PHOTO OF THE DAY- Sunrise at the Gap Bluff

Gap Bluff is where Sydney holds back the Pacific Ocean with all her might. These cliffs have been pounded from the full force of the seas for millennia and they’ve stood the test of time. All the erosion though has carved out the soft stone to reveal some really interesting formations. We see horizontal and vertical shapes within the layers of earth and it made for a really dramatic setting for this sunrise over the Pacific. I’d have to say that this is one of the most scenic seascape images I’ve created to date and I was so glad I got up early this morning. I was up on the cliffs with my cameras, D800 + RX100 ii, and thought nothing interesting was going to happen because there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, when all of a sudden a bunch of clouds came shooting in from the north. Clouds always make for a more dramatic image as they paint up the sky and reflect off water like in this image.

Shooting info:

I used an ultra-wide angle lens, the Nikkor 14-24mm, at 14mm so that I was able to get both sides of Gap Bluff within the same composition. I also used a closed aperture of f/20 so that I could get long exposure times. I like to get exposure times around 2-3 seconds when I photograph the ocean but its different for other photographers. I like it to have some movement in it rather than the milky white longer exposure times of +30 seconds. I shot my HDR bracket in aperture priority mode, as always, and also shot 5 images for the bracket. This was also shot before the sun had even risen as you will find that this is when there will be the most vivid colours in the sky. I had trouble deciding whether to point my camera up or down because both were so beautiful 😉

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

Stylising & Filter Software- On1 Perfect Effects  An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

Image Location:

As you can see from the map this was shot near Watson’s Bay and the South Head entrance to Sydney Harbour.

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Thanks a lot, Luke

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