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Standing on the Edge

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Hi Everyone,

This is another photo that I’m actually really happy with.   It doesn’t look like it but it wasn’t a calm day and I still managed to get soaked as usual, all good fun and its worth it when you pull the shot off.   I certainly feel more like I’m doing a fitness course than taking photos when I’m on these reefs with all the running backwards and forwards.   I certainly must be funny to watch moving across the reef especially when I’m not looking where I’m going and step into one of the hole in the reef!

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson


Simplicity

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This is an image I managed to capture a few weeks ago and I’ve been sitting for it for the past couple of weeks trying to work out why it really draws me in.   I finally worked it out.  It draws me in because its just so simple, yet its still effective.   This is another shot that I managed to capture after I was walking away from my original shooting position and was heading back to the car.  Maybe my new technique should be to turn up to my spot, unpack and then immediately repack all my stuff and then start heading back to the car.   It seems to work for me!   🙂

Hope you guys all like it.

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


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!!!


Surf Like An Egyptian

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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?

Thanks,

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


Bennion Beach Streaks

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Hi Everyone,

I managed to pick a wicked Saturday morning to go shooting down at Bennion Beach!    I started off down at Cottesloe Beach and then saw it was high tide so I worked my way up to Trigg Beach and then settled at Bennion Beach.   The surf was smashing through and the waves were coming in huge sets.   Just before I captured this shot I was lining it up when a freak wave came through and covered me up to my waist, I had to hold the tripod above my head to keep it dry.    I certainly felt like I was in an action movie instead of trying to capture a half decent seascape!     Unfortunately there was a casualty from the wave soaking (aside from wet tracksuit pants), I lost a saftey thong, fortunately I managed to put my camera into a safe spot and then had to wade back into the water waist deep again to rescue my thong.

I certainly got a lot of weird looks from people when I crawled back up to the carpark soaking wet with camera in hand.   Oh well, no pain, no gain.   I certainly think the shot was worth it, hopefully you guys do as well.

What is the craziest thing you’ve done to capture a photo?

Thanks for reading my post,

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


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


Deep Red Perth Seascape

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Hi Crew,   

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?

Jamie Paterson Photography


Busselton Jetty Reds

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Hello Crew,

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


Esperance Rocks!!!

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Today is bonus day, two posts in one day!    This photo was taken my first morning in Esperance, what an amazing sight to wake up to.  As landscape photographers we spend so much time up early in the mornings and out late at night chasing the elusive landscape photograph often only to have nature spoil our plans, so its a great feeling when you arrive on location and see something like this unfold before you.   This was taken next to Twilight Cove in Esperance.

Did anyone get any good photos whilst we were away?   What was the light like in Perth?

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson


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


And so it begins!!!

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Hi Everyone,

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,

Jamie Paterson


Bikinis, Bikinis, Bikinis

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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.  

Thank you for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson


Dream a little Dream

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Hi Everyone,

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?

Thank You 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


Cottesloe Beach – Naturally

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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. 🙂

Thank You for visting my post.

Jamie Paterson

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http://www.twitter.com/jamiepaterson


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

www.jamiepaterson.com.au

http://www.twitter.com/jamiepaterson


Dream Walking

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Hello Everyone,

As we all know there have been no clouds so I’ve been experimenting and I came up with this which I quite like.   This was taken down at Scarborough beach last Sunday when I went down to take some photos of my friend surfing (I love photographing surf).     I took this photo whilst there was a break in the surf and I didn’t really think much about it until tonight when I just started to tinker with a few photos.   It just felt to me like I was walking down a beach in a dream like state hence the title.    I’m off down to the beach tonight to try and get some more photos of the shoreline now that I know it can look quite artistic / abstract.  

Info:

Lens: 50mm F1.2

Shutter: 1/500

Iso 100

Well off to the beach to try and capture some different colours!!!

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Jamie Paterson


Meelup on the Flipside

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This is something I captured on a trip down south to Dunsborough, the light had been terrible for days and I just got the urge one morning to head out to this spot that I’d been checking out for months and it was the only day that any clouds were present at all so I got really lucky.    30mins after this photo the wind picked up and started to blow the clouds away.    Straight after this shoot I went into Yallingup to check out the surf and was pleasantly surprised, firstly because the waves were massive and secondly because I got to see a school of dolphins surfing at the Yallingup main break.   What a wicked way to start the day.   Oh, and why ‘Meelup on the Flipside’?   Because Meelup is on the other side of the point.

I just love this spot and I’ll be back to take some photos with different points of view. 

Photo info:

Focal length: 50mm EF F1.2

Aperature: F16

Shutter: 15sec

iso: 100

Did anyone get any shots this weekend at all?   Fireworks don’t count!!! 😉

Thanks for viewing my post,

Jamie Paterson