So everyone we thought it was about time to cover the exciting world of drone photography.

This great drone image was taken by our recent Diploma of Digital Photography graduate David Pethick.  Read on for David’s wonderful description of the equipment  and processes he used in capturing this inspiring image.

This image was taken using a DJI Mavic Pro with an inbuilt 4K camera. With the ability to shoot in RAW and ability to manage the settings whilst in flight at the touch of a few buttons. A ND4 filter attached helped soften the light. Although this is more designed to take video footage I still aim to take a few snaps for a quick share with friends, with footage being automatically synced to the phone. The skill to be able to organise the rig and know when and how to fly are skills that are required especially in coastal conditions where the wind can be quite strong, which was the case at the time of capturing this image. With enough fear of flying a drone above water driving me to push the boundaries and having real time relaying of information to my phone, constantly checking the drone position and identifying potential problems within the air it is considered an art to capture beautiful images. With so many considerations including determining a landing when issues might occur such as strong wind directing the drone off course, legal requirements from take-off to landing, considerations of people around and battery life, what might seem quite simple has the potential to be highly problematic.

As part of a what is becoming a more accessible form of photography Ariel photography adds another dimension of perspective and excitement. This image has created a level of compositional blending of nature and manmade features with the bridge and the natural rock formations at Canal Rocks, in Western Australia’s South West Region. The almost stillness of the rocks and coral to the left-hand side of the image. With the centre section taken up with the choppy pushing of water through the narrow channel and with careful inspection, after playing some ‘Where’s Wally’ the size of the people from a bird’s-eye view provide an indication how large this area is. The gentle casting of shadows from the afternoon sun as the rocks reflect subtle browns, white and yellows from the afternoon sun. The bridge shadows add extra detail to the image with the wooden upright slats form a small and delicate pattern. The hurrying ripples and white wash on the right third of the landscape styled image shows off the dark and stormy looking colour of the water creating distinction between that on the opposite side of the image. This type of image is diverse from the rest of the other submitted portfolio that aims in providing a strong sense of magnificence, trepidation and sense of an exhilarating thrill for the viewer gazing straight down from a considerable height.

Great job David and thanks for letting us share your image.