Cape Naturaliste Chillout
I got the opportunity to head down south for Friday night so I took it with both arms open. I decided I was going to head out to Cape Naturaliste and I made it just before sunset and with only minutes to spare. So I had to quite literally sprint down the track and down the limestone cliffs to get to this beach. It must have been pretty funny to watch, I’m not exactly the worlds greatest runner!
After catching my breath I decided to try and capture the big waves that were thumping through in the background with these rocks in the foreground. The waves were just huge and breathtaking to watch. After all the shooting it was off to Mike Fletcher’s house to feast on an amazing Thai Beef salad that his wife Ali cooked up for us. Delicious!
Hope you guys enjoy the shot.
Love a Perth Winter
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.
Lancelin Sand Dunes
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.
Down By Canning River
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.
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.
Quindalup Stormy Skies
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,
Dunsborough Summer Storms
I’m back in Perth for New Years Eve. It wasn’t the plan but things change unfortunately. Anyhow I had a fantastic time down south even though it was short. Melissa, Xavier and I were treated to a wonderful afternoon by Mark at True North Ashore. He was an amazing host and all three of us had a great time there. Folks, if you want a romantic weekend in beautiful Eagle Bay with your partner or just want to get away with the family, you can’t go past True North Ashore. It even has a little creek with rocks from the Kimberley running through the middle of the house and the master bedrooms are just amazing. It made it hard for us to go back to our humble little caravan! Thanks for a great afternoon Mark.
This shot is from a shoot that Mark and I did on Tuesday. It was extremely still and humid that day and we decided to head out to Quindalup before heading over to Injidup Beach. It was the weather that landscape photographers just die for. The skies were dark and moody yet the sun was sneaking through and highlighting all the colours in the plants. Just standing back and looking at it all was so cool, its times like these I realise I’m fortunate to be able to take Australian landscapes.
I hope you all have a fantastic and safe New Years eve tonight and that 2010 is a great year for each and everyone of you.
Some Days Are Diamonds
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?
Aperture – F22
ISO – 50
Shutter – 1.6sec
I hope you guys enjoy looking at it as much as I did taking it. All comments are greatly appreciated.
Twilight at Lucky Bay – Esperance
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?
Thanks for reading and commenting,
I Like To Watch – Rolling Waves
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. 🙂
Bunker Bay – Just Tinkering
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.
Ningaloo Reef – Western Austalia
Yes another awesome Ningaloo Reef aerial photograph! This was taken from a Sikorsky S76 helicopter almost directly opposite Exmouth. Christian, Mike, Larry and I had just flown in from the Monte Bellos and we thought we’d seen some great landscape sites out there. However, we were totally blown away with Ningaloo Reef from the air, you get to see just how wide it is and just how far it reaches.
I think next time I’m up there I’ll try and wade out to various reef outcrops at low tide to see what I can capture.
I’ve been up to Coral Bay heaps of times but I never realised the reef was as big as it is. Anyone up for a trip to Coral Bay and surrounds in the new year? We could get some awesome landscape and seascape photos. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,
Lancelin Sand Dunes Pt2
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?
Thanks for stopping by everyone. All comments are appreciated.
Ningaloo Reef Magic At Exmouth
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,
Injidup – A Photographers Playground
Injidup Beach would have to be a landscape or seascape photographers playground. There are just so many dimensions to it and it has so many angles and moods. I just love it. This shot was taken just before I got soaked whilst shooting at some other rocks on the beach. Now just because I know Chloe is going to ask:
Aperature – F22
ISO – 50
Shutter Speed – 1/13sec.
Now that the weather is warming up I’m really hoping that we’ll start to see some colour in our sunrises and sunsets. I’m hoping to spend some time over at Rottnest and the Stirling Ranges soon to try and capture some great shots. Anyone else planning any trips away soon?
Thanks for stopping by everyone,
Moments Like These – Injidup Beach
Well when I was down south last weekend I only managed to get up early on the Saturday morning, I just couldn’t struggle out of bed on the Sunday morning no matter how hard I tried. Saturday morning was one of those days that landscape and seascape photographers just live for! I managed to get my previous shot of Meelup Beach and then 30min later this shot of Injidup Beach. As I always say who says landscape photographers aren’t an extreme bunch? I took this photo just before I got covered waist deep in water, I had to literally grab my camera and hold it above my head. At least this time I didn’t lose a thong like I did at Bennion Beach.
