Saturday, July 31, 2010

they don't sleep anymore on the beach

it's been quite some time since labour day and i've only just now come to finally get to the point of posting my photos form it- which seems to be the trend with my weekend away for waves adventures. This time it was to the central coast and a sand dune that lay between our clearing and a seemingly perfect swell

travel partner

Jono Walker


assistants for winning



Tiny Teddy's


Trip Breakdown-

departed brisbane at 1m on sunday morning
got on freeway
turned left 615 km's down the road
got lost
backtracked 10 kms
turned right
followed road for a further 15kms through some intense fog, unfortunately it was very dark and i was driving at a rate to catch the sunrise, which was not particularly fast.
we got on the dirt and weaved our way to the beach as the sun started coming up
soon after i lost my mind in the epicness of the surf, for 10 minutes, while making photos of the morning

here is the morning:-






we set up camp next to the big lizard and went for another wave after lunch
hindered by the density of the beach forestation between the blow and the dunes it took us a lot of cuts to realise the path was a mere 50 meters to the north

here are photos of the mid day haunts






after coming back from that midday session, i fell asleep faster than i would have had i been only moments before falling to sleep. it was a fantastic sleep too.
We woke up around 330 and scooted back north to the headland for a potential arvo session..
considering the waves we'd had so far, i did not expect this arvo surf to be my favourite of the trip

here are some photos before and after arvo bash








The next morning.

we woke at seven and lucked into another epic dose of bazricks and bowltons.
shakks were plentiful
packed up early and leaving with the idea of a late arvo brisbane arrival.

2nd morning photos




we packed up around 11 and then headed to the highway were we scored big time at an epic truck stop! burgers and chips and burgers and sauce and dubspress and smiles! the sandwich and tiny teddy diet had gotten to me worse than previously thought.

The drive home was great apart from the traffic, oh so much traffic.











this trip was pretty crazy!
i do apologize for my tardiness

they raping erebody out here

worth watching


Thursday, July 29, 2010

busy busy busy!

i knew i'd regret not scoring a splendour ticket, but i have no regrets on saving the silly amounts it would have cost me..

camera gear > bands i could've seen elsewhere in the last 6 months


Wednesday, July 28, 2010




Tuesday, July 27, 2010

one day in my garden


Sunday, July 25, 2010

in the spirit of the council

i'm putting photos and hold and getting my last blade 2 on.

also, it's strange how the d80 i took on this trip is soft in comparison to the d90 ( and even the d60 :/ )



yay! more time for labour day trip photos, quickly skimming over the remaining half it looks as if i did a great job of staving boredom- not such a great job with the photos but it looks like there may be a few shots blog worthy


close but surely cigarless

the call of bed has gotten the better of my labor day long-weekend efforts. goodnight all, here is one from the last day of the trip


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Om and other bands

Thanks to the ever entertaining bats mag i was given the opportunity to shoot a show at the Hi-Fi on the 18th of july. This is a prime example of what i was ranting about in my rant-regarding-general-state-of-photography-on-a-personal-level blog post found here

in a basic reiteration, i love taking photos but hate many aspects involved with it. one of the many exemptions is shooting shows that i would normally not go to for two reasons- those being that a) i've never heard of them (for whatever reason..) and b) my financial adviser advised my that my finances need much revision.

for this show i feel that reason b is the most fitting
but the brisbane scene being what it is and nice people being what they are, i got in for free and had a fkn epic time. I'd heard a little bit of Om stuff in the past but nothing had really caught my ear to a great extent, most likely attributable to me not having enough time to listen, and only listen, to any of their stuff from start to finish- a fate all too common for much of the new stuff i hear. .

There were a few players on this night and i (for once) got there on time. I was delighted by the opening band- whom i'm fairly sure are called Black Widow.. i figure they're from brisbane as i've seen their drummer shooting a lot of shows involving that kind of genre, understandably.




Blarke Bayer / Black Widow played second and they were pretty good but i came back in 4/5ths of the way through their show and it was definitely a show you'd have to watch from beginning to end to get any grasp/appreciation for.

I left at the end of their set to score some plugs as i was certain that this would be a loud one (my ears still haven't recovered from Dinojr's Byron show in March)

I came back to a fellow laying down two ornately patterned sheets on the front of the stage. I assumed that this was for Om as there were only two opening acts listed so i took a seat on the stairs and passed time by trying to make my own sense of the patters on the sheets.


By the time i'd come to no conclusions about the patters or the meanings of the sheets the curtains were drawn to this man,

Robert A. A. Lowe


now, i've never heard of or seen this guy ever and to this day i have no idea how this is possible! he's toured the world with explosion's in the sky, released 3 albums as a solo musician, 8 albums with 90 Day Men and collaborated extensively with Castanets.

But ontop of all these things, his live show is phenomenal!!
I was completely blown away, even considering the distinct feedback at times associated mostly with his wordless vocals (thanks hi-fi). There was so much emotion that it rode the waves of drone straight through my face and into my brain where it exploded in cytoplasm which than ran out of my eyes, literally!

I Lacrimated to Lichens

Although the whole gig was severely under-lit, from a photomaker's perspective, this set was by far the worst, i could hardly see him let alone get a shot. I'm suprised i even got a photo be honest, had i still had the d60 (even with a f/1.8) you would not be seeing any photos of this set- it was really that dark. I was shooting at 1/2 and 1/4ths of a second at 1250-2000 iso- thankfully his movements, although very very very very strange, were quite slow..

I can't really complain however and by no means am i upset about the light situation. His show is that of surreal sounds and intense fronts of drone- sounds to be felt and heard only. Infact, his sound was so delicate i had to take off my jumper and use it to deaden the noise of the shutter during the early parts of the set.

I shot a video of a small part from his set
(before it got loud and distorted the inbuilt mic to sound more like a 11 000w fart)
this was at 1.8 and 6400 iso.



finally Om came on and it was about this time my fingers started getting sore from typing. so i'll keep this part short....
they were good! crazy precision and flow made for an excitingly epic show.

Om were even harder to shoot than lichen as i was not able to resort to my makeshift tripod. Hence the intense grain and lack of good photos..




if you're interested in the rest of the photos, find them here

also, listen to this song
it's got nothing to do with anything above except for it being mindblowing