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Something In Common - Clunes, Victoria - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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The Main Street of Clunes, gotta love those clouds

Nestling in a picturesque valley, a 25 minutes drive north of Ballarat, is Clunes, Victoria’s First Gold Town. Clunes was the site of the first official gold discovery in Victoria, made by James Esmoud on July 1st. 1851. Esmoud’s discovery triggered Victoria’s world famous gold rushes.

Clunes remains one of the most original and intact gold towns in Australia and there are over 50 buildings of historical significance. Many reflect the opulence and confidence of the boom period of the 1850s. The Town Hall & Court House, the Churches, the several old bank buildings and the verandahed shops in the central part of the town provide the basis of a living museum.

Today, Clunes has a population of only 850 but it has recently undergone a major transformation and resurgence following the decision by Wesley College, Australia’s largest co-educational private school, to establish a campus for Year 9 students. Each term, over 100 Wesley students take up residency in the ‘Wesley Village’, located in the town centre, and become part of the local community.

Clunes has also been used as a film location site for such movies as ‘Mad Max’, the remake of the 1950s classic ‘On the Beach’ and recent ABC television series ‘Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude’ and ‘Something in the Air’. and most recently the late Heath Ledgers Ned Kelly

Clunes is centrally located to Ballarat, Daylesford, Maryborough and is within an easy drive to over 20 wineries

Equipment – Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Manfrotto Tripod
Technique: HDR , 5 exposures bracketted. Photomatix 3.2, Nikon 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

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  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...almost 5 years ago

    Stunning HDR,

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowalmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful town …i have been there a number of times , but not recently

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Wow Philip, great old photo. I must put Clunes on my list next time I’m down that way. Cheers, Graham.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning, just what HDR is for. Love it …

  • jamiewinter
    jamiewinteralmost 5 years ago

    beautiful capture!

  • emanon
    emanonalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful capture of a time long ago.

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago


  • catherine walker
    catherine walkeralmost 5 years ago

    wonderful ..gorgeous place!

  • natgirl73
    natgirl73almost 5 years ago

    wow. What a beautiful photo!

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image and a wonderful composition.

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