Australian seascape and landscape photography


A Sunset at Olivers Hill – Frankston

Olivers Hiil, Sunset, Jim Worrall, Frankston

Last weekend we visited the new jetty at Olivers Hill in Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula.  As the sun dropped down towards the horizon the sky exploded in a way that we really didn’t expect.  It seems that predicting a colourful sunset in Melbourne is a bit like predicting the outcome of a coin toss.  🙂  These are short exposure shots using my phone camera as I left the “big boy”at home.

Olivers Hiil, Sunset, Jim Worrall, Frankston

In the image above, the glowing red “eyes” and silhouette of a small drone can be seen hovering near the top edge towards the left of frame.  The constant buzzing noise from these little buggers can ruin an otherwise tranquil atmosphere, …but hopefully the owner captured some great scenes from up there.  🙂

Olivers Hill Jetty, sunset, JIm Worrall, Frankston


Olivers Hill Jetty, sunset, Jim Worrall, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula

Sunset at Grantville jetty

Grantville, jetty, beach, sunset, Jim Worrall, long exposure, nd filters, Western Port Bay

Grantville is a small coastal town on the east coast of Western Port bay in Victoria, Australia.  The jetty at Grantville usually stands in relatively shallow water at high tide, and at low tide it stands proud on a bed of mud.  During a “king tide” the water can sometimes cover the walking platform at the end of the jetty as seen here.

Following are a couple of long exposure images taken at sunset during high tide.

Tech stuff for the image below – 157 sec f/18 ISO100 using an ND400 + ND8 filter.  This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Grantville, jetty, beach, sunset, Jim Worrall, long exposure, nd filters, Western Port Bay

Pictured below – Grantville jetty as the sunset fizzled out.

Tech stuff – 152 secs f/18 using an ND400+ND8 filter.  This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Grantville, jetty, beach, sunset, Jim Worrall, sunset, long exposure, Western Port Bay

If you’re hungry during your visit to Grantville then I highly recommend trying the homemade chunky beef pies at the Grantville Pantry.  It’s located directly across the highway from the jetty.   Real chunks of steak in a delicious gravy and housed in a beaut puff pastry casing. Great stuff!!   🙂  (…..and NO, I’m not sponsored by them!)  🙂

Pictured below – A selfie from the end of the Grantville jetty at low tide.  Mud as far as the eye can see.  🙂  This is a short exposure HDR image.

It’s available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Grantville jetty, Western Port Bay, sunset, beach, low tide




Sunrise at Point King – Portsea

An early morning long exposure from Point King, Portsea, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Tech stuff – 30 seconds at f/8 using an ND400 filter.

Jim Worrall, Point King, beach, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, ND400, sunrise

This photo is available to purchase as a print here.

Sunrise at Sullivan Bay – Sorrento

A long exposure sunrise image from Sullivan Bay, Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula.  The iconic jetty has recently started to fall to bits.  I suspect she wont be around much longer.  :/

Tech stuff – 25 seconds f/18 ND400 filter.

sullivan bay, sorrento, mornington peninsula, sunrise, long exposure, nd filters, nd400

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



Tenby Point jetty remnants

Tenby Point is a coastal village sitting on the eastern side of Western Port Bay, about half way between Grantville and Corinella.  The jetty remnants are best visited near high tide when water surrounds the base of the posts. When the tide recedes here it goes WAY out leaving the posts sitting in an unattractive bed of mud.

Tech stuff for the image below – 260 secs at f/13,  ND400 + ND8 filters.

Tenby Point, jetty, Jim Worrall, long exposure, Western Port Bay, ND filter

Tech stuff for the image below – 205 secs at f/14, ND400 + ND8 filters.

Tenby Point, jetty, Jim Worrall, long exposure, ND filter, Western Port Bay

Shelley beach jetty

A long exposure shot from Shelley (Shelly) beach in Portsea.

Tech stuff – 180 secs f/18,  10 stop solid ND + 4 stop soft grad ND.

jim worrall, shelley beach, shelly beach, long exposure, ND filter, NiSi, mornington peninsula, portsea, seascape

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

Time Traveller – Shelly beach Portsea

morington peninsula, Jim Worrall, portsea, long exposure, black and white

13 seconds f/8
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Grantville Jetty Sunset

Sunset at Grantville jetty on Western Port Bay.

sunset at Grantville jetty, Western Port Bay, Jim Worrall

Seaford pier – Up before the dawn

Images from a pre-dawn trip to Seaford pier with friends from the ND400 Long Exposure group on Facebook. We arrived in the pitch black of early morning, ….a VERY unusual time for me, ….and waited for the sun to rise.
seaford pier Jim Worrall

As the sun slowly rose behind us pastel colours appeared in the sky.
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seaford pier Jim Worrall

A long exposure image from under Seaford pier.
seaford pier Jim Worrall
The morning was finished nicely with a civilized hot breakfast at the pier cafe. 🙂

Fire in the Night – Mentone Groyne

A long exposure image taken at Mentone beach just after sunset.

