I love the weathered granite textures around Sugarloaf Rock Cape Naturaliste. They hold fascinating shapes. Some form weird wind sculptured forms from the wind and salt erosion. Others contain striations of colour and texture creating dynamic lines of perspective. Adding to the complexity are the wave-like patterns of rock that fold in upon themselves.
It was unusual for me to find the sea so calm. The sky was overcast and slightly brooding. I was wandering along the coastline, almost aimlessly, with my camera in my backpack. Using my tripod as a hiking pole, I hopped across the smooth egg-shaped boulders scattered around the coves.
When I reached this particular section of coast I instinctively paused. The striations of rock beckoned me to look out towards the sea. The surface of the rock pool in the foreground was mirror-smooth. Before I realised it, I had begun to remove my backpack to get my camera out. I wanted to capture the contrast between the smooth ocean and the dynamic textures before me.
Including the foreground rock detail was an important part of the composition for me. I chose a slightly wide 90mm lens for its angle of coverage. Rather than just let the depth of field make the foreground and back appear in focus, I chose to also tilt the rear standard. By doing so, I enhanced the depth of sharpness. It also creates a slight exaggeration of foreground shape. Using the tilting movement is one of the wonderful advantages of working with a view camera.
Sugarloaf Rock island is a nature reserve. It is a nesting site for geographically restricted seabirds and is best left undisturbed.
Sugarloaf Rock Weathered Granite Textures Cape Naturaliste – Wista 4×5 with 90mm Grandagon lens, on 4×5 Velvia 50 ISO film. Exposure was several seconds. No filter.