After yesterday, I came to the conclusion that there are two ways that one must experience the famed Great Barrier Reef in Australia: 1. Up close and personal via snorkel or scuba and 2. Hover over it in a helicopter. Having the luxury of doing both in one day is something that I will forever be grateful for, especially being someone who is pretty much terrified on marine life. Snorkeling amongst the dizzying array of fish and coral was a huge step for me and my rationale simply was, I’m sitting right above the Great Barrier Reef! Ultimately, I spent a few hours with my face pushed below the surface of the water and actually came to appreciate the tranquility of the teeming life down there. It was an experience that I’m truly glad to have had.

I took this photo out of the front seat window of the helicopter that we were in yesterday. I think it illustrates just how fast and diverse the Great Barrier Reef is. I believe this section is near the Arlington Reef. I used my Sony A7r and Sony FE 24-70 lens with my Formatt-Hitech CPL filter on. The CPL was a huge boon for the heli shoot because it helped cut right through the surface of the ocean, bringing out all of the great detail of the reef. I then transferred the photo to my iPad Air via wifi and editing in a combo of Snapseed and VSCO. Mobile photography at its best. :)