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Home & Away - Palmie AKA Summer Bay (20 Shot HDR Panoramic) - Palm Beach, Sydney - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Home & Away - Palmie AKA Summer Bay (20 Shot HDR Panoramic) - Palm Beach, Sydney - The HDR Experience by 

Palm Beach, the jewel of the Northern Beaches, is the northernmost suburb of Sydney, less than an hour drive from the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD. Nestled on a landmark peninsula, it is blessed with a unique contrast of lush evergreen bushland and beaches of golden sand, enveloped by the pristine blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the calm sailing paradise of Pittwater. A unique environmental awareness blending breathtaking views with quaint cottages and palatial homes, ensures that Palm Beach will forever enjoy a lifestyle of relaxed and casual affluence.

Palm Beach also marks the northern extremity of Pittwater at the entrance to Broken Bay from the sea. It ends in a long spit with the ocean on one side and Pittwater on the other, leading to a knob called Barrenjoey. A not-too-difficult uphill walk ends at the historic Barrenjoey lighthouse with spectacular 360 degree views including Lion Island, an uninhabited rocky island resembling a resting lion which guards the entrance to Broken Bay, its northern arm Brisbane Water, and Pittwater.

And for those soap opera lovers , yes Palm Beach is the location of the long long long running TV Series “Home & Away” better known as “Summer Bay”.

The location is also well known as the location for movies , tv shows and TV Commercials.

Palm Beach is very close to my home about 10-15minutes away, also known as Palmie to locals

Technique: HDR 20 Bracketted images, converted to 4 8 Bit Tiff Files (100 mb per tiff) in Photomatix 3.26 these Tiff files then merged in Photoshop Elements 7, saved as one Tiff as a master and one jpeg , both files contrast and sharpening adjusted in Nikon Capture NX

Equipment: Nikon D300 , Nikon 18-200mm lens

Shot taken at dawn with a magic sunrise

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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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    20 Bracketted image. Wow. The detail is so fine though. the colors are subtle, like farm land, yet it’s the beach. I love the composition, Philip.

  • thanks Frannie, with hdr less is best, i did have a bit of noise issues but was able to remove most with noise ninja

    – Philip Johnson

  • Chintsala
    Chintsalaover 4 years ago

    what kinda computer you running that on?

  • im a pc , i recently updated and running 8gig ram windows 7 64bit, using 64 bit photomatix , and needless to say lots of storage 1 terabyte hdd.

    biggest pano i have done is *65*exposure hdr panoramic

    it chugged away for a while but no hiccups

    – Philip Johnson

  • fascinating to look at the merge process

    – Philip Johnson

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    This is really lovely. Great composition too.

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 4 years ago

    To take 20 shots and still retain the natural look and movement of the ocean is quite some achievement

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, dreamy view! This is so gorgeous :o)

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 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!

  • Colleen Sattler
    Colleen Sattlerover 4 years ago

    Love the angle that you’ve taken the shots from Phil!

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Lovely work mate, superb colours …

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


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