Thredbo Blues Festival 2019

Thredbo Blues Festival 2019 took place over three days and nights on a weekend at the end of January. Here is a selection of images, and links at the bottom to more….

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Anna Scionti.

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Kane Denelly.

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19-Twenty.

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John Creech.

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Cyril B Bunter Band + Mal Eastick.

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Leesa Gentz (and Julz Parker) of Hussy Hicks.

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Harry Brus.

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Calvin Welch, playing with Harry Brus.
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Davo Fester, playing with Shane Pacey.

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Cameron Fallaw.

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Fiona Boyes.

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Dancing in the Shadows.

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Mal Eastick, here playing with Hey Gringo.

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Jeff Lang and Danny McKenna.

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Mitch Cairns, playing with Russell Morris.

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Russell Morris.

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Rob Hirst, playing with the Backsliders.

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Rosscoe Clark, playing with Cyril B Bunter Band.

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Gail Page and Harry Brus.

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Claude Hay.

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Michael David, Franchesca Appolis and Evelyn Dupra, of Dancing with Shadows.

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Mark Grunden leading a second line, playing with Fiona Boyes

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Sammy Owens Band

There are many more images. On the Thredbo Blues Festival Page you will find links to images from the 2019 Festival, as well twelve previous festivals . Links for 2019 include top 100 images, selected monochromes and one for each of the 21 bands. These include other bands or performers not mentioned above including Gwyn Aston, Ivor SK, New South, Richard Perso and Nick Charles & Pete Fidler .

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Thredbo 2019 images . in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder). There are 493 images in all.

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

7 comments on “Thredbo Blues Festival 2019

  1. Waldemar Kruk says:

    Murray, super pics! Congratulations!! But dont you think ‘white balance’ would help with more real colours??

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Waldemar.

      It’s hard to know what “real” is. LED stage lights give very bright lights over a very narrow spectral band. I use custom colour balance in the camera which gives me a vaguely plausible image there but can only go so far because the gamut of the lights probably exceeds that of the camera.

      Then in post-processing there’s initially the problem of taming the luminosity of the channels. Colours can initially look hopelessly over-saturated and overexposed. Many people convert to mono not through preference but because they haven’t worked out how to deal with the colour. But getting detail in the colours can also change the luminosity and therefore the colour. By the time I’m processing, I’ve forgotten what the colours looked like so it’s hard to be precise about where I should be going. There’s nothing neutral about the colours here. There are no “white lights” here. So I tend to accept where I end up unless I can see a more pleasing colour combination. That may or may not be in the direction of realism which doesn’t worry me because what the colours originally were, how the camera sees them, how our memory might see them, how they appear on the computer monitor and what we imagine looks plausible can all be different things.

      Another factor is that for the first time I am processing in Capture One instead of Lightroom and I’m finding it powerful but I don’t understand it as well as I might like to.

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  3. enmanscamera says:

    As I looked at your images I wondered…then I read you excellent discussion on how you created the excellent photographs you presented. Thank you for that Murray.
    I also have been thinking about Capture one. Knowing that you are using it has me thinking I might give it a try.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Capture One is in many ways more powerful than Lightroom especially for controlling colour, regional adjustments and clarity/structure.

      I’m still using Lightroom and Photoshop though and currently often dual processing. Some images work better in Lightroom though that might change as I get to understand Capture One more. There are many Lightroom/ Photoshop capacities that Capture One doesn’t have including content-aware fill, HDR, panoramas and focus stacking.

      Also, I think Lightroom is much better for selecting, comparing and filtering images. Perhaps my opinion might change on that but I see converting my Lightroom catalogue as impractical. You can only copy over RAWs with a few basic adjustments and the size of Capture One catalogues is limited.

      So I’m doing a round trip with my selected images only. They come back as ProPhoto JPEGs unless I’m going to further process them in which case they are TIFFs. (Though at the moment they’re all initially TIFFs until the Capture One JPEGmini is available for Windows). A suffix on the file name will tell me which Capture One catalogue they are in for when I have multiple catalogues.

      (I will also have a post on processing next week).

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      • John Black says:

        Murray,
        have you ever tried an online solution (e.g. https://jpegreducer.com/) to mass optimize your images as an alternative to JPEGmini for example?

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      • Murray Foote says:

        No, I haven’t. I didn’t even know Jpegreducer existed. But I got JPEGmini at half price on special and it works well, probably better than the free ones, and it gives me a workflow the free ones don’t. It’s an add-on for Lightroom, and soon for Capture One, so it optimally compresses each file or group of files I export to JPEG as part of the export process.

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