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Twilight at Lucky Bay – Esperance

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Hi Everyone,

As some of you may or may not know, earlier this year I had the privilege of going down to Esperance with Neal of Spool Photography and Kirk Hille.    This was from our second night out at Lucky Bay in Esperance.   As there was stacks of seaweed on the beach I thought I would go in search of some water crashing against some really steep rocks.   Remember as a landscape and seascape photographer we don’t always get to shoot what we want so rather than waste the sunset or sunrise we have to quickly find something else to shoot.

Well I found a little trail leading off past the big rocks at Lucky Bay and I decided to follow it.   It took me 25mins of walking to find some decent rocks and I managed to get a few decent shots.   I then commenced the really steep walk home and once I got to the top of the hill I just had to stop for some water.   It was from here that I took the shot.  I was admiring the rock and just looking over Lucky Bay and relaxing when being a bit slow from all the exercise I finally realised that this would actually make a pretty cool shot.   I love this shot its a typical Australian Landscape married with a great seascape shot.   You’ve got the red rocks with green bush and the beautiful colours of Lucky Bay below.   I couldn’t have asked for much more.

Its amazing how some of our best shots happen when we least expect it.   I’m definitely heading down there again next year probably a bit further East this time though as well as a bit more time around the town.   Hopefully I can get up to Broome as well and maybe share a beer with Flemming.

Does anyone else have any grand photography trips lined up for next year?   Can anyone else share an accidently shot that turned out to be amazing?

Thanks for reading and commenting,

Jamie Paterson

34 responses

  1. philback

    i like it jamie ive never been to luckie bay i might have to go and check it out

    cheers phil

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 13:15

    • Hi Phil,

      Thanks for the comment mate. We loved Lucky Bay and the surrounds. Photography wise though I think we all preferred taking photos near town and on the west side of town. If you head out to Cape Le Grand National Park I think Thistle Cove would have to be the nicest. Its certainly got the bluest water.


      Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 13:36

  2. Nice Jamie, thanks for sealing it for me, I`m now off to Esperance over Xmas break for sure, heaps of trips planned next year. Take it easy mate.

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 16:26

    • Hi Michael,

      Hope you have a great time down there. Its awesome turf. Like I was saying in my post, the Westside of the town has some great photography opportunities.


      Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 16:47

  3. That’s one hell of a rock Jamie, almost looks like you tried a bit of Brent’s light painting technique on it, Nice colour’s in the overall image to.

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 16:37

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the comment mate. I’m happy to say its all natural light. I love the colours of the water behind the rock. 🙂


      Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 16:48

  4. nice light hitting the rock there

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 17:03

    • Hi Katie,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes the light was really nice and soft that night. We actually headed out much later to try and get some star trails.


      Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 21:20

  5. chloe

    very picturesque jamie!

    sounds like a nice time too

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 17:03

  6. Looks good Jamie, The colour of the water in the background is awesome, love the composition aswell, the way you can almost follow from the rock down the hill to the water.

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 19:17

    • Hi Danny,

      Thank you. I love the fact that the trial is there in the background as well. Its a lot steeper than it looks and I’m not the greatest walker in the world. lol.


      Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 20:00

  7. Nice one Jamie , bit of a hike for this one ?

    Good to see the Esperance images , i’d like to see more.

    Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 21:15

    • Hi Merv,

      Yeah it was a bit of a hike mate over steep terrain. By the time I got back Neal were Kirk were chowing down on their dinner with some wine and beer as I took so long to get back!


      Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 21:19

  8. looks like a big knob, mate it is a little over sharpened not as good as my new Wellington Dam shot that everyone just has to see to believe!!! haha

    Monday, December 14, 2009 at 16:50

    • There goes your Christmas present. 😉 I thought it might be a little too sharpened. The original isn’t as sharpened fortunately.


      Monday, December 14, 2009 at 17:21

  9. truenorthmark

    YEah I reckon it works Jamie!

    Monday, December 14, 2009 at 19:58

  10. Tony Middleton

    Nice shot Jamie – one of your best from recent months I reckon.. I love th emix of textures and tones.


    Monday, December 14, 2009 at 20:32

    • Hi Tony,

      Thanks very much mate. Just think I almost deleted this photo a few weeks ago.


      Monday, December 14, 2009 at 21:03

  11. i really like this one…nice colours and I like the composition

    Monday, December 14, 2009 at 21:00

  12. ecomuseimages

    I wouldnt mind some stats on this shot if you have time mate.

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 13:13

  13. Jamie , saw your twitter thing about the cat.

    35c treatment ….. BANG.

    That’s what it would get here. 🙂

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 21:39

  14. Luke Austin

    On point with this one Jamie. Really like it.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 9:20

    • Hi Luke,

      Given the quality of your work that is a great compliment. Thank you very much.


      Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 9:42

  15. Just booked my flights to Hawaii for almost 2wks.

    Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 19:22

  16. Great stuff mate, gotta be better than Mandurah … when do you go?

    Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 19:35

  17. Hi Merv,

    Around Feb I’m off. So not long.


    Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 21:26

  18. I seem to recall you saying you were going last year , so you will be pleased to be finally going. Feb won’t take long to come around , better start packing.

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:34

    • Hi Merv,

      You are right we were going the beginning of this year but we went and upgraded our central air conditioning instead because we didn’t want Xavier to swelter through summer nights. I’ve started doing all my photography research last night as we are staying on the island of Kaui. There are some amazing sights to see on that island. Can’t wait. We are also considering staying a few days on the big island of Hawaii to check out the volcanoes.


      Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:06

  19. wayte27

    Hey Jamie, great shot, like the leading path to the bay.
    Rock detail is really sharp . great colours also.
    Just read about your friday night shoot just read it now, would of been good to get out there, hope to see some new stuff, the cloud at sunset tonight looked worthwhile !

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 21:16

    • Hi Adrian,

      Thanks for the comment. The clouds didn’t fire up like I thought they would be I still got some shots that I’m very happy with.


      Friday, December 18, 2009 at 22:43

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