ANCA is the Australian National Choral Association – an organisation which aims to encourage and promote choral music and choirs in Australia. The WA chapter has just been reformed and they had Choral Festival Day to mark this occasion.
No, this was not a “concert” – it was a festival where for a few hours, everyone first did a warm-up, then different choirs sang for each other and it all finished with a big “sing” – where everyone learnt a song together.
It was a fantastic session – the age range of participants ranged from Primary School to people in their 70’s-80’s! So many choirs and people were interested attending that there weren’t enough seats in the venue!
I was there to take some snaps to document the day. The hardest part was choosing the right time to click the shutter button as many of the items were quiet – so I had to time my shots with louder parts of songs, or right at the end just before or with the applause. Maybe I need to investigate a mirror less camera body one day or some noise dampening for the Nikon D700 🙂
Here are some shots from the day!
A few months ago, I was asked to take some photos for a church fundraising concert. It was great to see such a huge audience turnout for the concert, which unfortunately pushed me right to the backs and sides only. However, there were many different acts so I was able to move around between items and get different angles.
The best part of the event was the last item where various ensembles all combined together! It was wonderful to see the adult choir, childrens choir and orchestra all together. Was it professional musical standard? Of course not, these were all amateurs doing something for a good cause. But what struck me was the gusto – the passion that they all had – well done to all!
Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day!
Last week I was fortunate to shoot the Redfoot Youth Theatre production of Guys and Dolls. It was a magnificent looking production and the kids were extremely talented.
I love the magic that gets created when set, lighting, makeup, costumes and music comes together with finely directed performances. And I love the challenge of freezing the production for about 1/125ths of a second whilst still keeping the magic. And like wedding or concert photography, you only get the one chance to take the shot.
I had a great time shooting this and was lucky to go back two more nights to watch it with a full field of view and without a stack of 70-200mm glass in front of me!
Here are some sneak peek shots for you to enjoy.
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A few weeks ago, I attended a jazz evening at a Perth school. It was a really fun night, showcasing many of the school’s own talented jazz ensembles. To help get the parents on the floor, Shane and Ruth from Swing It came to give a short introductory class of lindyhop. I was surprised and happy to see the dance floor totally crowded with enthusiastic parents, trying to do rock step triple steps 🙂
After the class, Shane and Ruth did a lindyhop performance for all. I took quite a few shots – but it’s surprisingly hard to get a good dynamic lindyhop shot where the dancers and their faces are visible, whilst capturing the energy and motion of the dance.
I took along my Nikon 85mm 1.8 and did not regret it at all – it takes such amazing shots in low light.
To end the night, the school’s soul band took to the stage. I snuck right up in between the stage and the dancers and tried to capture the raw energy of the crowd.