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Drone over Water .. or not?

After a lovely family lunch we headed south to catch up with our good mate and mad photographer Mel from Left of the Middle Photography. Mel has recently joined the drone craze and has been a lot more adventurous then i have been game to be, so we figured we’d laugh about it together and try a few more things!

After a few location changes due to wind and airspace usage we settled on Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie.

I haven’t really messed around with many of the settings so today, i decided to see how i would go using the manual settings on the camera

First shot – not so good, the highlights on the waves are blown out badly.

The next batch are still a little blown out but not as much.

I’m flying with the DJI Spark, which is an awesome little piece of gear, and it was the size that drew me to this one, so i could pack with us when we hike and travel, however the downside is doesn’t RAW files for photos, which mean the photo files are less forgiving, so getting it right in camera is really important.

You can see with these two the sky is quite blown out which is a shame because the waves are awesome!

Looking north back towards Newcastle

I haven’t been real keen on getting my little Sparkie out over water, so Mel’s challenge for me today was to get it over water. This was about as close as it got so if over the high tide line counts i passed.

Nature’s own version of lace
Even got a bit fancy with a 3 image panorama.
The people help to give some perspective, and this was shot at probably the highest i’ve been about 75m.
Someone was digging for a very long time!

I definitely feel a little more confident with the drone so here’s hoping for some good weather, spare time and legal airspace to get it up in the air again soon.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Ship Wrecked

After a week of windy weather, the skies were blue, the wind was almost non-existent, and we had a low tide for sunset, we decided to head over onto Stockton to check out some of the shipwrecks along the North Arm of the harbour.

There are quite a a few shipwrecks along the coastline and harbour edge, many often only visible at low tide.

With sunset quickly approaching and setting across the water, the light wasn’t great, but i decided to put Sparkie in the air anyway and have a good look around.

Gosh, what a sight they are!

Unless you’ve seen aerial shots before from the shoreline, its difficult to see that there are two hulls, let alone how big they are.

The remaining hulls of the Kate Tatham and the Sylvan.

Local historians date the wreck back to 1922 when then gravel barge was abandoned on the Hunter River foreshore. 15 years earlier, the Kate Tatham capsized and sank during a squall that struck Newcastle Harbour in the November. One crewman luckily escaped the 270 tonne ship.

The other wreck the Sylvan was an old iron-screw steamer, that was used as a log punt after sinking at a town wharf in 1921.

The sunsetting over the wrecks looking up the North Arm of the Hunter River to the Stockton Bridge

When we’d run out of drone battery we headed down river a little bit further to watch the sunset. There wasn’t a lot of colour or cloud but it was still a peaceful (and not too chilly) way to finish the day.

Sunset over the working harbour
Looking downstream towards the city.