I must admit that along with the tripod there was also a "better" camera.


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I am an old surfer, so the drone enables me to view the coastline in a completely different way, to the way that I did when growing up. I mainly use it for still photography, and get a bit distracted with abstract images over the rock platforms and along the beach.

On the day I captured "The Wave" there was quite a big swell running, and the flight was over a beach that I frequent regularly, so I was familiar with how the waves form and break in the area. My aim was to isolate a large wave, and try and capture the various encounters a surfer might have. In this instance I was able to catch a rider on the face of the wave, a couple emerging from duck diving the wash, with the balance of riders paddling for a position to either catch the next wave, or clear the break.

The image was taken in the morning, with the angle of the sun giving good definition, but not too high in the sky where the brightness of the sunshine would burn out the detail in the image. There has been a steep learning curve with image making, including the requisite post processing skills.

I was surprised to recently win an award for "The Wave" from Australian Photography Magazine for 2017 Photograph of the Year.

There's still so much more to learn about image making.

More info: tmatelier8.format.com

#1 The Wave

The Wave

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Susann Campbell 1 month ago

There you go Sheldon, proof of the String Theory .

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#2 Pine Plantation Clearing

Pine Plantation Clearing

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4 weeks ago

The pink is the colour of the pine bark chips after the forest is cleared. The pale blue is the young foliage of the eucalpt trees.

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#3 Rock Platform Colours

Rock Platform Colours

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kyrilavera 4 weeks ago

seems like lightning. hmmm?

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#4 Bruny Island Scallops

Bruny Island Scallops

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Karo 2 weeks ago

Wow! I was sure that it's a painting!

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#5 Ocean Patterns

Ocean Patterns

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 weeks ago

I'd like to put a 50" one of these on my wall!

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#16 Coastal Escarpment

Coastal Escarpment

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Allie Faux 1 month ago

Wow, I find this picture very deceptive. I think it's because of the angle at which the picture is taken in that it is straight down past the edge of the cliff thereby giving no indication of how high the cliff actually is. Or contrarily how far above the ground or ocean the drone is. Unless you've seen the coast from ground level and know that those rocks along the shore are actually much bigger than this picture makes them appear to be. Otherwise you may think the cliff is only about 30 ft. high.

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#17 Derwent River Borders

Derwent River Borders

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Odysseas Chloridis 4 weeks ago

Love your photographs bro. Do you have Instagram?

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#21 Untitled

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Devashish Bose 3 weeks ago

Dude!!! You are awesome!!! How do you do it? Have an insta page!?

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