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Late Storm (1X1BW5184)


A late storm descends over Canal Rocks near Smiths Beach, Yallingup, South West, Western Australia.

This image, taken on the same evening as “Last Rays” and “Sun Burst”, and in the same dark mood, provides a slightly different perspective with more emphasis on the foreground rocks and stormy sky above. It also articulates the wild water movement and dramatic nature of the scene, brought out by the long exposure at the base of the rocks I was standing on and amongst the rocky outcrops just offshore at the tail end of the Canal Rocks channel.

This is one of my personal favourites as to me it is just interesting to look at. My gear and I also got thoroughly soaked in the process, not to mention a rather harrowing climb across the rocks back to level ground afterwards. The composition is structured so that the angle of the foreground rocks lead your eye to the middle of the frame, then directs you along the rock structures towards the image centre. Not really rule of thirds or strong leading lines, but in my humble opinion it still works despite this.

Titled “Late Storm” to reflect the climate at the time as the storm intensified upon nightfall.

Canal rocks are a series of rocky outcrops lined up close together, just off the mainland near Smiths Beach at Yallingup in the South West of Western Australia, which form a canal like passage between the rocks on the mainland and the rocky outcrops in the sea. A heavily visited and photographed location.

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