Photography can be about many things and often sticking to a few simple compositional rules can greatly increase the beauty of your images. For instance you may have heard of the “rule of thirds”? This is where the image is broken up into 3 equal parts, both horizontally and vertically and you try to place items of significance on these lines.. So for instance, in this composition I was moving my camera up and down, whilst zooming in and out, to get the city horizon and the shore line to run along 2 invisible lines that break the image into 3 equal parts. Looking at the image you can see we have the top 1/3 is sky, the middle 1/3 is water and the bottom 1/3 is foreground. It can have a dramatic effect on the strength of an image and can be used in many different ways.

I used my 10 stop ND filter with my camera in bulb mode on a tripod. This way I can open the shutter for long as I like and in this particular shot I used an exposure time of 71 seconds.


Sony A7R


Sony FE 28-70mm

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

71 seconds



HDR info



thursday 15th January, 2015


8:00 pm


Sydney Harbour, Australia

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