So near yet so far... by Leigh Nelson

Sydney viewed from Q Station on Sydney’s North Head – Australia

Travelers on ships to Australia long ago were quarantined if the ship showed any signs of carrying infectious people or arriving from certain areas. On a recent visit to the old Quarantine Station at Sydney’s North Head which has now been reinvented with accomodation, resaurant and museum, we went out to the lookout at North Head and looked back at Sydney in the distance thinking to ourselves how heart breaking it must have been for some of those people to have travelled so far only to be isolated within sight of Sydney and their dreamed of new life. Of course many only had to stay the required 40 days, but many never left the place, so it’s a kind of eerie feeling being there knowing that. The fact that a dark and intense rain storm was brewing and only minutes away , added to the eerie feeling. On a brighter note Q Station’s accomodation was great and the food and coffee very good, well worth a visit to a unique part of Sydney’s history.

Shot specs for anyone interested: Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6G @ 20mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, no tripod (hand held), CPL filter, HDR’d in Photomatix with 3 exposures of MTR, -2 & +2, quick crop etc in iPhoto.

Believe it or not, this is actually a colour photo, not B&W. The approaching storm was so dark and gloomy the colour you see is exactly as it came off the camera, no adjustment, you can just see the blueish tinge in the water.


  • Alexander Kesselaar
    Alexander Kess...about 6 years ago

    Everytime I look at it, it gets better.

  • Thanks mate!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Alexander Kesselaar
    Alexander Kess...about 6 years ago

    feature in the HDR Group

  • Whoohoo, thanks Alex! I just got a 12×8 print of it done out of curiousity, very happy with it, could go bigger for sure. Thanks again for your advice and tips on HDR and photography in general, it’s becoming a bit of an addiction!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Alexander Kesselaar
    Alexander Kess...about 6 years ago

    what an awesome shot! love it!

  • Thanks Kylie, hahaha :P

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago

    awesome indeed,

  • Thanks Scott :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • LeapingPig
    LeapingPigover 5 years ago

    v. nice! :)

    it deserves a bigger print/view, though ;)

  • That it does, will print it out nice and big some day soon. Glad you like it!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 5 years ago

    Wow. Wonderful work, Leigh :))

  • Thanks Colleen, glad you like it!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! This work has being Featured in the
    First Things Group

  • Wow thankyou WaleskaL! :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • maxy
    maxyover 5 years ago

    WOW! What a storm! This is fantastic! Congratulations on your feature!!!

  • Thanks Maxy!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Paul Todd
    Paul Toddover 5 years ago

    WOW!! This is great!! What a fantastic long-shot – love this one very much!!

  • Cheers, thanks Smallfox. It certainly was a dark and gloomy day, but as you know that can make for great photography.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • njordphoto
    njordphotoabout 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

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