Lancelin Sand Dunes

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Hi Everyone,

On Saturday I decided to take a drive up to the Lancelin Sand Dunes in the trusty Honda CRV.  Yes it can handle the dunes!   I really only got to spend 10mins up in the dunes as the wind was blowing that hard that I just got completely covered in sand.   It took me two days to wash all of the sand out of my hair, fortunately I had my trusty coles shopping bag over the camera to protect it.   Straight after this shot I headed down to the beach where I was able to find some cover and grab a few shots of the sunset.    It was so relaxing up there I could’ve easily just pulled up a swag and slept on the beach for the night.   Its not something I’ve done for ages and I really should do it again.

I’m really taken by this shot, I just love the complexity of it.   I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.   Merv I might have to come out to your place and setup a tent for the night and ‘pretend’ to camp. 😉

Thanks Everyone,

Jamie Paterson

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  1. Flemming Bo Jensen October 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    I can see why you love this Jamie it is very nice indeed and must be a great reminder of a great day!

    You have some great lines in the sand and an awesome sky and light behind it. I find the trick here is to simplify things and cut out as much as possible in the composition and have just one strong leading line. The sand blowing off the ridge is outstanding and something I would walk closer to and explore in closeups. And if you could somehow compose so you have just the S curve of the first dune leading up to the blowing sand and the sky behind it would be mind blowing good

    I am only writing this as I love sand dunes and you’ve done a good job here and just wanted to offer a few experiences. I have eaten enough sand in Namibia to have a bit of experience with dunes 😀

    One thing, is the Lancelin sand not almost white or is there yellow as well?

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 28, 2009 at 7:20 am #

      Hi Flemming,

      I always appreciate your comments, they do help. This photo was taken from the cover of my car as the wind was blowing so hard I couldn’t possibly get a shot without risking covering my camera in sand. Having said that I did run out and almost do a commando roll onto that S curve to try and nail a few shots (probably looked really funny to anyone looking) but I just couldn’t focus or frame it as I was getting heaps of sand in my eyes, I decided my camera was worth more than the shot. It was amazing Flemming, sand from that dune was blowing 20M across to the other dunes! I will definitely be up there this weekend or the next to try and sit on that S curve late in the evening to get a good shot of it.

      The first row of sand dunes are very definitely white, and in fact most of them are white, but there is a bank of sand dunes that are yellow and some how they nearly always seem to have the best formations!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂


  2. Luke Austin October 28, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Cool image Jamie
    Lancelin is a challenging spot to shoot purely because of the high winds. Hopefully on your next visit it isn’t so blustery.

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Luke,

      Thanks for that mate. Can’t wait to see some of the shots you got with Neal.


  3. chloe October 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    ewww i hate finding sand in your hair/clothes 2 days later lol
    this doesn’t even look like australia! wow i’m amazed
    i’m hitting the beach this weekend, however there aren’t any dunes 🙁

  4. katieleigh October 28, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    i went to the beach on sunday and the wind was insane, i’m still finding sand in my hair – maybe i should wash it? i’ll keep contemplating that. anyway, nice picture 🙂

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi Kaite,

      Thank you as always for the comment. I saw your photos. 🙂 The wall photo was pretty cool.


  5. wayte27 October 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    Hey jamie great shot, awesome cloud formation and light. Agree with FB Jensen’s comment about isolating the s bend. I want to head up there soon. Add some images to my portfolio !
    Cheers adrian

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

      Hi Wayte,

      So Flemming is now FB? lol. Thanks for commenting mate. 🙂 I’m definitely heading back up there up again over the next few weekends when the wind isn’t so fierce!


  6. Graham Leggate October 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    Excellent shot Jamie. Love the colours and tone. Must get up to Lancelin, haven’t been there for something like 18 years!

    • jamiepatersonphotography October 30, 2009 at 9:44 am #

      Hi Graham,

      Thanks for the commment. You should definitely get up there. Its awesome fun and so much to shoot. Only issue is that some people are pretty scary when driving over the dunes.


  7. mervfrench October 29, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    Nice dune shot Jamie.
    Looks like a storm coming from the left.

    Mate, head to Marble Bar for a camp , Flemming will soon be the owner of the Marble Bar Resort Tourist Park.

    See my blog for the full story.

  8. mervfrench October 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Just had a look again and I see a Wedge Tail Eagle in the top right side.

  9. truenorthmark October 31, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    I reckon your best yet mate!

    That I have seen anyway!



  10. chloe November 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    haha nop safety beach 🙂
    photos are up now

  11. Tony Middleton November 5, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Nice one Jamie ! I love the composition with the curve/flow of the dune through the shot and the drama of the sky gives it… well… great drama !


    • jamiepatersonphotography November 5, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for the comment. I have to admit I love the clouds / sky in this shot as well.


  12. Aaron Schubert November 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    That is a pretty impressive picture. I love the contrast between the sky and the dunes! Did you have a 4wd to drive further into them? Wedge Island is nearby and quite an awesome place.

    • jamiepatersonphotography November 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Aaron,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m stoked you liked the photo. I do have a 4WD and Wedge Island is definitely on my hitlist of places to visit very soon. I’ll probably head up there in January or February for the weekend.


  13. Aasiyah September 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi Jamie,

    What a great photo! Could I please have your permission to use this photo for a uni assignment?

    Thank you.

    kind regards,

    • jamiepatersonphotography September 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Aasiyah,

      Because you asked you certainly may use this photo for your assignment, I hope you get a great mark!



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