Above Forrest Beach

Forrest Beach
I grew up down here. When I was a young boy, my dad use to take myself and my brother here to go hunt blue manna crabs along this beach. It brings back some sensational memories, and one particular time when a crab decided that it was going to have a go at chomping on my finger. Ouchie!!

Sometime I have to pinch myself while flying up and down this coastline. The bluest waters, the whitest sands that continue over the horizon, we really are very fortunate.

Wheatbelt Storms 30-12-11

Hi All,
Well after about a fortnight break we had another hint of potential storms that could potentially develop through the Wheatbelt region of WA. There was a touch of disagreement about whether the storms would develop and if they did they wouldn’t last for long. Though there was enough positive thinking (we were going to head out anyway) amongst a few of us to take the chance and head out.
I got chatting to a few other members of the WA weather group and we decided that we would meet in Brookton and assess from there what our plan of attack for the day would be.
It’s kind of cool really to have this group of people who have a common interest that you have, and to be able to live out this interest in the form of chasing storms with them is just awesome. It is always slightly nerve racking meeting new people because you just don’t know how they are going to be like, and meeting with Tom and Luke for the first time, I knew straight away we were going to have a great afternoon running around the SW part of the Wheatbelt.

The chase started as I said in Brookton about 1330 and we headed out to the west of Town to the local lookout and try and get a vantage point looking over the fields that stretch out forever. The lookout itself wasn’t the best in the world but gave us a small window to look through and see what was happening around the place. We sat there for about 30mins and then decided that a better point could be about 15km east of Brookton, so off we went.
Again after arriving at our next location (a farm 15km East of Brookton) at 1430, it became fairly obvious that if anything was going to happen it would be to the south of Brookton.


Looking at the radar this was confirmed with a nice developing cell SW of Brookton. So again off we went back into Brookton and headed south onto the Great Southern Highway towards Pingelly.
We stopped 5mins South of Brookton to grab a couple of photos and video of the system developing and then continued to Pingelly.


We travelled in convoy (2 cars) towards Pingelly and stopped about 2km north of the townsite. We had a great view of the now well developed cell towards the west. On the radar, we calculated it to be about 25km to the WNW of Pingelly.

It cell was throwing out a fair amount of lightning and it had a pretty decent hail sheet coming out of it as well. As far as we could tell from the radar, the cell was travelling through the Jarrah/Wandoo forests and luckily wasn’t posing a threat to anyone at that time.

I got in contact with another chaser who was chasing a little further north and explained to her what was happening down our end and she made her way with her parter towards our position.
We now had a strong convoy of 3 cars heading south parallel with this storm. We all decided that we needed to get in front of this storm and somewhat “intercept” it, if we were going to get any good footage. So we headed south through Pingelly along the highway trying to find a suitable road on the western side to travel down.
That road came about 15km south of Pingelly and you can see footage from that road in the first part of my video post.

When the cell was getting a little too close for comfort we all headed further south to Narrogin to the towns lookout to get a good vantage point. It was a great lookout. It faced west overlooking the large wheatbelt town and did we witness some close lightning! It was unreal. Some big thick bolts came down in town and around us. It was quite intense for a few minutes.

After Narrogin again we decided we needed to travel further south towards Wagin, but we only got to just outside of Highbury (15km South of Narrogin). My second part of my video.
The cell that we were chasing was now just starting to show small signs of weakening. From the radar it looked as if the storm was breaking into two separate cells. One moving towards the WSW (unusual for this part of WA) and the other E of our position at Highbury.

We all were pretty happy with the chase, and personally it was great to meet another 2 members of the WA weather group, and magic to again meet up with another 2 chasers who I have met before.

Enjoy the video.

