Pic of the Week_Drama_Cape Woolemi_Phillip Island

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens with Fuji Velvia 100F fillm

Cape Woolamai offers great fun and dramatic images for the landscape photographer. You have two options for reaching the Cape from the Woolamai Beach car park. From memory its around a 40 minute walk along the beach to the bottom of the cliff or, alternatively, via a sandy track through tussock grasses to the top of the cliff, prior to a step descent down to the beach. Make sure you check the tide times, as you may not be able to follow the beach all the way around the Cape at high tide. During summer tiger snakes are drawn to the top of the cliff by the large amount of mutton birds nesting in the area. This is the nature of landscape photography, especially in a country like Australia.

I usually approach the Cape through the tussock grasses. With high tides you’re limited to photographing from the top of the cliff. But lower tides will allow you to descend to one of several rock-strewn beaches. Amazing opportunities await, particularly if you’re there at the edges of the day. Though, if you’re shoot finishes after sunset make sure you have a good torch or headlamp with you so you can safely navigate your way back to the car park in the dark. The alternative will see you stumbling around in the dark and, likely, falling knee deep through the soft earth into mutton bird burrows on either side of the track. I’II post another image from this location a week from now to give you an idea of one of the photographic opportunities that await you on the beach.

With the image above I was drawn to the graphic nature of the sunlit rock face against the dark, brooding sky. A black-and-white rendering enabled me to portray the sense of power present at the time the camera’s shutter was tripped. Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 were employed to process the image.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
Glenn Guy