Gracetown Grooves


Hi Everyone,

The past few days has seen me down south with Neal from Spool Photography.   What a blast it was, the first morning saw us greeted with an awesome sunrise and the clouds were hanging just above the Busselton Jetty so we headed up there and I managed to capture some of the best shots of the jetty that I’ve ever done.    We spent at least an hour and a half their before charging off to Injidup Bay where we spent a further two hours shooting, it was a great day.

We weren’t so lucky yesterday so Neal and I decided to be pseudo surf photographers and started chasing the waves instead of clouds.   We started at the Yallingup main break which wasn’ too bad, and then headed down to Gracetown.   Here we were able to get really close to the action and we got some awesome shots.    We then moved on down to Margaret River, where the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River World surfing competition is happening this week, and the surf there was huge and going off.    My 400mm lens didn’t quite have the reach that we needed to get any really good shots of the guys and girls surfing, its definitely 600mm territory.   Anyone out there got a longer than 400mm lens? 😉    Anyone done any surf photography here?

We’re now back in exciting Perth.   Hope to see you all out there soon.

Jamie Paterson

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  1. James March 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    It would too small on my piddly zoom 🙂

  2. michaelolive March 29, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Hi Jamie

    Nice shot mate, it looks like the surf was up. I always shoot a few surf pics whenever I head down the coast (east coast) as it combines two things I love, but like you I don’t have the zoom needed. I use a 70-200mm f2.8 with a 1.4x TC and I am always looking for something longer. A 600mm would be nice but I don’t have a spare $20k lying around : ) Its good to find a vantage where you can get close to the action or failing that get out up to your knees with the camera on a monopod to get closer.

    Looking forward to seeing the pics from down south.


  3. Charlene March 29, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    There’s no way I’m ever going to get into surf photography… i’d need to hire someone to carry the monster lenses needed 😛

    Where are those pics of the bikini babes you suffered so hard for? 😉

  4. dylanfox March 29, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    Lucky bastards!
    I will get back down as soon as I have a place to sleep! Car still doesnt sound to enticing! haha

  5. jamiepatersonphotography March 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    @ James – I put a 2x extender on my 200mm. I was surprised at how good the photos came out, considering I’ve never had much luck with the 2x extender. Is there still hope for it yet?

    @ michael – I used the 2x extender with my 200mm. The down south photos should start coming off the production line mid week. 🙂

    @ charlene – We only carried the one lens so wasn’t too bad. I’ve process the bikini shot but considering this is a landscape site I wasn’t sure if it was professional or not.

    Unless there is a demand for it of course? Is there a demand for it? 🙂

    @ dylan – You can stay in a tent at the caravan park. $20 a night. Seems like a good price to me to get good photos.

    Jamie Paterson

  6. Charlene March 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Well, it appears that most of your regular readership is male, i’d say there’s a demand, if a silent one 😉

  7. jamiepatersonphotography March 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Perhaps they’ll ask for it during the week.

  8. mervfrench March 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Yep …throw up the bikini’s…just for research of course, to see the technicalities of the shot.

  9. jamiepatersonphotography March 31, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    Okay. Cool that is one vote so far. Not nearly enough to get the bikini shot up. 🙂

  10. Ryan Cardone April 2, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    Nice photos on your blog!!! I am a surf photographer here in California. I mostly shoot from the water so the big lens is not always needed. Keep up the great work…

  11. jamiepatersonphotography April 2, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting I just checked out your website talk about some awesome images. I’d like to capture a lot more ‘in water wave’ photos rather than people surfing but I’m unsure whether I’d need a 16-35, 15mm Fisheye, or even the Canon 14mm.


    Jamie Paterson

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