Photos and videos from drones have always captured my attention, and after much research of what was the best drone to purchase I decided on the DJI Mavic Mini 2 with the Fly More Combo. DJI list the drone as a beginners or entry level drone and the likelihood of crashing is high, it seemed to be the most appropriate drone to purchase.
After test flying it around the local park I decided to be a little more adventurous and head to the beach. The laws around flying drones here in Australia are fairly clear, no more than 400ft in Altitude, must have line of sight and be at least 30 meters away from people.
Fully aware friends and family here in Australia and across the globe are yet again in lock down. With that in mind I headed to the local beach with the drone, to capture some footage of waves rolling in to the shoreline to share with everyone so they had a distraction, even for just a few minutes and apart from the visual distraction there is a back story.
Drone laws here in Australia are pretty clear and to name a few you are not allowed to fly a drone within 30 meters of other people, no higher than 400ft (120 meters) etc but to reach a suitable spot to fly the drone I needed to walk through the clothing optional area of the beach, that’s right, the nudist beach. This might sound like a good idea but let me assure its filled full of men, and only men who are all naked resulting in me looking at my feet the entire length of the beach.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Rip Curl Pro Surf Comp at the iconic Bells Beach here in Victoria earlier this year and I was just like the rest of crowd that took up every conceivable spot on or near the beach to watch and be swept up in the emotion on the day. I managed to capture over 700 photos, some blurry and some went straight to the delete folder but there were a number of keepers. However there is one image that I keep going back to and staring at, and I stare at it for several minutes as well.
World Surfing Chanpion, Steph Gilmore answers questions via a microphone while a drone watches over her.
We live in a world where we are connected to each and everyone through the use of smartphones and social media. Which is why every time I look at this photo, I ask myself and we ever truly alone? how do we get time to ourselves? Time alone to sit and think, time to think about where life may lead you or just to think of others like family and friends.
And that’s why I continue to stare at this photo of Steph Gilmore, Australian World Surfing Champion answering questions while a drone watches over her as she waits for the wave that will propel her to greatness.
P.S This photo looks so much better on the big screen than it does on Instagram