Blues Piano Night

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Here is another live music post, this time in Canberra. I was asked to photograph the Blues Piano Night last Friday. Two pianos, four excellent piano players, both solos and combined performances.

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Alison Penney

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Wayne Kelly, or at least his hands

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There were two sets and Tim Hulsman filled in during the break.

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Tim Hulsman.

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Leo Joseph.

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John Black.

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Wayne Kelly.

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You should have an idea of who is who by now.

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Not sure what was going on here…

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And all together, near the finale.

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Sydney Blues and Roots Festival 2016

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I had missed this Festival the previous two years due to being overseas but this year I was able to cover it. It is held in Windsor, an old town now part of Sydney, and this year it was out of the main part of town and in a very compact location. There was a particularly fine array of bands, the lighting was much improved on previous Festivals. Here are some of the images…

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Urban Chiefs

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Tomcat Playground

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Claude Hay

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Jimmy Bee, Cyril B Bunter Band

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Lesz Karski, The Hippos

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Kane Denelly and John Gwilliam, 19 Twenty

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Christina Crofts

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Michelle Van Der Meer, Michelle Van Der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers

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Robert Susz, Continental Robert’s Soul Kinda Feeling Revue

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Phil Manning

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Marshall O’Kell

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Glen Cardier, Glen Cardier and the Sideshow

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Jeremy Edwards, Glen Cardier and the Sideshow

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Mal Eastick, The Stars

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Bob Gammage, The Stars

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Chris Cain

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James Southwell Band

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Tanya Bethune, Sugar Bowl Hokum

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Lyn Hinds, Bounty Hunters

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David Hinds, Bounty Hunters

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Mitch Anderson, Harry Brus Band with Mitchell Anderson

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Mario Millo

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Greg Hatton and Christopher Wilson, Psycho Zydecho

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Elizabeth Anne Stocco, Gail Page Band

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Zoltan John Budai, Gail Page Band

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Chris Wilson, Manning Wilson Southwell Band

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Mark Kennedy, Manning Wilson Southwell Band

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Gail Page, Manning Wilson Southwell Band

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Rebecca Davey, Dreamboogie

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Diesel

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There are many more images.  On the Sydney Blues Festival Page you will find links to images from the 2016 Festival, as well the previous festivals from 2009 .  For 2016 there is Top 100 Images and links for each of 39 bands.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Sydney 2016 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder).

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

 

 

Return to Point Hicks

Point Hicks, Victoria, Australia, 11 to 15 November 2016

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I have just returned from a trip to Point Hicks Lighthouse that I organised for the Canberra Photographic Society. Fourteen of us stayed in the lighthouse cottages for four nights. I had previously visited Point Hicks in 1987 while travelling around Australia photographing lighthouses for the Bicentennial History From Dusk Till Dawn.

Here is a selection of images from last weekend….

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Inside the prism at the top of the lighthouse.
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Looking down the inside of the lighthouse.
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Lighthouse and cottage.
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Lighthouse and “supermoon” at night.
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Up till this point the images were taken on a Fuji system but I had a little canoeing accident the next day that meant that two cameras and two lenses went underwater, fortunately fresh water.  They are now convalescing inside beds of uncooked rice and I will send them to Fuji for checking and renovation in a couple of weeks time.  Fortunately, being car and residence-based, I had taken both systems so remaining images are on Nikon.

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Lichen on a rock beside the sea, Honeymoon Beach.

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One of my drowned SD cards in a Fuji body was not working afterwards, so we will see what happens when it dries right out.   I may have had many good images on it.  The lichen one was one that I could take again.

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I had another misadventure at night when missed a step down in the middle of the cottage and flew head-first into a wooden wall.  I was immediately surrounded by people equipped for first aid and ultimately little damage was done.

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Walking in to the sand dunes about a kilometre north of the lighthouse.
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Greg, Stephanie and Ken on the dunes.
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They are the highest dunes in Victoria and the highest ones are visible from the top of that dune.

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Dune view with tilt-shift lens, focusing along the plane of the sand.  There are two walkers on the horizon at middle left.
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Sand.
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Are they tiny ripples or massive dunes?
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Blue Wren with probably a bit of yellow blossom in his mouth.

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Just outside the back door was a mother eastern brown snake and here a baby, both living in a hole.

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Brown snakes don’t usually have stripes but can have a variety of appearances and juveniles often have stripes.  They are considered the second most poisonous terrestrial snake in the world (to the inland taipan, also in Australia), but are not usually aggressive and don’t usually cause problems.  Good idea to avoid stepping on one though and the juveniles are also quite poisonous.
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We headed off in a four wheel drive adventures to Clinton Rocks and this was a twig on the beach.
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Though we didn’t make it to Clinton Rocks proper we did find interesting rocks and vividly coloured marine plants.
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Looking straight down at some curious marine life forms at my feet.
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The last evening at the lighthouse.
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It was a stormy night and the sun briefly appeared just long enough for me to take this photograph.
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Even without the sun out, the light was still pretty dramatic.
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On the way out, Xanthorrhea at the side of the road.  Many species develop a trunk, though not this one, probably Xanthorrhea Minor.  They can be quite long-living.
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Xanthorrhea Minor and Ant.
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Sculpture Garden, NGA

Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, 23 October 2016

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This was a Sunday afternoon where twenty-six of us from the Canberra Photographic Society and community organisation Photo Access undertook a challenge to create Art at the Art Gallery, in my case mainly outside it and in and around the Sculpture Garden.

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All images are infrared.  The first three were in a part of the Sculpture Gardens enveloped in mist while Fujiyo Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture was operating.

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Reflections and views at Fugelman’s Cones.
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Trees and their residents.
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The Tree Fern Garden.
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The Gallery from Outside.
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Outside James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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Logically, I should post next for Sydney Blues Festival and the excursion to Point Hicks but the images won’t be ready on time.  So I expect I shall post aerial images between Madagascar and the Falkland Islands next, then the two posts I just mentioned and then the Falklands.  Posting will continue to be slow for a while.

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Salton Sea and Joshua Tree NP.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, 1 October 2016

Temporary post. Images only. Not even image descriptions.

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This has been my last temporary post on the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, California, Cuba and the Caribbean.

I will return to make final posts in some months.  Before that I will make the final posts for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert.  Currently, though, I am only posting once each week because I am otherwise occupied.  Last weekend I went down to Sydney as official photographer at the Sydney Blues Festival and I now have 3,700 images to process from that.  The weekend after next, I am leading a Canberra Photographic Society photographic excursion to Point Hicks in Victoria, to one of the lighthouses I photographed in 1987 and to the surrounding coastline.  I will also make a few posts in the near future from those and from a visit to the Sculpture Garden at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

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