Ocean In Motion

seascape photographer, australian landscape photography, yallingup

Why is it that just standing in front of the ocean watching waves crash onto rocks is so calming?  Why is it so thought provoking?   Does anyone have any thoughts on this?  

Why do people feel so clean internally not just externally when they dive into the ocean?

The ocean, it really is a magic, mysterious entity.   Will I ever understand it? 

Jamie Paterson

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  1. truenorthmark March 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Hi Jamie,

    Perfect shutter speed for the motion on teh waves mate.

    I think that the sky could be just a little lighter I reckon, but other than that cool shot mate!

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks mate. I wrestled with this for ages should I lighten or should I keep it dark and I settled for a dark sky in the end. I guess it just suited my mood when I was doing it!


  2. islandimages March 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Like the dark sky Jamie! Nice image mate. The sea will always be an enigma because it is never still and it’s depths are still a mystery to us land-based life forms.

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Tim,

      Thank you very much mate. Great comments about the sea. I remember when we were halfway across to Hawaii, we passed over a 6km deep trench. I just remember looking below me when I was swimming thinking there is a lot going on down there that I just don’t know about.


  3. Dylan Fox March 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Does look good mate but have to say im with mark on the sky! 😛

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Dylan,

      I think this going to be one of those photos that people will either like or hate. lol.


  4. Michael March 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Getting deep there Jamie…. some questions have no answers. A good hour down at the beach can clear anyones head or even just looking at your image helps… I haven`t seen the beach for 3 weeks now, 2 more days (and yes I`m counting the minutes) Hope you and your family have a good Easter.

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 30, 2010 at 7:16 am #

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the great comment. We’re having a quite Easter. What are you up to for Easter?


  5. Stephen Williams March 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    really like it Jamie. I do like it with the dark sky also.
    i’d be curious what it would look like with lighter- but for me my focus was solely on those rocks and sweeping waves.
    so i guess with the darker sky there’s nothing bright to distract me 😛 lol

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

      Hi Stephen,

      I have to admit that I’ve sat on this photo for about 12mths. Why? Because I used the wrong filter for this photo and I underexposed it which meant that I scored a lot of ‘noise’ in the sky, yet I still really liked the rocks and beach. So the other night I thought about it and came to the conclusion that this photo could be saved by making the sky darker. It serves to do two things. It covers the noise which was a big concern but secondly, it draws your attention to the waves and rocks first which is the whole point. 🙂 After getting used to the dark sky the photo really grew on me.


  6. James March 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    In a word – presence…

  7. Jodsters Photography March 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    That is a beautiful photo and I like it the way it is. I think the dark sky helps. Also to be honest I didn’t notice the sky that much, when I looked at the photo, I was drawn to the rocks and ocean surrounding them. Great work well done.

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Jode,

      Thanks for the great comment and welcome to the blog. I was really hoping that most people would be drawn to the rocks and ocean instead of the sky, it seems to be working at the moment.


  8. Chris Bishop March 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi Jamie,
    Love the image. I’m all for the dark sky, but maybe its Perth’s dark weather we’ve been having that reminds me what we’re in for.

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      Welcome aboard and thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m actually looking forward to winter this year, nothing like some drama in a photo.


  9. Sandy @ Shots March 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Hey Jamie,
    I’d like to see a lighter sky too but love the composition and the colour in the rocks and on the sand. Nice!

    • jamiepatersonphotography March 31, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      Perhaps I could sell the photo in two flavours? 😉 Double my money for the one shot?

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.


  10. Sandy @ Shots April 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Hey…you may be onto something there….I’m off to darken some skies 🙂

  11. Ciaran Burke April 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    I like the dark sky. The waves and rocks are the focus the rest is background, the dark sky creates a brooding atmosphere, very nice.

    • jamiepatersonphotography April 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

      Hi Ciaran,

      Welcome to the blog! Thank you for taking the time to comment. As you said pushing the background into black has helped to bring peoples eyes to the rocks and water first. I hope you take the comment again in the furture.


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