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12 Apostles

12 Apostles
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-26
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/22, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 13:04
Viewed: 9771
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 148
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12 Apostles

Being so far away from home last Christmas, I couldn't have found any better place to spend it than this, The 12 Apostles, in the Port Campbell National Park, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

While driving by the road from Melbourne, that was a rainy day by moments, and when I finally got there in the afternoon was kind of a dull light, took some pictures and went to the hotel in Port Campbell to have a rest, but then the sun appeared and I went back to the lookout, just on time for the sunset and that unique spectacle and gift from nature. Just minutes after the sky's colours were absolutely unbelievable, so vivid reds everywhere.

Tech specs:

Aperture value: f/22
Shutter speed: 1/6
Focal length: 17mm
AF mode: One shot
Metering mode: Pattern
Flash: Off
ISO 200
C. Polarizer
Adobe RGB converted to sRGB
Time: 7:40 pm

The Twelve Apostles are a collection of natural giant limestone stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the central feature of the rugged Port Campbell National Park.

The Twelve Apostles are the remnants from constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland that began 10–20 million years ago. The stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore.

The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 70 metres, while the tallest of the rock stacks is around 45 metres high.

The Twelve Apostles were formed by erosion of the original coastline. The constant action of the sea on the limestone slowly wore down the rocky cliff, gradually leaving individual rocks. The cliff is still being eroded at a rate of about 2cm each year, and in the future is likely to form more 'Apostles' from the other rocky headlands that line the Victorian coastline.

How many Apostles are there?
The name is based on the biblical term "the 12 Apostles". It probably wasnt referring to the number of rock stacks there were.
At first glance the Twelve Apostles may not appear to be 12 apostles. From the lookout, you can only see a number of the twelve apostles. The others are located behind the rocky headlands that line the Victoria coastline, or hidden by other rocky outcrops. A 50-metre tall Apostle collapsed on July 3, 2005, leaving eight.

The actual number according to National Parks Ranger Alex Green, is 13 limestone stacks that qualify as Apostles. Eight of these can be seen from the main viewing platforms. Until July 2005, the number seen from the platforms was nine.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 13:09]

Hi Jose. I wondered where you had been good to see you. Looks like you have been having a good time.
This is a beautiful picture of this part of Australia. You took this whit rich colours and from a good POV. I like the cloud formation. well done TFS.

Superb landscape !
we have in France a place rather well known, but maybe not as far as Australia, called "Falaises d'Etretat", which is in normandy and quite similar
Your picture is perfectly equilibrated

merhabalar Jose,
Böyle manzara çalışmalarının tanıdığım tek ustası sizsiniz.
Mükemmel olmuş yine.
En güzel dileklerimle,

hello Jose Miguel

a superb landscape photography where you match
in the same image, the ground, the ocean and the sky,
shot with very fine POV and DOF, very well framed,
i also love the contrast between the warm colour tones
and the cold colour tones of the image, TFS


hello Jose Miguel!
the beauty of the Australian coast
actually appear in this fantastic post
compliments sERGIO

Ciao Jose Miguel, fascinating sea view with fantastic light and wonderful colors, splendid composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-19 14:29]

Hi Jose,

How wonderful to capture this scene at sunset!! You were so right to go back to the lookout. This picture is perfectly composed to show off the rocks, the sea, the beautiful sunset and the amazing clouds in the sky. An amazingly beautiful seascape.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-19 14:37]

Hi Jose
Beautiful landscape.Well composed image with great POV.Excellent light and lovely color.Cloud are outstanding.
TFS Michel

A beautiful naturescape in wide angle and with a great feeling of depth Jose, the warm colours of the sunset in perfect counterpoint with the azure sky in the east. Good job indeed!

Hi Jose Miguel,
This picture reminds me of some landscapes from our Australian friends :)! This is absolute beauty with perfect composition, impressive POV and great colors. Those clouds are wonderful! Well seen!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-19 16:50]

Hi Jose,you was lucky to see and live a incredible place like that and a great photographer to capture a fantastic spectacle like that,just my best compliments for this fantastic landscape!!!!!Have a nice day,Luciano

Happy New Year to you, Jose.
What a wonderful way to spend the new year's day watching one of the nature's most colossal creations!
The picture is on a grand scale. The time of the day is the most dramatic and you have brought us joy through this fantastic picture from Australia.
Thanks, my friend, and warm regards.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-19 17:22]

awesome shot Jose,
I grew up down in Victoria but it's always nice to see great shots of these such as this.. well worth going back for that sunset!! nice work!! tfs

Hello Jose
Wow, the view and landscape is just spectacular! I love all the different lines, textures, and colours. The tall rocks in the distance really add some great interest. What a gorgeous day you captured.
TFS Janice

picture perfect! postcard quality landscape there!! that beautiful golden glow and patterns are just so brilliant! TFS!

