PHOTO OF THE DAY- Globe by the Sea, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi Beach

Sydney has had its annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition running for the past couple of weeks and I pulled myself out of bed one morning to explore it whilst the sun rose. It was my first visit to the event and I must say it was beyond expectations. This particular sculpture was a fan favourite and amongst photographers too, as I had to jostle for a position to setup my tripod to shoot this image. The artist, Lucy Humphrey, said the inspiration for this giant acrylic sculpture came when she given a small water-filled bouncy ball as a present. She said-

“I was looking at it near the water at Tamarama a while after and noticed the ocean was upside down inside the ball,” 

The immense size of the sculpture is mesmerising as it draws your attention in from the stunning background of Bondi and Tamarama beaches. Lucy Humphrey supplied this information regarding the sculptures features “after multiple prototypes and much physics research, the result is Horizon: a two-tonne, 1.5-metre diameter, hollow acrylic sphere holding 1800 litres of tap water”.

WOW!!! is all I can add 🙂

Processing and shooting:

It was so windy this morning that I was literally having to hold my tripod down, so any long exposure shots were out of the question. But with that said I kind of like the crispness on the surface of the sea water and I even managed to capture the face of a wave in the lower right hand side of the composition. I did take about 40 shots of this globe and this was hands down my favourite of those.

The bulk of editing on this image was done using Adobe Lightroom 5 and in face I used one of my own Adobe Lightroom 5 presets from my upcoming Lightroom preset pack. The pack contains 50 Lightroom Presets!!! including lots of HDR, Landscapes, Nostalgic and Gradient Landscape presets. We should have these packs available for sale any day now at the low price of $12.95. If you are after a preview of these presets I put together some of the amazing transformations here. Luke Zeme’s Adobe Lightroom Preset Pack Preview. If you can’t wait for the release in 2-3 days time shoot me an email and I will organise an early sale for you!

I made some small changes in Photoshop using other software, but nothing too major. These were:

– 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.

– NIK Collection- Googles collection of Filter software programs for photographers

Image Location:

View Globe by the Sea in a larger map


Sony RX 100 II

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

1/640 sec






6:00 am


Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

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