Australian seascape and landscape photography

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In the surf at Kilcunda

A couple of long exposure images from the surf beach at Kilcunda.

Kilcunda ocean beach Jim Worrall

Kilcunda beach Jim Worrall


Dawn at Pulpit Rock – Cape Schanck

A couple of images from a dawn shoot at Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck. Yes, I know, it’s not like me to be up before the birds. I don’t know what got into me. The images were taken during a welcome break between showers.
Pulpit rock Cape Schanck Jim Worrall

Pulpit Rock Cape Schanck  Jim Worrall


Signal – Ricketts Point

A marker on the outermost edge of the rock shelf at Ricketts Point beach in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia.

Signal - Ricketts Point beach - Jim Worrall - Australia

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At the Edge of the Ocean

November is a great time of year on the Mornington Peninsula back beaches. The warming water signals an explosion of bright green seaweed on the rocky plateaus all along the coast.

Turbulence - Sorrento beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Ebb - Sorrento beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Pool - Sorrento beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Plateaus at Sorrento - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia


Rock pools at the back beach – Sorrento

Following are a couple of shots of the beautiful rock pools available to explore at Sorrento back beach during low tide. In these images I’ve used an ND400 filter to smooth the background waves and a polarizing filter to remove the sky’s reflection from the surface of the pools.

Sorrento rock pools - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Sorrento rock pools - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia


Rye back beach – The Dragon’s Head and the Pod

A few images of the rock formations at the Number Sixteen beach at Rye.

Pictured below – The Dragon’s Head rock, initially named by a local with a fertile imagination.
Dragons head rock - Jim Worrall - Rye back beach - Australia - Mornington Peninsula

Below – The Pod, ….well I had to call it something since all of the good names like Dragon’s Head had already been snapped up.
The Pod - Jim Worrall - Rye beach - Sixteen - 16 - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Below – Water flows off the rocky plateaus returning to the ocean.
Click to enlarge.
Rye - Number Sixteen beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Below – A couple of images of my friend lining up his gear for the money shots.
Rye - Number Sixteen beach - 16 - Jim Worrall - Stephen Pretty - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Rye - Number Sixteen beach - 16 - Jim Worrall - Stephen Pretty - Mornington Peninsula - Australia


Sorrento – A Mornington Peninsula Jewel

Some afternoon long exposure images from Sorrento back beach on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. The foreground rocks are submerged at high tide and are gradually revealed as the tide goes out. A long exposure time is used to smooth out the ocean waves into a mist.
Sorrento beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia - ND400 - long exposure

Sorrento beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia - long exposure - ND400

Sorrento beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia - long exposure - ND400

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Storm at Powlett River

On the way back home from a recent excursion to Cape Liptrap we stopped off at the mouth of the Powlett River.
I had just enough time to catch this image before the rain started to pour down hard.

Storm at Powlett River
Storm at Powlett River - Jim Worrall - Australia


Dalmeny Beach – Duesbury Headland

Following are a couple of images from Dalmeny beach in New South Wales.

The first image below was captured from the clifftop at Duesbury Headland, Dalmeny.
Dalmeny beach - Duesbury headland - Jim Worrall - seascape - australia - beach

Below, a long exposure image taken amongst the rocks and surf at Dalmeny beach.
Dalmeny beach - seascape - long exposure - Jim Worrall - ND400 - travel

If you’re in the area around brekky time there’s a cafe on Dalmeny Drive called Anton’s just down the road at Kianga. I highly recommend their excellently presented eggs and bacon.
Have a look at this beauty below. Gorgeous isn’t it!


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
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Mystery Bay - Australia - Jim Worrall - long exposure - misty - seascape - ocean - beach
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Ocean Rockscapes at Mossy Point

Following are a couple of long exposure images from Mossy Point near Broulee in New South Wales.
The images were taken in bright daylight using heavy ND filtering to slow the camera’s shutter speed.

Winter in Mossy Point - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape - ocean - beach

Mossy Point - Broulee - Jim Worrall - Australia - ocean - mist - seascape


Walkerville South beach – the rockscapes

A few images from Walkerville South beach at low tide.

Walkerville South - beach - Jim Worrall - Australia - long exposure

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Walkerville South beach - Jim Worrall - Australia

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Walkerville South beach - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape


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.

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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
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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


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


Sorrento Back Beach

Shortly before xmas I took the opportunity to snap some images just before the summer “silly season” struck Sorrento.
I’m certain that one day the Sorrento/Portsea area of the Mornington Peninsula will become so heavy with tourists that it’ll snap off and fall into the sea.
Until that day I’ll continue to enjoy it as much as I can.

Pictured below – A couple of long exposure images from south-east of the main beach.

