The Apostles at first blush

The Apostles at first blush

By |2013-03-14T20:19:26+00:00Mar 14th, 2013|

Our last full day in Australia began watching the sun first kiss the tops of the famous Apostles. There used to be twelve of them but, alas, there are fewer of them standing today. Getting to this site was pretty easy, actually. It was a 45 minute drive and then a climb of about 40 or so stairs to this overlook. To call this scene serene is an understatement. We were fortunate to be the only ones at this location so it was just a matter of setting up our cameras, experimenting with some exposure settings and enjoy the view.

I believe I used a 3-stop 4×4 ND filter and my circular polarizer, which is also good for about 2-stops of light loss. Mostly, I wanted to get some motion in the water to play off of the golden sun.

In terms of processing
Not wanting to overdo anything here, I just corrected the white balance and adjusted some contrast, saturation, and highlights in Lightroom 4.3. Otherwise, this is SOOC.

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  1. Chuck Jackson March 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Beautiful sir!

  2. Brian Matiash March 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    +Chuck Jackson Cheers!

  3. Sandy Burton March 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply


  4. Pini Gold March 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    A beautiful place

  5. Sarah Maynor March 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm - Reply


  6. Andrew Caldwell March 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    nice shot +Brian Matiash , that whole coast is stunning

  7. Gretchen Chappelle March 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Oh la, love those luscious colours!

  8. Rachel Cohen March 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Beautiful capture Brian!! Have fun!! :)

  9. Bill Zhao March 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    So beautiful! It is really a good shot! Wonderful!

  10. Joe Dolister March 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    This is Yummy! Earth is awesome, as this shows some resemblance to Lake Powell in Utah. Wow Factor +Brian Matiash

  11. Debashis Talukdar March 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash and +Nicole S. Young – did you venture down the Gibson Steps to get to the beach level?

  12. shubham semwal March 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm - Reply


  13. Brian Matiash March 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    +Debashis Talukdar We wanted to but because of the time constraints, we couldn't. We had the helicopter ride shortly after sunrise and then returned to Melbourne.

  14. Semawit Kidane March 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply


  15. James Bernard March 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I live only an hour or so from here, I aught to visit more often!

  16. Nigel Cooke March 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I really like this – I think it's the horizontal lines in both the rocks and the sea …. 

    Although some would argue that having more of the rock face in sunlight, I quite like the effect having only part of it … almost like unwrapping a new pressie slowly … you peak inside …

  17. Sarah Maynor March 15, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply


  18. Jason Baker March 15, 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

    it's an amazing strip of coastline. Were down there in december, even better when you have it to yourself at sunrise or sunset – the colours are fantastic

  19. Sarah Maynor March 15, 2013 at 1:06 am - Reply


  20. Penelope Lawry March 15, 2013 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Beautiful, love the contrasting blue of the water against the sun catching the top of the rocks. Different to the usual.

  21. Maria Polys-kaiti March 15, 2013 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Lovely sight….where is it?

  22. Ginae Lee Scott March 15, 2013 at 5:08 am - Reply


  23. Simi Shonowo March 15, 2013 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Gorgeous capture and amazing light!

  24. Boris Manic March 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply


  25. Bernice Coward March 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Lovely scene!

  26. Ginae Lee Scott March 19, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply


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