Thursday, 17 February 2011
I thought I would do up a little entry as it is now coming up to my 5th anniversary covering the Soundwave Festival since it's torrential rain soaked inception at Sydney Park in 2007 where Deftones headlined, from there is has expanded probably beyond the organisers expectations in it's short life span. The festival now covers all major cities within Australia & has increased from it's 2 main stages + 1 metal stage to a total of 8 stages which span genres from rock, metal to punk & ska.

I'll be covering Perth 2011 at the newly announced venue of Claremont Showgrounds, my day is going to be shooting the following: Sevendust, Devildriver (again), Stone Sour, Murderdolls, Primus, Slash, Ill Nino, Slayer (again), 30STM, Rob Zombie, The Bronx, QOTSA & Iron Maiden...while trying to squeeze in any others at the time

Here are a selection of my favourite shots from Sydney 2007 - Perth 2010. I think it also shows how I've progressed as a photographer as such as well, the earlier pictures are more raw compared to the framing/composition of the shots from last year. Hopefully I can continue to cover the event for years to come

(one day reaching Kane Hibberds level) but that's another story
Thursday, 17 February 2011 09:25:21 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Wednesday, 30 December 2009

image taken at Hordern Pavillion, Sydney Australia in May 2008 supporting Bullet For My Valentine

RIP Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan 10/2/81-28/12/09

Drummer of Avenged Sevenfold


Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead at his home in Huntington Beach, California, yesterday. He was 28. Preliminary police reports indicate Sullivan died of natural causes, but the Orange County Coroner’s Office is investigating his death. Sullivan helped found Avenged Sevenfold in 1999, and featured on all four of the band’s studio albums.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan,” Sullivan’s Avenged Sevenfold bandmates wrote on their website. “Jimmy was not only one of the world’s best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy’s family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time. Jimmy you are forever in our hearts.”

After playing Ozzfest in 2006, Avenged Sevenfold memorably beat out Rihanna, Chris Brown, Panic! at the Disco, Angels and Airwaves and James Blunt for the title of Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, thanks in part to their Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-inspired song “Bat Country.” Avenged Sevenfold then reached Number Four on the Billboard Top 200 with their self-titled fourth album. The band spent the past two years on a co-headlining tour with Buckcherry. The band was reportedly in the process of recording their fifth album.

Source: The Rolling Stone

Wednesday, 30 December 2009 06:51:08 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Saturday, 12 December 2009
Green Day came to town to play the opening night of two Sold Out shows in Sydney, supported by local act Jet.

Their setlist contains tracks from the new & old, and even contained two encores.

Highlights for the crowd: 21st Century Breakdown, Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Hitchin' A Ride, When I Come Around, Highway To Hell (ACDC Cover), Brain Stew, 21 Guns, American Idiot & finishing with the cliche Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).

Saturday, 12 December 2009 14:17:35 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Friday, 09 October 2009

Slayer & Megadeth, two of the biggest bands in metal touring together...of course it was going to be huge

A packed out Hordern Pavillion, filled to capacity with massive sweaty dudes...sporting many a slayer t-shirt filled the arena to see two bands which have been on the top of their game for decades now

Friday, 09 October 2009 12:43:45 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Wolfmother have released a new album 'New Moon Rising' & are about to embark on their biggest tour to date, a national series with legends AC/DC, so they are currently playing a handful of headline dates around the country with the new lineup.

I managed to secure (last minute) a pass to shoot their show at Enmore Theatre.

In other news, after my first outdoor promo shoot with local band The Amenta, they are now using one of the shots for their latest tour flyer as you can see below.

Keep an eye out in a few weeks for hopefully new shots of Megadeth, touring with Slayer in October.


Wednesday, 23 September 2009 17:55:46 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Alice Cooper, not more needs to be said apart from "we're not worthy, we're not worthy, we're scum!"

He has been filling arenas around the world for a good four decades & still to this day, with a new generation of fans who have listened to his shock metal on repeat as they were growing up with their dedicated parents.

He has recently brought his Theatre Of Death production to Australia & played to a packed out Sydney Entertainment Centre - while the venue was setup for seating, this didn't stop the above mentioned parents from running to the front barricade to get a close up glimpse of the man who brings out everything from straight jackets to guillotines & dies (a number of times) on stage.

