There is something magical and special about Byron Bay, and you feel it when you visit there. There is a sense that you aren’t being judged there as much and you are free to express yourself in any way you please.

Being an artist I found a lot of inspirational Landscapes within the area and this particular image was taken at Cape Byron State Conservation Park. It was nice to stroll around the beaches and bush land meeting like minded people who were there to enjoy themselves as well or just be a part of a special place.

I don’t claim to be a great surf photographer and will leave that field to others who make it their main focus, but that said I have lived the beach lifestyle for almost a decade of my life and feel a strong connection with the ocean.

Here in this scene what stood out to me was the way this girl was carrying her surfboard on her head not unlike an African tribes woman carrying one of those large water vessels on her head. I’ve always been amazed at how much people are able to balance on their heads and am secretly a bit jealous haha. But what I also noticed was the coming together of many elements combining to form a great image- an epic cloud formation, a setting sun, sweeping curves, leading lines and silhouette figures. The fact that I was at Australia’s iconic Byron Bay and the wave “The Pass” was a sweetener on top of all these elements.

So I’ve amusingly titled this image “The balancing Act“.

Software Used:

– Adobe Lightroom 5 catalog and adjustment program

– Adobe Photoshop CS6  used to layer and mask, plus much much more

– 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

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