Until the next storm……

The radar from the day can be found here if you copy and paste the link into your address bar. (I’m not tech savvy enough to get it on here, if you know how I could then please let me know)
http://www.oscilmet.com.au/?page=loops.main&radar=701&numberofImages=21&dateStart=1325215200&dateFinish=1325259600

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Lightning over Gnangara Pine Plantation

Lightning over Gnangara Pine Plantation

A thunderstorm passing through the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia on the 16th Feb 2011. Summer storms like this one can potentially start fires when they pass through, especially when they pass straight over the tinder dry needles of the pine plantation. Lucky on this day the storm brought a decent rain with it. Other days, we are not so lucky.

  • Canon 5d Mark II
  • L: 24-105mm f4.0L IS
  • T: 1/5
  • A: f22@24mm
  • ISO: 50

Central Wheatbelt Storm Event 2/10/11


The day started in Kellerberrin in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. I was initially heading to Kellerberrin to watch my fathers horse race. Though during my daily look at the weather I was informed of potential thunderstorms to develop in and around the south-west and central wheatbelt regions of WA, and that our location would be almost in the middle of it.
At around 1300 the build up had started and you could see the cloud starting to stand up,
in fact we started to get a light shower of rain from a very ominous looking cloud that towered above the racecourse (amazing that only 15mins before it wasn’t there, don’t you just love that).
1315 we left the racecourse and proceeded to the service station to grab a few refreshments and discuss the plan of attack for the afternoon.
We noticed a developing cell to our west and we proceeded to head there to try and get a couple of photos off. We got there, I set up my camera in a paddock and got off a couple of shots, although it quickly became apparent that it was loosing structure and wasn’t going to produce anything substantial. While the disappointment was setting in on a possible missed opportunity, we both noticed a cell developing to the NE. We checked the radar and it confirmed our suspicions. The radar was showing a growing cell and the visual we had showed good structure, and then LIGHTNING.
It was great to finally see a CG and it quickly raised our spirits.
The radar indicated the storm was tracking to the SE and we estimated it would cross the Great Eastern Highway about 20-40km east of Kellerberrin.
We jumped in the car and made haste through Kellerberrin again and headed out towards the east. We found a great spot about 25km east of Kellerberrin and pulled over and set up ( I don’t think I would’ve got a shot like this if we had gone further ).

It was quite calm when we arrived but 5 mins later we had wind associated with the downbursts from the storm in excess of 40km/h.

After the rain set in from this cell, we checked the radar again and observed cells now becoming very active to the west of Kellerberrin. We raced about 40km through Kellerberrin and towards the closest most active cells. We had to divert north off the main highway about 5km up a gravel road and found ourselves smack bang in-between two cells, one east that was producing very heavy rain and one to our west that was developing very quickly. We did notice substantial rotation at the cloud base and very strong structure development, which had me thinking we were watching a severe storm (possibly a supercell) developing.
This is the shot I got of that particular cell,

Storm-Chase-Kellerberin-493

This storm continued to develop and I was taking a pretty silly risk by staying out while it was approaching us. I wanted to capture the rotation on a time-lapse and also a lightning strike hitting the field, so I stayed out for as long as possible. I didn’t get the lightning strike, but I did get the time lapse. You can view it on youtube, and I will post the link at the end of this post.
Jumping back in the car we headed towards more developing cells further west and this time we jumped on a track on the south side of the highway, as it provided an un-interrupted view of the approaching system.

This particular cell produced large hail and it passed right over us. I was a little worried that my old mans Landcrusier was going to become a casualty of hail damage, but we were lucky and it didn’t receive any.

We left this storm and headed even further west towards Meckering.
My video may as well continue this blog entry from here because I have footage of us just outside of the town that shows the system stalled over Meckering, producing very heavy rain (6-10mm in 10mins) and frequent lightning.

The Meckering system was the last storm we covered for the day and so we started out 2 1/2 hr drive home.
We were lucky for the day, the storms seemed to develop one after the other as we headed west. It was as if they knew we were coming and would intensify as we approached. Not that we minded at all, because this day was a great introduction to chasing storms. I look forward to chasing more in the coming months and sharing the experience with everyone.

