The Shipwreck Coast. Victoria. Australia.

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Livnius, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Went for a drive to a portion of coastline 2 hrs out from Melbourne which most famously is home to the "12 Apostles" rock formations....gigantic, limstone stacks that were formed by millions of years of erosion, the harsh seas of Bass Strait and southerly winds never cease and so the erosion continues, today only 8 'Apostles' remain with the most recent collapse occurring on July 3 2005.

    This stretch of coastline has long been a treacherous area for ships to navigate and earned the name "The Shipwreck Coast". These waters have become a graveyard for over 50 ships and their crews, the first being an unnamed whaling boat in 1836....the last being the MS Rayville on November 9 1940, a 5800 ton American vessel. Much to my disbelief, the MS Rayville was sunk after hitting a German mine and was the first US Navy vessel sunk in WWII, a full year before Pearl Harbour.

    It was a fine day in Melbourne and I went hoping to catch some super fine weather, clear skies and a gorgeous setting sun over the Apostles, by the time I got there 2 hrs later, a storm had begun moving in from the sea so that kinda ruined my initial plan, but I managed to capture something a little more dramatic than I was expecting. I plan to go back at some point over the coming Spring/Summer and go for a walk down to the beaches below the Apostles...standing along the beaches and looking out and up at these impressive formations will be an epic photo walk for another day. Can't wait.

    All images taken with the EM5 + Panasonic 7-14mm.

    Shipwreck Coast 1 by Livnius, on Flickr

    Shipwreck Coast 2 by Livnius, on Flickr

    Shipwreck Coast 3 by Livnius, on Flickr

    Shipwreck Coast 4 by Livnius, on Flickr
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  2. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Stunning photos, Joe! What an eye you have!!
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  3. Absolutely fantastic images especially the mono ones! What a fantastic bit of coastline, I would love to visit there....maybe one day.
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  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    great photos, I think the storm really adds to it, fits with the coast's name too! Great processing as well :smile:
  5. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia SC Veteran

    Nov 10, 2010
    Los Angeles
    These are amazing- they really communicate a sense of grandeur of the place. The storm clouds make them much more dramatic as you pointed out
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  6. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Beautiful, beautiful captures. I would have a hard time choosing one above the others. They would make gorgeous prints.
  7. Pim

    Pim SC Regular

    Apr 21, 2012
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Great stuff as usual Joe!
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  8. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    these images have grandeur, well seen
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  9. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Beautiful dreamy images :)
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  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    A stunning part of the country. I'd love to see them for myself one day.
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  11. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Glad you guys liked this little set.
    I would've loved a little more time to get some more shots in but that storm had other ideas. you hurry mate, they're collapsing at a rate of about 1 in every 10,000 years...4 down only 8 to go !!
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Excellent work and PP!