Photographing Aireys Inlet at Dusk

Dusk, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Dusk, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Dusk, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Aireys Inlet is a sleepy township along the Great Ocean Road in southern Victoria. It's one of those very special places. The Painkalac Creek that flows, via a shallow tidal lake, to the beach is pretty. The cliffs and beach are more dramatic, and the Southern Ocean can be quite wild.

Photos are Nothing without Light

But it's the light that, under the right conditions, really transforms this location. Very early morning and either side of sunset are often the best times to photograph the lake, particularly when you're working under still conditions. The reflections in the shallow tidal lake can be really beautiful.

Memories of Velvia

Back in my film days I photographed the Aireys Inlet beach and its surrounds on numerous occasions, including several photos of the lake and nearby sand dune with my Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Fuji Velvia 100F film, the best film I ever used for color landscape photography.

Making the Effort, Taking a Chance

This photo was made during a Landscape Photography Workshop I was running along the Great Ocean Road. It was dusk when we pulled our cars over to the side of the road, prior to heading up to the hill to photograph the Split Point Lighthouse above and on the other side of the dune.

We only had a few minutes before our night session began and I needed to get the group up the hill and organized before night began to descend. Nevertheless, I felt the risk was worthwhile, and it proved to be the right decision. It was fun photographing under the beautiful, soft light at days end and a great preparation for what lay ahead. 

I've been fortunate to have traveled and photographed on 6 different continents over the years. Yet, despite the privilege of having photographed truly remarkable landscapes and all manner of interesting people, my memories of Aireys Inlet remain strong.

I'm reminded that it's the light that transforms this landscape from a pretty location into something quite special. I understand why, over the years, many folks have made the sea change and moved to Aireys Inlet. It's no longer my dream to live there, but it retains a special place in my memory. And I know I'II continue to return there over the years.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru