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A View from the Top – Pinnacles – Cape Woolamai

Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - long exposure - seascape

The long walk to The Pinnacles rock formation at Cape Woolamai is always very rewarding.  On this occasion we didn’t venture down the steep slope to the beach, but instead chose to admire and photograph it from above.

Thick cloud cover provided us with beautiful diffused light, ideal for long exposure photography.  This prehistoric looking rockscape never ceases to amaze me.  🙂

Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - long exposure - seascape

Tech details for the image above – 30 secs at f/11 iso50 using a 10 stop solid filter and a 4 stop soft grad filter.  This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Phillip Island - Jim Worrall - long exposure - seascape

Tech details for the image above – 30 sec at f/16 iso50 using a 10 stop solid filter and a 4 stop soft grad filter. This image is available to purchase as a print here.

The pano images below, courtesy of Sally, give a great sense of scale to the cliff tops.

Pinnacles pano

Pinnacles pano

 

 

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Togs on the Rocks – Eagles Nest – Inverloch

Jim Worrall, Eagles Nest, Inverloch, Bass Coast, long exposure, nd filters, Nisi

Togs on the rocks at Eagles Nest, Inverloch.
Tech stuff – 30 secs f/9, 10 stop solid and 4 stop soft grad 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.

 


Sullivan Bay – Sorrento

A daytime long exposure photo from Sullivan Bay, Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Tech stuff – 66 secs f/13 using ND400 + ND8 filters.

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

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay, long exposure, seascape, jetty, black and white

Jetty at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento.


Whisky Bay Sunset – Wilsons Prom

My friend and I went on a reconnaissance mission to check out the west coast of Wilsons Prom for an upcoming group excursion.   Most of the day was cloudless and the temperature was up around 36 degrees C.    The 3 km hike up Mount Oberon was a killer in that heat, although well worth it for the breathtaking views.  (Note to self – take more water next time!)

By the time sunset rolled around we found ourselves at Whisky Bay and the gods smiled on us, …the clouds rolled in.  🙂

Jim Worrall, long exposure, bass coast, sunset

Picture above – Whisky Bay – Wilsons Prom,  25 secs f/13 using an ND400 filter.   This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Wilsons Prom, Jim Worrall, sunset

Picture above – Whisky Bay Sunset, 0.6 secs f/18.   This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Jason Cincotta

Picture above – Rock Hopper.    With sunset fast approaching Jason positions himself on the rocks at Whisky Bay.

Jim Worrall, Jason Cincotta

Picture above – Much earlier in the day, Jason celebrating reaching the peak at Mt Oberon.

 


Rye Pier – crowd long exposures

Some long exposure shots on a glorious bright sunny day at Rye pier on the Mornington Peninsula.

Jim Worrall, long exposure, mornington peninsula, black and white, Port Phillip Bay

Above image – 6 seconds f/8.   This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, Port Phillip Bay, black and white

Above image – “The Huddle” – 5 seconds f/8

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay, black and white

Above image – 1.6 seconds f/8

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay, black and white

Above image – 2.5 seconds f/8

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, Port Phillip Bay, black and white

Above image – My friend Stephen Pretty in action taking long exposure crowd shots at Rye pier with everyone moving around him.   This is one of those flukey shots where he just happened to stay remarkably still for my 2.5 second exposure.  😉

 

 

 

 


Balnarring beach groyne

Ahh, ….the serenity.     Some daytime long exposure shots from one of the groynes at Balnarring beach on Western Port Bay.

Jim Worrall, Western Port Bay, long exposure, ND400

Above image – 0.8 secs f/16.    This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, groyne, Western Port Bay, long exposure, black and white

Above image – 65 secs f/16 ND400+ND8.   This image is available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall, groyne, Western Port Bay, long exposure, black and white

Above image – 55 secs f/16.  This image is available to purchase as a print here.


Mungo sand dunes – Animal Traffic

Images from the sand dunes of Mungo, NSW.

Jim Worrall kangaroo paw prints sand dunes desert

Pictured above, Animal Traffic, available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall Mungo sand dunes desert

Pictured above, Animal Traffic 2, available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall sand dunes desert kangaroo paw prints

Pictured above, Animal Traffic 3, available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall sand dunes kangaroo paw prints tracks desert

Pictured above, Animal Traffic 4, available to purchase as a print here.

Jim Worrall footprints sand dunes desert bootprints


Carpets of Green – Bay of Islands, Sorrento

October is a wonderful time on the back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula.  The rock platforms are transformed by a thriving carpet of lush greenery that’s only visible near low tide.  The photos below were taken at the Bay of Islands, Sorrento, but similar sights can be found all along the Mornington Peninsula back beaches at this time of year.

