A return to the coast closer to home. This is one of my more recent photos, taken in August during a quick trip for a few days to the South West region of Western Australia. We have not previously travelled there during winter so it was a good opportunity to do so and to see how different the region looked compared to warmer months. One obvious difference is the abundance of water everywhere. The temperature was much cooler, shrubs and trees were beautifully green, streams were flowing with odd waterfalls retuning to life.
Another good reason to travel to this area in winter is that there is much greater chance of getting interesting weather for seascape photography. That was one of my main visions for photography for this little trip - to photograph some new coastal scenes especially during sunsets. I was hoping for either beautiful sunsets or if not then for some dramatic light and moods. We had more of the drama rather than colour and I was able to have a couple of evenings to explore two locations, which I had in mind but where I did not spend too much time previously.
One of these location was North Point in Gracetown. The rock shelf provided plenty of compositions as we walked around before sunset to find an interesting spot. The clouds were looking very inviting and there was even a hint of the sun breaking through. It did not quite come to that but the light and conditions were still fantastic. As is often the case with photography, I had to be patient to get the wave action that I was looking for. When I was setting up, the waves looked fantastic and they were were reaching the spot where I was standing. Once I was ready, they went quiet for a few minutes before slowly picking up again and creating interesting dynamic motion between the rocks. The waves returned just at the right time when the light was at its best and there was a lovely glow just over the horizon.
What I liked about this light was that the tones in the sky were closely matching the tones of the rocks in the foreground. That worked in a great harmonious way that unified the scene together and gave it wonderful vibrancy that lifted it for me to another level. Sometimes there does not need to be too much colour to enhance the scenery. If there was no colour present at the time, I could still work on a monochrome look for the scene but I was very happy to for this kind of light. I think it allowed for the foreground colours to come through especially well.
I enjoyed this location very much and saw many other opportunities for photography around the area. It will definitely be one to explore further when we will have a chance to return there again.
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