I had beautiful conditions while photographing the Karri tree’s of Boranup Forest in Australia’s South-west region. Next to no wind, beautiful warm morning light, and fog that stayed in the forest most of the morning. As I was wondering through a section of the forest this tree caught my eye. It was alone, and had great foliage on the forest floor around it. Boranup Forest is only about a 30 minute drive from Margaret River. The trees are just stunning and I am so glad I managed to make a photograph of the area that I am proud of!
I always want to capture a unique image if a location has been photographed by every man and his dog. One thing I typically do is not look at a lot of other images that way, when I arrive I can see it without other peoples images in my mind.
It took a number of attempts to capture this Sugarloaf Rock photograph. I had this idea of capturing Sugarloaf Rock as the mornings first light reached over Cape Naturaliste and hit the top of the rock. My first attempt went fairly well. I had big swells, great light, but no clouds. I returned about a month later and on the first morning had the light, but not enough swell or clouds. The following morning I was feeling confident and when I arrived to see the conditions, I was thrilled. Big swell and clouds in the sky. When the light hit the rock I was wrapped! This particular frame I am so happy to have captured. Being setup near the water and low with my wide angle lens can always be risky. This particular wave nearly swept me and my gear in for a swim. As it crashed I hit the shutter and as soon as it finished lifted the tripod up in the air and held on to some rocks. I didn’t realise I had captured this until I got home. Waiting for these to return and hopefully have conditions line up was all worth it!
‘Diamonds of the Night’
Western Australia’s Pinnacles are a place I have only ever photographed under a clear night sky and it is not hard to understand why. Situated two hours north of Perth, the skies are very dark and on a clear night, they are filled with stars, galaxy’s and the Milky Way. The landscape itself has always felt a little otherworldly to me and in my eyes, works so well under the night skies. I had captured this pinnacle once before but didn’t get what I was hoping for so a return trip one night was in order. Photographing the night sky has its own set of challenges but the results can be very rewarding!
Well it is no secret that Rottnest is home to some absolutely stunning beaches and bays. I was delivering a print of ‘Vivid Vision’ to Hotel Rottnest a month or so ago so made a day of the trip as I have always been in need of some photographs that captured the beauty of Rottnest even in broad daylight! The sand it white, the water is absolutely stunning and with weather like I had it was perfect! Top it all off with near empty bays! What a treat!
This one was taken at Parakeet Bay and came up far better than I expected!
We have had some stormy weather here in Perth, and since the last storm I have had this shot in mind… just didn’t realise it would happen so soon! It was my first time really trying to capture a good lightning shot and I had to learn a few things pretty quickly! Even that if its warm outside your house and there is next to no wind… the beach is probably still very windy and cold!
It was starting to rain as I took these last shots and after my last exposure I had to bolt back up the small cliffs and to the car before there was an absolute downpour!
Here is the shot I mentioned earlier today! Something a little different but I love the mystical feel to this scene!
Conditions at Canal Rocks were awesome and I captured this sweet black and white shot. The waves were sweeping right over the jetty where I was standing and my shoes were drenched as well as my shorts!