I got to admit I really love this shot. I managed to capture it a few months ago from a helicopter at about 1500ft when I was on my trip up North with some VIPs. It was taken about 100kms south of Karratha along the coast line.
The half moon orange green object is actually a mini island and the red above it is the actual coast. Most of the white is dried up salt. It all adds up to a pretty cool image if I do say so myself.
So why the title Dinosaur Eye? There were quite a few people on my Facebook Page who thought it looked like a dinosaur eye and after checking it out I have to agree with them.
I’d love to hear your comments on the photo.
This morning at 3am I headed off to the Avon Valley and Northam to go hot air ballooning. I was really excited to be going in a hot air balloon as I’d heard so many good things about them. Well I’m hear to let you know that all the great comments about them are true.
They make a fantastic photography platform as you can lean over, shoot straight down, they are incredibly stable and move quite slowly over the landscape making it easy to get sharp photos in low light. If you haven’t jumped in one consider giving it a go.
What really surprised me was how quickly they can climb when you get a couple of the burners going full blast. We shot up to 3600ft in a matter of minutes when they cranked up the heat.
Time To Burn:
We Have Lift Off:
Could We Get Any Lower Into Town?
Seriously, I thought these guys were about to stop into Merv or Pete’s house for a quick coffee and chat!
The Northam Palace:
Check it out its almost like we are drifting down the street just out of reach of a normal person’s reach. At one stage we were actually talking to some people on the ground. So cool.
Time To Land:
All good things must come to an end. We slowly drifted across the Great Eastern Highway and landed in a paddock just past the highway. It was a thrill and awesome and I’ll certainly be doing it again.
Ahhhh Kauai, is there a more relaxing place in the world? I think Rottnest comes pretty close and its certainly a lot cheaper to get to (only just!) but I just simply love Hawaii and the Hawaiian way of life.
This is Hanalei Bay which is a really nice spot to stay if you ever get to travel to Kauai. It has an extremely relaxed atmosphere surrounding it and most people there are very chilled out. Its also an extremely popular surfing spot and for good reason, look at the size of that swell coming through and all the swell lines out in the ocean.
Flying past the Na Pali coast line is such an amazing experience. Now I love helicopters and I’ve certainly never been a nervous flyer in a helicopter but I don’t mind admitting I was extremely nervous in all but possible the last 15mins of this flight.
We flew in an open door Hughes 500 which is an extremely quick and nimble helicopter and heaps of fun. What got me though was that as we climbed up the huge mountains we started to get battered around by the winds screaming across the ridges. It wasn’t a light bit of turbulence we were quite literally thrown around, so much so that at one stage I stopped shooting and hung onto my seat with both hands. The other awesome part of the ride was that once we made it over the ridge, we’d get a massive shove by those winds which had now become tailwinds and we just rocketed away from the ridge.
It was doubly intense because not only did we shoot past the mountain ridge at speed we did it with a 4000ft drop below us. The mountains in Hawaii are so steep and don’t have an gentle slopes on them, so one minute you are just making it across the ridge and then the next minute you have a massive drop right below you.
Those helicopter pilots really knew their stuff and were edging deep into canyons and weaving their way right up next to waterfalls. It was easily the most crazy and exciting helicopter ride I’ve ever had. If you ever make it to Kauai and you want a new thrill in your life, go for an open door flight past the Na Pali coast line, oh and don’t forget to take some photos in amongst all the excitement.
Yes I know it sounds like the Corona ad but its true. I swear I was Hawaiian in a previous life as I really identify with the islands and the Hawaiian way of life. I’ve been there four times and I’m planning yet another trip there again. It was only February that I was there last, but its seems like an eternity.
On my last trip I spent six days in Kauai just shooting away and driving around and listening to heaps of Hawaiian reggae. Paradise!
This shot is from the North East part of the island, in fact the surf you see below me was Andy Irons local beach and on a good day can have surf up to 30ft in height. To get this shot I set my camera to TV mode and used a shutter speed of 800th of second. Oh and of course I was in a helicopter at approx 1500ft.
I hope you guys enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more photos from Hawaii next February.
This is another photo that I managed to grab whilst in transit to Karratha from Exmouth. I have no idea why the sand was doing this at this particular place as it wasn’t happening on any of the other islands. It was really very spectacular from the air. It must’ve been one massive rip.
The whole area is scattered with really cool little islands like this one.
Hope you enjoy it,
Just a short video from the GoPro HD camera that was stuck on my head while in the helicopter. If you want to jump straight to the Ningaloo Reef footage its at 5:15.
Check out how shiny and brand new the helicopter is! The boats you see on the reef are Whale Shark boats, unfortunately we didn’t see any from the air.
As most of you guys know now I managed to spend some time above Ningaloo Reef in a helicopter. Well once we finished on the reef it was time to track up to Karratha to prepare the helicopter for the corporate photography gig the next day. We passed over numerous small islands and then hit the coast where we flew over a number of cool little mangroves. This being one of them.
I love these mangroves as they are like veins running out along our body with amazing deep blue or green water running through them. I’ve got heaps more of these sorts of shots so stayed tuned!
