Why the title ‘Soul Cleansing Sunsets”? I guess because this was one of those spots that you just feel so connected with when you’re taking photos of it. There were no clouds when I set out but I wasn’t stressed about it. I just knew that I was going to find a really nice and secluded spot and just enjoy myself, and that is exactly what happened. I’m beginning to realise that the less you worry about the camera and the more you just enjoy the scenery and use the camera to record what is going on, the better your shots will be.
I’ve seen so many landscape photographers who view the sunsets and sunrises through their viewfinders and then walk away without any recolection of what the scene actually looked like. That doesn’t sound like fun to me. The more I let my camera share my journey rather than letting my camera control me, the more I’m enjoying my photography and the results of my photography. How often do you shoot from the heart?
Well that is about as deep as I get. 😉 I hope you all enjoy this photo.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to slip down south under the cover of darkness. No it wasn’t a covert operation, its just easier driving down at night now with Xavier being a little older. I think we can all agree that its such a relaxing place to be and this weekend was certainly no exception. Christian of course put his usual ‘no cloud spell’ on me and made sure that the skies were crystal clear with only a hint of clouds.
There is nothing like being at a place like Cape Naturaliste just watching the sun going down and feeling like you don’t have a care in the world. That feeling didn’t last long though, the ‘really easy’ decent onto the beach felt like it was Mt Everest on the way back. This landscape photographer certainly earnt his beer that night after that climb.
Has anyone checked out Matthew Saul’s Quindalup Jetty shot from the same weekend? Its pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Hope you all have a great weekend,
Well this is officially my last post for the year. Can’t believe its gone so incredibly fast. Again I hope you all party safely and I can’t wait to catch up with you all in the New Year.
This shot was taken at Quindalup boat ramp with Mark. As you can see the skies were really going off this particular afternoon. I’ve got heaps more shots from Sugarloaf Rock and Wyadup Rock from this evening but of course I’ll post them in the new year.
See you next year everyone,
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?
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.
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,
On Saturday I decided to take a drive up to the Lancelin Sand Dunes in the trusty Honda CRV. Yes it can handle the dunes! I really only got to spend 10mins up in the dunes as the wind was blowing that hard that I just got completely covered in sand. It took me two days to wash all of the sand out of my hair, fortunately I had my trusty coles shopping bag over the camera to protect it. Straight after this shot I headed down to the beach where I was able to find some cover and grab a few shots of the sunset. It was so relaxing up there I could’ve easily just pulled up a swag and slept on the beach for the night. Its not something I’ve done for ages and I really should do it again.
I’m really taken by this shot, I just love the complexity of it. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. Merv I might have to come out to your place and setup a tent for the night and ‘pretend’ to camp. 😉
I managed to duck down to Dunsborough and Yallingup this weekend to chill out and capture some photos. I must admit it was a pretty heartbreaking weekend as Friday evening was the only time I really managed to get a few shots. I was totally rained out Saturday morning and Saturday evening and Sunday morning when I woke up I heard the rain just hammering down on the roof so I did what a normal person would do and went back to sleep and woke up at a decent hour! This is probably one of my more favourite seascape photographs I just love the way the heavy cloud is hanging above the water, its so threatening and yes it did rain shortly after the photo. Has everyone else had enough of this rain? It seems this year we’ve had stacks of it but I read today that we are still under average!
Shutter – 1.6secs
This weekend I’m spending in Perth and hitting some local streams to see what they are like. Does anyone else have anything special lined up?
Well it looks like everyone here is writing about Summer and how much they miss it and how close it now is, so I’d thought I’d post another photo of Cottesloe Beach. This is another shot taken in summer, again it was a really warm night and after taking this shot I put my stuff into the car and then jumped into the water myself. Its so relaxing being in the water late evening or night time, one of my favourite times to dive is at night. Anyhow back to the main story, hurry up Summer and bring on some wicked sunsets.
Thanks for viewing and comments are appreciated!!!
How shocking has the weather been of late? Its been hard to try and get out and about to get any decent photos in this weather! This photo was taken last summer, it was a beautiful evening, there were lots of people strolling up and down the beach, with quite a number of people also still swimming. Just think only a few more months and we’ll be back to that lifestyle again. Woo Hoo! There is nothing like taking seascape photos on a warm summer’s evening down at the beach.
F11, ISO50, 10secs.
Lens – Canon 24-70mm F2.8
What is everyone elses’ favourite time of year to shoot?
Thanks and please feel free to comment,
About three weeks ago I headed down south as it had been awhile since I’d been down there. I managed to tear around all over the place and see all the familiar spots that we all love. The swell that weekend was absolutely massive, I headed down to Wyadup Rocks my first morning down there and if you’ve ever been to them early morning you’ll know that you spend more time looking at the ground trying to make your way down there rather than looking at the scenery. Imagine my shock when I got down amongst the rocks and looked up at this wave that arrived out of the dark almost head height and slammed into the rocks! I got drenched and the car had said it was 4 degrees before I got out of it, fortunately the camera was still dry. I setup shop a little bit further back up the rocks and got some great photos.
