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Monte Bello Corals

Hi Everyone,

This is another photo of the Monte Bello Islands.   If you’re into taking seascapes then its the place for you.   For those of you who don’t know about the history of the Monte Bello Islands, its quite fascinating.   It was the site of Britain’s first atomic bomb tests in Australia and you can still see lots of debris and buildings that were left over from the tests.    At Trimoulle Island we were able to look back and see the viewing platform that they used to watch the bombs going off, it was only approximately 5kms away from where the bombs went off.   We couldn’t believe that they setup the viewing platform so close.    Imagine suggesting to someone in this day and age that they stand behind a steel viewing platform and look at an atomic bomb going off!!!   They would just laugh.

Those poor guys certainly weren’t safe from the fallout, fallout was even registered in Brisbane days later.

Photo Settings:

Aperture – F11

ISO – 50

Shutter Speed – 1/100sec

Cruising around the area in a boat its hard to understand how anyone could blow up such a beautiful area.   These days its pristine and if you ever get the chance to head out there you should.  If nothing else you might come back with a nice healthy glow. 😉

Thank You For Stopping By,

Jamie Paterson

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Spot Lunch Anyone?

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Hi Everyone,

Can anyone spot lunch in this photo?   I was drooling when I saw this guy in the water just looking back at me.   These painted crayfish have no fear as nothing really tries to get them other than turtles.    You can swim right up to them and they just stare straight back at you.   At Rottnest the crays disappear when you get within 20M of them.   I just love this shot because the water is so clear and the coral has great colours in it.

It was just another day in paradise.    Ahhh summer is just around the corner now, can you guys feel it?

All comments appreciated. :-)

Jamie Paterson

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Tropical Waters

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Geez I was all set to have a relaxing weekend but with Merv ‘motivating’ me I’ve had to put up another photo.   This photo was taken after watching internationally famed seascape artist Larry Mitchell peering into the water, I stood next to him and saw this in front of me.  I absolutely loved the water in the shallows it makes a great effect and I was really happy with this photo.   I just goes to show you don’t have to hang out with photographers to learn more about photography.   The way Larry ‘saw’ water was amazing and I know Christian learnt from him as well.

I’m thinking that I might have to retire to a coral island somewhere and ‘study’ water for the rest of my life.    What do you guys think?  I’m not sure if I could keep up with the pressures of work of being a seascape photographer on a coral island. :-)

Keep Dreaming!

Thanks for stopping by everyone,

Jamie Paterson

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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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