Menzies & Kalgoorlie-Boulder WA
3 days, 3 nights
2 Oct 2021
The Goldfields Menzies & Kalgoorlie-Boulder Photography Tour is a superlative 3 day Photographic adventure centred around Western Australia's Goldfields surrounding Kalgoorlie. Join professional photographers Serena Pearce and Andrew Thomasson for a three day fascinating and insightful journey into outback adventure photography.
We Explore the saltpans of Lake Ballard to discover the Antony Gormley statues, shoot a bush Two-up, capture the local characters in their local pubs, delight in the heritage and architecture of the many iconic Kalgoorlie-Boulder heritage listed buildings buildings and shoot the action at Goldfields & Kalgoorlie Race Cup day.
Our hands-on, casual, practical style will make this an experience to remember that is packed with fun in a relaxed environment where you will learn to take great images you can treasure forever!
■ Capturing the Spanish style of architecture of New Norcia - architecture, food and wine :
■ Photographing one of the greatest wildflower shows on earth
■ National parks renowned for its incredible diversity of endemic wildflowers
■ Shooting the action at Goldfields & Kalgoorlie Race Cup day
■ Explore the saltpans of Lake Ballard to discover the Antony Gormley statues
■ Cool beverages at the iron clad Broad Arrow Tavern
■ Bush Two-Up at its best
■ Portrait and street photography of the locals, landscape photography at Lake Ballard and the Menzies Cemetery
■ Drone and video photography techniques at Lake Ballard & other locations
■ Heritage and Architectural photography in the many iconic Kalgoorlie-Boulder buildings
■ Shooting the action at Goldfields & Kalgoorlie Race Cup day
■ Heritage and Architectural photography in the many iconic buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Sports & action photography in Lancelin
■ Shooting pristine white sand dunes, sand boarding, wind surfing, kite-boarding and surfing
■ Pinnacles Nambung National Park: these eerie yellow sandstone outcrops are best shot at dusk
Timed to coincide with the start of the annual Kalgoorlie Race Round, this 3 days of photography & fun will include capturing the characters and cowboys of the region, Anthony Gormleys iconic iron statues on the saltpans of Lake Ballard, munch on a "broadie burger" at Broad Arrow Hotel... famous for its proliferation of graffiti in the form of signature tags covering every inch of this colourful corrugated building & perhaps play a game of Two Up. Back in Kalgoorlie we discover the fabulous street art of the HeArt Walk, the photogenic fun Beaten Track Brewery and the Super Pit Lookout with building-sized trucks zigzagging up and down the huge hole and looking like kid’s toys. We will shoot the Questa Casa (the last of the gold-rush-era brothels) and on Saturday relish and capture the Kalgoorlie Cup race day. Here the locals and a huge influx of visitors dress up to watch horses race over a week of festivities.
The weekend will include photographic tutorials and workshops focused around the action of the Goldfields & Kalgoorlie Race Cup day, portrait and street photography of the locals, landscape photography at Lake Ballard and the Menzies Cemetery and drone and video photography techniques.
■ Suitable for amateur photographers right through to semi-professionals
■ Learn how to use your digital camera & your gear to its fullest potential.
■ Practical workshops over 3 days covering: What gear, camera handling, food, architecture, landscapes, portraiture, photography, action & motion, lighting, composition, nature, wildlife, editing, Lightroom 6 classic, output for screen & print and more * we vary the workshops according to the weather conditions and other factors
■ Photo reportage, food & wine, landscapes, portraits, action, Lifestyle, nature, architecture, image display
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions■ Accessories such as tripods, Speedlites and filters■ An overview & demonstration of drone and video photography■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation■ Portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture■ How to shoot landscapes and sunset shots■ Nature, flowers and macro photography■ Photo reportage shots of the local characters, cowboys and fillies■ Facades of buildings demonstrating perspective control■ Use of your flash & portrait shooting techniques■ Interior low light, photography in historic pubs■ Showing motion and panning on the rodeo shoots■ Architecture photography techniques■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use
■ Use of light on water, clouds, silhouettes, shadows, twilight
■ Post production tips for screen and print usage
■ Notes, critique & ongoing networking, advice and technical support
■ Learn shooting modes including Aperture, Shutter speed, Program, Auto, Pre sets, raw vs jpeg, metering & focusing modes, white balance , ISO, picture style & control, exposure lock & compensation, adding light into shadows
■ Lighting: - natural & artificial light, white balance, time the light
■ Composition: leading & converging lines, the rule of thirds, framing, reflections, colour, star bursts, showing motion, viewpoint, selective focus, vertical vs horizontal, aspect ratio
■ Practical workshops covering - architecture, landscapes, portraiture, street photography, action & motion, lighting, composition, nature, wildlife, editing, Lightroom 6 classic, output for screen & print, food and more * we vary the workshops according to the weather conditions and other factors
■ No prior photography experience needed
■ Any Digital DSLR, mirrorless, quality compact , smartphone camera
■ Film Camera's are catered for (Having bothDigital & a film camera is preferred as it allows for on-location photo critique)
■ At least one quality lens such as a Nikkor 18-200mm or a Canon 17-85mm and other lenses that you ow
■ Min 4GB card per day of shooting
■ Any camera accessories - such as a tripod, and polarising filter
■ Instruction booklet, sense of humour
■ Fitness Level / Difficulty
■ Moderate. Some easy-pace walking required at various locations.
