Phillip Island - Long Exposure Outing & Workshop

Our outing to Phillip Island on Sunday 16th October was also the first outing of the long exposure group. We car pooled our way to Phillip Island, all arriving at 10.00 am. The forecast was for rain, though looking at the weather maps on our mobiles, rain wasn’t due until later that evening.

By 10.30 am we were on our way to Kitty Miller Bay, for the 1 kilometre trek to the wreck of the SS Speke. Well what’s left of it. Not an easy walk, sand, large smooth beach rocks, then tussock covered steep undulating hills. We all arrived at the wreck (a little worn out) and looked for a safe and secure space for the tripod. The wreck was surrounded by water, as we had hoped and planned. High tide was due at 12.41pm at 2.63 meters, it was only just 11.00am.

A few of us ventured down the very slippery steep embankment to the rocky beach below, to capture that eye level shot, while the more sensible members of the group stood at the top.
Around 12.00pm we had captured enough of the wreck and started to pack up and make our way back to the vehicles.

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A few of us ventured down the very slippery steep embankment to the rocky beach below, to capture that eye level shot, while the more sensible members of the group stood at the top.
Around 12.00pm we had captured enough of the wreck and started to pack up and make our way back to the vehicles.

While heading back to the car park, Lisa Green was very excited to have seen her first echidna in the wild, sitting beside the walking track at Kitty Miller Bay. Not long after while on route to Cat Bay we stopped to let one cross the road. Trish leapt out to capture the moment, but the little echidna was too fast for her. We noticed a lot of Cape Barron Geese and their young chicks along the side of the road, and they didn’t seem too fussed with the traffic.

The next stop was the old pier remains at Cat Bay, where some ventured down to the beach while the others felt like a rest, so stayed around the vehicles for a chat. At this time the weather had cooled down but gave the sky a little bit of colour, which we missed at the ship wreck. All in all everyone seems to enjoy the day, even though some had issues with their cameras and with high winds on the hill, overlooking the S.S. Speke. The Long Exposure special interest group is planning other similar excursions.