Knowing something about our TE’s intrepid traveler and rapid shooting photographer, you can be sure that Malgorzata (emka) did substantial research as to what was worth seeing in a few days she had planned to spend in Melbourne. The day after seeing Brighton, Williamstown and St Kilda, she was keen to see the Twelve Apostles, situated 257 kilometres west of Melbourne. I suggested Ballarat and its historical goldrush park and gold museum or Puffing Billy in the Dandenong Hills- but her eyes lit up at the mention of the Twelve.
The morning we set out for Port Campbell National Park, the weather forecast promised to offer the usual fare in this part of the world in autumn: hail, rain, blustery winds and maybe glimpses of sun.
As we got closer to our destination, driving along the Great Ocean Road, the sky began to show patches of blue which kept increasing in size. In fact, we were treated to a sunny day (more or less) but a very windy one. Whilst photographing the stacks we had difficulty in keeping the camera steady as it felt that we were pushed at the back by a sumo wrestler. The periods of sunshine were perhaps granted to our Polish friends because the former Pope was a Pole.
Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs which eventually formed arches. When the arches collapsed, the stacks were formed up to 45 metres high. The erosion caused by the waves, wind and rain means that these stacks are doomed to fall in due time. Some have already disappeared in my lifetime. The erosion at the base is estimated to be about 2cms per year.
As we walked along the tracks provided, we could see caves being formed along the jutting mainland, no doubt the beginnings of new arches and the whole process which will lead to more isolated stacks.
I think that these two stacks, on the other side of the so called 12, are named Gog and MaGog.
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jadesgran (5423) 2013-05-03 21:50
You were lucky to get the rays on the stacks and the lapping white waves,but keeping a dark threatening sky.
I much preferred the two stacks to photograph,like you over the Twelve Apostles on the opposite side.
Well composed ,a lovely picture that has brought back many happy memories. T.F.S.
Best Wishes Gladys.
Ciol (216) 2013-05-03 22:11
une belle composition d'image mais en valeur par les différentes teintes de couleurs.
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-05-03 22:32
A picture with beautiful view of this beautiful
landscape. The picture has very nice warm colors
with a very nice "game" between light and
contrast and that makes the picture exciting.
Picture has also a lots of depth and highness
and that emphasize the exciting extra.
In short: beautiful landscape and a execelent
pov, composition and light management.
besnard (56255) 2013-05-03 22:37
Une belle vue plongeante, une bonne lumière qui met ce paysage maritime en valeur.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
kabel (1926) 2013-05-03 22:39
Hello, superb color and point of view looking ou tover the ocean which gives a wonderful expansiveness to the image. You were lucky to get the light to provide interesting shadows and details in the cliffs.
romanaa (7984) 2013-05-03 23:09
just stunning. The weather adds a lot of atmosphere, I love the contrast of the dark threatening clouds and golden light.
HimalAnda (10665) 2013-05-04 0:07
The golden light is beautiful, the composition is good... and the picture is nice!
jhm (152344) 2013-05-04 0:41
Technical a very nice picture, also a very well angle.
Perfectly perspective and depth picture through the long white waves on the beach.
Lovely panoramic view about these area
Light and presentation are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
JFS (32459) 2013-05-04 0:42
What a b eautiful shot Klaudio! The light, the depth of field, the scenery, the whole is a beauty. Thanks!
dta (77610) 2013-05-04 0:55
Hello Klaudio ,
This is one of the most beautiful views of this part of coastaline I've seen . The golden rocks and cliffs stand out against the darker sea and sky . The composition is perfect .
manrezaei (1837) 2013-05-04 1:10
Excellent scene. I like the limestone cliffs you captured here in foams. Wonderful image of a charming place, with very good sharpness, depth and quality. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend.
Have a nice week end.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-04 1:55
nel vederla sono rimasto senza parole tanto grandioso è lo spettacolo della natura che offre la foto e tanto è stato ben ripreso con il bellissimo gioco di luyci sulla terra e sul mare, mentre il cielo appare piuttosto tempestoso.
Un luogo ed un momento colto nella migliore delle maniere.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
CLODO (34096) 2013-05-04 1:57
Auperb low light illuminates the orange cliffs and the roaring waves of the ocean.
siudzi (34141) 2013-05-04 2:28
What a wonderful landscape post taken during such an awesome moment with great light and dark sky in the background! Extremely eye-catching composition with its color combination. Very well done! TFS.
Have a nice weekend!
yquem46 (38752) 2013-05-04 3:21
A beautiful scenery of your far away (too far!) country
great sky, gorgeous light and vivid natural colors
enjoy your WE, best regards
dkmurphys (58126) 2013-05-04 3:22
Spectacular panorama, a true picturesque place in great natural colors.