Mentone- Port Phillip Bay - sunset - Jim Worrall

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Jetty Remnants at Tenby Point West

Tenby Point West Jetty
Available as a quality print at Zazzle or Redbubble.

Tenby Point West Jetty
Available as a quality print at Zazzle or Redbubble.

Tenby Point – West Jetty

A long exposure image at high tide from the picturesque shores of Tenby Point on Western Port Bay, Australia.

Tenby Point - West Jetty - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - ND400

The Dell – Clifton Springs

Jetty remnants at The Dell at Clifton Springs in Victoria, Australia.

The Dell - Clifton Springs - Jim Worrall - Australia

Corinella Sunset

Corinella Sunset - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia

Sunset at Corinella. Taken near the French island ferry docking point.

Tenby Point – The Jetty and the Mangroves

We had arrived just in time. The high tide was starting to recede giving us easy access to the beach yet there was still enough water covering the base of the jetty posts.
If you arrive at this destination at the wrong time you’ll find sticks in mud.

Below – Two images of the Tenby Point jetty remnants.
Tenby Point Jetty - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - storm clouds

Tenby Point Jetty - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - ND400 - long exposure

Pictured below – On the way back to the car park the water had receded enough to reveal the tangled root system on this Tenby Point icon.

Tenby Point - mangrove -Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - ND400 - long exposure

Tenby Point - mangroves - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - ND400 - long exposure

A Sunset at Tooradin

A couple of images taken as the sun disappears below the horizon at Tooradin foreshore, Western Port Bay.

Pictured below – At high tide a mangrove sits semi submerged in the foreground as day gives way to night.
Sunset at Tooradin foreshore - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia

Below – A view from the Tooradin jetty looking back upstream towards town.
Tooradin foreshore sunset - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia

Catching the Instagram Train

The photography community seems to be polarized over the use of phone cameras and associated filter programs such as Instagram.
I must admit to being slow to travel down the “phone and filter” path and have only recently decided to give it a go to see what all the noise is about.

Since giving it a trial run I must admit that the use of Instagram and other similar programs has reintroduced a fresh and fun aspect to my photography.

Pictured below – Rye Pier.
Rye Pier - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Instagram

I find it refreshingly simple to just pull out my phone, click, process and even publish the image so quickly.
I also enjoy being forced to rethink my compositions into a square format after being conditioned by years of using a 3×2 SLR format.

Pictured below – A foggy morning at Tooradin foreshore.
Foggy Morning at Tooradin - Jim Worrall - Instagram

Admittedly I’ve had to resist the urge to “pixel peep” at the noise and visual anomalies created by some of the clunky filters.
This will never replace my SLR photography but I reckon it will complement it nicely. Phone photography has definitely introduced a fresh fun aspect to my photo life.

Pictured below – Mt Martha beach.
Mt Martha beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Instagram

Cape Conran beach – the rockscapes and jetty

The beach at west Cape Conran offers an almost alien landscape populated with a huge array of highly eroded rocks. The jetty and boat ramp look out of place in this environment and so they tend to become the feature subjects of photographers who visit the site.
If you cant visit this site at sunset I’d recommend visiting during a day of high surf activity. The large waves crashing into these rocks create a really impressive scene.
I’m definitely going to revisit this location when I get the chance. There’s a lot to explore here.

Cape Conran Jetty
Cape Conran Jetty - Jim Worrall - seascape - long exposure - ND400 - misty - sea - ocean

Cape Conran Jetty
Cape Conran Jetty - Jim Worrall - seascape - ocean - misty waves - long exposure - beach

Mists of Cape Conran
Mists of Cape Conran - Jim Worrall - seascape - ocean - beach - long exposure

Foam – Cape Conran
Foam at Cape Conran - Jim Worrall - seascape - beach - ocean - Australia

A Stroll on Shelley beach – Portsea

A couple of images from a recent stroll on Shelley beach, Porstsea, Victoria.
It was one of those great days for photography. The clouds were very heavy causing a nice subdued light.
The threat of impending rain also meant I had the beach to myself, ……nice. 🙂

Safe Harbour – Shelley beach, Portsea
Safe Harbour - Shelley beach - Portsea - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape - long exposure

Boat on Shelley Beach, Portsea
Boat on Shelley Beach - Portsea - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula - Port Phillip Bay

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.

