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

Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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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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