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Hawaii Waters

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This photo was taken on the last day of my last trip to Hawaii, how amazingly clear is the water?   It was a really special day as I’ve been to Hawaii quite a few times but this was only the second time my wife had been there with me and her first trip there with me was almost 10yrs ago.

We spent six days together investigating little bays like this all over the island of Kauai and just jumping into the water whenever we could.  The trip finished all too quickly as they do but we got to see and shoot so much during that time.

I cant wait to get back there again!

Thanks,

Jamie

 

 

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Lumaihai Beach South Pacific

kaui photography, hawaiian photography, seascape photography

In this amazing world I have two spiritual homes.  One is here in Western Australia, at Injidup Beach down near Yallingup and the other is Lumahai Beach in Kaui and I just love to photograph both of them.   They’re both very similar, very uncrowded wide open to ocean swells and to me they contain an element of spiritual healing.  Both of them totally inspire me to concentrate on my seascape photography.

I can sit down at either one of these beaches and instantly my cares fade away and its just me and the ocean.  In fact I have spent hours at both beaches just relaxing without even picking up the camera, which I think is important.   The more time you can spend at a place and learn about its character and quirks the better photos you’ll manage to capture of it.

We should all have a place that inspires us and moves us, one that when we have a photographers block it reignites our passion for our art.  One that we can easily close our eyes and see ourselves there, and feel the sand squishing between our toes, while the wind gently touches our face.  If you learn about a places moods then its so much easier to notice all the finer details of the place that others will miss and you’ll start to capture photos of it, that others just don’t see.

So where is your favourite place to shoot?  One that totally inspires you when other places don’t?   One that is like visiting an age old friend who always brings a smile to your face.  Let me know!

Thanks,

Jamie

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Ke’e Beach

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Its no secret that I love Hawaii and travel there often.  Its a magical place and if you’re willing to open your eyes and just let yourself go you’ll see so many photographic opportunities each and everyday.   I was fortunate enough to have my amazing wife Melissa on this trip with me.   We’d just share an amazing moment together off to the left of this photo and had started to head home when we saw this serene and beautiful scene if front of us.

I just love Hawaii, not only is it so picturesque but its also so peaceful and good for the soul.

 

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Hanalei Bay

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I absolutely loved Hanalei Bay when I was staying in Kauai.  It just had an amazing village feel to it and everyone really was so relaxed.   Surfers would drive on to this beach and turn right and drive for 200M and then hop out of their cars and hit a really amazing wave about 250M offshore.

Families would have their huge pickup trucks on the beach with loud reggae music blasting out from their speakers and the Dads would have the BBQs all fired up.   The evenings were just magical in this bay.  The Hawaiians couldn’t believe I was walking around in shorts on a cold 24 degree day!   They were wearing jeans to keep themselves warm.

I hope you guys enjoy this photo.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Hanalei Bay

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Ahhhh Kauai, is there a more relaxing place in the world?   I think Rottnest comes pretty close and its certainly a lot cheaper to get to (only just!) but I just simply love Hawaii and the Hawaiian way of life.

This is Hanalei Bay which is a really nice spot to stay if you ever get to travel to Kauai.   It has an extremely relaxed atmosphere surrounding it and most people there are very chilled out.   Its also an extremely popular surfing spot and for good reason, look at the size of that swell coming through and all the swell lines out in the ocean.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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From Where I’d Rather Be

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Yes I know it sounds like the Corona ad but its true.  I swear I was Hawaiian in a previous life as I really identify with the islands and the Hawaiian way of life.   I’ve been there four times and I’m planning yet another trip there again.   It was only February that I was there last, but its seems like an eternity.

On my last trip I spent six days in Kauai just shooting away and driving around and listening to heaps of Hawaiian reggae.   Paradise!

This shot is from the North East part of the island, in fact the surf you see below me was Andy Irons local beach and on a good day can have surf up to 30ft in height.  To get this shot I set my camera to TV mode and used a shutter speed of 800th of second.   Oh and of course I was in a helicopter at approx 1500ft.

