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Resolution - Razorback , Great Ocean Road - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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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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On The Edge:

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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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Philip …

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific capture Philip. Really like the light on the rocks and that awesome sky. A FAV for me mate. Don.

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful and amazing looking formation Philip – gorgeous HDR work. It looks lovely and warm there too :D

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyalmost 5 years ago

    Another beauty, Philip. You are working the HDR very well…

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...almost 5 years ago

    Remarkably Captured Philip.

  • thanks Jason, its a great spot

    – Philip Johnson

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 5 years ago

    Magnificent capture of nature’s treasures!! :)

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago

    Stunning shot of this gorgeous outcropping. Truly beautifully done, Philip.

  • stateofundress
    stateofundressalmost 5 years ago

    this is beautiful,,,well done on the shot and processing

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

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