Exploring Blanket Bay Road, I happened across a small section of beach that was lined with a series of outward flowing cuttings in the underlying rocks platforms, flowing back out to sea. The tide was quite low when I first arrived, but was obviously on the turn, and very quickly this channel became a surging mass of water. It had turned the area from a haven for those who love to explore the many little rock pools, to angry surging channel of water that would be a dangerous place to slip and fall.
As luck would have it, the timing of my visit was such that the setting sun was creating an array of golden hues on the sand and wet rocks, creating a stark contrast to the rocks on the platform not being lit by the suns rays. Its scenes like this that seem to distract landscape photographer like me, waiting for the light to hit the sweet spot that provides the perfect combination of colour, texture and softness from the long exposure used to capture the image.
This ability to sit and wait is very calming, but at the same time can be frustrating. The light changes, creating the desired mood, but the swell coming up the channel is not as desired, then the light changes. To and Fro it goes, till that magical moment when it comes together and the first look of the camera screams ‘winner’ to you.
Its like a drug, creating a massive high that creates a sense of achievement and elation. A hit that keeps me coming back to the untamed places, to capture that scene and achieve that high. But like any drug, its addictive - and once the taste for it is savoured, its hard to let it go. And the more that feeling is reached, the more the need to explore grows. Lucky for me then that I have the Otways as my backyard, and an endless array of places to help me achieve this wonderful natural high.