Its been ages since I’ve been down south and I was trawling through my down south images today when I came across this photo of Boronup Forest that I took whilst out with Mark Stothard last year. I’ve tried doing a few different techniques to it and I quite like the way it turned out.
Hope you guys do to.
Another shot of Injidup Beach! What more can I say about the place other than I love it and its magical. On this particular evening the waves were just gently lapping at the beach instead of being hammered by the large waves that normally come through here like a freight train.
Just on the other side of the rocks were a large group of kids jumping into the water and swimming and splashing around, just having a great time. Its good to see that I’m not the only one who recharges at Injidup.
I can’t wait to get down here during winter to capture some winter storms.
Now that the exhibition is over I have a bit more time to relax and head out and starting taking photos again. It seems like ages since I last headed out on a photography adventure. Now before I tell you about this photo please make sure you go and check out Andrea Green’s new blog and say hi.
This shot was taken August last year just as the sun was breaking. There had been stacks of rain and I hadn’t managed to really pull off any shots at all so I decided to head over to my spiritual home Injidup Beach because it almost always delivers. Well I definitely wasn’t disappointed, as the sun began to rise I was presented with this awesome stormy scene and the wet rocks were throwing up a great red. The 1Ds copped an absolute soaking on this day and it still managed to deliver.
I really think its time to take a trip back down south soon and check out a few new areas that I managed to scout out just before Christmas and soak up the whole South West atmosphere again. This photo was taken using F11, ISO50 with a 20sec exposure.
Have a great long weekend everyone,
Ocean In Motion
Why is it that just standing in front of the ocean watching waves crash onto rocks is so calming? Why is it so thought provoking? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Why do people feel so clean internally not just externally when they dive into the ocean?
The ocean, it really is a magic, mysterious entity. Will I ever understand it?
Cape Naturaliste Sunset
Hope everyone had a great weekend, you can tell you live in a small city when everyone turns out to see a cruise ship turning up to Fremantle. We were lucky enough to have the Queen Mary 2 turn up today for a few hours. If you want to see some photos check out Clint Baker’s website.
This is another photo from my trip down south a few weeks ago. By this stage the moon had risen and the mossies were trying to carry me off to where ever they come from. Still I didn’t mind them too much as this place was just a photographic goldmine. I stayed around for an hour after the sunset which meant I got some great photos but I unfortunately got lost on the way back to the carpark.
I climbed up the sand dunes that the surfers had and it was all good until I got to the top of the dunes. The tracks just seemed to disappear and not lead to anywhere. I had to start walking through the bush and it was really hot so I imagined there would be plenty of tiger snakes and dugites prowling looking for a meal and I was hoping that I didn’t step on one! Fortunately I didn’t and I made it back to the car safely!
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Rainy Day at Bunker Bay
It was great catching up with so many talented Perth Landscape and Seascape Photographers on Friday night. You guys rock! Thanks again to Mark Stoddard and Christian Fletcher for organising it.
This was a shot I that I managed to grab around three months ago now whilst I was spending quite a bit of time out at Bunker Bay. As you can see I managed to narrowly avoid a stack of rain heading across the bay. In fact it was taken the day before I got totally rained out when I headed for a shoot at Meelup Beach.
I just really liked this shot because I thought that the tree dangling over the water was pretty cool. It really made me wonder why a tree would grow that way rather than just straight up in the air. That is the great thing about Mother Nature I guess, she is always creating interesting things for us landscape and seascape photographers.
Now that Summer is here I can’t wait for those amazing sunsets to kick in. What about everyone else? You guys hanging out for those amazing summer sunsets as well?
Thanks for dropping in team,
Moments Like These – Injidup Beach
Well when I was down south last weekend I only managed to get up early on the Saturday morning, I just couldn’t struggle out of bed on the Sunday morning no matter how hard I tried. Saturday morning was one of those days that landscape and seascape photographers just live for! I managed to get my previous shot of Meelup Beach and then 30min later this shot of Injidup Beach. As I always say who says landscape photographers aren’t an extreme bunch? I took this photo just before I got covered waist deep in water, I had to literally grab my camera and hold it above my head. At least this time I didn’t lose a thong like I did at Bennion Beach.
