High Seas (1X1BW3462)
Black and white long exposure of large storm surf wrapping around rocks at Cape Naturaliste, South West, Western Australia.
This image was one of the first frames captured of the multiple image panoramic “WIndmills Storm” and literally only seconds from the image “Storm Flow”. All captured during a powerful storm that hit in the area locally known as the “Other Side of the Moon” on Cape Naturaliste, in the South West of Western Australia in the late afternoon.
If you look closely, although given the long exposure and tonal similarities with the sky it’s difficult to see clearly, a large wall of white water is moving towards me from behind the distant rock outcrops. I believe it’s this wall of white water that ultimately ended my shooting from this vantage point for the night. And very nearly could of ended much more, had I not held my footing.
Titled “High Seas” to reflect the 5m high sea state at the time.
Cape Naturaliste is the northern most headland in the South West region of Western Australia, famous for its world class wines and surf. It separates the relatively sheltered waters of Geographe Bay from the often wild and rough Southern Indian Ocean. Geographe Bay was named by the French navigator Nicolas Baudin in 1801, after the French exploration’s ship Georgraphe, whilst Cape Naturaliste was named after the expedition’s second ship, the Naturaliste. On the tip of the cape is the 20m high Cape Naturaliste Light house, activated in 1904 which provides a warning to passing ships of the rocky dangers that surround it.
The western side of the Cape is often wild and rugged, battered in winter by huge waves driven by powerful storm systems, whilst in summer things are far more subdued and a popular tourist destination, with many frolicking in the clear water bays that line its shore. The eastern side is typically clear, calm and inviting in summer and post card perfect on clear winter days. Both sides of the cape are heavily photographed due to their natural beauty in all of nature’s varying moods.