For this image, I wanted to achieve a more abstract result rather than capturing a beautiful golden or orange sunset, especially given the lack of clouds on this evening. So I waited until well after the sun had disappeared beyond the horizon at Cable Beach near Broome, 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. The final result was one of my favourite images from Cable Beach.
Titled “Pink Hue” to reflect the pink tones of the sky, which were almost dark to the naked eye.
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.