Akademie Instructor Nick Rains was recently commissioned to shoot a series of aerial photographs of a cruise ship coming into Sydney harbour. Having a helicopter handy on a perfect day is not something that happens very often so Nick took the opportunity to shoot some personal images whilst waiting for the ship to dock. Nick has just started working with the Leica SL so this was a good opportunity to put the camera through its paces in a challenging environment – doors-off, 500 feet over Sydney.

“I found the SL to be perfect for this kind of work. It’s light and responsive so I can concentrate on the shot, and a major bonus of the 24-90 lens is the built-in stabiliser which gave me images as sharp as though I had shot on a tripod”.

Here’s a selection of Nick’s own images from the day:

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