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Shoreline (1X1BW0381)


Black and white portrayal of the shoreline on Rosemary Island, Dampier Archipelago, Pilbara, North West, Western Australia.

This image was captured just before I came to Illingworth Passage, where I took “Deserted”. I had been taking stock photos of shells and star fish deposited by the high tides, when I decided to do a shoreline composition.

I set up the tripod low on the water’s edge and tried to capture the slope of this part of the beach, using black and white to bring out the contrasting structure of the shell infused sand and water with little bits of foam floating on the surface, caused by the ever so gentle wave action as it lapped the shore. Some vignetting was added to help focus on the shoreline and not be distracted by other elements in the frame.

Titled “Shoreline” to describe what it clearly is, a shoreline on a beach. Yes sometimes I’m not very inventive with image titles…

The Dampier Archipelago, which consists of 42 deserted islands off the coast of Dampier in the Pilbara region of the North West of Western Australia. Founded by British explorer William Dampier in 1699. Green, loggerhead, flatback and hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches. Dugongs, dolphins and humpback whales are often seen in surrounding waters. Rothschild’s rock-wallabies, northern quolls and water rats thrive on some islands. Migratory waders use the beaches and mangrove flats to feed and rest after long flights from the northern hemisphere. It is the richest area of marine biodiversity known in Western Australia, with coral reefs, sponge gardens, seagrass and more than 650 fish species. The islands have numerous historic sites dating back to the 1800’s including relics from bygone pearling, whaling and pastoral industries. It was also a place of significance for the Aboriginal people and has many ancient sites throughout.

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