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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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Stand out from the Crowd

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Hi Everyone,

So could I sell this photo to the corporate motivational world?   I headed out to a place about 5mins from me that has stacks of grasstrees and after realising I probably got there a little too late in the date, I  managed to spot this little one still glowing from the afternoon sun so I thought why not give it a try.  I’m really pleased with this as its the only grasstree in amongst all the other trees.   I will be going back here in the very near future as there are some aboslutely awesome groups of grasstrees. 

Because I haven’t worked out how to put tabs across the top of my page I’ve posted a happy snap pic here its just a fun shot.

Did everyone have a great weekend?

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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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Trip to the Moon…….. or was it Lancelin?

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Yesterday I spent an awesome day up at Lancelin with both Kirk and Neal.   We hit Lancelin at around 5pm and we just knew that we were going to have an awesome photography session.   After stopping off at the servo for some fuel and food supplies we took a quick look at the beach and then headed off into the sand dunes.   It didn’t take us too long to work out that if we were going to get out of the car we had to point it into the wind first, otherwise the car would just fill up with sand.   It took me two hours to get all the sand out today!!! :-)

Our biggest issue was that we had to watch out for other vehicles particularly motorbikes, and then secondly there were just so many dunes to photograph we didn’t know where to start, rest assured we tried to photograph every single one of them.   We didn’t leave until 10pm and we got to Neal’s at 11pm where he unselfishly gave me his only beer in the house, after being in the sand dunes all day that beer tasted so good.  

I hope you enjoy this photo, I’ve got a stack more sand dune shots to come and I’m sure both Neal and Kirk do as well.

Thanks for visiting the blog.

Jamie Paterson

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Happy Snapping – Great Aussie Outback

It doesn’t get much more Aussie than this!   Red sand, blue skies and burnt out bush.   This is a happy snap that I took using the Canon 350D while we were still driving and I think it was a pretty cool pic.   It was even shot using auto settings!   I’ve been putting together a few stiched photos but I’m having real issues stiching some of them.   Its really weird, its the third photo in a series of six that is coming out heaps lighter, I’m not sure why though, when you review it in Adobe Bride it looks exactly the same as the others.  Christian Flecther took 17yrs to become the Australian Icon that he is and I’m beginning to think its going to take me 17yrs just to get this photo right. 😉

Jamie Paterson

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RIP – Canning Stock Route -2008

I’m back in civilisation!   The Canning Stock Route was an awesome trip and a great experience, is it a photographers delight?   I’m not sure that it is.   The track runs through some very sparse and vast tracts of land and I think that is a real photography issue, there really isn’t that much to photograph.   Having said that, it was a life experience and as the above photo shows, if you don’t take it seriously you are in real trouble.    There was stacks of car and trailer carnage out there.   The real highlight of the trip for me was our trip to Rundell River National Park on our way out of the Canning Stock Route, I’ll put some photos up shortly from the park. 

Its good to be back!

Jamie Paterson

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