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On The Rocks - Balmoral Beach - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson


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It is easily reached by public transport or car from the Sydney CBD.

Balmoral Beach
In the vicinity of Balmoral Beach are restaurants, beautiful houses and expensive yachts. It’s an ideal place for a quick swim and takeaway fish and chips at sunset. In fact, its the type of beach where you can take your rollerblades, dog, bike, sailboard and football, or just a picnic basket.

The middle area of the beach is graced with a classic footbridge across the sand to a tree-covered outcrop. A section is protected by a shark net. Head to the northern tip of the beach where you’ll find a small, shady park behind an old club building. From here, a short walk through the streets or around the rocks will take you to Chinamans Beach. You can hire sailboards & Balmoral Boatshed offers tuition. Next to the boatshed are the swimming baths, enclosed by shark nets and a wide boardwalk.

At Balmoral beach you can take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo or Mosman Wharf and take the bus to the village of Mosman. You can discover nearby Taronga Zoo, and enjoy the breathtaking harbour views at the world’s only harbourside zoo. Swim at Balmoral Beach, one of Sydney Harbour’s best, followed by fish and chips on the beach. Relax at The Spit waterfront recreation area with marinas, restaurants and canoe hire, or join a local kayak tour.

Balmoral features Balmoral and Edwards Beaches, both of which are separated by the outcrop of Rocky Point. Both beaches are usually referred to as simply Balmoral. The locality has views across the entrance to Middle Harbour to North Head, Manly, and Clontarf. The harbour beaches face north east and is sheltered from ocean swell by Middle Head. The entire beach is listed on the Register of the National Estate as the ‘Balmoral Beach Conservation Area’.2 The conservation area includes the promenade, the esplanade, the Rotunda and the Bathers’ Pavilion, which date back to the 1930s.

Equipment : Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens
Processing: 5 bracketted images, processed using Photomatix HDR Software, image saved as 16bit tiff, minor focus adjustment using Capture NX. No colour manipulation or filters used,
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harbour, landscape, sunrise, australia, sydney, dawn, balmoral, seascape, mosman, hdr

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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  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720over 5 years ago

    Great Capture.. :))

  • nannajul
    nannajulover 5 years ago

    Beautiful brilliance to this Philip – gorgeous work

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    I love the subtle colours in this

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 5 years ago

    Philip, Your work is amazing!!

  • raberry
    raberryover 5 years ago

    Very nice work Philip love the tone mapping and the treatment!

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 5 years ago

    Beautiful love the colors excellent effects.

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    excellent photography

  • Arthur Richardson
    Arthur Richardsonover 5 years ago

    I am not normally a HDR person, but you really make it work, very nice indeed.

    Cheers, Arthur

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsover 5 years ago

    this shines! wonderful work!

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