I was going to head out tonight and shoot the vivid festival at martin place, but it is raining really heavy *sad face*. So instead I decided to edit one of my images from the other night at Circular Quay. My focus on this image was to get in all the BIG TICKETS of the festival and those are the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as well as the brightly lit boats on the Sydney Harbour. I headed up on to the Cahill Expressway to get a vantage point above the crowds

Shooting Tips:

I actually spent nearly an hour in this one spot and you have to be patient. The reason I spent so long was because I was doing long exposure images to capture the movement of the boats.By opening up my shutter for 60-90 seconds I am able to get the long light trails you can see on the water. But then for say the projections on the MCA and opera house I needed quick timed exposures and these would have been around the 1/30 second… much much quicker. All the exposures have to be shot in the same aperture, this is the most important thing!!! If you change the aperture the depth of field changes and so elements that are in focus in one exposure wont be in another. I perhaps will write a tutorial on this technique one day for every on how I do it.

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Software used in the creation of this image:

OnOne Photosuite  the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

– Googles NIK Collection

Adobe Photoshop CC used to layer, mask, make adjustments plus much much more. The Photoshop Photography plan allows you access to Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99/month, definitely worth checking out.

Image Location:

View Circular Quay During Vivid, image by Luke Zeme. in a larger map

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Sony A7r


Nikkor 14-24mm

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

1/30, 1/5, 0.5, 30.0, 65.0 & 74.0 second exposures



HDR info

Luminance masks


31 May 2014


6:30 pm


Circular Quay, Sydney Australia

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