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Birds eye shot of waves crashing into a unique rock formation on Australian East Coast

Birds eye shot of waves crashing into a unique rock formation on Australian East Coast
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on my home beach on the East Coast of Australia. I am currently based in London so any time I get home I take the chance to try to capture the incredible natural beauty of the place I was lucky enough to grow up.
Time
This was taken late afternoon in the Springtime. I had been exploring the rock formation for about an hour before, watching the huge waves crash against the rock and spraying into the air before I decided to send my drone up for some aerial shots. The wind on the Australian coast often really picks up in the late afternoon and on this day it was very strong so I was reluctant to sent it up too high and risk it being blown off towards New Zealand. DJI Mavic Pro's have great stabilisation so I was lucky enough to get some good captures of the waves slamming into the unique rock formation.
Lighting
It wasn't quite golden hour which I think worked in my favour for this shot, as the stronger sun gave more contrast to the dramatic scenery below and any shadows created by the rocks and waves could add to the moment.
Equipment
I shot this with a DJI Mavic Pro fitted with an ND16 filter.
Inspiration
Landscape photography is my favourite type of photo to capture and whilst I love nothing more than travelling the world trying to find something new and unique that I haven't seen before, there is no greater feeling for me than exploring my own backyard and finding different ways to see it. I love drone photography as it allows us to see something we know so well in a completely different way that can give something so familiar a whole new perspective.
Editing
Like any landscape RAW image this needed some touching up, however not having the sky in the shot simplified this and allowed me to focus on the contrast of the scene to try to bring out the raw beauty and power of the image.
In my camera bag
When I am out shooting landscapes I always have my DJI Mavic Pro with a set of ND filters and all three batteries fully charged. It is amazing how much time you can spend surveying the scene and there is no worse feeling than having to land with no power left and some amazing photos left to shoot. I also carry my Nikon d3400 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens ready to go, with a 50mm and 70-300mm on hand if needed.
Feedback
The main piece of advice I would give is that if you have the equipment and you are somewhere that has the potential to make for a great capture then to get out and use it. You will never take a great and unique shot if you only take it out when you visit the Colosseum or Statue of Liberty you might get some good shots but nothing overly unique. Take you camera or drone out before breakfast or at dusk, do some research online with google earth and photo searches and find some inspiration and go out and take some shots with your own spin on them.

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