Following on from my previous post – I had a real mixed bag of weather in the few days I spent driving the Great Ocean Road. I had everything from brilliant sunshine to blasting wind and rain as sporadic sea squalls blew in from the ocean across the coastline. As a landscape photographer I live for this kind of weather. It is often at the ‘edges’ of weather that the most interesting and dramatic light can be had. Brilliant midday sunshine is great for sitting in the local pub’s beer garden enjoying a few cold ones, but its useless for anything but postcard photography as far as the grand landscape is concerned. The trick is being prepared for inclement weather – making sure you have the appropriate equipment to shoot in the rain can make all the difference to getting the shot; or sitting in the car.
Both of these photographs were taken as sea squalls and rain came and went across the Great Ocean Road coastline in the late afternoon. The first is Loch Ard Gorge; an easily accessible location near the Twelve Apostles just off the Great Ocean Road. The second is the remains of London Bridge; some 15 kilometres or so past the Twelve Apostles and the small town of Port Campbell. Both of these locations are heavily touristed, but there is plenty of opportunity for some really fabulous photography in both these areas.