PHOTO OF THE DAY- A Black and White HDR Cityscape of Sydney

What I love about Sydney is it’s huge harbour which winds and bends into bays and coves throughout the extended city area. Here in this photo we have one of those little bay areas which has two names- Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay. I managed to compose the pyrmont Bridge just right in the composition where we see it’s true function to provide an inlet and outlet to pyrmont and Balmain from the Sydney CBD. I love getting reflections of any city on the waters surface as they create double the impact in my opinion and look fantastic. I remember there was another woman next to me also shooting the same scene but she didn’t have a tripod like myself and the sun had already set about 20 minutes ago so the light was beginning to fade. She was clever and was using one of the wooden pier post to support her camera and a scarf underneath the camera to orientate it, clever indeed 🙂 Do you guys know about Sydney Vivid Festival ? Well the last day of it was the night before this one and so darling Harbour was a ghost town… It felt empty but I’m not one for crowds so I was in my element being able to explore with my camera and tripod. I want to come back here again and shoot the old wooden pier stumps in the water and also try and do a night cityscape here. Maybe an epic long exposure on the water too ! hehe

I already posted the Landscape version of this cityscape here, also in black and white. I normally I would make the hard decision and just choose one or the other. I would then just do my post-processing on the one, but this was so beautiful and since Im moving to Sydney very soon I wanted to share it. There’s something magical about portrait mode and I don’t use it as often as I should. We mostly see cityscapes in landscape orientation, so as a photographer when I see a cityscape I immediately think to capture it in a similar fashion, plus the camera’s natural resting place is in this position right ?! Turning it on it’s side can lead to something like this and I’m glad I took the extra time to do it.

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

– NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

Image Location:

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I love this image and think it would look amazing in a 30x 40 inch metal print, the bigger the better as there enough detail in this image to see the flags on the Pyrmont Bridge 🙂


Thanks, Luke

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