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Photographer's Note

The Arch is just a few miles east of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Similar to what we found at the 12 Apostles there is great parking for this location with a paved path to the observation area. If you’re lucky you might even see some wildlife on your walk down this path.

As can be seen from the fallen rocks at its base it is another Apostle in the making. I was waiting to get a shot of a decent wave smashing itself up on the rock. That didn’t happen but I was able to get the wash over the lower rocks which provided some good churn for the shot. When I took this shot it was actually getting quite dark, the sun was just about gone, what little there was, was on the rock and water so that helped.

Workflow was as follow:
Shot in Raw - NEF files adjusted for exposure and shadow (raised exposure by 1.5 for light)
Filtered for lens correction – Distortion and Horizontal Perspective (minor -2 for each)
Adjusted levels separate for sky vs sea and land
Adjusted curves separate for sky vs sea and land
Filtered for noise on sky, then again on overall so sky was reduced twice
Added saturation +10 to master
Dodged and burned with overlay layer (5% opacity brush)
Added a layer for sharpening and “over-sharpened” with USM
Modified sharpening with a layer mask (15% opacity black brush)
Saved as a tiff
For this post, created a new sharpening layer for the reduced size and redid the technique from above, framed, and saved as a jpeg

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