Snapshots from Tooradin

Tooradin is right at the top of my list when it comes to escaping for a little bit of quiet time. Located just a few minutes down the road from my home, Tooradin’s features include a serene creek that runs through the town and winds it’s way down to a great foreshore area where it joins with Westernport Bay.
The foreshore area usually has lots of parking spaces available and serves as a fine place to devour whatever delicacy you’ve chosen from the local bakery, fish and chip, or pizza shop.
Alternatively you can bring along your own boring food and make use of the BBQs.

Pictured below – The view looking down the channel towards Westernport Bay at low tide.
Tooradin channel - Jim Worrall - Australia

During low tide, large expanses of mud are exposed along both sides of the channel.
You can stroll along the elevated edge of the channel and watch as thousands of tiny crabs, disturbed by your presence, dive for cover into their tiny holes in the mud.

Pictured below – The view looking up the channel towards the main road.
Tooradin channel - Jim Worrall -  Australia

Back to the serious topic of food for a moment, I highly recommend the Tooradin bakery with it’s fine selection of meat pies. They also have more sweet cake/bun/doughnut thingies than you could poke a stick at, …..and the coffee isn’t too bad there either.

The bakery is also conveniently located next to the fine Ice Cream shop, offering heaps of different flavours for those craving even more sugar. 😉

Fish n’chips must be big business in Tooradin because this tiny town has no less than two fish n chip shops.
On one side of the main road is the Tooradin Original Fish & Chip Shop and across the road is the Boardwalk Chippery. The Boardwalk shop boasts the use of “healthy rice bran oil”. The rice bran oil must be an acquired taste, …I’ve tried it but I haven’t yet acquired that particular taste,….but each to their own.

Pictured below – Down the channel a short distance, remnants of the old jetty pictured at high tide, complete with “god rays” shooting through the clouds signaling the end of a beautiful day.
Tooradin - old jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

Below – The same jetty remnants pictured at low tide, complete with an amazing number of mud dwelling crabs and their mud holes. 🙂
Tooradin - jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

For the curious photographers who might be reading this post, the camera I used was a Panasonic Lumix LX3 in “dynamic B&W” mode with some minor corrections later in Photoshop.

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What a Difference the Tide Makes.

A couple of images from the Flinders foreshore showing what a huge difference the tide can make.
Both images feature the same structure albeit from slightly different angles.

Below – Flinders Hombres – high tide at the jetty remnants.
Flinders Hombres - jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

Below – liN – the same jetty remnants at low tide.
liN - Flinders jetty remnants - Jim Worrall - Australia

The Mentone Groyne

The Mentone groyne is located on Mentone beach just south of the Mentone pub. In the past this groyne has been incorrectly referred to as the “Old Mentone jetty” by myself and others. There’s off road parking close to the groyne but unfortunately the local council here tries to screw you over with a three dollar per hour parking fee.

All of the following images were taken using an ND400 filter to extend the exposure time and smooth out the waves on the water.

Below – Running West – Mentone Groyne
Running West - Mentone Groyne - Jim Worrall - Australia

On the afternoon I visited the groyne it was almost high tide so these photos are only showing the very top bits of the structure above the water. Next time I visit I’ll be making sure I arrive during a low tide when the structure appears more like a series of small arches. I think that would be worth getting wet feet for. 🙂

Below – Charging into the Night.
Charging into the Night - Mentone Groyne - Jim Worrall - Australia

Below – an overview of the groyne.
Old Mentone Jetty - Jim Worrall - Australia

On the walk back to the carpark, some kind of territorial dispute erupted amongst these seagulls on a small rocky island just offshore. The image below doesn’t properly convey the ensuing ruckus but it was quite impressive to watch a little bit of nature’s drama playing out in front of me.

Below – Lord of the Gulls – ruckus on the rock.
Lord of the Gulls - Mentone beach - Jim Worrall - Australia

Magic of the Phillip Island coastline.

Following on from previous posts I thought I’d share with you just a few more images from the Phillip Island coastline. I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface down there, …….there’s just so much beauty to explore and discover.

