Wedding Cake Island

Coogee Pool, ISO 100, 18mm, 52sec, f22

Of all the south-east Sydney coastal rock pools, the Coogee beach rock pool is by far and away the Photographer’s delight.

With its distinct shapes and strong lines, photographed against the many moods of the ocean,  photographers have worn a path to this icon since the invention of silver crystals. The challenge these days is to find a new way of interpreting its beauty.

The photo above has it all, the colours, angles, foreground interest, moody sea, background sunrise, and I have to admit it’s not bad, but let’s see if we can apply a bit of photographic theory and technique to see if we can get something a bit more expressive of my personal taste. One of the things I love about Coogee beach is the offshore island. After many years of looking at it when swimming, playing and socialising,  you cannot help but wonder about it – many have, including the Sydney rock band Midnight Oil who wrote a song about Wedding Cake Island.

On my visit to the pool to photograph it,  I wanted to see if I could get a photo that also shows off the Island as well. The technique I relied on to make the photo below was finding new point of view. I have not seen this angle very often in photographs and it works because it has a good sense of depth with detail and interest taking the eye on a journey from the foreground to background.  Mind you the colours do their bit and there in between the pillars, is the Island. Meh – It works, but!

Coogee Pool Wall – ISO 100, 49sec, f22

The photo below is however my favorite, I particularly love the mood of it which is generated in part by the colors but also in the way it has been composed. I love the sea and the angle of the wall to the island which has allowed me to brake the thirds rule and place the Island smack bang in the middle of the horizon and the photo. I can’t take my eyes off of you! Will i say love it again?!

Wedding Cake Island – ISO 100, 28mm, 13sec, f22

Do you agree, which is your favorite and why, let me know what you think.

Cheers for now, from the SeL.


2 thoughts on “Wedding Cake Island”

  1. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through many of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m certainly delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back


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