First Light, Port Campbell VIC
In a few short weeks as the temperature rises towards 30 degrees, winter will be little more than a chilly memory. To celebrate the arrival of spring, I thought I would share my latest limited edition photograph, 'First Light, Port Campbell'. I hope you all have the chance to enjoy a little sun, surf and sand this year.
The Story :
The beauty and seeming tranquility of Gibson's Beach masks the treacherous and unpredictable nature of the Shipwreck Coast. Reserved and peaceful one minute, the powerful Southern Ocean can turn without warning, venting its fury as changing weather blows in. At high tide these powerful surges thunder into the towering limestone, eroding and slowly driving the coast inland. When the tide retreats however, a stretch of golden sand emerges, inviting visitors to descend the famed 'Gibson's Steps'. Named after Hugh Gibson an early settler, today's steps offer safe passage down to the beach, building upon the legacy of Gibson and earlier the Kirrae Whurrong people who first opened access to the shore. For those who do venture down, a personal and dramatic perspective of this striking coastline awaits.
Waking to heavy rain in the early hours of the morning, I rolled over and pondered the hopelessness of the situation. It was early November and with the days slowly lengthening, the pursuit of sunrise and sunset leaves little room for a photographer to sleep. Should I catch a little extra sleep before hiking the hinterland in search of waterfalls? As is often the case however, the thought of 'what if' crept into my mind. What if I miss the best sunrise of the trip? Driven by curiosity, I loaded the car and ventured out into the morning rain expecting little. Reaching the lookout over Gibson's Beach however, the last of the mornings rain had already cleared, leaving behind a gently rolling swell and only the faintest breath of wind. With the clouds moving in from the east, the first hint of daybreak graced the morning sky. Faint at first with soft yellows, reds and purples, sunrise quickly intensified as it washed over the canvas of heavyset cloud. As is often the case when light is low and exposures last for minutes rather than seconds, the camera captured the shifting light in a remarkable way. After the less than encouraging early morning weather, it would be an understatement to say I'm so very grateful I didn't stay in bed.
This beautiful panoramic photograph is available for purchase as a limited edition print. To place your order simply click here, or on the 'First Light' preview above and then click the 'Buy' button at the top of the page.
Written By Chris Munn