Australian seascape and landscape photography

Westernport Bay

Warneet Doorway Sunset

A view of the sun setting through the shed doorway at the entrance to Warneet North Jetty.

jim worrall, warneet north, jetty, sunset, doorway


Grantville Jetty Sunset

Sunset approaches at Grantville jetty on Western Port Bay.

Jim Worrall, Grantville, jetty, pier, sunset, beach, Western Port Bay,

This image is available to purchase as a print here.


Corinella Barge Landing

The French Island to Corinella Barge traverses a narrow section of Western Port Bay carrying vehicles and passengers back and forth between the island and mainland.

Pictured below is a long exposure image of the Corinella Barge landing area as sunset approaches.   The image is available to purchase as print here.

jim worrall, Corinella, barge, seascape, long exposure, Western Port Bay

Tech stuff – 30 sec, f/11, ISO200, 10 stop solid + 4 stop soft grad filters.

 

 


Sawtells Inlet – Tooradin

The view across Sawtells Inlet, looking towards Tooradin Village.

Tech stuff – 10 seconds, f/13, ISO 100, 10 stop solid + 4 stop soft grad ND filters.

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

Jim Worrall, western port bay, black and white, seascape, mangroves


Blind Bight Boat Ramp and Jetty

A couple of sunset shots from Blind Bight foreshore.

The image below shows the edge of the boat ramp in the foreground with the distant land and sky lit by the sun setting behind me.

Tech stuff – 1.3 sec, f/20, ISO 50, 4 stop soft grad ND filter.

This image is available to purchase as a print here.

jim worrall, Blind Bight foreshore, western port bay, sunset, seascape, boat ramp

Pictured below – Looking out to sea alongside the Blind Bight jetty / pontoon as sunset approaches.

Tech stuff – 1 sec, f/20, ISO 50 with 4 stop soft grad ND filter.

This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Blind Bight, western port bay, pontoon, sunset, seascape


Balnarring Beach Groyne Sunrise

Another sunrise expedition to the groynes at Balnarring Beach on Western Port Bay.  This time we visited the straight groynes on the beach near the general store.

Balnarring Beach, Jim Worrall, Western Port Bay, groyne, sunrise

The image above was shot just before the sun broke through the clouds on the horizon.  It’s a 2 second exposure, slightly smoothing the surface details in the water. This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Balnarring Beach, Jim Worrall, sunrise, Western Port Bay, Mornington Peninsula

Pictured above – A short exposure as the sun breaks through the clouds.  I liked the way the reflected sun rays were glinting off the waves and the foreground sand.  This image is available to buy as a print here.

Balnarring Beach, Jim Worrall, groyne, sunrise, Western Port Bay, Mornington Peninsula

Pictured above – As the sun rises higher in the sky, one of the groynes becomes beautifully side lit by the warming rays.  This is a short exposure (1/20 sec f/18 iso100) shot with the camera way down low almost resting on the sand.  This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Balnarring Beach, Jason Cincotta, Jim Worrall, photographer, groyne, sunrise, Western Port Bay, Mornington Peninsula

Pictured above – Friend Jason preparing for his next shot as the sky lights up.

 

 

 


A Balnarring Beach sunrise.

A couple of dawn shots from the zig-zag groyne at Balnarring Beach on Western Port Bay.

Balnarring Beach, Jim Worrall, Western Port Bay, sunrise, long exposure, seascape, groyne

The image above is available to purchase as a print in many forms and sizes here.

Tech stuff – 10 secs, f/8, iso 100, using a 10 stop and 4 stop soft grad ND filter.

For those who might be interested in photographing the groyne, it’s easily accessible. Park at the end of Seawind Rd, Balnarring Beach. It’s a short walk down to the beach then turn right.  There are also a few straight groynes off to the left.

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The image above is available to purchase as a print in many sizes and forms here.

Tech stuff – 13 secs, f/8, 10 stopper and 4 stop soft grad.

 


Tenby Point jetty remnants

Tenby Point is a coastal village sitting on the eastern side of Western Port Bay, about half way between Grantville and Corinella.  The jetty remnants are best visited near high tide when water surrounds the base of the posts. When the tide recedes here it goes WAY out leaving the posts sitting in an unattractive bed of mud.

Tech stuff for the image below – 260 secs at f/13,  ND400 + ND8 filters.

Tenby Point, jetty, Jim Worrall, long exposure, Western Port Bay, ND filter

Tech stuff for the image below – 205 secs at f/14, ND400 + ND8 filters.