Sorrento Back Beach - Jim Worrall - Australia - long exposure - ND400

Sorrento Beach - Jim Worrall - Australia - long exposure - ND400

Pictured below – Bay of Islands – Sorrento
Located a short walk from the car park at the end of Diamond Bay Road.

Bay of Islands - Sorrento - Jim Worrall - Australia - long exposure - ND400


The Dragon’s Head at Number Sixteen

The Dragon’s Head rock at the Number Sixteen beach, Rye, has been a photographic target that I’ve been looking forward to shooting for quite some time. The last time I visited here I’d arrived a bit too late in the tidal cycle to safely explore the rocky plateau that surrounds the Dragon’s Head.

Today’s visit was executed with military precision. I arrived on the beach precisely at low tide, waded out to the Dragon’s Head through ankle deep water and excitedly set up my tripod. The ocean waves were crashing and rolling across the rocky plateau then cascading beautifully over the edge very close to the Dragon’s Head.

Being a big fan of long exposure images you can imagine my disappointment as I fumbled around in my camera bag trying to find my ND filters to fit the wide angle lens. They were no where to be found. I had left the filters behind at home, … they were attached to another lens. It was one of those forehead slapping moments.

The Dragon at Sixteen - Jim Worrall - Australia - travel - dragons head

In the absence of any suitably sized ND filters I decided to make the unique shape of the rock fill the frame in the image above rather than featuring the flow of water.

The next image below was taken from quite a distance back from the Dragon’s head using a 70-200mm lens. Fortunately I had a suitably sized ND filter for this particular lens so it was possible to soften the look of the flowing water. Unfortunately using the long lens meant that I wasn’t able to get the composition that I was looking for.

Lesson learned – double check the gear before leaving home, never assume!

Dragon's Head rock - Jim Worrall - Number Sixteen beach - Rye - Australia - travel


Magic of the Phillip Island coastline.

Following on from previous posts I thought I’d share with you just a few more images from the Phillip Island coastline. I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface down there, …….there’s just so much beauty to explore and discover.

Pictured below – The Roost – old jetty remnants that serve as a safe roost for the local birds at Cat Bay.
The Roost - jetty ruins - Jim Worrall - Cat Bay - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – Evidence of Life – a soft misty view of some wonderful wave action off Cowrie beach.
Evidence of Life - Cowrie beach - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – The Long Swim Home – another view from Cowrie beach looking towards the Nobbies in the background.
The Long Swim Home - Jim Worrall - Cowrie beach - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – Pyramid Rock, taken in strong windy and wet conditions from a vantage point ahead of the lookout area.
Pyramid Rock - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia


A Trip to the Pointy End – Phillip Island

Over the weekend I did a quick reconnaissance trip down to the pointy end of Phillip Island.
The images below were taken on a stretch of unsealed road named “The Boulevard” which runs along the south coast of Summerlands and ends at the Nobbies. The Boulevard is a grand name indeed for what amounts to a narrow dirt track, however the coastal views can be quite impressive from here.

Pictured below – The view from The Boulevard looking west towards the Nobbies.
Looking west along The Boulevard towards the Nobbies - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

Unfortunately for those of us who like to immerse ourselves in these kinds of coastal environments there is no beach access permitted. We’re reminded of this fact by strategically placed signs warning of penalties for such breaches.

Pictured below – The view from The Boulevard looking east.
The view from The Boulevard looking east - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – a zoomed in view of the coastline. It looks like a fine place for a photographer to play.
Summerlands south coast - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island

When finished with the south coast I made the short trip over to the north coast to visit Cowrie beach. I’ve been here once before but I had some unresolved images in my head that I wanted to try to capture here. Most of the northern coast is photographer friendly, allowing one to get as close to the water as one dares.

Pictured below – Bull in a China Shop, one of the less sedate Phillip Island waves attacking from left of frame.
Bull in a China Shop - Cowrie beach - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – A long exposure image using an ND400 filter, The Course of the Penguin, one of the many corridors used by the penguins of Phillip Island.
The Course of the Penguin - Cowrie beach - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

After finishing at Cowrie beach I left the island and crossed the bridge over to San Remo on the mainland. As I was crossing the bridge I noticed some amusing looking stairs below, surrounded entirely by the water of a high tide. It appeared to be a stairway going from nowhere to nowhere.

Pictured below – From Nowhere to Nowhere, San Remo.
From Nowhere to Nowhere - San Remo - Jim Worrall - Australia

The day concluded with a delicious meal of fish n’ chips from the Fisherman’s Cooperative, …..what bliss!


Plateau – Sorrento back beach

Below – Plateau – A long exposure image from the Sorrento back beach.
An intriguing place to visit at low tide.