Hi Jose,

greatsa/landscape picture.
Very good pov.
Exellent note.
beautiful colours.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-19 22:54]

Hello Jose,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent. TFS

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-19 23:45]

Hola Jose Miguel !
Que paisaje maravilloso ! I love the rocks who stand out of the sea, y me gustan tambien los colores y la luz con tonalidaded muy calidas. Composition y punto de vista son perfectos, y los nubed en el cielo son muy hermosos.
Aradecidos y saludis,

PS : It's nice to have you back after such a wonderful holiday, let's hope we're going to see lany photos from Australia !

Hallo Jose Michael
Although I stay close by the sea, I have not seen a view of the ocean for a very long time, and you have just filled this void by this lovely seascape. The picture you have captured here looks very peaceful and undisturbed, and you could not have asked for a better place to be at the time. I am quite jealous and envy you a tiny bit. Our beaches are not safe, being one of the reasons why I have not been there for such a long time. The different layers of colour in the sky and land are a wonderful sight and the light captured on the rocks plays with one’s eyes.
Best Regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-20 0:04]

Hi Jose Miguel

This is a superb seascape from you, my friend!
When i first saw this i said: "PaulH" :) and only after i realized it's not.
Very beautiful high vista point here that gave you a splendid perspective towards the entire beach and cliffs.
The mood of your scene is also lovely and the tones and colors everywhere are most charming.
Composition-wise, i'm not too sure about the 50-50 work, but i'm also pretty confident it was really hard for you to decide, too, which to include more: the amazing beach and rocks or that beautiful, after storm sky.
Anyway, lovely work and great presentation.

Bravo and TFS

Hola Jose Miguel,
Hacia tiempo que no me acercaba por tu galería y es una de las que se disfrutan por su belleza, por su elegante y cuidada composición, además de saber elegir los sujetos y motivos. Enhorabuena por esta magnífica galería y gracias por compartirla. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-20 2:20]

Hi Jose,
such an ecellent capture of this landscape. Very dramatic indeed..the sky, the sea and the cliffs. The incoming waves drives in line giving a nice graphical presentation while the glowing earth gives a splendid view.
excellent composition.


Merhaba Jose,nefis bir ışık,nefis bir gökyüzü.Perpektifi çok sevdim.Teknik olarak çok güzel bir çekim.Ellerine sağlık,büyülendim:)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-20 3:45]

Hola amigo,
preciosa vista,
colores y pov maravillosos,
bella composición,
saludos José

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-20 3:50]

Hi Jose,
Magnificent seascape.Warm lighting,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Jose,
Beautiful capture. I like the blue & gold colors of the sky, nice use of your CP.
Well composed, great POV :)
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-20 5:06]

Hello Jose,
What an amazing sight! This is truly a superb landscape with these rocks in the sea. They look like coast-gardians and if they are Apostles, there are heavenly guardians for Australia! You have chosen an ideal point of view and have taken advantage of the beautiful light.
Beautiful work
Thanks a lot

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-20 5:15]

Hello José,
This is a beautiful coastal view taken in the light of the setting sun to show some of the Twelve Apostles. The composition of the cliff line and the clouds is fantastic with the red lighting on the cliffs.
Superb shot from Oz and TFS!
Best wishes,

Hi Jose,

Amazing place, beautifull and magical landscape shot. Great light, composition, sky and clouds... very, very well done!


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2009-01-20 5:21]

Hi Jose
Excellent colours and nice landscape.
Fantastic atmosphere.
Regards Jiri.

