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Parker Point – Rottnest Island

Parker Point Rottnest Island

Hey Everyone,

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,

Jamie Paterson


Burns Beach

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend.   Is everyone back from Karijini yet?   I decided to get out and about this morning to new territory and hit Burns Beach.    Mornings like this morning are always good fun, its not too cold and the waves are big enough to create interest but not big enough to completely soak you.   I’ll definitely be heading back there when its low tide to cover it a bit better.

Melissa and I are still waiting for son No 2 to arrive sometime over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for reading,

Jamie Paterson


Cape Naturaliste Sunsets

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Hi Everyone,

Why the title ‘Soul Cleansing Sunsets”?   I guess because this was one of those spots that you just feel so connected with when you’re taking photos of it.   There were no clouds when I set out but I wasn’t stressed about it.   I just knew that I was going to find a really nice and secluded spot and just enjoy myself, and that is exactly what happened.   I’m beginning to realise that the less you worry about the camera and the more you just enjoy the scenery and use the camera to record what is going on, the better your shots will be.

I’ve seen so many landscape photographers who view the sunsets and sunrises through their viewfinders and then walk away without any recolection of what the scene actually looked like.   That doesn’t sound like fun to me.   The more I let my camera share my journey rather than letting my camera control me, the more I’m enjoying my photography and the results of my photography.   How often do you shoot from the heart?

Well that is about as deep as I get. 😉   I hope you all enjoy this photo.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson


Cape Naturaliste Sunset

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Hi Everyone,

Last weekend I was lucky enough to slip down south under the cover of darkness.   No it wasn’t a covert operation, its just easier driving down at night now with Xavier being a little older.    I think we can all agree that its such a relaxing place to be and this weekend was certainly no exception.   Christian of course put his usual ‘no cloud spell’ on me and made sure that the skies were crystal clear with only a hint of clouds.

There is nothing like being at a place like Cape Naturaliste just watching the sun going down and feeling like you don’t have a care in the world.   That feeling didn’t last long though, the ‘really easy’ decent onto the beach felt like it was Mt Everest on the way back.   This landscape photographer certainly earnt his beer that night after that climb.

Has anyone checked out Matthew Saul’s Quindalup Jetty shot from the same weekend?  Its pretty cool.   Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Hope you all have a great weekend,

Jamie Paterson


Cottesloe Beach @ 43 Degrees

Hi 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.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting everyone!

Jamie Paterson


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


Monte Bello Corals

Hi Everyone,

This is another photo of the Monte Bello Islands.   If you’re into taking seascapes then its the place for you.   For those of you who don’t know about the history of the Monte Bello Islands, its quite fascinating.   It was the site of Britain’s first atomic bomb tests in Australia and you can still see lots of debris and buildings that were left over from the tests.    At Trimoulle Island we were able to look back and see the viewing platform that they used to watch the bombs going off, it was only approximately 5kms away from where the bombs went off.   We couldn’t believe that they setup the viewing platform so close.    Imagine suggesting to someone in this day and age that they stand behind a steel viewing platform and look at an atomic bomb going off!!!   They would just laugh.

Those poor guys certainly weren’t safe from the fallout, fallout was even registered in Brisbane days later.

Photo Settings:

Aperture – F11

ISO – 50

Shutter Speed – 1/100sec

Cruising around the area in a boat its hard to understand how anyone could blow up such a beautiful area.   These days its pristine and if you ever get the chance to head out there you should.  If nothing else you might come back with a nice healthy glow. 😉

Thank You For Stopping By,

Jamie Paterson


Rainy Day at Bunker Bay

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Hi Everyone,

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,

Jamie Paterson

 


Spot Lunch Anyone?

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Hi Everyone,

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. 🙂

Jamie Paterson


Bunker Bay Bonanza

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Hi Everyone,

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:

F16

ISO50

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.


Three Degrees At Bunker Bay

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Hi Everyone,

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.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson


Stormy Yallingup Sunsets

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Hi Everyone,

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!

Camera Settings:

F22

ISO50

Shutter – 1.6secs

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?


Daybreak At Twilight Cove

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Hi Crew,

This is a photo from my first morning in Esperance when I was there in May.   Poor Neal had to drink a bottle of Red to help him sleep as Kirk and I apparently aren’t the quietest of sleepers.  I don’t know what he meant as I didn’t hear anything!   This is one of those sunrises that you just get lost in as you stand there in amazement, you have to remember to keep taking photos.    After we’d had a few days of average light in the Stirling Ranges this sunrise was definitely a welcome sight.   If you’ve never been to Esperance you should do, its a must for landscape photography, its such a beautiful and diverse place.

We revisited Twilight Cove a number of times over the next few days but nothing matched up to this sunrise, in fact it was probably the best one the whole trip.   I remember after catching these photos walking away from the camera for a couple of minutes and just watching it unfold before me, dare I say it was almost a spiritual experience?

Have any of you guys ever grabbed a few photos and then stepped back and enjoyed the view and allowed yourself to be caught up in the moment?

Hope you enjoy the photo and as always comments are appreciated. 🙂

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson


Last Light at Cottesloe

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Hi Crew,

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.  

Camera Settings:

F11, ISO50, 10secs.

Lens – Canon 24-70mm F2.8

What is everyone elses’ favourite time of year to shoot? 

Thanks and please feel free to comment,

Jamie Paterson


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


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


Spot Mr Spool – Thistle Cove, Esperance

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Hi Everyone,

Can you spot Mr Spool?   This photo was taken whilst we were down at Esperance taking landscape photographs.   This photo hasn’t been edited at all, just thought I’d put it up for fun.   

Thanks,

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


Hovea Falls Recon Run

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Hi Everyone,

On Friday evening I thought I’d take a quick trip up into the hills to see if any of the waterfalls had started to run after all the rainfall we had.   I decided to head up to Hovea Falls as they were the easiest to get to.    I’m happy to say that yes there was some water flow but I think they need another couple of weeks of rain before they really start to flow at their maximum.    So back to being patient again, I think August is the best month for waterfalls in Perth.   What do you guys think?   Perhaps we should all head down south and find some decent waterfalls in the meantime.   🙂

Thanks,

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


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