I produced a small 5min video showing some of the storms we tracked for the day. I uploaded it to YouTube and it can be found at

Home City


Perth the capital city of Western Australia is one of the most isolated cities in the World. And it doesn’t worry me one little bit. If you do not fall in love with this city from this photo and many others like it then I don’t know what will.
This shot is an eastward facing 10 shot Panorama taken at sunrise from Kings Park.

Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS
T: 20secs
A: f9 @ 55mm
ISO: 100

The Hazards

Freycinet National Park located on the east coast in the Australian state of Tasmania. We visited Tassie for a mates wedding and afterwards we spent 4 days travelling around the northern part of the state. On the trip I asked my now fiancé to marry me. Was a pretty special holiday in more ways then one 🙂
The Hazards are a rugged mountain chain in the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania‘s east coast. They are positioned between Coles Bay, Tasmania and Wineglass Bay and are said to be named after local whaler, African-American Captain Richard Hazard. (info from wiki)

Details

Canon 5d Mark II

16-35mm f/2.8L II USM + CPol & Cokin Filters
A:     f7
T:     1/60
FL:   16mm
ISO: 100

Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu

A 106 image stitch of Cathedral Gorge. It is pretty surreal to just sit and listen in on wind passing through the gorge. Cathedral Gorge has been featured in a Qantas ad with the collaboration of the Australian Youth Choir and Australian Girls Choir singing here.

The gorge is located in the Purnululu National Park (aka Bungle Bungles) at Piccaninny Creek. Get there!
Details

EOS Canon 5d Mark II

24-105mm f4.0 IS + CPol

A: f8.0

T: 5secs

FL: 24mm

ISO: 100

El Questro

El Questro gorge is situated on El Questro Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Another place you must visit when you are in the area. Well actually it is that good, I would make a trip up there just to see El Questro Station. The station itself if just under 1,000,000 acres in size, so there is a fair amount to see from Emma Gorge to the Zebedee Thermal Springs and El Questro Gorge.
I hope to return again in the near future and stay at the resort. It truly is gods country out there.

Canon 5d Mark II

24-105mm f4.0L IS +CPol

T: 2 secs

A: f8

FL : 24mm

ISO: 100

Bungle Bungle, Purnululu

A must on any trip through the Kimberley is a visit Purnululu National Park, home of the Bungle Bungles. A world renowned sandstone rock formation that is visited by thousands of people every year.

Purnululu is famous for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers: the orange bands consist of oxidised iron compounds in layers that dry out too quickly for cyanobacteria to multiply; the grey bands are composed of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of layers of sandstone where moisture accumulates.

  • Canon 5d Mark II
  • 70-200mm f2.8L USM II + Lee Filters
  • A:    f8
  • T:    10secs
  • FL:   75m
  • ISO: 50

Donnelly River

On a recent trip down through the south-west of Western Australia I passed through Manjimup. On a previous trip through the same area a few years back we visited the Donnelly River but I didn’t have the camera with me. Not forgetting my camera a second time, I managed to fire off a few shots. I also should’ve brought my marron nets.

Canon 5d Mark II

24-105mm F4.0 with Lee filters + CPol

A: f11

T: 30secs

ISO: 50

Lightning over Burns

I was very lucky to even get to this location as my mate and I had a very small window of opportunity to get the the beach and set up our camera gear before the severe cold front moved over the coast and through the Perth area.

But it was certainly well worth it in the end.

EOS 5d Mark II

24-105mm F4L with Lee Filters and CPol

T – 10/1 Secs

A- F22

ISO – 50

First Post

Hello and welcome to the photography blog site of Perth based landscape photographer Jordan Cantelo.
Here you will find many images of the Western Australian landscape and beyond. Jordan strives to capture the stunning landscape Western Australia has to offer in his photography and hopes to involve you in his journey.

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