Images taken during a recent holiday in Broome. Legendary Kimberley photographer Nigel Gaunt had a rare day off, Sheldon Pettit had just arrived for a week of R&R, and I was at the end of a family holiday. It was a warm, windy Saturday, neap tides on Roebuck Bay, and arguably less than perfect weather for aerial photography. But we rolled the dice, and it urned out to be a good call (although five minutes into the flight Nigel nearly pulled the pin!).
Aerials have dominated the APPA awards and many photo competitions in recent years. The rare perspective is so compelling that its easy to assume its all about the platform – so just spray and pray and you will come home with a masterpiece. Every time I get airborne with a camera i am filled with appreciation for the talent of photographers like Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and Christian Fletcher. Sharp focus in a banking turn at 2000 ft and a stiff breeze is challenging enough, let alone making composition work. In 90 minutes I reckon I have 20-30 images that are worth printing, and that’s my most productive flight to date.
Here’s a sample of what we got. These were mostly taken with the new Canon 5DS-R body. I’ve only been shooting with this for 10 days, but its genuinely impressive – its not medium format, but DSLRs still have plenty of advantages over MF, such as high ISO performance, frame rate and DOF. A few images, including my favourite one, came out of the Phase One IQ 180, which is of course medium format – and when you process these ones you’re reminded why the thing costs so much.