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Some weeks ago, I visited my hometown in the Province of Albay in the Philippines. The main landmark of the province is always a sight to behold. But I must admit that growing up in the shadows of this grand dame, I somehow took her for granted. She was just always there. The recent visit provided that opportunity to capture some of her glory.
Mt Mayon, Legazpi City
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 60mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Mount Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines (located in Albay, 490kms south of Manila) having erupted over 48 times in the past 400 years. Local folklore refers to the volcano as Daragang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Beautiful Lady‘). The cone is considered to be the world’s most perfectly-formed volcano because of its almost symmetric conical shape. The upper slopes of the volcano are steep averaging 35–40 degrees.
Elevation: 2463m
Prominence: 2447m
Last eruption: 2010

Mount Mayon, Philippines
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines
Nikon D200 | Tokina AT-X 11-16mm @ 16mm | 1/250s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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In March this year, the luxury liner, Queen Mary 2 visited Melbourne for a day as part of her 28-day maiden voyage to Australia (108-day world cruise). Twice the length of the Melbourne Cricket Ground at 345-metres and 48-metres longer than Melbourne’s Eureka Tower, it was certainly the biggest ship I’ve ever seen.

The day Queen Mary 2 docked in Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 56mm | 1/200s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Queen Mary 2
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 70mm | 1/160s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Some interesting facts about the ship:
– Queen Mary 2 weighs 151,400 tonnes and stands 62m above the waterline
– The ship has three 23-tonne anchors
– There are more than 50 nationalities among the 1200 crew
– The ship’s teak wrap-around Promenade Deck is almost 600m long
– The Queen Mary 2 signs near the funnel are the largest illuminated ship name signs in maritime history stretching 22 metres long and 2.4 metres high
– Queen Mary 2’s library is the largest at sea with more than 8000 hardbacks, 500 paperbacks and  200 audio books

Queen Mary 2
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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Some of the attractions and landscapes along the Great Ocean Road.

Split point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/125s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 40mm | 1/350s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Cape Otway Lighthouse
Cape Otway Lighthouse
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/60s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Port Campbell
Port Campbell, Victoria
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 27mm | 1/160s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Cape Otway
shushh...[Cape Otway National Park]
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 112mm | 1/30s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Princetown

"The right side of the road is left"
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 56mm | 1/60s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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The national park features limestone formations on and near the coastline adjacent to the Great Ocean Road. These include an array of sheer limestone cliffs overlooking offshore islets, rock stacks, gorges, arches, and blow-holes.
Two of the Twelve Apostles, Gibson Steps
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/80s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/200s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The Razorback at Loch Ard Gorge
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/320s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The Arch
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/200s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

London Arch
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/250s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The Grotto
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/60s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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The spectacular group of limestone stack formations rising majestically above the Southern Ocean along Victoria’s dramatic and scenic south-west coastline.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 31mm | 1/80s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Dusk at the Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 44mm | 1/8s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Tripod

Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 40mm | 1/30s @ f/16 | ISO 100 | Tripod

Gibson Steps, Twelve Apostles
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 38mm | 1/10s @ f/32 | ISO 100 | Tripod

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St Kilda Pier and St Kilda Pavilion, Victoria
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 130mm | 1/20s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Tripod

St Kilda Pier, Victoria
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/40s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Tripod

St Kilda Pier, Victoria
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 46mm | 1/40s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Tripod

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Fannie Bay, Northern Territory
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/800s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Frances Bay Marina
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 32mm | 1/1250s @ f/7.1 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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