The Fine Art Landscape Photographers Guide to Western Australian Landscapes.
This is part 2 of my landscape photography guided tour, visiting the natural wonders and beautiful landscapes of Western Australia with photos I have captured.
The fine art photography artist is never short of beautiful natural landscape photography spots to visit in Western Australia. This post is part 2 of what I plan to show in coming months as I travel, capturing photography images of the beautiful landscapes I find. Without photography, I would be quite unable to describe the places and things in nature that I have seen. Being “out there” in the natural environment shooting natural landscape photos enables me to share my enjoyment of being alive.
In this article we look at two landscape photography hotspots, natural features and landscapes that attract visitors and photographers from all over the world. The natural beauty of both places provide visitors a view of nature in it’s raw and beautiful form. Most visitors will take photos to record their visit and in doing so will also be recording their moment in the natural world.
This week I will show off two beautiful landscape photography locations near Albany, approximately 400 kilometers south of Perth at the bottom of Western Australia.
Torndirrup National Park
The Torndirrup National Park is a favorite tourist destination for those visiting Albany and the Great Southern region of Western Australia however, most visitors would not recognize the name of the this place. The park is located between Princess Royal Harbour and the Southern Ocean just to the west of the town of Albany. The unique and beautiful landscape features that everyone comes to see are known as “The Gap” , “The Natural Bridge” and “The Blowholes”. The coast is very rugged and dangerous as “King Waves” are known to occur and many people have been swept out to sea and died because of their being to close to the waters edge while fishing from the rocks. These danger factors need to be considered by photographers as well as these same rocky vantage points make for great landscape photo opportunities.
While I do visit these spots, I enjoy seeking out other places of natural beauty along this section of the coast. The landscape photography here can be quite dramatic at any time of day. There are beautiful panoramic vistas to photograph from high vantage points in the early morning and late afternoons and during the middle of the day, the waters edge provides photographers with many opportunities to capture the crashing waves up close and beautifully clear, still water in peaceful rock pools above the tide. It really is a landscape photography wonderland, with only the incessant rain and clouds to spoil the photographers day out.
The surrounding areas within the national park are equally as interesting for the nature photographer. Keen nature enthusiasts and photographers have large expanses of coastal heath amongst granite outcrops away from the shore to explore. A vast array of plants, insects, animals and bird species can be found in these dense thickets of coastal scrub. Constant winds, rain and thick bush are the two main hazards here, particularly for photographers.
I just love this place and recommend every photographer who can, visit this beautiful place and shoot some awe inspiring natural landscape photos.
Gull Rock National Park
Gull Rock is just to the east of Albany, and is a much smaller area that gets far fewer visitors as there are no spectacular and rugged features to marvel at. Gull Rock itself is very rocky and quite dangerous, however the majority of the coastline here has beautiful white sandy beaches with dense thickets of trees and swampy lakes behind the dunes. Quite a different environment to that of Torndirrup just a few kilometers to the west, on the other side of King George Sound.
This area has plenty of photography potential, beautiful landscapes of sandy beaches, bird life and wild flowers for nature photographers.
There are a variety of eco systems with easy access by foot to most areas. The National Park takes in the eastern edge of Oyster Harbour and continues around the coast to the small boat harbour at Nanarup Beach. From the lookout above Gull Rock there are 360 degree views of the entire region.
The town of Albany, all of King George Sound and all the way east out towards Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks.
Due south is the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a little too distant to be visible on a clear day however it is always felt with cold temperatures and constant wind.
To the north the Porongurup Range and the Stirling Range stand out above the generally flat landscape.
Gull Rock National Park may not be the most striking and awe inspiring of places to visit, however I have found it most accommodating, providing me with plenty of fine art landscape photography and nature photography images.
Both of these beautiful places are great locations for fine art landscape photography and nature photography alike. There are countless nooks and cranny gems to be discovered and photographed. I have never come away without images that I can turn into beautiful fine art prints. I must say however, the weather conditions can be very trying, the wind never stops and there is nearly always heavy cloud and often drizzly rain. A rain coat for you and the camera, a sturdy tripod and a determined explorer like spirit are all essential in this part of the world.
I also really look forward to getting home and turning these images captured of these landscapes into beautiful fine art prints. Working on the images reminds me of so much detail within the scene, some of of which have been stored in my subconscious as I was so busy dealing with the elements and keeping my cheerio happening.
The finished fine art photography prints are my triumph over all that nature could throw at me, the prints tell the story of what I found and learned about while out in the elements. Particularly along the south coast where it seems Antarctica is just over the horizon.
The next beautiful landscape photography locations I’ll take you to will also be in the south of the state, landscapes I am sure you would love to visit just like the two I have taken you to here.
Taking landscape photos and making fine art prints from the photos captured in these fine art photography paradises bring me great joy. I get to relive the time spent in this beautiful unspoiled natural environment every time I view the photos and fine art landscape photography prints I have created.