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London Arch…

by on Feb.27, 2016, under Life, Photography

The last time I’d been to this spot I was a small child. Back then this formation was called the London Bridge and I was able to walk right out to the end of the rock on the right.

London’s Down

London's Down

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 328 sec at f/16, ISO 50

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

London Arch (formerly London Bridge) is an offshore natural arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park. The stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge. The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer span before being rescued by helicopter.

I’d arrived here just past 7PM (still two hours till sunset). It’s a fantastic location and I had an image in my mind of what I wanted to create whilst I was here. The photography weather gods must have been smiling on me because those clouds I’d been wanting all day so far had finally appeared. Lots of fluffy white puffs in the sky set against the blue between were moving rapidly across the sky (towards me even – bonus).

So it was time to setup for that long exposure I was looking for. A bit over five minutes later with the Lee BigStopper stacked with a Lee 0.6 Grad and the CPL we had the shot I was looking for. There was even enough time to chat with this very nice family who’d come to sight see.

I was planning to continue past Port Campbell to visit a few other locations like Loch Ard Gorge and The Razorback but I was running out of daytime. I was keen not to miss my chance at going down Gibson Steps so I headed straight there just in case.

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