Art Deco Gothic - BMA House c1929-30 - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson


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Art Deco Gothic - BMA House c1929-30 - The HDR Experience by 


BMA House was built between 1929 and 1930 at the time it was the tallest building in Sydney at 12 Storeys !!

A beautiful example of Art Deco, the shot was taken at the recent Open Syney event where 50 buildings were opened to the public. The building facade is decorated in gargoyles and aztec like tiling.

And is protected under the NSW Heritage Register.

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted exposures, Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.1, with contrast and sharpenning using Photoshop

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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  • Peter Denniston
    Peter Dennistonover 3 years ago

    Excellent! love the gargoyles they are very cool!

  • apparently level 11 balcony has knights in armour and shields to warn off evil could get there though drat !

    – Philip Johnson

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 3 years ago

    Crikey that’s an intimidating pov! Very impressive and the moody sky helps build the atmosphere. Reminds me of a certain scene in Ghostbusters!

  • who ya gonna call REDBUBBLERS !

    – Philip Johnson

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 3 years ago

    LOL nice one!

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Super picture, Philip!

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Great angle Philip, super detail …

  • thganks Tom its a great old building

    – Philip Johnson

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Fabulous angle and love the texture, great image Philip :o)

  • yes i need to go back with a tripod , bit hard to be steady shooting up handheld

    – Philip Johnson

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaover 3 years ago

    Philip…that’s so cool, great job…Renee

  • yes a definite architectural treasure , and my favorite style art deco

    – Philip Johnson

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaover 3 years ago

    I’m so proud of you Philip…you commented back :) I hope you know that I’m just teasing you. You take such wonderful pictures it’s just nice to hear from the man behind the camera :) Have a great day or evening…whatever it is there..It’s 4:45pm here.

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 3 years ago

    Hand held or not, it is great – love this one Philip.

  • Thanks Rosalie, its one of our grand old buildings , I actually got a peek inside on Sudney. Ive always wondered what it was like

    – Philip Johnson

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 3 years ago

    Great shot Philip :)

  • thanks Richard

    – Philip Johnson

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