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Red Sky in the Evening…and Drama to go with it.

Posted by mervfrench on June 4, 2009


I was in Perth Monday night  so when we arrived I raced down to Cottesloe Beach but I was a bit late for the best of a really great sunset. I stuck around for a while and took a few shots here and there but missed the best of it. The storm was going off up in the northern beaches area then started out to sea so I kept trying for a lightning shot and this was the best that I managed before the storm eased off and it got dark.  Every time the shutter closed the lighting struck but I thought this wasn’t to bad really.  


When I arrived back at the car that dreaded sinking feeling, I’d lost the keys. Oh no Sh******tttttttttt.  I thought I must have lost them on the beach when I pulled the remote from my pocket and I didn’t hear them drop on the sand. I went down to the spot but no sign and the odd wave had covered where I was. I went back to the end of the groyne where I had been shooting most of the time but couldn’t see in the dark and had virtually given up.I went back to the car and rang my wife back at her sisters and she said they would come out with a torch, waste of time I said ,just come and get me and I’ll drive back home and get a spare set of keys, at least a 4 hour round trip. I went back out to the end of the groyne and borrowed a torch off the last fisherman as he was packing up and thought I’d just have one quick look on the off chance but didn’t hold any hope. I had a quick look around but nothing, where do you look really, amongst all the rock and dark holes.I turned to climb off the rocks and just pointed the torch down and there they were , about 2 feet down in a gap and sitting on a ledge. I laid down and reached in and picked them up, that feeling of relief is overwhelming.

Bloody hell…the things that happen and just to get one half decent shot from about 150.

And bloody hell again….. I’ve posted something nearly as long as Flemmings.

17 Responses to “Red Sky in the Evening…and Drama to go with it.”

  1. mervfrench said

    Another ….”bloody hell”…the horizon’s crooked, sorry Flemming.

  2. Nice shot Merv, I think the horizon’s a bit … oh you already noticed 😉

    Time to superglue your keys to your hand or something I think.

  3. Dylan Fox said

    i like it a lot mate but i think a chunk of that water needs to be cropped…

  4. great sky Merv, keep it and plonk it over a better foreground. Shame there was nothing to stick in front of it. Love the balloon shot too mate. The fact it is smack in the middle works for me.

  5. Awesome capture Merv …. Man what a stroke of luck on the Keys and the lightning well done with your persistence.

  6. Nice capture Merv. There’s something about the water that bothers me. I think it looks a little flat – might need some contrast or a slight vignetter or something. I’ve done the exact same thing with my keys at Cott. It must be a place of bad luck! :p

  7. mervfrench said

    Yes I agree with you all on the water, 8 sec exposure flattens the water and that was the available light so not sure what to do to fix it . Any suggestions welcome.

  8. HI Merv,

    Great sky and great story. Had me laughing. 🙂

    Jamie Paterson

  9. John Willett said

    Why all the fuss – you should have just sat down with a can and enjoy the sunset as you usually do

  10. mervfrench said

    Now why didn’t I think of that John….doh!!!!!

  11. Rich said

    Hi Merv – I’m still here. I’ve been inbetween houses for 9 weeks … have just moved into the new house and get the internet tomorrow so i promise to get off my arse and post something. great shot by the way … there’s been some cracking storms and great clouds off Perth recently!

  12. Tony Middleton said

    hey Merv,
    Great story mate – and i thought that kind of shit only happened to me ! great to share that gift with you 😉
    the sky is fantastic and the lightning not too bad either so not a total loss as lighting and storms are a somewhat unpredictable beast to photograph well.


  13. Awesome sky there Merv, crop that water almost off (and straighten the horizon a bit heh) and it is very nice and dramatic – and what a dramatic story to go with it. I spent 30 mins. at Joffre Gorge looking for my 77mm lens cap – found it again!

  14. Luke Austin said

    Great capture Merv and story to go with it. Had me on the edge of my seat 🙂

  15. katie said

    Merv, that sky and lightening is aweseome. I really want to do some storm chasing this winter! As Tony said up there, storms are so unpredectiable and I’ve heard someone say photography is all about anticipation. I think you’ve done well here!

  16. Hi Merv this is a great image, personally don’t have a problem with the water, other than a smidge of horizon straightening. I reckon that it was nearly worth losing your keys.

  17. mervfrench said

    Thanks Andrew…i have a couple of different edits of this but this one is close to the original view.

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