Luna Park Does HDR - Moods of A City #24 - The HDR Series by Philip Johnson

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Luna Park (Sydney) is an amusement park situated on the gorgeous Sydney Harbour, overlooking the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Opened in 1935, Luna Park is an iconic part of Sydney for residents and visitors alike.

From 1924 – 1932 the Luna Park site was occupied by Harbour Bridge workers. They built two large workshops and a wharf on the site to assist in the Bridge’s construction. Following the conclusion of the construction the New South Wales Government rendered the site to be used as a recreational area.

The park was constructed in just over 3 months, following the hard work of 800 structural workers, 70 electricians and 35 artists, among many others! Luna Park, Sydney opened at 8.00pm on 4 October, 1935. The park was an immediate success and the admission charge was abolished after the first year!

The park remained open during the war years, however, the lights were “browned out”. Luna Park became a hugely popular stomping ground for Servicemen, both American and Australian. The park closed every winter, providing the opportunity to renovate, repair and add new attractions. Unfortunately, a tragic fire in 1979 in the Ghost train ride caused Luna Park to close down completely.

In the years that followed, the park changed hands a number of times, was threatened with demolishment, re-opened and closed until finally in 1990 the Government passed the Luna Park Site Act, which protected the land. A Luna Park Reserve Trust was established and took control of the park in October 1990. Major restoration of the park and all of its buildings commenced in 1992.

This shot was taken using a Nikon D300, nikon 18-20mm lens and processed using Photomatix

For visitors to Sydney Luna Park can be reached via a regular ferry service from Circular Quay


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Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

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  • salsbells69
    salsbells69about 6 years ago

    Excellent image and great history too Phil. Well done

  • love how the cheeks jump out at you thats the hdr at work

    – Philip Johnson

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    Not sure that is a mouth I would want to walk into:0 :) Good use of light and shadow.

  • love how the cheeks jump out at you thats the hdr at work

    – Philip Johnson

  • Sue Martin
    Sue Martinabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic image and info Philip. I am jealous that you have the Nikon D300! Is it everything you expected? x

  • everything and more, well more would be the d3 but i’ll have to wait till next thursday to win the 30 million lol

    The d300 is great it’s heading to camera of the year

    thanks the feedback Sue

    – Philip Johnson

  • RLHall
    RLHallabout 6 years ago

    Very cool. Awesome capture, great colors, I love the lit up teeth and eyes and those puffy cheeks!

  • Ben Pacificar
    Ben Pacificarabout 6 years ago

    Nicely done Philip!


  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tranabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture my friend! Great perspective and colors, well done!

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitabout 6 years ago

    Fastastic colors, excellent work.

  • Ekascam
    Ekascamabout 6 years ago

    Yes a great icon for Sydney, nice treatment Philip..

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 6 years ago

    great shot

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 6 years ago

    fabulous, love my Luna Parks

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