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Recent Trip to Mars

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Recently I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Mars errrr or was that Lancelin?   I think the effect was the same.   This was shot on the same day that Neal, Kirk and I went up to Lancelin and went crazy and shot all the sand dunes.   The thing I remember the most about the trip was getting excited about all the sand dune effects but getting really stressed out at all the sand getting into my gear and car.   I think when shooting on the sand dunes a polariser is almost an absolute must to take the glare off the sand and look for lots of dark shadows as they can create some crazy patterns.    I also learnt as I went up the following week that if there is heavy cloud cover don’t even bother shooting the sand dunes as you get very little contrast because there are very few shadows.   Also you need a good plastic bag to cover your gear whilst you aren’t shooting so sand doesn’t ruin your gear.   I’d love to get out to the sand dunes near Eucla and try my hand at them, I know Beau took some pretty cool shots out that way.

Has anyone else got any cool sand dune shooting tips at all?

Jamie Paterson

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Swells Up at Wave Rock!

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Hi Everyone,

I recently went out to Wave Rock at Hyden which is about 3.5hrs East of Perth in heart of wheat country.    I went out there as  I didn’t want to spend another weekend in Perth shooting, the past couple of weekends travelling down obscure country lanes have been really enjoyable so I thought I’d extend my reach yet again.  

I always knew that Wave Rock was going to be a tough gig.    There aren’t that many great photos of Wave Rock and when you get there you realise why, its short extremely curved and high with a stack of trees in the middle so that you can’t capture it in its entirety.   Any way I started checking out compositions and figuring out how I was going to shoot it.  

The sun started to set and once the sun had actually set, the orange light on the rock really fired it up.    There was unfortunately a really strong wind which as we all know doesn’t help in long exposures.

So what did I learn from the trip?   Have a really wide angle lens, this is a must.    The best shots are from the right (if you are facing the rock) almost at the end of it , lean right against the rock and go for it, this makes the rock seem more imposing and allows you to capture more of the rock.

Due to the direction of the rock and its curvature it is nearly always in shadow at some point in time so don’t get hung up on the shadow, some part of your photo is always goning to be dark use it creatively.  

Would I go back?   Probably, but my widest lens is 24mm, next time I’d take a wider lens, I’d even like to try a fisheye out there that would be pretty cool!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting,

Jamie Paterson

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Spiritual Solace

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Now days I believe that we all have a spiritual ‘Anchor’ on this earth.   Flemming’s is Hawke Dreaming, Neal loves the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe.   Well mine is Injidup Pt / Wyadup Rock.  I have always been fascinated with it and always felt extremely cleansed when I go there.   I have seen whales and their calves there and schools of dolphins swimming through there, not to mention its a great surf spot.    My favourite photos of Christian’s are nearly always of Wyadup Pt because I feel such a strong connection to that place.

Well now I have a second place one, that isn’t as far.   Its just magic, for the past two weekends I have just sat up on this hill taken a few photos and then just put the camera away and allowed myself to be aborbed in the moment.   I’ve felt the last rays of the sun fall on my face, the wind gentley blowing through my hair and the night slowly embracing and soothing me.   Okay, okay I know that sounds very hippyish (nothing wrong with hippies) but I’ve really felt clean and soothed when coming away from this place and that is a great feeling.

Does anyone else have a place like this that they like to head out to and just get ‘lost in the moment’?

Anyhow I’m off to Wave Rock tomorrow afternoon for an evening shoot, a star trail shoot and then a morning shoot and then I’m returning on Saturday morning.   Wish me luck, apparently its a difficult spot to shoot.

Thank you for reading my blog

Jamie Paterson

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Distant Memories

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Hi Everyone,

I’m trying to decide which version I like better and I can’t really make up my mind, so I thought I’d leave it to the masses to help me out.  Which one should I use?   So why the tittle ‘Distant Memories’?   Well the house in the photo is an abandoned house which is starting to decay.   I am absolutely obsessed with history and historical things so I had to get a photo of it.    I feel drawn to these houses (or other things like disused mines etc…)because it often causes me to stop and think that very real people lived in these places, often in extremely harse conditions.   They had hopes and dreams and worked hard to try and achieve them.   What happened to them?    Did they prosper and move on?   Did they try so hard until they had to give up?

So that explains why I took a photo of the ruined house, now back to the original question.  Which version do you prefer?

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.

