Bronte is fast becoming my favourite beach in Sydney. We live just a 10 minute drive from here and I love the anticipation of arriving. You have to wind your way down the hill through the local streets with no view of the ocean until you get to the bottom. Then, as you come out of the trees in the park the vista opens up to this beautiful coastal environment. On the left side you are hit with all the various coloured buildings on the cliff side, looking a bit like a decorated cake, then on the right side is the amazing Bronte coastal pool. I headed straight for the beach sand and took off my shoes and studied the sky, I like to get a feel for where the most colour will show during the sunset. The rock platforms on the right looked like a great place to setup and that way I could swing around and photograph the pool too. Whilst I was snapping away frames at various spots along this area there was a 5 year old boy running around and playing in the water. He would leap of giant rocks into the ocean and bound from rock to rock with out any fear in the world. The kid had long curly blonde hair and when I saw him yelling out to one of the surfers I knew he had spent many a day here at the ocean watching his brother catch waves. Theres nothing like a free spirited child to remind you how cool life is… So in amongst this little guy banging into my tripod every now and again I got this awesome shot of a Bronte Beach Sunset. (btw I didn’t even care about him knocking into my expensive camera gear, was more worried about him being taken out by a wave on the rocks)
I love editing these high res images from my Sony A7r in multiple software programs but the key for me is to use each one in a subtle way, taking pieces of one filter and combining them with others. Or just increasing the saturation of one or two colours to highlight certain areas in an image.
In this image there were a lot of interesting elements to play with- the pink clouds in the sky, the multi-coloured houses on the hill, the moving ocean water as well as the vivid relfection of the sunset on the ocean surface. So using many different techniques I ended up here.. I am happy with the result and I hope you love it too!
Adobe Lightroom- first off I just did minor touches to highlights shadows and exposure
NIK- in NIK I like to start off and do some adjustments to the saturation
– OnOne Perfect Effects – I love using the HDR filters in this software, you have to try it out!
Adobe Photoshop- I am big fan of luminance masking and use advanced methods to adjust the highlights, midtones and dark areas of my images. This allows me to control the lightning in my images.
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Technical Mumbo Jumbo
- Camera: Sony A7r
- Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm
- Focal Length: 14mm
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Shutter Speed: 3.0 secs
- ISO: 800 ISO
- HDR info: Luminance masking- see this great video tutorial series to learn luminance mask HDR methods- Jimmy Mcintyre’s HDR Luminosity mask Video Tutorials:
- Date: 12th september 2015
- Time: 5:45pm
- Location: Bronte Beach, Sydney