Autumn Blue


Autumn in Sydney is the best time of year. I am pretty sure those of you who keep a sharp eye on my work would have heard me say that before. Recently Sydney has been blessed with an incredible run of bright, blue sky days, totally flat seas and gentle winds. There has been no rain, so the water is super clear. I have not seen a run of conditions so suited to aerial and underwater photography for around three years. To make the most of it I have been flying around in a helicopter focusing on the part of the world I call home, Manly Beach (although I snuck an image from Maroubra in here as well), you can click on the images for more information about each photograph and their exact locations. When not in the air I have been working on some underwater scenes, taking advantage of the clear water.

As always if you like what you see please leave me a comment below.

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…


To the west of Sydney is an area of bushland called the Blue Mountains. The area has had an incredibly dry summer and as a preventative measure the authorities decided to conduct some controlled burn offs to reduce the risk of bushfires. The smoke blanketed the city for nearly two days. However, the result was one of the most spectacular sunrises I have ever seen. I have put two images up here, one with a friend of mine in the frame and one without. I am curious to hear which one you like best, so please leave a comment and let me know. Both are available from my online store.

  • Chris
    Posted at 00:56h, 16 May Reply

    Great photos.

  • Sam
    Posted at 01:16h, 16 May Reply

    Incredible photos, Joel! Can’t decide which one I like best of the last two–both are awesome. In the one with the solo SUPer, is that a huge school of fish at top left of photo?

    • Joel Coleman
      Posted at 01:38h, 16 May Reply

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks for the comment, really glad you like the photographs. Yes the one with the solo SUP features a big school of fish following. I had a few ideas of photographs I wanted to get and once I was done asked Michael (the pilot) to do a fly by a few beaches and see if we could spot anything interesting. As soon as we turned the aircraft around we spotted that school of fish and hovered over it for a while so I could get that shot.

  • Chris
    Posted at 01:46h, 16 May Reply

    Man your photography is amazing, I’m a big fan especially of the air shots looking down on the water directly. Makes my mouth water, whilst slaving at work J

  • Amaruy
    Posted at 01:50h, 16 May Reply

    Awesome photos mate,

  • pete gee
    Posted at 03:08h, 16 May Reply

    above & below, Joel, you are nailing it

  • Ronald
    Posted at 04:59h, 16 May Reply

    Incredible photos Joel!

  • Ben
    Posted at 07:32h, 16 May Reply

    Awesome shots. The sunrise ones… I like the one with the surfer is better as it does a couple of things. It makes it less symmetrical and create more of a story to the image, gives it a little more context. It helps set it apart from “Just another sunrise photo”. I think It would also age better as a wall image.

  • michaela frederico
    Posted at 10:27h, 16 May Reply

    Hello. That photo with the surfer is incredible. I have never seen a sunrise that has so much colour. With the surfer it is contemplative and it brings a story. I wonder what he is thinking when he is looking at the ocean? It brings depth and awe. Congratulations on such amazing photos!!

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