Jamie Paterson – Images of Inspiration, Captivation, and Fascination

Some Days Are Diamonds

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Some days are diamonds and other days you just get lucky.   Well yesterday was both.   Its been five weeks since I’ve ventured out to take a serious photo, not sure why probably a little battle fatigued from a pretty tough year.   I just had to get out last night and ‘recharge’ my batteries, I hopped in the car and with no particular destination in mind just started to drive.    Those who know me well enough would know that I instinctly drove to the coast for my recharge.    I hit the coast at Port Beach near Fremantle, and headed past Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough and then past Trigg Beach.   Finally I decided to hop out of the car and below me I saw a really small group of rocks that were just begging to have their photo taken.  Being the ever obliging seascape photographer that I am, I grabbed my camera gear and walked down to the beach and setup my gear.

After being there for an hour and working out my shots the sun finally set and I got to work.   The joys of taking seascape photographs came flooding back into my veins, I felt alive again and I think the joy of coming alive again were reflected in my photos.   I’m really happy with this one.   Where do you guys go for your recharge?   Is it just taking photos itself that recharges you, or do you have a certain location that you gravitate to?

Photo Settings:

Aperture – F22

ISO – 50

Shutter – 1.6sec

I hope you guys enjoy looking at it as much as I did taking it.   All comments are greatly appreciated.


Jamie Paterson

31 responses

  1. Kingsley


    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 19:54

    • Hi Kings,

      Glad you enjoyed. Its probably one of my favourites for the year.


      Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 8:01

  2. Great post and very nice image Jamie. Only thing, I feel perhaps the horizon is too high in the frame.

    Love your writing on photographic recharging. I am sure most landscape photographers and landscape lovers feel this way. Just shooting any photo for me is far from enough. Has to be some Mother Nature magic at work. I would say my ultimate recharging is somewhere completely untouched. Kinda rare, I don’t get to theee locations as man has ruined many a location so I have also gotten good at blocking everything else out. Like my mind is a viewfinder. I see only the magic part, Mother Nature’s work – I block out the fact that there are other people there and perhaps a car park 200 meter behind us. Still, it is not as good as say pure untouched desert or coast like James Price Point in Broome!

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 20:38

    • Hi Flemming,

      Thanks for a great and insightful comment. I’m like you I can sit in the middle of Cottesloe Beach and in my mind be the only person on the beach. Its important to be able to block some things out. We’d go crazy if we didn’t. 🙂


      Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 8:03

  3. Hey hey… great job Jamie. its alive… Alive… ALIVE!!!! taken from Frankenstein 🙂

    Seriously it is a great shot, good work finding a location like that.

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 0:49

    • Hi Khen,

      Thank you very much. Its always a nice feeling when you find a great little spot like this.


      Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 8:04

  4. chloe

    b-e-a-utiful photo jamie!
    i was reading a little article of achieving the ‘milklyness’ of the water in these kinds of photos, sounds rather difficult.. so congratulations on a perfect photo

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 15:30

    • Chloeeeee,

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. The water effect isn’t that hard to achieve, you just need to make sure that you’re taking the photo around sunrise or sunset.


      Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 17:46

  5. Like the Detail in the rocks and the lines, nice work, I was wanting to head out that way all weekend! haha I usually go down south to recharge 🙂

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 17:36

    • Hi William,

      Thank you for the comment. What stopped you from heading down that way? 😉


      Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 17:47

  6. Nice one Jamie. It certainly was a lovely sunset, I was watching the colours and clouds do there things whilst cooking a BBQ for a Christmas celebration with some neighbours. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this spot, I think it’s only 5 minutes from where I live. I’m guessing it some where around mettams pool?

    Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 22:39

  7. Great detail in the rock surface and beautiful light to go with it Jamie. I think the blurred water offsets it nicely.

    I’m like you I need to get out and photograph something special to get my fix I can’t just take photos of anything.


    Monday, December 21, 2009 at 14:05

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. 🙂 Yeah a scene / obeject really needs to move me before I want to capture it.


      Monday, December 21, 2009 at 18:02

  8. awesome movement on the water, jamie

    Monday, December 21, 2009 at 18:27

    • Hi Katie,

      I’m glad you liked it. I too just love the water movement. Its a great feeling when something like this unfolds before you.


      Monday, December 21, 2009 at 19:48

  9. truenorthmark

    Nice work mate…one of your better ones for sure!



    Monday, December 21, 2009 at 21:05

  10. great scene mate, well done finding that in Perth!

    Monday, December 21, 2009 at 22:14

  11. Great tones in this one Jamie, looking forward to getting myself a few seascapes this chrissy break.
    Have a good one.

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 6:17

    • Hi Peter,

      Thank you very much mate. Where are you off to this Chrissy break?


      Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 16:17

  12. wayte27

    Hey Jamie, is the secret watermans spot !
    When are you heading south I will be at margaret river for a week as of xmas day so If your keen to meet up let me know

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 17:46

    • Hi Adrian,

      I believe its North Beach. Its definitely not a secret. 😉 I was talking to Mike Fletcher yesterday and he said you would be down. I’ll be in Dunsborough but I’m keen to catch up.


      Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 18:37

  13. Very sublime indeed Jamie. Great find and well done.
    Merry Christmas and New Year.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 19:52

    • Hi David,

      Thank you very much. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year as well.


      Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 20:58

  14. philback

    hey jamie i had a find to some months ago it was just north of there and its was the same feeling i was in a bit of a rut and came across this little spot and found my passion for seascapes again

    cheers phil


    Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 18:04

    • Hi Phil

      It’s amazing how a good find can lift your spirits isn’t? Have a great New Years Eve mate


      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

      Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 18:08

  15. philback

    sorry the link dosent work i swear computers hate me ins on my blogg anyway and the title of it is

    where i found some inspiration

    Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 18:05

  16. wayte27

    Hey Jamie, Have a look at my beach effort when you have a moment. Didnt catch up over xmas down south bit Im sure we will get put and about this year sometime. Have a great 2010

    Monday, January 11, 2010 at 10:31

    • Hi Adrian,

      Yes I’m sorry we didn’t catch up. Unfortunately, my car was very sick and we had to come back up a week earlier than expected. I wasn’t happy at all.


      Monday, January 11, 2010 at 10:41

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