PHOTO OF THE DAY- Blowing a Bubble, Sculpture by the Sea

I’d heard good things about the Sculpture by the sea exhibition, which exhibits sculptures along a coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama Beaches. I wanted to not only explore the exhibition, but also to share some of those moments with my followers.

This particular sculpture intrigued me as it was so comical- I can’t remember the last time I blew a bubble from gum. It’s such a youthful and whimsical thing to do!

I positioned myself just slightly off centre to make it look like the bubble that the giant red head was blowing was on fire, or perhaps that the sculpture itself was blowing fire…

Shooting and Processing:

Wow was it windy this particular sunrise. I’d imagine they were close to 70-80km/hr and they were coming straight at me from the coast, so they were icey cold! So slow and long exposure images were out of the question and I was barely able to get this one at 1/200th of a second. I was literally holding my feisol carbon fibre tripod down so that it didn’t blow away, and its sturdy as an oak! Other things you can do is put weight on the hook on the bottom end of your middle shaft of your tripod. This will help consolidate it and pull it to the ground.

I used one of my own Adobe Lightroom Presets from the my own Dramatic Landscape pack. You can find more info on the pack here. Luke Zeme’s Lightroom & Camera RAW presets.

I also used – On1 Perfect Effects – An amazing Filter program to stylise your images. Comes as a standalone filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture.

 Topaz DeNoise 5  – A really powerful noise reduction software add-on. 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

Image Location:

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Cheers, Luke


Sony RX 100 II

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

1/200 sec






5:55 am


Bondi Beach, Sydney

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