This time I'll be there...no more excuses. With bag and monopod (tripods are a no-no in the CBD...remember)
Who says tripods are a no-no in the CBD, I use one in the CBD all the time, how else are can you do time exposures?
Originally Posted by wotalegend
It is said that we remember the important things, if true, why photograph? I forget, so I photograph.
I believe that it's a Melbourne City Council by-law. Can't quote the by-law: I just know that I read it somewhere some time ago. Apparently you can use one if you get a permit and/or have tripod insurance. (Also see earlier in this thread.) We don't want to add "Grey Ghosts" to Connex inspectors, do we?
Originally Posted by markbau
Saturday 23rd - I'm out, work from 8am until 22:00 ... free the 23rd tho in case it turns into an all night party
Have fun everyone
Cleared the bowel problem, working on the consonants...
Do you live in Melbourne, Nick? Sorry you and Shane both can't join us.
But it's looking like there'll be a fair few of us there. Thanks for cancelling your tennis, Wyno. Some things are more important than tennis.
Please keep posting to advise if you can or can't make it and as we get closer, we'll make a list of attendees.
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Sorry, but I will have to miss this get together and expedition about the city. I will endeavour the make the next one.
Cheers - Andy C
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Oh! count me in to those Otways expeditions!!!1!
As for Saturday 23rd at 11:00. I will be there if I can, at the steps in Fed. square looking for tripods!
My daughter is getting married the following weekend, so a higher authority may dictate my plans
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
Forward notice for Melbourne APUG members
OTWAY PHOTOGRAPHY EXCURSTIONS — EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SOUGHT
I am thinking of / planning a small-group photography expedition this winter (June, July, August) to a few remote Great Otway National Park waterfalls. One or two of these 'falls require a second leader (from the Otway Ranges Walking Track Association) with detailed flagged-route knowledge. The walks are short (about 3 to 4km one way), some along established vehicle tracks, then off-track and into the "hideous defile" (one person's description after an attack of leeches) of rainforest.
The thought came to me of a central rendezvous point (i.e. Geelong); depending on numbers, it would be necessary to car-pool and travel in-convoy; if people are interested and dedicated enough, we could camp in the old timer-sawmilling township of Forrest and use that as a 'staging post' for trips outward. If a group is really enthusiastic, we can camp at a clearing on the margins of the rainforest (the atmosphere — as well as the chill morning air — is breathtaking). None of the waterfalls are flowing at the moment and several tracks are congested/overgrown (track clearance crews only go out once, less commonly, twice a month to clear up); we'd need at least a few hundred mm of rain to "make a scene". With the rain comes the quagmires of the tracks (delightfully gluggy) but the reward is waterfalls that very few people know about, much less seen.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls is Upper Sabine Falls, but getting there is quite a Boy's Own Adventure, with a bum skid on the final near-vertical approach! The most adventurous in terms of just getting to it is Wild Dog Falls: 5km of virgin rainforest to push and shove through with more twists in the track than a corkscrew! For any and all being visited in winter, shorter daylight hours dictate early starts and early exists (rainforest is dark by about 3pm), so places like Wild Dog Falls are best left to early Spring (guaranteed beaut flow then, too).
Perhaps this idea (and I think it is a good one!) could be discussed at the APUG meet 'n greet. I do not know what the level of interest is for rainforest/waterfall photography but I suspect those with a serious interest in photography here in APUG will be fired up; the only "photographers" (read: snapshooters) I know of who go down there on track-flagging and/or clearance sorties are digital-freaks more intent on "snapshots" than works of art! A prerequisite is a willingness to enjoy the journey, not just the destination: these places are very cold, very wet and the terrain often challenging. It's not for armchair enthusiasts looking for a "short walk in the bush!".
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 05-13-2009 at 08:54 PM. Click to view previous post history.
.::Gary Rowan Higgins
A comfort zone is a wonderful place. But nothing ever grows there.
The Otway thing sounds grand! If it's any month but July, I'm up for it - hopefully I'll have a lighter camera by then also...
Expression of interest given.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour