Articles: A Passion For Aerial Nature Photography

January 9, 2022  |  Bright, Australia

Aerial Nature and Landscape Photography is often viewed by more traditional landscape photographers as somewhat of a cheat code for making surprising images; however, I don't think this is necessarily the case. Capturing interesting, compelling, and thought-provoking images from the air still requires a great deal of artistic talent, technical talent, and perfect execution, especially when photographed from an airplane.

Aerial Nature Photography - Abstract and Details winner for 2022 Natural Landscape Photography Awards
Ocean Deity - by Mieke Boynton - winner of the Abstracts and Details category for NLPA 2022

This week on the podcast I was joined by Aussie nature photographer and aerial specialist, Mieke Boynton (pronounced Mee-ka), who has an incredible passion for aerial photography. You may recognize Mieke's name from last week's episode with her partner, Matt Palmer. They co-manage a gallery together in Bright, Australia. Mieke was also the winner of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards Abstract and Details category with an evocative, elegant, and thought-provoking aerial photograph that will absolutely astonish you. Mieke and I cover such a fun variety of subjects this week, including her passion for an area called the Kimberley, which is an area of Australia that has deep Aboriginal roots, which we discuss at length.

Aerial Nature Photography

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • Mieke's journey into photography,
  • The story behind how Mieke and Matt Palmer met and become Australia's photography power couple,
  • Why Mieke has chosen to open a gallery in her small home town of Bright, Australia, population 2,600,
  • Mieke's connection to the Kimberley Region,
  • Mieke's desire to share the cultures of the Aboriginal people with her audience,
  • Advice for others seeking a connection with place,
  • Tips and stories about aerial nature and landscape photography,
  • Why Mieke doesn't believe that aerial photography is cheating,
  • Mieke's stance on processing her images,
  • And a lot more!
Aerial Nature Photography
Aerial view of Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre in South Australia, taken from a chartered aircraft. All applicable rules and regulations of Australia have been observed.

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Aerial Nature Photography

Here is who Mieke recommended on the podcast this week:

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