Sunday, 21 December 2008

With 2008 coming to a close, I give you a selection of some of my favourite shots taken by me during the year.

I look forward to 2009, who knows what lies around the corner for me.

Merry Christmas & Safe New Years to all!


Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:16:07 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Sunday, 23 November 2008

Bit of a disappointing night for me (results wise), I should have known that there would not be a barricade for a show like Kate Miller-Heidke.

I turn up & find out that I have to "politely" push to the front for 3 songs, I do so & end up 1 person in from the stage on the right side of the middle.

Kate comes out & spends 75% of the 3 songs at her keyboard on the left (doh) & I ended up directly behind one of the Sony TV Camera's - I've cropped & cloned him out of all the wide shots, though you can see the shadow in the bottom left corner of a couple.

I'd like to get the chance to shoot her again to rectify some of my problems, hopefully can do so soon!

Big thanks to Leanne (KMH Management) for setting up my pretty laminate press pass.

Sunday, 23 November 2008 13:43:06 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Monday, 27 October 2008

It's been 3 years since Slipknot we're in town & once again they came, and destroyed the stage.

This time around they had the full production show & a setlist which had a lot of Self Titled tracks, despite releasing the new album only weeks ago.

Earlier in the afternoon I made my way to Utopia with a decent sized print of my Machine Head shot of Adam/Rob for the band to sign & Adam was definitely impressed with the shot, he requested a copy for himself....we'll see if he gets in contact with me in the next couple of weeks.

Sydonia opened the show with their revised & heavier set list, carving up the stage for about 20-25 minutes before the first interval which brought on Machine Head, chants of "Machine Fuckin Head" started straight away & the band (as usual) brought a mass amount of energy to the table with Rob Flynn getting the circle pits going every chance he could

Unfortunately a plague of power outages (first of which happened in the opening song) wreaked havoc on their set & Rob ended up storming off stage with a dictionary of expletives towards Acer Arena....

After our 3 song limit for MH, we were escorted back stage to leave our camera gear in a secured room much to our displeasure, instead Jessica & I remained in the back carpark area where my good friend Dana (Sydonia's Guitarist/Vocals) was talking with Jim Root (Guitarist of Slipknot/Stone Sour) & I had great pleasure in discussing random things with him such as their first tour right through to the smell you get from earrings which is now known as "Schmebob" - I chose not to bother him asking for a fan photo, figure he would sick of that shit by now.

By the time Slipknot were ready to come on, the crowd were going nuts...perfect choice of opening songs - Surfacing & Get This

Crowd pleasers: Liberate, Psychosocial, Spit It Out & of course Joey's Solo on the hydraulic lifted Drum Kit


Monday, 27 October 2008 05:21:38 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Monday, 06 October 2008

Well it's been over a month since my last show (Trivium) and I was keen to bring out the camera from under the dust & what better time than for the current pop rock 'it' band which are currently hogging up the radio waves - Metro Station.

The crowd was as I expected, packed to the rims with sweaty 15-16yo girls in black, there to see there hardcore looking but fairy music playing more than 1 minute in the venue & I was called a gangster for being in a hoodie from an MCR shirt wearing girly - seems like I was in for a good night

The lack of shooting shows in my results, my reaction times were slow and I couldn't nail 1 jump shot of Miley Cyrus's brother 'Trace Cyrus' (the dude who ends up in the b/w singlet) - I won't mention that he gave me like 8 chances to do so...being off the drummer or keyboardists platform

However given my latest break, I am looking forward to getting some cracker shots in a few weeks when Slipknot @ Acer Arena comes around at the end of October.


Monday, 06 October 2008 08:15:45 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Sunday, 15 June 2008

UNSW Roundhouse once again seen the boys from Byron Bay tear the venue apart, like a fine wine these guys seem to get better with age, stepping up a few notches since their last major show in Sydney (which was not too long ago I might add)

This time around they were supported by Break Even, Antagonist & Have Heart.

After another show tonight @ UNSW, Parkway Drive will pack up & tour through the US & Europe between July-November.

Sunday, 15 June 2008 12:18:23 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Thursday, 08 May 2008

Last night seen a sold out Hordern Pavillion crowd rocking out to the tunes of BFMV, A7X & Atreyu.

This was the second time in a year that I've been able to shoot BFMV & it was great to see them bring a bigger stage production this time...the definitely were the highlight of my night, Atreyu were also good however A7X seemed to lack any punch so after my 3song limit I exited the building.

Hopefully it will not be long before BFMV head back to our shores, the know how to put on a great show...mixed with killer riffs & melodic vocals, you're destined to enjoy

As for upcoming shows, Rogue Traders is a maybe for next week + Jona from IKTPQ is giving me an AAA pass to cover their sold out farewell tour show @ UNSW Roundhouse, look forward to some killer shots there.


Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:29:16 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Friday, 28 March 2008

The Big Top, Luna Park was packed with eager teens screaming to see their first glimpse of the HIM lead sing & Finnish heart throb - Ville Valo.

While my satisfaction levels were not really met, given the high energy shows I usually attend...the crowd seemed more than happy with the performance from the band while I was in attendance.

Here are a few shots from the night.

Keep an eye out for shots from Korn's show w/ the likes of Chimaira & Bloodsimple in April. 

Unfortunately I was denied entry to Celine Dion, Maroon 5 & I had to turn down Smashing Pumpkins + the Gucci Spring Release...however there is still plenty of time left in the year to get the content rolling


Friday, 28 March 2008 18:06:54 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Monday, 25 February 2008

I won't go in to details, even though it was only yesterday I am sure you have heard the slander & abuse that the organisers received from all directions after the event took place yesterday.

