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Sealers Cove by Travis Easton

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Uploading more Prom shots to get a bit more feedback on a few prints before I go to press. Would be interested to know which one you prefer, this one or below. Will probably come down to quality on this one, as the new upload is with the 5DmkII (although they’re both shot with the 15mm fisheye) where as the old one is a velvia shot. Thanks as always for your comments and feedback

Sealers Cove was first (officially) visited by George Bass in 1798 and in keeping with the culture of the time he named it in accord with what commercial exploitation could be gained from it (although some commentators believe the name may have been chosen because some sealers were already active in the cove). Whatever the reality within a year a business associate of Bass’s had commenced sealing with activity peaking a few years later when up to 200 boats a year plied their trade in what was by then known as Bass Strait. By 1806 the population was so decimated that it was no longer profitable so attention was turned onto annihilating the whale and shearwater population instead (Shearwaters are commonly known as Muttonbirds in reference to their commercial value, these amazing birds migrate 15,000km every year between Bass Strait and the Bering Sea). This in turn was followed by logging with the Cove at one stage supporting a population of 60 souls, intent on deforesting it. Thankfully Wilsons Promontory National and Marine Park now protects these waters and once again nature is being left to run its course although it has been so decimated in the interum that things will never return to the prolific pre settlement.

This particular shot was taken the day after 140mm of rain fell and you can see the tanin stained water coming out Sealers Creek and the way the entire cove has been diluted in colour compared to the more aqua water beyond the entrance. Earlier that morning I tragically counted 54 dead shearwaters on the beach that had succumbed to the previous day’s storm.

This shot along with 107 others is available in my book The Prom – Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia

For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.

$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society .

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    wonderful photography Travis

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 4 years ago

    My choice would be this one Travis, more true colours and “less fished”

  • The vibrant blue of the original was actually caused by a freak storm the day before where 140mm of rain fell. So much fresh water that it actually changed the hue of the ocean. That said I agree with the true colour comment, I think digital renders far more realistic colours than velvia ever did (but then again velvia was never about realism). Putting the horizon closer to center also does have the advantage of looking less ‘fished’, ta mate.

    – Travis Easton

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 4 years ago

    A beautiful image.

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 4 years ago

    This is the one Travis:o)

  • ta mate

    – Travis Easton

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 4 years ago

    I love the warm light and gorgeous colours in this, Travis.

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellover 4 years ago

    beauty mate…I prefer this one.

  • Thanks Jared

    – Travis Easton

  • Kevin McGennan
    Kevin McGennanover 4 years ago

    Hi Trav

    I prefer the digital image because I think there is a better balance between foreground and distance – the foregrouns seems more dominant in the velvia shot.. In the velvia shot the foreground light is also harsher, and the horizon appears more curved. Both great shots.

  • Thanks for your experienced and considered feedback Kevin. On one hand I like the fully lit foreground rocks but the trade off of course is the harsh later in the day light, appreciated.

    – Travis Easton

  • David Firth
    David Firthover 4 years ago

    The contrast between the highlighted beach and the shadowed hill in the top right make this awsome.

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 4 years ago

    I think I like the smaller one better….both great shots tho! Fav for me :)

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