Bondi Beach is probably the most famous beach in the world and here I’ve used it as the backdrop for this stunning sunrise. There’s something special about a beach at this time of the morning, when the wind is down and you can hearing nothing but the gentle crashing of the waves. I followed these 2 surfers with my camera and got their silhouettes in front of the rising sun as they were bobbing up and down catching waves.

As a photographer I’ve seen a lot of sunrises and I think about once or twice a month the sky just puts on one of those jaw dropping shows, and this was one of those. Everything in the area just glowed like it was made of fairy dust, and there was a sense of magic in the air ! Bondi Beach at its finest 🙂

Software and Post Processing:

I used a Luminosity Blend using Adobe Photoshop CC. The image is primarily made up of 2 frames from a bracket of shots but I also blended in a small amount of HDR into the image using Photomatix Pro.

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

Other software used in the making of this image included:

– On1 Perfect Effects – An amazing Filter program to stylise your images. Comes as a standalone filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture.

– Topaz DeNoise 5  – A really powerful noise reduction software add-on. you can get 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

NIK Color Efex Pro 4.

Image Location:

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I stumbled on your site accidentally and want to say I love your work. I’m an artist and love taking candid photos and more interesting shots with a point and shoot. I had a Canon s90, but the images lack a certain quality. I just bought a Ricoh GR and it produces some very interesting photos. Unfortunately the video is awful. I also bought a Sony RX100 ii, but I hate the controls and the menu digging is making me miss some shots. Ricoh is better for that. Have you tried it? It’s an APS-C sensor.


Hi Anna, a good accident then 🙂 I actually haven’t used the Ricoh’s no but I did a lot of custom settings on my Sony and now everything is only one press of a button away. I actually shot the S100 and s110 little point and shoots, good little cameras.

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