Australian seascape and landscape photography

Blairgowrie

Rabbit Rock (Bunny Rock) – Montforts beach

Bunny Rock, Rabbit Rock, Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, Blairgowrie, seascape

Picture above – A long exposure image from Montforts beach, Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula.  Montforts beach can be accessed from the carpark at the end of Spray Point Road, Blairgowrie.  Take the path to the left.   This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Tech stuff – 10 secs f/13 using a 10 stop solid ND filter and a 4 stop soft grad.

Montforts beach, Blairgowrie, Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula

Picture above – A long exposure shot of the Bunny Rock’s close companions at Montforts beach.    This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Tech stuff -30 secs f/11 using a 10 stop solid ND + 4 stop soft grad filter.

 

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Montforts beach – Blairgowrie

A long exposure image from Montforts beach, Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Tech stuff – 30 seconds at f/13 using an ND400 filter.

Jim Worrall, Montforts beach, Blairgowrie, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, black and white

This photo is available to purchase as a print at my Redbubble site here.


Through the Keyhole – Bridgewater Bay

A couple of long exposure images from Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Picture below – a 20 second exposure at f/16 using a Hoya ND400 filter.   This photo is available to purchase as a print in various forms and sizes here.

Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie, Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, ND400

Picture below – A random visitor on the beach stands relatively still under the “bridge”offering some size perspective during a 13 second exposure .

Tech stuff – 13 secs f/9 ND400Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie, Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, ND400


The Blue Hour – Bridgewater Bay, Blairgowrie

Pictured below, a pre-dawn long exposure shot from Bridgewater Bay in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula.

Bridgewater Bay is accessible via a short walk from the carpark at the southern end of St Johns Wood Rd.   Beach access is via a set of stairs.  The best time to visit is at or near low tide when the rock platforms are exposed.  Navigating the beach at high tide is problematic.

Tech stuff – 30 secs @ f/11

This image is available to purchase as a print in various forms and sizes here.

jim worrall, blairgowrie, mornington peninsula, seascape, long exposure

Pictured below, me shooting the bridge rock formation.  Photo courtesy of friend Jason Cincotta.

jason cincotta, jim worrall, mornington peninsula


A Splash of Dawn – Koonya beach Blairgowrie

Sunrise at Koonya beach in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula, back beach, Jim Worrall


Fowlers beach – Blairgowrie

Below are some images from this weekend’s excursion to Fowlers beach in Blairgowrie.
If you’d like to visit Fowlers beach the closest carpark is at the end of St Johns Wood Rd in Blairgowrie. Follow the track from the carpark area to the beach then turn right and follow the path for about two hundred metres. Where the wire fence ends walk down towards the edge of the cliff and you’ll see a “goat track” down the steep embankment to the beach. I would describe this as a medium difficulty access point, …not everyone will be comfortable with negotiating the sandy steep descent down to the beach.

Fowlers beach - Jim Worrall - Blairgowrie - Mornington Peninsula

Fowlers beach - Jim Worrall - Blairgowrie - Mornington Peninsula

Fowlers beach - Jim Worrall - Blairgowrie - Mornington Peninsula

Fowlers beach - Jim Worrall - Blairgowrie - Mornington Peninsula


Morning at Montforts beach

Some images from an early morning photography group excursion to Montforts beach in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula.

Below – A Montfort Morn.
Montfort beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie

Below – Montforts Beach.
Montforts beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie

Below – Here Comes the Sun. Clouds ignite briefly just before the sun rises above the horizon at Montforts beach, Blairgowrie.
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Below – Up Before the Day. The togs position themselves in the cool pre-dawn light.
Montforts beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie

Below – The Wetting of the Footsies. The togs scramble as they’re caught by an unexpected foot soaking. 🙂 All good fun.

Montfort beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie


Bridgewater Bay – Blairgowrie

Below are a couple of images from Bridgewater Bay in Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula. This crepuscular ray sunset appeared for maybe a couple of minutes before disappearing behind thick cloud.

Sunset at Bridgewater Bay. Available as a print at Zazzle and Redbubble.
Jim Worrall bridgewater bay blairgowrie mornington peninsula sunset

Pictured below – A long exposure image of the locally famous rock formation in Bridgewater Bay.
Jim Worrall blairgowrie Mornington Peninsula Australia
This image is available as a print at Zazzle and Redbubble.
To visit Bridgewater Bay drive to the car park at the end of St Johns Wood Rd in Blairgowrie. It’s a short walk from the car park to the beach.


