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Rock Pool -Long Reef Aquatic Park, Sydney (30 Exposure HDR Panorama) - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Dawn kisses Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a mere 30klms from Sydney’s CBD. A great place to greet the dawn.

The Long Reef Aquatic Reserve was declared primarily to protect the marine invertebrates and sub-tidal marine plants and animals. Isobel Bennett AO (1908-2007, at right) was a marine conservation pioneer whose work on Sydney’s rock platforms led to the establishment of the Aquatic Reserve in 1980 by the state government. The reserve covers an area of approx. 60ha from the high water mark out to 100m from low water, extending from the Collaroy rock pool south to Long Reef Surf Club on Long Reef beach.

Long Reef Aquatic Reserve was declared in 1980 It extends from Collaroy rock baths south to Long Reef SLSC, and from mean high water out 100m from mean low water (Approx 60 ha.). The reserve was declared primarily to protect marine invertebrates found on the rock platforms, and to protect subtidal marine plants and animals. It is also important for marine education. Long Reef Aquatic Reserve includes two main rocky shores. The northern rocky reef area is protected from southerly swells by the prominent eastern headland, whilst the eastern large platform is more exposed. Different organisms occur in these different areas. Sydney’s northern beaches feature many diverse rock platforms. Long Reef Aquatic Reserve is unique due to its exposure to all four points of the compass. Species dwelling here have managed to adapt well to a huge range of severe conditions. Long Reef Aquatic Reserve has a wide variety of habitats, including sheltered boulder fields and surf-exposed ledges. The diversity and abundance of marine invertebrates here is rarely seen anywhere.

HDR Panorama , 30 bracketted RAW exposures shot in brackets of 5 exposures, each segment of five exposures tonemapped in Photomatix. This proccess repeated 5 more times to produce 5 x8 bit tiff files, and merged in Photoshop Elements to for one panoramic image

Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200mm lens , manfrotto tripod

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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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and processing Philip…..looks awesome !!

  • Stephen Beattie
    Stephen Beattieover 4 years ago

    Holy cow!!! Really nice job!

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    Another terrific piece!!!!, Bill

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Super work Philip …

  • SPDF
    SPDFover 4 years ago

    Hi Philip, this is spectacular, but what enormous effort to go to. Boy, makes my 3 shot 2EV HDR shots a bit lame by comparison LOL! I absolutely love the detail in your foreground contrasting with such a magic sky! Looks superb mate!

  • yes worth a try Sean , mind it does consume storage space and a pc with grunt helps

    – Philip Johnson

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundeover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot and processing :)

  • Calin Jugarean
    Calin Jugareanover 4 years ago


  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 4 years ago

    Outstanding in all spheres. Wow.

  • GailD
    GailDover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot Philip. Great textures & colours.

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    That light is gorgeous! Love the way it’s reflected in all the footprints of water.

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