Australian seascape and landscape photography

About Jim and how to contact him.

I’m Jim Worrall, an Australian photography enthusiast located in the city of Melbourne.

If you would like to purchase some of my work as prints, including many of the images appearing in this blog, please go to my Redbubble store.
My work is available in many forms and sizes ranging from small inexpensive cards to full framed prints.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email at –

I host the ND400 Long Exposures group on Facebook which is a good place to go if you would like to learn how to use the ND400 effectively.

You can also find me on Facebook here.

24 responses

  1. Drew

    Hey i just wanted to know what kind of camera do you use? (I would really appreciate it if u told me)

    May 16, 2008 at 4:27 am

  2. Hi Drew,

    My camera is a Canon 40D.
    The lens used for my landscape/seascape photos is a Sigma 10-20mm with a polarizing filter attached for about 90% of the shots.
    For HDR processing I use a program called “Dynamic Photo HDR”.

    Any further tweaking is done in Photoshop.

    I hope this helps.

    Cheers, Jim.

    May 16, 2008 at 9:07 am

  3. Wow, i think your work is great. I have ALWAYS loved photography, mostly landscape, and i have just decided to take up my passion but i know i have a long way to go. But i must say looking at your work is a real inspiration.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:59 am

  4. Great work Jim
    From another Melbourne based photographer and technophile.

    December 6, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  5. jdhill

    Hello Jim,

    My name is Joey, and I’m from North Carolina, USA. I’m doing a project on your photography and I was wondering if it would be too much to ask if you could write out a little story about how you got in to photography and your past photography as well.

    E-mail me sometime:


    Instant message me on AIM: JoeyBackflipNMxC

    December 18, 2008 at 1:07 am

  6. Hi Joey,

    Unfortunately I don’t have a long and interesting story to tell you since I’ve only been fiddling with photography since about 2006.
    During that year I was mainly learning about composition by photographing my pet dogs with a point-n-shoot Olympus camera.
    The dogs were always very patient with me and seemed to enjoy the attention. 🙂

    During early 2007 I discovered the power and flexibility that exposure bracketing provides and stumbled onto the “HDR” technique as it became more popular on the internet. In late 2007 I splashed out and spent big money on a DSLR camera and a few lenses.

    The lens that stays on the camera most of the time is a 10 – 20mm wide angle lens which gives me nice results with landscape and seascape shots. Lately I’ve been developing an interest in long exposure night photography and intend to pursue this further.

    I hope this helps Joey. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Cheers, Jim.

    December 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

  7. I love your site. Keep it up !

    March 29, 2009 at 1:43 am

  8. gbalme

    Hey Jim,

    I would like to know what kind of photoshop post-treatment you are doing with your landscape pics ?


    July 1, 2009 at 1:26 am

    • Hi Gbalme,

      Most of the post-treatment occurs in the “Dynamic Photo HDR” program where the tone mapping occurs.
      I mainly use Photoshop to adjust the levels and saturation and sometimes “dodge and burn” part of an image til I’m happy with it.

      Cheers, Jim.

      July 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

      • Updated 18 Sept 2013 –
        My post processing techniques have changed over time. I haven’t used HDR/tone mapping for quite some time now.
        I now tend to shoot a lot of long exposures using very dark ND filtering which tends to compress the dynamic range of a scene. This seems to remove the necessity for shooting bracketed exposures.
        Post processing is usually done in Photoshop and occasionally Lightroom.

        September 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  9. You are awesome! I love going through your pictures. I am a novice photographer too. I really wish to be like you one day!

    God bless you!

    July 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    • Thanks for your lovely comment, you’re very kind.

      Cheers, Jim.

      July 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

  10. sam

    Like your photographs I goggled Cape Lip trap and saw Img 1541 and clicked on this image and your website came up. Iam new to NDS but enjoy taking photos would like to know if you still take excursions. Kind regard Sam

    March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    • Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I usually organise excursions through my Facebook group called “ND400 Long Exposure Photography” or the “Melbourne Photo Excursions” page. Please feel free to join or follow either of them.



      March 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  11. Hi Jim. Love your work. I went for a scout last Thursday, trying to locate the DRAGON’S HEAD. Found the lizard head; no idea of where the dragon is. Are you able to supply specific directions.

    Carlo: Cranbourne

    June 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    • Hi Carlo,

      The “Dragon’s Head” is at Number 16 beach, Rye.
      The entrance to the car park is at the intersection of Tasman Drive and Marcia Ave, Rye.
      I’ve organized an excursion to Number 16 beach via my Facebook group for the morning of Sunday 16th June 2013. Feel free to come along if you’re interested.



      June 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      • Thanks Jim, went down on Tuesday at sunrise and low tide…saw it straight away. I would have posted some of my shots, but don’t know how??

        June 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      • I’m glad it worked out for you Carlo! 🙂

        June 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  12. Hello Jim,
    I found you via Leanne Cole’s introduction of you and I’ve become a quick fan of your work. I look forward to seeing more of your images as they inspire me to explore my passion for seascapes.

    December 17, 2014 at 1:14 am

    • Thanks Dan, much appreciated mate. 🙂

      December 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

  13. Jenny

    I am trying to purchase a book of your beautiful work as a gift, can you please if there are any publications available for purchase. Thanks

    December 7, 2016 at 1:00 am

  14. Wayne Nanasi

    Jim hi, firstly love your long exposure work. I was wondering why do you use an ND400 & ND8 and not the one filter like a ND10 or 12 something like that, I have ND filters up to ND15 and I find it hard to decide what to use. I like your work on long exposures and you only use the 400 & 8. Help. Thanks

    August 11, 2018 at 8:27 am

    • Hi Wayne,

      When I first became interested in long exposure photography the Hoya ND400 (9 stop filter) just happened to be the only dark filter that was locally available. I quickly found that sometimes it wasn’t dark enough in some circumstances so I bought an ND8 to add an extra 3 stops which provided a bit more flexibility. The main downside to stacking screw-on filters like this is that vignetting becomes worse, particularly when shooting with a wide angle lens.
      I’ve recently moved over to using a Nisi slide-in filter system to reduce vignetting and also allow the use of a 4 stop soft grad filter to darken bright skies.

      Regarding your question about which filter to use in a particular situation, it always depends on the current ambient light conditions and the effect that you’re trying to achieve. I know that might not be particularly helpful. I think the more you shoot the easier it gets. 🙂

      August 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

  15. Dan Walkington

    Hi Jim, I saw your photos of Fort Nepean. I haven’t seen some of those areas! Any pointers?

    I’m a keen photographer who loves old and decaying or abandoned buildings.

    October 17, 2021 at 8:10 pm

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