I have been progressively sharing my photos from a wonderful sunrise in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road from our trip earlier in the year. This is the third photo in this series. I have already described the dash in the dark before sunrise to find good compositions. This one was a little easier to find as I saw it after the conditions became brighter as sunrise was approaching.
I loved the otherworldly patterns and textures in the rock shelf. The two chimney like objects looked so totally alien and surreal that I had to find a way to work them into a composition. The reflected light and colours were just skimming the surface and that gave excellent dimension to the rock formations and textures.
In case you are wondering, I had to blend exposures to get the rich detail in the colourful clouds. No matter what filter was used, it was impossible to get a balanced exposure in one frame. The colours over the horizon are pretty much as they were. I even had to reduce saturation to ensure that they were not blown out and that the cloud pattern remained visible.
Photographing iconic landscapes and landmarks is something that I enjoy greatly in our travels. What I also love though, is finding something different and more unique along the way. Little spots and places that are not instant classics and that offer, in a way, a more intimate kind of beauty. They are much harder to find can often be easily missed when in proximity to the more popular and grandiose locations. That makes it even more worthwhile to find them and I was very happy to be able to find this unexpected location along our journey on the Great Ocean Road.
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