Phillip Island 2021


I will head to to Phillip Island to take photos of The Pinnacles, in Cape Woolamai. The idea came from my friend Stephen, when I visited him on 10/04. He suggested that we do this trip for landscape photography as he had been interested in photographing the Pinnacles.

Initially we were going to stay in Stephen’s camper-trailer, so we were only going to be there for one night. Circumstances have changed and my husband has arranged for accommodation in Corinella (20 minutes from Phillip Island) with a family friend. As a result we are driving down to Corinella on 20/05 (Thrusday) after work and driving back to Melbourne (in my case) on 23/05 (Sunday).

Map of Phillip Island taken from Google Maps.

Stephen and I will take photos of the area (Phillip Island and Corinella) while my husband (Dean) will take the opportunity to fly his drone where permitted in the area. Stephen is a part time (professional) photographer who loves (and is great at) taking landscape photos. I am learning a lot with him.

The Photos

The timing of the trip is quite advantageous. Being post-Autumnal Equinox, makes it that there is more night time than day time. For that, we may be able to take the famous trio of photos I try to take when going on landscape photography trips: Sunset, Night Sky and Sunrise.

Being just one month from Winter Solstice, means that sunset is very early, according to my research, around 5:11pm. Similarly, sunrise will be late, sometime after 7:00am, which gives us plenty of time to: take sunset photos, have dinner, take night sky photos, sleep 8 hours (may be interrupted, depending on when we want to take the night sky photos), and take sunrise photos.

The Milky Way is poised to be behind the Pinnacles around 8:30pm.

Shipwreck of the SS Speck

We visited the site twice: once scouting and once for sunrise photography (even though we took photos both times). It is a 1km hike on sand, slippery muddy slopes, and rocks. It took us about 15 minutes to get to the site. I took a lot of photos, but only 7 were above the bar. Here is two of them.

SS Speke Shipwreck
Sunrise behind the cliff that protects SS Speke Shipwreck

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles were hard work. It was 2.5 km to get there and another 2.5 km to get back to the car, walking on soft sand, climbing stairs and going through trails. The loss of the phone during the shoot made it just a bit disheartening, and threw me off my game. Here is the photo that is ok.

The Pinnacles at Sunset

Tenby Point

This was the first stop we did for photos. I used all my filters on that shoot, but forgot to document which filter I used on which photo (to do a post about it). It was a beautiful morning and I’m glad that we went.

My best composition at Tenby Point
My best color variation at Tenby Point
Love it or hate it

The Posts

Tenby Point

This is the final post of the photos from the Phillip Island trip I took May this year (don’t know if there are any other trips to Phillip Island on the cards yet). Tenby Point was the first place my friend Stephen and I went for a photo shoot on the trip. Now, this post […]

The Pinnacles

I do have to say that the Pinnacles are extraordinarily beautiful and despite all the harrowing trials of the day, I have to say it was worth it.

Shipwreck SS Speke

I did my homework, but Stephen, having been doing this longer, was better at it. While I focused on a couple of things to photograph (and really focused on the technical stuff), Stephen was able to research a broader set of things. One of the things we photographed was the remains of SS Speke that […]


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Note: the map showing Phillips Island and Corinella is a screen shot taken from Google Maps

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