The Alice Spring World Chamber Orchestra is a talented group of musicians who play a variety of instruments from around the world. Their music is a unique blend of cultures and styles, and listening to them play is an unforgettable experience. And what better way to enjoy their music than by watching the sunrise while nestled on the dry river banks at Trephina Gorge just outside of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory ?
Photographing the orchestra as they play is a challenge, but it is also a great opportunity to capture the beauty of the music and the surroundings. The soft light of the sunrise adds an ethereal quality to the photos, while the colors of the sky change and deepen with each passing moment. With the orchestra in the foreground and the gorge in the background, the resulting images are breathtaking.
Of course, it is not just about taking pictures. Listening to the orchestra play is a sensory experience that cannot be fully captured in photographs. The sound of the music in such an amazing place is awe-inspiring, and the sight of the musicians playing in perfect harmony is mesmerizing. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the warmth of the morning light blends with the music to create a truly magical atmosphere.
The experience of watching the Alice Spring World ChamberOrchestra play at sunrise while nestled on the dry river banks at Trephina Gorge is one that will stay with you forever. It is a moment of pure joy and beauty, where the music and the natural world come together in perfect harmony. Whether you are a photographer looking to capture the moment or simply someone who wants to experience the magic of the orchestra, this is an experience that should not be missed.
If you want more information about the Alice Spring World Chamber Orchestra you can visit their website at https://www.alicewco.com/
A day in the sun chasing the riders down that were participating in this years Distinguished Gentleman Ride, leap frogging them along the route from Fyshwick, up to Black Mountain, then off to the National Arboretum and then for a quick stop into the Governor Generals residence to say a quick hello to his excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). I must add what sort of an event photographer would I be if I didn’t let him get a photo with me. 🙂
It was a great turn out with the Canberra ride raising $30,000 – Everyone should be very proud.
You ever get that feeling when you are out on location shooting and your studio lights stop doing that flash and POP thing that you have grown to love????
I have and it’s not a nice feeling especially when you have people standing in front of said studio light waiting for the blinding flash…
Lucky for me (ok ok ok not really luck but more planning as I like to be prepared for just about anything and have a backup plan for my backup plan) I have backup lights so I can swap them out for new ones. 🙂
The trick to this little plan is that you have buy replacement bulbs and when they are 200$ each you tend to put it off for as long as you can. So with the splash of 800$ I now can replace my old bulbs and have some spare as a backup plan. 🙂
All I can say due to the cost of each of these bulbs I am glad they last more than a few shots.
I think it goes without saying that my team and I love Gala dinners. 🙂
Once again we had the opportunity to photograph the state iAwards Gala dinners and had the pleasure to photograph the national iAwards and Gala Dinner for AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) at the MCEC (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center) which included the conference during the day dedicated towards innovation.
2015 was a great event and this year did not disappoint, if I was being honest I think this year was better. 🙂
I don’t know about you but where else do you find the industry leaders in the ICT take time out of their busy days to talk about innovation? I must add I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the major supporter again for this year was the Victoria government. Too bad the rest of the country doesn’t follow their lead and start coming up with real plans on expanding our ICT capability through innovation.
My teams day started at 8am when we started packing our gear and heading over to the MCEC from our hotel room which I must admit wasn’t that far as we stayed at the Hilton which is effectively the same building as the MCEC so it was a short elevator lift down to level one. 🙂
This year we decided to do things a little different and instead of processing the images after the event one of the team would post process them on site and have them ready for the iAwards organizers to use for social media, while myself and my other photographer covered the different area of the event. In general it seemed to work well with images come from the photographers and moving through post with not many issues which was nice.
As the day moved through the conference, VIP lunches and into the Gala dinner my team sat back for a bit to take stock of the day so far and I think it is fair to say that not only were we having a blast but the information that was shared with the people that attended the day was outstanding. I think we all had a new appreciation for innovation and some of the amazing things that are happening in the ICT industry across the nation. very very cool.
The break in the event also meant that it was time to setup the portable studio against the media wall before all the crowds flocked in as we were setting up in the reception and pre-gala drinks area which is nice as we attract a heap of people to get their photos take. 🙂
Last year we had David Huey “Hueys” as the MC, this year we had the please of photographing Shane Jacobson www.shanejacobson.com.au (aka Kenny – The Dunny man) and without sounding a bit biased I can say he is really a great bloke. Not only did I get to photograph him on stage but I followed him around chatting and watching him interact with the people that attended the Gala dinner. He was more than willing an open to make everyone feel at home and was super dooper accommodating to my photographic needs. One of which is a selfie with me. 😉
The night went off without a hitch…. oh… that was until the got to the pointy end where the person that won the $50,000 prize money had already left for the evening as she had a 6am flight. hahahahahahaha Someone in the audience had her number so Shane was trying to get her on the phone to let her know….. but no answer.
Talking with Shane after we were both bummed that the winner didn’t answer as that would of a hoot to get her on the phone and add to was already was a very entertaining night. Oh well. They did get in touch with her and she did come back for her official photos.
Well we knocked off a bit after midnight, went back to the hotel room to process the media photos for the 6am deadline which only took me until 4am as the post processing during the day saved many hours.
At the end of what was a 20 hour day it was time to hit the sack and wake up early to pack up and head home. My other photographer go a flight out at 6am so I said good bye to him at 3am so he could get to the airport. 🙂
Lets bring on the after party… hahahaha
I have to admit the lighting and the volume that these lights have was fantastic. The give sooooo much feel to the room and for a room this size it was a mighty feat to get them to be so effective without fogging out the entire room.
At the end off all that it was time to have a nap and that my friends is the day in the life of a corporate conference and gala event photographer. 🙂
Tonight my team and I sit looking over the heart of Melbourne and admire the view from our room while we chat about what tomorrow will bring and our plan of attack.
For tomorrow we are going to photograph the national iAwards convention and the following Gala event at the Convention Center in Melbourne where they will hand out the national ICT awards to the Australian finalists .
The day for us will start at 8am when we get on location to start setup for the day where we will erect our portable studio to get media shots throughout the day of the convention. We have a full day ahead as we capture the convention and the different rooms and sponsors along with the VIP areas and networking that is the life blood of such an event. The day will finish with us capturing the Gala event where they will hand out the iAwards for this year and close at midnight. We should get back to the hotel room at around 1am where I will have to process the media shots of the day so they are ready for media release by 6am. 🙂
So to say that tomorrow is going to be a big day is kind of an understatement but boy it will be a fantastic and we are all itiching to get into it…. but for now we look out the window and enjoy the quiet before the storm. 🙂
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