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Tanker Surfing Gulf of Mexico

Recently, I was asked to join a group of guys who wanted to go tanker surfing in the Gulf of Mexico.  I’d seen some people do it in the Step into Liquid video years ago and thought it was cool then.  I never thought I’d have a chance to participate so how could I resist?   It was a tough trip with broken down planes and a long drive through the night to get from Austin to Galveston on time but we made it.

Was it worth the trip?  You bet it was, check out the sunrise we were presented while we were on our way out to the channel 30mins prior to our first tanker surf!   It was stunning and it was just a sign of things to come.

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After the boys had a quick coffee to warm up a tanker came steaming past and it was time to hit the water with military precision as you typically don’t get a second chance to catch the waves.   Capt James Fulbright would go charging up to the waves do a quick 180 and the boys would have to jump off and start paddling like mad to catch the waves, with all of us on the boat yelling at them to paddle harder.   As you can see the conditions were amazing, absolutely no wind at all.

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So what is tanker surfing?   Its where you get to surf the wake created from a large ship typically like a tanker due to its hull shape and deep draft and you get to ride the wake for up to a couple of kilometers at a time.  A 5 to 6min ride on one wave is quite common, and normally you need to use a longboard to accommodate the waves produced.   For most people its an experience of a lifetime.

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As its a straight wave its possible to get more than one surfer onto the waves.   Here are two of the boys enjoying the ride.

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The boys all sharing another tanker surfing wave.  No competing for waves needed.

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One of the guys with the wave all to himself.  Its also a great angle to show you how the guys use the wake of the ship to surf.

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Was it fun and exciting?  Yes it was, and I’d do it all over again.  Now to work on my photos from Hawaii that I took on the way home.

Stay tuned!

Jamie Paterson



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Leighton Beach Dreams

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Another place, another time, swaying in the wind, today you’re mine.

The gateway to my beloved place, past you I often race.

You call you beckon, I stop for a second.

I still need to get down to my beloved ocean

But today is different, just quickly

I’ll capture and admire your motion.

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Drifting, Dreaming, Seeing

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One of the great things about being an artist and seascape photographer is that I get to see things others don’t. People spend so much time simply looking at things and not taking the time to truly see them. Its my privilege to show people there is a whole other world to see if you stop and allow yourself to see it.

I get to take the time to look at everyday objects and ponder what they mean to me? How do they make me feel? Just by asking those two questions alone I get to see what others don’t.

Use your heart to see things sometimes and not your eyes and you will find an amazing new world right in front of you.
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Windy Harbour

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Have you ever had one of those days that were just perfect? This photo was taken on one of those days down in Windy Harbour, which happens to be one of the prettiest spots I’ve ever seen on the South West coast.  I had my family with me, my two boys were running through the water and my wife, my beautiful, glorious wife was just glowing in the sunshine.

My best friend was there just contemplating life as well. I’m a lucky guy.

This photo will remind me of that day for ever. I am so grateful.  It was also taken on my brand new camera, I have to admit I didn’t want to stop shooting with my Canon 1Ds MkIII but this new one quite literally blows it out of the water.



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Liquid Thunder

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I decided to duck out the other night as the weather was quite nasty which often makes for interesting seascape photography. It was tempting to not get out of the car as the wind was extremely strong and blustery and there was sea spray being thrown up soaking the coastline.

As with all things photography you’re often rewarded when you make the effort and I was able to get this shot that conveys the ‘mood’ of the ocean. What do you guys think of it?

To achieve this look I set the camera to TV Priority, ISO50, 1sec shutter speed.



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Kauai Rain Rays

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Hideaways Beach in Kauai is incredibly hard to find but once you find it you just know it was worth the effort. Its not so much that its in a secret difficult spot, its that most of the public access to the beach is restricted.

Its one of the things I really disliked about Kauai and it makes me realise how lucky we are in Australia to have almost free access to our entire coastline. The only available public carpark has a spot for 10 cars, that’s it! Needless to say I had to be creative with my parking endeavours and ended up sneaking into one of the private resorts and parking there.

Any way once I made it to Hideaways Beach I had a blast. I got there 2hrs before sunset as I’d never been there before and I wanted to have a good look around. Whilst I was there I saw this awesome rain shower drift over the mountains and that it was being illuminated by the last rays of daylight so I started to snap away.

Love it!



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North Cotteloe Sunset

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Last Friday night I decided to head down to North Cottesloe Beach to unwind and relax and of course to get some photos!  North Cottesloe was the best I’d seen in ages so I started to snap away.

It was such an beautiful evening, warmish for a winters day and there was almost no wind around.   The swell was really nice and these waves were just coming through every couple of minutes.  Simply sensational.

I noticed that the gold light was shining right through these waves so I threw on my 70-200mm lens and started banging away.  When I got home and saw this photo I was pretty ecstatic!

I hope you guys enjoy it.  How does it make you feel?




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Leighton Beach Sunset

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So far this has been the Perth sunset of the year for me.  I headed out with Paul Pichugin to Leighton Beach and we were just blown away at how intense the sunset was.

The entire sky just lit up with this amazing orange glow and it looked like everything was on fire.   In fact I still can’t get over just how fantastic a sunset it was.

Its days like these when you realise how lucky you are just being alive and being able to see things like this.

I hope you guys it enjoy it.



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Cape Naturaliste

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This shot was taken just down from a spot on Cape Naturaliste called Other Side of The Moon during Winter, hence the dramatic skies.  Its a small walk to get to but very worth it.  There are heaps of rock formations close to the waterline which makes for seascape photography paradise!


Almost every time I’ve been its been deserted and I’ve had the whole place to myself even though I’ve quite often spent hours photographing the place at any one time.  Get down there and check it out!  You won’t be disappointed.








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North Beach

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Last weekend I manged to head out with Paul Pichugin to North Beach and boy did we have a blast.   This is probably my most favourite photo of the year so far.

Its amazing the sorts of shots you can drag amount for a seemingly small bunch of insignificant rocks if you present them in the right way.

I waited for awhile to get this shot as I want there to be sufficient water in front of the rocks to create some motion, whilst a wave was also crashing onto the rock itself.  As always patience pays off.

I hope you guys enjoy it and I’d love to know what you think of it.



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