Starstruck……. Again!!!


Hi Everyone,

Welcome to 2009, I hope its a great photography year for everyone.   I’m really amped up to take lots of photos this year and to produce some great quality work.   This photo was taken down south over the past few weeks, the light down there was terrible so I decided to do some night work instead.   I drove out to these grasstrees at 11pm and I must admit everytime a grass leaf would move or a tree would rustle I felt like jumping straight back into the car.     After about an hour I heard some weird noises coming from the bush so I decided to hop in the car and call it a night.

I was really pleased with this shot and night photography has really grabbed my attention for the time being.    Has anyone else been considering night photography during summer whilst there are no clouds?


Jamie Paterson

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  1. beau mitchell January 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Nice work, Jamie. The star trails are awesome! Did you use anything to light up the foreground?

    I have to say, i’m a bit like that when it comes to hearing rustling noises and such. I always start moving quicker after hearing them!

  2. spoolphotography January 5, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    Awesome capture Jamie … Love the light from the right and how it lights up the side of the grass trees … Not overly a fan of star trails wonder what some nice moving cloud would produce …Did you jump the fence? If its warm and I hear a noise in the grass I’m gone in a flash. If its cold I’m not too bothered, must be that snake issue I have. We even thought we had one inside the house last night, I had the wife check it out 🙂 turned out to be one of those small lizards.

  3. beau mitchell January 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    lol, neal.

  4. jamiepatersonphotography January 6, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    Hi Beau, I used my Speedlite to light up the foreground, just used a small amount which I think worked well.

    Neal – It definitely would’ve been nice to have clouds, but what can we do? 🙂 I didn’t jump the fence as it was electric which I noticed before I touched it fortunately. Don’t feel too bad about the lizard thing, Melissa is the chief spider and lizard remover in our house.

  5. Michael January 6, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    Nice work Jamie, I only like shooting night times when it it a few days either side of the full moon because of the nice blues that can be captured, but yes definitely looking at alternative locations to escape the no-cloud spell.

  6. Stephen Williams January 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    nice one Jamie.

    you and Neal aren’t doing much to make us Aussies look tough. lol. whatever would Flem say when he hears about this! 😛
    he’s out in the outback with nothing but a swag for weeks on end.

    will have to dig up my snake shot for you both i think….

  7. kirkhille January 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Nice shot mate ,
    I havent taken any shots for ages now .
    Hopefully 2009 will be a productive year

  8. spoolphotography January 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    Stephen I ain’t tough round lizards or frogs, I run for cover as my blood turns freakin cold.

    Not wrong Kirk, feels like forever now since I was out with nice light …. but we’ll change that 🙂

  9. jamiepatersonphotography January 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    Mark – Mark thanks for that info about the moon and great blues, much appreciated. Thanks for stopping by and I loved your website.

    Stephen – Love to see the snake shot. 🙂 Its funny land critters freak me out, but under the water I dive into small crevices, play with cuttlefish, squid, octopai, and LOVE diving with sharks and have even dived with Great Whites. I’ve had Morray Eels wrapped around my arms and its never stressed me out, but a simple spider? Hell no. 🙂

    Kirk – Thanks for that mate. You just know we are going to go ballistic this year. My motto for the year is “shooting fine in 2009”.

  10. Tony Middleton January 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Nice work Jamie – I love the grass trees but not so much the Euc. in the right of frame.
    As for night photography I’m always on the lookout for chances with that…It’s a pity over here in e SE of the country summer has not seemed to arrive yet (grrr) and we are struggling for days without clouds (not that the cloudy ones are interesting or producing any rain either !) So even reaching 30C is a tall order atm!

    all the best.

