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Understanding - Bahai Temple, Ingleside Sydney - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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This shot was taken at the Bahai Temple in Sydney, the colour of sunset filters through the dome, which is so prominant it is used by ships at sea for a navigation point

The Bahai’ Temple in Sydney is one of the only seven Houses of Worship in the world and is a prominent and well-known landmark in its region.

In 1955 the site of the House of Worship at Ingleside was purchased by the Australian Baha’i Community. Construction commenced in April 1957, supervised by Sydney architect, John Brogan and took over four years to complete.

The lantern on top ofthe dome was prefabricated then lifted into place by a helicopter.

On the 17th of September 1961, the Baha’i House of Worship was dedicated.

The temple has a seating capacity of 600 its height from basement to top of spire is just under 40 metres.
The temple is located on an area of approximately nine hectares. The temple site is the highest point in the area. the temple itself is simple and beautiful, decorated with tiles and its commanding position means it can be seen from kilometres away.

There are also other building in the area including the visitors area, a book shop, picnic area , a hostel and a cottage and the adminsitrative office of the Baha’i community.

It is one of the only seven Bahai houses of worship in the world, a lovely tranquil place to wonder. You can meditate and walk in the garden , it is a very peaceful place, there are lots of native plants in the gardens

The Baha’i temple is open to all people. It is a place of prayer and meditation for all. Regardless of your faith, your race or your nationality you are welcome here.

The Baha’i Temple is located on 173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside NSW, 2101.

Equipment : Nikon D300,handheld,Sigma 10-20mm

Technique: HDR , 5 Bracketted Exposures, Photomatix 3.2

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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    Super beautiful.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture …

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    Stunning, love the reflections coming through the window!:)

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    Beautiful doorway, you captured the light just perfectly with your HDR tallents.

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 5 years ago

    So lovely ..so elegant!

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    The first of your HDR shots that has had reasonable values and colours. Congrats.

  • Thanks

    actually there is very little colour manipulation in hdr , more in photoshop devotees. the whole idea of hdr is the represent what your eye sees

    – Philip Johnson

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful details….fabulous window!

  • heznel
    heznelover 5 years ago

    Congrats … this is truly fabulous and sure has the WOW factor : )

  • Catrin Stahl-Szarka
    Catrin Stahl-S...over 5 years ago


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