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News Archives - January 2009
January 30 2009
: (B)Rostered Day Off 2009
Today was a good day to take off work.
For the past few years, I've found myself cringing at some of the band selections as they get announced before the event — either the lineups were comprised mostly of bands I've never heard of or worse yet, I'd be making mental notes to avoid certain stages at certain times of the day, etc. This year's announcement was different in that there wasn't a cringe; more of a confused shrug... I hadn't heard of most of the artists announced for the 2009 BDO, and the couple that I did (vaguely) know, I wasn't particularly enthused about seeing live anyway.
In some weird way, that actually turned out to be better in the end though. Rather than go to the BDO being pumped to see Your Favourite Band Live™, I just went there with an open mind and absolutely no expectations whatsoever. "Make your own fun" was sorta my motto for previous years when the lineups were a bit questionable, and I was going to test that motto to the fullest this time around. And the tactic worked.
A few elements of the event were organised differently this year, and the changes were for the best — for starters, the ticket check/security/ID check/alcohol token process was so much better this year. Something that used to take 20+ minutes was condensed down to less than 5.
Another thing that changed was the location of some of the stages, with the Boiler Room moving outside to a giant tent and a couple of the other stages moving indoors into the various pavillions. Considering Adelaide is in the middle of a stinking hot heat wave (averaging 40°C+ every day for the last two weeks), moving stages inside was a very smart move and no doubt one that would've prevented some people dying from heat stroke or dehydration.
As for the music itself, here's a quick play-by-play review of the BDO 2009 acts I witnessed:
January 18 2009
: Photo Update: Tour Down Under 2009
Although it may seem entirely out of character for the Pants visitors who know even a little about me, in an unsual twist of fate I've actually been using my shiny new camera gear recently. Well, technically my camera isn't "new" seeing as I bought it in August last year, but this week was the first time in four months since I've actually taken photos with it. (Shock!)
Similar to the Pants update in December where I posted a few photos from each of my August shoots, I will do the same here. The eventual plan is to post proper photo galleries for each event, but I'm thinking of changing how my photo galleries are set up so I've been holding off on doing any major photo uploads for the moment so these mini updates should suffice...
Although Lance Armstrong was being touted as one of the super special hotshot® participants in this year's event, I didn't actually see him in this race. I'm not too sure if that was because I showed up late to the race (or that I was concentrating on trying to take photos), or possibly I didn't see him because he was busy flying through space. Or quite possibly, he didn't even participate in the race because he is a dick. If anyone had a Lance sighting, let me know...
January 17 2009
: Photo Update: SLAM Beach Volleyball
For today's shoot I headed down to Glenelg to check out the SLAM Beach Volleyball Festival. The festival travels around the country and today was SA's turn. Rather than a professional volleyball tournament, this event was set up so everyday people could get a group together as a team. Although there was a somewhat competitive atmosphere, it was a very non-serious event so most people were there just to have fun.
This shoot represents the first time I've ever shot with my EOS 1D mkIII in daylight — all the previous shoots I'd done were in low light or indoor conditions. At the end of it I was covered in sand (and so was my camera gear) but it was a lot of fun to shoot.
Adding to the non-seriousness of the event, teams were encouraged to show up in "team uniforms". This resulted in a lot of themed costumes such as the Baywatch team (above) or the superhero team (below). Also on show were yobbos, army dudes and some beached whales.
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