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Lofty Heights

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There is something truly magical about being in the air isn’t there?   Its like we are free and not shackled to our daily lives.  For that precious time that we are in the air we are free to soar above the world and see it from a totally different angle.

I’ve been thinking about flying lots lately and I really wish I could have the chance to hop into something like a U2 and fly up to 70 000ft.  The view from up there must be absolutely stunning.

Thanks,

Jamie

 

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North West Mangroves

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As most of you guys know now I managed to spend some time above Ningaloo Reef in a helicopter.   Well once we finished on the reef it was time to track up to Karratha to prepare the helicopter for the corporate photography gig the next day.   We passed over numerous small islands and then hit the coast where we flew over a number of cool little mangroves.   This being one of them.

I love these mangroves as they are like veins running out along our body with amazing deep blue or green water running through them.   I’ve got heaps more of these sorts of shots so stayed tuned!

Thanks,

Jamie Paterson

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Whirlwind Tour

Hi Everyone,

I just got back from doing an awesome corporate photography gig.   It started off with being flown up to Exmouth in the very early hours of the morning to jump onto a brand new $6000 an hour Agusta Westland AW139 medium lift helicopter.

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This helicopter had almost no hours on it, it was so new and the windows were absolutely huge.   We took off from Exmouth on the Thursday and headed up to Karratha so that we would be ready to meet the VIPs on the Friday.   On the way up we decided to head on over to Ningaloo Reef for about 20mins and I got about 400 photos of the reef in that short period of time.   Ningaloo Reef was going off with awesome surf which apparently rarely happens.  The winds were offshore so these waves looked just perfect.

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We then spent the next 1 1/2hrs en route to Karratha which wasn’t the most exciting trip, until we reached the shore.   From there I was able to get some shots of mini mangroves and of course the fantastic Dampier Salt, salt farm.

On Friday the corporate Gulfstream landed on the tarmac and after getting some shots of the VIPs coming off the jet we were escorted over to the helicopter to fly offshore and visit some facilities.   We spent another couple of hours in the air, flying around to the clients facilities.   After a full on day it was time to head back to Karratha.

We landed in the helicopter and all made our way back to the airport terminal.   Imagine my delight when I was invited to fly back to Perth in the clients corporate Gulfstream, it was probably the only time I would ever get to fly in a private jet so I jumped at it!   Not only was it an awesome experience, it was also 30mins faster than a commercial jet.

So after an hour and a half of enjoying an amazing experience it was time to land and the illusion ended.

It was amazing fun and I had a ball.   Its times like this that I love being a photographer!

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Monte Bello Islands – What An Amazing Trip!

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve just come back from an amazing trip to the Monte Bello Islands, Exmouth and Karratha with two internationally renowed artists.   Larry Mitchell is an artist who specialises in painting seascapes and is well known for his paintings of the Abrolhos Islands.   Of course most of you know landscape photographer Christian Fletchers work and he was the other person that I got to travel with so it was a dream come true. 

We spent two day exploring the Monte Bello Islands and we saw so much wildlife and in all sorts of nooks and crannys.  The best part of the trip was watching how these guys view the surrounding area and what they pick up on.    Its amazing how they see the world in colours, textures and patterns.

Photo Information:

Taken from a BK117 helicopter at 1000ft.

Lens – 50mm F1.2

Aperture – F8

ISO – 400

Shutter – 1/3200sec

So what did everyone else get up to on the long weekend?   I see Mark and Merv have been wildflower chasing, has anyone else been up in the hills at all?

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North West Australia Adventure

Hi Everyone,

On Sunday I had such an awesome day that I wanted to share it with you all. I was asked to record a visit of a VIP touring some company facilities in the North West of Western Australia and of course I jumped at the chance, it was a change from doing landscapes and I absolutely love helicopters (I had always wanted to be a helicopter pilot) and don’t need to be asked twice to hop into one espcecially when its a Kawasaki BK117, they would have to be one of the best helicopters around.  At least they are my favourite.

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The morning started at 0400 for me as I had to be at the airport by 0530 in the morning.   I was fortunate enough to be invited into the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge where we all had a quick bite to eat and some coffee to kick start the day.   We took off from Perth at 0630 and arrived in Karratha at 0830, early morning Karratha was warmer than Perth in the middle of the day at the moment!!!    After a quick helicopter briefing we hopped into the Kawasaki BK117 and took off, once in the air we did a number of circuits around Karratha and Dampier where I managed to get some aerial photographs.   If you look closely you can see two mini drilling rigs just sitting there.

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We then headed off to some offshore installations and the VIP got a tour of the facilities.    We then headed back inland, which took 30mins of flying time across the water and coast, the best thing about a pilot’s job is the view from their office!   We reached our location and landed in the middle of a paddock and then did an inspection of another facility.   At this stage it was time to say goodbye to the BK117 as the rest of the trip was via road.

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Once the facility inspection was complete we headed back up to Karratha to experience the highlight of the day.   We were going to be taken on a tour through Deep Gorge in Karratha to see some Indigenous paintings and the tour leaders were very senior Indigenous people in the area.   We walked into the gorge and after our eyes were used to spotting the paintings we saw at least a hundred paintings, it was amazing.   We were told the meaning to some of the paintings as well as shown grinding stones and other interesting artifacts.  

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It was a trully rewarding experience to spend time with the guys and at the end of our visit the senior law man sang us two songs which they sang to the Kangaroo and Emu.  After that it was back to the airport, and after a 30min wait we hopped onto the plane.   I ended up getting home at 8pm and headed straight to bed.   What an awesome day!

Thank You for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson

Jamie Paterson Photography

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