Taken mid afternoon on Cable Beach, Broome, November 2011 on a road trip to W.A. What took my interest in this scene was that every individual was enjoying what was on offer in their own way.


Cable Beach by John Porter

Nikon D300; Tokina 75-300mm lens; f/4.5-5.6 zoom; f/14; 1/320; ISO250

Don’s response

At first glance this might appear to be a picture of nothing, but you only have to gaze at it for a second or two to realise there’s really quite a lot going on.

Although they’re just people randomly scattered across the beach, John Porter has captured the activity at just the right moment. Chances are when you started to examine this picture, you found your eye tracing a gentle clockwise circle from the figures with their elongated shadows on the right, through the man taking a picture in the foreground, to the couple leaving stage left, and ultimately on to the most distant swimmers in the top right corner.

The longer you look at this picture, the more you see going on and that is high praise for any image.


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