MELBOURNE APUG OUTING No. 3: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

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  1. Poisson Du Jour

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    The big question: Where shall we go?

    No excuse not to get out: the days are long, the sunsets are sublime (perhaps not always...) and there is lots of time to wander yonder. We're heading into November, then December — the warmest and traditionally most pleasant months: no big crowds (except for Year 12 exiles). A weekend away, or just a day trip?

    You know it's now several months since the last doubtless successful APUG outing. There was a mention of a proposed outing recently by somebody (LJH?) but nothing eventuated.

    Time's up!

    Might I throw in the suggestion we head down to Phillip Island and go on a walk-talk-and-gawk of the fab Pinnacles at Cape Woolamai (assuming the weather is noyce to us!). The Pinnacles endear themselves to any format and any film: Melbourne lensman, His Eminence David Tatnall produced his most arty "EXISTENSIS" series in B&W using an 8x10 pinhole down there. The place rocks (but Tatnall's pinhole 'ghosts' are the done thing!).

    I haven't been down there since 2001, chiefly because falling into a wombat burrow, camera 'n tripod 'n all was not a particularly good start to the walk, having to return home to Castlemaine wrapped in bandages (wombats have claws). There are two ways to approach the Pinnacles: overland (above the beach) where the traps are, or on the beach, rising up to the cliffs on the approach to The Pinnacles. For energetic types, it's possible to traverse the Pinnacles and land on the beach on the other side for the walk back to the cars. But only at low tide. Which is another factor to consider: low or high, the waves down there are a menace.

    Afterward, we could head to Cowes for chow? It would be a fairly long day trip (and as I remember it, but not exactly as I did it, dirty too). 'Tis not beyond you inveterate energetic travellers (Boots, among...).

    What other places? I declare the discussion now open. :smile:
     
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    I'm for it - there's coffee and food and everything in Cowes... :smile:

    I vote daytrip, and soon!

    Marc!
     
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    Marc, if you're a good boy you'll get coffee and food in due course. First, you will bag some beautiful photos! Deal or no deal? :smile:
     
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    It's never guaranteed, but at the very least, I 'need' to test my shiny new spot meter, so I'll certainly try...

    Whatabout the 17th or 18th November? I can't see anything else is on then, and gives folks enough time to plan?

    Marc!
     
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    Derrr, and it would be me who turns up with an invalid date: I do have an event in Nathalia from 15th to 20th November. What about the weekend after — 24th/25th?
    We can bandy around several dates until everyone is in agreement — historically an impossible task, but no stopping from trying!
     
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    suits me!

    Marc!
     
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    I'm always in for a trip there.

    In fact, I was there 2 Monday's ago and shot the attached.

    7x17 Woolamai Oct 2012_Small.jpg

    It's a perfect place for an overnight stay - shoot the sunset and then the sunrise.

    As for the track, no wombats that I saw, nor their holes.
     
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    24/25 is good, although it going to be near impossible to better Lachlan's image from the 7x17
     
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    Yes, how on earth are we to top that!?!

    Marc!
     
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    hoo hoo! as awesome as this sounds I am car-less and in exam week :tongue: next time.

    Pinnacles is a great view - especially the walk up - amaze zing

    also, I'm sure anyone not willing to travel is up for a photo walk closer to town (as a different outing some other time)
     
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    Car-pooling is common on these outings. On the Noojee trip back in March, two Geelong photographers (myself and another) drove to Melbourne and rode with SMBooth and another person to Noojee. I'm sure something could be arranged to accommodate you in the absence of a car.

    It does look like we are firming on the Pinnacles, but we'll hold out for any other suggestions to consider. It would be very interesting to get back there after an 11 year absence. :smile:
     
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    I've never been there, and I have just got to get to one of these outings. At present I see no reason why I cannot go. I do still need to check with the boss. Saturday is my prefered date and I like the idea of car pooling - Marc as you live around the corner...
     
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    I disagree. It's a damned impressive image indeed. But now you try it in infrared in 6x17. Your IR work so far is sublime and inspiring, and a luminous, evocative image of this rugged landscape using that specialist film is not beyond you. :smile:

    In PRISM, North Melbourne, I noticed on the wall a very large (6x6) canvas print. I've seen it many times before, but on this occasion it struck me as strangely familiar. On asking Gabs, he confirmed it was a semi-abstract scene of Cape Woolomai (with the Cape proper in the far distance). So it's not necessarily the jumpled rocky massif of Cape Woolomai that can attract creative attention, though it'll keep those coming very busy! I might try multiple exposures on my pinhole, but of course Pentaximus is coming too. What say we stay for the evening light? Would this be feasible? If the weather is right, it would I'm sure be rewarding (so how far is Cape Woolomai from Melbourne, c. 160km??).

