“Ghosties Sea Cave”- Ghosties Beach, NSW, Australia – Steve Passlow – Guest Photographer   59 comments



“Ghosties Sea Cave”- Ghosties Beach, NSW, Australia – Steve Passlow – Guest Photographer 

This is one of the best natural frames I have seen in a while.  Steve really creates a 3D element that gives the illusion you are actually on the beach.  Probably a wise decision to be in the cave with the rainstorm coming!  Steve also has a ton of amazing photographs in his portfolio at 500px.com/StevePasslow.  If you would like to see the original image or the entire Ghosties Cave portfolio  then go to www.flickr.com/photos/stevpas68/sets/72157622944772279  or www.flickr.com/photos/stevpas68/5305224749/  (image) .

Take it away Steve:

“I am a regular visitor to the area and to Ghosties Beach in particular.  Over the last few years, I have been building a collection of images from the area as my passion for photography has grown.  One of my favorite subjects is this cave that I call Ghosties Cave.  There are numerous other caves in the area but I find this one offers the best opportunities for photography.  On this particular day I was photographing in the area as I noticed a huge storm cloud dropping rain several miles offshore moving its way along the coast.  I predicted that it would eventually move into a position in front of the cave so I made my way to the cave, set up the camera and waited.  This is the result. Often this cave is not accessible due to high tides or rough seas so on this occasion I was lucky that everything fell into place for a photo that now takes pride of place on my living room wall.

One thing that amazes me about this cave is how quickly and unpredictably it can change in a short period of time. Sometimes the floor of the cave will be a flat bed of sand with maybe a few rocks poking through. A few days later the sand can be totally gone and all the rocks are fully exposed. This unpredictability and variation is what keeps me taking the hike back there regularly, never knowing quite what I’ll find or what opportunities I will get for new photos.

To show detail in the walls of the cave, the sand in the foreground, the ocean waves in the middle ground and the clouds at the back I took several exposures and blending them together using High Dynamic Range (HDR) post-processing techniques.  The shortest exposure was 1/320s @f/14, ISO100 which allowed me to capture the clouds with no blown highlights.  The longest exposure, 1/20s @f14, ISO 100, allowed me to show detail in the ceiling and walls of the cave. Midpoint exposures showed detail in the sand and water with no blown highlights or clipped blacks.  The multiple exposures were taken using on-camera auto-bracketing and a tripod was used to avoid camera movement between exposures. Post processing software used included Adobe Lightroom 3 for color and curves adjustment + noise reduction, Photomatix (for HDR processing) and Adobe Photoshop for final presentation.

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59 responses to “Ghosties Sea Cave”- Ghosties Beach, NSW, Australia – Steve Passlow – Guest Photographer

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  4. A perfect naturally formed photo frame for the deep blue sea. Gorgeous..

  5. WOW – stunning and beautiful view 🙂

  6. Just saw many of your snaps..and they were just amazing…what a beauty your capture every time. There are endless colors and endless moments of awe the nature is filled with…you suppose to experience them too..

    Love and light

  7. This is simply breath taking… 😉

  8. Amazing photo – Thank you for sharing!

  9. I want to go!

  10. I mustn’t be living far from this beach. I need to find it and stand in that cave to see for myself. Thanks for creating this inviting photograph.

  11. Spectacular photo!

  12. So glad I found this site! Incredible photos!

  13. Absolutely stunning, love the depth , the color and HDR! Perfect!

  14. The angle makes you feel like you are in the cave. Innovative!

  15. Have to get to that beach. I’m sharing on my twitter @ozfactorz

  16. This image is jaw dropping..

  17. There is a surreal element to this image. All of the swirls seem to have a purpose. So vibrant. I expect to see elephants on stilts to come walking across the frame. LOL

  18. Stunningly GORGEOUS!
    I LOVE IT!!!

  19. Reblogged this on cooktravelwrite.

  20. AWESOME!!!

  21. Thank you so much for liking my blog post. I love your site and the pictures submitted are stunningly beautiful. My better half is a photographer himself so I sent him your blog as I know that he will enjoy it as much as I do.

    I am looking forward to seeing more of your photos and hopefully getting some inspiration as well.

  22. is this earth?

  23. Absolutely gorgeous. We sure do have some wonderful scenery here in Oz. Thanks Steve for the reminder…. Fabulous pic.. 🙂

  24. as soon as I looked at it I thought…Salvador Dali!!!! Thanks for posting!

  25. This photo and the others I viewed on your site are phenomenal…very beautiful images. Thanks for the visit & “like”…

  26. Next to Health and Wellness one of my other very amateur passions is photography. This shot is so perfect that it captures the eye and leaves the observer wondering if their looking at a oil painting. Beautiful.

  27. Gorgeous!

  28. I’ve always liked this shot. In fact, we had it framed for (our son-in-law) Steven and it now hangs proudly on the wall of his home. It is aesthetically pleasing. As a geologist I also like the detail in the iron staining and the differential weathering. This page doesn’t make it easy to sign up with WordPress, so I didn’t.

  29. Wow, nice and beautiful scenery. And I would like to say thank you on behalf of my team members for your time to visit, read my blog, and for liking my post on “Toddler’s Life”.

  30. So cool!!!!

  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wonderful photos. Always on the lookout for something uniquely different to ponder over.

    You’ve definitely got something here. Maybe the next Webshots (we need a new one).

  32. Hi,
    A truly amazing photo, and obviously an amazing place especially how it seems to change. I can certainly understand why you keep going back there.

  33. Fantastic! Otherworldly.

  34. very amazing photography

  35. wow. amazing

  36. Gosh this is dreamy.. indeed keep up the good work!

  37. Reblogged this on stellasbella.

  38. Its like staring at a painting 🙂

  39. This picture is unbelievable.

  40. A stunning view. I am desperate for that beach!


  42. Incredible photo!

  43. Great shot! It’s amazing what a piece of software can do. Supersaturated without being obtuse.
    I tried liking it but it wouldn’t take. So, consider yourself Liked! What an eye-popping shot!

    Perhaps you and your visitors would like to stop by and view my entry for this week’s photo challenge:
    “Waiting to Collapse” at

    Thanks and have a great day!

  44. Breathtaking!

  45. What a stunning picture.

  46. Stunning photograph! And thank you VERY much for sharing the “how to” behind it. It makes this more inspirational and much less intimidating for the rest of us : )-

  47. Reblogged this on Technospunky blah blah blogging on wordpress and commented:
    Now this is beautiful!..WOW…

  48. Stunning view there!!

  49. Yes a painting in motion. Beautiful.

  50. What is not to like about this, you can almost HEAR the waves coming in… love it, love, love it!

  51. What an effect! Aren’t you glad we live in a time where shots like this can be produced? I have great respect for users of film, but in the hands of a master, as this photographer clearly is, the photo calls to me to step right through the screen and into the cave. Astounding shot!

  52. Absolutely amazing!

  53. This HDR image is amazing! I wish I can learn how to compose a masterpiece like this. Way to go Steve! Cheers! 🙂

  54. Oooh awesome, I live in NSW…it appears I have a new beach to discover 😀

  55. This is wonderful. Like the above comment, I also felt like I was “hiding out.” Great location.

  56. One can easily see that this pic is a HDR-photo, it looks like a beautiful painting.

  57. Beautiful!

  58. Woah! Way cool!!

  59. WOW! I felt like I was hiding out in this photo. Thanks for sharing.


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