The image above is the full sized D800 file and it was made possible to do this with our brand new custom made server. Our last server wasn’t able to handle even running a gallery and I hosted my images on smugmug and had just for my blog. I think being able to show my work like this is really exciting, but Im the artist so Im bias.

Sydney city has so many exciting locations to explore for photographers and this is looking down onto King St. Wharf from the old swivel Pyrmont Bridge. There are lots of things down here for tourists to explore like the “Australia Wildlife Zoo” as well as the “Sydney Aquarium”. For the adults there are many clubs and bars that are open well into the early hours of the morning and the place looks incredible late at night with all the flashing lights and music. in the background is the Sydney CBD and it feeds into the Sydney Harbour Bridge which is directly behind the centre of this photograph.

I took this photo at around 5:30 PM just around 30 minutes after sunset and you can still the warm glow off to the left of the image where she set. The bridge is for pedestrians only these days and it was busy with traffic from all the 9-5er’s walking out of the city after a long days work. I politely set up my tripod on the edge of the bridge near the handrail and fired off some brackets on my D800 in aperture priority mode.

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

 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

– Topaz Clarity Is used to add contrast to the image, 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

– Imagenomics Noiseware 5 used to remove digital noise from the image

Post Processing was done using Adobe Lightroom5, Photomatix Pro, Topaz Clarity, On1 Perfect Effects, Photoshop CS6 and Noiseware 5. I firstly edited the image in photomatix and masked in areas from my original NEF files using photoshop. I then took the image into Lightroom 5 to use the brand new upright feature which automatically straightened all the buildings for me. I also used the radial filter feature from Lightroom 5. I then took the image back to photoshop where I made adjustments using my filter software Topaz clarity, OnOne Perfect Effects 4 and Noiseware 5.

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