The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli!
… George Costanza
Wow was it windy when I was taking this photo as a huge storm was coming into Sydney from the west. I was reminded of that line from Seinfeld, the episode when George pretended to be a marine biologist to impress a woman. It hadn’t rained in weeks in Sydney, but it ended my shoot short and I escaped the storm just in time.
This gorgeous little lighthouse is one of the north shore lights and is the sibling of Bradleys Head Light. You get to it by walking through the cute little area of Cremorne Reserve and then climb down a ladder to the rock shelf. It was fun climbing down here and I came and watched the sunset over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I love watching Sydney Harbour at all hours of the day, but blue hour is definitely one of the more special times. It was with the help of a Sydney Photographer Gerrard Blacklock that I found this location, so thanks to him. He had taken a nice sunrise photo of this light and I came to see what I could create at sunset, but the sky was uneventful so I hung around for blue hour. There were a couple of guys fishing next to me and if you ignored the incoming storm it was quite scenic. In the background of the image is the other side of Sydney Harbour, so Darling Point, Rose Bay, Watsons Bay and Vaucluse.
This was a 5 bracket exposure with 1EV values shot -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2. I then tonemapped them using my favourite HDR Software:
Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography
Next I took the images into Photoshop where I edited the image in Layers. Adobe now has a great deal for its Creative Cloud for Photographers
– Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers – you can now get full access to Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99/ month
I then used On1 Perfect Effects to stylise the image:
– On1 Perfect Effects – An amazing Filter program to stylise your images. Comes as a standalone filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture.
View Cremorne Point Light in a larger map