Sahsima Storm III

This week I have been showing pictures from a major storm that blew through last Sunday, including other long exposures of the transformer stone Sahsima on Harling Point. The ones I am posting today are in response to some comments on earlier photos which wondered if faster shutter speeds might better depict the power of the storm.

While I did not get many useable shots at higher speeds due to the Rainsleeve inhibiting infinity focus (and the conditions prevented me from noticing quickly), I did come away with a few shots from nearly the same vantage point. They all have their attractions to me, and they all show the storm but in quite different ways and moods. They are ordered from longest exposure to shortest. I think that the left edge of the bottom image has a hint of the bush I was sheltering behind but I have left that in so the composition is similar for each of these shots.

One of the most interesting aspects of this, for me anyway, is how the long exposure not only blurs the movement of the water, but how it also ‘blurs’ or softens the colours of the things in motion. The water is completely changed, while the transformer stone is not.



Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100, Cameron fader ND filter,

  • Top: f22, 20 seconds
  • Middle: f11, 1/20th second
  • Bottom: f2.2, 1/320th second



12 thoughts on “Sahsima Storm III

    • Hi composer – thanks! I think that is my favourite too, though I see the attractions of the others. Also, I am just on a long exposure jag right now, so naturally it appeals to me. I must get out and take other kinds of photos though.


    • Thank you Toad. I like that last one too, but with mild regrets because some of the failed shots would have been much more dramatic had they been in focus – this is a pretty small wave compared to some that were rolling in that day which occassionally washed right over the stone. Mild regrets only though, I am happy with what I did get.


    • Thanks David – I have a couple more to offer from this storm which will wrap up a stormy and spray dampened week in this blog, just in time for another weekend and hopefully a good session or two with the camera.


    • Thanks you for your comment. I think that is a great comment – while the local First Nations do not think of their oral history as fairy tales, there are some similarities between western fairy tales and indigenous stories of people transformed into stones for being disrespectful. So, I am pleased that you caught some of that feeling from this photo.


    • Hi rubicorno – thank you for commenting, I appreciate your frequent visits to my blog. I am very lucky to have such a photogenic rock, with an interesting history, within a few hundred metres of my house.


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