Jamie Paterson

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Redgate Serenity

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Ah the serenity you can almost feel it.    This image was taken when I went down south with Neal and Kirk in November.   We got there with high hopes and saw that a break in the clouds was starting to happen, but rain also started to make its way to us and it was heavy rain.    Neal chucked the trusty $1 shower cap onto his camera, whilst Kirk and I hid under a rock.   Eventually we all ran up to our cars, extremely disappointed as we had no backup location.    We hung around for another 10mins and we got lucky, all of a sudden the rain stopped for a few minutes, the clouds allowed the sun to peak through and we scored a magnificent sunset!   Talk about everything falling into place at the right time.    Needless to say we headed back to Photo HQ very happy campers.  

Has this happened to any of you guys?   You get there and think that its not going to happen for you, when all of a sudden it does?   Its pretty cool isn’t?

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

Jamie Paterson

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A Touch of Australiana – (Flemming’s Fantasy)

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Hi Everyone,

I just love this shot, its so uniquely Australian, the red dirt, the grasstress everywhere and the vast distance could only mean that this photo was taken in Australia.    I felt a bit like Peter Lik in his helicopter when I was taking this shot, I was driving along at 110kmh and I just slammed on the brakes, hopped out of the car, ran across the road and started to shoot away!    I’m sure he would’ve been proud of me.   Has anyone been out and about and caught some of those amazing sunsets lately?

Thanks for checking out the blog,

Jamie Paterson

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More Sand Dunes?….. Ok

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This is another shot from my day at Lancelin.   You just couldn’t go up there and take a bad shot, I’m sure its almost impossible.  Going to Lancelin was such a welcome change from our unfortunately lack lustre photographic opportunities in Perth this summer.   The only reason why I left was because I was getting tired otherwise I could’ve shot there all night.   Guys and ladies, you just have to get up there and have a go.   Lancelin definitely rocks!!!!

On another note don’t forget that Christian Fletcher’s exhibition is coming up soon.  Make sure you turn up to support an extremely talented West Australian Landscape Photographer.

Thank you for stopping by.

Jamie Paterson

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Dream Walking

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Hello Everyone,

As we all know there have been no clouds so I’ve been experimenting and I came up with this which I quite like.   This was taken down at Scarborough beach last Sunday when I went down to take some photos of my friend surfing (I love photographing surf).     I took this photo whilst there was a break in the surf and I didn’t really think much about it until tonight when I just started to tinker with a few photos.   It just felt to me like I was walking down a beach in a dream like state hence the title.    I’m off down to the beach tonight to try and get some more photos of the shoreline now that I know it can look quite artistic / abstract.  

Info:

Lens: 50mm F1.2

Shutter: 1/500

Iso 100

Well off to the beach to try and capture some different colours!!!

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Jamie Paterson

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Meelup on the Flipside

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This is something I captured on a trip down south to Dunsborough, the light had been terrible for days and I just got the urge one morning to head out to this spot that I’d been checking out for months and it was the only day that any clouds were present at all so I got really lucky.    30mins after this photo the wind picked up and started to blow the clouds away.    Straight after this shoot I went into Yallingup to check out the surf and was pleasantly surprised, firstly because the waves were massive and secondly because I got to see a school of dolphins surfing at the Yallingup main break.   What a wicked way to start the day.   Oh, and why ‘Meelup on the Flipside’?   Because Meelup is on the other side of the point.

I just love this spot and I’ll be back to take some photos with different points of view. 

Photo info:

Focal length: 50mm EF F1.2

Aperature: F16

Shutter: 15sec

iso: 100

Did anyone get any shots this weekend at all?   Fireworks don’t count!!! 😉

Thanks for viewing my post,

Jamie Paterson

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Where is the light?

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Hi Everyone,

This was taken whilst down at Point Piquet in Dunsborough recently, it was one of the first night’s that I was there and over almost two weeks it was almost the only night that I saw any clouds!   The only other time I saw a good sunset was when I gave up going out in the evenings and decided to relax and have a beer.   Well as I sat around with friends having a beer you can guess what happened, yep one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in months popped up.    What can you do but be patient?   

So what can a landscape photographer do in times like these?   Is everyone else kicking back enjoying the summer months and not worrying about the lack of light?   I know myself I’m going out there despite the light, testing out new ideas and trying to get different POV’s on popular subjects so that when the light does come back I’ll be able to head out and start shooting away knowing the sort of shot that I’m trying to achieve.  

Hope you are all getting better light than me,

Jamie Paterson

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