Beaches and Dunes of Western Australia.
I’d like to share some new photos I captured during my recent two-week visit to Western Australia. This marked my first trip to Australia, and I had the opportunity to explore both the western and eastern parts of this vast continent. I must say, I was thoroughly impressed by the incredible landscapes, beautiful beaches, mesmerizing seascapes, expansive dunes, and the diverse wildlife I encountered. While the region is known for its share of venomous snakes and potentially dangerous creatures, such as jellyfish and, of course, the more obvious sharks, it’s relatively easy to steer clear of these hazards. However, the one persistent challenge I faced was the swarms of flies. They seemed endlessly curious about me, constantly landing on my face, hands, and even my camera gear. It was quite annoying, to say the least. Despite my efforts, the insect repellent I purchased didn’t seem to deter them. Nevertheless, I continued to capture stunning aerial shots of the landscapes, dunes, oceans, and beaches with my drone. Flying a drone in Western Australia was a breeze, and no special permits were required. One particular highlight was capturing an impressive whale shot from an altitude of just over 60 feet, the closest permitted by the government. What truly amazed me, though, was the relative solitude I found on the beaches. In contrast to crowded California beaches, where even the most picturesque spots are often teeming with thousands of people, Australian beaches had only a few visitors, and sometimes I had an entire beach to myself. This provided a unique and peaceful opportunity for me to capture pristine, unobstructed shots of these stunning landscapes. I am going to be a frequent quest down there from now on. I may even organize a photography workshop offering whale watching arial photography, dunes, pinnacles, salt lakes, and the amazing beaches with the whitest sand in the world (which by the way, makes a squeaky noise when you walk on it, as if walk on a very cold snow. This is due to an enormous amount of quarts/silicon in it. And because of that, the water doesn’t sink quickly, and sand patters don’t disappear fast either. So some abstract photography is possible.