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Cottesloe Beach – Naturally

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Well as most of you know Neal from Spool Photography and I went down south and managed to capture some absolutely magnificient light.   However, on Sunday I decided I wanted to simplify things and experiment and to try take a shot that required no Photoshoping what so ever.   I wanted saturated colours, slightly blurred water movement, not a great deal and yet still have a sharp image.   I think I came pretty close.   I had to do some creative cropping but that is it.

So how did I do it?    Firstly, I utilised a Hoya 5 stop ND filter to ‘slow’ things down in other words to allow me to leave the shutter for longer, I figured that would blur my water movement and alllow the colours to really soak in.    Then I put on a polarising filter to take some of the glare away from the subject.  In reality this would allowed me to have the shutter open even longer.

You can buy filters from Singh Ray that do the same thing now but as I said I was just tinkering / experimenting.   I think I got pretty close to my objective, which was to produce a decent shot in camera that required almost no Photoshopping.

I notice that a lot of other people are trying to simplify their photography.  What are some of the steps that you are taking to simplify your photography.   I’m guessing Lightroom will be mentioned heaps.

As there was only one bikini shot request I’m afraid I’ll have to archive the photo. :-)

Thank You for visting my post.

Jamie Paterson

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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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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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Redgate Serenity

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Ah the serenity you can almost feel it.    This image was taken when I went down south with Neal and Kirk in November.   We got there with high hopes and saw that a break in the clouds was starting to happen, but rain also started to make its way to us and it was heavy rain.    Neal chucked the trusty $1 shower cap onto his camera, whilst Kirk and I hid under a rock.   Eventually we all ran up to our cars, extremely disappointed as we had no backup location.    We hung around for another 10mins and we got lucky, all of a sudden the rain stopped for a few minutes, the clouds allowed the sun to peak through and we scored a magnificent sunset!   Talk about everything falling into place at the right time.    Needless to say we headed back to Photo HQ very happy campers.  

Has this happened to any of you guys?   You get there and think that its not going to happen for you, when all of a sudden it does?   Its pretty cool isn’t?

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

Jamie Paterson

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Rock Star Landscape Photographer’s Boat (Brightened)

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Every Rock Star Landscape Photographer needs their boat.   Last time I looked in Better Photography magazine Peter Eastway and his friend run photography tours in a boat.  I was thinking that perhaps with all the money I’ve made from my Landscape Photography I could purchase this boat and do my own tours.    Any takers? :-)    Seriously though I love this shot, I was going to call it ‘When I grow up’.    Its part of me learning to grow and extending my photography boundaries and ‘eye’.   Hopefully you will all see the sense of humour in this shot as I did.

Has anyone else got any quirky little shots like this?

Jamie Paterson

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Kings Park Splendour

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Hi Everyone,

This is a photo I got a few weeks ago when I was on my way to work and I was pretty stoked with the results.   Its funny because even though there wasn’t any colour the other photographers left but as you can see it was still a really moody start to the day which I thought was still great to watch unfold.   I have to admit I was really exhausted after this shoot because so many personal trainers were yelling and screaming at their classes and everyone was sweating so hard.   I felt like I lost weight just by being there.   I can think of better things to do in the morning than run around having some bloke scream at me.

This photo also has my new logo especially designed for me by Beau Mitchell.  Thanks Beau!!!

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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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