I just got back from doing an awesome corporate photography gig. It started off with being flown up to Exmouth in the very early hours of the morning to jump onto a brand new $6000 an hour Agusta Westland AW139 medium lift helicopter.
This helicopter had almost no hours on it, it was so new and the windows were absolutely huge. We took off from Exmouth on the Thursday and headed up to Karratha so that we would be ready to meet the VIPs on the Friday. On the way up we decided to head on over to Ningaloo Reef for about 20mins and I got about 400 photos of the reef in that short period of time. Ningaloo Reef was going off with awesome surf which apparently rarely happens. The winds were offshore so these waves looked just perfect.
We then spent the next 1 1/2hrs en route to Karratha which wasn’t the most exciting trip, until we reached the shore. From there I was able to get some shots of mini mangroves and of course the fantastic Dampier Salt, salt farm.
On Friday the corporate Gulfstream landed on the tarmac and after getting some shots of the VIPs coming off the jet we were escorted over to the helicopter to fly offshore and visit some facilities. We spent another couple of hours in the air, flying around to the clients facilities. After a full on day it was time to head back to Karratha.
We landed in the helicopter and all made our way back to the airport terminal. Imagine my delight when I was invited to fly back to Perth in the clients corporate Gulfstream, it was probably the only time I would ever get to fly in a private jet so I jumped at it! Not only was it an awesome experience, it was also 30mins faster than a commercial jet.
So after an hour and a half of enjoying an amazing experience it was time to land and the illusion ended.
It was amazing fun and I had a ball. Its times like this that I love being a photographer!
Well the excitement is well and truly started! Mark has just driven into Fremantle to pick up the keys to the gallery so that we can start hanging our photos in readiness for the exhibition opening on Friday night. I hope you are all excited as we are.
This photo was taken on my second last day in Kauai and it was really cool to be buzzing around the Na Pali coast in a helicopter. I must admit though, when we first got to height and started going right up to the canyon walls I started to wonder how much closer we could get, before the blades were going to hit the walls. I also admit to being white knuckled and grabbing my seat when we went racing over a ridge being only to see there was a 4000ft drop on the other side.
Once we all settled in though it was an awesome flight. We spent 60min in the air and weaved in and out of lots of nooks and crannies and saw some fantastic waterfalls as well, as always it was a real let down once we had to head home.
From the air the waves are deceptive in their height, the waves crashing into the cliffs were actually close to 20ft in height.
The camera settings I used while in the air were: AV Priority – F8, ISO 400, shutter speed as determined by camera. I hope you guys like it.
See you all Friday night!,
Just a small hint as to where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks. I was luck enough to be able to get to sunny Hawaii for six days and then Houston, Texas. Normally each year I spend a few days on Oahu, but seven months ago I decided to head to Kauai instead in this year and I must admit, I could never go back and stay on Oahu again, unless the surf is huge of course. I stayed out on the North Shore of Kauai and had such an amazing time, drinking beer, listening to reggae and of course shooting as much as possible. I could easily spend the rest of my days there!
This photo was a quick shot that I managed to fire off as we were landing in a helicopter after doing an aerial tour of the Na Pali coastline, which is another story. Stay tuned for more soon now that I’m back!
I can’t believe this photo was taken almost a year ago. How time flies! A friend of mine is an amazing artist and she was really excited about the idea of hiring a helicopter and heading out to Rottnest to get some shots of it. We spend just under an hour over Rottnest and she had an absolute blast.
We specifically headed over on Easter Saturday as we figured that there would be stacks of boats over at the island and we certainly weren’t disappointed. I’m thinking about heading back over there again soon, this time on a less cloudy day.
Shooting from air can be quite addictive. Its a point of view many of us don’t get to see on a day to day basis, to look down and see the world ticking along doing its thing while you’re free in the air is a very cool feeling. On my way out to Rottnest I got the pilot to transit over Fremantle Harbour so that I could grab some shots of the ships in the harbour. I was actually really surprised to see a rowing boat in the harbour next to the ship when I viewed this photo at 100%. Talk about brave!
If you’ve never shot from the air do yourself a favour and charter a helicopter and do some shooting! Its heaps of fun.
Here is another shot I managed to get while flying over Parker Point at Rottnest Island. This point nearly always has some swell thumping against it. Its actually really cool watch waves hit the coast from the air they seem to move completely different up in the air. We are so used to seeing them rise up and crash against the shore when we are at the beach. In the air you can see parts of the wave getting slower and the wave getting thinner before it hits the coast.
Not too far from here is an amazing dive spot called Crystal Palace. It is like a series of mini caverns that covers a large area and if you get the right day with no particles in the water it feels like you are just floating in mid air.
Thanks for reading and commenting guys,
About two months ago I started discussing the possibility of chartering a helicopter with a landscape artist and getting some shots of Rottnest Island. We decided that we wanted to get shots of Parker Point and Geordie Bay and then photograph Thompsons Bay on the way back to Jandakot Airport. I’ve done some aerial stuff offshore with Christian and Mike Fletcher but this was just awesome as I was the main shooter and hanging out the door. If you’ve not hung out the door of a chopper whilst taking photos you should! Its heaps easier than climbing over lots of rocks and steep hills.
