Every year in around November the outdoor Sculpture by the Sea festival takes over the Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk with amazing, quirky, abstract and beautiful sculptures. I’ve missed it for the last couple of years but this time made the effort to get up at 5am and head down for a dawn shoot. Despite the early start there was already plenty of visitors and many photographers, probably because it was the last weekend.
I was hoping for a gorgeous sunrise as a backdrop but unfortunately some offshore fog prevented the sun from appearing. However the conditions did provide a moodier feel and as the sun rose higher in the sky, shades of pink and orange started to appear in the clouds. One of the most popular sculptures was a giant tap (faucet for my American readers) facing the ocean, it required much patience to try and get images without anyone creeping into them.
I also took the opportunity to dabble with some handheld HDR. The image below was created using 5 handheld exposures and HDR Efex Pro.
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