I was lucky enough to wake early and have a sneak peek of the Moon over the 12 Apostles. What a beautiful sight it was, the moonlight from behind the Apostles and the first of the morning light illuminating the rock stacks in the foreground. The image was taken at 5.30am, with clouds moving in quickly from the South – I managed to shoot 3 images at 30-second exposures before the clouds completely covered the Moon and the moment was gone.
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l needed another shot, to feel more of that salt water in my veins, the cravings are more hungry than ever before, the wanting and needing is now beyond my control, every moment l become more desperate, despair creeps into my bones and rage fills my mind, how can l reach you and feed my desire and feel you in my veins, you are my lifeblood, you are the ocean.
It’s been a while since my last post, with Christmas and the New Year things have been quite hectic for us all l imagine. Hope you all enjoyed the festive season and hopefully we can get back to travelling and doing lots of photography.
Last weekend was my first visit back to the Great Ocean Road in 3 weeks. Stormy weather was predicted, along with lots of rain, which l encountered along the way as the storm rolled in whilst l made my way to Port Campbell. The rain continued through most of the evening, but fortunately there was a small break in the clouds near the horizon which was enough to allow the beautiful sunlight to burst through and light up the cliffs and rock stacks, it was lovely to watch it unfold, than after the sun disappeared below the horizon we were left with a small burst of colour to finish of the sunset shoot.
The conditions were made for photography and l was grateful for a colourful sunset. Below are a few images from my latest shoot.
Last weekend turned out to be really good weather for photography. l drove out to Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road, previously access to Gibsons Beach was closed off due to falling debris (eroding cliffs) and l was keen to get back there and shoot some seascapes and get my feet wet. As well as a visit to Gibsons Beach (sunset) l also decided to do a sunrise shoot at Loch And Gorge and The Razorback and sunrise turned out to be really nice indeed, lovely colour and cloud formation.
I have attached a couple of images from the weekends shoot.
Here is a recent capture from the Great Ocean Road. A slightly different perspective of the Razor Back, which is situated at Port Campbell, taken from an observation area that requires one to jump a fence. Participants on our Port Campbell Workshops are able to take in these stunning vistas, away from the regular tourist platforms.
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.
Early morning at Gibson Beach, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell. As the sun baths the famous rock stacks known as “gog and magog.” in all its glory. Getting up early is worth it when you are greeted with this kind of reception.
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.
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.
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.