Sunset Tango - 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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  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 5 years ago

    Great shot Philip

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 5 years ago


  • Vivek Bakshi
    Vivek Bakshiabout 5 years ago

    Amazing Philip. Lovely just lovely

  • thank you vivek , nothing like a goos sunset add some rock formation and its a good recipe, thanks for the favourite

    – Philip Johnson

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 5 years ago

    Your Great Ocean Road collection is outstanding Phillip and this one joins the others as a favourite

  • thanks chris and for the favourite too

    – Philip Johnson

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 5 years ago

    A real terrific composition!!!!, Bill

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 5 years ago

    Stunning image. love it.

  • Virginia Shutters
    Virginia Shuttersabout 5 years ago

    Wow… wow…. wow. I don’t know what else to say. Amazing, maybe?

  • thank you its a great area to wander with a camera

    – Philip Johnson

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 5 years ago

    lovely work mate

  • thank you Ryan it was a very productive trip

    – Philip Johnson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago

    stunnoing capture !!LIZ

  • thanks liz and for the favourite too

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful …

  • thank you Tom t was a good trip , thanks for the favourite too

    – Philip Johnson

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