Rock Art by Matt Penfold

Canvas Prints


Sizing Information

Small 12.0" x 8.0"
Medium 18.0" x 12.0"
Large 24.0" x 16.0"
X large 30.0" x 20.0"


  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
  • Epson pigment inks using Giclée inkjets to ensure a long life
  • UV protection provided by a clear lacquer
  • Cotton/poly blend Canson canvas for brighter whites and even stretching

Another one from Friday prompted by some very long exposures by Simone Byrne, I took this in near darkness with a three minute exposure, forty six minutes before this one and forty seven minutes before official sunrise. I had to guess the focus and decided on ISO200 to not make the exposure too long but to still keep the noise as low as possible. I used an LED torch to paint a bit of light onto the rocks and the timing of this is really just a trial and error thing.

The smaller rock is the one which has the carving of the old man’s face on it as seen in Old Salt
I did a bit of HDR processing because the original was too flat,

Canon EOS 550D EFs 10-22mm
ISO200 180s f/7.1 f=10mm
Cokin P121L ND Grad

Turimetta Beach

25/06/10 6:12 AM

Best viewed Large :-)


  • Kymie
    Kymiealmost 5 years ago

    Wow this is just brilliant – great idea with the torch too, would never have thought of that :-))) love this

  • Thanks so much Kymie :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • rubyjo
    rubyjoalmost 5 years ago

    oh wow
    thats just gorgeous

  • Thank you Ruby :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    Well my lordy lord, how utterly stunning…I’ve never seen such sky colours, I think I need to move up your way
    And those rocks are you sure they are part of our planet…I can see so many stories in each.
    This takes my breath away. xxx

  • Thanks Lisa, the sky and the rocks change so much, and the lens changes them again, it is a beautiful part of the world :-) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen anything like this Matt. It’s like another dimension, one of light that can transport us.
    Amazing beauty!

  • Wow, Robin what a lovely comment, thank you so much :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1almost 5 years ago

    Magnificent work Matt! Those colors are surreal. Kudos!

  • Thanks Robert, much appreciated mate :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

    Like a glorious ‘rock’ concert of hues and textures.. love this one Matt!!

  • A rock concert indeed, thanks so much Lina :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Matt, great trial and error, hardest part in doing this is probably in guessing the composition. Well done.

  • Thanks heaps Garth, yep as you know it looks pretty black through the viewfinder and the live view shows nothing in that light… The other problem is getting it level because I don’t have a bubble level. I found the best way is to stand back and sight the horizon lined up with the bottom of the camera. :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • sandra22
    sandra22almost 5 years ago
    and I think to myself…what a wonderful world

    S&ra x

  • Thanks S&ra, it is indeed :-) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 5 years ago

    Great work Matt. The image virtually leaps out of the screen! Well done.

  • Thanks Helen, I wonder if it leaps because the torch light gives a strange perception of perspective, the shadow positions are from the light on the horizon yet the rocks are illuminated from close to the camera… weird :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    Is nature not amazing, here is a composition that your keen eye has seen holds much more. The description of yours reads like a recipe and you sure have done some mighty delicious cooking here. :) xxx

  • Thanks Karen, Nature sure is amazing. I have dozens of photos of these rocks and each change of light and tide creates a different perspective. I like to describe the process because so much of what I’ve learnt has been from fellow bubblers sharing their techniques in tutorials and in the descriptions of their work.
    :-) x

    – Matt Penfold

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