Opening in 1935, the Merewether Ocean Baths in Newcastle is an iconic part of living in Newcastle. It is a place that people come to congregate with friends and family to enjoy time together. Recently, Newcastle City Council undertook a remediation project to ensure the iconic place of gathering and leisure remains with us well into future.
Further to the great amenity the baths provide, it also offers a breath-taking view. I often find myself down there early on weekends taking pictures, having a swim, going for coffee or just running along beach.
These images were captured utilising a Trey Ratcliff technique. This involves bracketing 5 photos with 1 stop exposure between each -2, -1, 0, +1 & +2. Then utilise these images to create a HDR version (I utilised HDR Efex Pro 2, Trey utilises Photomatix however I use what I have) and an edited version of the 0 exposure that will inform the final work.
The two images are then brought together in Photoshop and combined utilising masking to take the best of both images that make the image in my mind.
This sounds complex but is rather easy and allows for great flexibility and diversity.
This is apart of series of post I plan to make in and around Newcastle. This will showcase nature and the lifestyle we enjoy in this free and open place full of creativity. Should you wish me to capture any event or idea that showcases Newcastle feel free to contact me.