Tiger Dunes


Here is another fantastic shot from our trip up to Lancelin, at the moment I just can’t get enough of this place so I’ll definitely be planning another trip up there in the next few months.   These sand dunes were really different as nearly all the other sand dunes were a magnificent white but these ones were a golden colour and the setting sun also helped boost their gold quality.    This was the last set of dunes that we tackled before we went into night shooting mode.   It got me to thinking though, a number of us sit around thinking that Perth isn’t the best place to shoot but we never contemplate extending our boundaries just that little bit.   Lancelin was a short 1.5hr drive and it yielded so many photos.    I’m going to get a map and use a compass to draw a 1.5hr circle from Perth to see what else is a short drive away.

Has anyone else contemplated short drives out of Perth to break their photography drought?   I’m thinking of York, Mandurah and they are just off the top of my head.

Thanks for visiting the blog. 🙂

Jamie Paterson

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  1. Flemming Bo Jensen February 11, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Great composition Jamie, squarish crop works brilliant here. It’s a bit dark, I would try a bit of levels on it.

    As you know I love outback and rural shots, so look forward to what you find around Perth! There’s heaps of options, head East or North towards Nambung National Park and bring me some outback Perth shots 😀

  2. Beau Mitchell February 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    I really like this photo, as well as your previous one, Jamie. The sand looks a lot whiter in Neals composition including this same dune?

    I might have some spare time over the next couple of days to fine tune your logo, too.

  3. Michael February 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    Hi Jamie,

    Glad you had fun up there, it takes the same time to get to the Pinnacles if you go the up through Cervantes or 4WD drive from Lancelin. The thing I`ve found by doing these small trips is it has to be worth doing it, ie plan back up photos if what you pre-visualized isn`t going to work out, the weather may be slightly different as to what it was like when you left Perth – I`ve been in storms in Mandurah, come back to Perth and had clear blue skys. Still it`s all part of the fun of photography.

  4. jamiepatersonphotography February 12, 2009 at 6:28 am #

    Hi Fleming,

    I have to agree looking on this monitor it does look quite dark, I have to get my monitor calibrated as I’m just ‘guessing’ most of the time.

    Beau – This dune was definitely this colour at this time of day. We covered the same dunes quite a few times throughout the day, which would explain for the different colours. I liked this version as it reminded me of Tiger stripes. 🙂 I really appreciate the help on the logo.

    Michael – Totally agree with you, great comments and thanks for contributing.

  5. lukeaustin February 14, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Really nicely composed Jamie, amazing lines. I definitely agree with Flemming on the levels, they need a boost. On my monitor any way.

  6. ecomuseimages February 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    A breathe of fresh air my friend…love ’em!

  7. jamiepatersonphotography February 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Hi Graham,

    Thanks for that. When are we going to see more of your photos? 🙂


  8. jamiepatersonphotography February 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Luke,

    As always thanks for stopping by. I’ve decided I’m going to have to splash out and get an external monitor so that I can do this properly.


  9. Stephen Williams February 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    amazing ripples Jamie.
    and yes there is lots of cool places just out of Perth.
    you just have to plan ahead and then when you get there hope that the conditions are friendly. makes for some disappointment but when you get it right, it’s well worth it 🙂

  10. jamiepatersonphotography February 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi Stephen,

    Again thanks for those comments. Neal, Kirk and I certainly got really lucky that weekend. I went up the following weekend and the conditions weren’t even close to the followin weekend.

    Again I’m going to try and break out of the mould this weekend and head out of the metro area and shoot something different.

    Jamie Paterson

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