Subtle Sunsets and Silky Waves

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Hi Everyone,

I decided to take my new 16-35mm F2.8 lens out for a test run here on our fair beaches of Perth.    I knew the sunset wasn’t going to be a firey sunset and it was raining but I just knew I had to get down to the beach and try and capture a seascape with my new lens even though I didn’t have a filter adapter ring for it.   I got lucky and the moment I parked the car the rain stopped and held off and decided to be nice to me, in fact the rain held off until quite literally I had hopped back into the car, you can’t time it much better than that.   I think the photo turned out really well considering I didn’t have a filter available. 🙂     This lens was sharp as a tack and I can’t wait to go inland and capture some great country and waterfall landscapes once the fields start turning green and once the waterfalls starting hammering down.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank James Knight-Smith who has been helping me out with some issues that I’ve been having, he is an absolute creative genius.   Thanks James!!!

On other news, welcome back to Perth Beau!

Has anyone else been out and about?   I’m guessing with all the really nice sunsets and sunrises over the past few weeks most of you would’ve.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson Photography

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  1. mervfrench June 15, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi Jamie, that’s come up really nice mate I like it a lot.

    The only thing that bugs me is the dark smudge ( cloud or rain) on the horizon slightly to the left of centre , my eye slips to that every time, but a great shot just the same.

  2. Charlene June 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    It sure is an awesome image Jamie!

  3. jamiepatersonphotography June 16, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Hi Merv,

    I’d have to agree, I was unsure whether to move it or not, it is rain. I think I will get rid of it.

    Jamie Paterson

    Hi Charlene,

    Thank you! 🙂

  4. katie June 16, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    So Jamie, I want to ask you something. How did you start your photography? And are you doing it as a job or do you still have a normal day to day job? I’m contemplating starting to sell my services, you know, taking photos of bands and friends and family first. Then seeing where it goes sort of thing. Also, I want to buy the 5d. Please tell me how you rate it? Is it a very user friendly camera? I would be jumping straight from the 1000d to the 5d because I feel like there’s no point going to another camera which isn’t a full frame sensor. Because I know I’ll eventually want the 5d mkII anyway so I may as well just do it now. Are you canon-biased? Do you think the Nikon offers a big competitor to the 5d within the same price range? I’m more of a canon girl and from seeing your photos and a lot of your other photographer friends, it seems to produce amazing results that I would be more than happy with. How did you initially afford it? I mean, it’s about 5600 to get the body with the kit lens/es and that is just so out of my price range right now that I would probably have to get a loan to afford it. As you can see I’m going really mental at the moment but today I have a masisve epiphany where I realised that I didn’t want a desk job forever and I was putting off studying and I just realised that I wanted to really take my photography to the next level and I just wanted some sound advice from someone like you.

    If you can help me out in any way whatsoever that would be awesome!

    Thanks so much..

  5. dylanfox June 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    Jamie mate I think this image will highly benefit from a levels boost!
    I havent been shooting landscapes rather some of Perth finest cars!!!!!
    I a, finding it hard to get motivated to shoot these same old spots!
    I need to head to lano one day soon!

  6. ryanepstein June 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Great photo mate, check out my new blog
    Dylan persuaded me to finally create one! Thanks mate

  7. jamiepatersonphotography June 18, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    I started photography as a creative outlet, my line of work is very cut and dry and I felt I needed to be able to express myself, so I bought a camera and went on a fashion photography course as I had an extremely strong interest that is specialty, and to be honest I still do, its just such a hassle and it doesn’t have the same comradrie as Landscape Photograph particulary here in Western Australia.

    I don’t use the 5D but a number of the guys here do including Christian Fletcher and they are producing amazing reults. Perhaps some of the other guys who are using them could chip into this conversation. From what I’ve seen its very user friendly.

    I totally agree with your comments about full frame, its a whole new world of photography and it makes such a difference.

    I own Canon gear but wouldn’t say that I’m Canon biased I don’t mind what the camera is as long as it does what I need it to do, at the time of my purchase Canon was doing what I needed it to do and now having bought a number of Canon lenses I realistically have to same with them now. No regrets on that front though.