    Lachlan, you mentioned camping there @ Woolomai. Where abouts can you camp, and is it legit? It is possible to camp on that pock-marked plain above the beach, or camp in the car park? It would indeed be a great thing to be close to the action at sunrise and/or sunset; I've just proven that beyond a doubt from images bagged at Lake Bonney (SA) and Burra (mid-North of SA) earlier this month.

    EDIT: Based on an Essendon departure point for me, Google maps has advised it is between 142 and 147km (depending which freeway??)
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Just goes to prove the old theory about putting monkeys in front of typewriters...

    I'll be driving from the outer East, possibly with Colin. So I can fit (probably) 2 more. Let me know!
     
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    Gary,

    I use a swag, so was thinking about bunging it up just over the first dune from the car park. I used a GPS last time I was there, and it's just over 2.3km to get to the Cape over the top.

    Can we try to coincide this with a low tide? There are some really good rock pools along the coast path that might be good to try, especially if the wind's up at The Pinnicles.
     
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    A GPS to walk to the Cape?
    I walked to it like a Queen Scout: by keeping my eye on it until I put a foot wrong and...never got there...

    Sorry but I don't have a good memory of any dunes seen there, just a bollard marking the start of the track and lots of rabbit and wombat holes, which now seem to have been repatriated. I guess I could bunk down in the back of the go-kart. There is still a steep drop from the track down to the beach? Or a new track with stairs? I agree with timing the visit for low tide, but it depends on what people have in mind regarding the amount of time able to be spent there, as opposed to some of us who could spend a long time indeed 'chasing light'! Importantly, winds of less than 15 knot (nearly calm) would make the seaward rocks more accessible, though freak waves are remembered for the sheer menace they posed (salt spray especially).

    Stony Point – Cowes ferry: I have been researching this as I recall movements on the Peninsula that a car ferry was to be introduced on this route (not just a pedestrian-only ferry as is currently run?), but it appears Cowes residents revolted at the idea of construction of an industrial scale pier for the ferry ... and the idea was shelved (?).

    BTW, Cowes is some distance away from Woolomai and that means backtracking; there's San Remo (closer); not much there save for a very nice fish 'n chippery. I guess we can always give Cowes a miss if bagging the scene/light is more important — except for Mr Marc Morel who must have his coffee and treats (but in all honesty, I will go bonkers too without my latté! Are there any others with this annoying (but necessary) affliction (the need for coffee, not bonkers, I mean!) ? :pouty:
     
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    The GPS was to accurately get the distance to the Cape. Bit of a long story based on a track my girlfriend and I made a couple of years ago.

    It was also to accurately mark the spot for a Sunrise/Sunset app on my phone.

    I can highly recommend the walk back after dusk. The Mutton birds are something to behold...
     
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    Excellent. Can I suggest we all be there, bootscootin' around the place for a dress circle view at the setting of the sun? That's around <*calls up TPE on Galaxy*>...8.22pm, Saturday 23rd November.
    Then adjourn for dinner (and coffee!)? :smile:
     
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    im interested! for coffee, and a few photos in between!
     
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    I've lost the location in all the banter. Where are we meeting?
    And is it Friday 23rd or Sat 24th?
    /Frank...
     
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    Most likely the Saturday, 24th November. Not a Friday! Most people are beavering away in the Grunge Foundry...

    Doubtless there will be individuals arranging car pooling, with a central meeting place for the start of the day, which I suggest be the shopping strip at San Remo (just before going onto the bridge) or the Cape Woolomai car park.

    This assumes we are all in agreement about going to Woolomai — there have been no other suggestions to date. Weather conditions may necessitate careful consideration if things are looking pear-shaped but being that late in November it should be just honky-tonk. :smile:
     
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    I'm in! :smile:
     
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    Ja, it seems we've got a good starter crowd at the gates for this sortie. No rush to pick over numbers, but the count-down has now commenced.
    I suggest for the benefit of planning travel that we rendezvous at San Remo shopping strip, just next to the bridge, around 10.30am, and proceed en mass to Cape Woolly.
    Coffee addicts, Mr Morel among, meme: pick up coffee for the day's work ahead! We'll discuss staying down there for the famed sunset but doubtless a few will probably have skittled off for home long before then. All in favour of the sunset idea (weather permitting, of course), raise your shutter finger... :smile:
     
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    Hi guys & girls
    will be in on that too??????
    if nothing untoward crops up
    cheers brian:smile:
     
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    From what I can gather but of course unconfirmed until much closer:

    Poisson D'
    SMBooth
    Munz6869
    LJH
    Oxleyroad
    JamesR
    MursMiggins
    Yanluk
    BrianD

    Are we in agreement for a 10.30am rendezvous at San Remo, or somewhere else? I imagine it is 1.5 hrs travel from Melbourne.