Monday, January 28, 2013

Cracking Evening of Retro Party Fun with the Hot Dub Time Machine @ Sydney Town Hall

On Sunday Night, 27 Jan 2013, I was privileged to see DJ Tom Loud and his Hot Dub Time Machine, performing at the Sydney Town Hall as a closing party for the Sydney Festival 2013.

For the duration of the festival, the Town Hall has been transformed into "Paradiso at Town Hall" and has hosted a great diversity of musical events. Although I am sure other events would have been very well supported, Sunday must have surely had the most enthusiastic audience participation as Tom took the them on a 3 hour long multimedia extravaganza of musical milestones.

Having been a "retro" DJ myself in a previous life (though only audio), I can only imagine how long it must've taken Tom to compile his set of music, entertainment and popular culture video clips spanning an incredible 6 decades. The music was well chosen to represent each year and provide a no stop party experience. Tom's mastery of video media is amazing as exemplified by one of my favourite clips, featuring the world's quirkiest penguin, Pingu.

By the end of the night my clothing was drenched with sweat (and I was only capturing the event on camera) as I made my way back to my car, having experienced on of the best compiled party events I have been witness to.

So, now for the pics and video. Although I'm almost exclusively a still photographer, Sunday clearly warranted a fuller multimedia experience, hence the large number of video clips that I shot as well.

See the photos here

See the videos here

The Pied Piper of Paradiso

Wave your hands in the air like you just don't care!

Riot of Colour

A view from the back



Monday, January 14, 2013

Craig's Weekly What is it Photo Challenge: Challenge #26 - 14 January 2013

Today's Craig's Weekly What is it Photo Challenge is here:

Craig's Weekly What is it Photo Challenge: Challenge #26 - 14 January 2013

To play the challenge, click the image to go the the Facebook group and join if you are not a member yet.

Post your guesses as comments on the image. The answer will be revealed at approximately midday GMT on 16 January 2013. Clues may be given along the way.

Good Luck

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Craig's Weekly What is it Photo Challenge


For those that don't know yet (which probably includes most of you), I run a weekly challenge on Facebook, where I post an abstract photograph that I have taken, for people to identify the subject.

It's all for fun, with no prizes, but who knows what may happen in the future if it becomes more popular. I have quite a few ideas up my sleeve.

Challenges start every Monday morning GMT, or evening Sydney time, and run for two days.

Winners will have the supreme honour of seeing their name up in lights at Craig's "What is it?" Hall of Fame

So pop on over to the group page on Facebook and join up at Craig's Weekly "What is it?".

Some of the past challenges were:

Macro Lighting Overkill? Perhaps...

Recently I had the idea to attach 2 Metz 58 AF-2 flashes to the adapter for the MT-24Ex. Although it is probably overkill for the 100mm macro lens, it could work well at greater distances with the 180mm macro lens.

It also works well for long distance portraits with the 135mm f/2 or 200mm f/2.8, on which the larger 72mm adapter ring fits.