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Wave Photos

More Wave Sliding

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The other day I headed down to Trigg Beach to get some more photos of the surfers cutting up the waves.  I wanted to try and emulate a pervious shot I had done of a surfer at Trigg Beach but I’m pretty sure I’ve managed to do a better job this time.   I wanted to the surfer to less blurry than he was last time, so I upped the shutter speed and I was a lot happier with the result.   Both the surfer and the waves are a little more defined which sits well with me.

Again with this shot I find myself focusing more on the motion and emotion of the surfer and the wave than on all the details of the photo itself. I can feel the strength of the wave and the freedom the surfer gets from riding it.  I think I’ll keep tinkering with this style of surf photography for a little while longer yet.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson


Trigg Beach Waves

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After hearing Matthew Saul and Mark Stothard talking about how good the surf was going to be on Sunday I couldn’t help myself and headed down to Trigg Beach to watch the waves come thumping through.  Its always heaps of fun and I managed to get a few decent shots as well.  Thanks for the tip you two, is there a better way to spend a Sunday morning?

Imagine being able to fly around the world getting surf shots like this!

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson


Port Beach Splash

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Hi Everyone,
I srpung out of bed at 7:30am (instead of 5am like I was supposed to!) and decided to head down to the beach to have a dip and grab a few wave photos.  I’m so glad I did, it was beautiful.   Melissa and Xavier chilled out in the sand whilst I got some pretty cool shots as the waves were breaking onto the beach.   Its a shame that winter is fast approaching, there is nothing like waking up in the morning and heading off down to the beach.    Hope you guys are all enjoying the weekend so far.

Thanks for stopping by and checking my blog out,

Jamie Paterson


Going Over The Falls

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Hi Everyone,

This is a self portrait of me just before I got sucked up by the wave and got thrown around like I was in a tumble dryer.   I really have a lot more respect for in water wave and surf photographers after experiencing what they have to go through.   I’m only swimming in small waves and surf, how do the guys in Hawaii do it?    Anyhow if some of you are wondering what I look like, here I am.   Though the lens has quite obviously distorted my face in all the wrong places.

Hope you guys have a good laugh at this photo.

Jamie Paterson


Rippled Waves at Port Beach

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Hi Everyone,

Well this is my first attempt at something a little different so hopefully you’ll be kind to me.   I’ve been memorised by wave photographs for years and I’ve finally taken the step and gone out and got myself an underwater housing.   I’ve been out twice this week and its so much fun, though I must admit I’ve been thrown around heaps in the surf and ended up with lots of scrapes from the sand.

Its just so refreshing to dive into the water and have a play around for an hour or so and then hop out and watch the sunset before heading home.     Clint Baker is also having a crack at this sort of photography as well so head over to his site to check his stuff out.

So will anyone else be joining Clint and I in the water?

I hope everyone is having a great and safe weekend!!!


Double Up At Injidup

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Hi Everyone,

This is a shot from where else but Injidup Point, where the surf is always nice.  Well not always but it just seems that way when I’m down there.   I’ve only been in the US for a few hours and I’m missing home already.   Qantas have completed stuff up my flights so I’ve spent the past few hours in a hotel here in San Francisco waiting for another flight that leaves for Houston at midnight.   I wish I hadn’t asked Melissa to carry my camera back to Perth now when we parted ways in Sydney.   I could’ve got out to the Golden Gate Bridge and had an attempt at photographing that.

On a positive note I got some pretty awesome photos of Hobart and Cradle Mountain which I can’t wait to share with you guys when I get back home.

Hope you’re all having fun in the nice hot weather back home!

Jamie


I Like To Watch – Rolling Waves

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Hi Everyone,

I just love standing at this spot and watching the waves roll past.   This is just to the right of Sugar Loaf rock.    The swell and surf coming past here is normally big and powerful and stops for no person.  Quite often after a morning shoot I’ll either head to Injidup Point or here and just sit back with a coffee for an hour or so and watch the waves crash into the beach.  Its such a soothing thing to do.   For me its important to be near water, to see it, feel it and be immersed by it, its everything to me.   It recharges me when I’m run down, and brings joy to everything I do.

Does anyone else feel the same way about water?

All comments are appreciated. 🙂

Jamie


Canal Rocks – Yallingup Seascape

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Hi Everyone,

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,

Jamie Paterson


Kaboom!!! Injidup Waves Explode

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Hi Everyone,

I was lucky enough this weekend to slip away down to Dunsborough for Thursday night, Friday and Saturday and it was absolutely awesome down there.   Friday night saw me at Wyadup Rocks capturing some awesome seapscapes, though when I turned around I saw that all the colour in the sky on the otherside of the cape.  Typical!!!   🙂  Friday night I went down to Canal Rocks and found some interesting areas that I hadn’t investigaged before and on Saturday morning I snuck down to Bunker Bay and had a blast.   The light was fairly subtle all weekend but the conditios wee still pretty good.   All in all it was a great couple of days.

This wave photograph was taken down at Injidup, the swell was huge and I mean scary huge and they were just exploding against the rocks, so much so that you could feel the rocks actually shaking.    It just makes you remember that the sea is such a powerful force.

What were the conditions like here in Perth?   Did anyone get out and about at all?

Thanks for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson


Bennion Beach Streaks Pt 2

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Hi Everyone,

Saturday morning saw me down at Bennion Beach once again trying to capture water movement.   I got lucky as there was some big waves that came thundering through which made it easy to capture the water movement that I was after.   I’m stoked as well because this time I didn’t get soaked up to my waist by a rogue wave!   Afterwards I drove down to Trigg Beach to watch all the guys surfing and getting thumped by the huge surf.   I think I could easily do another three of four shoots at this beach to capture all the angles I’m after. 🙂

What did everyone else capture this weekend?

