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All That Remains - The Garden Palace, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Most people know that Melbourne has a wonderful landmark called The Royal Exhibition Building, not many know that Sydney had a similar building. Sydney is built on beautiful Sydney sandstone but unfortunately they decided to build it of timber !

The Garden Palace was a large purpose-built exhibition building constructed to house the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. It was designed by James Barnet and was constructed at a cost of 191,800 Pounds in only eight months – largely due to the special importation from England of electric lighting which enabled work to be carried out around-the-clock.

Visually similar in many respects to the later Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the Sydney building consisted of three turreted wings meeting beneath a central dome. The building was sited at what is today the southwestern end of the Royal Botanical Gardens (although at the time it was built it occupied land that was outside the Gardens), and was of primarily timber construction – a fact that was to assure its complete destruction when engulfed by fire in the early morning of September 22, 1882.

The only extant remains of the Garden Palace are its carved sandstone gateposts and wrought iron gates, located on the Macquarie Street entrance to the Royal Botanical Gardens

Source Sydney

Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20 lens

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Images, Processed with Photomatix 3.26

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

    Gorgeous gate, and what a tragedy to be taken by fire only 3 years after it was built. Apparently, it was totally disheartening. Thank goodness, then, for the great Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens to carry on the intent.

    Your special photograph has somewhat of a charred look, reminding one how significant such events can be, in history.

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading the history too! Well done!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well presented Philip! The wrought iron reminds me of some of the features of The Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne and I guess the work would have reflected the architecture of the destroyed Sydney building.

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot….almost looks like you used a fisheye lens.

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Great shot, love the processing Philip ;o)

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


  • lisameryl
    lisamerylover 4 years ago

    Philip, another treasure!! Wonderful image!!

  • Lukasz Godlewski
    Lukasz Godlewskiover 4 years ago

    Impressive gate, great picture

  • Colleen Sattler
    Colleen Sattlerover 4 years ago

    A beautiful image Phil!

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