■ Every course participant gets custom tailored advice on their gear, what / where to buy, destination shooting tips, knowledge on cameras, lens, accessories and the best deals. Detailed notes give tips on etiquette, security, the best time to go, image storage, battery life, camera care, security issues and much more. We are strong advocates of using an image capturing device to suit the location, your mood and objectives.
AT A GLANCE
Tour Dates: 2, 3, 4 Oct 2021
Tour Cost: $1490* (4 days - see inclusions & exclusions)
Tour Style: Easy, You must be able to walk 2-4 km per day
Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson and Serena Pearce
Operator: Focus 10 Pty Ltd and Code Lime Photography
08:30: Depart from your chosen accommodation and travel to Menzies
10:00: Arrive at Menzies & visit the Achievable Outback Café for a Barista Coffee stop before making your way to the Menzies and we visit the iconic Menzies Cemetery. Ute Muster.We then drive to Lake Ballard and spend the entire day walking and exploring. Be sure to bring your hat and sunscreen. Each sculpture is unique and the scene from the top of Snake Hill is awesome. Lake Ballard is north east of Menzies and famous as the location of the 'Inside Australia' sculpture display commissioned by the Perth International Art Festival in 2003 as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. The UK artist, Antony Gormley, has had many worldwide exhibits all featuring statues of humans in one form or another. He is the artist that created the 'Angel of the North' statue alongside the motorway in Newcastle, UK. Antony scanned 100 naked local Menzies residents. He then processed the digital files by applying some software that reduced their body width by two thirds and 51 individual moulds were produced and placed over 10 square kilometres in Lake Ballard. The result is a representation of the inner core of each person, set in the inner core of Australia. The sculptures display man in this harsh environment and their relationship to the landscape. See http://lakeballard.com/Option of camping at Lake Ballard or staying in Menzies
08:00 : Breakfast & Lightroom session
10:30 : Depart Lake Ballard for Broad Arrow Hotel for a cool beverage and maybe a "broadie burger". This is an iconic outback pub is a must for the tourists with graffiti across its corrugated walls encouraged by the owners https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g255366-d487037-Reviews-Broad_Arrow-Kalgoorlie_Boulder_Western_Australia.html
13:00 : Return to Kalgoorile-Boulder where we will discover the fabulous street art murals of HeART Walk including one by Stormie Mills. See StreetArt - http://www.heartwalkcbd.com/. Being Sunday we can be guarateed of clear photography viewing.
15:00 : Join the Race Week celebrations in historic Burt Street, Boulder with its fantastic heritage buildings
17:00 : We finish day 2 at the Historic Recreation Hotel in Boulder where a cold beverage awaits! http://www.therechotel.com/sheffields-food
Day Three Entire day shooting the world famous Goldfields & Kalgoorlie Race Cup day
Boulder Town Hall – open Tues/Thurs 10-3pm only http://www.boulder.com.au/attractions/town-hall/Superpit tour – 1.5 hrs $45 pp see http://www.kalgoorlietours.com.au/tours/super-pit-tour-1-5-hours/We reserve the right to change the itinerary to reflect availability of locations, weather conditions, group decisions etcetera.
Day Four ( Optional)Editing session on Lightroom. Critique of everyone's images. Lunch and an early finish
Inclusions:Transportation in our Toyota Prado 4WD or similar or a minibus (depending on numbers) for the weekend.You of course are welcome to use your own vehicle for transportation throughout the weekendWater for travelling between locationsEntry fees into the Race DayCamping fees for one night in Menzies or Lake BallardComprehensive photographic instruction from 2 professional photographers
Accommodation: This is a busy time due to the events happening over this Race Week event and accommodation books out quickly! Due to the early start on Day 1 it is recommended that accommodation be booked for the night before (Wed 2 October) and the last night (Sat 5 Oct October). We will be camping out at Menzies or Lake Ballard on the Thursday night (cost included in your booking). We do have a couple of large tents and a few air mattresses and sleeping bags spare, but bring them if you have them.
■ The Albion Hotel (also in Boulder) with ensuite bathrooms for approx $155-$200/night per room. http://www.albionshamrock.com.au/accommodation■ The Rydges Hotel - approx $200/night per room https://www.rydges.com/accommodation/regional-wa/kalgoorlie/■ Contact the Kalgoorlie Visitors Centre on http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/accommodation
■ Meals are not included with the exception of chilled bottled water over the 3 days■ Insurance - it is strongly recommended that you have an insurance policy in case of accidents■ Items of a personal nature and alcohol■ Transport to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder before and after the tour datesTRANSWA offers a great daily train service to Kalgoorlie from Perth (7 hrs) with return tickets starting at approx $90 on the Prospector Train. Visit their website http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au/Plan-your-journey/The-ProspectorVIRGIN and QANTAS both have flights to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Have a beer with a horse name Willie in Kookynie.In the bustling town of Kookynie, population 13, there is a bar called the Grand that has quite possibly the cutest patron – Willie the horse! Everyday, Willie visits the local pub to greet customers and get some pats. Its an expected treat to share a pint with this local.
