I really have no idea at all why this boat intrigues me so much but it does. I guess she just strikes me as being a really hardworking and honest boat that has worked hard and is now lazing around the Canning River just soaking up the sun. As I mentionined to Mark the other day, I find work boats so much more interesting than pleasure boats. Her name is Zulu and I think she might be an old RAAF work boat but I’m not 100% sure.
In all honesty I think if I knew who owned Zulu I’d probably take her off their hands, that is how much I like her. If you’re the owner and reading the blog let me know.
I’ve only seen her move once in the whole time that she has been on the Canning River which is a shame. I do believe there is another one like her in Freshwater Bay.
Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.
I quickly ducked down to North Cottesloe tonight to try and grab a few shots. I wasn’t holding my breath as I didn’t think there would be too much colour around but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised. Hope you all like it. 🙂
Just goes to show if you don’t head out, you won’t get the shot. 🙂
I really need to get back up to Broome again and capture some more of these sorts of sunsets. I wonder what it would be like during summer, the storms would be absolutely amazing.
Of all the great shots I have taken this year, they were all from Broome. I just seemed to click with the place, but from what I hear I’m no exception. Everyone seems to have their own personal Broome Time story. What is yours?
From North Cottesloe beach we head back up to Exmouth and surrounds. If only it was that easy to do in real life! I’m sure its a lot warmer up there than it is down here at the moment. I haven’t even ventured outside at all today. Now this isn’t actually the Murion Islands as we didn’t track over them, but it was right next to them and I don’t know the name of this island unfortunately.
We were flying along at around 1500ft and we were moving extremely quickly so I had to use a very fast shutter speed to make sure that everything was nice and sharp. Again I used:
TV setting – 1/2000
I just love the green in the water surrounding the island its just so captivating. I hope you guys like it as well.
North Cottesloe has to be one of the best and most interesting metro beaches to shoot, its always so much fun being down there. In this shot I tried following the movement of the wave whilst also getting some detail in the shot and I’m pretty happy with the result.
To get this shot I held the shutter open for about 2secs and then panned from right to left to capture the waves movement I did that for about 1.5secs and then for the last .5sec just kept the camera still so that the camera would record some of the detail and not totally blur it all. I’ve being trying to work on a compromise between totally blurred and totally sharp so that the viewer focuses on the movement and emotion within the photo but can still see where the photo was taken.
I think this photo manages to achieve that.
Hope you enjoy it,
Now this is what I call drama! On our second last day up at Cable Beach we knew that a storm was coming in and that it was going to be a big one. Well the weather guys got it right, it was a big storm but the best thing about it was that it took hours to build. So we had plenty of time to capture it before heading inside to escape the rains.
It was a fantastic feeling just standing there on the beach watching it build up, knowing there was little we could do but stand there and watch in amazement.
I’d love to head up there just before Cyclone season to capture more of these sorts of shots but I certainly wouldn’t want to be there during a cyclone!
I hope you enjoy it,
I’ve Got Something To Say:
I’m Not Sure How To Express It Yet:
But I know that its coming. I’ve been deep in thought lately about how I want to express my love of the ocean to you. I’ve been studying the greatest of photographers and now more importantly to me some of the greatest artists throughout the ages.
Is Less Best?
From Van Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso to artists from the late 1880s such as Frederick Mccubbin and the one who has impressed me the most John Glover. The way he portrayed light was simply amazing. He created such a beautiful soft light that just washed over his subject and gave the scene a heavenly feel. Interestingly, enough these guys were just as good at hiding what didn’t need to be shown. There was still detail in the background but if it wasn’t important its detail was greatly diminished and dramatically darkened.
Its About Invoking Emotions
These guys really understood about how to create an emotion within a person. They had time on their hands to develop a scene that they knew would invoke some sort of feeling from a person. It wasn’t about getting the sharpest details from the foreground all the way through to the background. It wasn’t about ensuring everything was colour corrected. What was important was portraying how a certain scene made the artist feel or how to ensure a person was affected by the painting.
I spent quite a bit of time in the State Art Gallery recently as well and was looking at landscape artists from the mid 1700s and their work was amazing.
It soon became evident that in most respects the less detail they used the more emotion they were able to portray. The darker the image the clearer the subject or intention of the artist was. Similarly the blurry and less detailed the painting the easier it was to invoke an emotion.
I Still Love Pretty Images
Don’t get me wrong, I still love pretty and picturesque images. They are after all, just that picturesque and really amazing to look at. I am still going to produce pretty images, as they are important to me. I love creating them and always will.
