After walking across the Harbour Bridge, the night before, I glanced over and saw this park. I knew instantly it would be the perfect spot to have a romantic picnic with Jenn and enjoy the sunset. It also would be a good spot to take some photo's and luckily my wife was very understanding about me slipping away after our picnic and doing some photography.
We got to the park early with some "take away" we got earlier from the mall food court where the "Sydney Sky Tower" attraction was. We sat on a bench and enjoyed talking, eating, and taking it all in!
There were all kinds of people in the park. Couples who had the same idea we did, other's were taking a workout class that just looked brutal, and a birthday party with a group of friends drinking wine and having a good time. We also ran into an older woman who took special interest in my camera and us. She lived just down the street and every night she walked down to the park to enjoy the sunset. After talking to her for a bit we began to pickup on some signs of early stages of dementia. She was repeating certain memories about herself a lot and you could tell she was a little disoriented but still pretty functional. She was such a sweet lady. We both thought about her a lot afterwards hoping for good things for her in the future.
It was a good night, and wonderful to spend time with my sweet wife!
How this shot was made:
Canon 5D mkII, 16-35mm f2.8L II
28mm F9, ISO 640, at 13sec (Base Exposure)
5 Bracketed exposures (-2,-1,0,+1,+2) taken on location. Exported 5 exposures to HDRsoft's Merge to 32-bit tiff plug-in. Lightroom adjustments on the 32bit tiff to get it as close to final as I could. Further adjustments in photoshop, including sharpening using "Highpass" filter, and some luminance masking adjustments for saturation to the sky, and healing brush touch ups.
If you want more info on how I do my processing. Check out my tutorial on the Merge to 32-bit HDR method: http://www.joshuaguntherphotography.com/merge-to-32-bit-hdr-tutorial/