There’s nothing like the ocean for something to have a positive affect on your soul and I would know as I’ve lived by the ocean for more than a decade. This seascape is located an hour or two north of Sydney in a place called the Bouddi. It’s a National Park with some spectacular ocean landscapes and beaches, an area just jam packed with natural beauty. It has some really distinctive geological rock formations that reminded me of star trails in the sky, or indigenous bark paintings. The stones are filled with circles and ellipses of darker rock which must have formed at very hot temperatures, indeed closer to the earths core or a volcano. These formations have since risen to the earths surface and through wind and water erosion have been exposed here where the land meets the Pacific ocean. Pretty amazing stuff to look at !


The challenge when shooting this HDR image was to get the HDR bracket to fire when the water was surging out as this was where all the interest was for me. I had the bracket set on a 5 second timer as to allow for my camera and the tripod to settle to a stationary position. If you shoot with your finger on the shutter release button you will get camera shake so you need to use a remote or timer when doing these. But I also had the ocean tide coming in and out to deal with. So, I had to count the intervals between the waves and then make sure I started my HDR bracket 5 seconds before when I wanted it to start. I was trying to show the amount of water that came rushing out into this hole right next to the rock shelf and capture some of that energy at the same time.


Im really happy with how rich and colourful the image turned out and it really harnessed the power of the ocean.

I used my usual suspects on creating this HDR image-

To tonemap the HDR image:

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

Then to add some flare and richness to the colours and contrast:

– OnOne Perfect Effects An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

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Cheers, Luke

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