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12  - 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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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome Philip, love the magical reds in this scene. Don.

  • thanks Don the sunset makes those cliffs glow

    – Philip Johnson

  • LeeMartinImages
    LeeMartinImagesover 4 years ago

    Brilliant, just enough HDR, and that light is sublime…

  • thanks guru, its was a challenge to catch the light and the processing had to be just right otherwise it would have been too orange

    – Philip Johnson

  • Ted Lansing
    Ted Lansingover 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!! Great composition.

  • thanks Ted its a great stretch of coast and the challenge to capture it well as it is much photographed

    – Philip Johnson

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    What a fine art photographer you are Philip!

  • thanks Richard its a special place great for photographers

    – Philip Johnson

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtover 4 years ago

    Nice work Philip

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Philip, I want to be sat on that beach so badly!

  • would love to get down to that beach to shoot at that level but i think its restricted access

    – Philip Johnson

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 4 years ago

    Great take Philip

  • thanks Richard i found some shots from my last trip unprocessed

    – Philip Johnson

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot.

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


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