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Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 Aspherical L series lens

Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 L USM lens

I made the above image during a wonderful morning helicopter flight that took in many of the most iconic locations along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The image features Johanna Beach, a wild and windswept beach on the south west coast.

A short drive, through rolling green hills, off the Great Ocean Road takes you to a small campground. From there it’s only a few minutes walk to the beach. The area also offers a range of secluded cabins, catering to the needs of couples and families alike. Despite its location and suitable amenities the rugged beauty of the beach remains a relative secret to most folk rushing down to The Twelve Apostles. So, with the exception of fishermen, couples and the old family the beach is yours to enjoy and photograph.

Johanna Beach was originally named Joanna Beach after the 22-ton schooner-rigged Joanna, itself named after the daughter of its owner. Sadly the Joanna floundered off shore on its 1843 maiden voyage between Launceston, Tasmania and Port Fairy.

Aerial photos like the one above provide the viewer with a unique perspective. Normally familiar scenes are photographed from a viewpoint and distance quite different from what we would normally expect. While most aerial photography is done at an angle of around 45º, sometimes opportunities call for shooting almost straight down onto the scene. Such an extreme viewpoint, in this case achieved with the door removed from the helicopter and me leaning out and shooting almost straight downward, is referred to as a Birdseye View.

As is evident here that further challenges our sense of scale and perspective producing a very 2D view of the world. With space and depth effectively flattened, other design elements such as texture, color, line, balance and repetition are utilised to produce a dynamic result.

The image was made with a Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 Aspherical L series lens. The image was processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

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