PHOTO OF THE DAY- Past & Present, Bondi Beach

Believe it or not this is actually the most famous beach in the world- Bondi.

When you think of Bondi Beach these things come to mind- Yellow sand, red and yellow flags, blue sunny skies, a surf lifesaver in red speedoes with a red surf cap scanning the water, then of course the red surf lifesaving ski ready to be taken out to help those in trouble.

My image is everything but these icons but I’ve managed to show a different face of the beach and one I hope you’ll appreciate.

This is Bondi Beach during blue hour when the sounds of the busy day are coming to a decrescendo and the ocean waves begin to drown out the city. Natural channels have been carved out in the rocky landscape for seawater to drain in and out of them with the tides.


This was a three step process:

STEP 1- Luminosity masking- I used 4 different exposures to get the right lighting in different areas of the image because I used both long and short exposures.

STEP 2- Lightroom Preset- I took a single image from result of STEP 1 and used one of my own Lightroom HDR presets. I have a pack of 50 Lightroom presets available for $12.95. We are in the process of creating a store for my items but you can contact me for a pre-sale of the presets using my contact page.

STEP 3- Filter Software- Take the image into On1 Perfect Effects– This is my go to filter software as it has such a wide variety of choices. I also removed the noise with Topaz DeNoise 5.

on1-PHOTO-RAW-purchase-photo-editing-softwareImage Location:

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Thanks, Luke


Sony RX 100 II

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

4.0, 8.0, 15.0 and 30.0 second exposures



HDR info

4 images combined in a Luminosity mask




7:59 pm


Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

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