Jazz In the Desert Is To Die For!

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of dancing under the open sky, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the sounds of live jazz music. The annual Alice Springs Jazz in the Desert event, held at the breathtaking claypans, offers just that – an unforgettable experience that brings together music, dance, and the great outdoors. What makes this event even more special is its commitment to fundraising for important causes each year. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through this one-of-a-kind event, where the vibrant energy of jazz meets the serene beauty of the Australian desert – all while making a difference in the world.


The Setting: Jazz at the Claypans


The Alice Springs claypans provide a truly unique and stunning setting for the Jazz in the Desert event. The rich, red soil creates a striking contrast against the blue sky, and the open space allows for a truly immersive experience. As the sun sets and the stars emerge, the claypans transform into a magical, open-air concert venue.


The Music: Jazz in the Desert


At the heart of the Alice Springs Jazz in the Desert event is the incredible live jazz music. Local musicians come together to perform a captivating mix of jazz standards and original compositions. The sound of fills the air, creating an irresistible urge to dance and celebrate the joy of music. The jazz band wraps up their performance at 5pm, an hour before dusk.


The Dance: Groove into the Night


Even after the jazz band finishes playing, the energy and excitement continue at the Alice Springs event. People keep dancing, playing, laughing, and enjoying the open and friendly environment. The infectious rhythm of the jazz music inspires everyone to join in, from experienced dancers to complete beginners. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, encouraging everyone to let loose and enjoy the exhilarating feeling of moving to the beat.


Making a Difference: Fundraising for Important Causes


What sets the annual Jazz in the Desert event apart is its commitment to supporting important causes through fundraising. Last year, the event raised over two thousand dollars to support Ukrainians against the onslaught of the Russian invasion. This year, the focus was on helping earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, with the hope of surpassing last year’s fundraising amount.

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Beyond the Dance Floor

Aside from the dancing and music, the Alice Springs Jazz in the Desert event also offers a variety of other experiences. Guests can enjoy delicious food and drinks from local vendors, or take a break from dancing to explore the unique flora and fauna of the surrounding desert landscape.


The annual Alice Springs Jazz in the Desert event is a truly memorable experience that brings people together in a celebration of music, dance, and the beauty of the Australian outback, all while making a meaningful impact on global issues. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz lover or a curious spectator, the unforgettable atmosphere and breathtaking setting make this event a must-see for anyone visiting the region. So, put on your dancing shoes, and let the enchanting sounds of jazz and the serene beauty of the claypans sweep you off your feet – all for a good cause.

With The Sounds Of Christmas Fading

It makes for a great time to get out and capture all the Christmas lights while they are still around. 🙂

Christmas lights and lights in general can be hard to capture especially if you want to also capture a person or some other subject that is not lit up by the lights.  The resulting images will be that the either the subject will be dark or the lights will be over exposed.

The trick is to use some form of flash to light up the subject so that you can even out the exposure across the entire image and in doing so reduce the contrast between dark and light.  There are lots of ways to do this and some I will go into in the coming weeks.

If you are just out to capture the lights you may not need a tripod but it is a good idea if you are after sharp images due the the camera needing to open the shutter longer than you can hold the camera steady for.

What I tend to do is go out and give it a try.  I start with hand holding and then move toward using other supporting devices if the need arises.

Why?  because then I can travel lite and I have less equipment to get in peoples way.  After all they are also there to experience the joy that is Christmas lights.

So before the lights fade away for another year, grab your camera and head out to capture some lights.  Experiment a little, play with your shutter and aperture and just have a bit of fun.

Out to capture some Christmas lights
Out to capture some Christmas lights