Flying her drone her drone off Dolphin Point recently, 15-year-old Lili Kablau got a rare insight into why the placed is so named, snapping a large pod of dolphins.
“By counting the shapes in the water it’s safe to say there are at least 40,” she said.
The Ravenswood School for Girls student is based in Sydney but spends a lot of time at her family’s holiday home.
She is passionate about photography and about flying drones to get those elusive stills and video.
“When I’m flying in the sky and see something that is a one-in-100 chance such as a pod of dolphins, I feel like the luckiest person in the world,” she said.
“Very few get to see what I have experienced, and with climate change so relevant in my time I feel privileged to see such amazing creatures in such large numbers.”
Lili started with drone photography when she was given an entry-level Mavic Spark for Christmas in 2017. She has since upgraded to the Mavic Air, which has a greater range and much higher resolution.
“I love to fly all around the South Coast but especially the Ulladulla region as my family holiday house is there and it’s where I have grown up,” she said.
“I like to capture the land changing and every time I come back little things change and being able to see those changes is really cool.
“I’ve been flying since 2017 and haven’t stopped a moment since.”
Lili heads into Year 10 in 2019 and has plans to make a career from photography and drones.
“When I’m doing what I love best, photography, it’s like everything is forgotten and I’m in the now having a great time. Photography gives me a sense of freedom,” she said.
“I definitely want to try and make a career out of photography. The idea of making a living out of my hobby sounds awesome and definitely a life I want to live.”
Lili’s images can be found on Instagram. Search @Lili.kablau.