PHOTO OF THE DAY- “Sky on fire”, Redcliffe Pier Seascape Sunrise, Queensland Australia

This pier is about 20 minutes outside of Brisbane city, Australia, and the last part of the drive to it is directly along the waters edge. It was almost impossible to concentrate on the road as the entire right side of my periphery was a deep warm red. Watching a sunrise on the ocean is like winning the daily double on Jeopardy as everything is reflected for you to enjoy twice. I was torn between a sense of shock and awe as the sky appeared on fire. Looking around at locals I queried if this was a common sunrise in their area or had I just lucked out and was witnessing one of the best to come that year. I think if I could live this morning over again I’d like like to have arrived 15 minutes earlier as I was jumping out of my car frantically putting my camera and tripod together when I could have been walking the location like I usually do before the colour has even started. But I do often find myself enjoying sunrises so much I forget to take photos almost and this was definitely one of those, such an incredible scene before my eyes.

Recently I’ve been experimenting with the HDR software from NIK, but for this beauty I went back to my tried and trustworthy Photomatix Pro to edit this 5 bracket HDR shot on my Nikon D800 on a tripod. I went for a fairly fast shutter speed so that I could get a crisp look on the waters surface and in the clouds as well. For further editing here is a link to a comprehensive list of HDR software and plug-ins, which will help you to vastly improve your photography.

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 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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Thanks, Luke

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How would this photo appeared in your opinion if you had not shot it in HDR? Do you shoot all your photos in HDR?

Mike Floyd

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Hey Floyd, I think this image turned out pretty close to the reality of the scene as there really was an explosion of colour. Today with digital RAW files, post-processing would actually be able to push and pull the information collected in each pixel to something pretty close to this. It would depend highly on the person editing it too and there would just be less detail in the shadows and highlights of course. I’d say about 90% of my work is HDR and my creative side now thinks in HDR when I’m out with my camera, you start to… Read more »

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