Stand In Awe  (45 Exposure HDR Panoramic) - Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains World Heritage Area - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Stand In Awe (45 Exposure HDR Panoramic) - Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains World Heritage Area - The HDR Experience by 


  • I am always in awe of this view*

Govetts Leap lookout has one of my favourite views in the mountains, I could sit for hours just watching the liht and shadow pass through the valley and gorge. It’s like looking into the Grand Canyon and its full of trees !.

The Blue Mountains are a must when visiting Sydney, although it can be visited on day tours from Sydney, to really take in the experience go up there and stay a few days, there is lots to see and experience .


Step 1 -HDR Panorama image comprising 45 Raw exposures (15 mb each) shot in brackets of 5. (9 Brackets Total =45 exposures),

Step 2. Take the first bracket of 5 exposures and import into Photomatix, tonemap the 5 exposures to form 1 Tiff image of 35mb.

Step 3 Repeat step 2 , 8 times to create a total of 9 tiff images at 35mb’s each

Step 4 Take all 9 tiff files and import into photoshop and perform a Panoramic Merge to create one 400mb Panoramic Tiff File.

Step 5. Crop the panoramic image

Step 6 . Save the image as both a tiff and a jpeg

Step 7, Adjust slightly contrast

Step 8 Slight sharpen

Step 9 Save file

Equipment: Nikon D300 , Nikon 18-200mm lens, Manfrotto Tripod , Remote Release


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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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  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaalmost 4 years ago

    Great HDR work!!!!

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing work Philip:))

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    totally outstanding piece of work Philip with an awesome outcome

  • thanks Chris

    – Philip Johnson

  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellalmost 4 years ago

    Well, done, Philip. BTW, congrats on your recent SOLO EXHIBITION.

  • thank you Terence, frannie and the team at Solo Exhibition are so organised and do amazing work

    – Philip Johnson

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 4 years ago

    Tremendous!!!!, Bill

  • thank you Bill

    – Philip Johnson

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 4 years ago

    Ooooooooo……..that is just so brilliant……just gorgeous Philip!! love it!!

  • thanks Elizabeth its an amazing area

    – Philip Johnson

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

    Glorious, the light is magnificent. I love your composition, too. Perfect, Philip.

  • thanks Frannie its a magic place

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work Philip …

  • thanks Tom its a magic spot and so close to Sydney

    – Philip Johnson

  • SPDF
    SPDFalmost 4 years ago

    I’m in awe Philip! Excellent spread of tones through the image, not to mention the amazing scene.

  • thanks Sean its a great spot to wander with a camera

    – Philip Johnson

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful panoramic shot Phil … I love this side of the valley and its many moods and colours … well done♥

  • thanks Bev its certaily a magic spot i could sit here for ages just watching the light and shadows

    – Philip Johnson

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