Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes

The Twelve Apostles National Park



SO, everyone knows about the 12 apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. We against the odds caught a gold mine on camera. We went to the apostles during t...
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SO, everyone knows about the 12 apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. We against the odds caught a gold mine on camera. We went to the apostles during the day to check out the location and where we would like to shoot, it was clear skies, so the potential for a garish sunset, but we had just sunset and sunrise to get what we wanted so the clock was ticking. The Apostles were busy, with people filling the pathways, the potential for destroyed photoshoot, later we found out this was because of the Chinese new Year.
Returning at sunset, the paths were clearer and crowds much smaller, the tour groups had left for the day. Just like magic the skies had filled with clouds and a storm was brewing on the horizon.

We could see the rain falling in the distance, perfect sunset. But that was not the end. We shot the sun going down sneaking past the barriers into a remote area. It was a masterpiece of a sunset, and the people remaining to witness it were in awe. People began disappearing as did the sun,
leaving a trail of light behind it. That’s when the storm began to get closer, we were about to leave, considering there was noting left we could get from the shoot, when all of a sudden a clap of thunder filled our ears followed by the skies being re-ignited with a bright light. I took another position and waited.

The storm was getting closer, and I saw the potential for something astounding. I fiddled with my camera settings, deciding the best way to try and capture some lightning, the best way to do this I decided was with five seconds exposures. I tested this and settled lower at 1-5th. I set up a cable release and stood fingers at the ready.
Lightning struck again and I just catched the end, not having set the release to continuous shoot, as I didn’t want to miss the vital moment between frames. Not only this I didn’t want to compromise with a high ISO, which I had tested but was far too noisy. Another bolt of lightning. I had just caught a glimpse of the start, not enough for shimmering waves or a bright firey sky. Minutes ticked by, the it happened. I was ready for it. The thunder rumbled, then the lightning struck. At the same time, so
did my finger on the release button. The frame continued to expose for the shadows as the light fizzled away….processing… then the LCD lit up and I knew it was something special. Perfectly exposed lightning struck across the sky on the tiny screen. The limestone stacks glowing almost
gold, the waves an electric pink. Jackpot!
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slawakladocznagryta PRO
 
slawakladocznagryta March 13, 2015
marvelous
debhall PRO+
 
debhall October 19, 2015
Absolutely breathtaking!
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 01, 2015
thank you :) :)
FlorendoStudioArts
 
FlorendoStudioArts October 19, 2015
Wow congrats and have fun!
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 01, 2015
thanks! only found out today! exciting times!!
angelinedbalentine
 
angelinedbalentine October 19, 2015
Excellent, congrats!
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edandaniphone October 20, 2015
Congrats! Awesome shot!!
janine5571
 
janine5571 October 20, 2015
Congrats! Beautiful image!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith October 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your well deserved win!
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
thank you joyce
TASmileyPhotos PRO+
 
TASmileyPhotos October 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning!!!!
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford October 20, 2015
Magnificent
p_eileenbaltz
 
p_eileenbaltz October 20, 2015
How awesome!!! Congratulations on your win......and enjoy your trip.:)
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
Thanks! i certainly will! :D
brandonbernard
 
brandonbernard October 20, 2015
Ok, this picture of the Apostles with LIghtning is just crazy awesome . . . how in the world did you time this right?
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
i guess it was the one time i hit some luck with the weather :) beautiful sunset followed by epic storm!
debcoimages PRO+
 
debcoimages October 20, 2015
Congrats on your win, you must be thrilled! It is a brilliant image with all the elements of drama, colour and beautiful light. A masterpiece.
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
Thank you! yes, im so excited i cannot wait!
camilzahner
 
camilzahner October 20, 2015
Amazing!!
Chick15 PRO
 
Chick15 October 20, 2015
Beautiful photo...Congratulations!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 October 20, 2015
Just superb!!
jharphoto
 
jharphoto October 20, 2015
Superb photo. Congratulations on the win. Enjoy NZ! If you haven't been, it's a photographer's paradise.
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
hey! thank you! no i havent been, so a first for me and i cannot wait!
juliebanks
 
juliebanks October 21, 2015
fabulous, what a great capture.
jenniferbonti PRO
 
jenniferbonti October 21, 2015
Congratulations! Amazing photo!
ConnieFisherFineArt PRO+
 
ConnieFisherFineArt October 21, 2015
Congratulations !!! Well deserved ! This has it all , great comp light color
Amanda-Hughes
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
Thanks!
christinebger
 
christinebger October 21, 2015
Gorgeous !
gregsinclair
 
gregsinclair October 31, 2015
Superb!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 31, 2015
Stunning...Congrats! :)
joebroyles
 
joebroyles October 31, 2015
Exceptional photo!!! Well done!
timothyhuchton
 
timothyhuchton November 01, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Amanda-Hughes
 
Amanda-Hughes November 02, 2015
Thank you all for your lovely comments!!
R_G_RavenWolfclaw
 
R_G_RavenWolfclaw May 13, 2016
I'm speechless
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose June 15, 2018
Wow, stunning capture!

Behind The Lens

Location
The 12 Apostles National park, Victoria, Australia
Time
I took this right after sunset as the light was fading and the storm got closer
Lighting
Getting the shot & getting lucky The storm was getting closer, and I saw the potential for something astounding. I fiddled with my camera settings, deciding the best way to try and capture some lightning, the best way to do this I decided was with five seconds exposures. I set up a cable release and stood fingers at the ready. Lightning struck again and I just catched the end, not having set the release to continuous shoot, as I didn’t want to miss the vital moment between frames. Not only this I didn’t want to compromise with a high ISO, which I had tested but was far too noisy. Another bolt of lightning. I had just caught a glimpse of the start, not enough for shimmering waves or a bright firey sky. Minutes ticked by, the it happened. I was ready for it. The thunder rumbled, then the lightning struck. At the same time, so did my finger on the release button. The frame continued to expose for the shadows as the light fizzled away….processing… then the LCD lit up and I knew it was something special. Perfectly exposed lightning struck across the sky on the tiny screen. The limestone stacks glowing almost gold, the waves an electric pink. Jackpot!
Equipment
Canon 5D mk3, 17-40mm, Tripod
Inspiration
A well-photographed location against the odds i caught a gold mine on camera. We went to the apostles during the day to check out the location and where we would like to shoot, it was clear skies, so the potential for a garish sunset, but we had just sunset and sunrise to get what we wanted so the clock was ticking. The Apostles were busy, with people filling the pathways, the potential for destroyed photoshoot, later we found out this was because of the Chinese new Year. Returning at sunset, the paths were clearer and crowds much smaller, the tour groups had left for the day. Just like magic the skies had filled with clouds and a storm was brewing on the horizon. We could see the rain falling in the distance, perfect sunset. But that was not the end. I shot the sun going down sneaking past the barriers into a remote area. It was a masterpiece of a sunset, and the people remaining to witness it were in awe. People began disappearing as did the sun, leaving a trail of light behind it. That’s when the storm began to get closer, I was about to leave, considering there was noting left we could get from the shoot, when all of a sudden a clap of thunder filled our ears followed by the skies being re-ignited with a bright light. I took back my position.
Editing
Yes manual exposure blend of foreground rocks, one exposure for sea sky and apostles in background, edited in LR and PS
In my camera bag
Canon 5d, Canon 17-40, Tamron 24-70, Three legged thing tripod, Tamron 70-200 2.8
Feedback
Manual settings on SLR

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