I found this place when exploring the area on the weekend and said to myself that I HAD to return for a sunrise. Obviously this is a stunning landscape that needed to be shared. To me this looks like a giants playroom and this is his/her jigsaw puzzle that they’ve only half completed. OR maybe it’s the walls of a castle that were destroyed in an ancient battle of a time long forgotten. What ever you see here, you can’t help but be amazed at it’s beauty and admire it.

I started this particular mornings shoot on the opposite side of Gap Bluff and brought along my Sony RX 100 II, even though this shot was done on my D800. The sunrise started out very pink and I got lots of great shots from the other side as well that I will process all in good time. I just loved this one with the grass in the foreground all lit up with the warm sunlight and the tip of north head off on the horizon.

I got LOTS of great shots this morning so if anyone is interested in purchasing a one of a kind print of “Gap Bluff” please contact me and I can email you some choices and begin discussing your artwork.

Gap Bluff in Watson’s Bay, is only a 15 minute drive through the eastern suburbs from the city CBD. That is what I find so incredible about this place is that it is just a hop skip and a jump to Sydney city from here. It reminds me a little bit of Launceston, Tasmania, how there is this huge gorge literally next to the city and it is something very very impressive to see. I feel like I have only touched the surface on what Sydney has to offer and am loving exploring and sharing the images with you here on my website.

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

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– 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

– Topaz Clarity Is used to add contrast to the image, 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

Post Processing:

I shot a 5 bracket series of images on my Nikon D800 on a tripod in aperture priority mode so that all the same areas of the image are in focus. I played around with different apertures on this morning trying to get around 2 second exposures for my (0) shot as I like the way ocean waves turn out around this length. But when the sun rises like this unless you have some sought of ND filter you aren’t going to get long exposure times like that so this is a shorter exposure time of 1/10 of a second. I took my 5 images and did a process called tonemapping in Photomatix Pro (This is the most common used HDR software out there & you can get 15% off with the discount code LukeZemePhotography). My tonemapped image then was automatically imported back into Adobe Lightroom 5 which is important because I then use LR to Launch the 5images + tonemapped image into Layers in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I masked in elements from each original image into the tonemapped image and then launched it in my favourite filter program Perfect Effects. It’s my favourite because of the HUGE variety. I also used Topaz Clarity for parts of the image as it gives fantastic contrast.

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Again, if you would like to purchase a “one of a kind” print from Gap Bluff Sydney please contact me and we can begin discussing your artwork.

Thanks Luke, if you have a comment leave it below.

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