I was lucky enough to shoot the festival for the 2nd time running on behalf of Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying & Fasterlouder - click the photo below to view some of the highlight shots or view them all here

Bands I ended up shooting: Scary Kids, Haste The Day, Plain White T's, Thursday, Bleeding Through, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Alexisonfire & As I Lay Dying.

On the note of AILD - they walked off early after their guitarist Nick copped a glass bottle to the face & was practically knocked out from the blow. Moments like these are what ruin festivals & the decision for bands to return....what is the point of standing in the crowd when a band is playing if your intentions are to hurt/injure them - I hope the inflictor gets what's coming to him/her!

- Dan.

Monday, 25 February 2008 14:51:41 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Sunday February 10 Quaywest Hotel in The Rocks was the venue booked in for the second Sydney Strobist meet which was organised by J - of whom fronted the costs out of his own pocket to book a conference room which was used for indoor/studio style photos.

5 models agreed to come along on a TFP basis, all of which appeared to have a fun day & had some amazing shots produced by some 30 photographers who attended, most of which brought there own Strobe lighting, Pocket Wizards, Backdrops, Reflectors, Stands & a huge amount of lenses. All in all I think there would of had to of been close to $400,000 worth of equipment.

Council approval needed be seeked, waivers drawn up & model releases to protect from commercial use. A huge amount of organisation was done before the day, however things went along quite smoothly...everyone kept to the deadlines - of which was 1hr to move between indoor/outdoor locations, setup lighting & shoot before packing up & switching to the next location/model.

I'd advise anyone that wants to learn the fundamentals of studio lighting setup to attend one of these events. While things move along quite fast, there are a number of individuals with a vast amount of experience which can help you with any questions/techniques. Everyone that I had talked to was friendly & even went as far as to lending me a pocket wizard so I could try produce some shots of my own.

I was only able to stay for a couple of hours, so while my time was limited, I think I learned a fair bit which will help me in future. I'll definitely have to try and start attending future meets as they are a great way to improve & learn new lighting techniques, create cheap but awesome Ring Flash's with cardboard or even just to socialise with those who share the same interests.

Here are a few of the shots I got from the day, head over to the Flickr Sydney Strobists Group to view other shots from the day & updates for upcoming meets.




Tuesday, 12 February 2008 11:56:35 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Once again the great music festival which is Soundwave is upon us, I just confirmed my pass through Killswitch Engage management to shoot the Sydney show on Sun Feb 24th 2008.

And what a killer lineup they have for us this year, definitely one to please hardcore fans across the nation. Acts which include the likes of: Killswitch Engage, Alexisonfire, Devine Heresy, Offspring, Incubus, As I Lay Dying, Shadows Fall, Plain White T's, From Autumn To Ashes, Thursday, Saosin, Bleeding Through & the locals Carpathian.

I covered last years show which was a terrential rain filled day of action. This years line-up blows last year out of the park however, it is basically a full days worth of top acts compared to a number of gap fillers last year, thats my opinion anyway. It is disappointing Byron rockers Parkway Drive did not join the tour again this year, choosing to hold their own regional tour with 50 Lions instead.

Unfortunately it is looking like I will not be able to take the day off work to do the mass amount of editing which will come with Soundwave, so I will try update each night with 2-3 bands worth of photos.

Anyone that is attending the Sydney show, let me know & we will try catch up for a brew during the day.

Check out some of my shots below from last years event & those of Killswitch Engage, Thursday & From Autumn To Ashes. for more info.





Tuesday, 05 February 2008 10:48:37 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Saturday, 02 February 2008

We decided to buy Panda a new playmate today.

Ventured in to the nearest RSPCA shelter to take in a stray, 2hours later we had to leave because it is 'procedure' to call our landlord to check that we are allowed to have pets in the unit....unfortunate but understandable, so they don't get many returns

After that disappointment we raced in to Parramatta Westfield Pets World 5minutes before closing time & picked up this little man - fullscreen views can be seen at my deviantArt gallery - we are still yet to name him, Gonzo & Top Hat have been the recent suggestions...anyone else with a possible name, comments below!

For those who don't know, we picked up Panda after losing our Zoe 3days after returning from a month in Perth...we took her in to get her de-sexed & received a phone call to say she went in to cardiac arrest immediately after the anesthetic was injected, we didn't want to have an empty house, so we took in a stray which was residing at the Vet during the time...Panda is a lil nutter kitty, always wants to play!

This was our awesome Zoe before she passed away.


Saturday, 02 February 2008 19:51:22 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Friday, 01 February 2008
 # is now open for business

I finally got my act together & put together a website with the help of DCurrie

For those of you that do not yet know me, I go by the name Dan...I'm a Photographer based in Sydney, Australia

I've been shooting on & off for 2 years now - tried to dab my paws in a little bit of everything...from landscapes to international music festivals

I currently shoot for FasterLouder & World Entertainment News Network

If you're ever after a photographer for any occasion - feel free to shoot me an email - - a brief set of rates are up on my 'About' page at the moment - keep in mind I am still to write a short bio about myself, if anyone I know is keen to do it for me, please do so!

People that know which would like their blog/site listed on my front page, leave your links in the comment section below.

This is my first attempt at a blog outside of the delights of myspace, so any tips/tricks are most appreciated....also any advice for traffic/tagging/advertisements are encouraged.


Flickr Strobist Meet/Model Shoot @ Quay West Hotel - Feb 10

Sydney Soundwave Festival @ Sydney Park - Feb 26 (awaiting confirmation)

Girlfriends 21st Weekend Bash @ Newcastle - Feb 29 - Mar 2

Wedding Shoot @ Newcastle - Mar 8

HIM @ Big Top, Luna Park - Mar 25

Celine Dion @ Acer Arena - Mar 28


Friday, 01 February 2008 10:09:58 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)