Sydney Harbour has many protected areas along its shorelines and collectively they are known as “Sydney Harbour National Park”. I was standing up on a cliff in such an area when I took this shot and its actually a lot higher than it looks as the wide angle lens makes this height deceiving. The sun had just gone down about 20 minutes ago and this time of the day is know to photographers as blue hour. I loved how you could see down into the water to make out the rocks on the bottom of the ocean. Also the way the city lights reflected off the surface of Sydney Harbour and clouds in the sky was magical. The clouds were actually moving quite quickly across the sky and brought storms with them, but luckily I was not hit. Even though the sun had gone down, a few couples were still taking a dip in the water and it was a perfect night for a swim…. The water looks so inviting doesn’t it? Out here during the day the water has that beautiful aqua blue tinge to it and looks amazing.

Post-Processing and Shooting:

On this image I used my Sony A7r 36MP Full Frame camera and paired it with the awesome Nikkor 14-24mm lens. I placed my camera on a tripod and shot a series of images, some long exposured, so that I could produce a HDR image when editing it on my computer. I only used 2 software programs to edit this one.

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

& also

– 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.


Sony A7r


Nikkor 14-24mm

Focal Length


Shutter Speed

1.0, 2.5, 4.0, 8.0 & 15.0 second exposures



HDR info

5 shot HDR with Photomatix 5


8:36 pm


Sydney Harbour Australia

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