Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck is a lighthouse in Victoria, down below Melbourne at the end of the Mornington Peninsula. I visited there on 20 to 21 April 1987.

Cape Schanck Seascape in early morning 7:00am  21 April 1987 Arca-Swiss 5x4" monorail camera 65mm Schneider Super Angulon,  f32 2 1/2 minutes + polariser Fujichrome 50

Cape Schanck Seascape in early morning
7:00am
21 April 1987
Arca-Swiss 5×4″ monorail camera
65mm Schneider Super Angulon,
f32 2 1/2 minutes + polariser
Fujichrome 50

Though a lighthouse at Cape Schanck was originally recommended in 1841, building did not start until 1857 and it was started operation in 1859.  The lighthouse is 21 metres high and the plane of the light is 100 metres above the sea.

Cape Schanck Seascape in early morning 9:30am  21 April 1987 Arca-Swiss 5x4" monorail camera 90mm Linhof Angulon f8 5 or 10 seconds + polariser Fujichrome 50

Cape Schanck Seascape in early morning
9:30am
21 April 1987
Arca-Swiss 5×4″ monorail camera
90mm Linhof Angulon
f8 5 or 10 seconds + polariser
Fujichrome 50

The first image was taken in the early morning at the top of the cliff; the image above was taken somewhat later at the bottom.

Cape Schanck panorama Nagaoka 5x4" field camera with 6x9 roll film back 21 April 1987 150mm Linhof Technika Symmar f22 1/15 second Fujichrome 50

Cape Schanck panorama
Nagaoka 5×4″ field camera with 6×9 roll film back
10am to 11am 21 April 1987
150mm Linhof Technika Symmar
f22 1/15 second (two exposures combined)
Fujichrome 50

Here is a panoramic view of the lighthouse and cottages at Cape Schanck.

You will see the tall metal tower in the middle left.  Just a steel ladder with no safety features.  I decided to climb it for a sunset shot (with I think my smaller view camera).  Half-way up it was feeling increasingly precarious and it no longer seemed like a good idea to be juggling with camera, lens and exposure meter at the top.  So I came back down again.  The consequence was no sunset shot.

Cape Schanck door handle and latch Nagaoka 5x4" field camera 1:40pm 21 April 1987 150mm Linhof Technika Symmar f11 6 seconds Fujichrome 50

Cape Schanck door handle and latch
Nagaoka 5×4″ field camera
1:40pm 21 April 1987
150mm Linhof Technika Symmar
f11 6 seconds
Fujichrome 50

The Nagaoka field camera is visible in reflection in the brass plate and the door handle.  I am not there so I must have been taking the exposure with a cable release.

Cape Schanck Lantern Room 21 April 1987 Nikon FE 16mm fisheye nikkor f3.5 (partially defished) Fujichrome 50

Cape Schanck Lantern Room
21 April 1987
Nikon FE
16mm fisheye nikkor f3.5 (partially defished)
Fujichrome 50
(Low res scan from book)

Cape Shanck clockwork mechanism 5x4" camera Fujichrome 50

Cape Shanck clockwork mechanism
5×4″ camera
Fujichrome 50

Door handle, lantern room and clockwork mechanism.  The lantern room is unusual for its wood panelling.  The clockwork mechanism is in fully working condition though it has been functionally supplanted by a small electric motor.

Since Cape Schanck lighthouse is the closest one to Melbourne, it is a popular destination for visitors.

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