My name is Brad Walls, and I am a Sydney-based aerial photographer. For the past months, I have been working on a project that uses a drone to capture Olympic sports from above.

Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo (now deferred to 2021), I targetted synchronized swimming, gymnastics, tennis, and ice skating as disciplines that would be most appealing from above. Besides the aesthetic aspect, I am also trying to provide a new perspective to sports that have little coverage outside the Olympic season.

I made this to test the boundaries of aerial photography. The majority of aerial work turns a blind eye to the most beautiful element of our world, being us. I’ve worked on this series for just under 3 months and I hope to continue to add to the collection once the world opens again. The hardest part of the series was controlling the drone indoors for both the gymnast and ice skaters, it was basically like steering a boat in rough waters, with very little control.

More info: bradscanvas.com | Instagram

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Amazing! Synchronized swimming is actually one of the hardest sports.

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When I first began the pursuit of aerial photography, drones were only just reaching the market. Despite the rapid evolutions in drone technology over the recent years, I keep it simple, focusing on the basics of composition rather than the newest and latest gear. I use a drone as a vehicle to capture a new perspective.

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Doggi
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1 year ago

These things just amaze me.

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ruthenium the ruther
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1 year ago

If I tried... I would drown and pull everyone else down with me. Probably.

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In 2020, I won an award in the annual Skypixel awards from over 30,000 entries for my work with a Sydney synchronized swimming team. The winning photo looked at the unique geometrical patterns of synchronized swimmers—often overlooked when watching from side-on. One of my all-time favorite images is from the same series capturing the team performing a cross front-pike pattern.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Just let the poor ball win this time, over the line just one time.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

It is so hard to not envy sometimes. You go girl!

As I wait for restrictions to be lifted, I am already planning a few more projects, one in particular inspired by fine art photographer Maria Svarbova focusing on springboard diving. It was planned to happen a few months ago with an Australian olympian, but due to COVID-19, it was postponed.

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Amazing photo!

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Beams always have scared me. It’s so impressive!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Oh dear we all wore the same outfit!

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Doggi
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1 year ago

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Even the shadow!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Give them a break coach they don't know which end is up.

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Amazing!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Talk about weight restrictions, you can hardly see them!

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Hunter Bradley
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1 year ago

LOVE the perspetive

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Swimming! My favorite sport. :-)

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Doggi
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1 year ago

I actually could do without seeing this one....:p

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Ha Ha He missed me! I made it over the line and just isten to the crowd roar. They love me!

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Wow!!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

I'll make it this time.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Refused to wear their mask so they have to watch on TV.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Promise or I'll let go.

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Wow! The angle is just right for this one.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

We HAVE to modify this move. Yes.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

WAIT, it was an accident.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Arm bandage, ankle brace, ankle lifts, sunscrean ok game on.

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Even their legs are the same!

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Doggi
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1 year ago

Very impressive. I probably could never be a synchronized swimmer.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

I must act like a gentleman , dignity in winning and try not squeel like a little baby I won, I won, I won!

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Mamma always believed I could fly. Thank you MOM

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DKS 001
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1 year ago

ice skating has to be pretty dangerous. All that momentum trying to pull you apart while you're trying to keep each other together

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Oh NO , Her bottom leg fell off.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

WHEE.