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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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Denmark Views

This is the view Melissa and I woke up to this morning.  Walked out on to the balcony and had to take a shot.  Simply stunning.

On another note, I’m really intrigued as to why I’ve got those stripes across the sky.

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