Don’t you just love hot balmy summer nights that produce killer sunsets? I took a drive down to the Swan River a few nights ago and managed to find a parking spot, I couldn’t believe how busy it was. Tons of people had gathered down at the river to watch the sunset. Couples were cuddled up together drinking champagne, families were playing cricket in the park and firing up the BBQ, tourists were just watching the sun and contemplating their next stop and then there was this landscape photographer on a mission. I just love the fact that people get out and about and bond on nights like this one. If I had the courage I’d love to spend one evening just photographing these people as they enjoy the hot evening.
My 10yr old niece dragged me to this spot a few weeks ago and it struck me as a pretty cool spot to get a photo of Perth. So the location find has to be credited to my amazing niece Chloe and I dedicate this photo to her.
I’m guessing by now most of you guys will be firming up plans to head out and grab some great photos this weekend. Is anyone heading outside of the metro area? I’m heading up to Yanchep Lagoon this weekend to jump into the water and try and get some photos. These half in the water and half out of the water shots are harder than they look.
Take Care Everyone,
Its really rare for me to post an unedited landscape photograph but I just couldn’t help myself with this one. I was down at Cottesloe Beach when it was 43 degrees and it was stinking hot! It took me 10mins to get to the beach as I couldn’t park near Cottesloe as all the car parks were full.
This is a 10 stitch image of Cottesloe Beach. If I didn’t have all my camera gear with me I would definetely have just jumped into the water myself. Any way back to processing the image.
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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?
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Just me tinkering around with some textures. I’ve been hanging out to try this sort of photoshop treatment for ages but I couldn’t find a site that had any decent textures to use. Well thanks to Brent Pearson I’ve finally managed to find a site full of textures that I’m going to use to experiment on my Australian landscape and seascape photographs. Obviously textures don’t suit every photo but its certainly fun to try something different. Have any of you guys experimented with textures in your photos at all? If you haven’t tried it but are curious and want to give it a go, check out Brent’s excellent tutorial on is blog.
On with the tinkering. 🙂
Comments are always appreciated.
I just love this photo. I was walking to work on Saturday and of course I had my camera with me, I was trying to get a few urban landscape shots. Anyhow as always is the case I had my eyes on the street and had walked up and down the street twice getting shots of doors and steps before I looked up and saw this. I guess the time of day was just right. It really does show though that whenever you can you should always carry your camera with you because you just don’t know where your next shot is going to come from.
Photo Settings (for Chloe):
Lens – Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 USM II
Aperture – F16
ISO – 100
Shutter – 1/25sec
Have any of you guys taken a walk through the city trying to get photos? Whether it be Perth or elsewhere? Have you ever dragged your camera along ‘just in case’ and then end up getting a cool shot?
Injidup Beach would have to be a landscape or seascape photographers playground. There are just so many dimensions to it and it has so many angles and moods. I just love it. This shot was taken just before I got soaked whilst shooting at some other rocks on the beach. Now just because I know Chloe is going to ask:
Aperature – F22
ISO – 50
Shutter Speed – 1/13sec.
Now that the weather is warming up I’m really hoping that we’ll start to see some colour in our sunrises and sunsets. I’m hoping to spend some time over at Rottnest and the Stirling Ranges soon to try and capture some great shots. Anyone else planning any trips away soon?
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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,
Can anyone spot lunch in this photo? I was drooling when I saw this guy in the water just looking back at me. These painted crayfish have no fear as nothing really tries to get them other than turtles. You can swim right up to them and they just stare straight back at you. At Rottnest the crays disappear when you get within 20M of them. I just love this shot because the water is so clear and the coral has great colours in it.
It was just another day in paradise. Ahhh summer is just around the corner now, can you guys feel it?
All comments appreciated. 🙂
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:
Shutter – 10secs.
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.
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.
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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?
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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?
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,
We were lucky enough last Monday to have a beautitful intense deep red sunset, I was unlucky enough to be at home whilst it was unfolding before my eyes! So making the best out of a bad situation I grabbed my camera and headed outside to grab this shot from my backyard and managed to capture the last minute of the sunset before is started to fade. Its no Ansell Adams landscape but I can’t get over the amazing red in this sunset. Did anyone else get to see this sunset? Even if you didn’t see it what do you guys think of it?
When I saw this surfing shot on my computer after my Trigg Beach shoot on Saturday, I thought it was really funny, it really reminded me of that song ‘Walk like an Egyptian” by the Bangles this is exactly the same pose they were in during their music video.
