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

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  1. dylanfox June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    I like it Jamie!
    I have been scared while taking photos thats for sure! In victoria once I jumped a farm fence to be confronted by the biggest angriest lookin horse ive ever seen.
    Then theres just annoying drunks that give you a little kick on their way past ya!

  2. Charlene June 23, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    That long swash bit adds a lot of movement to the photo. I sure like it.

    Craziest thing I’ve done to take a photo? Nothing very wild: creeping across a gorge in Karijini that way out of my league with all my gear. The look on my other half’s face was priceless when a foot slipped and I lurched very dramatically downwards…

  3. chloë June 23, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    that’s superb, love your work
    your style is something i couldn’t get bored of 🙂

  4. James June 23, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Composition is bang on. I can aslo see a b&w in this, but I’m not sure how to process it.

    Brilliant shot.

  5. jamiepatersonphotography June 23, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Dylan,

    That would be scary, I like horses but have never fully trusted them and they know it.


    Ummmm what can I say? I would’ve thought that was pretty extreme.

    Hi Chloe,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

    Hi James,

    Thank you very much!

    Jamie Paterson

  6. sean June 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Really like this one Jamie
    the shot is very sharp,is this with your new lens?

  7. katie June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    nice work Jamie 🙂 question; what length of exposure do you need to get the smooth look of the water?

  8. jamiepatersonphotography June 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    Hi Sean,

    Yes this was taken with my new 16 – 35mm F2.8 lens. I’m really happy with it so far, its a great lens. 🙂


  9. jamiepatersonphotography June 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    The setting I used for this shot were:

    .6 sec for the shutter.

    Hope that helps.


  10. katie June 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    awesome, thanks! nice new lens 🙂

  11. Beau Mitchell June 25, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Good stuff, Mr Paterson. Great use of exposure to create the lines in the foreground.

  12. Kingsley June 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    Awesome image mate!


  13. christianfletcher June 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    yes mate yes, you are getting it, this is good and is where you need to be. Whites are white so that is what you want. Well done.

  14. jamiepatersonphotography July 1, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    Hi Kings,

    Thank you very much, I was wondering where you had got to. 🙂

    Hi Beau,

    Yeah I was really stoked with the lines, it certainly made the photo!

    Hi Christian,

    Thank you, as always its nice to receive feedback like this.

    Jamie Paterson

  15. mervfrench July 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Giday Jamie ..bit late commenting on this but it’s a great image.

    Love the lines and the crispness of it and just a perfect shutter , great stuff. Makes me want to head for the beach and grab some shots myself.

    I think this is one of your best.

  16. Andrew Fuller July 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Just when I thought I should stop shooting down at Bennion beach, you produce this fantastic image and make me want to go there again!! I love this shot, what a perfect capture and a yes it does look very sharp. The waves are just perfect. Well done!

  17. jamiepatersonphotography July 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for stopping by!!! Just goes to show you have to keep hitting a spot until you get the image you want. 🙂


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