These images were taken over Turtle Reef and Talbot Bay in the Kimberley region of Western Australia during a very low tide. This must be one of the most amazing landscapes in the world - nothing but water, sand, mud, mangroves, and - above all - exposed coral. The flow from the 11m tidal currents changes the landscape continuously.
Yes, the video is 22 minutes long - but I could not see what I should cut out. It really should be watched "full screen", sitting back in a comfortable chair and visualising this incredible landscape. I think one can see the landscape much better than just to mosaic the images together, or even by flying the same with a HD video camera.
The images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk4 camera mounted under the wing of one of ARA's small research aircraft on 12 Sep 2010 - see also airborneresearch.org.au . The original images are much higher definition than just HD.
Apart from the camera, the aircraft also carried a lidar and a hyperspectral scanner - the data is currently being analysed. It will probably be just as spectacular....
The survey was flown by ARA to help support the work of the Western Australian Marine Science Institution [WAMSI] who are currently trying to raise the profile of this region to have established an independent public-good marine and coastal research program undertaken for the benefit of all. Remarkable that in this day and age we have so little basic understanding of this incredible region.