This panoramic image was taken at the same time as “Red Burst”, just as the sunset decided to turn on the colours to maximum. Prior to this I didn’t think I was going to see anything spectacular from this sunset due to the heavy cloud and rain that was present. Hence up to that point I was concentrating on capturing moody dark black and white images at various view points along Canal Rocks, near Yallingup in the South west of Western Australia.

Whilst my passion is capturing dramatic and emotional black and white images, free of distracting colour, I’m also a sucker for colourful sunsets, especially those that are a little different. I guess living in Western Australia you become over saturated (no pun intended) with amazing sunsets, almost on a daily basis. So I often go looking for something a little different. Which invariably leads to me perched on some rocky outcrop or beach in adverse weather, trying to capture mother nature in her not so happy moods.

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). Apart from the red glow it was almost dark at this stage.

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

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.