Koonya beach – Blairgowrie

The beautiful Koonya beach at Blairgowrie. A favorite spot of mine to sit and watch nature at it’s best.

Koonya beach - Blairgowrie - Jim Worrall

The image is available as a print at my Redbubble and Zazzle websites.


Intervals of Time – book release.

18 months after releasing my first book I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally finished my second book and published it through Blurb.

Intervals of Time – front cover.
Intervals of Time - Jim Worrall - ND400 - long exposure - black and white - seascape - book

The 40 page collection explores Australian land and seascapes using long exposure photographic techniques to capture textures and patterns hidden in fluid motion.
The book is printed on Blurb’s premium lustre finish paper.

Intervals of Time – rear cover.
Intervals of Time - Jim Worrall - ND400 - seascape - long exposure - black and white - Australia

If you’d like to thumb through the book with a virtual preview of all it’s pages go here.


The Chill of Winter – Koonya Beach

Winter has suddenly struck with a vengeance in Melbourne and it’s surrounding areas.
The reduced temperature of the Bass Strait water combined with chilling winter winds now makes wide-angle shooting amongst the crashing surf fairly unbearable.

On my most recent trip to Koonya beach, the chill of the winter water running across my lower legs caused my teeth to ache, ….well almost. 😉

Below – Woolly and Wild – wild winter conditions at Koonya beach, Blairgowrie.
Woolly and Wild - Koonya beach - Blairgowrie - Jim Worrall - Australia

Until the weather warms up a little I’ll be using the mid-range zoom in an effort to keep my feet drier and warmer.
No more long exposures standing in the surf, …..bbrrrrrrr !!
Winter at Koonya - Blairgowrie - Jim Worrall - Australia

Sadly, when I was just about to publish this post I learned that my mother in-law has passed away after a prolonged struggle with illness. You’ll be deeply missed by us all Margaret. Rest in peace. 😦
Jean Margaret Tocknell


Daytime experiments with the ND400 filter.

The following long exposures were taken during daylight hours using an ND400 and ND8 filter stacked together on the front of my Sigma 10-20mm lens. The combination of these two filters attenuates so much light that peering into the viewfinder reveals an inky blackness even during bright daylight conditions.
It’s therefore necessary to compose the image BEFORE screwing the filters onto the lens. It’s also necessary to adjust the focus manually since the auto-focus system has no chance of working under such conditions.

*** (Update October 2012) The introduction of “live view” to many DSLR cameras means that is’s no longer necessary to compose and pre-focus with the dark filters off the lens. I shoot all the time now using live view to peer through the combined darkness of an ND400 and ND8. The filters now stay on the lens which means there is a lot less fiddling around. If you’re looking for a guide to show you how to use an ND400 have a look at my recent blog post here.***

I found that if I set the ISO as low as possible, and set the aperture very small (i.e. a high number), then it was possible to obtain a shutter duration of about 3 minutes. Such long exposures during daytime create some interesting images. I’m looking forward to experimenting more with the ND400.

Crevasse

Dancing with Scissors in My Mouth

Lapping at Tight Spaces

Down by Mother’s Trough

Planet Number Three


Addicted to the Ocean

A snapshot of a fellow RedBubble photographer catching “last light” at Blairgowrie beach.


An Evening at Spray Point, Blairgowrie.

The following images were taken on an evening excursion to Spray Point / Montforts beach, Blairgowrie.
I’m never really sure where one beach ends and the other begins. 🙂

Tidal Trickle (below) was taken just prior to the sun dropping below the horizon giving some nice pinks in the sky.

Friends and Fatalities (below) is a long exposure shot taken just after the sun had dropped below the horizon.
The extended exposure time makes the moving water take on a misty appearance and blurs the clouds whilst the foreground rocks remain in focus.

The Unpredicted (below) is a long exposure shot showing water flowing off the rock plateaus after sunset.
Despite the deceptively calm appearance of the image this is really a potentially treacherous area with unexpectedly large waves occasionally sweeping across the plateaus.


