Cottesloe

Winter sunrises in Perth can be spectacular – this particular morning there was too much cloud and the colour couldn’t get through. Cottesloe was wet, wild and ridiculously windy. Didn’t take a lot to slow the shutter down to get some water movement due to things moving around so quickly.

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That Boatshed

Yeah, again… it’s that boatshed. You know, the one in Crawley… if you haven’t seen pictures of it you’re obviously not from Perth, Western Australia. Because it’s possibly the most photographed icon in our city.

The great thing about this spot is it faces South and therefore can show colour from sunrise and/or sunset should there be sufficient cloud/glow factor.

These pictures were taken at sunset.

PS. I find the angles where only one window shows water and the other is dark a bit creepy. Anyone else..?

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Perth Landscape – Kalamunda

Every Landscape Photographer plays this game. For me, it begins in the morning when I get up and exit the house – what do the clouds look like? The game gets serious around early afternoon – are there still clouds? What direction are they in? How thick are they on the horizon? Will the light get through? Are they moving quickly? How windy is it? I guarantee you these are questions photographers entertain throughout the day until around the 6.30pm mark when a decision must be made. To go, or not to go. For me, this is usually a peak out the front door to check the sky. Sometimes, just by looking at the cloud formations you can pick when they will go pink just by what kinds of clouds they are. Other times the sky can be a complete surprise.

This was one of those nights. I assessed the sky and thought “mmmm… plenty of cloud. Possibly too thick for any colour to get through”. I decided to bite the bullet and go anyway. Living in Huntingdale, I have limited choices close to me so the options are varied. I chose to go to Kalamunda and scope the zig zag – haven’t had fantastic success up there and the city always comes out looking tiny but it’s a beautiful spot out in the bush and if the sunset is a bust at least it’s a beautiful setting.

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It started slowly. Minimal colour and limited spread to the surrounding clouds – the clouds were thick on the horizon which is usually not a very good sign. The light gets trapped beneath them and doesn’t show any colour. About 10 minutes after the sun had disappeared, the sky began to light up and eventually blazed in a show of orange, pink and red. It was lit for a good 40 minutes after the sun had gone for the night.

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The Fog – Crawley Boathouse

I had in mind a sky alight with colour….but it wasn’t to be! It’s really hard to know what you’re in for when you leave the house in the dark on your way to your chosen photography destination… things like, “Is there cloud?”, “Will there be colour?” and  “Have I chosen the best spot to see the sunrise?” – the last question is usually the biggest risk and the second the biggest disappointment.

I got the last two wrong. There was, however plenty of cloud. Too much cloud – fog, in fact. I wanted to head to the little jetty that overlooks the swan river… I had plenty of lovely mornings there last winter and I’m determined to better my shots from that location. Didn’t really like what it gave, so headed to the South Perth foreshore to see the city – but could barely see my hand in front of my face let alone any lights across the river. Decided to give the elusive Matilda bay boathouse a try. There was another photographer there when I arrived (couldn’t believe it!) but he generously shared the spot and here’s what I came back with:

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Colour at Matilda Bay

Finally, a great sunrise!!!

Went to Matilda Bay yesterday morning, and this is my favourite shot so far in the editing process. It’s not really as good as it could be – I didn’t end up blending exposures as I had planned…and I still may do this in the future, but I really just wanted to get this shot up, and now the little puppy is loping around, there’s very limited time for processing!

30″ second exposures, ISO 100, f/16.

Got to love that colour in the cloud!

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Matilda Bay Sunrise – Perth

I left the house at 5.30am this morning in order to be in position for what I hoped to be a beautiful sunrise. Whilst there are much nicer images with much better colour (pink! yay!), this one was shot in jpeg so I could do a quick saturation and contrast and get it up straight away! It was a beautiful still morning- this photo is a 30 second exposure from the Canon 6D and the 24-105mm.

Will post more from this series soon when they’re processed 🙂

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Gooseberry Hill Sunset

The Gooseberry Hill lookout, which is at the start of the famous scenic drive called the Zig Zag is one of my favourite places in Perth to see the sunset. It can look really magic when the sun hits a certain point on the horizon and last night was no exception. Though there wasn’t any spectacular colour, it was a beautiful sunset. There were plenty of birds about, parrots and kookaburras calling out in the dusk and I spotted a couple of rabbits too. Luckily I didn’t have Tess (my greyhound) with me otherwise I would’ve never seen her again! The only nature I didn’t appreciate last night was being ambushed and then set upon by a giant horde of bull-ants. I hate those things. They are nasty, vicious creatures. The last time I was here was Australia Day in 2012- have a look at those photos here.

Enjoy!

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