The trip to Cape Schanck was a long exposure Special Interest Group (SIG) outing that I think many of us were looking forward to in particular. Some members had been there before and therefore knew what photographic opportunities lay ahead whereas for other members it was their first visit to Cape Schanck. Cape Schanck is about a 110km drive from Lilydale Lake and approximately 11km from Flinders. There are several areas of photographic interest there including the lighthouse. Pulpit Rock, the natural flora and various landscape views. Cape Schanck is approximately 97 metres above sea level and therefore the walk from the top to the bottom was approximately 1.6km. It is a relatively easy to moderate walk to the base due to the intervals of staircase to boardwalk as you descend. There were several lookouts on the way down, so you could readily stop and pause, catch your breath, enjoy the views and take some landscape images.
There were 10 of us on this outing – myself, Linda, Fred, Stefanie, Rob, Trish, David, Antony, Jill and Liz. The majority of us car-pooled between two cars, leaving our home base at around 8.30am, arriving at Cape Schanck for 10.30am. Liz and Jill met up with the rest of us at Cape Schanck. Some members stopped for a quick cuppa in the car park (after the long drive down), whereas other members were super keen to start on their journey down to the base rock platform for the photographic opportunities that were on offer.
On our drive down to Cape Schanck the clouds were looking very moody and were moving very fast across the sky – perfect for a moody long exposure. By the time we reached the rock platform of Cape Schanck however, the clouds had become still and a mono grey tone, with early threats of rain (which we knew was the predicted outcome for the day).
Knowing that our window of opportunity for taking long exposures may be drastically reduced we quickly set up our tripods, filters and cable release and focused our attention on the rocky platform, pulpit rock and incoming waves.
I believe many of us were successful in obtaining a successful image for our efforts. Jill and myself stayed back a little bit longer at the base in hope that the rain would pause momentarily but the rain became more persistent, so we packed up our gear and headed back to the car park, looking like drowned rats by the end of our trek.
Rob returned to the bottom of Cape Schanck for some extra exercise and to seek us out only to find that we had returned by a different path near the top where there were two different pathways back to the car park - OOPS!! We eventually became reacquainted in the car-park.
Our final adventures for the day led us back to Flinders whereby we stopped for a hot cuppa, chips or a meal. The food and drinks were well appreciated by all. Before starting our long track back home, we all stopped off at Flinders Pier, had a brief walk around, capturing images of the pier (from both above and below) and a nearby boat ramp that was photographically appealing.
In summary, we all seemed to enjoy the outing enough to realise that we wanted to return back there sooner than later, hopefully with more favourable weather conditions. With this in mind, Cape Schanck will be the first SIG outing for 2017, to take more advantage of all the photographic opportunities there.