Australian seascape and landscape photography

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Exploring the light at Right Point, Phillip Island

Saturday’s excursion to Phillip Island turned out to be very rewarding from a photographer’s perspective.
In the late afternoon I stopped at a place called Right Point, which seems to be a very popular destination for surfers. As I peered over the edge of the cliff towards the beach I instantly fell in love with this spot.

Below me were the remains of an old jetty being pounded by the violent surf.
With the sun starting to drop towards the horizon what more could a photographer ask for?

I grabbed my tripod and camera bag and dashed down to the beach like an excited child. The images were already forming in my mind before I had even reached the sand, ……..oh what a feeling !! 🙂

Below – Drawn to the Ocean
Drawn to the Ocean - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

Below – The Penguin Pool
The Penguin Pool - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

As the sun dropped even closer to the horizon a good situation became even better when suddenly Crepuscular rays broke through a gap in the clouds.
Crepuscular rays, also known as “God rays” or “God beams” are explained here.

Below – Running to the Light
Running to the Light - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

Below – Sky Burst
Sky Burst - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

Below – Agaze
Agaze - Jim Worrall - Right Point - 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


A Photographic Trip to Tenby Point.

Tenby Point is a coastal village located on the shores of Westernport Bay, just a few kilometers east of Corinella, Victoria, Australia.
On this particular photography excursion conditions weren’t ideal. The sun was harsh and high in the sky, and there were no clouds around. Due to these harsh light conditions I chose to make a series of high key images whilst the tide was favorable.

Below – The Counsel of Many

The Counsel of Many - Jim Worrall - Tenby Point - Westernport Bay - Australia

It’s important to know what the tides are doing here from a photographer’s prespective.
I think it’s best here to avoid visiting at low tide unless you’d like images of sticks or trees sitting in mud.
The black and white images in this post were taken with both an ND400 and an ND8 filter attached to the end of the lens to achieve long exposure times in bright sunny conditions. The goal behind using such heavy filtering is to achieve long exposure times in order to blur as much detail as possible from the sky and water.
The result is a more minimalistic image.

Below – Sweet Survivor
Sweet Survivor - Jim Worrall - Tenby Point - Westernport Bay - Australia

Below – The Path to Yesterday
The Path to Yesterday - Jim Worrall - Tenby Point - Australia - jetty

Eventually all good things come to those who wait. The afternoon dominated by harsh white light gave way to a pearler of a sunset when some clouds moved across the sky at just the right moment. I drove home from Tenby Point wearing a satisfied grin. 🙂

Below – Sunset at Tenby Point
Sunset at Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape


Exploring Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, Port Phillip Bay

Ricketts Point is a marine sanctuary located south east of Melbourne in Port Phillip Bay. When viewed from the land it’s an unremarkable looking series of sandstone rock platforms. Apparently under the waterline the platforms support a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Icon - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - Jim Worrall

When viewed from a land-based photographer’s perspective the area looks pretty ordinary during bright daylight hours.
Towards the evening the area becomes more attractive as it provides an unobstructed view of the setting sun and also provides some foreground interest in the form of waves swirling around rocks at the edge of the platforms.
This provides a good opportunity to catch some nice long exposure images.

Cauldron - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - Jim Worrall

Geometry - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - Jim Worrall

Prior to the sun setting, the rocky platforms serve as a meeting place for several species of birds. Amongst them are a very tolerant group of pelicans. They don’t seem to mind people getting relatively close to them here which provides a nice opportunity for bird watchers and photographers.

Pelican - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - beach - Jim Worrall

Pelicans - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - beach - Jim Worrall

Pelican - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - beach - Jim Worrall

Pelicans - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - beach - Jim Worrall

Self Exploration - pelican - Ricketts Point - Beaumaris - beach - Jim Worrall


The trip to Point Lonsdale

The following are a series of images taken at Point Lonsdale at high tide.
Initially we went there in the middle of the day to try out some “black glass” ND400 filters. The idea was to shoot some daytime long exposures of the low tide water interacting with the exposed rock shelves. Unfortunately I felt a bit disappointed by the results, not because of the ND400 filter but because I had trouble finding satisfying compositions.

Upon returning to Point Lonsdale at sunset the tide was high and there was a bit more foreground interest and some colour in the sky. I managed to find these images a bit more satisfying.

Hats and Coats

Emergency Pants

Sunset at Point Lonsdale


Light and Time at my Ocean Beach

A selection of images taken from two excursions to Sorrento beach.

Return to Primal is a long exposure taken after sunset. The true motion of the waves disguised by the slow shutter speed.

High Tide Sphinx is a slow(ish) exposure taken at high tide as the sun was setting behind the Sphinx rock formation at Sorrento beach, Australia.

Life in the Good Pond is a slow(ish) exposure taken at sunset. A polarizing filter was used to take the reflection off the surface of the rock pool allowing the scene below the surface to become visible. The blurring on the water was caused by the wind rippling the surface.

I Peek Around the Corner is another image from Sorrento where a polarizing filter was used to remove the unwanted reflection of the sky from the surface of the water enabling us to see the wonder below. In the distance on the horizon the Sphinx rock formation is visible.


December Hues – a Sorrento sunset

An image taken just after the sun had dropped below the horizon.
I had an ND8 and polarizing filter stacked on the front of the lens to to extend the shutter time and blur the waves giving a soft appearance to the water.

