The Famous shells of Sydney Harbour, a must see ! for every traveler.

Sydney Harbour has to be the most beautiful harbour’s in the world… if not ‘the most beautiful’. A lot of it has to do with how much greenery is still around I think and the location of the botanical gardens and taronga zoo right on the waters edge. I grew up about 2 hours south of it and used to visit the city about once every month or so.

Most people will have seen the opera house from some really iconic angles and I didnt want to just copy those, so like always I tried to so my own thing 😀 My HDR photographs are done on a Nikon D800 and the best times of the day to capture any HDR Landscape image are, in this order~ sunset, sunrise, blue hour and night time. This has to do with the lighting conditions as anything during the day is too harsh and the image turns out really muggy looking. So as its the best time, I chose to do this at sunset.

In the frame the shells are lined up to give a sense of depth to the work whilst the warmth of the sun vibrantly illuminates the farthest shell for us so we can realise the spatial size of the image.

I’ve noticed these days that the opera house isn’t just for the white collared as their are shows being performed by comedians and even current rock bands, which was a little surprising. The directors might be starting to realise that they have something very special which shouldn’t just be accessible to the upper class or lovers of the ballet and classical music . A decision I think the general public, and tourist’s alike love.

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 Adjust 5 is a great Filter program with a variety of choices, 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

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