The very changeable, early summer weather that we have been experiencing at Encounter Bay in South Australia, has meant that there has been some good clouds along the coast. We have had hot days, cold days, sunshine, rain, lots of gusty wind from the south-west, calm days and striking cloud formations:
We have been walking along the coast, rather than the Bluff, and we’ve often we’ve been caught in the wet weather whilst walking in the morning and the evening, and I have had to find whatever shelter amongst the rocks that I could until the quickly moving squall had passed.
During the changeable weather dolphins have been cruising the sea close to the shore, kites hover on the fields close the cliffs, Pacific Gulls soar in the strong winds and the sand is slowly disappearing from Dep’s Beach.
People have been surfing at Petrel Cove when there has been rolling waves; running along the heritage trail; and walking their dogs amongst the rocks. A group of Indians have been flying drones in and around Petrel Cove.
One hovered above me whilst I have been doing the odd still life on the rocks below . It was a very noisy UAV fitted out with a DSLR camera that hovered above me and Maleko one afternoon. It felt like an intrusion and it annoyed me.
I do understand that drone photography is fast becoming the new form of aerial photography. Presumably, this is because the cost of hiring fixed wing aircraft or a helicopter is expensive, and no doubt there will be a boom and drone photography will carve out its own niche.
The overcast mornings with the soft, light meant that Kayla and I have often been out walking for around 2 hours or so–from 6.15am to 8.15am. Then it’s home for an enjoyable breakfast with Suzanne. After breakfast , Suzanne goes to the gym, and I go and sit in front of the computer to continue building up the galleries on poodlewalks—eg., the archive and the black and white ones.
The early morning, lighting conditions are similar to what I experienced in winter, only I did not need to wear a warm, rainproof jacket. The overcast, stormy conditions have provided the opportunity, space and time to explore some different types of photography along the coast.