Sydney’s ocean pools are blessed with some of the most gorgeous sunrises. Cement structures stand stoically aside the edge of the pool sheltering its visitors from the volatile Pacific Ocean. This is on the doorstep of Coogee beach and the lifesavers trailed in and out of the Surf Life Saving Club to do their morning swim and run whilst I took in the view with my camera.


This was shot as the sun was rising and it’s a long exposure of 256.0 seconds using a 165mm format firecrest 10 stop ND filter on nikkor 14-24mm. The filter was mounted on a lucroit filter holder and I just used the single ND filter on this shot.

What I love about these long exposures is that they capture a large spectrum of the colour on the water and in the sky. During a sunrise the most vivid colours will move across the sky and when you have such long exposure times, 256.0 seconds, you can expose for all of this colour.

Editing Software:

– Macphun Intensify PRO– This is a relative you new filter program but I already LOVE it. It comes with plenty of filter presets and has a very professional feel to it. Check out some screen shots of Intensify PRO here

– NIK Color Efex PRO 4

-Adobe Photoshop CC

Recommended Video Tutorials:

I used 3 exposures to pull out more detail in the shadows and highlights. Whilst I could teach you how to do this process I think its better for me to point you towards the master of luminosity masks here…

Jimmy Mcintyre’s HDR Luminosity mask Video Tutorials: These tutorials are amazing and will improve your image creating in leaps and bounds. He guides you through every step of the way in a slow and controlled method. There are steps for beginners to advanced so check them out.

Thanks, Luke

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: Sony A7R
  • Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 256.0 + 1/6, 0.4 & 1.0 second exposures for details in the shadows and hightlights
  • ISO: 100
  • HDR info: Luminance masks – 4 exposures
  • Date: 19/05/2015
  • Time: 6:42 am
  • Location: Coogee Beach, Sydney. Australia

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