Down By Canning River

canning swan river perth australian landscape photography jamie paterson

I’ve been sitting on this photo for months, its really captivated me, mainly because Canning River has been such a huge part of my life growing up.   Growing up I certainly always appreciated going down there during the summer months and going swimming at Deepwater Point.   I was a Sea Scout at Deepwater point and spent pretty much every weekend of my youth down at Deepwater Point.    At 15 I was no longer elible for Scouts so for a year I stopped going there.

Then I discovered rowing and for the next four years I spent pretty much six to seven days a week twice a day on the river before I became a submariner in the Navy.   Before I left it was such a rare event to see Dolphins in the river.

When I left the Navy one of the first things I did was rejoin the rowing community.   I was amazed at how much cleaner the river was, we saw dolphins at least twice a week whilst out rowing and lots of Pelican’s and Shags feeding on huge schools of fish.   It was good to see that efforts to clean up the river were working.

I’ve spent the past few weeks just riding around the river and remembering all the great times I’ve had down there and capturing photos of the area, so stand by for more photos from this area over the coming months.

Have any of you guys tried to capture your childhood history via the photography skills you now have?   As photographers we are lucky as we can document our lives as we see it.

I hope you all have a fantastic Australia Day.

Jamie Paterson

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17 Comments

  1. Beau Mitchell January 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Jamie,

    This is a great image. The boats are placed nicely either side of that one tree trunk, and there is so much nice detail in that tree. It looks quite well processed also.

    Maybe one thing I’d think about doing is dodging the tree where it gets quite dark towards the top of the photo, just to bring out some more of tha detail, and possible darkening the clouds in the sky. I’m just being picky here – it’s really good as it is 😉

    Definitely one of your best from your recent posts, in my opinion.

    Have a good time in Tasmania and good luck with getting some neat shots over there!

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

      Thanks Beau. It was an amazing sunset here in Hobart tonight. Selected at least four good spots for the morning.

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  2. Rob Lewis January 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi Jamie

    Nice image and reminded my of my youth growing up in that area. I posted an image that I took last year of the old jetty up the road near the ski area.

    Those paper bark trees must have been there for ever.

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

      Hi Rob

      Thanks for the comment mate. Can you put a link to your photo here? I’d love to see it.

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  3. Rob Lewis January 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi Jamie

    I’m on your links but go to http://rmlewis1.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/river-of-my-youth/

    Rob

  4. truenorthmark January 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Jamie,

    Nice work mate…you and I have more in common than you think! I grew up in Ullapool Rd, went to the same Sea Scouts at Deep Water point and also went skiing there for many years as a kid as well!!

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

      Hi Mark

      Yes I remember you and I discussing that ages ago. Very small world. I loved Deepwater Point Sea Scouts.

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  5. hodgy1 January 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Hey Jamie, I really like this pic. the post editing is right up there in my opinion. Very nice mate one of your best.

    Cheers Pete.

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 26, 2010 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Pete

      Thanks for that mate. It’s pouring down here at the moment in Cradle Mountain. Going to take some miracle processing to get anything here.

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  6. Michael January 26, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Great read Jamie. Tree looks like it`s out of Lord of the Rings! For me just getting back to Karijini being in a beautiful natural environment evokes that childhood spirit that I grew up with.

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 26, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      Hi Michael

      Thanks for the comment. I have to get up there sometime soon.

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  7. William Ophuis January 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Nice one Jamie!

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi Wiliam

      Thanks for the comment

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  8. chloe January 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    i would have to photograph barbies (the doll) & well, more barbies hehe

    this is a lovely photograph, the tree really draws you in

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Chloe

      Thank you for stopping by as always. I love this tree as well. It’s got so much character!

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

  9. katieleigh January 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    god, i love sexy boats

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

      Lol. Hey Katie I’m down at the Hobart boat harbour. Hopefully I can catch a few more sexy boats for you.

      Thanks,

      Jamie Paterson IT Team Leader – Network and Systems

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