This was last night’s sunset which I shot from the Botanical Gardens in Sydney and you can see the footpath on the left of the image as it wraps around and enters the image half way up. I used the path in my image to direct the viewers eye into the scene and then naturally progress across to the setting sun. It was a quiet tuesday afternoon in the park really and it’s because its early August and I think the image reflects the chilliness of the air at this time of the year. From here the long shadows of the skyscrapers reach out like long fingers towards you whilst light shimmers through the gaps between them. Once the sun goes down the temperature drops very quickly and it can go from a moderate 18 or 19C to 9 or 10C quite quickly actually.

This spot is pretty popular for photography for obvious reasons and if you walk a couple of hundred metres off to the right of this location you can get a great vantage point of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the same composition, a good tip for you guys and gals.

Shooting info:

I was hoping to do some lengthy exposures on the water this night and even though I had my aperture closed as tight as it would go I was only getting times of 0.1 to 0.2 seconds which is not nearly slow enough. I could have hung around and shot a night cityscape but it was freezing ! haha and I wasn’t in the mood to rough out the cold for another 1-2 hours. So I took my shots with the lowest ISO of 100 and 1 stop in from the highest aperture and got back on my bike.

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

– Photomatix Pro HDRsoft offers my readers 15% off with 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

– Color Efex Pro 4 another filter program

Processing info:

I tonemapped my 5 images from my Nikon D800 in Photomatix & also used the Filter Program Perfect Effects for stylisation of the image.

Image Location:

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