Saturday evening saw me out at Canal Rocks and I took a walk around to the left of Canal Rocks instead of shooting Canal Rocks themselves and was presented with some really interesting rock formations. This is a photo from that location settings were: F16, iso50, .3sec shutter speed. The swell was still thumping through so I had to keep an eye out for the really big waves and scramble if I saw one, it was a hair raising experience!!! Who said Landscape Photography was boring? I visited Bunker Bay on Saturday morning and even though I didn’t get anything I was happy with I certainly walked away with a whole stack of ideas for another shoot there.
My favourite part of this photo is the water movement on the bottom lefthand side of the photograph. I’ve never managed to capture water streaking across like that before.
Has anyone else been down south recently?
Hope you all had a great weekend,
On Friday evening I thought I’d take a quick trip up into the hills to see if any of the waterfalls had started to run after all the rainfall we had. I decided to head up to Hovea Falls as they were the easiest to get to. I’m happy to say that yes there was some water flow but I think they need another couple of weeks of rain before they really start to flow at their maximum. So back to being patient again, I think August is the best month for waterfalls in Perth. What do you guys think? Perhaps we should all head down south and find some decent waterfalls in the meantime. 🙂
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I decided to take my new 16-35mm F2.8 lens out for a test run here on our fair beaches of Perth. I knew the sunset wasn’t going to be a firey sunset and it was raining but I just knew I had to get down to the beach and try and capture a seascape with my new lens even though I didn’t have a filter adapter ring for it. I got lucky and the moment I parked the car the rain stopped and held off and decided to be nice to me, in fact the rain held off until quite literally I had hopped back into the car, you can’t time it much better than that. I think the photo turned out really well considering I didn’t have a filter available. 🙂 This lens was sharp as a tack and I can’t wait to go inland and capture some great country and waterfall landscapes once the fields start turning green and once the waterfalls starting hammering down.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank James Knight-Smith who has been helping me out with some issues that I’ve been having, he is an absolute creative genius. Thanks James!!!
On other news, welcome back to Perth Beau!
Has anyone else been out and about? I’m guessing with all the really nice sunsets and sunrises over the past few weeks most of you would’ve.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jamie Paterson Photography
About four weeks now I was down south relaxing around the sametime Dylan Fox and Clint Baker were down there. The farmers in the Dunsborough and Margaret River region had been buring off for days and it was really hazy down there. Though it made taking landscape photographs during the day extremely hard, what it did do was provide amazing sunsets that just seemed to hang around for ever. I had been taking a stack of photos of the waves crashing over the rocks at Redgate Beach (which is near Margaret River) and I was walking back to the carpark when I saw this photo opportunity present itself, how could I resist?
Hope you all enjoy the photo!
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Last Saturday I managed to get out and about and capture this great seascape photo. I was annoyed that I had to stay in Perth for the long weekend and wasn’t able to go away, I was planning on going down to Dunsborough or Yallinup to capture more landscapes. After seeing this unfold before me I was stoked that I didn’t go down south after all. It was fantastic light that just seemed to stay around for ages and amazingly the ocean was so still that I was able to stand right on the edge of the reef without fear of getting my camera wet. Have to be happy with that!!!
Sunday is going to be heaps of fun I’m flying up to the North West Shelf with a VIP and hoping into a helicopter and flying around to a couple of offshore installations so I’m going to be ‘happy snapping’ like crazy, it would be great if I could pull off some awesome aerial shots of us landing on some offshore installations. Fingers crossed.
What is everyone else getting up to this weekend? Any great photography plans?
Have a great weekend everyone,
Jamie Paterson Photography
Hope everyone had a great long weekend, those of us who had to stay in Perth were still treated to some awesome sunsets. I figured that since everything was so still that I would head down to the beach and capture some silky smooth water. Capturing seascapes would have to be my favourite as they are so relaxing, you get to listen to the calming waves lapping against the rocks and I always feel recharged after coming home from one of these shoots.
Did anyone else get out and about this weekend and get some great shots?
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This is a shot that I managed to get on a recent trip down to Busselton. The farmers had been burning off the whole time I’d been down there and the smoke was ensuring that the sunsets were staying around for ages (at least 20mins) and were a really deep red. Its a pleasure taking landscapes like this when the sunset hangs around for ever instead of the usual two second sunsets that we get here in Perth, Australia. Normally as any other West Australian landscape photographer will tell you, we get about 5 maybe 10mins max to capture a sunset so if you ever see someone tearing up and down a beach clambering over sand dunes and rocks and doing crazy things chances are its one of us taking photos.
I know that Dylan Fox and Clint Baker were down there at the same time and I’m sure we’ll be seeing some more awesome photos from those guys shortly. I think with light like I had down at Busselton / Dunsborough / Margaret River during that week Clint’s Curse is finally broken. 🙂
So has anyone else been caputring any good photos? They don’t even have to be landscapes.
Anyone want to place a bet on how long Clint gets to stay in Greece before we see in the Greek news “Australian Landscape Photographer deported for bad light” lol.
Thank You for stopping by,
Jamie Paterson Photography