Gander at the world’s largest bottle collectionThe famous Waghorn Bottle collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive antique bottle displays in Australia. It includes bottles and glassware dating back as far as 300BC through to the present day and is on display at the Coolgardie Museum.
Take in the colours on the HeartwalkThis colourful grassroots public art project has transformed the Kalgoorlie CBD with over 60 contemporary murals by local and visiting artists. It’s a 4km self-guided tour of all the street art with plenty of cafes to have a coffee or enjoy lunch.
Try your luck at two upAre you feeling lucky? Try your luck with Two Up! This iconic pastime originated in an iron shed just 10 minutes from Kalgoorlie. It’s the only place where you can legally play this traditional gambling game year-round. Will you have a go? It takes place every Sunday at 2 pm at the Two Up Shed.
Visit the Museum of the GoldfieldsFeast your eyes on WA’s largest display of gold bars and nuggets! You’ll get the full experience of what it was like to live back in the day with numerous interactive and engaging re-enactments that so many endured in the hopes of striking it big!
Take a tour of Australia’s oldest brothelQuesta Casa, also known as the Pink House, has been in operation for 115 years and is possibly the world’s oldest working brothel. They offer tours daily where you can view history from a different perspective – learn about the “old” Kalgoorlie, the stories of the ladies that kept the lonely miners company
Leave your mark at Broad Arrow PubHead to this quintessential Aussie pub for an ice-cold beer and try their famous Broady Burger! Don’t forget to leave your mark before hitting the road – this pub encourages its patrons to sign their names on its walls. Once you step inside, you may recall it from the 1977 movie The Nickel Queen. Well worth the trip!
Explore Gwalia ghost townThis living ghost town is your doorway to a unique experience of WA’s rich mining history. This little settlement was once one of the largest gold mines in Australia, but the abandoned homes and businesses give us a clear snap shot of what daily life used to look like back in its heyday. You might be interested to know that the first mine manager was America’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover. Today, his home is a luxury Bed and Breakfast where you can spend the night in his personal room, tour the museum and enjoy coffee on the veranda overlooking the vast open pit.
Follow the Golden Pipeline TrailOpened in 1903, the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme was once criticised as ‘a scheme of madness’ but it is now internationally recognised as a grand engineering feat. This trail starts in Perth and ends in Kalgoorlie – with plenty of stops along the way with museums, signage, and walkabouts all detailing the pipeline’s history and significance.
inclusionsInclusions: Transportation in our Toyota Prado 4WD or similar or a minibus (depending on numbers) for the weekend.You of course are welcome to use your own vehicle for transportation throughout the weekendWater for travelling between locationsEntry fees into the Race DayCamping fees for one night in Menzies or Lake BallardComprehensive photographic instruction from 2 professional photographers
Not Included: Accommodation.This is a busy time due to the events happening over this Race Week event and accommodation books out quickly! Due to the early start on Day 1 it is recommended that accommodation be booked for the night before (Wed 2 October) and the last night (Sat 5 Oct October). We will be camping out at Menzies or Lake Ballard on the Thursday night (cost included in your booking). We do have a couple of large tents and a few air mattresses and sleeping bags spare, but bring them if you have them.
OTHER EXCLUSIONS■ Meals are not included with the exception of chilled bottled water over the 3 days■ Insurance - it is strongly recommended that you have an insurance policy in case of accidents■ Items of a personal nature and alcohol■ Transport to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder before and after the tour datesTRANSWA offers a great daily train service to Kalgoorlie from Perth (7 hrs) with return tickets starting at approx $90 on the Prospector Train. Visit their website http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au/Plan-your-journey/The-ProspectorVIRGIN and QANTAS both have flights to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder
PaymentsPaying for your tour in full upon booking will confirm your attendance. Places are limited on all courses.
InsuranceYou are required to have general travel insurance for all our tours
RefundsWe reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to inadequate enrollment, bad weather, instructor illness, or an 'act of God'. We also reserve the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been cancelled. As our costs for each training event remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. If withdrawal occurs within the 14 days before the course starts we will try to put you on an alternative date if places are available. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.
Workshop PhotographyWe reserve the right to take photographic, (both still and video) records of any of our workshops/courses which may be used for promotional purposes, submissions, advertising and records. We grant permission for participants to use any images captured by them during this workshop for self-promotion only. Participants may not make any financial gain from any images captured during this workshop/course.
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Why Tour with Us?
We journey to unusual & 'off the beaten track' places and engage in activities specifically chosen for their photogenic nature. Our itineraries are tailored to take full advantage of photographic opportunities.
Travel with interesting, fun loving, like-minded individuals & enjoy friendly tuition by master trainers and professional photographers. On-location analysis and critique of images as you shoot.
On most of our tours we use professional operators who look after the bookings, logistics, transportation, accommodation & food. This leaves our hands free to concentrate only on the photography.
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