The Winds Of Time - Great Ocean Road , Victoria , Australia - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

The Winds Of Time - Great Ocean Road , Victoria , Australia - The HDR Experience by 


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 Australia

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2012

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  • ECH52
    ECH52about 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Phillip, very stunning viewed large, excellent HDR work!!!!

  • thanks this stretch of coast has always cried out for a hdr perspective, and spending a few days is a must to note how the light moves

    – Philip Johnson

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 5 years ago


  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful and such an interesting storyline along with it!

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...about 5 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenabout 5 years ago

    Breathtakingly spectacular!

  • Colleen Sattler
    Colleen Sattlerabout 5 years ago

    Wow what an amazing shot Phil!

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • RedRose1
    RedRose1about 5 years ago

    Amazing shot :)

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent!! :)

  • tcat757
    tcat757about 5 years ago

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