PHOTO OF THE DAY- Riding to Customs House, Brisbane

I’ve wanted the right conditions and timing to photograph Customs House Building, in Brisbane, for a long time now but they’ve never been in my favour and I don’t like to just post a photo because I’d taken it. Customs House has one of the prime real estate positions on the Brisbane River right at the end of Queen St. and adjacent to Eagle St.. It’s facade is right on the water and the building can be seen from Storey Bridge and Kangaroo point as well. The building became redundant in the late 80’s and now is leased out by University of Queensland for functions and the likes, i’ll post a video of it’s current interior underneath my image for your interest. I like the music and style of the film and think it adds to the grandeur and regal nature of the building in my own HDR photograph of Customs House.

This image was taken at around 5am in the morning about 3 days ago and I had risen early to head down to the boardwalk and photograph the sunrise on the water. I ran around trying to find the right composition and eventually settled on this one and waited for some traffic to pass as I always like car trails when I can get them. They add a sense of movement and mystery to images and look cool in HDR as they create some luminescents surround the trail. I took a series of HDR bracketed images and combined them using my usual post processing methods involving Photomatix, OnOne and NIK. Of course it’s always different how I treat the image and I can’t really put it down to method but the backbone of the post-processing workflow was standard for my work.

I decided to incorporate a modern part of Brisbane, it’s new bike system which works a bit like a hire system. They are positioned at points all over the city and to use them you need to have a travel card that has an electronic chip in it. You swipe your card on the terminal, punch in a few details grab your bike and off you go. There are plenty of these terminals all over the city and when you are finished with your bike you can leave it at any terminal you like and just swipe your card again and a set amount of $ will be deducted from your account. I think the system has been slow to take off but we are starting to see people using the bikes more and more as they realise how handy they can be. It’s not uncommon to see a couple riding home from work balancing a few bags of shopping on these bikes.

Software Used:

 On1 Photosuite the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

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

– Adobe Photoshop CS6  used to layer and mask, plus much much more

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Cheer, Luke Zeme

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