Dawn - Sydney Harbour

Jeff Catford

Sydney, Australia

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Dawn-Sydney Harbour

I’m am far from sure about this image. It’s overbaked for my liking. Howevever, it has a fascination for me. A bit like a train disaster.

The image was created from two separate HDRs – one light, and the other dark – made from the same 7 exposures. Both of these images were then, themselves given the HDR treatment. The resulting image was dragged into PSE and fussed over with my usual bungling hammer and chisel approach using a limited repetoir of PSE tools and a dash – or 2 … or 3 … – of Topaz Adjust.

Still… what do you do when you make an early start to catch a sunrise on the morning after a very wet and windy Sydney night and get the dank dawn that you really knew you would, and not the harbour sunrise shot to end all harbour sunrise shots? In my case, I set about creating 2 HDR … well you’ve read all that bit already…

So, there you go … Sydney Harbour on a dank, windy, too lazy to rain even though it knew it should be sort of dawn with a big sodden dirty dishcloth of a cloud filling the sky, all tarted up like the brassy tart that Sydney is really …. I think I’m beginning to realise why this image fascinates me … :-)

© Copyright – 2009 Jeff Catford
Dawn – Sydney Harbour was featured in DSLR Users Only – 3 A Day May ’09
Nikon D200 – Sigma 10~20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Manfroto tripod
Nikon MC-36 Remote

f14 x 7 exposures – 1/250s ~ 1/4s

Post Processing:
Photomatix (twice) with help from PSE – Topaz Adjust and the usual faffing about_

Possibly best viewed LARGE but it could get scary.

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