HDR Before & After- Sunrise At The Sydney Opera House

The HDR Before & After section of the my website allows me to share how powerful the methods of HDR Photography combined with HDR software really are. Today’s Before & After uses the relatively new power house HDR Software Macphun’s Aurora HDR PROAurora burst on to the scene and has become a hugely popular product with 100’s of thousands of downloads already. The great thing about Aurora is that it is not just a HDR software as it comes with many other features that you find in software like Capture One PRO and Adobe Lightroom. It comes with feature after feature basically… and you can do pretty much everything within Aurora itself. At the moment Aurora is a MAC only software, but MACPHUN is busy creating the PC version because of how popular the software is. So if you are MAC user, jump on in and try this HDR software out!!!

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About the Image:

I had to get up super early to capture this stunning sunset on Sydney Harbour’s waters, but as you can see it was all worth it. I took this set of HDR photos on a Nikon D800 and was setup over near the  base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is a grassed area and park here and you can relax and take in the most iconic harbour in the world. Every morning is different on Sydney Harbour and this one was well worth pulling myself out of bed for! I like how the lights from the Opera House are still shining in the image, it just shows how early I was up to take this! haha. I shot this on my telephoto zoom lens, the 28-300mm. Getting a wide range zoom lens like this is great for landscapes as you can really play around with your composition until it’s just right. For me, in this image I wanted to have the sunset a focus as well as the opera house. So, my positioning was key to having the right angle of light.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

  • Camera: Nikon D800
  • Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length: 40mm
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Shutter Speed: 5 Bracket HDR Exposure- 0.4, 0.8, 1.6, 3.0 and 6.0 seconds
  • ISO: 200
  • HDR info: -2EV, -1EV, 0, +1EV and +2EV Exposures combined using Aurora HDR PRO
  • Time: 6:13 am
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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