Moving house always takes longer than you planned for and it’s all the little things that seem to slow the process down. I’ve recently moved interstate to Sydney and am slowly getting settled and finding more time to put into my photography and website here. I grew up near Sydney so I know the place fairly well but there are so many places that I haven’t been and am planning to take my camera gear and paint the scene with my metaphorical digital brush so to speak.

I woke up early this morning and was planning to head out to North Head to photograph the famous cliffs of Sydney but I saw stars on the eastern horizon which meant there wouldn’t be any interesting clouds. So, I cancelled the shoot on the north shore line and since I was already awake I drove over to Bondi to explore the rocky coast line instead. I got down below the joggers path, which stretches all the way to Maroubra I believe, and setup my tripod and went from rock to rock hunting the perfect compostion. The building you can see warmly lit up on the left in this image is the world famous Bondi Icebergs Baths which have been a landmark in the area for over 100 years.

I was attempting to get exposure times of around 2 seconds for the water as I find this to be the magic number when it comes to getting a cross between the milky white movement of the water combined with it having a tangible shape. I ended up selecting this composition though of 1second exposure times because I gotten the wave just right when it was getting sucked back out off the rock ledge.

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

 On1 Perfect Effects  An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture


All of the processing for this image was done using mainly two programs:

  • Adobe Lightroom 5

and by chance these are the two software programs I recommend for beginners to digital photo editing software as they are easy enough to pick up and have enough depth for even the most professional of photographers.

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