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

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 10 months 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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10 months 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 10 months ago

seems like lightning. hmmm?

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#4 Bruny Island Scallops

Bruny Island Scallops

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Karo 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

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#6 Coral Spirals

Coral Spirals

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Ann Ros'a 10 months ago

Stunning!

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#7 Storm Swell

Storm Swell

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#8 Reef Break

Reef Break

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#9 Morning Swell

Morning Swell

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#10 Rural Artery

Rural Artery

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