Plateau - Jim Worrall - Sorrento beach


The Sleeping Sphinx – Sorrento

An image from the Sphinx rock formation after an enjoyable day of playing in the surf.

The Sleeping Sphinx.
The Sleeping Sphinx - Jim Worrall - Sorrento - sunset


The Vagabond Tide – ND400 long exposure

Following is a series of images taken at the Sorrento back beach, Victoria, Australia, using an ND400 filter during bright afternoon light conditions.

Pictured below – Dorsal.
Dorsal - Jim Worrall - ND400 - Sorrento - Australia

Below – The Vagabond Tide.
The Vagabond Tide - Jim Worrall - ND400 - Sorrento - Australia

Below – The Rinse Cycle.
The Rinse Cycle - Jim Worrall - ND400 - Sorrento - Australia


An Afternoon at Cowrie Beach, Phillip Island.

Cowrie Beach is located just a few hundred meters north-east of the popular tourist destination “The Nobbies” on Phillip Island, Australia. The beach sits just inside the entrance to Westernport Bay and is subjected to rough surf originating from Bass Strait.

The thinly vegetated sandy portions of the beach are home to Fairy penguins and some other more endangered species so there are signs present advising which areas to avoid.
The main attraction here from my perspective is at the water’s edge. The beach is blessed by the presence of dark basalt rock formations continuously pounded by waves.

Below – The Nobbies – an image from Cowrie beach with The Nobbies in the background.
The Nobbies - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island

Below – Down the Winding Path – a long exposure looking out to sea from Cowrie Beach.
Down the Winding Path - Jim Worrall - Cowrie Beach - Phillip Island

Below – Awaiting the Devil – a frightening part of the beach where unexpected waves suddenly inundate the dark basalt platforms. There’s a warning sign on the beach reminding fishermen and other visitors how easy it is to be swept off these rocks.
Awaiting the Devil - Jim Worrall - Cowrie Beach - Phillip Island

Below – The Ordeal – How the Phillip Island penguins manage to survive the violent Bass Strait surf combined with rocky beaches escapes me.
The Ordeal - Jim Worrall - Cowrie Beach - Phillip Island

Below – Through the Vapour
Through the Vapour - Jim Worrall - Cowrie Beach - Phillip Island


An Afternoon at Sorrento

A selection of images from the photographically rich area along Sorrento back beach.

Below – “Her Outstretched Arms
The sun has dropped close to the horizon giving a warm hue to the sky and rocky plateaus. The vigorous surf is tamed by the camera’s long exposure time.
Her Outstretched Arms - Jim Worrall - Sorrento back beach - Australia

Below – “Sphinx
In the foreground the violent surf swirls under and around a rocky platform whilst in the background the iconic Sorrento Sphinx rock formation stares out to sea.
Sphinx - Jim Worrall - Sorrento back beach - Australia

Below – “The Call of White Water
Low tide at St Paul’s beach Sorrento as the surf crashes over the rocky plateaus filling one of the many natural pools.
The Call of White Water - Jim Worrall - Sorrento back beach - Australia

Below – Water continually cascades off the edge of the platforms as waves push across them.
Cascading water - Jim Worrall - Sorrento back beach - Australia

Below – A memorial on the cliff tops at Jubilee Point, Sorrento.
A sobering reminder of how dangerous this area can be.
Memorial - Jubilee Point Sorrento - Jim Worrall


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


Exploring Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck is located at the southern tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
The beaches here offer a feast of opportunities for photographers. At the tip of the cape sits Pulpit Rock, a huge monolith standing proud amongst tidal rocky platforms.

Cape Schanck - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

At low tide the rocky platforms are exposed allowing fairly easy access to a large number of rock pools. These pools are home to a variety of sea creatures including small fish, crustaceans and octopuses. Depending on the time of year the pools can contain various forms of brightly coloured seaweed, providing wonderful hiding places for the rock pool residents. This is a great place to dunk your waterproof compact camera if you’re lucky enough to own one. Unfortunately I don’t own one (yet).

Below – Pebbles at the Pulpit
Cape Schanck - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia
The beach leading out to Pulpit Rock is covered by rounded rocks that roll around and pound into each other with each wave creating an interesting sound that’s quite difficult to describe.

Below – Cape Schanck Lighthouse overlooking the west side of the cape.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Below – Cape Schanck East. The eastern side of the cape provides a rocky beach where there are lots of opportunities for the photographer who enjoys capturing waves crashing over and around rocks. I took quite a few long exposures here.
Cape Schanck - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Below – The Schanck. The white surf and dark rocks contrast each other nicely and provide excellent material for making great black and white images.
Cape Schanck - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia


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