Sydney has just experienced one of the driest (and coldest) winters on record. It has also been one of the slowest for ocean swell. While the surfer in me has been a little frustrated, the photographer in me has been ecstatic. The lack of rain and small seas have combined with the cooler currents, that flow up the east coast in winter ,to produce some of the cleanest water I have ever seen on this coastline.
Taking advantage of these conditions, I decided to charter a helicopter and work on a series of aerial photographs. Photographing from a helicopter gives an amazing perspective of the world. You can really identify key elements to an image and single them out to feature in a photograph. For me, the simple things often work best and ,during this flight, I was on the lookout for small details that would feature in the bigger picture.
My plan was to look for people or structures that I could single out in a photograph to feature them in an overall landscape. It takes time and patience and you really have to communicate well with the pilot to keep you hovering in the right place. That’s the great thing about helicopters, they can put you right where you need to be.
Enjoy your day,
In Sydney you can only get photographs like this in winter. In the summer months the beaches are full of sun-lovers that the focus tends to be on the colour and chaos of the people. That’s what I love about aerial photography in winter, it is the landscape and the natural colours that are the focus of the images.
Even though I knew the beaches would not be too busy at this time of year, I was still amazed at some of the scenes that I was able to capture. Empty beaches, lone surfers, single yachts at anchor. Sure, it was not peak season, but this is Sydney Harbour, one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. Sydney, with a population of more than five million people, and yet you can still find scenes like these just moments from the CBD.
All the images you see in this journal are available for sale from my gallery in Manly and online. They were all photographed using an ultra-high resolution 80-megapixel medium format camera, so the detail is incredible, the images are tack sharp and will maintain their clarity at any size (perfect for those big empty walls).
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Enjoy your day,
DenisePosted at 22:44h, 20 August
Amazing shots the colors leave me speechless
RosanaPosted at 02:25h, 21 August
Beautiful work Joel,
Love aerial, or birds eye from whatever platform…
MickPosted at 02:26h, 21 August
Amazing shots Joel
NicolePosted at 06:22h, 21 August
Amazing!! I think we saw you buzzing Freshwater beach…you had a few surfers nervous!! Always love the pics.
TraceyPosted at 07:19h, 21 August
Just beautiful Joel, nice work!
AlanPosted at 07:47h, 21 August
A different look at Sydney and Manly, really great shots .
Well done and thanks for the images , nice to go WOW !!
JimPosted at 22:00h, 22 August
Nice work Joel.
CariPosted at 23:32h, 25 August
Amazing!!! I am a fan for life!
IvanPosted at 05:12h, 26 August
Love the examples of how much you can zoom in, seems you have got the hang of the new kit mate, well done lovely stuff.
Mark KnowlesPosted at 10:26h, 26 August
Very Impressive mate.
GrahamePosted at 08:43h, 06 October
Amazing pictures, makes me want to go back to Manly, great work.