Post Processing – Before and after of my Bondi Icebergs image


A few weeks ago I got up super early and crossed the harbour bridge to shoot sunrise at Mackenzie’s bay.  I had also planned on going to one spot that I had always wanted to shot The Bondi Icebergs pool at Bondi beach. The light was still very good so I raced back to the car drove the short distance to Bondi and managed to snag a park across the road from the pool. The one thing I hadn’t considered was swimming lessons. With all the little kids doing swimming lessons I decided to shoot some long exposure shots so the little kids could not be recognised also the surf was not that big so wasn’t going to be an interesting element in the shot. My main focus was the blue pool and the golden light that was still shining through the clouds!

Below you will see the before and after image.

As you can see the before the image is rather dull and flat and doesn’t represent what the scene looked like to me as I was shooting it.

My Post Processing starts from when I import my images into Lightroom and apply Lens correction and changed the camera profile to flat. Then the fun starts, I pulled the exposure back a little as the sky was too bright also pulled back some of the highlights, added a little saturation & vibrancy. Then it’s into Photoshop for some luminosity masking only using 2 masks a darks and lights to better control the exposure through the image the last step is to add some sharpening in Lightroom and it’s done!

My Equipment Nikon D750 Tamron 24- 70 f/2.8 68 sec | f/16 | ISO 100 at 32mm Nisi Filters ND1000 10 stop & GND4 (0.6) 2 Stop Sirui Pro Tripod – W-2204 Carbon Fibre Waterproof Tripod with Sirui K-20X ball head

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