This image was taken at Great Ocean Rd, a perfect morning and the perfect environment.
Wish you all a lovely weekend and l hope you find some time for yourself.
Next time you find yourself in Warrnambool, Victoria, make sure you have time to visit a place known to the locals as ‘Magic Rock’. Its tucked away just of the Great Ocean Road. Getting to the location can be very tricky as there are only 2 forms of access, one is by car along a very very bumpy dirt track that stretches on for about 10kms, it is also a very narrow track so if you have a larger type vehicle expect to pick up a few scratches from over hanging branches. The other alternative is to drive around to another entry point and park your car, than walk or ride a bike, the walk would take around 50 minutes, which ever route you decide to take both options are difficult to find without a little guidance from the locals.
The terrain is also very hazardous with a steep descent down to the main rock stack, once down you will than have to navigate the dangerous and unpredictable incoming ocean swell, which can knock you off your feet in an instant. to get up close to the Magic Rock, you will have to clamber over quite a few boulders (if the tide allows) and than hopefully get yourself a good composition to start shooting. Ocean spray and misty conditions can also cause havoc, so make sure you pack a few good cloths to wipe down your camera gear regularly.
Another recommendation is to make sure you don’t do it alone, have a friend or 2 tag along to look out for you as any slip or accident here would be a disaster. Always take care and stay safe whilst photographing.
l have been taking photos along the Great Ocean Road for over twenty years now, from Aireys Inlet all the way through to Warrnambool. l know just about every little nook and cranny along the way, from Crayfish Bay and Blanket Bay, Red Johanna Beach, Artillery Rocks in Lorne some great little spots near Apollo Bay such as Smyth’s Creek and every where else in between.
My Great Ocean Road Photographic Galleries on my website are ‘choc o block’ with some of the finest images captured along this stunning stretch of coastline. One of the largest online collection of images from the Great Ocean Road with nearly 300 images on display and building.
l will endeavour to keep updating the galleries on a weekly basis.
Recently caught up with my good friend and fellow photographer Rob Featonby. We spent the weekend camping and photographing over at Red Johanna, along the Great Ocean Road.
These days things have gotten very busy at Red Johanna, lots of campers and families enjoying the great outdoors. Lots of fishing, surfing and just kicking back.
Rob Featonby and l have spent the last couple of years catching up for photography sessions on a regular basis. Last year we spent two weeks cruising around Tasmania in his F250, camping and photographing most of the iconic locations Tassie has to offer. Although the weather conditions were not on our side, the journey was awesome.
Rob would have to be one of the most tireless photographers I have met. His passion is shooting night skies and star trails. There have been many occasions when we have been out shooting and I called it a night around midnight, then woke up bright and early for sunrise, only to find Rob still out shooting star trails on the beach! Without sleep, he continues shooting throughout the night and the morning, no matter what the weather conditions; a most dedicated and professional-minded photog.
Rob is pictured here, knee-deep in seawater and loving every moment.
So without fail, I always know I’m in for serious stuff when Rob’s around, lots of energy and motivation. This weekend was no exception, Sunday morning produced a ripping sky and scene. Both Rob and I were ecstatic, due to the fact that the previous morning and evening had been a whitewash due to unfavourable shooting conditions.
For some unknown reason Red Johanna always finds a way to turn it on; very rarely have I not had a good shoot there. My only grudge is that l wish there was more subject matter to work with, but you can’t have it all.
Being able to camp at the doorstep of where you’re shooting is also a big plus: a hop, skip and jump, throw my waders on and I’m ready for shooting. Waders come in very handy whilst shooting seascapes, even Rob has invested in a pair.
I’m heading back out to Great Ocean Road in a couple of days – high tide rolling in at sunset, just the way I like it.
You can check out Rob’s amazing images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_featonby/
Red Johanna Beach is amongst my favourite destinations when visiting Great Ocean Road. Each visit brings about a new look – with the shifting sands and constant tide flow, the face of Red Johanna is forever changing.
Each new season will also have an impact on the face of Johanna: you will find rock pools, various coloured algae, interesting rock formations and amazing views for sunrise; local surfers frequently visit to catch a wave or two.
For those of you who like camping, Red Johanna has an amazingly good camping ground. Situated slightly off the main tourist route, you can rest assured of finding your own space there. Be sure to take your rubbish home with you; I spend a lot of time around the coastline and am always disappointed to see so much trash left behind from holiday-makers and weekend warriors as I call them – we should all make an effort to help the environment and its inhabitants.
Following on with my Great Ocean Road Series.
A visual Journey with Master Photographer, Darren J Bennett (The Waterboy) along the Great Ocean Road.
This Seascape was captured at Red Johanna Beach, with a slow shutter speed of 0.5 seconds, just enough exposure to create a dynamic water movement. Getting in close to the water action allows the photographer to feel the energy associated with fast moving water.
Crayfish Bay along the Great Ocean road.
A slightly elevated viewpoint, with rich coloured algae in the foreground and a blood red sky on the horizon.
Over the course of the next few weeks, l will be showcasing some of my best images from the Great Ocean Road, painstakingly photographed over many years.