HAPPY HALLOWEEN  -Dont Be Late We Will Leave The Lights On For You !  by Philip Johnson

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Caught this at the Sydney Group Meet – Eerie Is’nt it ?

Rookwood Necropolis, at 283 hectares (700 acres), is one of the largest burial grounds in the world and one of Australia’s oldest cemeteries. It has been in continual use since it was established in 1868 and over 800,000 people have been interred within the grounds. The headstones and monuments reflect the history of the colony Of New South Wales and the development of the city of Sydney. The heritage values of the cemetery are protected by an act of Parliament.

The original 81 hectare (200 acre) heritage area, located in the north western corner of the Necropolis, is subject to a Permanent Conservation Order and represents the largest and one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian public cemetery anywhere in the world. Rookwood was originally designed in the grand gardenesque style, fashionable in the mid to late 19th Century. The brick gutters which defined the ornate landscaping can still be seen, together with the highly decorative monuments and other features including the chapel of St Michael the Archangel and the Serpentine Canal with its elegant ponds, bridges and urns. These were set in formal gardens with rest houses to cater for mourners and visitors

This shot was the result of a Sydney group meetup on Saturday 14th June, the site definitely has a feel to it. Ive never seen so many black crows . The site definitely has an atmosphere with graves dating back to the early days of the colony.. In its day there was a rail service with a special funeral train that left from a purpose built station at Sydney’s Central Railway station.

Unfortunately the special platforms at Rookwood being demolished, but the “Mortuary Station” still exists at Central Station.

you can get an idea what these stations looked like at

Technique: 5 bracketted exposures processed in Photomatix

Equipment: Nikon D300 nikon 18-200mm


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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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  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAabout 6 years ago

    wow spooky but cool at the same time. tom

    PERUGINAabout 6 years ago

    I love the colours…but that’a about all…cemetaries really creep me out!
    I did hear about the meet that was happening the other day…was tempted to come but not there!

  • it was interesting , its our history and its great the area is protected, im a history nut so it was an experience

    – Philip Johnson

  • Floralynne
    Floralynneabout 6 years ago

    Spooky. What an amazing effect you got with the light on the rows of identical gravestones.

  • handprintz
    handprintzabout 6 years ago

    Wow,great effect almost surreal,lovely work Phillip

    HELUAabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful image !!!

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 6 years ago

    wonderful lighting. great shot.

    PERUGINAabout 6 years ago

    I’m sure it was very interesting…however my flight instinct is stronger!
    And the Black Crows… and your say “so many” oooh gives me the shivers… glad you wrote about it though and that it was an interesting experience for you.

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanabout 6 years ago

    Perfect sky background for this type of subject. Well done.

  • RMonroe
    RMonroeabout 6 years ago

    Superb visual image you have created here-:)

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 6 years ago

    well done

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