I kid you not, the name of this destroyer class vessel from the Royal Australian Navy is called HMAS Vampire. Yup you are looking at a Vampire !!!

This area is down on the waters of Darling Harbour in Sydney in the Maritime museum and for photographers you can get lots of great reflections on the waters surface of the city CBD. It’s free to wander around  but some of the attractions ask you to pay a small entrance fee, like this warship HMAS vampire you can see on the left side of the image a guard/attendant standing at the entrance. You can jump on to the ship and explore it at your own leisure. I didn’t have time to go on today but I think I might in the future and do some HDR down in the bowels of the hull. I’ve seen some great shots inside vessels and planes by RC concepcion before and would like to try doing it myself. Here is a link to RC’s Google+ Page and you can see how awesome his interiors are. I think he is the KING of interior HDR.

I wonder if the movement of the ship on the water will effect my tripod and camera ? or do Newton’s laws of relativity come into play in a situation like this ? I’ll do some investigating and let you know !!!

The reason I’m able to get such dramatic lighting in this image is mainly because I shot it at sunset so you had these orange and red clouds juxtaposed against the deep blue sky. Since I shoot HDR the outcome is a lot nicer if you shoot closer to the golden hours and even at night as well. The harsh light of a mid-day sun would have been impossible to get lighting like this into my image, so theres a little tip for photographers reading this.

Software Used:

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

– NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

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I love this image and think it would look amazing in a 30x 40 inch metal print, the bigger the better as there enough detail in this image to see the flags on the Pyrmont Bridge 🙂


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