The Pinnacles - Phillip Island Australia

The Cape Woolamai trail a two hour walk to the highest point on the Island at 109m has some of the most spectacular views in Australia. This track is the most picturesque and diverse of all the Phillip Island walks.

The walk starts at Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving carpark and is a major shearwater rookery between the months of October to April. The largest shearwater rookery, the area is home to thousands of shearwaters, which makes for an interesting walk back after dark.

At the Pinnacle

How I captured this panoramic.

CAMERA Nikon D800
LENS Schneider PC TS Super-Angulon 50mm f/2.8
FILTERS 1.2 Soft Grad
1.2 ND
FOCAL LENGTH 50mm
APERTURE f32
EXPOSURE 0.7692
ISO 100
WHITE BALANCE 5880K
TILT SHIFT Shift 6 Tilt 0
FRAMES 6

Having been to this location several times with poor results, I was determined to come away with the perfect panoramic. The ocean was pounding the headland and was kicking up a lot a sea spray making it very difficult to get a set of frames before having to clean my filters but was also creating an amazing atmosphere. I decided to shield myself from the spray and spent the next 20 minutes switching from west to east and found that the combination of sea spray and sunlight looking towards the Pinnacles was creating a stunning three dimensional effect. Getting down low and shifting my Schneider up I captured the perfect set of frames for this panoramic. After a quick stitch on my Mac Air and a little work in Photoshop I was happy with the final result.

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