Well taken, enjoy a fine weekend.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-04 4:01
a part of the world I would love to see and explore, and when I see beautiful images like this one the urge gets all the more pressing. Glorious light and a sky full of drama that just makes this place come alive. Stunning!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-04 4:07
Hello Klaudio - Congratulations on a very lovely shot. The light is breathtaking and although the wind was blowing up for a storm it has given the sea a lovely wildness with the whitecaps giving the image excellent detail and contrast. The two stacks are beautifully illuminated. Your guests must have been very impressed with this superb location. Warm regards rosemary
Royaldevon (38562) 2013-05-04 5:21
Ha, ha, Klaudio, it would seem that Malgo can even affect the weather! This is truly a magnificent view, beautifully captured with its light, its textures and its colours. The brief f/g anchors the shot and helps to create this vast depth, with sunlit rocks for attention.
Have a great w/e,
npecanhuk (75170) 2013-05-04 7:09
Gorgeous place by the sea!
Wonderful picture with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, dof, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
holmertz (52146) 2013-05-04 7:16
Maybe there wasn't a lot of sun that day, but it certainly shone perfectly at this bay. The light is marvellous and has given the sea a beautiful green tone. It's a perfectly composed photo, well proportioned with the dark clouds on top and some rough looking plants at the bottom.
mjw364 (850) 2013-05-04 15:23
A very clear sharp image with great light and colours. A beautiful panorama of this coastal scene.
zoomer (6) 2013-05-04 17:09
Hi,marvelous view!The light is perfect for coast and surf.Among the best I have seen,all the best,Wolf.
sabermonajati (11217) 2013-05-05 5:05
fascinating beach with amazing rock you captured.
Sonata11 (33795) 2013-05-05 20:14
striking beautiful composition of seascape view, which is breathtaking. Fantastic management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity, perfect POV and DOF as well great. Love it this beautiful picture.
All the best,
gus72 (3719) 2013-05-05 22:27
HI Klaudio !!
in all honesty I can say that this photo is probably the best that I have ever seen of the Apostles....... I thinks that the light is patchy due to the many clouds above... so you can see contrasting surfaces and it just happens that the light illuminates the most important components of the photo.
I met emka yesterday..... I should rename her as Pecos Bill ..... a very fast shooter !!!
sevy (58) 2013-05-06 1:43
A weel known place, but when it is presented through a nice shot, it is always nice to enjoy the view.
Here, it is mainly the lightning, with warm colors on the rocks and deep blu-grey sky to contrast.
Oceania (5202) 2013-05-06 6:09
Wow...this sea view is spectacular! The white waves under the dark grey sky are incredibly beautiful. It's a very nice work.
agjika (3177) 2013-05-06 10:41
I had a look at your last photos I think this one is my favourite. Great ballance, exposure, light, depth and that sky is the cherry on the top. Also you got to love those waves.
Very well done
Silvio1953 (142251) 2013-05-06 12:28
Ciao Klaudio, great view of fantastic place, superb light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
chawax (20756) 2013-05-07 3:04
You caught a wonderful scene here ! The POV is very good, with the piece of cliffs in the foreground to add depth and the coastline to add a perspective line. The waves make the sea very beautiful, we can feel the power of natural elements. The lateral light is fantastic, it gives beautiful colours to the cliffs and contrast greatly with the dark sky. Very well done !
zanzi (13690) 2013-05-07 12:56
Great light on those cliffs with the dark sky in the background.
A true demonstration that photography is all about capturing the right light.
vjmite (4216) 2013-05-11 21:23
Very dramatic lighting on the stacks, with wonderful colours and perfect exposure and sharpness. The wind may have been a problem, but it has whipped up some interesting waves.
Angshu (56750) 2013-05-14 21:16
Seems quite similar to the Twelve Apostles!
You got brilliant light here as it breaks through the dark clouds highlighting the stacks. Fantastic colours and contrast created which makes this so dramatic
PiotrF (16926) 2013-06-13 15:16
Great light management to produce these colours and excellent exposure.
kato (11630) 2013-06-29 7:13
Hi dear Klaudio,
You're capturing well this olace by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the coastline with cliff of limestone and strange/huge two rocks on sea. It's beautiful National Park. The whole is harmonized and balanced well by a good arrangement and tasteful color combination. And, the ripple which rolls in to a cliff draws out a good atmosphere in this image.
jmdias (64044) 2013-07-06 2:50
very beautiful contrast of colors and light effects. the golden rocks are perfectly positioned in the compo, surrounded by the white waves. excellent job.
this landscape remember me Algarve in Portugal and pisco in peru.
phildar77360 (328) 2013-11-14 14:51
Très jolie composition.
J aime beaucoup cette lumière chaude et réconfortante qui s oppose à ces nuages sombres et inquiétant dans le fond...
tulipan7 (798) 2014-02-18 10:14
This brings nice memories... Though my memories do not correspond any longer to the real life situation as I hear the number of Apostles is shrinking...
Puffing Billy and Ballarat were good suggestions but I think you chose well - Twelve Apostles are definitely unique...
What I appreciate in this photo are the intense colors, just like I remember them - blue, green, yellow and orange/golden... Threatening sky and big waves are bonus in your photo...