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Tenby Point – Western Port Bay

A long exposure shot taken near sunset at Tenby Point on Western Port Bay.

Tech stuff – 123 secs at f/16 using a 10 stop solid ND and 4 stop grad ND filter.

Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, mangrove, Jim Worrall, beach, sunset, black and white, nd filter

This photo is available to purchase as a print here.


Warneet Sunset

Sometimes we don’t realize what we have until we view it through different eyes.

Warneet sunset 10-04-16
Tech stuff – 60 secs @ f/16,  10 stop solid ND + 4 stop soft grad.

Jim Worrall, western port bay, sunset, long exposure, ND filters


Tenby Point – Western Port Bay

Jim Worrall, Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, long exposure, ND400, seascape, black and white

A couple of long exposure photos from the beautifully serene beach at Tenby Point on Western Port BayJim Worrall, Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, long exposure, ND400, seascape, black and white

Pictured above – The iconic tree “Ol’ Woody” and his mate, …… blowing in the wind at Tenby Point.            Tech stuff – 30 secs f/20 ND400.

This photo is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Tenby Point, Western Port Bay, long exposure, seascape, ND400, black and white

Pictured above – Erosion prevention (I’m guessing), at Tenby Point.

Tech stuff – 30 secs f/10 ND400.

This photo is available to purchase as a print here.

 


Ol’ Woody at Tenby Point

Ol’Woody is a popular mangrove tree at Tenby Point on Western Port Bay.
In this image the reflection in the water has been enhanced by smoothing the surface ripples using a 180 second exposure time made possible with dark ND filters.

Jim Worrall, Western Port Bay


Sunset at Coronet Bay

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A boat ramp at Coronet Bay creates leading lines to the setting sun.


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


The Docking Station – Corinella

A high tide view of the docking station at Corinella. This is where the French Island barge docks to transfer vehicles and passengers to and from the mainland.

Docking Station - Corinella - French Island - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay

Below – Old Man of the Sea, an old mangrove tree just a stone’s throw away from the docking station.

Old Man of the Sea - Corinella - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - mangrove


Tenby Point Revisited

There’s something quite magical about Tenby Point. It’s one of those areas I feel compelled to visit from time to time.
A great surprise this visit was to find the road is now surfaced with asphalt. I’m going to miss all the corrugations and pot holes that once adorned the old dirt track leading to the beach.

The Fossicker’s Harvest
The Fossicker's Harvest - Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - mangrove - Australia

Tenby Landmark
Tenby Landmark - Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - mangrove - Australia

Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones - Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia


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.

If you’re interested in using any of these images or would like to purchase a high quality print then please contact me at – jim.worrall@gmail.com


A Photographic Trip to Tenby Point.

Tenby Point is a coastal village located on the shores of Westernport Bay, just a few kilometers east of Corinella, Victoria, Australia.
On this particular photography excursion conditions weren’t ideal. The sun was harsh and high in the sky, and there were no clouds around. Due to these harsh light conditions I chose to make a series of high key images whilst the tide was favorable.

Below – The Counsel of Many

The Counsel of Many - Jim Worrall - Tenby Point - Westernport Bay - Australia

It’s important to know what the tides are doing here from a photographer’s prespective.
I think it’s best here to avoid visiting at low tide unless you’d like images of sticks or trees sitting in mud.
The black and white images in this post were taken with both an ND400 and an ND8 filter attached to the end of the lens to achieve long exposure times in bright sunny conditions. The goal behind using such heavy filtering is to achieve long exposure times in order to blur as much detail as possible from the sky and water.
The result is a more minimalistic image.

Below – Sweet Survivor
Sweet Survivor - Jim Worrall - Tenby Point - Westernport Bay - Australia

Below – The Path to Yesterday
The Path to Yesterday - Jim Worrall - Tenby Point - Australia - jetty

Eventually all good things come to those who wait. The afternoon dominated by harsh white light gave way to a pearler of a sunset when some clouds moved across the sky at just the right moment. I drove home from Tenby Point wearing a satisfied grin. 🙂

Below – Sunset at Tenby Point
Sunset at Tenby Point - Jim Worrall - Australia - seascape


Grantville – the pie and pier photography tour.

