Locations: Sugarloaf Rock
Landscape photography can be a challenging pastime. Poor light, unsocial hours, weather and distance all conspire to discourage the photographer. In my experience there are three main ingredients to getting amazing images of great locations. They are (in order of importance) a. be there b. be there at the right time c. use a tripod. Notably absent in this list is anything to do with cameras or lenses as they are much less important albeit still essential. No matter how expensive your gear is, if you don't get the first three ingredients right you are wasting your time.
Reminding myself of all this I recently decided to tackle a landscape location that had been on my short-list for some time. I had never been there previously to scout it out but I was able to check out what other photographers had done by looking though images on 500px.com and this gave me an idea of the sort of options I might have. The weather was looking like rain for the morning I had chosen but I took the gamble anyway and left home at 3.30am for the two hour drive to Dunsborough. I was on site well before sunrise gingerly picking my way over the rocks with a torch to pick my initial location.
Well, the photography gods were smiling on me as the rain stayed away, the light was amazing, the skies were textural with plenty of movement and the seas not too rough. I shot from well before sunrise to about half an hour after then all of a sudden the magic hour finished and it was all over. I felt like every shot I was taking was a 'keeper', the early start and tiring drive was oh so worth it and all was right with the world.
All of the following photos were taken at 24mm focal length (using my tilt-shift lens which you can read about on a previous blog post). The square/vertical format versions are 'stitched' images combining two photos taken by shifting the lens up then down. I find this less problematic with stitching as the sky movement and the sea movement are captured in separate frames which makes for a problem free stitch in Photoshop (stitching images with movement can very difficult if the movement is different from one frame to another).
I would highly recommend anyone visiting the Dunsborough area make this spot the top of their list if you love landscape photography. It is an oft photographed location for a reason. I will certainly be going back there myself one day.