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    Taste of the Goldfields - Menzies & Kalgoorlie-Boulder Photography Weekend - 20/21 October 2018

Taste of the Goldfields - Menzies & Kalgoorlie-Boulder Photography Weekend - 20/21 October 2018

Kalgoorlie-Boulder & Menzies  |  2 days | 20/21 October 2018  |  $640

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Timed to coincide with the start of the inaugural Menzies Rodeo & Ute Muster, this weekend of photography & fun will include capturing the characters and cowboys of the region, Anthony Gormleys iconic iron statues on the saltpans of Lake Ballard, breakfast with the bush poets, and 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. Back in Kalgoorlie we discover the fabulous street art of the HeaRT Walk and join in the Oktoberfest spirit at the Boulderfest.

The weekend will include photographic tutorials and workshops focused around the action of the rodeo, portrait and street photography of the locals, landscape photography at Lake Ballard and the Menzies Cemetery and drone and video photography techniques at the events.


Day One - Saturday 20 October, 2018

08:30: Depart from your chosen accommodation and travel to Menzies for the inaugural Menzies Rodeo and Ute Muster - see https://www.menziesrodeo.com/program/

10:00: Arrive at Menzies & visit  the Achievable Outback Café for a Barista Coffee stop before making your way to the Menzies Ute Muster. Bags your camping spot prior to the event to ensure a goodie.

12:00: The Menzies Rodeo begins together with circus performers, face-painting and much more. We will take a break in the afternoon and wander over to the iconic Menzies Cemetery.

17:00: The Rodeo concludes and the band begins.

Day Two -  Sunday 21 October, 2018

08:00 : Breakfast with the bush poets as they wax lyrical over everything Aussie.

09:00 : We head out to the world famous Lake Ballard. 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/

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 Oktoberfest celebrations in historic Burt Street, Boulder with its fantastic Boulderfest.

17:00 : We conclude our tour at the Historic Recreation Hotel in Boulder where a cold beverage awaits! http://www.therechotel.com/sheffields-food

Other options:

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 availablility of locations, weather conditions, group decisions etcetera.

Photographic outcomes:
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact camera functions
■ Accessories such as tripods, Speedlites and filters
■ 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ■ An overview & demonstration of drone and video photography

Located in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia, Kalgoorlie Boulder is situated 590 kilometres east-northeast of Perth. The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning "Place of the silky pears". Kalgoorlie Boulder is Australia's largest Outback City covering an area of 95,576 m2. It is the largest urban centre in the Goldfields region and the fifth largest in Western Australia. Menzies is 1.5 hours from Kalgoorlie-Boulder

We can pick you up on the first day of the tour from your designated hotel or accommodation or you may choose to drive yourself.

Your own camera (DSLR, Compact, Mirrorless, iphone) with charged batteries and plenty of memory cards. Our photography course style is easy, however you will be required to walk 2-4 km per day.

You will need to get yourself to and from Kalgoorlie either by car or catch the fabulous Prospector Train -


Transportation in other our Toyota Prado 4WD or similar or a minibus (depending on numbers) for the weekend.
Water for travelling between locations
Entry fees into the Menzies Rodeo & Ute Muster
Camping fees for one night in Menzies
Comprehensive photographic instruction from 2 professional photographers



This maybe a busy time due to the events happening over the weekend and accommodation books out quickly! Due to the early start on Day 1 it is recommended that accommodation be booked for the night before (Friday 19 October) and the last night (Sunday 21 October). We will be camping out at Menzies on the Saturday 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 weekend
■ 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

Paying for your course in full upon booking will confirm your attendance. Places are limited on all courses.
We 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 Photography:
We 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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