  11. Stephen Williams January 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    sharks, well you’re definitely redeeming yourself Jamie!!! now Neal will probably come out saying he wrestles bears or something like that as well 😛 then the phobia of these creepy crawlies, snakes etc is basically nothing.

    i snorkel quite a bit (too poor for diving!!) and will be honest about me squealing like a bitch the first shark i saw haha. the brain just thought there’s a shark, and the legs and arms took over. a second later i was like…it was only a F@$#IN REEF Shark!!
    I swam back but obviously it was gone by then. i was quite annoyed with myself, but it’s funny how things take over some times. thought I probably should give you something to take the piss out of me for there, now I will wait for Neal to catch wind of it too haha. I was out by myself but it’s still not exactly a proud moment of mine-a funny one though!! 🙂

    I take it you were in the cage with the great whites!!?? have you seen the foxtel doco on the first guy to free dive with them?? nearly lost his head and then went back and hitched a ride on it. he was putting them to sleep, and tiger sharks as well. pretty cool to watch. bloody amazing actually, really changes your mindset on them.

    as you know the media loves shoving it into our heads they’re mindless man killers. i have complete respect for the family of shark victims who come out and say don’t kill the creature.

  12. jamiepatersonphotography January 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi Stephen,

    I know an extremely reliable and safe dive instructor (i used to audit dive instructors in a previous life) who may be willing to provide you with diving lessons when he next does his private lessons. If you are even remotely interested let me know and I’ll put you in touch with him. Same goes for anyone else on here. 🙂

    I was definitely in a cage with the Great Whites but I think that added to the thrill of it because it reminded of just how dangerous they were. With other sharks I’ve not worried about it.

    Yes I saw that doco but what you don’t see is all the guys with the spear guns ready to kill it if it goes wrong. 🙁

    I agree with you Stephen, that we shouldn’t kill them. Its not really their fault, we are in their territory.

    Respect to the sharks!!!

    Jamie Paterson

  13. spoolphotography January 7, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    I respect them but would prefer them beer battered with a slice of lemon. 😉

    Only ever seen one shark while snorling on the barrier reef. It was a long way below me and there was like 30 of us in the water so all was cool, if i was alone, well i would of made back on the boat so freakin fast.

    Funny you should saw bears Stephen, spending the evening researching a trip to Alaska, found a guide on the net that can take you fairly close to the bears, plus there is now a view platform at Kodiak where you can safely watch them salmon fish, how freakin cool would that be to see.

  14. jamiepatersonphotography January 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    Haha Neal. So if I told you I’ve dived with 30 big sharks at one time holding onto a dead fish you’b probably think I was crazy, but I love them. I just really fear Whites, they are so incredibly smart.


  15. spoolphotography January 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Yep I would … hear about the service today down at Port Kennedy beach, Shark turned up to pay his respects, or look for seconds ….

  16. billybaxter January 7, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Jamie,

    Its Steve here again. Was this shot taken on a digital camera ?
    I have a 1Ds mk3 and would never think of taking a long exposure on it. I have a 6×7 mamiya which I like to use for any long night shots.

  17. Stephen Williams January 7, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    i’ll keep that in mind Jamie, i’d love to go diving sometime in my life. just probably a bit off before i’ll get to do it. maybe next summer i’ll have things in line.

    haha, Neal. i headed for the beach quick as before I thought about it. i’ll be more prepared next time but I didn’t need to be by myself for my first shark lol.
    yeah I think I know the spot you mean. if it’s the world famous cascades that’s in all the photos of the salmon jumping up into a bears mouth anyway? but man that would be awesome seeing them so close too!

    is that a bit of an insight as to what we can expect from you this year is it?? Alaska? bloody hell you’ll get some nice stuff there!

    and…I can’t believe you just said that…LOL

  18. dylanfox January 10, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    jamie i have never really doen night photography cause it pointless in perth!
    i like this shot and would love to get down south for shots like this!

  19. Michael January 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    Cheers for the feedback on my website Jamie. Woohoo 1 week and my hacker hasn`t returned! Full moon tomorrow night hope your out shootin.

  20. Michael January 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    O yeah I agree with Dylan as well.

  21. jamiepatersonphotography January 10, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    @ Dylan – Yeah its awesome shooting down south at night but like I said scary. hehe.

    @ Michael – I’m not heading out mainly because I’m stuck in Perth and there is just too much light.

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