As promised, here’s a couple more shots further down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. The shot above of the Twelve Apostles was the last stop and was also just before sunset. The unfortunate thing was that the moment I had set up the tripod (in the buffeting wind) and removed the lens cap, the heavens decided to open. Rain blew from all directions and in a matter of moments everything was saturated. Of all the locations we had visited briefly that afternoon, this was the visage I had wanted to capture with the 9 stop ND Filter. All I could manage was a quick burst of bracketed shots before racing off to take shelter from the rain. Even in those few seconds, the front lens element was literally dripping from from the rain shower. It was really quite disappointing. I processed the shots as an HDR in Photomatix and did some last minute touch-ups in Aperture – largely some selective sharpening and clean-up work of obvious rain droplets. I’m reasonably happy with the gritty, moody and overly saturated look of the final image. Your taste will probably vary, I dare say.
As a matter of interest, I’ve included the un-cropped, normally exposed image (left) from the 3 bracketed shots so you can get a feel for where the image started, straight-out-of-camera and RAW.
The second shot (below) was taken a little earlier that afternoon. Its of ‘London Arch’ so named because of the natural arch formation you can plainly see. It had been a double arch formation, however, it collapsed unexpectedly in 1990 and left 2 tourists stranded on the outer part until they were rescued. Im told that the stranded couple were actually lovers, the man getting caught in his affair after being all over the evening news as they were picked-up by helicopter.
Canon 7D | EF 24-70L | Tripod | Hoya ND 400 Filter | 15 sec exposure @ f11 | ISO 100
Above: London Arch. The water really was that turquoise green, however, in over-saturating this image I’ve made the ocean probably a bit too blue. Still, in my minds eye, this is how I remember the scene.
- Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria (distanbach.wordpress.com)