I got to admit I really love this shot. I managed to capture it a few months ago from a helicopter at about 1500ft when I was on my trip up North with some VIPs. It was taken about 100kms south of Karratha along the coast line.
The half moon orange green object is actually a mini island and the red above it is the actual coast. Most of the white is dried up salt. It all adds up to a pretty cool image if I do say so myself.
So why the title Dinosaur Eye? There were quite a few people on my Facebook Page who thought it looked like a dinosaur eye and after checking it out I have to agree with them.
I’d love to hear your comments on the photo.
This morning at 3am I headed off to the Avon Valley and Northam to go hot air ballooning. I was really excited to be going in a hot air balloon as I’d heard so many good things about them. Well I’m hear to let you know that all the great comments about them are true.
They make a fantastic photography platform as you can lean over, shoot straight down, they are incredibly stable and move quite slowly over the landscape making it easy to get sharp photos in low light. If you haven’t jumped in one consider giving it a go.
What really surprised me was how quickly they can climb when you get a couple of the burners going full blast. We shot up to 3600ft in a matter of minutes when they cranked up the heat.
Time To Burn:
We Have Lift Off:
Could We Get Any Lower Into Town?
Seriously, I thought these guys were about to stop into Merv or Pete’s house for a quick coffee and chat!
The Northam Palace:
Check it out its almost like we are drifting down the street just out of reach of a normal person’s reach. At one stage we were actually talking to some people on the ground. So cool.
Time To Land:
All good things must come to an end. We slowly drifted across the Great Eastern Highway and landed in a paddock just past the highway. It was a thrill and awesome and I’ll certainly be doing it again.
Ahhhh Kauai, is there a more relaxing place in the world? I think Rottnest comes pretty close and its certainly a lot cheaper to get to (only just!) but I just simply love Hawaii and the Hawaiian way of life.
This is Hanalei Bay which is a really nice spot to stay if you ever get to travel to Kauai. It has an extremely relaxed atmosphere surrounding it and most people there are very chilled out. Its also an extremely popular surfing spot and for good reason, look at the size of that swell coming through and all the swell lines out in the ocean.
Flying past the Na Pali coast line is such an amazing experience. Now I love helicopters and I’ve certainly never been a nervous flyer in a helicopter but I don’t mind admitting I was extremely nervous in all but possible the last 15mins of this flight.
We flew in an open door Hughes 500 which is an extremely quick and nimble helicopter and heaps of fun. What got me though was that as we climbed up the huge mountains we started to get battered around by the winds screaming across the ridges. It wasn’t a light bit of turbulence we were quite literally thrown around, so much so that at one stage I stopped shooting and hung onto my seat with both hands. The other awesome part of the ride was that once we made it over the ridge, we’d get a massive shove by those winds which had now become tailwinds and we just rocketed away from the ridge.
It was doubly intense because not only did we shoot past the mountain ridge at speed we did it with a 4000ft drop below us. The mountains in Hawaii are so steep and don’t have an gentle slopes on them, so one minute you are just making it across the ridge and then the next minute you have a massive drop right below you.
Those helicopter pilots really knew their stuff and were edging deep into canyons and weaving their way right up next to waterfalls. It was easily the most crazy and exciting helicopter ride I’ve ever had. If you ever make it to Kauai and you want a new thrill in your life, go for an open door flight past the Na Pali coast line, oh and don’t forget to take some photos in amongst all the excitement.
Yes I know it sounds like the Corona ad but its true. I swear I was Hawaiian in a previous life as I really identify with the islands and the Hawaiian way of life. I’ve been there four times and I’m planning yet another trip there again. It was only February that I was there last, but its seems like an eternity.
On my last trip I spent six days in Kauai just shooting away and driving around and listening to heaps of Hawaiian reggae. Paradise!
This shot is from the North East part of the island, in fact the surf you see below me was Andy Irons local beach and on a good day can have surf up to 30ft in height. To get this shot I set my camera to TV mode and used a shutter speed of 800th of second. Oh and of course I was in a helicopter at approx 1500ft.
I hope you guys enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more photos from Hawaii next February.
This is another photo that I managed to grab whilst in transit to Karratha from Exmouth. I have no idea why the sand was doing this at this particular place as it wasn’t happening on any of the other islands. It was really very spectacular from the air. It must’ve been one massive rip.
The whole area is scattered with really cool little islands like this one.
Hope you enjoy it,
Just a short video from the GoPro HD camera that was stuck on my head while in the helicopter. If you want to jump straight to the Ningaloo Reef footage its at 5:15.
Check out how shiny and brand new the helicopter is! The boats you see on the reef are Whale Shark boats, unfortunately we didn’t see any from the air.