Grant Hunt Photography

The Lake that Glistens – Lake Eyre Photography, South Australia

In February this year (2015) I had the privilege of doing some Lake Eyre Photography on one of the rare occasions in a generation that it was semi full of water. The amazing colours of the water against the bright white salt lake along with the plentiful birdlife given life by the waters from the Diamantina River system feeding water down from Central Queensland, was a sight to behold. We flew initially from Wilpena Pound (about and hour twenty) to Mooloorina Station where we dropped the doors, in a Cessna 206  with a wind deflector fitted at heights ranging from 4,000 feet down to 500 feet. I shot most frames on shutter priority of 1,000 and 1,250, although a couple at 1,600 with my Nikon D810 and a 24 to 70 mm Nikon lens. The red waters of Madigan’s Bay are a result of a type of halophile green micro-algae especially found in salt water lakes and ponds called Dunaliella Salina. Anyway, Lake Eyre Photography from the air with the doors off was on my bucket list so feeling pretty good about the day out.