Anyhow, in the past 18mths I’ve been out shooting heaps and have heard heaps of stories from you guys, the most dramatic one being Christian’s story about stalkers , but I’ve never experienced it myself until Saturday. I was quite happy shooting on Trigg Beach when this guy came out of the water with really bloodshot eyes and I reckon high as kite still and started yelling at me asking if I wanted him to catch a real wave. I laughed and said that would help me out heaps, which he found quite funny. He then decided that he was going to be my personal bouncer / photography director and started to yell at people if they got to close to me and yelling at the guys in the surf to ride good waves so that I could get better photos. Needless to say I was totally speechless and beetroot red by this stage. I mumbled that my card was now full and that I really appreciated his help in getting some surf photographs and started to make my way back up to the carpark. He started to follow me and I was thinking “70-200mm you’ve been a great lens to me, here is your chance to go out like a hero if he tries anything in the carpark”. Fortunately someone else distracted him on the way back up to the carpark and he started to yell and bark at him instead.
So with my first ‘weirdo’ experience under my belt hopefully I can now shoot in peace without being disturbed again! Why do they always seem to strike just as you”ve got your best photography lined up?
Have any of you guys had the full stalker experience as yet?
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
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,
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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This morning I headed out to Trigg Beach to get some more surf photos, however this time rather than focusing on the surfers themselves I was more interested in some experiments with capturing the surf. Perth isn’t known for its great surf but for this one I got down low to make the surf appear larger than it was and I was pretty happy with the result. I also got the privilege of meeting Charlene from November Images thanks for coming along Charlene I’m guessing its not the last time you’ll head down to the beach and shoot surfers now. I did notice though she was taking lots of close ups of the guys instead of the waves though!
I managed to catch up with Neal from Spool Photography last night at Hillary’s Boat Harbour and we watched an awesome sunset unfold before us.
Did anyone else capture the sunset last night?
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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.
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Well as most of you know Neal from Spool Photography and I went down south and managed to capture some absolutely magnificient light. However, on Sunday I decided I wanted to simplify things and experiment and to try take a shot that required no Photoshoping what so ever. I wanted saturated colours, slightly blurred water movement, not a great deal and yet still have a sharp image. I think I came pretty close. I had to do some creative cropping but that is it.
So how did I do it? Firstly, I utilised a Hoya 5 stop ND filter to ‘slow’ things down in other words to allow me to leave the shutter for longer, I figured that would blur my water movement and alllow the colours to really soak in. Then I put on a polarising filter to take some of the glare away from the subject. In reality this would allowed me to have the shutter open even longer.
You can buy filters from Singh Ray that do the same thing now but as I said I was just tinkering / experimenting. I think I got pretty close to my objective, which was to produce a decent shot in camera that required almost no Photoshopping.
I notice that a lot of other people are trying to simplify their photography. What are some of the steps that you are taking to simplify your photography. I’m guessing Lightroom will be mentioned heaps.
As there was only one bikini shot request I’m afraid I’ll have to archive the photo. 🙂
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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.
Recently I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Mars errrr or was that Lancelin? I think the effect was the same. This was shot on the same day that Neal, Kirk and I went up to Lancelin and went crazy and shot all the sand dunes. The thing I remember the most about the trip was getting excited about all the sand dune effects but getting really stressed out at all the sand getting into my gear and car. I think when shooting on the sand dunes a polariser is almost an absolute must to take the glare off the sand and look for lots of dark shadows as they can create some crazy patterns. I also learnt as I went up the following week that if there is heavy cloud cover don’t even bother shooting the sand dunes as you get very little contrast because there are very few shadows. Also you need a good plastic bag to cover your gear whilst you aren’t shooting so sand doesn’t ruin your gear. I’d love to get out to the sand dunes near Eucla and try my hand at them, I know Beau took some pretty cool shots out that way.
Has anyone else got any cool sand dune shooting tips at all?
I recently went out to Wave Rock at Hyden which is about 3.5hrs East of Perth in heart of wheat country. I went out there as I didn’t want to spend another weekend in Perth shooting, the past couple of weekends travelling down obscure country lanes have been really enjoyable so I thought I’d extend my reach yet again.
I always knew that Wave Rock was going to be a tough gig. There aren’t that many great photos of Wave Rock and when you get there you realise why, its short extremely curved and high with a stack of trees in the middle so that you can’t capture it in its entirety. Any way I started checking out compositions and figuring out how I was going to shoot it.
The sun started to set and once the sun had actually set, the orange light on the rock really fired it up. There was unfortunately a really strong wind which as we all know doesn’t help in long exposures.
So what did I learn from the trip? Have a really wide angle lens, this is a must. The best shots are from the right (if you are facing the rock) almost at the end of it , lean right against the rock and go for it, this makes the rock seem more imposing and allows you to capture more of the rock.
Due to the direction of the rock and its curvature it is nearly always in shadow at some point in time so don’t get hung up on the shadow, some part of your photo is always goning to be dark use it creatively.
Would I go back? Probably, but my widest lens is 24mm, next time I’d take a wider lens, I’d even like to try a fisheye out there that would be pretty cool!
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