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Solitude - Narrabeen Lakes, Sydney - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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This shot shows a fisherman spinning for fish in Narrabeen lakes the refelctions were wonderful

Narrabeen Lakes is a popular paddling spot on the Northern Beaches of
Sydney. The surrounding hills and trees make it quite sheltered. The fact that
it is right next to one of the world’s best surf beaches is an added bonus

North Narrabeen lies on the northern shores of Narrabeen lagoon, bounded by Warriewood to the north, Elanora Heights to the west and extends east to the ocean at Turrimetta Beach. Narrabeen is opposite on the southern shore of the lagoon.

The first land grants were made to John Lees, 40 acres, Philip Schaffer, 50 acres, and James Wheeler, 80 acres, along the south bank of Mullet Creek. Alex Macdonald was granted 80 acres at the beach in 1815 and west of this land JT Collins had 93.5 acres by 1857.

During the nineteenth century travellers had to ford the lake until 1880 when the first bridge opened. A second bridge at the mouth of the lagoon in Ocean Street was built in 1925.

With the extension of the tram to Narrabeen in 1913 providing easier transport, the whole area around the lake became popular for holidays and camping. A large camping ground became established on the north shore of the lagoon.

In 1946 the Wakehurst Parkway was opened to North Narrabeen connecting the whole Pittwater area directly to Frenchs Forest and Seaforth.

The origins of the name Narrabeen are uncertain, possibilities are: Narrabin, a native plant growing near the lake entrance; Narrabine, an Aborigine girl; narrow beans eaten by early explorers. James Meehan mentions Narrowbang lagoon in his survey in 1815.

Equipment: Nikon D300,nikon 18-200mm lens, handheld

Technique: HDR, 5 Exposures bracketted, Photomatix 3.2 64 Bit, 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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanabout 5 years ago

    top shot, Philip! great, painting like – love it!

  • Floralynne
    Floralynneabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Philip. It brings back childhood memories of many happy summer days swimming there, and warm nights with a torch and a net, trying to catch school prawns.

  • yesit brings back memories of trudging through the bush, the cicadas singing , picking blackberries and swimming out to the middle of the lake and back again. and fish and chip picnics It’s a lot more accessable these days

    – Philip Johnson

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    fantastic ,

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.about 5 years ago


  • rudolfh
    rudolfhabout 5 years ago

    This photo has the feeling of tranquillity and peace
    The lighting is just beautiful
    I like it very much Philip

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 5 years ago

    The way the whole sky is lit is amazing, almost blinding and the colours are stunning – that vivid blue graduating to the liquid gold of the sky and it’s reflection. Amazing Philip ;o)

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 5 years ago

    A real beautiful capture. If you are a fisherman you appreciate this photo more….Tom

  • thanks Tom this series has bee popular with the Hunting and fishing groups, it a difficult one capturing a moving fisherman in water in HDR but it seems to have worked

    – Philip Johnson

  • kemal91
    kemal91about 5 years ago

    A very beautiful shot, I’m loving the colours. :)

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 5 years ago

    Really gorgeous tones in this Philip.

  • thanks Willam a real light hand on the hdr in this one

    – Philip Johnson

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, perfect title … what a wonderful place to be at that hour of the morning!

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