NB: These shots are only a random selection of the punters from the day, here’s the bands I shot: Tame Impala Magic Dirt The Temper Trap Devendra Banhart Hilltop Hoods Sebonkira Grinspoon Poetikool Justice Muse 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09.
The main stage at the BDO is high. Very high. Shooting here is limiting in that you can only really get a decent long shot, then crop it in post. My style (wide lens, camera held high above my head) are hit and miss, as this set of Muse will testify 01. 02. 03. 04. [...]
I hear all sorts of requirements regarding photography from management, this one from Devendra Banhart was up there with pretty odd: “No shooting from directly in front of him. Anywhere from say, 35 degrees either to his left or right is ok, but not square on.” I say kind of odd, because unless you and [...]
Shooting the two main stages at the BDO is kinda restrictive: the physical height of the stage is well over head high so my style of “camera held high, outstretched arm with wide angle lens” is virtually useless. You’re forced to shoot from back against the rail with a long lens = fine for tight [...]
I’m not really a fan of Grinspoon however I’d heard rumour they have a great live show with plenty of photo opps. The rumour was correct. 01. 02. 03. 04. 05.
Playing early in the day didn’t hinder their crowd, Tame Impala have a solid following of fans who were keen to get to this years BDO early enough to catch their set. Being scheduled on one of the inside stages, I knew it would mean a complete light show despite the harsh sun outside, so [...]
Headlining the local produce stage at the Big Day Out capped off a massive year for Poetikool Justice. A strong crowd of followers came to show their support and were in turn treated to a stellar performance. 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09.
It appears that The Temper Trap are bigger outside of Australia, which is not surprising given the amount of time they’ve spent touring o/s of late! Local fans haven’t had the chance to see them playing “Conditions” as yet, so this slot at the Big Day Out was more than welcome by a largish crowd [...]
I don’t think anyone really knew if Magic Dirt would fulfil their BDO commitments after the passing of bass player Dean Turner. They had already done the farewell tour in his honour, another lap of the country with a band that not even they knew the future of, seemed a little odd. Either way here [...]
I found The Prodigy really hard to shoot. Do these guys EVER stand still for more than .3 of a second?!!! Damn, they were across the stage from left to right faster than I could follow! Low light, fired with sporadic bursts of insanely bright light played havoc with my settings, but in the end [...]
Perhaps in defiance to the Aussie punters in the crowd, Fantômas entered the stage dressed in full cricket whites (Australia had just lost to NZ in a game played earlier that day) to deliver their Big Day Out set. It wasn’t long before frontman Mike Patton was on the edge of the stage batting the [...]