Australian seascape and landscape photography

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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


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


A Hot Starry Night at the Shed

An night time image from semi rural Devon Meadows. The foreground is lit by the long exposure picking up light from a neighbour’s house. Stars are apparent in the night sky.

A starry Night at the Shed -  Devon Meadows


Sunset at Dog Rocks, Batesford.

A sunset image taken at Dog Rocks, Batesford, Victoria, Australia. It was the 21st December 2012 which was supposedly meant to be our “last day on Earth”. Thankfully it was all hot air as expected. 😉

Dog Rocks Batesford, Victoria Australia Jim Worrall

The image is available to purchase as a high quality print through either my Zazzle or Redbubble websites.


Lake King, Metung – A sense of Serenity

A few images from the beautiful Lake King at Metung in Victoria.
The silence of the motionless lake waters only occasionally broken by the sound of a cormorant diving for fish.
Serenity at it’s best. I’m coming back here again!

Metung - Lake King - Jim Worrall - Australia

Metung - Lake King - Jim Worrall - Australia

Metung - Lake King - Cormorant - Jim Worrall

Metung - Lake King - Jim Worrall


Queensferry – a contrast of tides

Following are a series of images from Queensferry, on Western Port Bay, demonstrating the area’s vast difference in appearance between high tide and low tide. The high tide images were taken using my 40D with heavy ND filtering.
The low tide images were captured a week earlier (as reference photos) using my phone camera and post processed using an Android app called Retro Camera.

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Red Bricks 146 - Queensferry - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - ND400

Queensferry - seawall - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - pine tree - high tide

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - Jim Worrall - high tide - ND400

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - high tide - Jim Worrall - ND400

Queensferry - seawall - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall

Queensferry - Western Port Bay - low tide - Jim Worrall


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


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


Exploring Cement Creek

It seems to me that Cement Creek was dealt an injustice when it was first named.
Despite it’s odd name, it really is quite an attractive location and a fine example of lush Victorian forest.
Cement Creek in located at the foot of Mount Donna Buang, near the intersection of Donna Buang Rd and Acheron Way.
On this excursion we gained access to the creek by walking along raised platforms which got us most of the way, then we jumped the handrail into the forest to get to the flowing water. At this location you need to be prepared to get muddy and wet, so it’s advisable to keep a change of clothes in the boot of your car.
The main hazard here is the slippery moss covered rocks. A minor hazard is the hungry leeches.


South Gippsland hills

Images taken from a recent excursion to South Gippsland.

The Symphony of Harvest

An image taken near Mt Best.
Distinctive trails on the ground show the path of harvesters on the grass. The foreground tree is shaped into submission by the prevailing winds.
The hay bale in the foreground is highlighted by the sun shining through scattered cloud.

I Looked Up High

Image taken near Dollar, Victoria, Australia.


Agnes – the rolling hills

This image was taken near Agnes, in Victoria’s Gippsland region.
In the cooler wetter months the hills are a lush green colour then they start to brown off over summer.


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Droughts and Floods

An image taken at the very scenic Lake Glenmaggie area in Victoria, Australia.
The water level rises and falls dramatically according to the prevailing conditions.

Droughts and Floods – Lake Glenmaggie


The Edge

Gum trees growing precariously close to a cliff edge in western Victoria, Australia.
I was attracted to this scene by the trees silhouetted against the bright cloudy sky and of course the dead limbs in the foreground.

The Edge
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Through the Fingal Forest

These images were taken on a recent excursion to Fingal beach, near Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia.
The long track from the carpark to the beach is lined with twisted and gnarled trees creating an interesting viewing experience.
Visitors to the beach also experience the joy of navigating the hundreds of “awkwardly spaced” steps along the path. It’s not so bad going down to the beach but the return uphill journey is certainly a good test of your general fitness. Of course the ideal solution is to take along a strong, sturdy friend who can carry you back up the hill.

The images below were all taken using the Lumix LX3 camera.

Through the Fingal Forest
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After traversing the Fingal forest I managed to take this image.


Sounds of the Undine

A black and white rendition of a recent shot of the lake at Bonnie Doon, Victoria, Australia.

Sounds of the Undine
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The Hope of the Green.

Surviving the devastating fires of last summer, fresh new growth springs from the charred base of a tree fern.
In the background, the blackened trunks of trees appear as dark vertical bands, many of them sprouting new lush green clusters of foliage.

The Hope of the Green
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The Australiana Tree, SkyHigh.

The Australiana Tree is at SkyHigh on top of Mt Dandenong in Victoria.
The tree was apparently killed by a lightning strike several years ago then later sculpted by artist Leigh Conkie.

The two close up images of the carved tree were shot at night using the Lumix LX3 hand held at 1/30 and 1/20th of a second both at f2.8, ISO400. The tree was side lit by a large yellow spotlight.

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