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Dramatic (1X1BW0171)


An intense and dramatic storm at low tide moves past Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

This image was captured at Burns Beach, near Iluka, Perth, Western Australia. It was low tide, exposing the interesting weed covered reef which had numerous circular holes on its surface caused by years of erosion by the tide, surging waves and movement of sand. This added a degree of interest to the foreground with its circular patterns and incredible structure, which just screamed out for a dramatic black and white portrayal. To cap it off the hero of the image was an intense storm that was approaching fast from the north coast as the sun was setting low on the horizon.

A square format crop of the standard format 3×2 image “Approaching Storm”. This perspective focuses more on the circular holes in the reef and the intense storm, providing an alternative narrower view point of the scene. Definitely one of my favourite images due to the structure of the reef and the contrast of the storm cloud, which almost gives a 3D feel.

It’s one of those times when everything just came together. I was fortunate enough to watch mother nature’s awesome spectacle and to be able to capture numerous images from the same storm, several of these making this portfolio, all for slightly different reasons. It was absolutely one of those special moments in my photography life, and totally unexpected just a couple of hours before. Whilst I take images for myself, this has proven quite popular with others which adds to the connection I have with this image.

Titled “Dramatic” to reflect the intense nature of the image.

Burns Beach is located along the northern coastline of the city of Perth, Western Australia. Whilst parts of the beach are sandy, there is also a lot of limestone rock structure along its shoreline, making for interesting vistas, especially at sunset. The northern end is a preferred vantage point to capture colourful sunsets, so typical of the West Australian coastline.

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