My first visit to the "Blue Boathouse" was during the storm that left over 50,000 homes in Western Australia without power when the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga hit the coasts of WA on May 25th 2020. Here's a quick recap from ABC News.
During this trying time and motivated by my wife as well as some pictures from the media, I decided to visit this famous landmark that I had somehow driven past but never stopped at in my 14 years of living in Perth.
Lucky for us, there was a bit of a break in the storm and we didn't get completely soaked, just "a bit" wet.
On this day I also learnt that the famous "Blue Boathouse" is actually called "Crawley Edge Boatshed".
In the odd chance that you're not familiar with this landmark, this is my take on what it looked like the day I visited it for the very first time.
Is this image real?
Short answer... Yes. 100% captured in camera. In case you're wondering, there's no Photoshop involved here, just some minor spot-cleaning as there were some tiny droplets of water on the lens.
I shot this image with an exposure time of 30 seconds while using a 10-stop neutral density filter.
If you're not familiar with these terms, this simply means that the camera captured everything that happened for 30 seconds, typically this would result in so much light entering the camera sensor given the available light, that it would result in a completely overexposed (overblown) photo. To prevent this, the neutral density filter is used to block the light and allow the camera to capture the image without overexposing the image.