Today I want to introduce you to Melbourne based photographer Jim Worrall. It is nice to show the work of someone who is local and takes photos of our amazing coastline. I think the coastline around Melbourne and Victoria is extraordinary, and when I look at Jim’s photos on his blog, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM WORRALL – (THE BLOG), I realise there are many spots around the coast that I know nothing about. I am going to have to start exploring a lot more.
There are stunning black and white images that show the harshness of the coastline, and how wild the ocean can be. Much of the coastline along Victoria is called the Ship Wreck coast and when you see these images it is easier to understand why.
I asked Jim how long he had been taking photos and why.
I took up photography in 2006.
At that time I had a sense that something was missing from my life and I found that photography filled that void nicely.
Photography provides me with an escape from the mundane. It allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and provides me with a creative outlet that I can share with others.
While most of Jim’s work is monochrome there are some images here and there that will surprise you with their brilliant colours. There are some wonderful colour images of the ocean, and I love the way he has captured the colours in this image and the way the clouds seem to be coming out to get you is just amazing.
Inspiration is something we need, it helps us get out there to take photos, and so I also asked Jim where he got his inspiration from.
My inspiration comes from my fascination with the natural world. I’m particularly intrigued by the ever changing shoreline areas where violent oceans meet the land. I’m always in awe of the power that Mother Nature can display in these areas.
I have to say I was surprised to find a calmness in many of his images, like a sadness of what has gone before. It is something I’ve tried at times, to stop the ocean with images, to do some long exposures that make the ocean seem calm, even though we know it isn’t, and never can be.
I asked Jim if there was anything special about the way he worked.
I don’t think there’s anything special about the way I work. I like to often use dark ND filters to give an ocean scene a slightly surreal feel. I also like to use a wide angle lens and position myself as close as possible to the action if it’s not ridiculously dangerous.
While most of Jim’s images are of the ocean and the power it yields, there are some photos that are completely different. It is nice to come across some other images, though most of his images are taken near the ocean, or on the ocean. It is great to see his photos.
My final question, was about gear.
I don’t think that gear is terribly important. Any modern DSLR camera is capable of capturing amazing images.
I’m currently using a mid-level Canon camera with a Sigma widey (10-20mm) for most shots.
I’ve had the same Manfrotto tripod since 2007, although the salt water is taking it’s toll on it now so I’ll need to buy a new one soon.
I would like to say thank you to Jim for allowing me to showcase his work here on my blog for you all. I hope you will all go and visit his blog, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM WORRALL – (THE BLOG), there are a lot more images there. I have a gallery with lots of the images that I really liked for you now.