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Lennox Head_0753

Overhead view of the point at Lennox Head NSW Australia

Overhead view of the point at Lennox Head NSW Australia
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Behind The Lens

This Photo was taken at Lennox Head, Northern NSW, Australia, A world famous right hand point break.
Shot around 10 am from a Phantom 4, I was shooting the headland but after I'd finished I was heading back and looked vertically down. The water was so blue and clear, small surf, no-one out, it looked beautiful.
The light in this shot was really nothing to write home about, but the clear air and water and the definition between the water, the rocks and the waves made it interesting.
I am a canon shooter but I also fly drones, this was using the Phantom 4 v2. No filter.
I live not far from Lennox Head and it is one of those locations that always has something going on, if the surf is on, you could sit and watch it all day. There is a fantastic view to the north towards Byron Bay. The idea of shooting straight down can have some very interesting compositional aspects.
Most of my processing is done in Lightroom, a bit of contrast adjustment is all this image needed as it was a very even exposure.
In my camera bag
God, my bag has gotten heavy over the years, but I definitely use it all. A lowepro pro-runne. It has a pull out handle. Good for most places but also has shoulder straps, handy for the beach or forest. Gear, 2 canons a mk3 and a mk4, a canon 70-200 f2.8 (the best lens ever) a 17-40 f4, a 50mm 1.8, a 2x extender, a Sigma 12-24 - great lens for a lot of reasons, architecture, landscape etc. I use a canon 100mm macro quite often as well, but only take it with me when I need it. 2 x 650ex flash units and a wireless controller - great for that extra bit off light from any direction. I have several screw on filters, NDs and polariser but for the Sigma I use a 150mm Filter kit. These things add a new dimension to your shooting but require a bit of planning. One of the important things I carry is a set of wireless headphones, they help me a lot to concentrate on the shot by feeling like I'm in my own world. The drone shooting, I can fit the Phantom on the outside of my bag for hiking, or a Spark that can fit inside the bag. Although for hiking any distance I use a Crumpler bag, an older one, very comfortable. And you'd be surprised what can fit in it.
Drone shooting can be a lot of fun, getting that new perspective and looking at the landscape like never before. All the usual things in photography still have to be considered... composition, exposure, depth of field, light etc. They of course have the auto setting but it can be so hit and miss. Manual is always a better option. It's best to check your histogram after each shot, just to be sure. Sometimes It just fun to fly.

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