Light Over The Edge - Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia - The HDR Experience

Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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The Loch Ard Gorge is part of Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, about 5 minutes drive west of The Twelve Apostles. It is a visible example of the process of erosion in action.

The gorge is named after the shipwreck of the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878 approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. Fifty-two people were killed, but two 18-year-old survivors were washed into the gorge and found shelter.

A stairwell allows visitors down to the beach which is otherwise undeveloped. There are numerous plaques that tell the story as well and a small museum and rest area.

This was the location for a number of scenes of the 1982 film The Pirate Movie and also the 1999 TV series Journey to the Center of the Earth with Treat Williams

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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Loch Ard Reflections:

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Natures Paintbrush:

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