Rocky-View_Canal-Rocks_Smiths-Beach_Yallingup_South-West_WA_Black and White

If you have been looking through the portfolio, read my profile and many of the descriptions against many of the images within these galleries, you would have realised I have a soft spot for black and white photography. If I think an image will be suitable for black and white, I’ll go that route every time. I just love the drama and emotions that a black and white image can portray, undistracted by colour. However occasionally I get stumped and like “Trails” and “Wispy” (hint the same image but one is colour), this image is one of those. I just love the colour version “Peachy Glow”, but I love equally this one. So lucky you get to see both if you desire and make up your own mind.

Taken, looking south away from the main Canal Rocks area, this is a stitched image of several frames to provide large format resolution. I wanted to include some of the mainland in this image to convey the rocky nature of a coastline continually buffeted by strong winds and large powerful swells. Adhering to the rules of thirds for once, I think this composition works well combined with the subtle leading lines to the centre of the frame, courtesy of the rocky mainland and rock outcrops. My go to technique when stitching images is to use a long exposure to mist the water and make seamless stitching possible. Mainly because I don’t know how to use Photoshop and I can’t be bothered or desire to manipulate things too much. I could have achieved the same image in camera with a single shot, however this would mean a must smaller resolution with limited capability for truly large format printing. Alternatively I could have used a 100MP Phase One camera system and achieved it with much less work, but at $40,000 plus, this is currently out of my reach. But we all have dreams right?

Titled “Rocky View” to reflect the rocky coastline view point down the coast and to and to differentiate it from the colour version “Peachy Glow” as that would be just too confusing for me and you would wonder where I got the “Peachy” bit from…

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.