Some Days Are Diamonds

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Some days are diamonds and other days you just get lucky.   Well yesterday was both.   Its been five weeks since I’ve ventured out to take a serious photo, not sure why probably a little battle fatigued from a pretty tough year.   I just had to get out last night and ‘recharge’ my batteries, I hopped in the car and with no particular destination in mind just started to drive.    Those who know me well enough would know that I instinctly drove to the coast for my recharge.    I hit the coast at Port Beach near Fremantle, and headed past Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough and then past Trigg Beach.   Finally I decided to hop out of the car and below me I saw a really small group of rocks that were just begging to have their photo taken.  Being the ever obliging seascape photographer that I am, I grabbed my camera gear and walked down to the beach and setup my gear.

After being there for an hour and working out my shots the sun finally set and I got to work.   The joys of taking seascape photographs came flooding back into my veins, I felt alive again and I think the joy of coming alive again were reflected in my photos.   I’m really happy with this one.   Where do you guys go for your recharge?   Is it just taking photos itself that recharges you, or do you have a certain location that you gravitate to?

Photo Settings:

Aperture – F22

ISO – 50

Shutter – 1.6sec

I hope you guys enjoy looking at it as much as I did taking it.   All comments are greatly appreciated.


Jamie Paterson

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  1. Kingsley December 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm #


  2. Flemming Bo Jensen December 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    Great post and very nice image Jamie. Only thing, I feel perhaps the horizon is too high in the frame.

    Love your writing on photographic recharging. I am sure most landscape photographers and landscape lovers feel this way. Just shooting any photo for me is far from enough. Has to be some Mother Nature magic at work. I would say my ultimate recharging is somewhere completely untouched. Kinda rare, I don’t get to theee locations as man has ruined many a location so I have also gotten good at blocking everything else out. Like my mind is a viewfinder. I see only the magic part, Mother Nature’s work – I block out the fact that there are other people there and perhaps a car park 200 meter behind us. Still, it is not as good as say pure untouched desert or coast like James Price Point in Broome!

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 20, 2009 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Flemming,

      Thanks for a great and insightful comment. I’m like you I can sit in the middle of Cottesloe Beach and in my mind be the only person on the beach. Its important to be able to block some things out. We’d go crazy if we didn’t. 🙂


  3. KhenG December 20, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    Hey hey… great job Jamie. its alive… Alive… ALIVE!!!! taken from Frankenstein 🙂

    Seriously it is a great shot, good work finding a location like that.

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 20, 2009 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Khen,

      Thank you very much. Its always a nice feeling when you find a great little spot like this.


  4. chloe December 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    b-e-a-utiful photo jamie!
    i was reading a little article of achieving the ‘milklyness’ of the water in these kinds of photos, sounds rather difficult.. so congratulations on a perfect photo

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm #


      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. The water effect isn’t that hard to achieve, you just need to make sure that you’re taking the photo around sunrise or sunset.


  5. William Ophuis December 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    Like the Detail in the rocks and the lines, nice work, I was wanting to head out that way all weekend! haha I usually go down south to recharge 🙂

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi William,

      Thank you for the comment. What stopped you from heading down that way? 😉


  6. Graham Leggate December 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    Nice one Jamie. It certainly was a lovely sunset, I was watching the colours and clouds do there things whilst cooking a BBQ for a Christmas celebration with some neighbours. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this spot, I think it’s only 5 minutes from where I live. I’m guessing it some where around mettams pool?

  7. michaelolive December 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Great detail in the rock surface and beautiful light to go with it Jamie. I think the blurred water offsets it nicely.

    I’m like you I need to get out and photograph something special to get my fix I can’t just take photos of anything.


    • jamiepatersonphotography December 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. 🙂 Yeah a scene / obeject really needs to move me before I want to capture it.


  8. katieleigh December 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    awesome movement on the water, jamie

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

      Hi Katie,

      I’m glad you liked it. I too just love the water movement. Its a great feeling when something like this unfolds before you.


  9. truenorthmark December 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    Nice work mate…one of your better ones for sure!



  10. christianfletcher December 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    great scene mate, well done finding that in Perth!

  11. hodgy1 December 22, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    Great tones in this one Jamie, looking forward to getting myself a few seascapes this chrissy break.
    Have a good one.

  12. wayte27 December 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Hey Jamie, is the secret watermans spot !
    When are you heading south I will be at margaret river for a week as of xmas day so If your keen to meet up let me know

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Adrian,

      I believe its North Beach. Its definitely not a secret. 😉 I was talking to Mike Fletcher yesterday and he said you would be down. I’ll be in Dunsborough but I’m keen to catch up.


  13. davidbettini December 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Very sublime indeed Jamie. Great find and well done.
    Merry Christmas and New Year.

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 23, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

      Hi David,

      Thank you very much. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year as well.


  14. philback December 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    hey jamie i had a find to some months ago it was just north of there and its was the same feeling i was in a bit of a rut and came across this little spot and found my passion for seascapes again

    cheers phil…me-insparation/

    • jamiepatersonphotography December 31, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

      Hi Phil

      It’s amazing how a good find can lift your spirits isn’t? Have a great New Years Eve mate


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  15. philback December 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    sorry the link dosent work i swear computers hate me ins on my blogg anyway and the title of it is

    where i found some inspiration

  16. wayte27 January 11, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Hey Jamie, Have a look at my beach effort when you have a moment. Didnt catch up over xmas down south bit Im sure we will get put and about this year sometime. Have a great 2010

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 11, 2010 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Adrian,

      Yes I’m sorry we didn’t catch up. Unfortunately, my car was very sick and we had to come back up a week earlier than expected. I wasn’t happy at all.


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