Australian seascape and landscape photography

flinders

Cairns Bay – Flinders

A long exposure image of waves crashing over the rocks at Cairns Bay beach near Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula.  To access Cairns Bay follow the Tea Tree Creek trail from Boneo Road down to the beach.

Tech stuff – 6 secs, f/14, ISO200, ND400 filter.

The image below is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Tea Tree Creek, Mornington Peninsula, seascape, long exposure


Sunrise at Flinders

An early morning sunrise shot from Flinders Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula.  The location is easily accessible, just a short walk south from the Flinders pier carpark.

Technical stuff – 2.5 secs f/16 with ND8 filter

jim worrall, mornington peninsula, sunrise, seascape, long exposure


Tea Tree Creek – Flinders Back Beach

Some images from the beautiful and rugged ocean coastline at Flinders, Victoria, Australia. To find the entrance to Tea Tree Creek beach set up your GPS to locate the intersection of Keys Road and Boneo Road, Flinders. That will put you right near it.

Below – Dawn at Flinders Back Beach. A long exposure image. Available to purchase as a print at Zazzle or RedBubble.
Jim Worrall Flinders Mornington Peninsula

Below – The Mists of Tea Tree Creek beach. Available to purchase as a quality print here or here.
Jim Worrall Flinders Mornington Peninsula Australia

Below – An image of my friend John Nabben, positioning himself for his next shot amongst the rock pools at Tea Tree Creek beach.
Jim Worrall John Nabben Flinders Mornington Peninsula

Below – A wave exploding up against a rock at Tea Tree Creek beach.
Jim Worrall Flinders Mornington Peninsula beach


Flinders – Front and back beach long exposures

Following are a series of long exposure images from the front and back beaches of Flinders on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
flinders beach - mornington peninsula - jim worrall - australia
Pictured above – Flinders. 137 seconds f/13 ISO100. Available as a quality print at my Zazzle or RedBubble sites.

flinders beach - Mornington Peninsula - Jim Worrall - Australia
Pictured above – Flinders back beach. 102 seconds f/20 ISO100. Available as a quality print in various forms and sizes here or here.

flinders beach - mornington peninsula - jim worrall - australia
Pictured above – Flinders beach. 141 seconds f/13 ISO100. Available as a quality print at my Zazzle and RedBubble sites.

Flinders cormorants - Mornington Peninsula - Jim Worrall - Australia
Pictured above – A Break from Fishing. Cormorants resting after diving for fish at Flinders back beach. 61 seconds f/11 iso100. Available as a quality print here or here.

Flinders beach - Mornington Peninsula - Jim Worrall - Australia
Pictued above – Flinders back beach. 56 seconds f/13 ISO100. Available as a quality print in various sizes and forms here at my Zazzle and RedBubble sites.

Flinders - black and white - Jim Worrall

Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia


Sunset at Coronet Bay

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A boat ramp at Coronet Bay creates leading lines to the setting sun.


The View from Bushrangers Bay

The splendid view from Bushrangers Bay looking west just a few minutes before a drenching downpour.
Cape Schanck’s Pulpit Rock is on the horizon near the center of the image.

Bushrangers Bay - Mornington Peninsula - Cape Schanck - Jim Worrall
Click on the image to enlarge.

A high resolution print of this image is available for purchase at my Redbubble site.


Cape Schanck – Splendour in the Surf

A long exposure image of the surf pounding away at Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula.
This place is always a wonderful reminder to me of the power of the ocean. Visiting the rock shelves here is truly exhilarating.

Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck.
Pulpit Rock - Cape Schanck - Mornington Peninsula - Jim Worrall - Australia - ND400
The image is available to buy as a print at my Zazzle or Redbubble websites.


Tea Tree Creek – Death of the 40D

It was one of those days that I’ll remember for a long time.
Whilst shooting on a rocky plateau at Tea Tree Creek beach at Flinders I carelessly let my guard down.
An unusually high rogue wave struck the face of the plateau and poured down upon me.

Death of the 40D - Flinders - Tea Tree Creek - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

My workhorse camera, the Canon 40D, had experienced some salt water splash in the past but nothing like this.
Today was the day he ingested way too much salt water. He coughed and spluttered, ….and died.
Luckily my wide angle lens seems to have survived the ordeal with only some minor salt water spots inside the focal range window. The glass inside seems to be clear,…PHEW!

Flinders - Tea Tree Creek beach - Mornington Peninsula - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape

These images were thankfully retrieved from the camera’s memory card despite it’s convulsions.

Tea Tree Creek beach - Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

For those who might be interested I’ve purchased a 60D as a replacement camera.


Down the Tea Tree Creek Track – Flinders

The entrance to the track begins where Tea Tree Creek meets the Boneo Road.
The mowed walking path follows a gentle slope downhill alongside the creek gully and down towards the beach.
Upon arrival at the beach, visitors are welcomed by the presence of a rusty metal wheel nestled amongst the undergrowth.

