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)
 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)
 Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Korn - they were the band that convinced me to convert from rap to metal, so I was eager to get the chance to shoot them before they decided to call it a day.

I arrived at about 6pm to find that my pass has not been organised properly, after several calls/messages to KMW & a print out of my confirmation email an hour passes & box office give me the photo pass, however Bloodsimple had already been and gone by this stage.

Unfortunately all the supports had awful lighting, Chimaira being the worst of them which was disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing them. Not to mention I also tore a chunk out of my shin while walking in to the pit area, kicked the corner of the steel security platform...awful sight.

Korn took the stage and all was forgotten, they definitely improved on their last performance here in Sydney (their show with Disturbed was beyond awful) and the small crowd that attended went nuts, Sunday night @ the Entertainment Centre & they could barely manage to bring in 5,000 kids.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008 10:07:12 (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)
 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)