Purple Frosting (1X3C3677)


Long exposure purple reflection at sunset, Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberleys, North West, Western Australia.

This long exposure image was taken prior to the “Pink Hue” image at the same location on Cable Beach, near Broome. Captured in portrait and cropped to a vertical panoramic to be a little different and highlight the sand contours. It clearly illustrates the dramatic change of colour that mother nature creates as the sun sets and disappears over the horizon. Initially the sunset was the typical golden orange, before deepening to a purple, then gentle pink. Whilst still above or near the horizon the reflections on the water and wet sand flats were spectacular, before fading as the sun disappeared.

Titled “Purple Frosting” to reflect the purple colour and misted water achieved by a long exposure of the water movement around the rocks.

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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