What is the closest you’ve come to losing your camera? I think my incident at Bennion Beach was the closest.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend,
Bunker Bay Bonanza
Photographically its been a quite week for me, though mid week I did manage to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise and sunset and as I look out the window now I can see the softest pink sunset, very pretty. I can’t wait for this coming weekend as I’ll be in a much warmer climate and spending four days shooting with Christian and Mike Fletcher. A dream come true for me, I’ll have to show the boys a trick or two. Also I have to say a big thank you to the person who made this possible for me, she knows who she is!
Bunker Bay Photo Details:
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I’d love to know who would your dream photographic mentor be if you could shoot with anyone? Where would you love to shoot with them?
Finally, a big thank you to all of you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I trully appreciate it.
Three Degrees At Bunker Bay
How terrible has the weather been? If you don’t live in Perth then you’re lucky we’ve had nothing but weeks of rain and bland grey skies. I’ve forgotten what a great sunset or sunrise looks like. A few weekend ago when I was staying down south at Yallingup I decided to head out to Bunker Bay to capture the sunrise, when I got there the car temperature was saying it was three degrees outside and it certainly felt like it! The wind was coming straight off the ocean with a really light rain and I was shivering while taking this photo. Soon after the rain increased and I had to retreat to the car which was a blessing in disguise. I did what any normal person would do and headed into Dunsborough and got a nice Jumbo sized Mocha.
Is there anything better than a nice hot coffee when you’re cold?
I bet the rest of you guys are looking at the weather forecasts as well wondering when the good weather is going to start rolling in. Its not nice taking landscape photographs in rain.
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Stormy Yallingup Sunsets
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!
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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?
Meelup Beach Is Out There
I’ve just returned from a trip down south. I was hoping to capture some awesome stormy, winter landscapes whilst I was down at Dunsborough / Yallingup but I was pretty much rained out all weekend. This was my view from Meelup Beach this morning, at 6 degrees outside there was no way I was going to get wet. Have to give a big hand to the people who were doing a personal training session in the carpark, talk about commitement. All this rain is good for the dams but not photography! Any weekend down there is still a good weekend though, Melissa and I managed to find a few nice spots to have dinner and have a few wines.
Last weekend I was driving around the hills and they were had so much green grass in the pastures it was a fantastic sight to see, get up there soon before the grass starts to die out.
What did everyone else photograph this weekend?
Firey Redgate Beach
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!
Jamie Paterson Photography
Busselton Jetty Reds
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
Soul of the Wave
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!!!
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And so it begins!!!
Well my 16 day photography trip is finally here (well it will be in the morning) and I’m damn excited! My first 10 days will be spent with Neal and Kirk travelling down the Great Southern part of the state and the Stirling Ranges getting all sort of landscape photographs. The second part of my trip will be six days down at Dunsborough taking photos of the area and keeping the place warm and photographyically loved while Christian is away. 🙂
Neal, Kirk and I are mainly focusing on Esperance and the Stirling Ranges but we have 10 days to drift where ever we want. Woo Hoo.
Now for the above photo it was taken at Redgate Beach in Margaret River and its another favourite landscape photograph of mine. Again when taking this it was in between showers just like the last Redgate Beach photo. Hope you like it.
Anyhow, I’ll be keeping you all updated as to where we are during the trip so stay tuned.
