Danni and I have been lucky enough to share two trips to outback NSW together. If you haven’t done so yet then we would both recommend that you do as we have had so much fund exploring together and seeing some amazing locations.
These are some of the amazing scenes that we have seen on our travels.
Looking through the photos that I have taken over the last few years I have realised that I favour long exposure shots a fair bit so I thought that I would share a few personal favourites.
Using a Big Stopper filter you can even shoot long exposures in the day such as the Cecil Hill shot below.
Long exposures at sunrise create amazing images especially if you are lucky to have some morning colour.
Moving subjects such as this train at Museum Station shot at a longer exposure create an interesting photo.
Longer exposures at night are required to capture the Milky Way
Long exposures smooth out the water and blur the clouds but it works better on days with a breeze.
I decided to head to the Easter Show last year with my tripod to shoot some long exposures of the rides. Exposures of a few seconds are enough to blur the rides.
To shoot long exposures it is necessary to use neutral density filters in front of the lens to reduce the amount light entering the camera. This way the camera can hold the shutter open longer so that it has time to record the light.
Earlier this year Jason Jackson asked me come along and to take a few photos of his Michael Jackson tribute show “Off the Wall 35th Anniversary Spectacular” at Bankstown Sports Club.
This is the 3rd show that Jason has asked me to photograph and each show has improved on the previous one. Every show has a bit of everything in it, amazing dance routines by both Jason Jackson & his Dangerous Dancers, great soundtrack, costumes, lighting, authentic props, fireworks, aerialists, contortionists and even pole dancing.
Jason has carefully selected his Dangerous Dancers for not only their dance skills and but also for their professionalism. The talent of his dancers is amazing to watch. His dancers were Jodie Kanner, Kristina Dickinson, Leizel Igadna, Chloe Galea, Terence Ignatius Castro, Bravo Rimba, Chris Cino, Cyrus Henry and Michael Borazio.
Rachel Papalia of Pole Perfect (Facebook Page Link ) performed a stunning routine that illustrated her flexibility and core strength.
Melise’ Avion who appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with the Other Superman showed amazing skills in the air and Emma McPherson impressed everyone with her agility and balance.
Having had the opportunity to work behind the scenes with Jason & his team for a number of years I have now seen how much hard work goes into each show and the degree of professionalism displayed by everyone involved. Months of training is undertaken by the dancers to learn the dance routines for each show. Hours and hours of design and sewing have gone into every costume that Jason Jackson and his Dangerous Dancers wear.
This particular show celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall Album but was not limited to songs from that album.
The show featured choreographed dances to 23 of Michael Jackson’s songs including “Rock With You“, “Off the Wall“, “Burn this Disco Out“, “She’s Out of My Life“, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” from the Off The Wall album and also some of the classics such as “Bad“, “Thriller“, “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Blame it on the Boogie“.
Prior to being involved with Jason’s performances I was not huge fan of Michael Jackson but my involvement has made me realise how talented he was as a performer. I now look forward to seeing Jason Jackson’s shows.
If you haven’t seen one of Jason Jackson’s shows yet then I highly recommend that you do as it is quite easy to believe that you are at a Michael Jackson show.
There are 3 shows coming up that you book tickets for now:
27th June 2014 at Castle Hill RSL, 28th June 2014 at Evan Theatre, Panthers and the 13th September 2014 at Bankstown Sports Showroom. Full details are available on Jason Jackson’s website (link) with a link to enable you to purchase tickets. Jason also has a page on Facebook (Link).
Not long ago a myself and few photography mates headed up to Stockton to spend the weekend shooting the sand dunes. I have always been fascinated by shapes and shadows formed by the wind on the dunes and jumped at the opportunity to shoot them. The most important thing to do is to let the car tyres down to about 15 psi as without doing so the car would get bogged in the sand.
Stockton Beach is located north of Newcastle and is famous for its fishing, the sand dunes and the Sygna Wreck.
The Sygna wreck has been there since 1974 although there is not too much left of it now as you can see above. I had expected something a bit more photogenic than this so was a disappointed.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed by the sand dunes though and we shot them in the afternoon, at sunset, sunrise and the early morning. Each time they looked different due to the amount of light falling on them and the position of the sun.
You can see in the shot above the shape of one of the sand dunes and the colour as the sun sets. The wind has created an interesting shape with eye catching ripples.
In this shot the sun is setting over Newcastle and if you look closely you can see my mate Chris setting up for shot on the distant dune.
4WD drive access to the dunes is very limited and they can only be accessed by the tourist buses which do not operate during the best times for shooting the dunes. We covered a lot of distance by foot walking over the dunes to find compositions that we liked.
Stockton Beach is also home to Tin City which are a collection of fisherman’s shacks that were built after the 2nd World War and are still in use.
Stockton Beach is definitely worth another visit and will be organising a trip in the near future.
Ever since first hearing Diana Rouvas on The Voice in season 1 (2012) I have been waiting for the opportunity to see her perform a show of her own and last Friday night I had that opportunity when she performed to a sell-out crowd at Gingers.
If you don’t know Gingers it is a very intimate venue in Darlinghurst and is attached to the Oxford Hotel. The stage, whilst small, had enough room to accommodate Diana and her seven piece band which comprised back-up singers Rob Edwards, Paula Baxter and Tabitha Ojeah (all awesome singers in their own right), Eric Aranda on guitar, Steve Marin on drums, Cesar Marin on bass and Ben Sekali on keyboard.
The lighting at Gingers is very dim and makes it difficult for photographers but the ambiance it created suited Diana’s performance and allowed the audience to focus solely on her without distraction.
Supporting Diana was blues singer Aaron Lyon who sang a few of his originals for half an hour prior to Diana’s performance. Keep an eye out for him as he is one to watch too with his well written and sung ballads.
Diana opened with one of her originals, “My Morning” and proceeded to wow the audience as she played a set of songs that allowed her to showcase her obvious talent. Original songs included “If I Never Said Hello” which was recorded by Diana in the USA with Rufus, “Heads or Tails” which Diana wrote when she was only 17, “Steavie”, “Heaven”, her new single “Heart of Goodbye” which is quite a catchy song. To me it has a 70’s /80’s sound to it which I quite like and I can see it appealing to a wider audience. “Wait for No One” was another original by Diana Rouvas and it’s about her career and the advice that she received from her then boss about making things happen and not waiting for someone else to do something.
The covers performed were Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, David Ryan Harris’s “Sweetest Berry”, Donny Hathaway’s “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” and the final song was T Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”. There have been many covers of “Stormy Monday” but this was the best one that I have ever heard.
Diana Rouvas is a passionate and emotive singer with a voice that most singers can only dream of having and is backed by a very tight and talented band. Special mention needs to be made of Eric Aranda’ s guitar solos which were another highlight of the night.
It’s been a long time coming but Diana is currently working on her EP and I can’t wait for it to be released. Her current single is available on Itunes. You can keep up with future gigs by following Diana’s page on Facebook