I love capturing the movement of water around stationary objects on the coast like stones, cliffs and even man made structures like ocean pools. What is fascinating too, about shots like this, is that every moment is different! and every frame I capture has its own unique signature and beauty. I was focused on the way the water would rush up onto this stone and kind of bead up and pour down off the edges. It’s kind of amazing that these green weeds are able to hold on to the rock with these huge waves crashing onto constantly.

This stretch of coastline from Bondi to Maroubra has drawn my creative attentions for a while now… I keep being drawn back to the beaches just south of Bondi to turn my lens on its beauty. This morning I woke up super early to head to this particular area of Tamarama Beach and isolated this giant rock covered in sea weed. To get this composition I had to stand up on a similar stone and precariously balance myself and the camera tripod to achieve enough stability to get these long exposures of the water. Every so often a set of waves would come through that were going to take me out, so I’d have to quickly hop back to dry land.

Shooting this image:

This shot was a 3 second exposure made by adding a ND filter on the front of my lens. This essentially means that I am limiting the amount of light that reaches my camera sensor and I can then extend the exposure times. What might have been a 1/250th of second exposure has now become this drawn out exposure.

Do you love or hate long exposure photography?

There are definitely two sides of the fence when it comes to long expsoure photography and I sit squarely on the side that loves it! The great part about that is that I can do both types of photography and then decide later back on my computer during Post-processing which worked best for the scene.

Do you guys hate or love long exposure photography?

Software Used:

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

– NIK collection

– Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom 6/CC


Thanks, Luke

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: Sony A7R
  • Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Shutter Speed: 3.0 seconds
  • ISO: 500
  • HDR info: Single Exposure
  • Date: Monday, 29th June, 2015
  • Time: 7:04am
  • Location: Tamarama Beach, Sydney, Australia

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