Photographing Defqon.1 in Sydney’s always been a fun and challenging gig, expectations are high and there’s a lot to go on making it hard to capture moments that stand out. Here’s a small collection of shots which I think demonstrate the atmosphere from the day. Still getting a full album ready to upload onto my photography page.
It’s the 5th iteration of the biggest hard dance and hard style music festival in Australia and this year I’m back to doing some photography for Q dance. Just sharing a couple of short videos I took while navigating around, nothing fancy but it shows you what the event was like.
I’m not the one usually posting hardstyle videos, but the after movie for the 2011 edition of Defqon.1 is up. Watch below, and do it in HD. Pretty cheesy with the the Toneshifterz segment, it’s a bit like a documentary.
Reason I’ve posted this is because of how this was shot (and what it was shot on). All that needs to be said is ‘Epic’, maybe I should reprhase, RED Epic. Yes, the after movie was shot with a Red Epic camera and from what I could see, completely solo (bar any crane shots). If you’re still not sure why I’m going on about this, well it’s a $50k camera and the guy shooting probably had about $80k worth of kit to shoot this.
Here’s what the camera looks like…
If you want to know a bit more about the camera, hit up www.red.com
September means that time of the year again, you all know it. Defqon.1! Was photographing the event again this year and it never ceases to impress. The quality and effort which is put into this even is simply stunning and from this point of view, one of Australia’s best festivals.
I don’t think I’m the happiest with my photos this year, for some reason felt like I was lacking a direction or purpose with these photos. Felt like I wasn’t too sure what I should be aiming for, but it’s all part of the process. Definitely with next year will have a bit of a think of what the aim is for the day and execute.
Anyway less babbling, the day itself?! Fabulous, the weather was great and the sun was out to play. Unfortunately for us photographers, we’re stuck with a black shirt, pretty cool shirt, but I don’t have a pic of the front to show you, it’s got this year’s stage in a wireframe at the front, very cool.
Note to self, get some bigger arms for next year, would make a photo like this much better. Like usual with defqon, it’s pretty big with a whole heap of stages available to suit everyone’s taste in hard electronic music.
The blue stage had a interesting setup but it’s a shame that it was along a dusty patch and there was dust being kicked up everywhere! Not a good feeling after you’ve been sweating it out from fist pumping all day. The white car bonnets acting as a pseudo projector screen, very cool idea.
Black stage was a real pain in the ass and it was more like a red stage, inside red lights simply flooded the stage making it next to impossible to get a decent photo. Although as night fell, the lasers in here were simply spectacular, very bright and very vivid.
The rest you can check out in the rest of the photos, but there’s no way I’d be neglecting the red stage, simply massive and definitely a work of art.
Looks much better at night.
For the rest of the gallery, click this epic photo below.
So the Regatta centre was once again turned into the ultimate party island and I had the privilege of being one of the official photographers =D. Bit different to my usual gigs and definitely more stressful having to keep track of your nice shots and having them ready on the night. Bit harder not being able to sit in the comfort of your home on a fast computer sorting through the photos are your own pace, rather being rushed to sort out some nice ones for the website.
Was also quite stressing to meet the 1pm deadline to get pics for the poster, definitely tricky seeing as the venue was barely full.
But anyways, it was a nice day out with awesome weather, pics are on www.q-dance.com.au website and whatever didn’t make the cut is below:
So, yesterday was Defqon1, held on an island surrounded by water at the Penrith Regatta Centre, I’ll talk about the event from a point of view that doesn’t include the music, because as you all know, I’m not a fan of hardstyle. However, I must say that Defqon1 was definitely impressive, the way everything was organised and the staff running the whole event. Aside from the high police presence, there was a very relaxed feeling/atmosphere around the whole place, everyone was spaced out and having a good time. For those that weren’t there, there were 5 stages, Red, Black, Orange, Grey and Purple being Hardstyle, Hard core, Trance, Old School and New Talent respectively. Initially, I thought I’d be spending most of my day at the Orange and Grey stages, but suprisingly I was pretty much stuck at the Red stage, it just had the best vibe there with plenty of people hanging about. It was great to see so many familiar faces and I seemed to bump into so many people which was awesome.
So for part 1, I’ll show you guys the pics, I’ll finish off with part 2 to show off the videos in glorious 720P high definition as well as continue my epic tale of events at Defqon1.
(click images for gallery, all four pics lead to the same gallery)