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.
From North Cottesloe beach we head back up to Exmouth and surrounds. If only it was that easy to do in real life! I’m sure its a lot warmer up there than it is down here at the moment. I haven’t even ventured outside at all today. Now this isn’t actually the Murion Islands as we didn’t track over them, but it was right next to them and I don’t know the name of this island unfortunately.
We were flying along at around 1500ft and we were moving extremely quickly so I had to use a very fast shutter speed to make sure that everything was nice and sharp. Again I used:
TV setting – 1/2000
I just love the green in the water surrounding the island its just so captivating. I hope you guys like it as well.
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,
As most of you guys know now I managed to spend some time above Ningaloo Reef in a helicopter. Well once we finished on the reef it was time to track up to Karratha to prepare the helicopter for the corporate photography gig the next day. We passed over numerous small islands and then hit the coast where we flew over a number of cool little mangroves. This being one of them.
I love these mangroves as they are like veins running out along our body with amazing deep blue or green water running through them. I’ve got heaps more of these sorts of shots so stayed tuned!
I can’t believe this photo was taken almost a year ago. How time flies! A friend of mine is an amazing artist and she was really excited about the idea of hiring a helicopter and heading out to Rottnest to get some shots of it. We spend just under an hour over Rottnest and she had an absolute blast.
We specifically headed over on Easter Saturday as we figured that there would be stacks of boats over at the island and we certainly weren’t disappointed. I’m thinking about heading back over there again soon, this time on a less cloudy day.
Shooting from air can be quite addictive. Its a point of view many of us don’t get to see on a day to day basis, to look down and see the world ticking along doing its thing while you’re free in the air is a very cool feeling. On my way out to Rottnest I got the pilot to transit over Fremantle Harbour so that I could grab some shots of the ships in the harbour. I was actually really surprised to see a rowing boat in the harbour next to the ship when I viewed this photo at 100%. Talk about brave!
If you’ve never shot from the air do yourself a favour and charter a helicopter and do some shooting! Its heaps of fun.
Happy Mothers Day!
I hope that all the mothers out there have a fantastic Mother’s day. My wife has just had her banana pancakes covered in chocolate sauce.
This photo was taken out at Parker Point, Rottnest Island. It was on Good Friday and so many people were just splashing around in the water having a great time. I must admit it was almost tempting to ask the helicopter pilot to land just so that we could jump into the water. We in Perth are so lucky to have Rottnest Island so close to us and to have it still relatively unspoilt even in this day and age. If you are coming to Perth you have to visit Rottnest Island.
We got engaged and married out at Rottnest we loved it that much. Have you guys got an special Rottnest stories? Or stories of a similar place?
Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone.
About two months ago I started discussing the possibility of chartering a helicopter with a landscape artist and getting some shots of Rottnest Island. We decided that we wanted to get shots of Parker Point and Geordie Bay and then photograph Thompsons Bay on the way back to Jandakot Airport. I’ve done some aerial stuff offshore with Christian and Mike Fletcher but this was just awesome as I was the main shooter and hanging out the door. If you’ve not hung out the door of a chopper whilst taking photos you should! Its heaps easier than climbing over lots of rocks and steep hills.
If you are going to shoot from the helicopter make sure that you tell the helicopter pilot exactly what you are after and don’t be afraid to direct them once you are in the air. You’re paying a lot of money for the helicopter and they understand that. If you want to hover at 200ft ask them to do it. If you want them to do a fast circle over something get them to do it. You’re the boss.
Have any of you guys thought of getting into a helicopter? As always feedback and comments are always appreciated.
Hope you all have a great weekend,
As we sat in the helicopter I thought we were going to have a pretty cool two hours hanging over some of the best spots around Exmouth but I had no idea just how awesome the next two hours were going to be. This was probably the best part of the trip for me. Once we reached 1000ft and started heading out to the coast from Learmonth Airport I saw Ningaloo Reef and was just amazed at how big it was and how colourful it was. This helicopter ride was a landscape and seascape photographers dream come true. For me nothing came close to this over the entire trip. Well maybe videoing the humpback whales the day before by helicopter was better than this but it would be a close call.
As landscape photographers we get to see some pretty amazing sites and scenes and for that I am eternally grateful.
Did anyone manage to capture the sunset tonight?
As a landscape photographer what would you most want to photograph? For me it would probably be Alaska, Cook Islands / Hawaii and Paris.
Thanks for stopping by crew as always all comments are always appreciated,