To get to the Bay of Islands park at the end of Diamond Bay Road.  The walking track to the observation point is short and well signposted.  Jump the fence and climb down the well worn path to reach the beach.  🙂

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, Sorrento, back beach, seascape, long exposure

Techy stuff for the photo above – 30 sec f/8 ND400 filter

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, back beach, seascape, long exposure

Techy stuff for the photo above – 30 secs f/7.1 ND400 filter

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, seascape, long exposure

Techy stuff for the photo above – 30 secs f/10 ND400 filter


Sunrise at Number 16 beach – The Dragon’s Head

Here’s some images from a recent sunrise excursion to Number 16 beach at Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. The beach car park is located at the intersection of Tasman Drive and Marcia Ave in Rye.  The best time to visit is near low tide when the rock platforms are exposed and the Dragon’s Head becomes accessible.   Prepare to get your feet wet.  🙂

Pictured below – The Dragon’s Head – Number 16 beach.   The image is available to purchase as a print here.

Technical stuff – 20 secs f/20 using an ND400 filter.

dragon head, Number 16, Number Sixteen

Pictured below – Number 16 beach – The Dragon’s Head.  The image is available to purchase as a print here.

Technical stuff – 8 secs f/5.6 using an ND400 filter.

number sixteen beach, Rye, seascape, long exposure

Pictured below – Sunrise at Number 16 beach.  The image is available to purchase as a print here.

Technical stuff – 25 secs f/14 using an ND400 filter.

number sixteen, long exposure, seascape, Rye, Mornington Peninsula

Pictured below – Morning Glow at Number 16 beach.  The image is available to purchase as a print here.

Technical stuff – 20 secs f/20 using an ND400 filter.

number sixteen beach, Rye, Mornington Peninsula, Jim Worrall

Pictured below – To give some perspective, some fellow togs on the beach at the Dragon’s Head rock formation.

Number 16, Jim Worrall, Rye, Mornington Peninsula


Return to Pyramid Rock – Phillip Island

Pyramid Rock is another location I’ve returned to numerous times.  To me it almost looks unreal, like something from a fairy tale.  To visit Pyramid Rock, drive to the car park at the south end of the aptly named Pyramid Rock Rd.  There’s a very civilized boardwalk that takes you to an observation deck for a nice view of the rock and some of the surrounding coastline.

Those who don’t mind a little bit of mountaineering might try for an even closer view by going off the beaten track past the observation deck.  (Although I’m not sure what the park guidelines might say about that.)  😉

Pictured below – A long exposure image of Pyramid Rock.  **Technical stuff – 160 seconds, f/2.8, using an ND400 and ND500 stacked together.**

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

Jim Worrall, long exposure, seascape,, ND400

Pictured below –   A close-up view of the rock.  What a surreal spot!  🙂

Jim Worrall, Phillip Island, seascape, long exposure


Return to the SS Speke shipwreck – Phillip Island

I’ve visited the SS Speke shipwreck numerous times now.  It’s a magical place at high tide with the rusty remnants of the wreck poking up through the surface of the shallow water.  When the tide turns, the water quickly recedes and the wreck becomes fully exposed revealing it’s harsh rocky resting place.

To visit the SS Speke, park your car at the south end of Kitty Miller Rd.  When you arrive on the beach turn left and walk around the point.  The easiest way around the point is over the top and along the grassy cliff tops.  There’s a well worn path to guide you to the Speke.  The descent down the side of the cliff to the beach can be a bit slippery in wet conditions, ….which just adds to the adventure.  🙂

Picture below – The SS Speke shipwreck at high tide.  **Technical stuff – 8 seconds, f/13, using an ND400 filter**

The image is available to purchase as a print at my Redbubble site.

Jim Worrall, Phillip Island, seascape, long exposure, ND400

Picture below – SS Speke at high tide   **Technical stuff – 20 seconds, f/16, using an ND400 filter**

This image is available to purchase at my Redbubble site.

Jim Worrall, Kitty Miller Bay, Phillip Island, seascape, long exposure, ND400


Kilcunda – George Bass Coastal Walk

Here’s some images from the Kilcunda end of the George Bass Coastal Walk.

Below – 1.6 secs, f/8, ND400 filter.   Available as a print here.

George Bass Coastal Walk, Jim Worrall, long exposure, ND400

Below – 25 secs, f/14, ND400 filter.    Available as a print here.

Jim Worrall, Kilcunda, George Bass Coastal Walk

Below – 8 secs, f/13, ND400

Jim Worrall, George Bass Coastal Walk, Kilcunda, long exposure, ND400

Below – 0.6 secs, f/4.5, filter ND400

Jim Worrall, George Bass Coastal Walk, ND400

Below – Tog on a rock.  Jason on the rock platforms at Kilcunda, taking in the scenery.

