Of Pinnacles and Sand Dunes

I know what you're saying - "What?! Another blog post in less than two weeks since the last one?! How is this possible?"

And to you, dear reader, I say this: I have finished university for the semester. Onwards to holidays, video games and, in just over a week, England! Also, I might have more time for blog posts like this one.

Speaking of blog posts, lets get this one started.

The Pinnacles

Yesterday a mate and I did a 500 kilometre round trip to the famous (at least in this part of the world) pinnacles. Relatively close to Perth, the pinnacles, along with the coral coast they are situated on, are a popular destination for Perth families wanting to get away on long weekends.

The things themselves are pretty weird. In fact, that's the way we found ourselves describing them: just really odd. The limestone spires, which number in the thousands and range from very small to really quite big, appear out of nowhere in sight of the Indian Ocean. As far as we know there's nothing quite like them in the rest of Australia and they're contained in this small area just south of Cervantes.

But, as according to the weird-cool theorem (the weirder something is the cooler it gets), these limestone mounds make great photography subjects.

Pinnacle Hill. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 18mm, f/11 & 1/420.

As much as I was talking about #vscocam last blog post, I've avoided using it for these photos. However, I've used the free VSCO Film 00 set (a more "professional" version) to edit some of these photos, like the one above. It's cool, but I can't really afford to pay the $100+ for the other versions. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 18mm, f/8 & 1/480.

The pinnacles are situated among sand dunes and bushland, with the sea to the west. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 53mm, f/11 & 1/480.

A road winds through the pinnacles, but you can pretty much get out and walk wherever. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 18mm, f/8 & 1/600.

So that's a quick peak at the pinnacles, but we only had a day trip to do all this in, and had more stuff to explore, so on to Lancelin.


Lancelin's Sand Dunes

A little over an hour south of the pinnacles, and an hour north of Joondalup is the small town of Lancelin. This town is known for it's beaches, fishing, wind surfing and sand. That last one surrounds Lancelin with white beaches to the west, and sand dunes to the east. And when I say 'surrounds', I really mean it...

This picture was taken from a beach lookout. And yes that is sand, not snow. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 41mm, f/4.5 & 1/800.

Due to the overcast skies and chilly winds, we decided to avoid the beaches and head straight for the dunes. Due to me not having a four-wheel-drive, this meant a little bit of walking...

Sam gave the dunes two thumbs up out of two. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 46.3mm, f/8 & 1/250.

I rediscovered a love for RAW files on this trip. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 50mm, f/8 & 1/200.

And started to love black and white that little bit more. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 18mm, f/11 & 1/110.

It was hard to decide between black and white or colour with this one. Opted for colour. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 18mm, f/8 & 1/210.

Oh RAW files, why have I not shot you for so long? Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm @ 19mm, f/11 & 1/110.


So there we go, quick day trip to the pinnacles and Lancelin is over. Oddly, I'll probably be up that way next week for a spot of camping and will have some shots at shooting the milky way. Looking forward to it already.

As much as I don't like asking for likes and followers, it really helps, plus if you "Facebook like" a photo, that means more people will see it! If you want to see more photos like these, and some of the shots I'll be making next week, be sure to follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/provingsunshine) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/joelrg000/).

JR



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Joel Gibson

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Perth, Western Australia

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