Icons - The Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

Icons - The Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road - 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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  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 5 years ago

    Excellent stuff again Phillip, love the whole series :)

  • Thanks Richard it was a productive trip

    – Philip Johnson

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Luda its a great spot

    – Philip Johnson

  • Igor Pozdnyakov
    Igor Pozdnyakovover 5 years ago

    I’ve seen some shots of the palace, this one is lovely, I guess it’s the sunset…

  • Thanks Igor its a wonderful place , the HDR works well on rock

    – Philip Johnson

  • stateofundress
    stateofundressover 5 years ago

    beautiful shot Phillip, well done

  • GailD
    GailDover 5 years ago

    Stunning Philip. On my list to visit.

  • thanks Gailits worth the trip , bestto allow a few days

    – Philip Johnson

  • linaji
    linajiover 5 years ago

    Your focus on cliffs is completely amazing Phillip

  • primovista
    primovistaover 5 years ago

    Your HDR works are simply astounding.

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    “Classic” …. beautiful capture of this Aussie icon Philip.

  • SPazzo
    SPazzoover 5 years ago

    Wow. This is an amazing picture. Great job!

    PERUGINAover 5 years ago

    an absolutely stunning set of images Philip …. in a word… you know which one…

  • let me guess the W word ?

    – Philip Johnson

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