A River Runs Through It -Ross Bridge c1836 - Ross Tasmania - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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A River Runs Through It -Ross Bridge c1836 - Ross Tasmania - The HDR Experience by 


Heritage Listed Ross Bridge
Quite rightly the pride of the village this beautiful stone bridge was constructed by convicts in 1836. It is the third oldest bridge still standing in Australia and is recognised as the most important convict-built bridge in the country. It was constructed on the orders of Governor Arthur and designed by John Lee Archer. Built by convicts its beautiful stonework is the result of two convict stonemasons – Daniel Herbert and James Colbeck. They were paid one shilling a day. Herbert, who had been transported for highway robbery in 1827, was freed after the bridge was completed and is buried in the Old Cemetery. He is credited with the beautiful carvings on the side of the bridge. Experts have described the carvings as ‘possibly the richest achievement of the earlier colonial period if not the most significant sculpture on any edifice in the Commonwealth.’ Leslie Greener, who was largely responsible for discovering that Daniel Herbert was responsible for the carvings, has written: ‘Ross Bridge is the most beautiful of its kind today. The carvings have in them that delight in the shapes themselves that our sculptors lost somewhere in the 13th century.

Technique:HDR 5 exposures,processed Photomatix and capture nx
Equipment : Nikon D300,Nikon 18-200mm lens

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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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Lovely image, nice textures and colours …

  • thanks Tom , i would love to get out in a boat and capture those carvings. The water colur is interesting in tasmania it is colored by tannin from the forrests.

    The craftmanship on these ld bridges is stunning , a solid as the day they were built, and part of Australias heritage, you can only imagine how hard it would have been for convicts sent from britain some for stealing a loaf of bread

    – Philip Johnson

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 5 years ago

    Just excellent mate, well done.

  • thanks Jason , Tasmania is a great place, and the craftmanship is superb on these treasures of bridges

    – Philip Johnson

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoabout 5 years ago

    wonderful done phillip cheers mate

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiabout 5 years ago

    She is a grand old girl Philip! Love the character and the processing, nicely captured!!

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 5 years ago

    Oh, Philip, this is glorious … what a warming golden glow against the steel blues!!!! Magic pov, sweetie .. you do be da master!!!!!!!!!! WOWZER award alert!!!!!! Hugzz!!!

  • Sinisa Saratlic
    Sinisa Saratlicabout 5 years ago
    Beautiful image !
  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 5 years ago

    Great placing of the bridge. It used to be difficult to get where you took this from because of fences.

  • wiccanrider
    wiccanriderabout 5 years ago

    NIce work Philip living just up the road from Ross and driving through I have never seen the bridge looking so good. Congratulations :)

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Excellent, stunning work!

  • Deborah Austin
    Deborah Austinabout 5 years ago

    I like this angle more, the color of the stone is just lovely. Looks well built, no wonder it’s stood the test of time. Great backstory by the way, I just love when an artist gives details of a picture, adds so much more to the shot…compared to those who say absolutely nothing which makes me crazy. Wonderful work here.

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