Pictured below – The Roost – old jetty remnants that serve as a safe roost for the local birds at Cat Bay.
The Roost - jetty ruins - Jim Worrall - Cat Bay - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – Evidence of Life – a soft misty view of some wonderful wave action off Cowrie beach.
Evidence of Life - Cowrie beach - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – The Long Swim Home – another view from Cowrie beach looking towards the Nobbies in the background.
The Long Swim Home - Jim Worrall - Cowrie beach - Phillip Island - Australia

Pictured below – Pyramid Rock, taken in strong windy and wet conditions from a vantage point ahead of the lookout area.
Pyramid Rock - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

The bollard, the boat, the buoy and the beginning of a rainbow.

Saturday’s excursion was down towards the pointy end of the Mornington Peninsula.
After a hearty lunch of fish ‘n chips on Dromana beach, it was off to Sorrento for a cappuccino and also check out the surf conditions on the ocean side.
On arrival at the back-beach the surf was violent and unruly, fueled by a ferocious onshore wind.
I’ve tried to capture long exposure images under these conditions a couple of times before and come away from the experience with disappointing results. A howling wind always manages to soften my long exposure images regardless of tripod technique.

With this in mind I resigned myself to exploring the calmer more docile side of Sorrento, the bay side. The view from the beach here was quite nice with small boats bobbing and wobbling around in the water. I took a few shots of the little boats but couldn’t find anything particularly satisfying so I moved my attention to the huge bollards near the pier.

Pictured below – Bollard.
Bollard - Sorrento - Jim Worrall - seascape - Australia - black and white
Above – In this image the huge concrete bollard remains motionless whilst surrounded by the blurred movement of waves on the water. It’s nearby neighbors, the boat and the buoy wobble and rock in compliance with the waves. I used a high key effect to eliminate some distracting elements from the background. Both ND400 and ND8 neutral density filters were attached to the lens to achieve the desired long exposure under fairly bright conditions.

Pictured below – The Sorrento Bollards.
The Sorrento Bollards - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape - black and white
Above – The massive bollards are used to assist with holding the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry in place at the pier during the exchange of passengers and cars.

After shooting the bollards, mother nature tried to grow me a rainbow. The left and right ends of the rainbow were developing nicely and gradually growing skywards then suddenly fizzled into nothingness.

Pictured below – the left end of the incomplete rainbow.
Left end of the Rainbow - Jim Worrall - Sorrento - Australia

Pictured below – the right end of the incomplete rainbow.
The Right End of the Rainbow - Jim Worrall - Sorrento - Australia

By the Seaside – Tooradin and Corinella

Following are some images from the shores of Westernport Bay.

Pictured below – The Journey Home, seagulls at the Tooradin foreshore take off en masse as the day gives way to night.
The Journey Home - Jim Worrall - Tooradin - Australia

Below – Corinella Sunset, a series of “God beams” appear from behind a cloud as the sun sets at Corinella pier. These “God beams” are also known as crepuscular rays and are explained at Wikipedia here.
Corinella Sunset - Jim Worrall - god beams appear from behind a cloud

Below – The Living Jetty.
At Corinella a jetty platform disappears below the surface during a king tide.
The local sea birds take advantage of the exposed posts by using them as a safe roost.
The Living Jetty - Jim Worrall - Corinella - Australia

Below – The best position for overseeing the activities at the Corinella jetty area.
Corinella jetty - Jim Worrall - Corinella - Australia

Exploring the light at Right Point, Phillip Island

Saturday’s excursion to Phillip Island turned out to be very rewarding from a photographer’s perspective.
In the late afternoon I stopped at a place called Right Point, which seems to be a very popular destination for surfers. As I peered over the edge of the cliff towards the beach I instantly fell in love with this spot.

Below me were the remains of an old jetty being pounded by the violent surf.
With the sun starting to drop towards the horizon what more could a photographer ask for?

I grabbed my tripod and camera bag and dashed down to the beach like an excited child. The images were already forming in my mind before I had even reached the sand, ……..oh what a feeling !! 🙂

Below – Drawn to the Ocean
Drawn to the Ocean - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

Below – The Penguin Pool
The Penguin Pool - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

As the sun dropped even closer to the horizon a good situation became even better when suddenly Crepuscular rays broke through a gap in the clouds.
Crepuscular rays, also known as “God rays” or “God beams” are explained here.

Below – Running to the Light
Running to the Light - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

Below – Sky Burst
Sky Burst - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island - jetty

Below – Agaze
Agaze - Jim Worrall - Right Point - Phillip Island

The Flinders Pier Excursion.

