands / Hawaii and Paris.
Thanks for stopping by crew as always all comments are always appreciated,
Photographically its been a quite week for me, though mid week I did manage to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise and sunset and as I look out the window now I can see the softest pink sunset, very pretty. I can’t wait for this coming weekend as I’ll be in a much warmer climate and spending four days shooting with Christian and Mike Fletcher. A dream come true for me, I’ll have to show the boys a trick or two. Also I have to say a big thank you to the person who made this possible for me, she knows who she is!
Bunker Bay Photo Details:
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I’d love to know who would your dream photographic mentor be if you could shoot with anyone? Where would you love to shoot with them?
Finally, a big thank you to all of you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I trully appreciate it.
How terrible has the weather been? If you don’t live in Perth then you’re lucky we’ve had nothing but weeks of rain and bland grey skies. I’ve forgotten what a great sunset or sunrise looks like. A few weekend ago when I was staying down south at Yallingup I decided to head out to Bunker Bay to capture the sunrise, when I got there the car temperature was saying it was three degrees outside and it certainly felt like it! The wind was coming straight off the ocean with a really light rain and I was shivering while taking this photo. Soon after the rain increased and I had to retreat to the car which was a blessing in disguise. I did what any normal person would do and headed into Dunsborough and got a nice Jumbo sized Mocha.
Is there anything better than a nice hot coffee when you’re cold?
I bet the rest of you guys are looking at the weather forecasts as well wondering when the good weather is going to start rolling in. Its not nice taking landscape photographs in rain.
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I managed to duck down to Dunsborough and Yallingup this weekend to chill out and capture some photos. I must admit it was a pretty heartbreaking weekend as Friday evening was the only time I really managed to get a few shots. I was totally rained out Saturday morning and Saturday evening and Sunday morning when I woke up I heard the rain just hammering down on the roof so I did what a normal person would do and went back to sleep and woke up at a decent hour! This is probably one of my more favourite seascape photographs I just love the way the heavy cloud is hanging above the water, its so threatening and yes it did rain shortly after the photo. Has everyone else had enough of this rain? It seems this year we’ve had stacks of it but I read today that we are still under average!
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This weekend I’m spending in Perth and hitting some local streams to see what they are like. Does anyone else have anything special lined up?
This is a photo from my first morning in Esperance when I was there in May. Poor Neal had to drink a bottle of Red to help him sleep as Kirk and I apparently aren’t the quietest of sleepers. I don’t know what he meant as I didn’t hear anything! This is one of those sunrises that you just get lost in as you stand there in amazement, you have to remember to keep taking photos. After we’d had a few days of average light in the Stirling Ranges this sunrise was definitely a welcome sight. If you’ve never been to Esperance you should do, its a must for landscape photography, its such a beautiful and diverse place.
We revisited Twilight Cove a number of times over the next few days but nothing matched up to this sunrise, in fact it was probably the best one the whole trip. I remember after catching these photos walking away from the camera for a couple of minutes and just watching it unfold before me, dare I say it was almost a spiritual experience?
Have any of you guys ever grabbed a few photos and then stepped back and enjoyed the view and allowed yourself to be caught up in the moment?
Hope you enjoy the photo and as always comments are appreciated. 🙂