Tea Tree Creek - Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

East from here, the beach invites exploration for those willing to navigate across the black weather-worn rocks covering much of the beach.
The area also offers an impressive selection of rocky plateaus which are sometimes exposed and sometimes dramatically washed by the relentless surf.

Tea Tree Creek - Flinders - beach - Jim Worrall - misty

When exploring along this stretch of beach it’s a good idea to avoid an embarrassing or even life threatening situation by knowing what the tide is doing. Keep an eye out for the occasional rogue wave determined to sweep you off the rocks.

Tea Tree Creek - Flinders - Jim Worrall - beach - seascape

There’s an amazing amount to see, explore, experience and photograph here.
I’ll definitely be returning soon. 😉

Tea Tree Creek - Flinders - Jim Worrall - beach - misty


Playing in the Wind – Flinders, the Blowhole Track

A selection of images from the beach at the end of the Blowhole Track at Flinders on the lovely Mornington Peninsula.
On the day I was there the wind was so horrendously strong I had to push down hard on the tripod to stop it from vibrating and blurring all of the long exposure shots.

Pictured below – Flinders Beach, the Blowhole Track.

Flinders beach - Blowhole Track - Jim Worrall - long exposure - ND400

A very picturesque coastline battered by the relentless surf.

Flinders beach - Blowhole Track - Jim Worrall - long exposure - ND400

Flinders beach - Blowhole Track - Mornington Peninsula - Jim Worrall - long exposure


Intervals of Time – book release.

18 months after releasing my first book I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally finished my second book and published it through Blurb.

Intervals of Time – front cover.
Intervals of Time - Jim Worrall - ND400 - long exposure - black and white - seascape - book

The 40 page collection explores Australian land and seascapes using long exposure photographic techniques to capture textures and patterns hidden in fluid motion.
The book is printed on Blurb’s premium lustre finish paper.

Intervals of Time – rear cover.
Intervals of Time - Jim Worrall - ND400 - seascape - long exposure - black and white - Australia

If you’d like to thumb through the book with a virtual preview of all it’s pages go here.


What a Difference the Tide Makes.

A couple of images from the Flinders foreshore showing what a huge difference the tide can make.
Both images feature the same structure albeit from slightly different angles.

Below – Flinders Hombres – high tide at the jetty remnants.
Flinders Hombres - jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

Below – liN – the same jetty remnants at low tide.
liN - Flinders jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia


The Flinders Pier Excursion.

Images from a recent trip to Flinders with friends Christine Wilson and Caroline Gorka.
The objective for the afternoon was to capture some images of the old wooden pier before it’s replaced by the concrete monster that’s currently being constructed right next to it.
As usual I became distracted.

Below – “IiN” some ghostly remains from further along the beach.
IiN - Flinders beach - Jim Worrall

Flinders beach - Jim Worrall - Morington peninsula

Below – “Flinders Point” just around the corner from the calm harbor area there’s a lot more ocean wave activity.
There were waves crashing all over the place here but the long exposure makes it look deceptively calm.
Flinders Point - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

Below – “Flinders Back-Beach” near the blow hole area. Stop giggling, that’s what it’s called !!
Flinders Back-Beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

Flinders - Jim Worrall - Morington Peninsula


Fluid in Motion – Flinders

One of my favorite spots for photogenic wave action along the Mornington Peninsula is Flinders.
West of the township the rugged coastline features extensive cliffs with access to the rocky beaches in only a few places.
The deliciously dark rocks here provide a wonderful contrast to the bright white surf as waves from Bass Strait relentlessly pound the beach.

Fury at the Waterline
Fury at the Waterline - Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

On this occasion I visited the beach during the early afternoon so conditions were extremely bright and contrasty.
I used an ND400 filter, sometimes in combination with an additional ND8 filter, to darken the scene and enable the use of slow shutter speeds to blur the moving water.

Carpet of Motion
Carpet of Motion - Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

It’s always fun and games being close to the edge in places like this. Despite keeping one eye on the camera and the other eye on incoming waves I was caught by surprise on a couple of occasions during the afternoon and drenched by rogue waves exploding on the rocks.

The Channel Run
The Channel Run - Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

This is really quite an extraordinary spot from a photographer’s perspective. Not so special for the grand seascape but more for the myriad of recesses where the surf dynamically interacts with the rocks.

Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

A Rumble in the Clouds - Flinders - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia


The Chant of the Pulpit

A seascape image from Cape Schanck in Victoria, Australia.
The image features the well known landmark Pulpit Rock as incoming waves rush across the surface of the surrounding rocky platforms.

The Chant of the Pulpit.


Running the Gauntlet

A 2 second exposure at f22, ISO 100.