Beauty and the beast

November 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

On Friday evening I had the amazing privilege of boarding a chopper and spending the next 45 minutes seeing East Arnhem Land from the air. Aerial photography is something I always loved, particularly abstracts such as those of my friend Nikosono and I was super pumped to have a go. 

The Beast

We actually flew over the refinery for the first part of the trip and normally this alien mother ship of a blip on the horizon annoys me and finds its way into way too many of my shots as a distraction from all the beauty around it. On this occasion I actually found I enjoyed taking a few shots of it, purely based on the lines and patterns and colours it offered up to my Nikon.

Patchwork ControversyThe mud ponds

The Beauty

After that we headed up the coast past some favourite spots - Wallaby Beach, East Woody, Rocky Bay at Yirrkala and further up. I have a thing for mangroves photographically speaking and it was awesome to see the density of some of them around creeks as we flew over the top. This chopper ride really hit home how incredibly lucky we are to live in this relatively untouched part of the world in all it's diversity and just how remote it is up here! In just 45 minutes we flew over mangroves, creeks, coast, beaches and bush! 

Cross SectionThere are an amazing amount of tracks to be seen from the air!

I feel that I may be in danger of getting a bit addicted to aerial photography! Hope you enjoy some of these shots too. These are some of my own favourites from the ride. 

Green VelvetGreen Velvet JourneyJourney

In a hazeIn a haze


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