Category Archives: Australian Landscapes

Na Pali Cliff Face

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Flying past the Na Pali coast line is such an amazing experience.  Now I love helicopters and I’ve certainly never been a nervous flyer in a helicopter but I don’t mind admitting I was extremely nervous in all but possible the last 15mins of this flight.

We flew in an open door Hughes 500 which is an extremely quick and nimble helicopter and heaps of fun.  What got me though was that as we climbed up the huge mountains we started to get battered around by the winds screaming across the ridges.   It wasn’t a light bit of turbulence we were quite literally thrown around, so much so that at one stage I stopped shooting and hung onto my seat with both hands.   The other awesome part of the ride was that once we made it over the ridge, we’d get a massive shove by those winds which had now become tailwinds and we just rocketed away from the ridge.

It was doubly intense because not only did we shoot past the mountain ridge at speed we did it with a 4000ft drop below us.   The mountains in Hawaii are so steep and don’t have an gentle slopes on them, so one minute you are just making it across the ridge and then the next minute you have a massive drop right below you.

Those helicopter pilots really knew their stuff and were edging deep into canyons and weaving their way right up next to waterfalls.  It was easily the most crazy and exciting helicopter ride I’ve ever had.   If you ever make it to Kauai and you want a new thrill in your life, go for an open door flight past the Na Pali coast line, oh and don’t forget to take some photos in amongst all the excitement.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Simple Maths

 

Melissa has been in Melbourne since Thursday morning.   Need I say anymore? 🙂

From Where I’d Rather Be

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Yes I know it sounds like the Corona ad but its true.  I swear I was Hawaiian in a previous life as I really identify with the islands and the Hawaiian way of life.   I’ve been there four times and I’m planning yet another trip there again.   It was only February that I was there last, but its seems like an eternity.

On my last trip I spent six days in Kauai just shooting away and driving around and listening to heaps of Hawaiian reggae.   Paradise!

This shot is from the North East part of the island, in fact the surf you see below me was Andy Irons local beach and on a good day can have surf up to 30ft in height.  To get this shot I set my camera to TV mode and used a shutter speed of 800th of second.   Oh and of course I was in a helicopter at approx 1500ft.

I hope you guys enjoy it.   Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more photos from Hawaii next February.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Hopes and Dreams

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Hi Everyone,

Quite sometime ago I went out on a shoot with True North Mark and Matthew Saul and we headed out to Toodyay.    It was a pretty cool afternoon and we spent a few hours driving down back roads.

We happened across this house and to be honest I found it a really depressing place and never really did anything with the photo.  However, the past few days I’ve been drawn back to this photo and I thought, why not try and express how this place made me feel?

Well this is my attempt at doing that and I think its captured my feeling really well.   I hope you guys feel it as well.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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North Cottesloe Awash

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Hey Guys,

I quickly ducked down to North Cottesloe tonight to try and grab a few shots.  I wasn’t holding my breath as I didn’t think there would be too much colour around but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.    Hope you all like it. 🙂

Just goes to show if you don’t head out, you won’t get the shot. 🙂

Thanks,

Jamie

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Murion Islands

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From North Cottesloe beach we head back up to Exmouth and surrounds.  If only it was that easy to do in real life!   I’m sure its a lot warmer up there than it is down here at the moment.   I haven’t even ventured outside at all today.   Now this isn’t actually the Murion Islands as we didn’t track over them, but it was right next to them and I don’t know the name of this island unfortunately.

We were flying along at around 1500ft and we were moving extremely quickly so I had to use a very fast shutter speed to make sure that everything was nice and sharp.   Again I used:

TV setting – 1/2000

ISO 400

I just love the green in the water surrounding the island its just so captivating.  I hope you guys like it as well.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Ningaloo Reef Aerial Photography

Hi Guys,

Just a short video from the GoPro HD camera that was stuck on my head while in the helicopter. If you want to jump straight to the Ningaloo Reef footage its at 5:15.

Check out how shiny and brand new the helicopter is! The boats you see on the reef are Whale Shark boats, unfortunately we didn’t see any from the air.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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North West Mangroves

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As most of you guys know now I managed to spend some time above Ningaloo Reef in a helicopter.   Well once we finished on the reef it was time to track up to Karratha to prepare the helicopter for the corporate photography gig the next day.   We passed over numerous small islands and then hit the coast where we flew over a number of cool little mangroves.   This being one of them.

I love these mangroves as they are like veins running out along our body with amazing deep blue or green water running through them.   I’ve got heaps more of these sorts of shots so stayed tuned!

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Whirlwind Tour

Hi Everyone,

I just got back from doing an awesome corporate photography gig.   It started off with being flown up to Exmouth in the very early hours of the morning to jump onto a brand new $6000 an hour Agusta Westland AW139 medium lift helicopter.

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This helicopter had almost no hours on it, it was so new and the windows were absolutely huge.   We took off from Exmouth on the Thursday and headed up to Karratha so that we would be ready to meet the VIPs on the Friday.   On the way up we decided to head on over to Ningaloo Reef for about 20mins and I got about 400 photos of the reef in that short period of time.   Ningaloo Reef was going off with awesome surf which apparently rarely happens.  The winds were offshore so these waves looked just perfect.

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We then spent the next 1 1/2hrs en route to Karratha which wasn’t the most exciting trip, until we reached the shore.   From there I was able to get some shots of mini mangroves and of course the fantastic Dampier Salt, salt farm.

On Friday the corporate Gulfstream landed on the tarmac and after getting some shots of the VIPs coming off the jet we were escorted over to the helicopter to fly offshore and visit some facilities.   We spent another couple of hours in the air, flying around to the clients facilities.   After a full on day it was time to head back to Karratha.

We landed in the helicopter and all made our way back to the airport terminal.   Imagine my delight when I was invited to fly back to Perth in the clients corporate Gulfstream, it was probably the only time I would ever get to fly in a private jet so I jumped at it!   Not only was it an awesome experience, it was also 30mins faster than a commercial jet.

So after an hour and a half of enjoying an amazing experience it was time to land and the illusion ended.

It was amazing fun and I had a ball.   Its times like this that I love being a photographer!

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Cable Beach Surf

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Hi Everyone,

From the very first moment I stepped foot on Cable Beach I was fascinated with the perfectly breaking waves on the beach.  They certainly weren’t big, though people were surfing them with large surfboards, but they broke perfectly, and made great subjects.

I’ve taken a couple hundred shots of the waves up there but I really liked this one because there was just so much drama in the clouds.  Also the overcast conditions really enhanced the beautiful colour of the water.

I genuinely really miss Cable Beach.  There was nothing more relaxing than just wondering up and down the beach and capturing it in its many different moods.   Someday we’ll catch up again.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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