This image is from 2 nights ago and was taken in Byron Bay, the most eastern geographical location in Australia. I was camping on the beach where this photo was taken and it was a short stroll back to the camp site. The lights off in the background is two things- a storm and also the lights form the Gold Coast glowing on the horizon. I had to take these images as fast as I could because a huge storm was coming. The clouds you see in the centre was just the start of it and the sky was already doing those tiny spits of water that come in front of huge storms.

Pictured in this image is ‘the pass’ and it’s main purpose is for watching the surf which wraps around the headland. It’s a pretty busy wave and at times I noticed up to 100 or so surfers in the line up, but its easy to see why. The wave is one of those long easy rider waves sweeping along towards the beach. I was happy to see that it wasn’t male dominated either and the male-female ratio of surfers in Byron is about 50-50 ! There was also lots of people further down the wave in surf schools, where the wave has a second burst of energy. Coming back to this location during the night was a peaceful experience and I had nothing but the sounds of the ocean swirling around me.

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

Image Location:

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