Tamarama Surf club is the yellow building you can see sitting up on the ocean cliff above the beach. The walking trail is the one everyone loves doing because you can walk from Bondi to Maroubra beach along the ocean, its incredible! I’ve done it a few times myself and it is also the host of the amazing sculpture by the sea exhibition on once a year.

There’s a saying that goes a little something like this “you aren’t going to capture a photo of a rainbow without getting a little wet” and that’s because they appear when there is fine water mist in the air. These conditions often appear in front of and on the back of storms. You can see this rainbow, and a small double rainbow, forming over the ocean just on the back of a small rainstorm and it was the perfect backdrop for this dramatic seascape. 


Taking the shot:

To get this shot I perched on the edge of a cliff with my tripod and setup to watch the action. The waves were massive today and there were a lot of surfers out catching them and I took a few standard shots to see how they turned out. I liked the crisp sharp water but I wanted to slow the action down a bit and create a long exposure of the ocean. I used neutral density filters to allow me to control the shutter speed and instead of having a standard daylight exposure of 1/500th of a second I was able to slow it right down to 2 seconds. I really like the 2-4 second range when I’m photographing the ocean because it still conveys the direction and movement of the water. Super long exposures around 5 minutes are nice too but the water turns into a smooth milk like texture.


Software Used:

– OnOne Photosuite  the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

-NIK Collection

– Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 + Lightroom 6 CC


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Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: Sony A7r
  • Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm +165mm firecrest ND filters
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Shutter Speed: 2.0
  • ISO: 100
  • Time: 4:11 pm
  • Location: Tamarama Beach, Sydney. Australia

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