Tenby Point, jetty, Jim Worrall, long exposure, ND filter, Western Port Bay


Warneet Sunset

Sometimes we don’t realize what we have until we view it through different eyes.

Warneet sunset 10-04-16
Tech stuff – 60 secs @ f/16,  10 stop solid ND + 4 stop soft grad.

Jim Worrall, western port bay, sunset, long exposure, ND filters


Balnarring Beach Groyne – revisited

For those unfamiliar with groynes, a groyne is a low wall or timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to prevent erosion.

On a previous visit to photograph this groyne the tide was unexpectedly low and yielded images that weren’t quite what we were looking for.  This time I made sure to arrive at peak high tide and waited for the tide to recede and reveal just enough of the groyne to catch these images.

A local resident told me that the zig-zagging planks aren’t always visible and that they’re sometimes completely covered by sand with only the posts exposed.

For those who might be interested in photographing the groyne,  it’s easily accessible. Park at the end of Seawind Rd, Balnarring Beach.  It’s a short walk down to the beach then turn right.

Tech stuff – 25 secs @ f/9 using a 10 stop solid + 4 stop soft ND grad + polarizer.

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, black and white, seascape

The image above is available to purchase as a print in many forms and sizes at my Redbubble site here.

Tech stuff for the image below – 13 secs f/9, NiSi 10 stop solid + 4 stop soft grad + polarizer.

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, seascape, ND filter, NiSi

The image above is available to purchase as a print in many forms and sizes at my Redbubble site here.


Tenby Point – Western Port Bay

Jim Worrall, Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, long exposure, ND400, seascape, black and white

A couple of long exposure photos from the beautifully serene beach at Tenby Point on Western Port BayJim Worrall, Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, long exposure, ND400, seascape, black and white

Pictured above – The iconic tree “Ol’ Woody” and his mate, …… blowing in the wind at Tenby Point.            Tech stuff – 30 secs f/20 ND400.

This photo is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, long exposure, seascape, ND400, black and white

Pictured above – Erosion prevention (I’m guessing), at Tenby Point.

Tech stuff – 30 secs f/10 ND400.

This photo is available to purchase as a print here.

 


Ol’ Woody at Tenby Point

Ol’Woody is a popular mangrove tree at Tenby Point on Western Port Bay.
In this image the reflection in the water has been enhanced by smoothing the surface ripples using a 180 second exposure time made possible with dark ND filters.

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

Jim Worrall, Western Port Bay


Grantville Jetty Sunset

Sunset at Grantville jetty on Western Port Bay.

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

sunset at Grantville jetty, Western Port Bay, Jim Worrall


Sunset at Coronet Bay

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


Tenby Point – West Jetty

A long exposure image at high tide from the picturesque shores of Tenby Point on Western Port Bay, Australia.

Tenby Point - West Jetty - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - ND400


Balnarring Beach Groynes

The groynes at Balnarring Beach serve to reduce erosion at the water’s edge. Most of the groynes are simply a line of posts connected together by planks creating a straight sea wall.
I was struggling to find something interesting on the beach then stumbled across this baby zig-zagging out into the bay.

Below – Zig Zag.
Balnarring Beach - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - long exposure - ND400

Below – The usual straight groyne.
Balnarring Beach - Jim Worrall - Groyne - Western Port Bay - Australia

Below – The making of Zig Zag.
Using ND400 to simplify an image - Jim Worrall


Tenby Point – The Jetty and the Mangroves

We had arrived just in time. The high tide was starting to recede giving us easy access to the beach yet there was still enough water covering the base of the jetty posts.
If you arrive at this destination at the wrong time you’ll find sticks in mud.

Below – Two images of the Tenby Point jetty remnants.
Tenby Point Jetty - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - storm clouds

Tenby Point Jetty - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - ND400 - long exposure

Pictured below – On the way back to the car park the water had receded enough to reveal the tangled root system on this Tenby Point icon.

Tenby Point - mangrove -Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - ND400 - long exposure

Tenby Point - mangroves - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - ND400 - long exposure


A Sunset at Tooradin

A couple of images taken as the sun disappears below the horizon at Tooradin foreshore, Western Port Bay.

Pictured below – At high tide a mangrove sits semi submerged in the foreground as day gives way to night.
Sunset at Tooradin foreshore - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia

Below – A view from the Tooradin jetty looking back upstream towards town.
Tooradin foreshore sunset - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia


Catching the Instagram Train

The photography community seems to be polarized over the use of phone cameras and associated filter programs such as Instagram.
I must admit to being slow to travel down the “phone and filter” path and have only recently decided to give it a go to see what all the noise is about.

