Glory #3  - National Mutual Building , Sydney Austtralia - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Taken on Open Sydney, the most mazing stair case I have seen in Sydney or anywhere the stair case runs the length of the building and topped with this stunning Stained Glass

Former Société Générale Building

Originally the head office of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the USA, this building was designed in the American Romanesque style by the Society’s chief architect, Edward Raht. On completion it was said to have surpassed anything that had ever been attempted in the Australian colonies. Raht designed the building around a central light well containing a grand staircase with a balustrade of Belgian marble. The light well is roofed by a magnificent stained-glass ceiling and once housed two open-caged lifts. During World War II the ceiling was temporarily dismantled and stored in the building’s basement, part of which had been converted for use as an air-raid shelter. A handsome vestibule, with walls faced in Italian marble, provides access to the upper floors via a stairway. On the fifth level is a former banqueting hall. The building was extensively restored during the 1980s.


Equipment : Nikon D300 , Sigma 10-20mm

Technique: HDR 5 Brackets, tonemapped in Photomatix 4.1, tidied in Photoshop

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Glory 2!



hdr, heritage, architecture, sydney, australia, société générale, nation mutual, art deco

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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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    stunning work philip

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dover 3 years ago

    how lucky are we to have these incredible places of amazing architecture, colour, structure just begging for someone like you to take an AMAZING shot…..

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 3 years ago

    great capture

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    You are right. it amazing.

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