I hope you guys enjoy it.   Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more photos from Hawaii next February.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Ke’e Beach

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Hi Everyone,

As most of you know, a little while back I was lucky enough to be able to stop off in Hawaii for six days on my way to Texas.   I just love the place so much and I think I could easily live there for the rest of my life.  Its funny because many of the Hawaiians that I talked to just wanted to get off ‘the rock’ and move to the mainland.

I guess the grass really is always greener on the other side!

This is Ke’e Beach in Kauai.   Its at the end of the road that leads out to the Na Pali coast.  If you want to go and see those awesome cliffs in the background you need to walk to them or catch a boat to them in summer.  Its just not possible to get there by boat in winter, I flew in a helicopter to the area and the pilot estimated that some of the waves below us were around 30ft.

Ke’e Beach reminded me of The Basin at Rottnest a little bit because no matter how heavy the seas are, there is always a sheltered swimming spot.  You can see it, its the small patch of green just below the mountain.

Hopefully I’ll get to head back there again soon.   I hope you all had an awesome weekend.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Hawaiian Playground

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Hi Everyone,

The colours at this beach in Hawaii totally captivated me.  I just loved the greens and blues and it screamed Hawaii to me.    This beach was a couple of beaches back from Ke’e Beach so it wasn’t as popular but it was a much better beach.  Let’s face it, if you couldn’t see the Na Pali Coast from Ke’e I don’t think it would be as popular as it is.

Two kids were drying to dig a channel from the river to the ocean and after about 45mins of digging they actually managed to achieve it.  They did get managed to get thumped by a couple of large waves in the process though!   I’ll definitely have to take the family back there again soon.

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Waimea Bay

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Hi Everyone,

Here it is, the infamous Waimea Bay, the traditional home of big wave surfing as this is where it all started.  It is also the place where I’ve been four times now and never seen a wave over 4ft high!   Two day before I arrived here there were 20ft waves thumping through and a couple of days after they were thumping through again.  Never mind, one day I’ll be there when the huge waves come through.

When there aren’t huge waves crashing onto the beach its almost perfect for families.  The water is crystal clear and there are some cool rocks to jump off into the water.   There is nearly always heaps of space on the beach as well.   I still remember the first time I ever saw Waimea Bay it was in a really corny 80’s movie called North Shore.   The movie was about some newbie who learnt how to surf in a wave pool in Arizona, he won a competition in the wave pool and then used the money to fly to Hawaii.

In true typical Hollywood style he goes from being a wave pool champion to a big wave competition surfer within a matter of months.   Has anyone else seen the movie?

Little did I know that less than 2yrs after watching that movie I would be paid by the Australian taxpayer (I was in the defence force) to go and visit Hawaii for almost 3mths.

Its an iconic Hawaiian spot and if you ever get the chance to go for a swim there, you should do.  Who knows you might even be able to send me a shot of the big waves as they are crashing onto the shore while I’m not there. :-)

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Na Pali Coast

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Hi Everyone,

Well the excitement is well and truly started!   Mark has just driven into Fremantle to pick up the keys to the gallery so that we can start hanging our photos in readiness for the exhibition opening on Friday night.   I hope you are all excited as we are.

This photo was taken on my second last day in Kauai and it was really cool to be buzzing around the Na Pali coast in a helicopter.   I must admit though, when we first got to height and started going right up to the canyon walls I started to wonder how much closer we could get, before the blades were going to hit the walls.   I also admit to being white knuckled and grabbing my seat when we went racing over a ridge being only to see there was a 4000ft drop on the other side.

Once we all settled in though it was an awesome flight.  We spent 60min in the air and weaved in and out of lots of nooks and crannies and saw some fantastic waterfalls as well, as always it was a real let down once we had to head home.

From the air the waves are deceptive in their height, the waves crashing into the cliffs were actually close to 20ft in height.

The camera settings I used while in the air were: AV Priority – F8, ISO 400, shutter speed as determined by camera.   I hope you guys like it.

See you all Friday night!,

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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