Since giving it a trial run I must admit that the use of Instagram and other similar programs has reintroduced a fresh and fun aspect to my photography.

Pictured below – Rye Pier.
Rye Pier - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Instagram

I find it refreshingly simple to just pull out my phone, click, process and even publish the image so quickly.
I also enjoy being forced to rethink my compositions into a square format after being conditioned by years of using a 3×2 SLR format.

Pictured below – A foggy morning at Tooradin foreshore.
Foggy Morning at Tooradin - Jim Worrall - Instagram

Admittedly I’ve had to resist the urge to “pixel peep” at the noise and visual anomalies created by some of the clunky filters.
This will never replace my SLR photography but I reckon it will complement it nicely. Phone photography has definitely introduced a fresh fun aspect to my photo life.

Pictured below – Mt Martha beach.
Mt Martha beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Instagram


Queensferry – a contrast of tides

Following are a series of images from Queensferry, on Western Port Bay, demonstrating the area’s vast difference in appearance between high tide and low tide. The high tide images were taken using my 40D with heavy ND filtering.
The low tide images were captured a week earlier (as reference photos) using my phone camera and post processed using an Android app called Retro Camera.

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Red Bricks 146 - Queensferry - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - ND400

Queensferry - seawall - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - pine tree - high tide

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - high tide - ND400

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - high tide - Jim Worrall - ND400

Queensferry - seawall - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall


The Docking Station – Corinella

A high tide view of the docking station at Corinella. This is where the French Island barge docks to transfer vehicles and passengers to and from the mainland.

Docking Station - Corinella - French Island - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay

Below – Old Man of the Sea, an old mangrove tree just a stone’s throw away from the docking station.

Old Man of the Sea - Corinella - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - mangrove


Tenby Point Revisited

There’s something quite magical about Tenby Point. It’s one of those areas I feel compelled to visit from time to time.
A great surprise this visit was to find the road is now surfaced with asphalt. I’m going to miss all the corrugations and pot holes that once adorned the old dirt track leading to the beach.

The Fossicker’s Harvest
The Fossicker's Harvest - Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - mangrove - Australia

Tenby Landmark
Tenby Landmark - Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - mangrove - Australia

Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones - Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia


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.


Snapshots from Tooradin

Tooradin is right at the top of my list when it comes to escaping for a little bit of quiet time. Located just a few minutes down the road from my home, Tooradin’s features include a serene creek that runs through the town and winds it’s way down to a great foreshore area where it joins with Westernport Bay.
The foreshore area usually has lots of parking spaces available and serves as a fine place to devour whatever delicacy you’ve chosen from the local bakery, fish and chip, or pizza shop.
Alternatively you can bring along your own boring food and make use of the BBQs.

Pictured below – The view looking down the channel towards Westernport Bay at low tide.
Tooradin channel - Jim Worrall - Australia

During low tide, large expanses of mud are exposed along both sides of the channel.
You can stroll along the elevated edge of the channel and watch as thousands of tiny crabs, disturbed by your presence, dive for cover into their tiny holes in the mud.

Pictured below – The view looking up the channel towards the main road.
Tooradin channel - Jim Worrall -  Australia

Back to the serious topic of food for a moment, I highly recommend the Tooradin bakery with it’s fine selection of meat pies. They also have more sweet cake/bun/doughnut thingies than you could poke a stick at, …..and the coffee isn’t too bad there either.

The bakery is also conveniently located next to the fine Ice Cream shop, offering heaps of different flavours for those craving even more sugar. 😉

Fish n’chips must be big business in Tooradin because this tiny town has no less than two fish n chip shops.
On one side of the main road is the Tooradin Original Fish & Chip Shop and across the road is the Boardwalk Chippery. The Boardwalk shop boasts the use of “healthy rice bran oil”. The rice bran oil must be an acquired taste, …I’ve tried it but I haven’t yet acquired that particular taste,….but each to their own.

Pictured below – Down the channel a short distance, remnants of the old jetty pictured at high tide, complete with “god rays” shooting through the clouds signaling the end of a beautiful day.
Tooradin - old jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

Below – The same jetty remnants pictured at low tide, complete with an amazing number of mud dwelling crabs and their mud holes. 🙂
Tooradin - jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

For the curious photographers who might be reading this post, the camera I used was a Panasonic Lumix LX3 in “dynamic B&W” mode with some minor corrections later in Photoshop.

If you’re interested in using any of these images or would like to purchase a high quality print then please contact me at – jim.worrall@gmail.com