The 12 Apostles would have to be one of the most photographed natural wonders in Australia. They are right up there with the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. Over 2 million visitors a year, not bad for a country that only has 24 million people living in it. When you are there you will find loads of tourist buses arriving from Melbourne filled with overseas visitors who want to see the wonders of the Great Ocean Road and this spot is the main draw card.
The biggest problem for photographers is how do you get an image that over 2 million a year are also getting. Trying to make your own stand out is very hard.
I’ve tried doing other things to images when I have gone at other times and haven’t really thought I did them justice. This time I decided, since we got there early and not many people were around, that I would try doing a long exposure. The conditions were right for it, overcast sky, and the few people there meant there wouldn’t be too much shaking on the platforms.
Then, the sun came out. Usually I get annoyed with that, but I think it really worked in my favour this time. I knew when I saw the image on the computer that I would want to do something else to it and opened it up in Photoshop. I often find landscapes, or seascapes, so hard to work on, how can I do what I would normally do to images from the city on them. I decided to forget that, and just play around. I did many of the usual processes and in the end, I think I got to a point where I thought I had managed to do something different. I hope so anyway.
This is my final image after the processing. I like how it looks almost like night now. It really is an amazing landscape there, I look at this image and feel like I was there all on my own.