Take One (HDR Panoramic) - National Film & Sound Archive - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

Take One (HDR Panoramic) - National Film & Sound Archive - The HDR Experience by 


An experiment in HDR Panoramic image

Technique: 30 bracketted exposures (Handheld) shot in groups of 5 exposures. Photomatix 3.26, Photoshop elements merged.

When visiting the National Film and Sound Archive building, take a moment to absorb the design of the building, more importantly look up in the main foyers and marvel at the stained glass ceiling.

The building to which the Archive moved in 1984 was the home of the Australian Institute of Anatomy from 1931-84. Originally it held the anatomy collection of Sir Colin MacKenzie. This collection included the heart of the celebrated Australian racehorse Phar Lap.

The building is often classified as art deco, though its overall architectural style is technically “Late 20th Century Stripped Classical”, the style of ancient Greece and Rome but simplified and modernised. Buildings in this style often feature a symmetrical façade, a horizontal skyline, classical columns and a central entrance. Traditional building materials such as stone and terracotta are often employed. The art deco influence is evident in the strong and consistent decorative features of native flora, fauna and Aboriginal art and motifs throughout the building. Face masks of well-known scientists of the era are featured on the foyer’s walls as a reminder of its previous incarnation as the Institute of Anatomy. Beyond the foyer is a landscaped courtyard.

The original part of the building has a theatre and research centre. The theatre was the meeting place for one of Australia’s pioneering film societies in the 1930s—the Canberra Film Society.

In 1999, the building was extended to provide needed space for the Archive. This new wing’s design is in keeping with the Art Deco style of the main structure with details and finishes to match the original.

Equipment: Nikon D300 , Sigma 10-20mm, Handheld
Technique: HDR, 5 Bracketted Images, Photomatix 3.26

See Also

Art Deco Heaven:

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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  • Linda Yates
    Linda Yatesabout 5 years ago
    Wow, nice work Philip!!
  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Super building Philip, good capture …

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 5 years ago

    Nice work and great building

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 5 years ago

    Very impressive!! Terrific shot!!!!, Bill

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramoviciabout 5 years ago


  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...about 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work Philip~!

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 5 years ago

    I’ve viewed it LARGERRRRRRRRRRRRR Philip and it looks STUNNNNNNNNNNNNING!!!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 5 years ago


  • etienneUK
    etienneUKabout 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

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