The title has nothing to do with Steve Jobs, pixar and the film A Bug’s Life, It just came to me when pondering…

what would it be like to live on a boat ? 

I mean, there are people living in these boats right here on the Brisbane River in Australia. Whilst taking this sunrise shot on my Nikon D800 a girl rowed one of those small dingy boats to the shore got out and used a key to open the laundry. It’s the small building further down on the left where that white ramp is. Anyways it got me to thinking what it would be like to live on a boat and once you start to give in to the romantic idealism of it you will find there are many appealing aspects to it. For instance, you could sail anywhere in the world you want ! drop anchor (haha I’m talking ship talk here) and just head on land for the day, then back out to your ship when ever you feel like it. You could just hit the seas with nothing holding you back and explore, explore, explore!

Personally I think I’d suit the life style of exploring and travelling the coastline of Australia. Would you ? I think I’d have trouble getting to sleep for the first few nights as I’ve been on solid ground for the past 33 years, but you’d get used to it like any new aspect of your life.

The image below is taken from near the botanical gardens in Brisbane and there are some really nice elements at play here. You’ve got this beautiful silver barked gum tree framing the image, the reflection of the sun on the city skyscrapers on the horizon, a nice little chair or some soft grass to sit to enjoy the rising sun and you can also see the lights on Storey Bridge in the centre of frame just before they were turned off for the night. It’s really peaceful to walk along here in the morning before the city goes into overdrive with every racing around. Sunrise is my favourite time of the day, easily !

Software Used:

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

 Topaz Adjust 5 is a great Filter program with a variety of choices, 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

– On1 Perfect Effects  An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

Image Location:


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Camera and Editing Gear:

Shot on a Nikon D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm lens. A manfrotto ballhead and tripod was used. Image was edited on a Apple 15in Retina Macbook Pro with an Intuous touch 5 medium.

Author: Luke Zeme

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