Craggy Shore (2X3BW8606)
Exposed craggy rocks at low tide as the sun sets on Cable Beach, Broome, North West, Western Australia.
This black and white image was taken on the same smoke haze evening and location on Cable Beach, near Broome, as the colour image “Smokey”. However in this case I wanted to focus on the foreground rocks exposed at low tide instead of the sunset enhanced sky. The thick clouds on the horizon combined with the filtering effect of the smoke filled air helped subdue the sunset a little, providing a good opportunity to capitalise on the craggy rocks in the foreground. A monochrome representation ensured the texture and structure of the rocks and distant water of the Indian Ocean was prominent in the image.
Titled “Craggy Shore” to reflect the structure of the exposed rocky reef that was now the shoreline.
Cable Beach is a 22 km stretch of pristine white sand beach, washed by the stunning turquoise water of the Indian Ocean near Broome in the Kimberly region within the far north west of Western Australia. Named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, its natural beauty attracts visitors from around Australia and the world.
The western facing beach experiences large tidal movements on a daily basis, peaking on the spring tides, where the tide can recede several hundred meters from the high tide mark, leaving interesting ripples in the sand. There are several sections where the low flat reef just offshore is exposed on low tide, making for excellent photographic opportunities with some foreground interest. Combined with the stunning sunsets typical of the northern Australian skies, it is heavily photographed as a result.