Carving On The Breeze by reflector

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A Para-Glider really enjoying himself as he swoops out towards the sea at Dixon Park in New South Wales, Australia. A digital photograph captured with a 6 MP Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S500.

F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/2000 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-80
Exposure bias: -1.7 step
Focal length: 5mm


sea, blue, beach, waves, sand, coast, newcastle, glider

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 5 years ago

    This looks like so much fun. The cadets do this here but over land. An excellent picture. The horizon is perfectly straight and the colors are beautiful. xo

  • These guys and the hang gliders were mostly flying over the land. There’s a cliff just at the edge of those bushes and an updraft might be helping them along. Thank you Lori ! :)xx

    – reflector

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asheralmost 5 years ago

    Cool shot :D

  • A five minute stopover turned into about 45 minutes ! Thanks Jason, it was cool to watch – hang gliders, para’s and remote controlled plains zipping around on the wind.

    – reflector

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 5 years ago

    Nicely done mate, love the framing and angle in this!

  • The framing was hard because they can really accelerate at times ! Thank you Parmi !

    – reflector

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture James…looks great as a card…wonderful summer feel;)

  • Thanks Shanina ! I shot there a few weeks ago and it has a lot of possibilities. I just stopped for a quick check and was very pleased with what was happening. Thanks for the fave ! :))

    – reflector

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 5 years ago

    That’s a wee person down on the beach, James. I didn’t see the distance initially. Great colourful action shot.

  • It’s a cliff with a fence that I was sitting on to get above those distracting bushes. Thanks very much ! It was a very nice afternoon and lots of people were enjoying it all.

    – reflector

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 5 years ago

    Have you done this? I haven’t!

  • No ! I’m not too keen to take the risk, although it was easy to see how much fun they were having. I worked with a girl [ way back ] who shattered her arm Hang Gliding and it looked deformed – so I’m not mad keen on the hobby. :)

    – reflector

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome shot and timing James !

  • Thanks Trudi, I lost a few at first but got used to timing them. They can really take off ! :)

    – reflector

  • Daniel Rayfield
    Daniel Rayfieldalmost 5 years ago

    very cool capture!

  • Thanks Daniel, it was a great opportunity and a nice spot – right under and beside them ! Thanks for the fave ! :))

    – reflector

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Scott !

    – reflector

  • Teacup
    Teacupalmost 5 years ago

    Wow – love the shadow he has cast – wonder if the beach goer has any idea what happening above them!! x

  • Thanks TC, I didn’t even look at the shadows – there’s one from a Hang Glider on the left and this guys shadow is that little black line below him. :) There were 3 or 4 of these, maybe 5 hang gliders and a guy with remote controlled planes too !

    – reflector

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