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A Hard Days Work by Leigh Nelson

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Small (12.0" x 8.0")

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Lifeguards – South Cronulla Beach, Sydney, Australia. After a long day keeping the beach safe, these lifeguards take a well earned break.

This image grabbed me as I was walking along to do the Esplanade walk in South Cronulla. Lifegaurds are such an iconic part of Australian life and the sight of this lot having a break, some catching a few zzz’s in the afternoon light, some having a laugh and a few still keeping an eye on the surf, meant I had to take a shot.

The HDR part came about as I took the shot quickly and only had a single Jpeg. Given the light and textured concrete and wall, I wanted to capture all that and so decided to see how sucessful HDR would be from a single Jpeg.

Nikon D90, Nikkor VR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 @ f6.3, 32mm, 1/160 sec, ISO 200, hand held, HDR’d in Photomatix from a single Jpeg exposed 5x at 1 EV intervals, iPhoto.


  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    These are the guys who work for free too, so they do deserve a break

  • Too right!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Alexander Kesselaar
    Alexander Kess...over 5 years ago

    Really well caught!

  • Thanks Alex.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • AFogArty
    AFogArtyover 5 years ago

    Iconic image, well done leigh.

  • Thanks!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Greg Nairn
    Greg Nairnover 5 years ago

    For a quick grab shot – you composed it beautifully! All the yellows work really nice together – the colour is awesome.

  • Thanks Greg, I’m pretty happy with the colour too :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Intrepidarts
    Intrepidartsover 5 years ago

    Top shot nicely place Mcdonalds advert to …. worth a donation to the Australian Surf Livesavers Club i’m sure they would put it up somewhere!!

  • Sounds like a good idea.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Kathleen Conklin
    Kathleen Conklinover 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Kathleen.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Karen Scrimes
    Karen Scrimesover 5 years ago

    Go the clubbies!!! Australian surf lifesavers are iconic and you’ve captured a great scene :)

  • Thanks Karen :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • bonnier
    bonnierover 5 years ago

    This is so good, it almost looks set up!

  • Yeah, poor buggers never had a chance, didn’t see it coming….seriously it was completely spur of the moment, lucky to not get other walkers and beach goers in the frame, it was quite busy at the beach that day.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • RonnieGinnever
    RonnieGinneverover 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thanks Ronnie :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Anthony Begovic
    Anthony Begovicover 5 years ago

    An instant fav.
    Please add this to my group, The Human Condition

  • Thanks Anthony! Joined your group too :)

    – Leigh Nelson

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