Glen Gilligan, PPSA  

Hill Inlet by Glen Gilligan, PPSA

August 2019 - Hill Inlet

About the Image(s)

Not another aerial you say! Sorry but I was so pleased with what I got from the helicopter on my flight over the Barrier Reef I just had to put up another one. This one is of Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island on our way back to the mainland after photographing the Reef. We were running out of time and didn't want to go over budget so we could only make one pass. In this case the pressure was on. We had to get it right. I used ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1/1600 sec at F/8 to try and get the image as sharp as possible. I hope I have succeeded. Whitehaven Beach in the top left hand corner and much visited by the tourist boats. This beach is pure white and the sand is 80% silica. A beautiful part of the world.

I did very little post production in Adobe ACR. Cropped, sharpened and pushed the whites up a bit. Cheers Glenn

5 comments posted

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Glen, it is surely another impactful image taken from high above! The flow line of the river that snakes back and forth as it travels upstream is particularly interesting and well placed in the composition. The air seems the least bit hazy to my eye, and I notice that with a small amount of increased contrast, the image perks up markedly.   Posted: 08/07/2019 09:41:37

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Glen, I don't mind another interesting aerial photography. I agree with Lamar, the flow river line brings particular impacts in this fine composition. My only suggestion is to increase vibrance and contrast of the global adjustment to make it more vivid. Then, reduce the overall brightness a bit, darken some part of the areas by brushing it to make the flow river line more outstanding. Nice work Glen.   Posted: 08/10/2019 05:11:12
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Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks for sharing this unique and beautiful part of the world. This has strong overall impact compelling me to follow the leading line of the river back into the image. And the dividend of the string of what - seaweed? - streaming off the point adds nicely to my eyes journey deeper into the image. I think you framed it well especially since you caught it as a drive by; this composition has a nice triangular shape to it with an added bonus of fluffy clouds on top!   Posted: 08/11/2019 16:08:52

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
I like the aerial perspective, it really provides so much information about the land. In this image I particularly like the blues and greens in the water and the S-curve of the river. I would suggest using a brush to increase the saturation and detail of the river just to pull the eye a little bit more in that direction. Finally, I find the little line of brown at the very bottom in the middle a bit distracting and you could clone out just the bit of it that intersects with bottom edge of the frame.   Posted: 08/14/2019 11:01:18

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I love your areal shots. I find that the upper portion of the image is a little hazy. If I can, I like to do gentle corrections. I applied a graduated filter from bottom to top with only a slight dehazing.
Keep on sending these pict from down and under!   Posted: 08/16/2019 07:11:48
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