What is the closest you’ve come to losing your camera? I think my incident at Bennion Beach was the closest.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend,
I Want To Be Here!
Another photo from our trip away. Again I focused heavily on the water and trying to convey just how nice it was. I think I’ve managed to capture the water fairly well another shot to be proud of……. hopefully. After seeing photos like this its really hard to go out and take shots around town when you just know they aren’t going to come close to photos like this.
Oh and if you want to know if the water was warm or not? It was! It was nice and warm and you couldn’t keep me out of it. I think Mike was the only other one brave enough to go swimming. 🙂 Could you imagine going for a swim right now in Perth? I couldn’t.
Stay tuned for more!
Three Degrees At Bunker Bay
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.
Thanks for stopping by,
Stormy Yallingup Sunsets
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!
Shutter – 1.6secs
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?
Summer Stroll on Cottesloe Beach
Well it looks like everyone here is writing about Summer and how much they miss it and how close it now is, so I’d thought I’d post another photo of Cottesloe Beach. This is another shot taken in summer, again it was a really warm night and after taking this shot I put my stuff into the car and then jumped into the water myself. Its so relaxing being in the water late evening or night time, one of my favourite times to dive is at night. Anyhow back to the main story, hurry up Summer and bring on some wicked sunsets.
Thanks for viewing and comments are appreciated!!!
Last Light at Cottesloe
How shocking has the weather been of late? Its been hard to try and get out and about to get any decent photos in this weather! This photo was taken last summer, it was a beautiful evening, there were lots of people strolling up and down the beach, with quite a number of people also still swimming. Just think only a few more months and we’ll be back to that lifestyle again. Woo Hoo! There is nothing like taking seascape photos on a warm summer’s evening down at the beach.
F11, ISO50, 10secs.
Lens – Canon 24-70mm F2.8
What is everyone elses’ favourite time of year to shoot?
Thanks and please feel free to comment,
Meelup Beach Is Out There
I’ve just returned from a trip down south. I was hoping to capture some awesome stormy, winter landscapes whilst I was down at Dunsborough / Yallingup but I was pretty much rained out all weekend. This was my view from Meelup Beach this morning, at 6 degrees outside there was no way I was going to get wet. Have to give a big hand to the people who were doing a personal training session in the carpark, talk about commitement. All this rain is good for the dams but not photography! Any weekend down there is still a good weekend though, Melissa and I managed to find a few nice spots to have dinner and have a few wines.
Last weekend I was driving around the hills and they were had so much green grass in the pastures it was a fantastic sight to see, get up there soon before the grass starts to die out.
What did everyone else photograph this weekend?
Canal Rocks – Yallingup Seascape
About three weeks ago I headed down south as it had been awhile since I’d been down there. I managed to tear around all over the place and see all the familiar spots that we all love. The swell that weekend was absolutely massive, I headed down to Wyadup Rocks my first morning down there and if you’ve ever been to them early morning you’ll know that you spend more time looking at the ground trying to make your way down there rather than looking at the scenery. Imagine my shock when I got down amongst the rocks and looked up at this wave that arrived out of the dark almost head height and slammed into the rocks! I got drenched and the car had said it was 4 degrees before I got out of it, fortunately the camera was still dry. I setup shop a little bit further back up the rocks and got some great photos.
Saturday evening saw me out at Canal Rocks and I took a walk around to the left of Canal Rocks instead of shooting Canal Rocks themselves and was presented with some really interesting rock formations. This is a photo from that location settings were: F16, iso50, .3sec shutter speed. The swell was still thumping through so I had to keep an eye out for the really big waves and scramble if I saw one, it was a hair raising experience!!! Who said Landscape Photography was boring? I visited Bunker Bay on Saturday morning and even though I didn’t get anything I was happy with I certainly walked away with a whole stack of ideas for another shoot there.
My favourite part of this photo is the water movement on the bottom lefthand side of the photograph. I’ve never managed to capture water streaking across like that before.
Has anyone else been down south recently?
Hope you all had a great weekend,
My Backyard Splendour
We were lucky enough last Monday to have a beautitful intense deep red sunset, I was unlucky enough to be at home whilst it was unfolding before my eyes! So making the best out of a bad situation I grabbed my camera and headed outside to grab this shot from my backyard and managed to capture the last minute of the sunset before is started to fade. Its no Ansell Adams landscape but I can’t get over the amazing red in this sunset. Did anyone else get to see this sunset? Even if you didn’t see it what do you guys think of it?