When I started incorporating Landscape Photography into my art practices a few years ago I was always jealous of the photographers who lived in Europe for all the amazing places they had right on their door steps. Here in Australia I was unable to get the train to Italy or head up to the Netherlands for the day. BUT as I’ve found more and more I don’t need Europe to inspire or to create beautiful imagery,  it’s all right here in Oz 🙂

Australia is such a diverse country from its snowy peaks in Tasmania to its golden beaches on the Gold Coast and I’m now at the point where I feel lucky to have a country like this to explore and create art from.

I found this secret location between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay and camped out the night before to get up early and shoot a golden sunrise over this rocky shoreline. I was told by locals that the cyclone that went through northern Queensland, last week, brought devastating storms and ocean swells through the area taking away meters of sand from the dunes. I discovered they weren’t wrong when I was exploring a beach just round the headland from here where there was left a shell of a coastline where large chunks of the dunes had been carved out. It had left this ghostly feel to the beach all the way down the coast as far as the eye could see.

I’ve found that locals always come up to you when you have your camera on a tripod taking photos of a scene, as its our nature to want to share and communicate with others. They always like to see what you are doing but mostly to share a story or two of the area. I was pretty isolated the morning of shooting this shot but some surfers were on the other side of the point and one of them and I got to talking about the swell and wind. He was interested in the work I was doing and I in the local the area. I love the dedication surfers have who go out and get a quick one hour session at sunrise and then head off to work. There is no better way to wake up, in my opinion, then paddling out on the Pacific Ocean duck diving under the swell whilst the sun comes up. Magical !

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

– 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

-NIK Collection

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