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Weathered By Time - Great Ocean Road , Victoria , Australia - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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HOME PAGE FEATURE 12th March 2012

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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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  • memelb
    memelbalmost 5 years ago

    the rocks look amazing

  • jockey
    jockeyalmost 5 years ago

    Nicely done mate, I think this one is called “London Bridge”

  • thanks Bill , didnt London Bridge fall down ? … no pun

    this is near the loch ard gorge area

    – Philip Johnson

  • i think this is the remnants of London Bridge:

    if i rememeber when london bridge collapsed there were people stranded out there that had to be rescued by helicopter

    – Philip Johnson

  • it could be the remains of london bridge now called london arch

    – Philip Johnson

  • Sarah Donoghue
    Sarah Donoghuealmost 5 years ago

    All I got was rain when I was there, but your shot shows me what I missed out on seeing. Awesome colours. Cheers

  • the thing i did this time was to stay a few days, wetaher was less of a issue, plus you are there before the tourist buses arrive from Melbourne and after they leave

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. Great colours mate …

  • thanks tom it remeinds me in some ways of the limestone cliffs in the UK , perhaps a bit more spectacular and a much longer stretch of coast

    – Philip Johnson

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • Terri~Lynn Bealle
    Terri~Lynn Beallealmost 5 years ago

    WOW, this is breathtaking!!! GORGEOUS shot!

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonalmost 5 years ago
    Top shot Phillip, All this series is very appealing and well composed.
  • thanks Terry , it was good spending an extended period in the area , I was able to take my time catch the sunsets , investigate work out the best time of day rather than rushing through and trying to do the road in one day. Plenty of other things to do in the area including the Otways National Park

    – Philip Johnson

  • John Walsh, IRELAND
    John Walsh, IR...almost 5 years ago

    Top Class,
    Superb Image

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent light and the use of HDR here works so well!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsalmost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful set of images Philip..thanks so much for including the whole series, simply stunning!

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