Seascapes and Rainbows at Aireys Inlet.

Hi all,

Another extreme adventure on the Great Ocean Road last weekend. A couple of nights over at Aireys Inlet. This particular evening was very special indeed with rainbows, sun glows and dreamy reflections on the glistening sand.

3 days of rain and cloudy skies, things were looking fairly bleak as far as photography goes, fortunately one of the evenings produced a little magic for me to work with. Throughout the day we had rain with the occasional sunny break, rainbows were prevalent and the clouds had a little bit of substance about them.

Whilst scouting around the local beach area in Aireys Inlet l stumbled upon a small rocky outcrop, the tide had been out at that time, therefore l was able to have a good look around and decided that l would do my evening photo shoot there.

At 4pm the tide was forecast to be relatively high, which meant that l would have some water motion in and around the rocky outcrop I intended to photograph. The rocky outcrop was somewhat cluttered, therefore my objective was to isolate one or two larger rocks and use them as foreground interest with the receding water creating lovely patterns around them (when using slower shutter speeds, it helps to create lovely streaks in the water patterns).

Generally, l slow my camera shutter speed down to 2 seconds or less. The tide was now on its way in, l wacked on my waterproof shoes and started shooting. The water rushed in and around my tripod and legs, at times the water level reached above my knees, l grasped onto my tripod and stood my ground, waiting for the water to recede before moving from my current spot.

Its vitally important to wait for the incoming water to recede as it may be quite high and the visibility around your feet is blurred with water, making it nearly impossible to make out small rocks which may cause you to trip or lose your footing.

There was a lovely golden glow emanating from the clouds above, reflecting lovely golden hues back onto the wet sandy beach, the colours were rich and vibrant and the glow was superb. A few drops of rain threatened to ruin the light parade but soon dissipated and another rainbow set the skies aglow.

Evenings like these are few and far between, I’m so happy to have been there as a witness to the beautiful spectacle. Please enjoy the images.

Darren J.

Golden Glows and rainbows.

 

12 Apostles Great Ocean Road Photography.

Hi Friends and followers.

 

Please enjoy this short collection of seascape images from the Great Ocean Road.

 

Darren J.

https://youtu.be/z9s5McjUw6o

Missing The Great Ocean Road.

Really missing the ocean at the moment. Need to get some saltwater into my system. The restrictions due to Covid19 seem to be going on forever, Someone tell me there is light at the end of the tunnel. This image of me in action was captured by Rob Featonby, whilst we were running a Photography Workshop at Aireys Inlet and Point Roadknight along the Great Ocean Road.
Darren J.
Point Roadknight. Great Ocean Road.

Point Roadknight, Great Ocean Road.

This Adventure starts at Point Roadknight, located just before Anglesea at the very start of the Great Ocean Road. Its only a short drive from Melbourne (116 km) and would usually take me 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there, so its a great location to get to if time is a factor, a quick sunset/sunrise shoot and you’re home in no time at all. Very easy location to access from the car park with a short stroll along the beach, the rock stacks seem to be sandstone, so they are very craggy and the jagged surface can graze you easily.

The area itself stretches out about 200 metres or so and the rock stacks have really unusual shapes and features about them. The water flow in and around this location can be very very dangerous so its probably best to arrive early to do some ground work as there are lots of pots holes in and around the rock shelf and if you have an incoming tide the pot holes will not be obvious with water flowing over them. l always recommened  no matter where you are photographing, arriving early to navigate the area and become familiar with the terrain, that way you will be more aware of what you will be dealing with when the light is low and the tide is coming in, also try to time your shoot when the tide is outgoing, that way more of the surface will be exposed as the water recedes. Explore the location at low tide and see what awaits you, imagine what the area looks like with water motion.

With the right tidal conditions you might be able to push out on the rock shelf a little further which in turn opens up more compositional options, and hopefully make the most of some water motion coming in and around the area creating beautiful little waterfalls which you can utilise for foreground interest. Cascading water movement will always help create a more dramatic and visually pleasing image and be sure to use a slower shutter speed to help emphasise to motion. Low tide will generally produce little water movement so you can work more on compositions using rock pools with a calm water surface and reflections, mid tide at Point Roadknight will have water gushing in all around you, creating cascading waterfalls.

When running my Photography Workshops in Anglesea, l take my participants for a shoot at Point Roadknight, either sunrise or sunset depending on tidal conditions. Low tide is always best to start learning about seascape photography.

Fortunately l have avoided any nasty falls or accidents at Point Roadknight, but not so lucky for a participant on one of my workshops, well it was after the workshop had finished that we decided to go for another shoot at Point Roadknight, a participant was scouting around for a good composition when she accidentally stepped into a pot hole,  falling over and dropping her camera into the water, it turns out that her camera stopped working, luckily her insurance covered her camera and a new one was provided.

All in all Point Roadknight is a great location for seascape photography, so long as you have your wits about you, once again play it smart and have someone tag along to watch your back. Be prepared to get your feet wet and possibly your camera gear as there will always be a rogue wave or two.

Another thing to mention, when you find yourself knee deep in water (like the participants in the image below) wait until the water recedes back and you can see whats around you, when the water is coming in and around you its nearly impossible to see the pot holes as they are filled with water, once the water recedes make your move back. Invest in a pair of waders to get in closer to the action.

Darren J.

Point Roadnight, Great Ocean Road.
Incoming Tide Point Roadnight.
Point Roadnight.
Point Roadnight.

