Loch Ard Reflections - The Great Ocean Road  - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

Loch Ard Reflections - The Great Ocean Road - The HDR Experience by 


This image was taken at sunrise as the first rays of day reflect the cliff face of the gorge, loved the reflections in the sand.

The Loch Ard Gorge is part of Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, about 10 minutes drive west of The Twelve Apostles. It is a visible example of the process of erosion in action.

The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878 approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne.

All but two of the fifty-one passengers and crew perished – Tom Pearce, a ship’s apprentice and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman immigrating with her family, both of whom were 18 years of age. According to memorials at the site, Pearce was washed ashore, and rescued Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. Pearce then proceeded to climb out of the gorge to raise the alarm to local pastoralists who immediately set into plan a rescue attempt.

The gorge is accessed via the Great Ocean Road, only a few kilometres past The Twelve Apostles. Stairs allow visitors access to the beach which is otherwise undeveloped. There are numerous plaques that tell the story as well and a small museum and rest area and a cemetery housing many of the people that were killed.

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200mm lens, handheld

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Exposures, Photomatix 3.2 64 Bit, Capture NX

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 Australia

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2012

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  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 5 years ago

    Great photo and description, well put together!

  • thanks Richard it was a good time of day as the light struck the gorge, i had to get my bearings as i was getting the sun setting and rising over water

    – Philip Johnson

  • Colleen Sattler
    Colleen Sattlerover 5 years ago

    Beautiful reflections Phil!

  • thanks Colleen, its a great area to wander

    – Philip Johnson

  • Vivek Bakshi
    Vivek Bakshiover 5 years ago

    What an Extraordinary Shot and lovely creation!

  • thank you Vivek

    – Philip Johnson

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 5 years ago

    Extra special with that magical reflection Phil!

  • thanks Mandy , its always great when you can capture the reflection in the wash

    – Philip Johnson

  • Atiger97
    Atiger97over 5 years ago

    perfect capture of golden light

  • thank you, its a magic spot

    – Philip Johnson

  • Janie Oliver
    Janie Oliverover 5 years ago

    simply gorgeous.

  • thank you Janie

    – Philip Johnson

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful, Philip!

  • thanks kerry its a great area to wander

    – Philip Johnson

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 5 years ago

    Look at that incredible light !

  • thanks Ginger its a good time of the day

    – Philip Johnson

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 5 years ago

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Awesome and terrific catpure Philip. A welcome addition to the DSLR Users Group for the New Year.
    Happy New Year From all the Hosts.

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