I just want to start developing a photographic voice as well. If something is important to me, I want to be able to convey that importance to you via a photograph as its my chosen medium of expression.
So stay tuned. I’ve got something to say and I think I’ve almost learnt how to say it.
Last night I decided to hit Perth metro beaches. I was determined not to end up at North Cottesloe beach as I had shot it so many times before, but as usual I ended up at you guessed it…… North Cottesloe. I do love it down there.
The rocks and their formations are simply awesome and you can stand right out on the edge of them without getting too wet, though I did cop a soaking last night.
For me one of the best things about winter is that the North Cottesloe magic that has been hiding all summer is revealed. Exquisite rocks that were covered by sand are now exposed and facing the full force of the ocean after spending almost six months in hibernation, protected by a blanket of sand.
Winter would have to be a seascape photographers best friend.
This is another photo that I managed to grab whilst in transit to Karratha from Exmouth. I have no idea why the sand was doing this at this particular place as it wasn’t happening on any of the other islands. It was really very spectacular from the air. It must’ve been one massive rip.
The whole area is scattered with really cool little islands like this one.
Hope you enjoy it,
Just a short video from the GoPro HD camera that was stuck on my head while in the helicopter. If you want to jump straight to the Ningaloo Reef footage its at 5:15.
Check out how shiny and brand new the helicopter is! The boats you see on the reef are Whale Shark boats, unfortunately we didn’t see any from the air.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far, the conditions have been pretty good for getting out and about. This is a shot that I managed to capture whilst out on my road trip last weekend, as usual it wasn’t the shot that I was going for but the one that I saw when I turned around to head back to the carpark. It just reminded me of a path to nowhere.
Continual mental note to self, always turn around and look behind me! Now to plan for the next road trip.
I took this photo down at Point Perron a few months ago now. I’ve always been one to just stare at the ocean, when I was little kid, when I was in the Navy and even in this present day I could literally just stare at the ocean for hours. I don’t really know why but it holds so much meaning for me, it has always had a strong pull on me and my life.
I just love this shot as it reminds me of what I see when I stare into the ocean. Colour, movement, each little movement of the water tells a story. Every wave is different and will never be repeated again.
Its time to head off and plan my next ocean adventure.
Its a great to be alive. Any day we are alive is a great day!
Wow. I’ve had the most amazing past couple of days. I headed down to Balingup to capture some of the countryside and then spent the day driving across to Nannup, stopping every couple of minutes to take some shots and soak up the views. I also made it across to Hamelin Bay, Margaret River and stayed in Dunborough as well. Its been heaps of fun. Today I started making my way home and I decided that I would stop off at as many beaches as possible as I’ve never done that.
This is Myalup Beach and it was a really cool little beach. Nice waves crashing onto the shore line with fantastic weather. Its been ages since my last photography roadtrip and it certainly reminded me of how much fun they are.
Some Moments Change Your Life For Ever:
This would have to be one of the craziest sunsets I have ever had the privilege of capturing. Mother Nature at her absolute finest and mosst erratic.
This is one of those sunset that you just know are going to be awesome, hours before it even happens. You know one of those ones that you can just feel?
I headed down to the beach at least 1.5hrs before the sunset because I just couldn’t stay away from Cable Beach any longer. I hopped out of the car and literally ran down the stairs and dare I say it almost hopped all the way down to the water line.
The excitement was just running through me and I felt charged. Slowly but surely this amazing and crazy sunset started to appear before me, I felt like a sniper. I had one chance at this, the next day I was on a plane back to Perth, so I had to be sure and steady and ensure all my gear was working.
With such an important shot there was never any doubt that the Canon 17mm TSE was going to be my weapon of choice. I pulled it out, stuck it on the camera and started to bang away. In the end, the sun fell away behind the clouds and that was it. I was able to go home knowing that I had captured a really awesome sunset. One that had the craziest clouds that I had ever seen. My mission was complete.
Life Moves Fast – Time To Slow Down
I’ve really enjoyed these past couple of photos because they remind me that time just moves way too fast, and that if we take the time to slow down we can see some really interesting things.
Things that are hidden in our mad rush to get from one place to another as fast as possible, and from trying to fit as many unimportant things in to our lives as possible.
So this weekend, slow down, take a deep breath, have a look around and enjoy yourself.
I love Cable Beach in Broome. Awesome blue skies and beautiful green water sums it all up for me. On this particular day we decided not to go swimming as the lifeguards had spotted a 2M crocodile swimming up and down the beach and we thought it might not be too good for our health.
