I just wanted to share with you the first sunset of 2012 here in Western Australia. It was a simple one but still nice.
I hope the beginning of your 2012 was really fun and amazing. If you’d like to see a larger version please just click on the photo.
I hope 2011 was just as an amazing year for you as it was for me and I hope that 2012 will be an even better year for you. I’ve got some awesome projects lined up for next year and can’t wait to tackle them. I’m going to be capturing seascape photography from some stunning locations.
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Recently we were provided with the most amazing sunset near Fremantle. Everyone had left saying that there was going to be no decent sunset, but for some reason I just knew it was going to be a cracker and it was. It was so intense, so red, that I felt like it was glowing right through me! It was almost like the water was sizzling from heat and for a few minutes I felt like a fireball was slowly advancing upon me. Of course all good things end and the sun quickly dipped below the horizon.
I’ll be offering this photograph in my Australian landscape photography gallery shortly.
The one big lesson I got from this Fremantle sunset was that you should never ever leave your location until the sun has well and truly set. You just can’t predict what is going to happen no matter how good you are.
Well after two successful exhibitions this year, gaining gallery representation and heaps of great photographs captured I’m signing off for the year.
Thank you for all your support throughout the year and I can’t wait to catch up with you all in 2012!!!
North Cottesloe Beach is one of those amazing beaches that are just simply awesome for Seascape photography. It has a different mood almost every time you head on down there. In fact its probably my favourite Perth beach. If you ever see me down there make sure you say hello!
I love summer days like this as well. You know the ones where you’ve been sweltering all day and all you want to do is head on down to the beach in the evening and take a dip to cool down. There is nothing quite like it. Well there probably is one better thing and that is to have a serve of fish and chips while your down there!
One of the great things about living in Australia is the beaches. Though photographically I can do without summer as there are hardly any clouds, personally it is my most favourite time of year.
I just love hitting the beach and jumping into that water. Immersing myself in its soothing caress. Nothing better.
This photo was taken on New Years Day this year from memory. It was scorching hot and everyone hit the beach to try and escape the heat. Unfortunately I didn’t get to jump into the water myself this time around. I was too busy taking photos.
On days like this taking Australian landscape photography is extremely rewarding. I get to capture a part of people’s lives. Show to the rest of the world how we live our lives. Its a real privilege.
The other thing about this shot that was fun was that I got to leave my tripod behind and I felt so free without it, if not a little weird.
Canon 1Ds MkIII
Canon F/1.2 50mm lens
Shutter speed – 1/160th
Did you know that the above settings working for nearly all daylight situations when in manual mode? If you didn’t, try it out and see if it works for you.
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This is the sort of photo that I’m best known for. Seascape photography is my genre and I love it so much.
So why do I love it so much? Well I just love the ocean. I love everything about it. To me there is nothing more satisfying than standing on the beach with the water lapping at my feet with its soothing coolness while I am trying to capture it.
This particular shot was taken a few nights ago and I just knew the sunset wasn’t going to be a great one so I decided to focus more on these waves as they were rushing across the reef right next to Cottesloe Beach. They were producing this amazing rippling effect as they were scurrying across the reef.
There was actually some pretty cool surf happening as well but that is another story.
To get this shot I used AV mode on my camera as depth of field was more important to me than shutter speed.
Camera – Canon 1Ds MkIII
Lens – Canon F/2.8 16-35mm
AV Mode – F16
Shutter Speed – 1/2 sec.
Hope this helps you guys out. Remember any comments are always appreciated and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
I really like this shot, so many elements in it call out to my senses. The ship in the background making its way to its next destination, water movement and of course I love the starfish in the photo as well.
Normally I go to a beach called North Cottesloe but I’ve shot there quite a bit recently so I decided to head to another beach. This beach isn’t one that I’d normally consider shooting at because its quite featureless with just a small sand beach that is normally covered in lots of weeds.
However, we’ve had quite a few storms here of late and most of the sand has been stripped back exposing lots of these awesome rocks. I noticed last winter that this beach had the potential to provide a shot like this.
If enjoy seascape photography its really important to notice what happens to your local beaches during certain seasons. If I hadn’t noticed last winter that these rocks became exposed after heavy winter storms I probably wouldn’t have captured this shot. Its not a bad idea to keep notes on how your local beaches look when you visit them so that you know where to go if after a specific shot.
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North Cottesloe is such an amazing place to photograph, especially for a seascape photographer like me. Unfortunately, we only get to shoot it for a few months each year as it is typically covered in sand and its only when winter arrives with her storms that we get to see the rocks.
When the rocks do become exposed its often during times of big waves and dark and dramatic skies which are just awesome to capture. You have to watch out though, if you’re not quick the waves will come thundering down on you and totally drench both you and your camera! People who watch me take photos on these reefs normally have a great laugh as I rush out in between waves, throw my tripod down and focus the shot. Then the next wave comes screaming in so I have to run back off the reef. Its almost like doing an hour of physical training.
To get this shot I used the following:
Lee filter holder system
5 stop Singh Ray Graduated Neutral Density filter
Manual mode – F13, ISO400, Shutter – 2.5secs.
F/2.8 16-35mm Canon lens.
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Waimea Bay would have to be one of my most favourite beaches to visit. On a nice day its just idyllic. The waves gently lap at the beach, there is plenty of space on the beach, the water is warm and of course the colour of the water is just amazing. On an epic day it has 20ft waves crashing through, throwing up some of the biggest surf in the world. Unfortunately, I’ve not been there on an epic day yet.
Getting to Waimea Bay is really easy as its literally a quick and easy 30min drive from Waikiki Beach and there is plenty see along the way. The pineapple plantations are along the highway and the diversion to Haleiwa to see all the surf shops and markets are well worth the trip as well.
This photo is a single image taken from my Canon 16-35 F/2.8mm lens using F13 ISO50, 1/60th sec.
I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to know your thoughts on the photo or of Waimea Bay.