The Places You Go

by Tim Rogers October. 17, 2016 2745 views

I'm not a huge risk taker by habit. I do take them, but not in that extreme sport enthusiast type way. I take take a risk simply because it's risky. I don't get a great rush from doing something dangerous. I actually tend to think "you idiot" as opposed to "I feel so alive". I enjoy a rush of adrenaline,  but I don't live for it.

A place I used to photograph at a lot is Cape Woolaimi on Australia's southern coast. About 3km walk from the car park is the jaw-dropping, eye-grabbing Pinnacles. They are a rocky outcrop rising or of the ocean surrounded by huge boulders and a sea with only two moods; angry and furious. It played a pretty important role in my life for a short period. When the darkness fell on my psyche I always knew I could head down there and the fog would lift. The steep faces of the rocks, the crash of the ocean on the shore, the wind and the cold that ripped through between the two story high cliffs and the sunset behind the rocks made for some challenging but rewarding shots. 


Getting to the shots was where this story ties together. As I said, I'm no daredevil, but there was only one way to get to The Pinnacles and it was virtually straight down. The track was about 30cm wide, winding, potholed with lose soil and very little grip. The grass that lined it wasn't exactly razor sharp but it was certainly capable of splitting the skin should you slip and put your hand onto a tuft. I learnt that the hard way. I'm pretty sure mountain goats would stand at the top looking down and think "nah, I might give that one a miss". 


I went up down and up that track about 10 times. The walk down was tricky, the ascent was breathtaking...and I'm talking about the exertion, not the view.  The legs and the lungs would be smoking and aflame once you made the top. The 3km walk back to the car was normally in the dark & always unpleasant after climbing the vertical wall out of the tiny, spectacular bay.

Sometimes the risks are worth the reward. Not just the photos but the renewal of the soul I got when I went there.

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Kara Bana 4 years, 9 months ago

#3 could be elusive mountain creatures, or could be toupees, hah, it's wonderful! Such varied terrain, nature continues to amaze...

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Tim Rogers Replied to Kara Bana 4 years, 9 months ago

Wish I could head back there.

Thanks for the comment

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 9 months ago

Great long exposures - I particularly like no.2

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Tim Rogers Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 9 months ago

Nearly killed me. The ocean behind was pretty mean that day. I was only a few feet from the waves

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Mona Markussen 4 years, 10 months ago

What a Spectacular place, and the pictures are stunning. Thanks for sharing your risky trip.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Mona Markussen 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the comment. It's an amazing place

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Phyllis 4 years, 11 months ago

absolutely gorgeous!!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Phyllis 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks very much

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Sara G 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow what beautiful photos! You worked hard to get them..thank you :-) So rewarding I am sure.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Sara G 4 years, 11 months ago

I think I went there 10 times. Every time it was worth the climb up and down that cliff

Thanks for your comment😀

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Joe 4 years, 11 months ago

So glad you took those risks. Stunning set, thanks your wonderful adventure.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Joe 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the comment. It's definitely worth that walk down a cliff to get there

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Mialeena Nguyen 4 years, 11 months ago

Great story telling, I felt as though I was there with you! The trek up and down and the cuts from the grass are well worth it for those photographs!

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Mialeena Nguyen 4 years, 11 months ago

Need a story to go with the photos I think 😀

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Ram Ya 4 years, 11 months ago

Really beautiful place to have close to your home. I can see why this place can be a sanctuary to you!
Tim, do you use ND filters? I was doing some research into buying a Lee foundation kit. Any thoughts on these? They can be really expensive

Thanks again for sharing these wonderful photos with the story behind them :=)

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Tim Rogers Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 11 months ago

I use them but can't say I've got them mastered. I still make lots of mistakes with them and I'm not up on brands.

These ones were shot when it was very dark with a 4 stop filter I think for the sunset and 1 stop for the other

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 11 months ago

Brilliant photographic reportage & so well described!
Thanks for your efforts, so we could share the adventure!
WOW!!!

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Jay. You know I love to tell the story of the photo, it just take em and post em

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 11 months ago

Keep on doin' what you're doin'.....

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 11 months ago

Well worth ALL your efforts.

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Gillian Parsons 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks

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Arun Tp 4 years, 11 months ago

wonderful landscapes

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Arun Tp 4 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful place to visit.
Thanks

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Grant Lawrence 4 years, 11 months ago

I like the way the trail cascades into the rocks and ocean in the last shot. Nice one.

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