This morning was one of those mornings… like stepping into a dream… a surrealist painting… a Dali… unbelievable!

I was one of 4 photographers that I saw furiously capturing the sunrise at Bronte Beach in Sydneys east. just a few hours ago. I began capturing photos up at the pools and worked my way down to the this spot on the sand. I found this lovely little circular pool where the water would rush in and around this rock and back out to sea. It created such a strong composition that I waited for the right wave to come through to capture this shot. The way the rocks kind of pop out of the sand and water one at a time as our eye moves down the beach reminded me of digging up dinosaurs bones! Hence the title of the image “Bronte-Saurus”.

The waves today were perfect too with 3 to 4 footers peeling in off the shelf. There were about 5 guys surfing out there having the time of their lives and who could blame them. To me the ocean looked like a metallic surface that had caught on fire, it was truly inspirational. More and more I am drawn to the ocean to shoot images and can feel my passion for them growing day by day. I know its not like this every morning so I make sure I take advantage of it when I can.


This is an HDR image made using Luminance masks.

– Luminance Masks and HDR Video Tutorials A series of tutorials by Jimmy Mcintyre that will change your workflow forever. Powerful, informative and well priced- definitely worth a look.

Software Used:

– On1 Photosuite the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

-NIK Collection

– Adobe Lightroom 5 catalog and adjustment program

– Adobe Photoshop CC  used to layer, mask, make adjusments plus much much more. The Photoshop Photography plan allows you access to Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99/month, definitely worth checking out.

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Sony A7r


Nikkor 14-24mm

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

0.8, 2.0, 4.0 & 8.0 seconds



HDR info

HDR made using Luminance masks


Friday, 27 June 2014


6:43 am


Bronte Beach, Sydney Australia

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