We Grow Our Sheep Big Downunder - The Big Merino Goulburn NSW, The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Well the big guy is back where he belongs, and looking at the rear view he is the BIG merino and they say New Zealanders have a lot of sheep !

This shot taken with Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm and processed with 5 bracketted images and processed using Photomatix HDR

By Paul Mulvey | April 27, 2007
Article from: Australian Associated Press

FOR 15 years, something’s been missing on the trip along the Hume Highway past Goulburn in New South Wales.

That’s about to change, with Goulburn’s Big Merino to be trucked 800m down the road to reclaim its prime position among Australia’s “Big Things”.

Since the highway was re-routed to bypass the southern highlands city in 1992, the 15m high, 18m long landmark has languished in what became a back street, collecting dags and being overlooked by passing motorists.

But a group of Goulburn businessmen is to save the Big Merino from obscurity.

Its new owners will cut off its legs on May 26, weld it to the back of a truck and take all 96 tonnes of concrete sheep to a petrol station 800m away.

There the Big Merino will once again become a visual highlight for Hume Highway travellers.

Power lines will be taken down and the road will be closed for much of the day as dozens of workers carry out the move.

The Big Merino, which was built in 1985, will reopen in August for visits through its ground floor souvenir shop, second floor wool exhibition and eyeball lookout.

The Big Merino is one of an estimated 146 “Big Things” throughout Australia – a list which includes such oversized figures as The Big Prawn at Ballina, The Big Pineapple at Gympie and The Big Mallee Bull at Swan Hill.

Goulbourn’s merino even has a rival in Western Australia – Wagin’s The Giant Ram.

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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 Australia

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2012

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  • Alessandro Florelli
    Alessandro Flo...over 6 years ago


  • justjen
    justjenover 6 years ago

    One stunning shot Phillip.

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...over 6 years ago

    I guess you do!!! Wonderful sky with this beauty~!!

  • lol thanks

    – Philip Johnson

  • MKWhite
    MKWhiteover 6 years ago

    Nicely done, Philip :)

  • Terri Chandler
    Terri Chandlerover 6 years ago

    What an awesome sight! Philip is it just “half” a sheep and it’s propped against the wall of that building? I only see two legs so that is why I’m asking. Yoru captures are so interesting. Thank you, truly enjoyed! xo

  • all four legs fthe full merino lol

    – Philip Johnson

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture Philip!!

  • chijude
    chijudeover 6 years ago

    Don’t you just love it when the story has such a great ending.
    Would have loved to have witnessed the troup, no I mean the sheep shipment.

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 6 years ago

    Holy toot!! he really is huge!!! Great shot….love the background info too.

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 6 years ago

    Great shot Philip and nice HDR effect…..
    I was in Goulburn over the weekend and took some shots of this big fella.

  • Zolton
    Zoltonover 6 years ago

    Well the title begs for comment! This is a very fine photo of something many tourists have probably captured in much less magnificence. Ewe rock ‘n’ rammed it!!

  • lol thanks for the review lol

    – Philip Johnson

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