PHOTO OF THE DAY- The Wall, Glasshouse Rocks Narooma

This epic scene can be found on the found south coast of New South Wales, Australia. The monumental coastal formation you see on the horizon is the Glasshouse Rocks. This beach is incredible, but you can’t access it by car! You have to walk in via trails as the land adjacent to the beach is a privately owned estate. Talk about stella views in your front yard though? I climbed in from Narooma beach, passed gorgeous rock pools and pristine beach views and captured this incredible sunset down on the beach. I was really fascinated with this uprising of stone and the angle it now juts out on the surface of the earth, well ocean and earth hehe.

I think a place as stunning as this should have road access for the general public, but the hike into the area is well worth it. Along with the Sapphire and Merimbula coastline, this area is “nature” on a grand scale. Everywhere you look large belts of earth are tearing up through the sand and bush. Some sparkle with diamond like Fluorescence, whilst others are jagged, curved, layered and wilting before your eyes. This kind of stuff always fascinated me studying science back in university and still does today. You can’t help but think of the tremendous pressures that went into creating these rocks and the magic of geology that is going on under your feet.

Software Used and Photography techniques:

This image was bracketed so that I had enough light to play with in the foreground and in the sky. I also used large ND filters (1.6 grad) on the front of nikkor 14-24mm lens. To sum it up- I shot 2 long exposure images and then combined them in photoshop with a simple gradient and mask.

Stylising was done in On1 Photo 10 Effects-  For I shot like this I layer about 6 or 7 different filters in Effects and I’m able to control each individual filters opacity. I can adjust the contrast, colour and then add a vignette and glow.

I also like to remove noise in my photographs with Topaz DeNoise 6 


Cheers, Luke

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: Sony A7r
  • Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Shutter Speed: 0.5 sec + 1/13 sec
  • ISO: 100

Recommended Luminosity Mask Tutorial-

Jimmy Mcintyre’s HDR Luminosity mask Video Tutorials: These tutorials are amazing and will improve your image creating in leaps and bounds. He guides you through every step of the way in a slow and controlled method. There are steps for beginners to advanced so check them out.

  • HDR info: 2 images bracketed
  • Location: Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma, NSW, Australia

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