I was so caught up in the stage production, that I did not realise that a lot of my photos were turning out overexposed.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 09:13:00 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Been Awhile since an entry, nothing much has been on the calendar in the last few months...last night however seen a return to the pit to shoot the popstar Katy Perry who sold out her Enmore Theatre show in Sydney.

Lighting was quite nice, with spotlights on the girl the entire time, however I'm restricted to slow glass at the moment - so I tried to make the best of the situation.

Check out the shots below.


Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17:30:51 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Last night Sydney got a glimpse of the current gay fashion phenomenon which is Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego in which he plays the role of a Gay Austrian Fashion Reporter.

The evening had it's share of controversy (not created by Bruno) with an impersonator thought to be The Chaser arriving in a stretch pink Hummer & spraying litres of sauce across the stage/carpet setup before security caught on. That sauce ended up being Peri Peri, so you can easily work out who this publicity stunt was on behalf of.

There were not many big names there, however that didn't faze anyone & the crowd was there to see only Bruno, who arrived on a White Stallion sporting assless chaps & Bruno dressed in Knights Armour of a different sort, as you can see in the images below.


Tuesday, 30 June 2009 09:58:35 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Friday, 22 May 2009

It would be the third time I shoot the boys from Florida & I was expecting a fun night, after getting a slight warm-up with The Living End not long beforehand I was hoping to nail a few great shots.

I organised the pass with the bands manager weeks before the show & confirmed with him two nights before, course my name still was not on the guestlist, it was lucky that I took a print out of my emails with management otherwise it would have been a very early night...this however was not the only problems I'd run in to on the night.

After scoping out the openers, Heaven Shall Burn make a great impression, unfortunatly it was red wash fever in terms of lighting for their set, however their tunes/performance were awesome! Definitely grab a few of their songs if you can!

The lighting dims and the crowd goes nuts for Trivium, so much so that the crowd dislodge the front barrier within the first song & all media are escorted out of the pit straight away, which tops off my night...the lighting did not kick in for them until song 2-3, so it was lucky that the upstairs area was empty & we were given access to shoot from there, otherwise I would have come home with nothing.

Unfortunately no agencies were allowed for The Pussycat Dolls/Lady Gaga, so I'm not sure when my next show will be, until then take a look at some of the shots from Trivium below.


Friday, 22 May 2009 16:14:14 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Monday, 18 May 2009

I've been out of the game for a while now, first shoot in a few months & you will see that in the images I ended up getting, I was pretty damn rusty.

I shot Trivium @ UNSW Roundhouse again on Thursday (for the third time now) & I'll post a new entry with the photos later in the week.


Monday, 18 May 2009 17:59:10 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Wednesday, 07 January 2009

Welcome to 2009, my first shoot is Swedish supergroup The Hives, rocking out to a sold out Metro Theatre last night.

In and out job, covering The Hives are a few of my favs from the night

ps. Next weekend is AAA @ Bleeding Through - UNSW Roundhouse, keep an eye out.

Wednesday, 07 January 2009 16:59:13 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 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)
 Thursday, 14 August 2008

The boys from Florida flew in to Australia for press & thought to put on a one date show in Sydney considering they flew 13+ hours to be here.

Once again they put on a tight set, which has come to be one of their strengths....

Daysend were their supports for the night - this was the first time I had seen them live & I must say they put on a great show...catchy tunes mixed with a great stage presence, I'll definitely have to catch them again in the near future

Come 9:30 Trivium took to the stage to the delight of the near capacity crowd in Enmore Theatre, mixing things up with old & new material from their upcoming album 'Shogun' which is due for release in late September this year.

Towards the end of their set, the sense of humour broke through from the band - playing various covers from bands such as Blink 182, Nirvana, AC/DC & even Tim Fogerty's Midnight Train To Nowhere before ending their set with Anthem & Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr.

Apparently they are due back for their Shogun tour mid 2009, so I'll be keen to shoot them again.


Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:15:27 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Saturday, 26 July 2008

I'd only heard that they were due to play in Sydney on the day of the show from Dave Youdell & was going to be home alone, so I put in a request to shoot the show through the promoter and got the approval 2minutes later.

