Bluff Knoll Bonanza

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What can I say?  This is the only time that I have ever seen clouds at Bluff Knoll (I did see 5mins worth of cloud with Mark but it was very fleeting).   It seems like ever time I head on down there they disappear for days.

I think I’d almost guarantee that if went down there in the middle of winter it would be cloudless!

Anyway on this particular morning I got very lucky and the sunrise was really intense and bathed the entire area in a beautiful orange glow.  It was sensational.


Jamie Paterson

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  1. mervfrench September 24, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Thats a cool image Jamie, I like it.

    I’m intrigued though, what does Bonanaz mean and what language does it come from. 🙂 🙂

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 24, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      What can I say Merv? Its been a very long week. 🙂 All fixed now.

      • mervfrench September 24, 2011 at 8:50 am #

        It was an attempt at humor Jamie ……. i understand mate. 🙂 🙂

        • jamiepatersonphotography September 24, 2011 at 11:39 am #

          I can’t believe I misspelled it mate! I like to call this language Jamlish. A combination of Jamie and English. Normally tends to come out after a few refreshing beverages.


  2. islandimages September 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Nice image Jamie buuuut the vegetation on the slopes of Bluff Knoll looks a little strange. What do you think?

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      Hey Tim. Thanks for the comment mate. What has caught your eye on the slopes? I’ve checked it out and I can’t see anything but you know I value the opinion of you guys. I know the vegetation is different but it does change up on the higher altitude of the slopes.

      • islandimages September 29, 2011 at 8:56 am #

        That particular area looks like it needs a contrast adjustment, it doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the image to me.

  3. Cleggy September 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Very Nice Jamie. I know how difficult this shot can be at that time of the day.

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      Hey Ben. Thanks very much mate, you’re not wrong its a really tricky spot to capture isn’t?


  4. Graham Leggate September 26, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Hi Jamie, nice shot looks really good. I can see where on the slope the vegetation seems to turn to an intense green colour, is that how it appears to you too?

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 26, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      Hi Graham, it does a little but then that is because Bluff Knoll has heaps of rainfall meaning everything is quite lush and green. I’ll turn the green down a few notches though and see if that improves things. Thanks for the feedback. 🙂


  5. Chloe [Photographer] September 26, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    very rich colours in this photo jamie, it’s lovely & warm

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Thanks Chloe. It certainly wasn’t a warm morning in real life. From memory it was around 4 to 5 degrees!


  6. Adrian September 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Nice work mate must head down there when I get home never been so might need a guide

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi Adrian,

      No problems with that. Probably won’t worry about heading down there over summer though. We could head down in Autumn.

  7. Stephen Williams September 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    mighty impressed Jamie 🙂 as you know I love that place and I don’t usually get caught by these standard positions/shots/compositions that every photographer out there has pretty much the same- I guess also after having climbed the hill 100 odd times I’ve got this scene mirrored in my mind too. I like different I spose otherwise get bored haha. But very much like this one, the light, colours and composition are magnificent. Nice man 🙂

    Now for you to stop getting these easy shots from down the bottom and get up the hill for some pics hey! 😀 lol

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Hey Stephen. Thanks mate. I have to admit this is the comment I’ve secretly been waiting for as you are ‘Mr Stirling Ranges’. I’m really stoked that you like it. Everyone keeps telling me to not bother going up to the top as the best shots are from the carpark! If is worth the climb then I’ll do it for sure. Thanks again for the comment.


      • Stephen Williams September 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

        Dunno what to say about that Jamie- but I think you probably already have some kind of idea haha.
        For starters I spose, when’s it all about a photo? I know you as an “experience” kinda guy, who lives it up for what it is at that moment, enjoying the fact you were able to be there seeing it in person. So would you prefer to have a standard experience, and end up with a beautiful image that everyone else out there has. Or would you prefer to have a freekin incredible experience, and end up with a image that may not be quite as good technically….. but combined with your experience on the day makes it an unbelievable photo for you personally?

        Yeah it’s hard to get good photos from up on the slopes, it’s not an easy task due to the harsh contrasts. She’s a beautiful girl, doesn’t just give it up for nothing- you have to earn it with this old girl 🙂 Of all the hikes i’ve done up in these hills i’d say the camera’s only made it out of the bag on about 1/3rd of them. The funny thing I find is that my best images from the Stirlings are one’s I took way back at the start before I knew how to use a camera or anything. Fluked them in a way but I think also cos I wasn’t too concerned about getting a technically right image. I keep trying to get new images but seem to find it harder now then I did back then if that makes sense haha.

        Personally I reckon you’ll have a fun time and enjoy yourself if you climb it. 😀

  8. True North Mark October 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Yep, I have to admit mate….you wooped me with this one and you were in teh right spot when the light came on! Well done!

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi Mark. Nah you got me on our trip to the Stirling Ranges. This shot was from years previous to our trip. You still ‘Da Man’.


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