Jason Cincotta, Jim Worrall, Kilcunda, George Bass Coastal Walk, ND400, long exposure

Jason Cincotta, Jim Worrall, Kilcunda, George Bass Coastal  Walk


St Andrews Beach – Long Exposures

Pictured below, a long exposure image from St Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula.  10 seconds at f/20 using an ND400 filter.

The image is available to purchase as a print here at my Redbubble site.

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, ND400, seascape

Pictured below, a bit of long exposure selfie fun at St Andrews Beach.
The rocky looking structure leading out into the ocean is a “treated water” discharge pipe.

Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, ND400, seascape

Mornington Peninsula, long exposure, ND400, seascape


The Sphinx – Sorrento back beach

Jim Worrall, Mornington Peninsula, seascape, black and white, long exposure Jason Cincotta at Clelsea beach   :)


Sunset at Point King – Sorrento

Mornington Peninsula, beach, seascape, sunset, long exposure

Jason Cincotta, mornington peninsula, Jim Worrall, beach, long exposure, sunset


The Things We Do For Love (of seascape photography) – Tea Tree Creek

Most photographers with a passion for seascape photography will admit that putting themselves out there close to the edge of a violent ocean provides them with a certain personal thrill and sense of exhilaration, ….and of course this keeps us coming back for more.  🙂

Pictured below, a couple of images from a recent trip to Tea Tree Creek beach near Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula.  My friend Jason positioned nice ‘n close to the action.

Mornington Peninsula, Jim Worrall, seascape, black and white, Long exposure

Mornington Peninsula, Jim Worrall, seascape, black and white, Long exposure


Tea Tree Creek beach – The Beauty of Her Motion

A couple of long exposure images from Tea Tree Creek beach at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia.

seascape, long exposure, Mornington Peninsula, beach, ocean

The image above is available to purchase in various sizes and forms here.Flinders, Mornington Peninsula, seascape, black and white, long exposure, Australia

The image above is available to purchase in various sizes and forms here

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Pinnacles Phillip Island – An Expectation of Seeing Dinosaurs

A long exposure view looking down from the clifftop towards the Pinnacles.   13 secs f/20.  Available to purchase as a print in many forms and sizes at my Redbubble page.

black and white, long exposure, Jim Worrall, seascape, ND400

Prehistoric Sunshine.
A long exposure from down on the beach at the Pinnacles. 15 secs f/16.
Available to buy as a print here.
Phillip Island, long exposure, Jim Worrall, black and white

Phillip Island, Jim Worrall, ND400, long exposure, black and white

long exposure, black and white, Jim Worrall, seascape


Sunset at Split Point beach

Sunset on a warm evening at Split Point beach.

Split Point beach, black and white, seascape, Australia

Available as a print in various forms and sizes at Redbubble.


Skeleton – Point Nepean

A couple of long exposure images from Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula.
Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula, seascape, long exposure
8 seconds f/20

seascape, long exposure, ND400,Mornington Peninsula, Point Nepean
2.5 seconds f/11


Child’s Play – Point Lonsdale

A couple of long exposure images from Point Lonsdale.

5 seconds f/7.1 using an ND400 filter.ND400 long exposure seascape

ND400 long exposure seascape


Tea Tree Creek – Flinders Back Beach

Some images from the beautiful and rugged ocean coastline at Flinders, Victoria, Australia. To find the entrance to Tea Tree Creek beach set up your GPS to locate the intersection of Keys Road and Boneo Road, Flinders. That will put you right near it.

Below – Dawn at Flinders Back Beach. A long exposure image. Available to purchase as a print at Zazzle or RedBubble.
Jim Worrall Flinders Mornington Peninsula

Below – The Mists of Tea Tree Creek beach. Available to purchase as a quality print here or here.
Jim Worrall Flinders Mornington Peninsula Australia

Below – An image of my friend John Nabben, positioning himself for his next shot amongst the rock pools at Tea Tree Creek beach.
Jim Worrall John Nabben Flinders Mornington Peninsula

Below – A wave exploding up against a rock at Tea Tree Creek beach.
Jim Worrall Flinders Mornington Peninsula beach


Montforts beach – Blairgowrie

Sunrise at Montforts beach, water returning to the ocean strikes and wraps around a rock in the sand.

Montforts beach Blairgowrie Jim Worrall Australia

The image is available to purchase as a print at my RedBubble and Zazzle stores.


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Princess at the Falls – Trentham

Princess at the Falls - Trentham


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Splash at Sorrento

Splash at Sorrento

A wave slams into the side of a rock platform at Sorrento back beach.


The Pinnacles Facebook Excursion – Phillip Island

In mid July I tried something new. I arranged a photography excursion to the Pinnacles at Phillip Island and posted the idea on Facebook as a public event. By August 4th, the day of the excursion, there were 16 people confirmed as going and a few more “maybes”.