The bus on the way took just over an hour instead of the usual 20-25minutes due to amazing amounts of traffic congestion, so I missed out on the support band.

Once Escape The Fate took the stage, the lighting was a little dark considering the lighting rig they had setup for the show...and just to further push our already great night, the security tapped us on the shoulder after 2 songs instead of the industry standard of 3 - and what do ya know, the lighting got a heck of a lot better during the 3rd song!

So we didn't stick around, however I got a few OK'ish shots during the 2 songs

Look out in August for Trivium, Timbaland (if he doesn't cancel) & Underoath live shots


Saturday, 26 July 2008 10:05:14 (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)
 Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Last night I had something totally different on the agenda, I was on assignment for Big Australia to shoot a Red Carpet Event - Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda @ The State Theatre on Pitt St, Sydney.

Attendees included: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Rove McManus, Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe, Daniel Amalm, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Hilton Dennis, Julia Morris, Tiffani Wood, Bernard Curry & Ally Pinnock.

While the list of confirmed guests was a lot longer, only a small percentage attended....hopefully this will not be the last Red Carpet Event I shoot, it was enjoyable to be out of my comfort zone!


Tuesday, 10 June 2008 19:42:17 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Tuesday, 03 June 2008

I Killed The Prom Queen said farewell to the fans of Sydney with a second Sold Out show @ UNSW Roundhouse on Sat May 31 & they went out with style....leaving the fans wanting more

Jona of IKTPQ & Bleeding Through was cool enough to organise me a VIP pass for their show which included The Ghost Inside, The Red Shore & Bring Me The Horizon.


Tuesday, 03 June 2008 11:31:52 (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)
 Monday, 07 April 2008

Good Morning...

Monday afternoon, going on about 8 days since I moved into the new apartment & iPrimus are still not providing my with the internet service I pay for! Anyhoo that's another story

This weekend I had the pleasure in being able to shoot my first 'pop' show, and who bigger than Celine Dion - she is highly regarded in the industry as a truly gifted singer & sells out shows around the world. I got the call on Friday afternoon, so it was a nice surprise for the weekend - especially after I received an email stating the otherwise 2 weeks ago.

David Youdell & myself arrived at about 8:15pm ahead of the 8:30pm request time & noticed Getty Images shooter standing inside the Acer Arena halls to our surprise, we were assuming the traditional box office meet with the Coppell rep...however after an initial problem with door security due to our equipment, we made it inside.

Things were a little behind schedule, we made our way inside to the awaiting audience (whom might I add paid a premium price for front row seats) where we waiting till about 9:05pm - with a few relieved spectators who questioned the length of our presence - one song access for this one folks!

Once took the stage & opened with Drive All Night, there was no question that the crowd were not going to sit around...everyone stood up & started dancing along with the woman they were all there to see.

To my surprise, Celine puts on a suprisingly energetic performance given the genre she falls into - I was anticipating a gentle creature to charm the crowd with her high notes, that definitely was not the case, she puts in as much energy & movement as a rock act.


Monday, 07 April 2008 09:34:43 (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)
 Thursday, 13 March 2008

Aussie rockers Grinspoon recently headlined a show @ UNSW Roundhouse on Mar 7 2008, along side them were Many Machines On Nine who put on a solid performance which included some new tracks.

I found a nifty tool called PictoBrowser which I thought I'd try out...seeing as I haven't posted anything in a while. It uses your Flickr account and creates a slideshow for shots in sets or allocated specific keywords, I was hoping that it would pick up everything in my gallery, unfortunately it only allows for 'public' images.

I was pretty happy with some of the shots, UNSW's lighting rig has improved in the last 6months or so...a little too much red front were used but managed squeeze in a few regular skin toned shots (can't stand red!)

Thursday, 13 March 2008 16:25:06 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Friday, 29 February 2008

After being asked a few times & recently receiving the question below, I thought I might try and clear a few things out when it comes to taking photos at events.

'how do you go about bringing your camera in to the mosh pit though?? xx lis'

First up, something is wrong with my comments, they aren't showing any email addresses which are filled out, only I am sorry that I can't respond to you directly, hopefully you come back and stumble across this post.