Out on the rock shelves

The following three images were taken on an excursion to the rock shelves of Montforts beach, in Blairgowrie.
It’s an interesting place to be during the transition from high to low tide, as the water on the expansive rocky plateaus cascades over the sides on it’s return to the ocean.
Whilst here it’s important to be aware of which way the tide is going and also keep an eye out for occasional large rogue waves that sweep across the shelves. Prepare to get wetter than you expected here.

Montfort’s Cascades

Slide

Montforts Beach

The image below was taken at the neighboring Sorrento beach.
It’s a long exposure taken after sunset giving the oceans surface a deceptively calm and smooth appearance.

Blue Monolith


Images from Koonya beach

These images were taken on a recent dusk excursion to Koonya beach on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

Dusk is my favorite time of day for shooting, ……it’s certainly MUCH more user friendly than that other time of day, …….what do they call it, ….”dawn” or something like that. 🙂

Koonya Blue

Reflections


Tempest over the Ocean – Blairgowrie

This is a reworked version of one of my first images posted to Redbubble. I’ve finally had time to tweak it the way I way I like it.
It was a taken on the beach at Blairgowrie as a storm was rolling in from the ocean. It was an amazing storm to see, …dark swirling clouds, lightning, halos formed by the sun shining through sheets of rain, ….marvelous stuff !
Tempest over the Ocean – Blairgowrie
Tempest Over the Ocean - Blairgowrie - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Australia

Tempest over the Ocean is available as a high quality print at my Zazzle and RedBubble websites.


Glide – the salt spray effect

This sunset image taken at Blairgowrie beach, Australia, turned out to be much softer than I expected but I like the final result. The softness of the image is due to a build up of ocean salt spray on the lens filter.
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Sirens – magic of sea and sunset

A sunset taken at Blairgowrie beach, Australia.
I never get sick of visiting this ocean coastline along the Mornington Peninsula. The rocky landscape remains as a constant, however the continually changing sky and tide never fail to create a new captivating scene.
Generally the best time to visit this area are when the sunset corresponds with a low tide.

This image is available to purchase as a quality print here.

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Spellbound – a Blairgowrie sunset

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A sunset at Blairgowrie ocean beach, Australia.
This image is available to purchase as a high quality print here.


West of Mind

A monochrome HDR image taken at Blairgowrie beach, Australia.
The sun struggles through gathering storm clouds.

west-of-mind
This image is available to purchase as a print here.


January Prime

An afternoon shot, taken at Blairgowrie ocean beach.
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This image is available to purchase as a print here.


The Archway to Yesterday

The Archway to Yesterday – a seascape shot taken at Blairgowrie ocean beach as the sun drops below the horizon.
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This image is available to purchase as a print here.


Koonya Sunset

Sunset at Koonya beach, Blairgowrie, Australia.

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This image is available to purchase as a print here.


Southern Rendezvous

A six minute exposure taken at night, aperture f11, iso 100 on Blairgowrie beach.
The long exposure reveals the apparent path of objects around the south celestial pole and also transforms the motion of the rough ocean waves into a soft mist.

southern-rendezvous

This image is available to purchase as a print here.


Space Time in Reflection

An HDR seascape sunset taken at Blairgowrie ocean beach.
space-time-in-reflection

This image is available to purchase as a print here.


Fire on the Bridge

A sunset on Blairgowrie beach.
This shot is an HDR image made from 3 exposures blended together in “Dynamic Photo HDR” software.
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This image is available to purchase as a print here.


The Grasp of Her Shadows

A monochrome seascape shot taken just before sunset at Blairgowrie beach, Australia.
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This image is available to purchase as a print here


A Trick of Time

A sunset seascape at Blairgowrie beach, Australia.
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The Reign of the Tranquil – night photography

This shot was taken at one of the many wonderful beaches along the Mornington Peninsula, Australia.
It’s a long exposure taken at night looking out at the ocean.
The long exposure smooths out the motion of the oceans rough surface giving it the appearance of a gentle mist. The rocks sticking out of the mist provide a nice contrast of texture.
The reflection of the rocks in the foreground water provides some additional interest.
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The background light comes from the sun which long ago dropped below the horizon. When looking through the viewfinder this glow isn’t visible to the naked eye but the camera’s long exposure picks it up without much trouble.

This image is available to purchase as a print – here