Grandeur - Razorback - Great Ocean Road - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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    Featured 21/04/12 National Parks Of Australia Group

This formation known as The Razorback, taken at dusk …. gotta love those clouds !!!!

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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  • GailD
    GailDabout 5 years ago

    Looks a magic place Philip. Wonderful shot & processing.

  • thanks Gail , the first day i was down there i went down at sunset to the twelve (6 and 1/2) apostles to be met by a sea of photographers. the second day i flagged this spot for sunset and found no crowds at all

    – Philip Johnson

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Wow this is beautiful Philip.

  • thank you Lynne

    – Philip Johnson

  • thanks for the favourite

    – Philip Johnson

  • Thomas Anderson
    Thomas Andersonabout 5 years ago

    geez this is amazing!! we are gonna have to meet up one day and your gonna have to teach me :P so jealous!

  • thank you Thomas, it’s a great place to shoot

    – Philip Johnson

  • charlie murray
    charlie murrayabout 5 years ago

    Holy Cow, this is just a really cool shot with some amazing processing. One of my favorites !!!!!!!

  • thank you Charlie, i’m happy with the way this turned out thanks for the favourite

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tony Waite
    Tony Waiteabout 5 years ago

    Totally awesome Philip. Did you get to do the helicopter flight ? Last visited here in 2005 i so need to go back there.

  • i put off the helicopter, i’ll do that one day , its a great spot i normally zip through by car this time i stayed a few days to catch the sunset

    you can get some reasonable accomodation in port campbell

    – Philip Johnson

  • thanks for the favourite

    – Philip Johnson

  • Ted Lansing
    Ted Lansingabout 5 years ago

    Philip, in my view, this is one of your best images… Wonderfully composed and the clouds are just adding so much depth. Absolutely stunning.

  • thanks Ted, i’m happy with the way this worked out , the hdr technique worked well with the clouds and formation. I tend to chase clouds and i was blessed with them on this evening

    – Philip Johnson

  • thanks for the favourite

    – Philip Johnson

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 5 years ago

    A brilliant capture of a wonderful and unique place, Phil!!!

  • Thanks Phil , it was worth spending extra time on the great ocean road

    – Philip Johnson

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittabout 5 years ago

    Great Work, well done Phillip

  • thanks Richard its a great place to wander with a camera the challenge is trying to capture it in a different way

    – Philip Johnson

  • Craig Shadbolt
    Craig Shadboltabout 5 years ago

    That’s a great piece of HDR work Phillip. Well done.

  • thanks Craig , its a great place to wander and a good challenge for HDR

    – Philip Johnson

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic image, excellent work,

  • Thank you Ann, its a great place for photographers

    – Philip Johnson

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