Aerial Architectural Photography in Melbourne…

Over the last few years the La Trobe University Bundoora campus has changed significantly, adding 3 new and certainly interesting buildings. Now I have already photographed the Lyons Architects designed AgriBio and LIMS buildings from the ground, both of which are featured on my portfolio site http://www.michaelevansphotographer.com, and this week I was fortunate indeed to be commissioned to capture some aerial views of the updated campus, and it’s relationship and proximity to the city of Melbourne.

I chartered a Robinson R44 from the Helicopter Group based at Moorabbin airport, and since I was going to be using several camera bodies and lenses, my pilot had removed the door completely allowing a good unobstructed view. I cannot praise my pilot Glen or the Helicopter Group highly enough as their service and friendly professionalism (particularly the office manager Debra) was absolutely second to none…highly recommended! http://www.helicoptergroup.com/

La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Overall view of the La Trobe University Campus, encircled by Kingsbury Drive – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
AgriBio building - La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
This is the front of the building which I had shot as a dusk image (from the ground) – – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
LIMS building - La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The front entrance to the University with the David Myers building facing the lake in the foreground © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Dandenong ranges in the background © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
A closer view – the effects of the heat haze can be seen in this image if you look towards the AgriBio building; it appears as a softening and lack of contrast. I deliberately have not increased the contrast in post production on this shot to the same degree as the other images © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
LIMS building - La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Another aerial view of this fascinating building – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The campus with Melbourne and the bay in the background – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
With the sun behind me – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
AgriBio building - La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
AgriBio from the air – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
From this angle I could incorporate the AgriBio building, the new La Trobe Melbourne buildng (still under construction in the centre of frame) and the LIMS building; all of which were designed by Lyons Architects – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The X on the front of the LIMS building is more visible in this image – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
This shot clearly shows the new sculptures on the steps leading to the LIMS building – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The LTU wildlife sanctuary can be seen at the bottom of this shot… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Robinson R44 - La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Robinson R44 is a tiny yet very comfortable platform to shoot from; with the door off we at least had some natural air conditioning as the mercury climbed! – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Michael Evans Photographer and pilot from the Helicopter Group, Glen - La Trobe University aerial image -  © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Posing with my excellent pilot Glen – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The shoot itself was not without issues since we are currently experiencing a heatwave in Victoria, with the temperature at 44 degrees as we took off and headed for the campus. I had been watching the Bureau of Meteorology’s updates in order to pick the best conditions and the Tuesday looked promising, however it was one of those absolutely ‘white hot days’ which for the photographer means little in the way of contrasty light, and even though I used filters there was still heat haze to contend with. The forecast was for little to no wind, however this certainly was not the case, and all credit to Glen as he fought the turbulence to keep me in position while our aircraft was pushed sideways over the campus on each pass.

For the actual shoot I used one Canon 5D Mk III with a 24-105 f4 L and another 5D Mk III with the 17mm TS-E – changing lenses was really not an option in the cramped conditions!

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2 thoughts on “Aerial Architectural Photography in Melbourne…

  1. Michael, so beautiful these images are, “crystal clear” is the first thing I have to say.

    Your posts never disappoints, due to the diversity of themes and clarity.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

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