Wispy (1X1BW5255)


Wispy peach coloured clouds of a Canal Rocks sunset near Smiths Beach, Yallingup, South West, Western Australia.

After braving the elements to capture some stormy, often dark and moody, black and white images the night before, I once again found myself perched on the cliffs at Canal Rocks. This was an obvious choice since I was staying at Smith Beach, near Yallingup in the South West of Western Australia, which is only a 2 minute drive to Canal Rocks. This night was completely different to when I captured images such as “Late Storm” and “Red Light”. Whilst there was still a reasonable size swell running, churning up the water and creating spray, the rain and high winds had subsided significantly. Although I suspect, given the cloud formations present, there were still high winds high up in the sky.

I decided to venture a bit further down from Canal Rocks, aiming my camera South to capture the broken coast line. It was reasonably late when I started shooting as the colours were starting to develop. The setting sun was reflecting an orange / pink hue on the wispy clouds, contrasting against the blue sky. A long exposure smoothed out the wave action, creating a misty flow amongst the many rock outcrops extending from the rocky shore line. To complete the composition I included the interesting and colourful cloud formations that were high up in the sky.

A fairly subdued image, definitely not an in your face highly saturated sunset, but one that is more restrained and less imposing. I personally like this image and find it to be soothing and calm. I particularly like the colour of the water and the long exposure effect as it interacts with the rocky shoreline.

Titled “Wispy” to reflect the wind effected clouds high 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.

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