PHOTO OF THE DAY- The Paddle Boat, River Life Brisbane

No artist/photographer can complain about getting out of bed at 4:30 or 5 o’clock when you get to witness something as breathtaking as this. It might just be me but sunrises do seem to have that extra bit of intensity to them compared to sunsets, has anyone else noticed this ?

I often find myself looking around at people when there is something this beautiful in the sky and wonder if they appreciate it as much as I do. People do love to come up and talk to you when you are taking photos, especially when I am using my tripod. A woman came and stood by me for a while admiring the scene and she also remarked at “how good she thought this one (photo) was going to turn out”. I took this on the boardwalk and you get lots of people using it for their morning exercise, what a brilliant place to do it !

What you see here in this image is one of those paddle boats where it is propelled forward by a big turning wheel of long wooden paddles at the rear of the vessel. Brisbane has quite a few of them lined up the river and they can be hired out for events and things like that. I like their antiquity value myself and the visual link they provide to the past.

Sometimes a photo can take a long time to come about during post-processing but with this one it was not the case. I knew I wanted to use impressionism as my inspiration and it was just a matter of letting it happen. You would often find them using complimentary colours, a trick they learnt that actually made individual colours look brighter, and that is a tool I also used here in this image. The compliments in this work are

  • Blue and Orange &
  • Yellow and Purple

Can you see how they intensify each other ?

It has to do with the science of how the eye and brain work, so purple will never look any more intense than when it is sitting next to a yellow and vice versa.

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

– On1 PhotoRAW the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

– 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

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I used some of my artistic licensing in the post-processing. It’s a 5 bracket HDR editing using Photomatix Pro (15% off with code LukeZemePhotography) and then I used the NIK complete collection. I also used elements from a preset given to all OnOne users who purchase either Perfect Effects. OnOne has decided to give it’s users a free item each month, which I think is a great idea! and this month we were given 109 presets to be used in all the modules throughout photo suite 7. Lately I’ve been using Camera Raw in my workflow and have discovered many great features in it and will most likely share them in a tutorial video one day. There are always so many things to do ! I love post-processing but I really love being out shooting and it’s not like I find myself going “oh bother! I have to do one or the other”

Thanks, Luke


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