December Hues


Dusk at Sorrento ocean beach – some long exposures

A series of long exposures taken at Sorrento beach, Australia.

The Last Blaze

Aspects of Night

The Thin Green Line

Surge – the pants wetter


Images from Koonya beach

These images were taken on a recent dusk excursion to Koonya beach on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

Dusk is my favorite time of day for shooting, ……it’s certainly MUCH more user friendly than that other time of day, …….what do they call it, ….”dawn” or something like that. 🙂

Koonya Blue

Reflections


Long exposures on the Mornington Peninsula

A series of long exposures taken at Sorrento and Blairgowrie beaches on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia.
These images were taken using the Sigma 10-20mm and Canon 17-85 mm lenses with ND8 and polarizing filters stacked on the front in order to slow the shutter speed.
Note – when stacking two filters on the 10-20mm lens the rim of the outermost filter becomes visible in the corners of the images necessitating a little cropping in post processing.

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Blaze – taken at Sorrento beach.

The Glow of Last Light – taken at Sorrento beach.

The Pastel Kiss of Night – taken at Blairgowrie beach.

Welcome the Night – taken at Blairgowrie beach.

Koonya Isle – taken at Blairgowrie beach.


Through Angler’s Eyes
– taken at Blairgowrie beach.


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.


Stranded

This image was taken at Beaumaris beach, Victoria, Australia.
Walking along the beach at sunset was a hazardous proposition as sand was littered with the stranded bodies of hundreds of jellyfish. Poor things!

This shot taken with the Lumix LX3.

Stranded
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The Promise of Summer

This image was taken at Warneet coastal reserve using the Panasonic Lumix LX3 compact camera.
This has been my favorite compact camera so far, ….it’s a real “photographers camera” allowing full manual control of all the bells and whistles that one could want.
I’ve just updated my LX3 to a new firmware version (V2.1) and all seems to be well at this stage.
Apparently version 2.0 had a bug or two and was removed from the Panasonic site and has resurfaced as version 2.1.

The Promise of Summer
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Flying Solo – exposure after sunset

This image was taken at Sorrento beach shortly after the sun had dropped below the horizon.
The long exposure (30 seconds) smooths out the motion of the waves and gives the ocean a smooth, almost cloud like appearance. The pink hue is a remnant of the sunset.

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Twilight Surfer – Sorrento

A surfer takes advantage of the last light of day at Sorrento to paddle out and catch one more wave.
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Autumn’s New Mist – a mountain landscape

The sunsets near Neerim, Victoria, Australia as a typical autumn mist engulfs the local mountains.
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Glide – the salt spray effect

This sunset image taken at Blairgowrie beach, Australia, turned out to be much softer than I expected but I like the final result. The softness of the image is due to a build up of ocean salt spray on the lens filter.
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Sirens – magic of sea and sunset

A sunset taken at Blairgowrie beach, Australia.
I never get sick of visiting this ocean coastline along the Mornington Peninsula. The rocky landscape remains as a constant, however the continually changing sky and tide never fail to create a new captivating scene.
Generally the best time to visit this area are when the sunset corresponds with a low tide.

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Spellbound – a Blairgowrie sunset

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A sunset at Blairgowrie ocean beach, Australia.
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The Last Post – a Sorrento sunset

End of day at Sorrento beach, Australia.

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Neptune’s Playground

A monochrome sunset shot taken at Sorrento ocean beach.

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The Shudder of the Touch.

A glorious sunset taken at Sorrento ocean beach, Australia.

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Afterglow Sorrento

A sunset shot taken at Sorrento ocean beach, Australia.
This is one of my favorite areas to photograph when the tourist season has finished.

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Cerberus Sunset

Sunset at Black Rock beach, Australia.
The Cerberus is the semi submerged rusting hull of a ship pictured just below the setting sun.
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Exploring the magical Powlett River

A rewarding excursion to the beautiful mouth of the Powlett River.

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Image above – The Rush of the Powlett.
Just prior to the Powlett’s water reaching the ocean, the shallow flow speeds up, rippling at the surface and dancing over low obstacles.
The dunes in the background and the river bank on the right glow yellow-orange as the sun sinks low on the horizon.
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Image above – Ripples.
Evening at the mouth of the Powlett River.
The foreground rock and background dunes lit by the setting sun.
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Image above – The Magic Hour.
The orange glow from the setting sun catches the tops of the foreground rocks and the distant dunes at the mouth of the Powlett River, Australia.
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Image above – Looking towards the end of the Powlett River as it meets the ocean.

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Image above – Last Rays at the Powlett.
Looking out across the river mouth to the setting sun.
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Image above – Near Journeys End.
The Powlett River nears the end of it’s journey as it winds it’s way through sand dunes towards it’s ultimate destination, the ocean.
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Image above – Powlett Sunset.
The sun sets as the Powlett River winds it’s way through the sand dunes.
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The Archway to Yesterday

The Archway to Yesterday – a seascape shot taken at Blairgowrie ocean beach as the sun drops below the horizon.
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Eclipsed

Eclipsed – a black and white seascape taken as the sun was setting at Rye ocean beach, Australia.
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Koonya Sunset

Sunset at Koonya beach, Blairgowrie, Australia.

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Wishful Thinking

A monochrome sunset photo taken at Rye ocean beach, Australia.

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Space Time in Reflection

An HDR seascape sunset taken at Blairgowrie ocean beach.
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