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-01-20 6:05]

świetny widok z klifu!!! Przepięknie uchwycone światło i oddane kolory! Bardzo mi się podoba...Gratuluję!
TFS and regards

hello Jose
great shot full of colours
and sharpness
i like the picture very mutch
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-20 11:39]

Hello Jose Miguel,
What a fantastic scene. The composition, DOF and warm colours are amazing. Really spectacular. Excellent contrasts and POV.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-20 13:04]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Amazing POV, excellent composition, giving the viewer a comprehensive view of this lovely scene. Very sharp, great detail and very well exposed.
Best regards Siggi

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-20 13:31]

Hello Jose , Beautiful landscape , great composition warm colors and light,great shot ,greetings Teunie .

Hi Jose Miguel.

Superb landscape image here captured with perfect lighting against the beautiful sky. The light catching on the cliff with small waves are so well registered and the glow along the horizon is amazing. The clear blue sky on the right contrasting well and well done indeed in showing us this fine view.


Hi Jose Miguel,
what a wonderful picture of this sea landscape taken from an excellent POV with stunning sharpness and lighting in a delightful composition; the vivid warm colours are amazingly.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-01-20 16:30]

Hi Jose, Good to see some new additions to your gallery. This is a superb coastal landscape with ideal POV and colours to die for. Happy New Year. Murray.
PS. Maybe meet again before end of march when i head off again.

Hello Jose

What a wonderful capture.
This place is very beautiful.
The lighting was provided by God but captured by you.
Excellent colour and composition.
Great job.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-20 22:31]

Hi Jose,
Wonderful shot and you have portrayed this place so beautifully. Great mood and colours captured and it is such a scenic delight for the eyes. Superb lighting effects. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hi Jose, What a wonderful seascape capture.
Very beautiful. You you captured it perfectly my friend.
TFS and cheers,


wonderful landscape Jose !
perfect sun light , amazing and very beautiful colours , nice exposure and great POV ,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-21 14:26]

Hello Jose
This landscape is very beautiful and surprising, the colors and details is natural and lovely. The effect of the sun is amazing in this picture.

The picture actually appears to be moving..like in an optical illusion...it feels movement to the right an up a bit..perhaps that is due to the sweeping view of the clouds....wow...You certainly get a chance to visit some remarkable places Jose! I am impressed!

Hola José Miguel,
Un maravillos y excelente paisaje, has conseguido unas tonalidades y colorido muy naturales y auténticas. Saludos cordiales. Ferran.

Olá Jose

Um espetáculo de imagem e cores...
Belíssimo o teu trabalho, uma composição elaborada e um resultado fantástico. O céu está lindo.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-21 21:32]

Hi Jose!

Your picture is superb, the colours and the lighting make it an outstanding one. Moreover, the perspective created by the composition is excellent.

The picture is also very emotional for me, it reminds me my trip to Australia a couple of years ago when I took part in the World Championship of Boomerang throwing at Melbourne...

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-22 5:54]

Hello Jose,
Terrific capture of this dramatic Australian coastline in wonderful light. Beautiful rocks and wonderful cloud formations above too. Excellent POV and a lovely composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-22 11:48]

Hi Jose,
very, very nice to see a seascape from you, and what a beauty! Lovely light, great compostion and sharp front to back - well done my friend!

Ciao Jose. Favoloso incrocio di diagonali e prospettive su una profondità superiore. Cielo e colori super. Ben fatto.


Hello Jose
Lovely capture, absolutely stunning colors, excellent sharpness, depth of field and clarity, good compo and pov.

hello jose,
what a beautiful landscape shot, the sun rays, the blue sky, the sea and the rocks make ideal combination, beautiful colors and fine pov, liked the composition very much,
well done,
tfs & regards

Bonjour Jose-Miguel,
Je découvre ta galerie, très diffférente de la mienne, à l'occasion de ta critique et plus particulièrement ce splendide paysage admirablement composé avec la convergence des lignes du rivage et des falaises qui guide le regard jus'au fond d'une image bien profonde dans une très belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-01-26 9:26]

Hola José Miguel,
Didn't see it here :o) As I have said earlier this is a beautiful photo... Light, colors, DOF, POV and composition look lovely.
All the best,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-01-26 18:45]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Debo sinceramente felicitarte por esta hermosa foto. El juego de colores en toda la imagen son bien definidos, el angulo de donde se logro la postal no puede ser mejor para mostrar este excelente paisaje de Australia.
La nota escrita corta pero de gran contenido, estoy seguro de tubiste un merecido descanso por esos lugares.
Un saludo y un fuerte abrazo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-26 23:41]

Hi, dear Jose.
Splendid picture of an amazing place. I am impressed a lot with pictured scene and quality of the image. I have not this lens but I love its work (as I can see on TN-members pictures). Superb selection of the POV and all exposure parameters. Details of the image are great. Colours are awesome especially warm sunlight. Bravo. Well done.
P,S. I am very grateful to you for constant interest and remarkable comments, dear friend.

