Panorama from Mona Vale Headland to North Head, Sydney

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Comments (14)

☼Tanya Buncheva on April 26, 2008

Home sweet home... Greetings, Tanya

Ian Stehbens on April 26, 2008

Thanks Tanya. You are observant and understand us Aussies! Having recently loaded up pictures of England, the best response for an Aussie after that, is to come home to our beaches. Home Sweet Home, indeed.


juan jose romero on April 27, 2008

What a beautiful place....! Greetings, JJ

Ian Stehbens on April 27, 2008

My dear friend, JJ,

Yes, this is our coastline, JJ. No palmeras, little development on the foredune and miles of walks. You would love it. And you haven't been to this part of the world yet, so until then I will just keep uploading for you.

Kindest regards,


jeff_msn123 on April 27, 2008


It is a beautiful shore. You have a huge photo database that can be uploaded nearly everyday. WoW!


Ian Stehbens on April 27, 2008

Dear Jeff,

It is great to have your response to my folio. I have learnt to take my camera with me almost wherever I go now. Saturday, I took some of my international students on a sightseeing trip to the Northern Beaches of Sydney and the national park that lies behind them. While they are exploring or taking pictures, I create some too. And by the end of the day a 100 images becomes 10 for Panoramio.

We are all inspiring each other, and you and I happen to be part of a very affirming and encouraging network of photographers, so as we share our different worlds we learn much about each other's world, as well as much about each other AND we see our photographic ability improving.

It is great!

Greetings and thanks from Sydney.


jeff_msn123 on April 27, 2008

Hi Ian,

I am not intended to be a professional photograph. But, I found a lot of fun in it. Life would be very dull, if I am repeating everyday. You and others helps me to explore a new world. Your photo about boot is very beautiful. I disregard a lot of things that should be interesting.

I can talk with people from different places that I really don't know the countries exists in the earth. Of course, Hong Kong people knew Australia very well, as it was one of the favorable choices for migration before 1997.

I enjoy both beautiful and funny photos. Some landscapes are very amazing. I thought they should not be real. "Cat eye removed" is a funny photo. When I was a child, road in rural area used "cat eye stone" as an economic subsitute of electric light.

It enriches my life and my knowledge.

Thank you.

Greetings, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on April 28, 2008

Thank you Jeff for your interesting conversation. Panoramio has opened up the world to so many people and taken us to so many different places. But I think you would agree also that it is the conversations that we are able to have with each other that makes it a real joy.

Glad you like my landscapes, and fun pictures as well. Keep taking photos Jeff. I enjoy seeing your work too.


Rafal Ociepka on April 29, 2008

Great landscape, I also like this girl, and her romantic look (I hope)


Craig Ward on April 29, 2008

A very nice seascape vista Ian,pleasing composition and form,Ian do you use grads or polarizers for some of your landscape work ? Cheers Craig.

Ian Stehbens on April 29, 2008

Hi Rafal,

I didn't have the young woman pose for me, nor did I ask her to sit in just the right spot, she was just there! I guess I framed it around her. But I don't know her, and she was alone.

Maybe she was dreaming of a friend who couldn't be with her, or maybe she is just a poetic romantic who sees and admires the beauty all around her. It was a glorious afternoon, 25C, sunny, and clean clean air.

Dear Craig,

I am glad you enjoyed the view from Mona Vale Headland.

As for grads, I don't know what they are. And polarizers I do, and used to use a lens on my first camera years ago and valued it, but now I don't have one at all, but wish I did.

There is some gain in colour to be gained by shooting at right angles to the sunlight, which is what is necessary for a polarizer. What you may be referring to is that I do some saturation adjustment in photoshop, which allows me to eliminate the effect of an aircraft window on an aerial pic, for example.

But for this set, nothing was necessary. If you have a particular photo in mind, I could check to see what adjustment was made.



Craig Ward on April 29, 2008

Thaks Ian,no picture in mind, just general landscape practice ,by grads ,i ment graduated neutral density filters ,to darken the sky down to the horizon,and bring the dynamic range of the scene down to a more manageable exposure for the camera,Cheers Craig :)

Ian Stehbens on April 29, 2008

That was a bit of education for me, Craig. Thanks. Next time I'm near a camera shop I'll be making some inquiries. Do you use grads? Do you recommend that I try?



Craig Ward on April 29, 2008

No Ian a work mate & fellow Panaramio H George does with sucess, i will be getting a set from Lee filters soon, i do use a circular polariser most of the time ,for landscape if the image benefits from its use, the two main companys are Lee and Cokin,Cheers Craig :)PS these are slid in type,that slid into a bracket fitted/screwed to front of lens.

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