Taste of the Goldfields - Menzies & Kalgoorlie-Boulder Photography tour | WA

3 days  |  A superlative 2 day photographic adventure centred around Western Australia’s Goldfields surrounding Kalgoorlie.
    Join professional photographers Serena Pearce from Perth’s Code Lime Photography and Andrew Thomasson from Focus 10 Photography in Sydney for a 3 day fascinating and insightful journey into outback adventure photography. 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!

tour dates:   3, 4, 5 Oct 2020

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.


Trip Highlights


■ 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 buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Photographic outcomes:
■ 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


Day One - Thurs 3 Oct, 2019

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

Day Two - Friday 4 Oct 2019

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 - Saturday 5 Oct 2019
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.


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 weekend
Water for travelling between locations
Entry fees into the Race Day
Camping fees for one night in Menzies or Lake Ballard
Comprehensive photographic instruction from 2 professional photographers

Not Included:
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.

Accommodation options:

■ 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 dates
TRANSWA 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-Prospector
VIRGIN and QANTAS both have flights to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder

dates & prices

Tour Dates: 3, 4, 5 Oct 2020

Tour Cost: $990* (3 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


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