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Above Mahon…

by on Apr.07, 2017, under Life, Photography

The end of a wild and windy session at Mahon pool at Maroubra. After a well earned breakfast I figured I might take the drone for a spin and see what the coast looked like from the skies above. Gerry was going to do some long exposures from the rocks so whilst he setup just north of the pool I setup my drone for flight.

Above Mahon

Above Mahon

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/120 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

If you look closely you’ll actually see Gerry right down at the bottom edge of the frame above – just left of centre. The shapes of the people swimming in the pool just lift the frame with added dimension.

I hadn’t taken the drone out for a spin in many weeks so it was good to get it out for a run.

Photographing from above just adds another element to an otherwise ordinary view. This is probably simply because it’s a little unexpected and not something everyone would normally see.

I often advocate with landscape photography students that you need to change things up. I suggest changing the height of your tripod so you’re shooting from down low close to the ground or from up higher. Anything than the standard adult height. Most people see the world from roughly five to six feet from the ground. You need to challenge the viewer with something they can’t normally see just by walking up to the scene themselves.



DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/240 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

The coastline viewed from directly above looking straight down is definitely something most people wouldn’t normally see. And there’s beauty there to be seen if only you take the patience to look and compose. Obviously with limited flight time (roughly 20 mins max) you can’t just hang around for hours trying to perfect the one shot :).

Ebb and Eddies

Ebb and Eddies

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/380 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

Still the interesting patterns and colour of the world from above lends itself to some interesting photography.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.



DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/140 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

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