Sirui Anamorphic test

Posted: May 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

An interesting lens release from Sirui who are better known for their tripods and Monopods. The 50mm Anamorphic F/1.8 was announced late 2019 and was run on an Indiegogo platform. Sub $1000 for an Anamorphic piqued my interest. With the Corona Virus kicking off in China the manufacturing was delayed and delivery dates were pushed back. So after ordering really early January the lens finally turned up Mid April.

Solid build construction and Smooth Aperture ring. I was keen to try it out. Headed into town at dusk with just the lens and a pretty basic tripod and captured some footage. Here it is – no grading done to it -> straight out of camera. I really need to get into the practice of writing down F stops used as that info is not recorded in EXIF obviously. More testing and comments coming in the next few days

There were a LOT of bands that I managed to see some of at Womadelaide, but a few stood out that were memorable and the first one to go into more depth was Ifriqiyya Electrique.  I saw the first part of their Saturday set during the daytime on stage 3 and the description in the program which I don’t always agree with was pretty well spot on. The Sound is Heavy and Hypnotic with lots of Chanting and the stage presence of all 4 members is very photogenic. The weather was heating up but the guitarist was still sporting a black scarf draped over his Black jacket. Acoustically the music is assaulting to the senses. It is heavy, grinding, pumping and almost hypnotic and when I saw they had a set on Monday night also I locked it in.

Combining their sound with background images of Refugees/ poverty and other confronting topics worked superbly and ended up being one of my Festival highlights

Check out all the images up here https://www.craftypics.com/Music/Womadelaide-2020/Womadelaide-2020-Monday

 

 

 

 

I’ve seen Montaigne perform live three times already and she is a very capable performer and up to the task of representing AUS at Eurovision. The first time I saw her live was at Womadelaide in 2017. I was blown away by her energy and was the highlight of the first night for me

 

And then I caught her at Groovin the Moo in the same year 2017 sporting a “Goodies ” T Shirt

and then finally at an Adelaide Uni gig in I think 2018.

 

No Montaigne is NOT at Womadelaide in 2020 but you never know who you might see at Womadelaide that goes onto bigger things.

 

 

 

The Annual Womadelaide Music arts and Dance is rapidly approaching over the 4 days Friday 6th March until Monday 9th March at Botanic park in Adelaide. There is always a healthy mix of performers, some more mainstream and others maybe not so well known, but you are guaranteed to always have a good experience given the diversity.

I am fortunate enough to have been covering Womadelaide for Craftypics Media since 2008 which was the last time Mavis Staples played at Womad. Hard to believe it was 10 years ago but it was a memorable performance from the Grammy award winner.

 

Another performer who hasnt previously played Womadelaide but did represent Australia at Eurovision is Kate Miller Heidke. I have seen her perform thrice at the Gov in 2008, 2009 and 2012 and her vocal range and delivery is nothing short of breathtaking

 

The Cat Empire are also back in 2020. They seem to make a regular appearance at Womadelaide over the years. I’d go as far as to say they have played more Womadelaide events than any other band ?. Ive captured them at both Womadelaide over the years and at Thebarton Theatre

 

Then of course there is the Myriad of other artists that I need to listen to prior to March so that I can plan which stages to get to. For the Full Lineup in 2020 check out the Womadelaide 2020 Website

To see more photos of Womadelaide over the years as well as other Music performance photos check out Craftypics

 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Posted: March 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

One of the big drawcards for the Adelaide Superloop 500 Final race day on Sunday was the Lineup of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers playing the after race concert. So much so that a lot of people bought tickets to the “race” but only went to the concert and boy was it packed. I got to the stage mid way through the Support Act –  George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic but could still only manage to get as far as about 50 metres from the stage area but still managed a handful of usable photos only pulling the camera out a few times during the relatively short 90 minute set. To View full gallery CLICK ME

Also took a small amount of Video

Womadelaide 2019 Playing Times

Posted: February 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

With only 3 weeks to go its time to plan your must see artists at Womadelaide. Some Acts will only play a single performance so if there is one you really have to see prioritise it and make sure you leave enough time to travel to that stage. Full Schedule up HERE

For those new to Womadelaide the travel time from the furthest stages can be 15-20 minutes at a brisk walk.  Stage 3 is the furthest stage to the East near Hackney Road. The longest walk is from there to the Novatech stage near Frome road.

Keep an eye out for the APPs out soon for Android and Apple. These apps are great to schedule who to see but I’d suggest grabbing a hard copy from the event in case your phone battery gets too flat.

Sunday at 6pm on Stage 3 sees our local SA based talent TK Maidza play her style of Rapping. I caught her a few years back at Laneway Festival in 2015.

 

Womadelaide through the years

Posted: February 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

Having Photographed at Womadelaide for over 10 years now I have captured a LOT of images, but I still speak to people in my home town of Adelaide that don’t really know what Womadelaide festival really is so I’ve scoured my archives and selected a batch of images representing World, Music, Art and of course Adelaide over the last 10 years. For those who are regulars to Womadelaide it will be a trip down memory lane, For those that have never been they can see what they have been missing out on.

 

Womadelaide 2019 is not far away now so heres a short preview of some of the artists I have had the pleasure to see and capture previously. John Butler Trio last performed at Womadelaide in 2008 and the show was quite mesmerising. It is the first time I had seen JBT

John Butler Trio

 

TKay Maidza is an Australian Hip Hop artist who although small in stature has a super powerful voice and stage presence. I caught her early on in her career at Laneway Festival in 2015 and looking forward to seeing her again at Womadelaide 2019.

You can see more images of Tkay here

The Bamboos are also playing this year at Womad with their infectious danceable funk/soul music with Kylie Auldist belting out powerful vocals with Lance Ferguson on lead and a fantastic backing band to round off the sound. See more images of the Bamboos playing at the Gov here

and of course returning after performing at Womad in 2015 is the visual spectacle that is The Colour of time. Expect to end up with some colour on your clothes/face if you watch this amazing performance as Powder “bombs” are set off.

 

This is only a handful of the acts playing at Womadelaide 2019.

Don’t forget that Kids under 12 are free with an accompanying paying Adult.

Find the Full Lineup and Ticketing options from the official Womadelaide site

For more images from past Womadelaide events check out the fantastic collection of images up at Craftypics

 

Super8 Scans

Posted: December 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Ive recently been digitising my Parents collection of Super 8 footage since it’s rarely been seen in the last 20-30 years due to lack of equipment to play it. Most of it has now been captured and now the process to edit out bits that may be relevant that other people may want to see. A few technical things also need to be carried out which are time consuming. Slowing down the frame rate to make it match reality, Denoising the footage and changing Aspect ratios so that it doesn’t look stretched when watching on a HD screen.

There is lots of different footage but will include

  • Penang, Malaysia 1966 – 1969
  • Sydney and Regional Australia circa 1970
  • Adelaide and in particular Blackwood/Hawthorndene in the early to mid 70s
  • Europe 1974/1975
  • USA 1977

and a lot more including some footage from The Birdman Rally on the River Torrens in the mid 70s

 

Subscribe to my youtube channel to be informed of New Super8 scans as they are uploaded.

 

Adelaide Zombie walk 2018

Posted: October 16, 2018 in Uncategorized
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The 2018 Adelaide Zombie walk was held in Rundle Park Adelaide on Saturday October 13th. No photos from me at all this year just video footage which I have edited and squeezed into a short video.  Apologies to those zombies that got cut in the edit. There are a LOT of you and If I put you all in it would be over and hour long.

Enjoy the Adelaide Zombie invasion taking to the parklands and streets