Busselton Jetty (1X1BW2577)
Square representation of Busselton Jetty at Busselton, South West, Western Australia.
For a landscape photographer, who typically concentrates on seascapes, we often try to ignore the middle of the day for photo shoots since there is often too much contrast (and people!) for pleasing images, instead preferring the early morning sunrises or late afternoon sunsets. However there are always exceptions to the rule and this was one such day.
I was having lunch nearby overlooking the beautiful calm Geographe Bay and remembered I had my gear safely locked away in the back of my Landcruiser. So after lunch I decided to walk down onto the beach and frame the Jetty to highlight the sharp contrasts of the structure against the deep blue sky and sparkling clear water. I processed two images, one black and white and the other colour. Normally I would easily gravitate to the black and white image as my preference, however on this occasion I couldn’t decide which one was better. Thus both are on the pages of this site.
The black and white version is more about structure and contrast. Whilst most of my black and white images would be of less than perfect days, with heavy clouds and adverse weather, this one was taken on a stunningly beautiful day. Totally opposite in feel to the colour version “Summer Time”.
Titled “Busselton Jetty” due to the hero of the image and to differentiate from the colour version “Summer Time” as that would confuse me and you would wonder how I thought this reflected summer.
Extending 1.8 kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a tourist attraction in its own right, and as such is heavily photographed. Built in sections over the years from 1865 to the mid 1900’s to achieve its eventual length of 1.8km, it was officially closed in 1973. During 1978 it was significantly damaged by Cyclone Alby as it tracked all the way down the West Australian coastline, wreaking havoc to the South West. Over the years the Busselton community raised funds to restore the part of the jetty, with the West Australian Government providing the remaining funds to complete the restoration.