Posts tagged “Yallingup

In Between

I had fun converting this image to Black and White. The original colour version had quiet subdued blues and greens which I initially warmed to but I couldn’t help but go for a higher contrast black and white treatment in the end.

This is 2 images stitched together vertically with the Canon 45mm tilt shift.

Wyadup Rocks, Yallingup. Western Australia

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If you see a penny PICK IT UP! – lightning storm, Dunsborough

I am not a superstitious person. At least I try not to be. I even try to fight superstition with superstition by thinking that if I knowingly walk under a ladder that it will actually bring me good luck rather than bad luck. Take that superstition!

On the morning of the second day of my trip down south I was wandering some sand dunes looking for possible photo opportunities when I stumbled upon a 2 dollar coin. It sat there staring at me and I couldn’t help but pick it up and think to myself ‘see a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!’. It is hard to ignore superstition in instances like these where the supposed outcome is actually beneficial.

After pocketing the coin I continued on about my day, scouting locations and keeping a keen eye on the weather. Up until this point the skies were blue and the light was harsh, (very uninspiring from a photography point of view) but over the coarse of the next hour or two clouds began to form on the horizon. As the clouds rolled in over the ocean things were starting to look good. There was a nice combination of low and high cloud with plenty of breathing room in between. The combination that often results in a spectacular sunset. As the sun finally began to approach the horizon and draw an end to the day things were looking really good. I scouted a location and composition I thought could make the most of the sunset  and waited for the light show to unfold (see image in my previous post). After the light show died down I headed into Dunsborough got myself a feed and a couple of drinks and called it a day.

After a restless couple of hours sleep in the van I heard the unmistakable sound of rumbling thunder. I took a quick peek outside and could see lightning flashes over the ocean to the north-east and noticed the storm was headed in a easterly direction. With a quick time check (2:00am) I decided to head straight to Quindalup Boat Ramp in hope of capturing some lightning images before the storm passed. On arrival at the location I was stunned to see that the storm was currently straight out in front of the Jetty, exactly what I was hoping for. With the storm moving fast I quickly set up, set my exposure for 120 seconds, f8 iso100 and started shooting. I managed to only fire off 2 exposures before the storm had moved to the right of frame. By the end of the third exposure the storm had moved out of frame and the number of strikes dramatically decreased. The image you see here is from the second exposure.

Now it was only at this point that I remembered about the whole 2 dollar coin incident. I hadn’t thought of it from the time of picking it up until just after capturing this image. Did the great clouds and spectacular sunset occur because I picked up a 2 dollar coin? Not a chance! I had observed the weather radar before heading to the Yallingup / Dunsborough area and was expecting conditions to be favourable. I couldn’t help but think however after being woken by thunder, immediately heading straight to this location and immediately setting up and firing off a couple of shots that I could have luck on my side. Is it likely, probably not, but who knows!

Quindalup Jetty / Boat Ramp – Dunsborough, Western Australia

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Radiance

1. radiance – the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface

2. radiance – an attractive combination of good health and happiness; “the radiance of her countenance”

The waves were continually rolling ashore and feeding into this naturally formed pool on the shoreline of one of the beautiful beaches in the South West of our state. There was just enough time in between waves for a perfect reflection to form on the surface, radiating the amazing colours and forms of an incredible sunset.

Yallingup, Western Australia

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Sunkissed – Yallingup, Western Australia

The South West Coastline captures the last light of the day.

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“Hit and Run” or “Suicide”?

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A shot taken over the weekend just gone. Inspiration drawn from Christian Fletcher’s recent “Sheep Shots” http://christianfletcher.wordpress.com/

“Hit and Run” or “Suicide”?

Surely a hit and run in this case! How could a Kangaroo living in such a beautiful environment such as that of the Boranup Forest want to take its own life by jumping infront of oncoming traffic?

It is a well known fact that Kangaroo suicide is a major problem, particularly on the Nullarbor Plain. The Nullabor’s searing hot summer days are relentless and with the complete lack of trees the poor Kangaroos are unable to escape the extreme heat. The sweltering conditions combined with absolutely nothing to do drive the Kangaroos insane, some eventually resorting to suicide. The most common methods being…..

1) Jumping off the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, or

2) Jumping out in front of oncoming traffic along the Eyre Highway

The latter of the two is obvious with the roadside of the Eyre Highway constantly littered with Kangaroos. It is a matter that must be dealt with. The government of Australia needs to provide funding within these communities so that Kangaroo Counselling is at hand and shade cloth can be erected!

Ok… All sick jokes aside.

No one likes seeing road kill. Especially when it is a native species. Motor vehicles/Motor vehicle drivers deplete native species numbers.

Drive safely and sensibly.