Mist in the Pinnacles - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia - long exposure - ND400

I had a realistic expectation that perhaps half of those who had confirmed would actually show up on the day. Imagine my surprise when all who had confirmed actually DID show up at the meeting place.
It was the start of a wonderful excursion with like-minded people, most of whom I had never actually met before and I only knew via Facebook.

Pinnacles - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia - long exposure - ND400

We couldn’t have asked for a better day in the middle of a Melbourne winter. Both the weather and tides worked in our favour and all of the participants seemed to come away from the day pleased with the experience.

Pinnacles - Jim Worrall - Phillip Island - Australia

Following are snapshots of some of the participants enjoying the day at the Pinnacles beach. If you have a Facebook account you can view more images from the event here.

Pinnacles excursion participant

Pinnacles excursion participant

Pinnacles excurion participants

Pinnacles excursion participant

Pinnacles excursion participant

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Art of the Orb – the beauty of nature.

One doesn’t usually associate the word “spider” with art. In my case I seem to be blessed by the presence of a very artsy Orb-weaver spider.
Each evening during summer the spider constructs an elaborate web between the house and a large tree in the backyard.

In an effort to capture the frantic web building activity I took my LX3 out into the backyard to see what I could catch.
The Orb-weaver was lit from some distance away by one of the house security lights.
I set the LX3 to an aperture of f/2.0 @ISO800 due to the dim conditions and caught the following beautiful movements as the spider hurriedly moved around.

orb1 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall

For those who might be curious and want to try this I shot these images in aperture priority mode. The camera selected a corresponding shutter speed of 1.3 seconds to suit my particular lighting conditions. The camera was also in “Dynamic B&W” mode.

orb2 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall

orb3 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall

orb4 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall

orb5 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall

In the final two images there is a bit less movement by the spider and you can start to see the shape of the spider.
orb6 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall

orb7 - Orb-weaver spider movement - Jim Worrall


Hunting the white water – Pinnacles, Phillip Island

Following are some images from The Pinnacles rock formation at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island. We were hoping for some nice big waves but unfortunately the conditions conspired against us that day.
The images were created using HDR techniques to capture the full dynamic range of this very contrasty environment, i.e. 3 bracketed exposures at 0,-2 and +2 EV. I had an ND400 neutral density filter on the front of the lens to allow longer exposure times and give some sense of movement to the water and clouds.

Below – “Chasing Dinosaurs”
Chasing Dinosaurs - Jim Worrall - Pinnacles - Phillip Island

Below – “Waiting for the Swirl of White”
Waiting for the Swirl of White - Jim Worrall - Pinnacles - Phillip Island

Below – “Sea Level”
Sea Level - Jim Worrall - Pinnacles - Phillip Island

Below – “Lost in the Moment”
Lost in the Moment - Jim Worrall - Pinnacles - Phillip Island

Below – “The Risky Swim”
The Risky Swim - Jim Worrall - Pinnacles - Phillip Island


The Multiple Portrait – photography fun.

An interesting way to create a fun portrait is to place the subject in the same frame several times creating a “multiple portrait”. Viewers are often intrigued and amused by the resulting image.
I had the pleasure of creating a couple of multiple portraits over the weekend for some neighbours.

Pictured below – A multiple portrait of Chris, the proud owner of a new bike.
Multiple portrait of Chris - Jim Worrall - photography fun

So how did I create this image I hear you ask?
The camera was mounted on a tripod to hold the camera completely still. This is important because the aim is to take several shots with no apparent movement of the background. This simplifies the editing process later.

The camera was set to manual mode and the shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings adjusted to give me a good exposure. It’s best to use manual mode because it locks in the exposure. If you use any other mode then there is a good chance that the camera will slightly adjust the exposure from one shot to the next as the subject is repositioned within the frame. This fluctuating exposure level between shots causes the apparent brightness of the background to change making the editing process more difficult later.

So in a nutshell, with all of the above considered, I took four shots with Chris relocating himself within the frame between each shot. Now for the editing ……….

Pictured below – Sarah the proud car owner.
Multiple portrait - Jim Worrall - photography fun

When it comes to the editing I’m definitely no photoshop guru. There are different ways to achieve the desired result involving the use of layers and smoke ‘n mirrors, but this is what I do.
I simply open all four images in photoshop. I use the first image as the base image then simply use the lasso tool to roughly select and copy the subject from images 2,3 and 4 and paste them into the base image one at a time.
I always include some of the background within each lasso because this makes aligning the subject into the image very easy.

……and here’s a couple I prepared earlier, self portraits.
Multiple portrait - Jim Worrall - photography fun

Multiple portrait - Jim Worrall - photography fun