Twilight - Lavender Bay, Sydney Harbour - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

Twilight - Lavender Bay, Sydney Harbour - The HDR Experience by 


Prior to European settlement and well into the 19th century the Quibaree Clan, part of the larger Kuringgai Tribe, occupied Lavender Bay.

In 1805 Robert Campbell purchased a large section of land on the waterfront of the North Shore, between Lavender Bay and Careening Cove. James Milson settled on this land in 1806.

During the 1850’s, subdivision and sale led to increased settlement in the Lavender Bay and Milsons Point area. A large number of stately homes were built overlooking the Bay, including ‘Quiberee’, ‘Neepsend’ and ‘Hellespont’. From 1881 to 1975 the Lavender Bay (formerly Cavill’s) bath-house and baths operated from the now reclaimed land adjacent to the rail viaduct in Quibaree Park.

Much of the land in the subdivision was reserved for the construction of the railway in 1893, after which it was largely given over to parkland; becoming Watt Park and Quibaree Park. Watt Park is named after Alderman Charles W. Watt, the Mayor of North Sydney from 1923 – 1926, and an alderman from 1907 – 1936. Charles Watt conducted a ship’s contractors business at McMahons Point for many years. Clark Park commemorates the name of his predecessor, Alderman E. M. Clark, Mayor of North Sydney from 1918 – 1919.

Quibaree Park was created following a residential development at the end of King George Street. This Park acknowledges the importance of the former boat building operations in Lavender Bay, including the remains of the Nepture Engineering Company’s slipway, and the former Aboriginal name for the Bay – Quiberie – meaning a spring of fresh water. The Metropolitan Aboriginal Lands Council approved the naming of this new Park in 1995 with the suggested appropriate spelling as ‘Quibaree’.

Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm, Handheld
Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Exposures, Photomatix 3.2 Capture NX

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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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  • fezoj64
    fezoj64over 5 years ago

    Very pretty composition Philip ,beautiful shot. ..Jozef

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Philip! Great colours, comp, and reflections!

  • Jeannie Peters
    Jeannie Petersover 5 years ago

    exquisite work, this is absolutely beautiful!

  • Sue Martin
    Sue Martinover 5 years ago

    Stunning as ever Philip xx

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

    So beautiful. I love that your sky and harbor get equal billing here. ;)

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Wonderful view Philip …

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  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenover 5 years ago

    I love the colours in this Philip..and the jetty to the right.

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 5 years ago

    Splendid view and photo. The light is perfect!

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