Photographic Day Out: Flinders Coastal area and Cape Schanck National Park July 12th 2011

Drove down to the Cape Schanck National Park and the Flinders Coastal area last weekend with a friend from our Photographic Club. Spent the day at these two locations getting some very good coastal images with the ocean at low tide. Winter light was very favourable, and we also experimented with ND filters on the movement of the wave action in many of our photo’s to create that special ethereal effect. Certainly this is a wonderful location to 
re-visit on more than one occasion.

Bendigo Region Photographic Workshop June 4th and 5th 2011

A recent two day workshop held in and around the Bendigo Goldfields district was very successful. We set out to photograph the wonderful cathedral in the first light of dawn and also to try some times exposures at night of this amazing church. We spent some time too in the vicinity of the Campaspe River at Kyneton, because the winter light was low and there was no wind to speak of. There we were able to capture some stunning reflections with the added bonus of the last of the Autumn colours, still lying on
the ground in various hues of gold, brown and red.

We also spent an hour or two out in the vicinity of Heathcote where at close proximity to the town is an area the locals describe as the pink hills. these are remnants of the gold-rush, leftover alluvial diggings that are eroding away leaving spectacular colours and shapes to marvel at. These pink hills can be photographed in the middle part of the day during the winter months as the light is a lot less contrasty due to the sun being at such a low angle. Other stops included the flooded Mount Ida creek and the Botanical Gardens in the small village of Malmsbury. The winter sun was a delight here and the reflections in the ponds very attractive.

Waratah Bay Weekend with Southern Suburbs Photographic Society

Recently our club had a wonderful three day weekend at Waratah Bay. We had an amazing lodge all to ourselves and over the course of the three days we drove to various locations nearby. As the road to Tidal River was still blocked some of the group drove down the five mile road at the Northern end of Wilson’s Prom National Park to Miller’s Landing.  Very dramatic seascapes here and luckily the tide was out so some excellent seascapes presented themselves. The Big drift was a two kilometre walk and proved to be a great spot for some unusual landscapes. These sand-hills are huge and are simply amazing to walk over.

Other places the group visited were Fish Creek, Sandy Point, Walkerville North, Cape Liptrap and Port Franklin. This area is so good and with its relative closeness to Melbourne there is a strong indication from the favourable comments by everyone to visit this area again next year, with the group booking the same lodge too, as it caters for the needs of the club very well.