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Cold Whispers

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 9 August 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


After the short Iceland interlude we are back today to Australian shores. Cape Schanck is located on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula and separates the wild ocean swell of Bass Strait from the slightly calmer waters of Western Port. One of its main features is the signature rock formation that you can see in the far distance called Pulpit Rock.

With the high tide pounding the rocky shelf surrounding the Pulpit Rock, we did not venture out too far and concentrated instead on the small inlet and pebble stone beach in the foreground. This is a composition that I had mind already after visiting the cape a day earlier to explore and discover the area.

I do not know if you were ever able to stand on such a beach and listened to the sound that the water produced as it moved between the small stones. It made this amazing "swoosh" type of noise as the waves crashed and then receded back into the sea. With the cliffs sheltering the area from wind, that sound was simply fantastic in otherwise almost complete silence. It felt like the sea was whispering to me with its cold waters. I experienced a similar sensation at Djúpalónssandur beach in Iceland a year ago and it has stayed in my mind until now.

This would be a perfect place for a very long exposure, however, I had plans to climb back up the cliffs to catch the sunset so I took shorter exposures of around 30 seconds to photograph the misty effect of water moving between the pebbles. I was envisioning that the misty, yet slightly dynamic feel to the water would work well to convey that whispering feeling that I experienced. I also hope that you can feel the water moving towards you and then have your eyes follow the far edge of the shore out to the Pulpit Rock, before coming back for another round with the imaginary next wave.

This is another scene that would also work in black and white but the presence of subtle colour in the sky and in the rocks swayed me towards keeping the tonality in the final edit. I really like this location and it was one of my favourites from the trip to Victoria in May. Now it has joined the long and highly unrealistic list of places that I would like to visit again in the future :-)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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