The Great Ocean Road.

l have been taking photos along the Great Ocean Road for over 20 years now, l learnt my craft there, studying the tides and the ocean mainly by watching and observing. Spending hours and hours sitting on the rocks and watching in no particular hurry, waiting for sunset and whilst waiting l was watching how the incoming or outgoing tide moved the water around with it, wrapping itself around the rocks and creating lovely lines and movement as the waves came into shore and than out again. it was through observing the ebbs and flows that l was able to capture this through the camera.

 

Red Johanna Beach, Great Ocean Road.

 

 

The swirling water had me hooked so to speak. Days turned into weeks and weeks into years, from Anglesea to crayfish Bay and Lorne to Port Campbell, the possibilities along this beautiful stretch of coastline were immense. Every weekend was spent along the coastline, sunrise and sunset. The drive there did not bother me to much as l actually love to drive long distances, l find it somewhat therapeutic, visiting a location over and over again until l had captured a few good frames than move on.

In doing this l managed to find my favourite spots (my go to locations) such as Artillery Rocks, located 12 kms out from Lorne, its also a popular spot with fisherman. The rock formations are really interesting, volcanic in nature and worn away from the sea, they provide great subject matter for learning the art of seascape photography, although one must always be very wary of the tidal conditions as this is a very dangerous place especially during high tide or stormy weather.

 

Artillery Rocks, Great Ocean Road.

 

Magic Rock on The Great Ocean Road.

Next time you find yourself in Warrnambool, Victoria, make sure you have time to visit a place known to the locals as ‘Magic Rock’. Its tucked away just of the Great Ocean Road. Getting to the location can be very tricky as there are only 2 forms of access, one is by car along a very very bumpy dirt track that stretches on for about 10kms, it is also a very narrow track so if you have a larger type vehicle expect to pick up a few scratches from over hanging branches. The other alternative is to drive around to another entry point and park your car, than walk or ride a bike, the walk would take around 50 minutes, which ever route you decide to take both options are difficult to find without a little guidance from the locals.

The terrain is also very hazardous with a steep descent down to the main rock stack, once down you will than have to navigate the dangerous and unpredictable incoming ocean swell, which can knock you off your feet in an instant. to get up close to the Magic Rock, you will have to clamber over quite a few boulders (if the tide allows) and than hopefully get yourself a good composition to start shooting. Ocean spray and misty conditions can also cause havoc, so make sure you pack a few good cloths to wipe down your camera gear regularly.

Another recommendation is to make sure you don’t do it alone, have a friend or 2 tag along to look out for you as any slip or accident here would be a disaster. Always take care and stay safe whilst photographing.

 

Darren J.

Magic Rock, Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool, Victoria.

 

 

Magic Rock, Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool, Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seascapes are my Dreamscapes

Recently caught up with my good friend and fellow photographer Rob Featonby. We spent the weekend camping and photographing over at Red Johanna, along the Great Ocean Road.

These days things have gotten very busy at Red Johanna, lots of campers and families enjoying the great outdoors. Lots of fishing, surfing and just kicking back.

Rob Featonby and l have spent the last couple of years catching up for photography sessions on a regular basis. Last year we spent two weeks cruising around Tasmania in his F250, camping and photographing most of the iconic locations Tassie has to offer. Although the weather conditions were not on our side, the journey was awesome.

Rob would have to be one of the most tireless photographers I have met. His passion is shooting night skies and star trails. There have been many occasions when we have been out shooting and I called it a night around midnight, then woke up bright and early for sunrise, only to find Rob still out shooting star trails on the beach! Without sleep, he continues shooting throughout the night and the morning, no matter what the weather conditions; a most dedicated and professional-minded photog.

Rob is pictured here, knee-deep in seawater and loving every moment.

So without fail, I always know I’m in for serious stuff when Rob’s around, lots of energy and motivation. This weekend was no exception, Sunday morning produced a ripping sky and scene. Both Rob and I were ecstatic, due to the fact that the previous morning and evening had been a whitewash due to unfavourable shooting conditions.


For some unknown reason Red Johanna always finds a way to turn it on; very rarely have I not had a good shoot there. My only grudge is that l wish there was more subject matter to work with, but you can’t have it all.

Being able to camp at the doorstep of where you’re shooting is also a big plus: a hop, skip and jump, throw my waders on and I’m ready for shooting. Waders come in very handy whilst shooting seascapes, even Rob has invested in a pair.

I’m heading back out to Great Ocean Road in a couple of days – high tide rolling in at sunset, just the way I like it.

You can check out Rob’s amazing images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_featonby/

Darren J.

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Red Johanna Beach

Red Johanna Beach is amongst my favourite destinations when visiting Great Ocean Road. Each visit brings about a new look – with the shifting sands and constant tide flow, the face of Red Johanna is forever changing.
Each new season will also have an impact on the face of Johanna: you will find rock pools, various coloured algae, interesting rock formations and amazing views for sunrise; local surfers frequently visit to catch a wave or two.

For those of you who like camping, Red Johanna has an amazingly good camping ground. Situated slightly off the main tourist route, you can rest assured of finding your own space there. Be sure to take your rubbish home with you; I spend a lot of time around the coastline and am always disappointed to see so much trash left behind from holiday-makers and weekend warriors as I call them – we should all make an effort to help the environment and its inhabitants.

Darren J.

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