WOW!What a shot, bro!Love this shot, the wide angle simply makes it even better!
Very well done!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-04 8:56]

merhaba Jose Miguel
wonderful seascape capture under nice sunset light
composition, POV, DOF, sharpness and colours are great

Dear José Miguel,
mind opening horizon, heart warming colours! A fairy tale view of one of the world's most spectacular beaches, taken with passion and joy from a perfect point of view at the right time of the day under an amazingly structured sky.
Enormous depth drawing me right in. A great pleasure to see. Thank you my dear friend!
With all my best wishes to you,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2009-02-10 23:01]

Bonne perspective et belle ambiance.
Bonne journée

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2009-02-13 16:01]

Despues de un tiempo sin visitar tu galeria me encuentro esta maravilla de imagen y no puedo por mas de felicitarte por tan magnifico encuadre , luz y definicion, màgico lugar sin duda. Un saludo amigo- Carme.

Hola José Miguel,
Beautiful landscape and fantastic lights (+ compo, too, of course). Yes, this kind of vivid reddish tone of rocks only exists in Oz, as it seems like. Too pity I never had the chance to see it by my self.
Tfs and congrats, best regards, László

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2009-03-21 22:33]

hi Jose Miguel
a wonderful image with a perfect composition and great colours, interesting description too, superb, bravo
kind regards

Hi Jose,
Beautiful scene and tranquil momment, you captured it wonderfully. I hope to visit here one day soon as you made it an even more desire. Well done.
Paul :)

hi Jose

you have captured a really lovely light in this scene. It is a beautiful calming sea shot with great cloud detail as well.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-08 10:24]

Ola JOse,
¿Qué hermoso paisaje! Excelente jugador, felicitaciones. Muy bueno y describir.
Una noche hermosa,

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-12-08 12:47]

hi jose

the low setting sun has lit the cliff face beautifully. This shot makes me feel quite calm just looking at it.



Hello Jose Miguel,

You make very well use of the last rays from the setting sun, making the cliffs stand out in great colours!
An outstanding composition that captures the moment so well...

And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, but I suppose White is too much to ask for..!

Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-30 23:00]
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Hi Jose

I surely hope that the 12 Apostles have led you home for Christmas this year (chuckle).
Sorry that I didn't make it for Christmas wishes, but at least I can set the record straight
for New Years wishes. Anyway, this is a fabulous scenery and I can understand why you
would feel at least reasonably comfortable spending Christmas in such lovely surrounding
even though it still took second place after being home.

I love this shot for various reasons. The colours are spectacular. The composition is well
managed with numerous triangles popping up all over the image. The details are nice and
sharp throughout the entire range of the sea & landscape. The cliffs on the right, with
at least some of the 13 "Apostolic" stacks (chuckle) in the centre, and finally the ocean
to the left provided some nice balance to the shot.

To you and your loved ones I wish a wonderful, healthy, and a prosperous 2010.

Well done MF and TFS.

Buenos días de ne nuevo José Miguel,

Ah... pero es que tenías casi un año sin postear! bueno... Bienvenido de vuelta!

Esta foto es un portento, lo tiene todo, profundidad, dramatismo y una composición excepcional. Muy buena información sobre esas particulares formaciones rocosas de esa costa autraliana. Una foto digna de Nat Geo!



Hi Jose,
Ive seen this seen on Nat Geagraphic and wished I could be there.You have captured a well composed image with warm colours, good exosure and great depth.One can just feel the immensity of the cliffs and rock outcrops, well done.

Hi Jose.
This scape look wonderful and those relief forms are great.
Very beautiful picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

this is a wonderful scenery. Really great land, nicely captured



Hi JM,
Saw after a long time. I like it.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-25 21:53]

Hello Jose Miguel! What an incredible shot my friend! A perfect composition of this superb seascape! A fine image shot with skill and great technique, thanks!


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