My excursions are never entirely about the photography. Often they’re about the escape, ….often they’re about self exploration, …….every now and then they might even result in a nice photographic image. Well, nice to me anyhow. 🙂

On previous visits to Grantville I’ve tended to concentrate on trying to capture an inspiring image or two from the mangroves dotted along the coast here. The mangroves are a fairly easy target for photography purposes. At high tide it’s possible to visually isolate them between the water and the sky which works to simplify the image by excluding potentially distracting background elements. On calm days the water can also act as a fantastic mirror for capturing reflections, particularly when doing long exposures.

Grantville pier - Jim Worrall jetty Westernport Bay

This particular visit to Grantville was all about capturing the pier though, so here it is.
In the black and white image above I’ve deliberately over exposed the image to blow out the sky and increase the contrast between the pier and the background. I personally like the contrasty result here, but I know this style of image is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Pictured below – “The First Days of Sun” which is available to purchase as a print here.
This image from the pier was created from 3 exposures using HDR tone mapping techniques to maintain details in both the bright sky and the dark shadows.

The Fisrt Days of Sun - Jim Worrall - Grantville pier - jetty

Pictured below – “The Promise of Warm Days” which is available to purchase as a print here.
Another 3 exposure HDR shot converted to black and white and processed with a bit of dodging and burning in Photoshop.
The Promise of Warm Days - Jim Worrall - Grantville pier - jetty

Now for some serious business. I’ve discovered that the cafe on the corner of the Bass Hwy and Grantville Glen Alvie Road in Grantville sells excellent homemade meat pies made with flaky puff pastry. The coffee is pretty good there too.
(Disclaimer – I have no connection with this cafe at all, I just enjoyed the pie so much I felt the need to share it with you.)


Down amongst the Mangroves, Westernport Bay.

You certainly have to admire the hardiness of the Mangrove tree.
It thrives in poor quality soil in tidal areas, and twice a day has it’s roots submerged in salty sea water. Under storm conditions the Mangrove is battered by both wind and waves yet it still manages to hold firmly.
The Mangrove tree is also an interesting subject from a photographer’s perspective. At high tide with the roots submerged it’s fairly easy to photographically isolate the subject from it’s surroundings by using a long exposure time to smooth any waves around it’s base and blur any clouds in the sky.

Below – TimeKeeper
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – The Risen
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – Approaching the Forest
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

At low tide the Mangrove tree has it’s roots exposed creating potentially a new subject of interest for the photographer. The long roots are often intertwined with each other giving the impression of writhing serpents (perhaps that’s just my imagination running wild).

Below – The Serpent Tree
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – Wild n’ Woolly a long exposure with the roots exposed and the leaves thrashing around in the wind.
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – On Borrowed Time the same tree as above but at high tide.
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall


Swanning around Westernport Bay

Here are some more images taken at various places around Westernport Bay, Victoria, Australia.
It’s always a lot of fun shooting around here at low tide. The beaches feature a fine grain sticky mud that slowly tries to draw you beneath the surface. With each step that you take you risk losing your footwear. 🙂

Taking long exposures is certainly interesting as the tripod gradually sinks into the silt.
This is just the sort of place where you should take emergency pants in case you unexpectedly sit down in the mud.

The following image was taken at Crib Point beach.

A Walk on the Edge

This image Barnacle Build was shot at Balnarring beach.

The following image The Threat of Punishment was taken at Grantville beach. All of the ground in this shot is mud.


A Black and White Journey to Grantville Beach

The following two images were taken at Grantville which is located on the eastern side of Westernport Bay, Victoria, Australia.
Low tide at the Grantville beach exposes a huge expanse of fine silty mud dotted with clusters of mangrove trees. On the day I was there the sky was filled with bright swirling clouds so I incorporated them into the photos as an added point of interest. Originally I envisioned capturing the scenes with a featureless blue sky but nature has a way of changing plans. 🙂

I’m been told by several people that the first photo below contains a face in the clouds, and ever since it’s been pointed out to me I see it every time I view the image.
There’s a word for this, ….and the word is pareidolia.

The Life of Brine

Battlers Three