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Pemberton Western Australia

Pemberton mill town workers' cottages Pemberton, Western Australia

Visiting Pemberton Western Australia is like stepping back in time. It was the ideal location for the filming of Jasper Jones with Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving. Pemberton is one of the few remaining country towns that still have surviving buildings from earlier times. Timber mill houses, main street halls and back alleyways all speak of yesteryear. The town is also in close proximity to several national parks, with towering karri forest, rivers, massive sand dunes and rugged coastline.

Indigenous Australians hunted, gathered and traveled extensively throughout the region for thousands of years. More recent European settlement was historically based upon grazing then the hardwood timber industry supplied by the local karri forests. Hops and tobacco were grown within the region for a short time with a later expansion of beef cattle farming and agriculture.

Surrounded by towering karri forests Pemberton is adjacent to several spectacular national parks including the Warren, Beedelup, Gloucester, and the D’Entrecasteaux National Parks. Rugged coastline, extensive inland sand dunes, heavily forested regions,  rivers and dams, characterise Pemberton’s unique landscape. These parks and Pemberton’s proximity to the Southern Ocean contribute to a clean environment for food, wine and tourism.

Pemberton Wine Region is the first premium quality landscape photography book to focus on this region, exploring its outstanding natural beauty.  Images of majestic forests, rivers, massive sand dunes and rugged coastline capture the landscape that shapes the region’s character and beauty. It also documents the rise of the local wine industry and was the Australian finalist for two Gourmand Book Awards, Paris.


Emus from adjoining Warren National Park Old Vasse Road Pemberton Western Australia
Emus from adjoining Warren National Park Old Vasse Road

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Redgate Beach Margaret River Western Australia

Redgate Beach Margaret River

Redgate Beach Margaret River Western Australia. I was bush walking from Bobs Hollow to Redgate Beach along the Cape to Cape track, when the breezy, but pleasant Spring day suddenly turned stormy. A blustery cold front was fast approaching the coast shooting low scudding clouds over the land with a dramatic display of light and dark. A break in the clouds low on the horizon allowed a late burst of sunlight to illuminate the foreground rock and tidal patterns in the sand. I was just sheltered from the full blast of the wind by some low dunes at my rear, which made focusing my camera with my head under a focusing cloth just possible in this rapidly changing light.  Redgate Beach Margaret River is available as a  16×20 inch photograph and larger.

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Pemberton photos karri forest trees in mist Western Australia

Forest Pemberton Australia

Pemberton photos karri forests and wine region

Pemberton photos nearly always have karri trees somewhere in them. These Australian hardwood giants dominate the region and lend themselves to much of Pemberton's visual character and timber town history.

In 2008 I had only recently acquired my first digital camera. It was a Pentax K10D, with a 10 megapixel APS-C  CCD sensor. This is about 2/3 area of  a full frame 35mm film SLR. What was exciting about this camera was two fold: 1) it could take my existing Pentax K-mount lenses which I already owned and 2) I was in the throws of publishing a coffee table book about the beauty of the Pemberton region.

As a result, karri trees in mist Pemberton was one of my first digital camera landscapes during the photographing of my book Pemberton Wine Region. This relatively small file image has been successfully printed for a client requiring a customised image over 1.7 metre long and slightly over 1.1 metres high. The softness of the misty image does not lend itself to high degrees of sharpness and there the small file is adequate.

Pemberton's surrounding karri forest, valleys, and open farmland with large bodies of surface water create ideal conditions for mist to form in the coolest part of the evening. The mists settles in the low lying valleys and usually burns off quickly after sunrise, but for those who bother to get up early you will be rewarded from time to time with some truly ephemeral landscapes.

Karri trees in mist Pemberton was one of a few landscapes I included in the book made from digital media. Many of the landscapes were made on 6x12cm and 4x5 inch format films.

The digital camera was ideal for many of the working winery and vineyard images which I wanted to capture in a candid fashion rather than posed. Since publication I have received comments from the wine industry that my book contains some of the very few images of actual work being carried out in wineries and vineyards.  Most vineyards and wineries are represented with highly stylised images.

 

pemberton photos Cleaning wine fermentation tanks.

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Shrines fishing gods

Shrines fishing gods Blackwood River Augusta Western Australia

Shrines fishing gods Blackwood River Augusta Western AustraliaShrines fishing gods: we were walking around Augusta just on dusk, down by the banks of the Blackwood River. A beautiful windless evening with barely a ripple on the water. The clouds’ reflections were creating abstract patterns with soft pastel hues. Fishing is obviously a popular activity and every 20 to 50 metres dotted along the banks you will find these little fish scaling tables in various shapes sizes and design. As they floated in their own reflections they reminded me of little shrines or temples. The oil rich yellow lipped mullet caught fresh from the Blackwood are among my favourite fish. May the fishing deities be pleased.

Shrines fishing gods Augusta Western Australia

Fishing Augusta Australia

Fishing Augusta Western Australia

Blackwood River Augusta