Red Burst (1X1C5201)


A burst of red light fills the horizon as the sun sets behind Canal Rocks near Smiths Beach, Yallingup, South West, Western Australia.

I had been busy taking moody dark black and white images for a while of the various view points along Canal Rocks, near Yallingup in the South west of Western Australia, when suddenly a burst of colour emerged. Up to that point the heavy cloud had prevented much colour from developing as the sun set. However as soon as it disappeared below the horizon and it was almost dark, some beautiful colour reflected up onto the clouds. Normally the reds in sunsets tend to be softer and closer to soft pinks or oranges, but tonight they were intense.

This image, taken approximately 15 minutes later from the same rocks as “Twilight Fade” is part of a seven shot stitch used to create the large format panoramic image “Red Light”. I kept it as I liked the composition of this particular capture for similar reasons to the “Twilight Fade” image.

A long exposure misted the water and captured the movement as the waves rolled through the gap and into the channel of Canal Rocks. The exposure also allowed the foam of the waves to light up somewhat compared to the rocks which were silhouetted due to the intense background glow of the sunset and available light (very little).

Titled “Red Burst” to describe the sudden burst of red in the sky from the intense but short sunset.

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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