Photo Friday Winner James Macree – Light

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 2.25.00 pm

What inspired this photo?
My girlfriend and I were on Holiday together in Melbourne earlier this year, and both being photographers we wanted to find an image that showed off the beautiful Melbourne skyline to our friends and family in Sydney. We werent actually aware of the Eureka Tower’s Skydeck prior to the trip but instead we actually stumbled accross some images taken from this point whilst doing a google search for a suitable location over an early dinner.  We hurried through dinner and dashed for a cab to get us up the tower in time for sunset. I don’t think either of us were fully prepared for just how amazing the light would be from the top of the tower but needless to say once we got up we were mesmerised- the colourful afterglow lasted for 45mins after it had vanished from the streetlevel below and left us with the beautiful scene you see in my image.

What camera did you use?
Nikon D700 with a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 lens.

What settings did you use?
As I mentioned above, this image was particularly tricky to capture, my good friend runs a photography location website, I wrote up a short article for him which describes in detail how I took the image:
Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program?
I touched on this in the above article- edited in Lightroom 5. The image is a single exposure (as in not blended or HDR) and in terms of processing the exposure, I didnt heavily process the exposure itself however, due to having shot through a glass window into direct sun, there was a lot of time spent ‘cleaning’ the image using the clone and spot healing tools to fix this.  I think I spent about 4 hours on this image in total, which is rather a lot more than I would ever spend on one image- normally I get frustrated after about 15mins on one shot but this image looked so perfect that I was determined to perfect it.
Do you have any advice for our community of photographers?
This image was taken on holiday and I think that getting out into the world and exploring new places is great way to open your eyes and find new inspiration!

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