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There Will Always Be A Avalon ! - Avalon Beach, Sydney - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Avalon is a northern beachside suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Avalon is located 35 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Pittwater Council, in the Northern Beaches region.

Avalon was named after the mythical Avalon, a legendary island in Celtic languages mythology. According to legends, Avalon was an earthly paradise and the final resting place of King Arthur.

The first land grant in the area was 60 acres (240,000 m2) to John Farrell in 1827. A 400-acre (1.6 km2) land grant was made to Father John Joseph Therry in 1833, who fought hard for the recognition of the Catholic Church in the colony.

He built a church in this area but his plans for a settlement never eventuated. In the 1920s, the area was still known as ’Priest’s Flat’. Arthur J Small handled a subdivision in 1921 and chose the name Avalon.

Avalon is east of Clareville, situated between Whale beach to the north and Bilgola to the south. Avalon is home to the few remaining koalas able to survive in an increasingly urban environment, a reminder that there once were many more in Pittwater.
Avalon Beach is superb for swimming, surfing windsurfing and fishing. A rock swimming pool is located at the southern end of the beach. A shady park area provides refuge from the summer sun, together with picnic and barbeque facilities.

It is my neighbourhood, great for watching the sun greet the east coast of Australia, the northern beaches are a must when visiting Sydney , Avalon can be reached by car or bus from the Sydney CBD the beaches here are far less crowded than your more publicised Bondi Beach.

An alternative trip would be to hop a ferry across Sydney Harbour to Manly then hop a bus and cruise the northern beaches and have a bite to eat or a picnic. Buy a day tripper pass for unlimited bus , ferry and train transport for the day for under $20.00AUD

Technique: 5 Bracketted images (HDR) processed in Photomatix 3.26, Slight adjustment in Capture NX (Sharpening and Contrast Adjustment)

Equipment: Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm


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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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  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenabout 4 years ago

    Superb capture Philip, such gorgeous warm light! :))

  • thanks Kylie its a great place to greet the day

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work Philip …

  • thanks Tom its a great area to live if you like beaches there are more than within 5 minutes drive

    – Philip Johnson

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    OMG that’s gorgeous! Love the colours and the lighting – so dramatic!

  • thank Zoe its a great spot to meet the day, its this stretch of coastline they use in tv shows including the soapie home and away

    – Philip Johnson

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

    Really beautiful, Philip.

  • thanks Frannie its a photographers paradise

    – Philip Johnson

  • Jonathan Stacey
    Jonathan Staceyabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant Phil…perfect light.

  • thanks Jonathan, its light like this that makes your day

    – Philip Johnson

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaabout 4 years ago


  • thank you

    – Philip Johnson

  • sky   princess
    sky princessabout 4 years ago

    beautiful capture Philip!!

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Colleen Sattler
    Colleen Sattlerabout 4 years ago

    You’ve certainly done Avalon justice Phil! Well done!

  • thank you Colleen its a wonderful vantage point and the light is to die for

    – Philip Johnson

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

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