Thanks for reading,
Bikinis, Bikinis, Bikinis
Okay I admit this is just a shameless plug to get my twenty thousandth visitor to the site, but hopefully it will work. 😉 Its a number many around here have passed but starting out 12mths ago its a number I personally thought I’d never reach. Its a great feeling to be almost there. My next blog post is definitely going to be back to basics and a landscape photo at that, I just love photography so much that I thought whilst there is no great light or clouds around I might as well capture the great talent out there surfing. (Check out Aquabumps for some really cool surf photos of Bondi or Clark Little for some great wave photography in Hawaii)
Its an exciting week for me as I am about to embark on a 10 day landscape photographic safari with two of WA’s most talented landscape photographers Kirk Hille and Spool Photography and slowly but surely I’ve been packing all my stuff. Its awesome to think that in just over a weeks time we’ll be off into the sunset (hopefully a good one) touring throughout the Great Southern area of the state. Roll on next Friday!
Anyhow who will be the 20 000th visitor? Who ever it is thank you for getting me there.
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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.
Ah the serenity you can almost feel it. This image was taken when I went down south with Neal and Kirk in November. We got there with high hopes and saw that a break in the clouds was starting to happen, but rain also started to make its way to us and it was heavy rain. Neal chucked the trusty $1 shower cap onto his camera, whilst Kirk and I hid under a rock. Eventually we all ran up to our cars, extremely disappointed as we had no backup location. We hung around for another 10mins and we got lucky, all of a sudden the rain stopped for a few minutes, the clouds allowed the sun to peak through and we scored a magnificent sunset! Talk about everything falling into place at the right time. Needless to say we headed back to Photo HQ very happy campers.
Has this happened to any of you guys? You get there and think that its not going to happen for you, when all of a sudden it does? Its pretty cool isn’t?
Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.
Rock Star Landscape Photographer’s Boat (Brightened)
Every Rock Star Landscape Photographer needs their boat. Last time I looked in Better Photography magazine Peter Eastway and his friend run photography tours in a boat. I was thinking that perhaps with all the money I’ve made from my Landscape Photography I could purchase this boat and do my own tours. Any takers? 🙂 Seriously though I love this shot, I was going to call it ‘When I grow up’. Its part of me learning to grow and extending my photography boundaries and ‘eye’. Hopefully you will all see the sense of humour in this shot as I did.
Has anyone else got any quirky little shots like this?
Where is the light?
This was taken whilst down at Point Piquet in Dunsborough recently, it was one of the first night’s that I was there and over almost two weeks it was almost the only night that I saw any clouds! The only other time I saw a good sunset was when I gave up going out in the evenings and decided to relax and have a beer. Well as I sat around with friends having a beer you can guess what happened, yep one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in months popped up. What can you do but be patient?
So what can a landscape photographer do in times like these? Is everyone else kicking back enjoying the summer months and not worrying about the lack of light? I know myself I’m going out there despite the light, testing out new ideas and trying to get different POV’s on popular subjects so that when the light does come back I’ll be able to head out and start shooting away knowing the sort of shot that I’m trying to achieve.
Hope you are all getting better light than me,
Welcome to 2009, I hope its a great photography year for everyone. I’m really amped up to take lots of photos this year and to produce some great quality work. This photo was taken down south over the past few weeks, the light down there was terrible so I decided to do some night work instead. I drove out to these grasstrees at 11pm and I must admit everytime a grass leaf would move or a tree would rustle I felt like jumping straight back into the car. After about an hour I heard some weird noises coming from the bush so I decided to hop in the car and call it a night.
I was really pleased with this shot and night photography has really grabbed my attention for the time being. Has anyone else been considering night photography during summer whilst there are no clouds?
Dark Shades of Conto
This is another shot from ‘The Night’ down south. The sun had well and truly set and I found myself just standing in this spot just enjoying listening to the waves crashing against the rock, so I thought I’d capture the moment to remind me of how relaxing the place was. I can’t believe our run of bad light here in Perth, when we were down south the light just seemed to be awesome the whole time.
Being an absolute plane freak I can’t wait for this Friday so that I can go and watch the Red Bull Air Race from the Mends St Jetty without the crowds. Its so cool working in the city because over the next few days I’ll be able to hear the planes buzzing around. Woo Hoo!!!
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
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!