Peaceful Disturbance (1X1C3675)


Long exposure showcasing peaceful disturbances around rocks in the water at sunset, Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberleys, North West, Western Australia.

The intent of this image was to achieve a more abstract result rather than capturing a beautiful golden or orange sunset, especially given the lack of clouds on this evening at Cable Beach, near Broome. So I waited until well after the sun had disappeared beyond the horizon, when the colours change rapidly from those more saturated to ones that are more subdued.

Using a long exposure I was not only able to mist the water as it flowed around some of the rocks exposed at low tide, but also to extract some of the post sunset colour which is difficult to see in almost dark conditions. This is a square crop of one of my favourite images from Cable Beach “Pink Hue”.

Titled “Peaceful Disturbance” to reflect the focus on the rocks and the disturbance to the flow of water as small waves flowed over.

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.

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