Long before drones became the norm, I was up in helicopters photographing the beautiful Central Coast region – the place I also call home. It was a challenge trying to get people to connect with where they live using a view they wouldn’t ordinarily see. At $1000 per hour for a helicopter, you had to get it right but as with everything sometimes that just didn’t happen. I started to get smarter about planning the shoot and I also put a lot of thought into what I was shooting.
This image is my take on the Pelican Feeding at The Entrance which is very popular among tourists who visit our region. When the tides are right, the Pelicans sit out on this sand bar just waiting for the afternoon feeding to start. I waited until I knew the tides and sun would combine to give me the image I was after.
Quite often in photography (and in life) if you are patient and well prepared, shots make themselves available to you. But if you rush or hesitate quite often the image lacks emotion and relevance.