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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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Tin City Sunrise

Stockton beach lies just to the north of Newcastle and is 32 km (20 mi) long and stretches. Over many years Stockton Beach has been the site of numerous shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites. In some areas it is as much as 1 km (0.6 mi) wide and has sand dunes over 30 metres (98 ft).

Each year the dunes move north by approximately 4 m (13 ft). The sand on Stockton Beach varies from hard to soft packed and changes daily with the changing winds and weather. The dunes are the largest continuous mobile sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere and make for great 4 wheel driving and photography.

Due to storms and shifting of the frontal dunes access along the entire beach has been reduced for a period of time however there is a tourist company that operates buses to the Dunes and “Tin City”.

In the late 19th century shipwrecks on Stockton Beach were so common that two tin sheds were constructed on a part of the beach to hold provisions for shipwrecked sailors. During the Great Depression of the 1930s a group of squatters constructed a series of tin shacks at the site. During World War II the shacks were torn down to make way for an Army camp.

Today, eleven of the shacks, known collectively as “Tin City”, remain but no new shacks may be built. Nor can existing shacks be rebuilt if they are destroyed by the elements.

A bus load of Sundancers (a Newcastle based group of photographers) piled into the bus and headed down the beach in pitch black to shoot “Tin City” at sunrise.

Tin City Stars
Tin City Stockton Beach, NSW

This one was taken about an hour before sunrise:

Tin City Stars

This is the dunes on sunrise:

Sand Dune Light

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Ghost ships and Dunes

Being a photographer, you get to shoot some pretty amazing things at some pretty amazing spots at times. Not to far up the road in the Port Stephens area we have Stockton Beach – a 32 Km (20 mile) stretch of beach, sand and dunes that are truly spectacular. A large part of the beach lies in the Worimi Conversation Lands area – land of the traditional indigenous owners – which includes the Worimi National Park. In some parts of the beach is as wide as 1 km with sand dunes over 30m (98 ft) high. The dunes system make up the largest continuous mobile sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.

The beach (or bight as it is also known) is also home to the MV Sygna. A 53,000 tonne Norwegian bulk carrier, that ran aground during a major storm in May 1974. According to the local port authority, the Sygna is the last of 59 ships which have been lost on Newcastle shores, although that almost changed in June 2007 when the MV Pasha Bulker ran around on the citys Nobbys beach (but thats a whole other story).

With 30-40 other like minded sundancer mates we headed off in the very wee hours of the morning in early March for an organised sunrise shoot at the Sygna and then into the dunes.

The morning started off lovely and looked like it was going to be a good sunrise and then almost without warning a thick almost ghostly fog shrouded the ship and the sunrise was hidden. Yep the weather can be a real deal maker or breaker sometimes. Not quite the morning we had all been hoping for, but the fog certainly added some atmosphere to our shots.Sygna

As for the poor fisherman, I’m not sure that they knew what to make of 40 odd camera and tripod toting folk appearing out of the dunes at the wee hours of the morning, I’m pretty sure they weren’t thinking – ah the serenity of it all 🙂Fisherman

Once we had finished at the ship we headed up the beach and into the mighty sand dunes. Nature is truly a magic specimen at work, the dunes system is spectacular and a little over whelming at times, you look and feel like a small bug amongst them.Dunes

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Gravel roads

Well we almost didn’t have a blue day, woke up to rain at about 5am but thankfully the next time we woke its was again due to the heat of the sun warming the tent 🙂

Today we headeEddystone Beachd off to Bay of Fires, starting at the gardens and finding our way back to Binnalong bay at the southern end of the Bay of Fires. The Bay of Fires extends from Binnalong in the south to the Eddystone in the north (where we were yesterday) and was given the name Bay Orange Fire Rocksof Fires by the early explorers who saw the fires of the Aboriginal people along the shoreline. This area is famous for its picture perfect postcard landscapes of blue seas, white beaches and the burnt orange rocks caused by a lichen on the orange-hued granite.

Clear Waters

We spent the day exploring the north and south side of Georges bay which the city of St Helens sits alongside, exploring along every gravel road in between finding wonderful, little nooks and bays and even some lovely big sand dunes but alas no off road driving allowed, besides they are too beautiful to drive all over.

Peron Dunes

The sun stayed out all day, we walked our tired little peg legs off again and I think if I said me no like uphill one more time I may have been buried alive! But just being outdoors in the glorious sunshine looking at the water is enough to make all the walking worth while.

Sunset over Georges bay

With tired little legs we headed to the park for a short sit down before heading back to hopefully capture a sunset. It wasn’t great but at least there was some colour and wee bit of cloud to the west. Then it was back to camp for the night before moving on again tomorrow.