    I really couldn’t comment on Nikon as I’ve never used them but feel free to go down to your local camera shop to ask them.

    How did I initially afford it? I’m lucky in that I’ve got a job where I could purchase a Canon and some nice lenses. I know others who have just set aside a couple of hundred dollars each month and saved up for one. Don’t forget that you’ll probably end up spending more on lenses than you will on the camera, long term.

    I don’t do it as a job and I’m happy with that, sure it would be great to be like Peter Lik and others but they have a lot of pressure to continually perform, whereas I just go out and shoot for the fun of it.

    Hope that helps,

    If you’ve got any other questions please feel free to fire away.


  8. mervfrench June 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Katie and Jamie , just thought I’d throw in my perspective on things.

    I’ve been taking pics for most of my life ,I always had a small p&s camera’s as a kid and have boxes full of photo’s, almost a record of my life, well to me it is anyway as every one means something. I always tell people to take photos , as many as you can , they might not mean much today but they will in time to come. I progressed up to a Canon EOS 1000 SLR and bought a couple of lens which was even better. I bought a Canon g5 digital in 2002 and wow that was the way to go, take photos like theres no tomorrow, it didn’t matter just keep the good ones, ditch the rest and no proccesing costs.

    Three years ago I purchased the Canon 40d , a great camera and one that I would highly recomend. It has live view and is known as one of Canons better cameras,you could pick on up at a good price to get started. I bought the 5Dmk 2 early this year and it sure is a better camera and the full frame is nice, but you pay for it and then you really need to spend on good glass to get the best out of it.

    I’m not a proffessional, never will be I guess, but I like taking shots now as much as ever . I do sports photography for the odd magazine and have had pictures published in newspapers and National magazines and it’s all good fun.I’ve done a few weddings but have to say I didn’t really enjoy that to much, I’d rather take a picture of a tree than a person, except family shots of course.

    My next step is to improve my photoshop skills which are almost zero at the moment but finding the time is an issue and playing around like I do is teaching me bad habits I’m sure.

    Katie I wouldn’t dicount the Nikon camera’s as from what I’ve seen from freinds Nikons and on blogs they take just as good a shot, but as they say it’s not the camera it’s the mug behind it that takes the picture.

    Sorry for the ramble but Katie if you have the passion go for it and enjoy it I’d say.

  9. katie June 21, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Hi Jamie, and Merv 🙂 I just wanted to say thanks so much for your time to elaborate on your journey of photography. I really appreciate it. I think you’re right Jamie, I might just start setting aside some money, as much as I can afford to, to buy the 5d mkII, it might be in a year that I can afford it but at least that gives me something to look forward to!

    It’s difficult having such an expesnive hobby, haha, why didn’t I just like painting or something. 🙁

  10. Beau Mitchell June 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks for the welcome back, Jamie 🙂 Hope you had a great night last night…

    James Knight-Smith helped me out with a few things, too. His processing is quite impressive!

    Neat photo, btw. That curling wave is what really makes the shot for me.

  11. jamiepatersonphotography June 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    No problems we are all here to help.


  12. William Ophuis June 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    Nice shot Jamie.

  13. James June 23, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Hey big up for the mention on your site, thanks beau as well. I don’t know about creative genius, but I would crop a small amount off the left side of the picture.

    Oh and katie, you need to see a doctor, you have a disease called gear envy. Its common in a lot of people, and great for canon, because you keep filling up their bank account. Now I could rant on all day abou this, but the reality is, you can get fantastic shots with even the basic level dslr’s and if you process them in photoshop, they can be outstanding.

    When you look at all the masters of photography they all talk about one thing… its the light. Thats it. No cameras, no photoshop, jut the light.

    If you want any more info you can email Jamie or me if you’d like, I’m sure we can help.

    The most important thing above everything else is that you have fun.

  14. haydnjones August 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    I really like the motion of the wave Jamie

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