A few weeks ago l decided to head out to the Grampians and drag myself away from the Great Ocean Road, give myself a break from shooting seascapes. l must say it was great to have a change of scenery as the landscape at the Grampians is just spectacular. The views are amazingly beautiful (and scary) if, like me, you don’t like heights. 7 nights camping at Halls Gap was just what the doctor ordered, time out after being in lockdown for well over 6months during to covid.
Hiking up and around the mountains and beautiful look-outs made me feel great both physically and mentally as the hikes really lifted my spirits and fitness levels. It’s amazing how great you can feel being out and about in nature.
Visiting places such as Mount William which happens to be the highest point with 360 degree views. A steep walk to reach the peak but well worth it.
Boroka Lookout, which is to said to be one of the best look-outs and only 200 metres from the car park. with views over Halls Gap and 180 degree views of Western Victoria.
Reeds Lookout and The Balconies, which l visited 4 days straight hoping for the right conditions to grab a few good photos.
Below are a couple of lovely images l managed to capture one misty morning at Boroka Lookout. Conditions were perfect for atmospheric looking images as the mist covered the landscape and the sun made its way over the horizon casting wonderful morning light through the mist.
A very unique perspective.
l am always on the lookout for something a little different from the Great Ocean Road. This location is amazing, off the beaten track and standing on a very narrow cliff face (shaking at the knees) whilst composing. The views are nothing more than awesome, with the wild ocean and strong breeze just about blew me over the edge. You really need to brace yourself whilst out at these locations and many times l ask myself ‘what the heck am l doing out here risking my life’ with so much corrosion and sections of the cliffs falling off, but here l am again living and loving what l do.
Salt Water in my Veins.
A couple of evenings ago at the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Turned out to be a really lovely evening, slept in the car with my (50kg) puppy Tahshee, both of us huddled in the back of the car and l must say he handled his first night of sleeping in the car really well, l was a little concerned considering it was his first sleepout. Now that he can handle it, there will be plenty more sleep outs ahead. Although he has to stay in the car whilst we are visiting the National Parks.
l arrived at the Apostles car park at around 7.30pm with sunset due at around 8.20pm, sat with my dog at the car for a little while than wandered of to take some photos and boy was l excited when l arrived at the viewing platforms to see the 12 Apostles bathed in beautiful sea mist whilst the evening sunlight was creating a lovely warmth to the scene.
In all the years l have visited the Apostles it is very rare to have sea mist engulf them, truly a sight to behold.
Last Week l went for a quick drive out to the Great Ocean Road, the weather was quite stormy on the way there and the clouds and weather conditions were looking very promising indeed, but l arrived there a little to early and conditions changed a lot throughout the time l spent there, chasing the light and the cloud action. l decided on shooting at the Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge as the light had more impact.
Here are a few images l had captured that evening.
Aireys Inlet is one of my favourite Photography Workshop locations. Join Master Photographer Darren J Bennett on one of his upcoming photography workshops on the Great Ocean Road.
Aireys Inlet provides photographers with plenty of subject matter to perfect your craft, lots of rock stacks, beautiful cliffs that light up when the morning sun casts its light upon them, great ocean views and there is even a light house to photograph. Join me on one of my upcoming Seascape Photography Workshops at this awesome place.
This is by far the most intense sunset/sunrise l have witnessed in Victoria throughout my photographic career. The amazing colours you see here are from the result of a passing storm. As the storm passed and the sun was setting on the horizon the atmosphere that was left lingering could best be described as a ‘sense of aliveness’. Captured at Whisky Bay, Wilson’s Promontory.
Every once in a while you encounter a sunrise/sunset that leaves you breathless and this sunset at Gibsons Beach was one of those occasions, leading up to this moment the sky and clouds were quite dull and not showing to much promise in terms of producing an exquisite light show but in the final moments the clouds opened just enough to let the sunlight through and what happened next was truly magical for a photographer, which goes to show that you should wait until the last moment until packing your camera gear away.