The gig photography business is not something you can overnight decide to do, unfortunately for large scale events/festivals you need accreditation from the artist, their management, the promoter & sometimes the venue. In order to achieve this you need to be representing a legitimate media organisation - being either a magazine, newspaper, webzine or agency.

Before you make it to this level you obviously will require a decent camera, no one wants to look at fuzzy/blurry images that can be achieved on a mobile phone - the best entry level DSLR setup you can buy in my opinion is the Canon 350D (RebelXT for you overseas viewers) with the Canon 50mm f1.8 MKII lens. Though now days you might have to purchase the upgraded model which is the Canon 400D as the 350D is pretty much fazed out.

This is the setup I used when starting out, one which can achieve amazing results when in the right environment. If you look at my portfolio, at least 50-60% of the shots you look at is with this setup.

The 50mm f1.8 is a sharp and fast lens that can be used in any situation - from your large scale arenas down to the low light pub setup down at your local venue. It's a lens which is kept as back-up by many professionals should the lighting ever be a problem & it comes with a great price tag of only $100-$115 in the shops. 

OK, so you have your camera setup now, how do you go about shooting bands?

Myspace can be a powerful tool - I've arranged many club shoots by just contacting the band directly, of course you cannot start charging $$$ right away - without a solid portfolio you won't receive any positive answers...starting off you will be doing a lot of favours - look in your local street press/venue website for upcoming shows & offer your services to the bands in exchange for free entry.

Try shoot as much as possible to become familiar & comfortable with camera settings in various situations/environments - don't forget to switch up your angles to avoid shots looking the same, move around the stage every few minutes.

Some ideal club venues in Sydney to learn in: The Annandale Hotel, Gaelic Club, The Factory & Manning Bar

Once you are comfortable and taking great shots on a regular basis, join a webzine/street press i.e. FasterLouder & The Dwarf - these frequently cover club shows but also some of the large scale events. They ask for photographers to cover shows every week, so put your hand up for club shows & meet their deadlines for a number of shows before requesting to shoot one of the big name shows.

This is where you really test yourself - you have to contend with a number of other photographers in the pit trying to capture the ideal moments, so there can be a bit of tension when getting a good spot in front of stage - be sure to move around to allow the others to snap away, you don't want to get a bad name for yourself amongst the scene if you become a regular - now instead of being able to shoot the entire set, you are given restrictions which are preset by the artist & their management...this can range from the first 30 seconds of a song at the sound desk to the industry standards of 3 songs infront of stage - remember no flash is allowed to be used in any case within the large shows, BUT you should be used to average conditions now from shooting in the clubs

If you produce some great shots regularly & impress the right people, more shows will come.

After a few years & now hopefully with a decent portfolio you can start to look at shooting for a publication or photo agency to try and make back some of the cash you would definitely have spent on drinks/transport for the countless number of shows you have now covered.

Once you can afford an upgrade, do so - decent semi-pro/professional body such as the Canon 40D or 5D

Lens Range: Canon L Glass is the way to go - Canon 24-70mm f2.8 + Canon 70-200mm f2.8 seems to be the most used setup - however if you take a look at Triple J photographer Matt Booy, you can see prime lenses (such as the 50mm) can easily do the job (though you might get annoyed from interchanging lenses) Canon 20mm, 85mm & either the 135mm or 200mm will be enough for all situations

Anyway I'm sposed to be working in the office right now, so hopefully I've answered a few of your questions & pointed at least one person in the right way.

Any questions don't hesitate to email me -


Friday, 29 February 2008 06:09:20 (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)
 Friday, 15 February 2008

2008 is looking to be a good year judging from the amount of decent show in the coming months. So far my schedule is looking to be:

Sydney Soundwave Festival @ Sydney Park - Feb 26

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

Pennywise w/ Sum41 @ Big Top, Luna Park - Apr 11

Korn @ Sydney Entertainment Ctr - Apr 20

Bullet For My Valentine w/ Avenged Sevenfold & Atreyu @ Hordern Pavillion - May 7

Soilwork @ Manning Bar - May 14


Friday, 15 February 2008 06:00:38 (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)