Hero by William Bullimore


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I’m currently away on a photo excursion with the university. We’ve been at Lennox Head in New South Wales for the last few days and doing lots of fun photography workshops like pinhole photography, typology, cyanotype, 8×10 photography etc. After today’s workshops, I went for a walk along the beach and encountered the local Surf Lifesaving Club. I asked the lifesaver on duty if he wouldn’t mind posing for a couple of shots and he was very kind to oblige. Thank you Blake. I’m quite happy with how this turned out because Blake looks rather heroic, which is what our Aussie lifesavers are. They put their lives on the line daily to make sure people are safe on our beaches.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure: 5 exposures (-2,-1,0,1,2 EV)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 42mm
ISO Speed: 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 18 March 2010 4.19pm

Post Processing:
Imported into Lightroom
Exported 3 exposures to Photomatix
Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option
Exported HDR to CS3
Contrast adjustment
Hue/Saturation layer
Exported back to Lightroom
Crop tool
Added keyword metadata
Exported as JPEG


surfboard, lifesaver, lifeguard, lifesaving, new south wales, surf lifesaving, lennox head, surf rescue


  • Donna Ingham
    Donna Inghamover 4 years ago

    Great shot William!Don’t have tooo much Enjoy!!

  • Thanks Donna.

    – William Bullimore

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    If ever I’m rescued by a lifesaver wearing sunglasses I’ll know who it is. :)

  • He looks pretty cool in those shades huh. Thanks mate.

    – William Bullimore

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you.

    – William Bullimore

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Excellent composed shot mate, well done.

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 4 years ago

    Looks like an image from a ‘Home and Away’ or ‘Bondi Rescue’ promo! Beaut reds and yellows and great strong pose.

  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersover 4 years ago

    Hey Bill great capture mate, these amazing people are sure hero’s to our Aussie beaches thats for sure :)) And what a spot I love that part of the Coast, Byron, Lennox, Ballina, so many to name along there that are amazing :) Brilliant work mate and looks like you having fun away, good on ya mate :))

  • Faith Miriam
    Faith Miriamover 4 years ago

    wow, great shot! Blake does look like a hero…I like how the red and yellow just about contrast the colours in the sky… =)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thank you Scott.

    – William Bullimore

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the color!

  • Thank you Karen.

    – William Bullimore

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