Monochrome - The City a Study In Black and White - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Right Spot – CHECK
No Boats – CHECK
Enough Cloud – CHECK
That Consistency to the Water – CHECK
Lights in varying colours – Check
Reflections on Water – Check
Run for the D300 and the tripod – DEFINITELY

Caught a range of shots on this Friday morning reached my vantage point about 5.30am. I saw these reflections and ran for the camera.

Sydney Harbour like a mill pond before the many vessels start their morning trips and disturbing it’s surface. The other factor is that look to the water surface that landscape photographers might know it’s like a oily look to the water that lends itself to wonderful reflective surface.

It took many shots of Sydney Harbour this morning, if, and you should have seen the sunrise that followed . WAIT ! yes i have photos of that as well.

Equipment: Manfrotto Tripod, Nikon D300 Nikon 18-200mm Lens
Technique: 5 Bracketted Exposures, Photomatix 3.2, Capure 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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  • Mike Rowley
    Mike Rowleyover 4 years ago

    Nice work, Philip. I especially like the way the lines in the water reflect the lines of the bridge

  • thanks Mike it was a magic morning as this was before dawn and because of very little harbour traffic disturbing the surface the reflections were magic. The sunrise that followed was magnificent.

    I decided to publish the monochrome version of this first and will follow with the coour version so stay tuned

    – Philip Johnson

  • kemal91
    kemal91over 4 years ago

    Really nice shot Phillip, very moody. :)

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    don’t you just love it when a shot comes together with all the right aspects and your there for it

  • thanks Christine , i know that feeling all you can do is squeeze the camera release and say thank you

    – Philip Johnson

  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    Lovely Philip, the mono is wonderful :)

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleover 4 years ago

    Great in mono. Stylish finish….

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work, Philip!

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Philip

    TIMKIELYover 4 years ago

    beauitful phil well done

  • mindym306
    mindym306over 4 years ago

    Fabulous Hdr work!

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenover 4 years ago

    Oh My !!! Amazing black and white..Philip!!! The lighting , reflections , sky and details are all so amazing !! Can’t wait to see the color version !!!! again WOWWWWWW!!! excellent work Wtg!! =D

  • thanks Carla the colour version is HERE:

    – Philip Johnson

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