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A Home among the Gum Trees - Hill End , NSW Australia - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Hill End is one of the survivors of Australia’s gold rush, this is where the largest gold “specimen” was unearthed, called the “Holtermann Specimen”
On 26th October, 1872 The Town and Country Journal reported in its telegram section under the heading Hill End, Saturday, “Holtermann’s landed a specimen last night weighing between 6 and 7 cwt., supposed to contain 2 cwt. of gold. More in the bottom. Great excitement.”

It was photographed, measured and displayed. It is believed to have contained 3,000 ozs. of gold. This is the largest single mass of gold ever known to be recorded and it wasn’t a one off. The quote, “monster specimen” was crushed with 272 tons of other ore from the mine at the Pullen and Rawsthorne Stamper Battery yielding 15,488 ozs, and 11 dwts, of gold. A few months later a larger one was found and recorded in the day book from the mine.
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Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted exposures,tonemapped in Photomatix 4.1
Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-70mm


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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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Nik Watt
    Nik Wattover 3 years ago

    It’s a lovely “romatic” shot – but are we each unable to think a shot is lovely/great/dreadful simple because we see the same thing all the time?

    “Yeah, yeah: That’s Edinburgh Castle” – but how many folk from Edinburgh actually take pictures of things the see every day?

  • Nik Watt
    Nik Wattover 3 years ago

    Shame I wasn’t there with a measure?

  • Cary McAulay
    Cary McAulayover 3 years ago

    a couple of years ago I saw this place and shot it BUT the light was poor ! your shot has done the place justice! well done mate!

  • Ken Fortie
    Ken Fortieover 3 years ago

    Great colors and mood.

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    WOW! What a stunning capture Philip. Fantastic tones. A FAV for me. Don.

  • Slick Chic
    Slick Chicover 3 years ago

    wow! what a beautiful sight.. wish i could go for an evening stroll there.. nice capture!

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 3 years ago


  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryover 3 years ago

    A truly beautiful image Philip! Your composition is absolutely perfect – showing just a glimpse of the house, giving it a sense of mystery and tempting the viewer in, wanting to see more. The colours and tones of the surrounding bush captured so well. And your processing is, if such a thing is possible, even more perfect. Congratulations, and thanks for providing a fantastic source of inspiration to a new student of HDR.

  • traveller
    travellerover 3 years ago

    Wonderful image with a really “olde world” feel to it.

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 3 years ago

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