This shot was taken with the Canon 17mm TSE lens which seems to be able to create amazing skies out of almost nothing.
In this photo the tide was about halfway out and it certainly doesn’t take long for the tide to rise or fall up at Broome. It took a bit of getting used to the tides. The first two days I found spots I liked whilst the tide was rising thinking that I would have plenty of time to get a shot, when in actually fact I ended up at least 100M further back from where I expected to be!
I hope you guys like this shot. Let me know what you think of it.
I managed to capture this spot at Entrance Point Broome on my last day in town. I just really loved the red rock contrasting against the emerald green water and the rock formations caught my eye while we were having a nice feed of fish and chips down at the Wharf Restaurant.
Ahhhh Broometime. Bring it on. What a place.
Tonight I went to a not so secret location with Markie Mark we all know where it is but I’m not going to admit I was there. 🙂 It was absolutely amazing and there is just so much to photograph.
I just loved these windows and the graffiti and building were a real contrast to Mother Natures beauty just outside the window. There really is so much to explore here and it can’t be done in one trip.
Well I’ve just stepped through the door after being in Broome for the past seven days getting great photographs and even more importantly spending some great quality time with my family. I haven’t been this content in ages!
This is Riddell Beach (links to Google Maps) It was named after Captain Riddell who was murdered by his crew after a mutiny in 1899.
Broome was quite simply amazing, I haven’t really managed to work out yet why its had such a huge and positive effect on me, I just know that it has. Perhaps its the fact that Broome is still quite raw and untamed. We may have built up a small town there but Mother Nature is very much still in full control, from the cyclones that she throws at the town to the huge tides that Broome experiences.
It could be that the locals are closer to the iconic ‘Aussie Larikan’ self image than we are. I met so many friendly people up there who were all just really chilled out and happy to stop and have a chat and let you know about the best spots to look at and when they should be looked at.
A great painter Larry Mitchell once said to Christian and I that the closer man gets to nature the more content he feels and the less we worry about worldly things. Maybe that is why we as an entire family had so much fun. We were out in nature’s arms each day, playing on Cable Beach, basking in the sun and admiring the mangroves at Roebuck Bay. We didn’t need anything else so our cares simply melted away. Yes I think that is it, Broome quite simply melted our wants away until we were quite content with what we had.
Anyhow, enough melancholy, I’ve got stacks of photos to share with you guys over the next few weeks from Broome. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.
As most of you know, a little while back I was lucky enough to be able to stop off in Hawaii for six days on my way to Texas. I just love the place so much and I think I could easily live there for the rest of my life. Its funny because many of the Hawaiians that I talked to just wanted to get off ‘the rock’ and move to the mainland.
I guess the grass really is always greener on the other side!
This is Ke’e Beach in Kauai. Its at the end of the road that leads out to the Na Pali coast. If you want to go and see those awesome cliffs in the background you need to walk to them or catch a boat to them in summer. Its just not possible to get there by boat in winter, I flew in a helicopter to the area and the pilot estimated that some of the waves below us were around 30ft.
Ke’e Beach reminded me of The Basin at Rottnest a little bit because no matter how heavy the seas are, there is always a sheltered swimming spot. You can see it, its the small patch of green just below the mountain.
Hopefully I’ll get to head back there again soon. I hope you all had an awesome weekend.
Take 2 everyone! I appreciated everyone’s feedback on the last photo and I believe I’ve stepped back up to my usual high standards with this photo. 🙂
I figured if Christian can have his altered landscapes then I can have my altered seascapes. On my way down to Pt Perron last weekend I stopped off at lots of little beaches to see what I could find. There really wasn’t any point to this photo other than, Wow, that is a really big ship so close to the shore and it looked kind of cool.
Watch out for more altered seascapes soon.
I promise this will be my last photo of Injidup Beach for awhile! It just blows me away that within a few minutes and within a few meters of the same spot I was able to capture a number of distinctly different moods from this place.
I hope you guys all have a great weekend.
Another shot of Injidup Beach! What more can I say about the place other than I love it and its magical. On this particular evening the waves were just gently lapping at the beach instead of being hammered by the large waves that normally come through here like a freight train.
Just on the other side of the rocks were a large group of kids jumping into the water and swimming and splashing around, just having a great time. Its good to see that I’m not the only one who recharges at Injidup.
I can’t wait to get down here during winter to capture some winter storms.