Reach For The Sky #2 - Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Taken at sunset as the light hits the cliffs and they glow

Situated between Apollo Bay and Port Campbell in The Port Campbell National Park are the 12 Apostles. Original named ‘The Sow and Piglets’. The name was changed in the 1950s to tempt more visitors to see them. These famous residence of The Great Ocean Road were created from the 70 meter limestone cliffs by the relentless pounding of the Southern Ocean. To date only 8 of the original 12 apostles are still standing as the ocean continues to erode and shape the coast line.

How they were created

The limestone rock that makes up the 12 Apostles was created through the build up of skeletons of marine creatures on the sea floor. As the sea retreated, the limestone was exposed.

Over 20 million years ago the restless, stormy Southern Ocean and it’s blasting winds began attacking the soft limestone cliffs. Gradually the softer limestone eroded, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed, rock pillars up to 45 metres high were left – The Twelve Apostles. The Apostles are eroded by the sea at a rate of approximately 2cm a year.

Equipment: Nikon D300 , Sigma 10-20mm
Technique: HDR, Bracketted Images, Photomatix 3.2 64 Bit, Capture NX

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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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  • ECH52
    ECH52about 5 years ago

    Another beautiful image Phillip!! I love the HDR experiance

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 5 years ago


  • Rob  Southey
    Rob Southeyabout 5 years ago

    nice work Philip

  • SimplyScene
    SimplySceneabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image. Wonderful colours. Love the gnarled trees.

  • GailD
    GailDabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful scene. I am going to have to get there.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Lovely image Philip …

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Another great addition to this brilliant series Philip.

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 5 years ago

    Philip these just keep on getting more and more gorgeous! This is just breathtaking, the sky is amazing and all the colours are so vibrant and sharp. Looooooovely :o)

  • Earthmonster
    Earthmonsterabout 5 years ago


  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 5 years ago

    Another beauty Philip. You’ve inspired me to go for one more drive along the Great Ocean Road before I head back to Brisbane.

  • enjoy , its worth an overnight stay to beat the tourists lol

    – Philip Johnson

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