If you are going to shoot from the helicopter make sure that you tell the helicopter pilot exactly what you are after and don’t be afraid to direct them once you are in the air. You’re paying a lot of money for the helicopter and they understand that. If you want to hover at 200ft ask them to do it. If you want them to do a fast circle over something get them to do it. You’re the boss.
Have any of you guys thought of getting into a helicopter? As always feedback and comments are always appreciated.
Hope you all have a great weekend,
Yes another awesome Ningaloo Reef aerial photograph! This was taken from a Sikorsky S76 helicopter almost directly opposite Exmouth. Christian, Mike, Larry and I had just flown in from the Monte Bellos and we thought we’d seen some great landscape sites out there. However, we were totally blown away with Ningaloo Reef from the air, you get to see just how wide it is and just how far it reaches.
I think next time I’m up there I’ll try and wade out to various reef outcrops at low tide to see what I can capture.
I’ve been up to Coral Bay heaps of times but I never realised the reef was as big as it is. Anyone up for a trip to Coral Bay and surrounds in the new year? We could get some awesome landscape and seascape photos. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,
As we sat in the helicopter I thought we were going to have a pretty cool two hours hanging over some of the best spots around Exmouth but I had no idea just how awesome the next two hours were going to be. This was probably the best part of the trip for me. Once we reached 1000ft and started heading out to the coast from Learmonth Airport I saw Ningaloo Reef and was just amazed at how big it was and how colourful it was. This helicopter ride was a landscape and seascape photographers dream come true. For me nothing came close to this over the entire trip. Well maybe videoing the humpback whales the day before by helicopter was better than this but it would be a close call.
As landscape photographers we get to see some pretty amazing sites and scenes and for that I am eternally grateful.
Did anyone manage to capture the sunset tonight?
As a landscape photographer what would you most want to photograph? For me it would probably be Alaska, Cook Islands / Hawaii and Paris.
Thanks for stopping by crew as always all comments are always appreciated,
Check out the concentration on Christian’s face just as we are about to take off and photograh the Ningaloo Reef!!! Feeling the pressure perhaps of having three other talented people in the helicopter?
Thanks for Stopping by,
I’ve just come back from an amazing trip to the Monte Bello Islands, Exmouth and Karratha with two internationally renowed artists. Larry Mitchell is an artist who specialises in painting seascapes and is well known for his paintings of the Abrolhos Islands. Of course most of you know landscape photographer Christian Fletchers work and he was the other person that I got to travel with so it was a dream come true.
We spent two day exploring the Monte Bello Islands and we saw so much wildlife and in all sorts of nooks and crannys. The best part of the trip was watching how these guys view the surrounding area and what they pick up on. Its amazing how they see the world in colours, textures and patterns.
Taken from a BK117 helicopter at 1000ft.
Lens – 50mm F1.2
Aperture – F8
ISO – 400
Shutter – 1/3200sec
So what did everyone else get up to on the long weekend? I see Mark and Merv have been wildflower chasing, has anyone else been up in the hills at all?
On Sunday I had such an awesome day that I wanted to share it with you all. I was asked to record a visit of a VIP touring some company facilities in the North West of Western Australia and of course I jumped at the chance, it was a change from doing landscapes and I absolutely love helicopters (I had always wanted to be a helicopter pilot) and don’t need to be asked twice to hop into one espcecially when its a Kawasaki BK117, they would have to be one of the best helicopters around. At least they are my favourite.
The morning started at 0400 for me as I had to be at the airport by 0530 in the morning. I was fortunate enough to be invited into the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge where we all had a quick bite to eat and some coffee to kick start the day. We took off from Perth at 0630 and arrived in Karratha at 0830, early morning Karratha was warmer than Perth in the middle of the day at the moment!!! After a quick helicopter briefing we hopped into the Kawasaki BK117 and took off, once in the air we did a number of circuits around Karratha and Dampier where I managed to get some aerial photographs. If you look closely you can see two mini drilling rigs just sitting there.
We then headed off to some offshore installations and the VIP got a tour of the facilities. We then headed back inland, which took 30mins of flying time across the water and coast, the best thing about a pilot’s job is the view from their office! We reached our location and landed in the middle of a paddock and then did an inspection of another facility. At this stage it was time to say goodbye to the BK117 as the rest of the trip was via road.
Once the facility inspection was complete we headed back up to Karratha to experience the highlight of the day. We were going to be taken on a tour through Deep Gorge in Karratha to see some Indigenous paintings and the tour leaders were very senior Indigenous people in the area. We walked into the gorge and after our eyes were used to spotting the paintings we saw at least a hundred paintings, it was amazing. We were told the meaning to some of the paintings as well as shown grinding stones and other interesting artifacts.
It was a trully rewarding experience to spend time with the guys and at the end of our visit the senior law man sang us two songs which they sang to the Kangaroo and Emu. After that it was back to the airport, and after a 30min wait we hopped onto the plane. I ended up getting home at 8pm and headed straight to bed. What an awesome day!
Thank You for stopping by,
Jamie Paterson Photography