Australian seascape and landscape photography

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SS Speke Ahoy!

A 155 second exposure of the SS Speke shipwreck at Kitty Miller Bay on Phillip Island. The image was taken during daylight using ND400 and ND8 filters stacked together to give about 12 stops of darkness.

The image is available to purchase as a quality print at Redbubble.
SS Speke - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Kitty Miller Bay

You can see more long exposure images of the SS Speke shipwreck here.


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


Island in the Mist – Mouth of the Powlett River

A daylight long exposure image from the mouth of the Powlett River, Victoria, Australia.

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Mystery Bay – Ocean Mist in the Cove

When visiting Mystery Bay in New South Wales I found this wonderful cove full of dark rocks. The cove is open to the ocean and is constantly hammered by incoming waves.
A long exposure here creates a nice contrast of textures between the rough jagged rocks and the softness of the mist created by the motion of the waves.

Mystery Bay - Australia - Mist in the cove - Jim Worrall - long exposure - ND400
High quality prints of this image are available at Redbubble and Zazzle.

Mystery Bay - Australia - Jim Worrall - long exposure - misty - seascape - ocean - beach
High quality prints of this image are available at Redbubble and Zazzle.


Giants in the Mist – Autumn in Cranbourne

A couple of images from an early start to the day.
Autumn in Cranbourne creates just the right conditions for pre-dawn fog.

Giants in the Mist
Giants in the Mist - Autumn in Cranbourne - Jim Worrall - fog - Australia

The moisture in the air causes the power transmission lines to buzz loudly in contrast to the silence and stillness of their surroundings.

Giant in the Mist
Giant in the Mist - power transmission - power - electricity - Jim Worrall - fog - mist - dawn


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


Exploring the Pointy End of Phillip Island

I’d been to this part of Phillip Island on previous occasions but I loved it so much I thought I’d revisit.
That’s one of the joys of photography, you can visit the same location on several occasions and come away with completely different images each time.

Pictured below – Old wooden remnants at Cat Bay, Phillip Island.

Cat Bay, Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - Australia - Seascape - ND400 - long exposure

Cat Bay, Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape - ND400 - long exposure

Cat Bay, Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape - beach - ND400 - long exposure

Pictured below – The beach at Right Point, Phillip Island, located between Cat Bay and the Nobbies. The violence of the ocean waves smoothed by the use of long exposure.
Right Point, Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - Australia -seascape - beach - ND400 - long exposure

Right Point, Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape - beach - ND400 - long exposure


The Mists of Kilcunda

On an unseasonally warm winter’s day last weekend, I took advantage of the fine weather to reintroduce myself back to our fine ocean coastline.
Upon arrival at Kilcunda, located on Victoria’s Bass Coast, the sea was remarkably calm and there was a thick haunting mist in the air. A wonderful sight indeed. 🙂

Pictured below – The Mists of Kilcunda
The Mists of Kilcunda - Jim Worrall - Australia - Bass Coast - long exposure - black and white

Technical stuff – The image was taken mid afternoon using an ND400 filter to lengthen the exposure time and thus soften the appearance of the sea.


Incorporating HDR tonemapping techniques with long exposures

The following images were experiments using HDR tone mapping techniques combined with the effects of long exposure times.
Each image was constructed from at least 3 separate exposures using in-camera auto exposure bracketing. In my case, being a Canon shooter, I used 3 exposures of -2,0 and +2 simply for convenience. I believe Nikon shooters have a bit more flexibility in this area.

The images were all taken during daylight hours so it was necessary to use some heavy ND filtering in order to increase the exposure times and achieve a nice misty look to the water. In my case I used an ND400 and an ND8 filter stacked together to achieve this.

With the camera set to aperture priority mode I adjusted the aperture and filter combination (sometimes removing the ND8) to achieve an exposure of 8 seconds. When the shutter button is depressed the camera would then give me 3 exposures at 8 seconds, 2 seconds and 30 seconds (which is close enough to 0,-2 and +2). My particular camera doesn’t let me expose for longer than 30 seconds unless I go to bulb mode and use a remote timer, so out of laziness I tend to limit many of my exposures to 30 seconds. 🙂
The exposures were then combined and tonemapped using HDR software and tweaked in Photoshop to achieve the end result.

Despite all of this sounding a bit technical it’s really quite simple and I encourage you to try it. The results are often very rewarding.

BELOW – Jurassic Afternoon – Sunlight and waves break through a slit in the prehistoric Pinnacles rock formation on Phillip Island.

BELOW – The Mist of St.Pauls – A long exposure at St. Pauls beach, Sorrento, Victoria, Australia.

BELOW – Prehistoria – An image from The Pinnacles, at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

BELOW – Swimming with Dinosaurs – Down amongst the prehistoric Pinnacles rock formations at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.


Deep in the Woods

Fog blows across an otherwise sunny section of Mt.Difficult Road near Halls Gap, Australia.

This image is available as a quality print here.
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Through Spider’s Eyes

An alternative view of changes.
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“Changes” – an autumn fog landscape

“Changes” was taken on a foggy autumn morning on farmland in Cranbourne, Australia.
The lush green grass is such a contrast to the dry barren earth found on this spot during summer.

This image is available to purchase as a print here.
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Signs of the season.

Once again winter is nearly here in Melbourne. Thick morning mists form in low lying paddocks and create spectacular and brief pastel light shows.

Title – Velvet Morning.

Title – Pastel Dreams.

Both of these images are available for sale as prints on my Redbubble site.