Jamie Paterson

Jamie Paterson Photography


Mini Aquabumps at Cottesloe

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Hi Everyone,

I was out and about this morning capturing some wave and surf photos when I saw these mini waves breaking right next to the beach.    I thought they were pretty cool, they might’ve been small but they were still trying to look ferocious!   If you look closely at this one you can see a bubble at the top of the wave.    Freezing water in a moment is such an awesome thing to do, as each shot is unique no wave will ever break exactly the same way again.   I love it!!! One day I’d love to travel to Hawaii during the big wave season and capture photos like Clark Little.

Enjoy the weekend,

Jamie Paterson
Jamie Paterson Photography


Subtle Sunsets and Silky Waves

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Hi Everyone,

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


Firey Redgate Beach

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Hi Everyone,

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!

Thank You,

Jamie Paterson Photography


Perth Rock Party

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Hi Everyone,

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


Soul of the Wave

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Hi Everyone,

Its great to be back on deck after what’s seems like an eternity of travelling to great spots throughout the Great Southern and South West region of Western Australia gettting some great landscape photographs for the portfolio.   It was both great fun and extremely educational.   In Esperance and in Albany we had to deal with a number of extremely challenging lighting situations which weren’t easy.    So to start off with something simple, I took a photo of this wave after catching up with Dylan Fox and Clint Baker whilst down at Injidup.   As many people know Injidup would have to be my all time favourite place to photograph in Western Australia, and I’ve worked out at least another 5 shooting angles at this spot, however, I digress.  

I just love this shot as its like you are looking directly into the soul of the wave just before it crashes and disappears into nothing, I think its a pretty special moment.  What about you guys?   Have you ever just stood there in awe of waves, of their strength and beauty as they come thundering into the coast only to be suddenly stopped by the coast?  

Standby for more great australian landscape photos over the next coming weeks as I work through all the photos taken!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson


Trigg Beach Tango

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Hi Everyone,

Well after checking out www.swellnet.com.au I saw that today was going to have some pretty decent waves and that the wind was going to be offshore for most of the day so I hit Trigg Beach at 8am this morning and obviously the word was already out as a massive crew was packing out the lineup.    I captured some awesome shots with a number of guys getting heaps of air, I’ll save them for later.   If this is the sort of waves we are getting in autumn I can’t wait to see what Winter throws at us once the sand banks built up.


Trigg Beach Tunnels

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Hi Everyone,

Well Saturday saw me heading down to Trigg Beach to capture some more surfing shots as I knew the surf was up but also knew there was no landscape action happening here in Perth that morning.    I got down there early and it was already very crowded at the point and I’m not surprised though as there was a decent and consistent swell coming through so I managed to snap quite a few good surf photos for the short time that I was there.    There were some mini barrels happening at Trigg which was cool to see, even cooler was that a few people managed to sneak into some of them.

Has anyone else here tried Surf or Wave photography?   

Its stacks of fun sitting on the beach watching the surfers, surf and seeing all the activity on the beach.   Not sure that I could do it for hours on end, day in and day out though.

Thank You for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson


Gracetown Grooves

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Hi Everyone,

The past few days has seen me down south with Neal from Spool Photography.   What a blast it was, the first morning saw us greeted with an awesome sunrise and the clouds were hanging just above the Busselton Jetty so we headed up there and I managed to capture some of the best shots of the jetty that I’ve ever done.    We spent at least an hour and a half their before charging off to Injidup Bay where we spent a further two hours shooting, it was a great day.

We weren’t so lucky yesterday so Neal and I decided to be pseudo surf photographers and started chasing the waves instead of clouds.   We started at the Yallingup main break which wasn’ too bad, and then headed down to Gracetown.   Here we were able to get really close to the action and we got some awesome shots.    We then moved on down to Margaret River, where the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River World surfing competition is happening this week, and the surf there was huge and going off.    My 400mm lens didn’t quite have the reach that we needed to get any really good shots of the guys and girls surfing, its definitely 600mm territory.   Anyone out there got a longer than 400mm lens? 😉    Anyone done any surf photography here?

We’re now back in exciting Perth.   Hope to see you all out there soon.

Jamie Paterson

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Bunker Bay Cranking Surf!!!

Well the weekend didn’t pan out as expected.   I tried to get some shots down at Canal Rocks, but more about that later.   Melissa and I woke up on Sunday morning and headed out for breakfast, I looked out the window and saw the surf at Bunker Bay was cranking so I grabbed my camera and headed down to the beach.   It was awesome to watch and the guys were going ballastic out there.   I was using a 2x Convertor on my 70-200 lens which I’m still not sure if I like or not.   To me this image is really soft, its not sharp which is what I’m expecting.   I’m going to trial a 100-400mm lens next time and compare the results. 

Highlight of the weekend was catching up with Mr Fletcher for a coffee and having a great chat.


Surfs Up at Injidup

Hi Everyone,

This was just a happy snap I took when Neal and I were checking out Indijup Bay.   Its nothing special but I just like it because you can see the swell come rolling in.    About 15mins after taking this photo people were starting to head out into the surf.   If you get lucky and its the right time of year, you can see whales in this bay.     Wish I was out there!


Freestyle Fun

Had some fun the other day when a mate asked me to come down and grab some shots of him surfing down at Brighton Beach.   I love watching people surfing and it was even more fun capturing the moment.  New feather to the cap?  Surf photographer?