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Lead a Horse to Water


Beautiful Horsehead Rock in Bermgui, photographed for the first time from the ocean side in 2016 with a drone.

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Like many photographers I made the pilgrimage down the coast to photograph the amazing Horsehead Rock near Bermagui. This particular rock structure, located just to the north of the equally famous Camel Rock can only be accessed via a rock scramble from the south that’s only possible at low tide. However when you have a drone, considerations about access become less important and, as I was visiting when the tide was in, I simply flew my Phantom 4 drone from the path above the rocks.

The standard view of Horsehead is of course from the front where you can see the arch of the main rock structure. I had never seen a photograph of the other side of the rocks though and so you can imagine my surprise when, as I flew my drone behind the rocks, I realised the whole thing looked way more like a horse from the ocean side than from the beach side – it had a head (drinking water), a body with flanks and even a tail. It was a revelation to me. When I got home I searched high and low but I couldn’t find any other images showing the reverse side of the rock so I came to the conclusion that the only folks that knew about this were me and the fishermen that pass this way. When I posted the image to social media it caused a bit of a stir and the images went viral as everyone marveled at the Ray Harryhausen looking rocks.

I thought long and hard about which image of Horsehead to add to my curated print collection and eventually settled on this one taken in 2016. It was shot with my Phantom 4 from only about 15m above the water and at a three-quarter angle to ensure the arch was clearly visible.

This image is only available in smaller dimensions due to the cropped image size of the original shot.

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