Images from a recent trip to Flinders with friends Christine Wilson and Caroline Gorka.
The objective for the afternoon was to capture some images of the old wooden pier before it’s replaced by the concrete monster that’s currently being constructed right next to it.
As usual I became distracted.

Below – “IiN” some ghostly remains from further along the beach.
IiN - Flinders beach - Jim Worrall

Flinders beach - Jim Worrall - Morington peninsula

Below – “Flinders Point” just around the corner from the calm harbor area there’s a lot more ocean wave activity.
There were waves crashing all over the place here but the long exposure makes it look deceptively calm.
Flinders Point - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

Below – “Flinders Back-Beach” near the blow hole area. Stop giggling, that’s what it’s called !!
Flinders Back-Beach - Jim Worrall - Mornington Peninsula

Flinders - Jim Worrall - Morington Peninsula

ND400 Long Exposures at Safety Beach (Bracketing and tonemapping long exposures)

Following is a series of bracketed and tone-mapped long exposure images from Safety Beach, Victoria, Australia.
All were shot in the late afternoon using ND400 and ND8 filters combined to achieve the desired long exposure times.

Below – “Safety Beach Jetty
Safety Beach Jetty - Jim Worrall - Port Phillip Bay - Australia - beach

Here’s how I do my bracketed images – Many of my waterscapes are long exposure tonemapped images generated from 3 exposures at 0,-2 and +2 EV. In order to achieve these 3 exposures I set my camera to aperture priority mode, enable auto bracketing and set the ISO as low as it will go. I then tinker with the aperture value, iso value and either add or remove ND filters in order to force the camera to achieve a shutter speed of 8 seconds for the first exposure (0 EV). Now when the shutter button is activated the camera gives me 3 exposures at 8 seconds, 2 seconds and 30 seconds (which corresponds to approximately 0,-2 and +2 EV)

When these 3 exposures are blended together (tonemapped) in an HDR program the resulting image contains the misty silky effects from the 8 and 30 second exposures and also contains some details from the slower 2 second exposure. When shooting REALLY fast moving water I usually aim for a faster initial exposure time of say 4 seconds. The camera then gives me 3 bracketed exposures at 4 seconds, 1 second and 16 seconds (0,-2 and +2 EV)

The aim is to catch some detail in the fastest exposure but also benefit from the misty effect of the longer exposures.

UPDATE – Oct 2012 – If you’re looking for an introductory guide on how to use the ND400 have a look at my other blog post here.

Below – “Seep” a stormwater drain at Safety Beach.
Yes, a drain can look beautiful. 🙂
Seep - Jim Worrall - Safety Beach - Port Phillip Bay - Australia - drain

Below – “Jettison” another stormwater drain at Safety Beach.
Jettison - Jim Worrall - Safety Beach - Port Phillip Bay - Australia - drain

The Window of Opportunity – Grantville Beach.

Amongst the photographic gems that Grantville beach makes available to photographers is a set of 3 rows of short pylons.
No doubt these pylons are the remains of an old jetty but they differentiate themselves from other such sites in a couple of interesting ways. Firstly, it’s unusual to see 3 rows of pylons like this. Most old jetties leave behind only two rows of pylons.
Secondly the pylons are extremely short here, with most of them extending from the muddy base by only a few short inches.

The short stature of these pylons provides photographers with an interesting challenge. At high tide the pylons are invisible as they’re completely submerged by water, and at low tide they’re an awful looking series of posts sitting in mud.
The challenge for the photographer is to arrive at the site during a narrow window of opportunity whilst the tidal transition ideally has all of the pylons surrounded by water around their bases and yet not enough water to make them shorten or disappear below the surface.

Below – “Runway to the Afterlife
Runway to the Afterlife - Jim Worrall - Grantville - jetty pylons
On my first visit to the site I was extremely lucky and caught the tide at just the right height. I wasn’t aware of how elusive these pylons could be until subsequent visits, hoping to catch the pylons in a different light, I haven’t been fortunate enough to arrive at the right time. 😦

Below – “Mortality” an image taken near the pylons on a different evening. The dark brooding sky sets the mood of the image. In the foreground lays a dead jellyfish, stranded by the outgoing tide.
Mortality - Jim Worrall - Grantville - jellyfish

Below – “Deep Creek Reflections“, also near the pylons Deep Creek enters the Westernport Bay.
Deep Creek Reflections - Jim Worrall - Grantville - Westernport Bay