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Live music and the blurring of lights

Last night I was fortunate enough to be given free tickets to the U2 concert. While I couldn’t say that I actually listen to their music, they played all the hits to ensure that every fan and concert goer had a great time.

Turning the lights off at the 360 U2 Tour

The music was stops, but i couldn’t help thinking about photography the whole time. I found Bono to be incredibly photogenic, every action made was an image to be captured, inspiring awe with each movement. He worked his video cameras well, always found his light and remained animated from beginning to end. No wonder everyone in the audience had their cameras out the entire concert.

At one point of the concert, the 360 stadium turned all it’s lights off and Bono asked everyone to whip their mobiles out and to wave them about. I shot the image above with an iPhone 3G, hence the low quality, but you get the picture. The result, creating the milky way!

The video visuals on top of the stage then transformed to show bokeh lights! Again, shot with an iPhone 3G, but I was pretty stoked to witness some bokeh at a major concert:

Bokeh lights at the U2 concert, Sydney, 2010

Video visuals at the U2 360 concert, ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Snapped on an iPhone 3G - December 14, 2010

A pre-made visual of bokeh lights appeared on the circular screens, one of the features of the stage. The bokeh light visuals were used to frame Bono as he performed on stage, creating a magical concert atmosphere. It was a spectacular view from the stands watching the moshpit people waving their lights about.

 

Happy Snapping,

P

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Warm Nights and Fairy Lights

One of the great things about warmer nights is getting to spend some time outdoors listening to the creepy crawlies under some subdued moonlight or fairy lights. I had the pleasure of enjoying watermelon at a friends place with gorgeous miniature lanterns that were a gift from Thailand.

Out of this world

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/320 seconds, ISO: 200)

Out of this world

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/400 seconds, ISO: 800)

Out of this world

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/400 seconds, ISO: 800)

Out of this world

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/320 seconds, ISO: 800)
Indoors or outdoors, hang up some fairy lights for a more creative and ambient light source.

Happy Snapping!

P

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To bokeh, or not to bokeh.

Ah, bokeh photography. Who on earth would blog solely about blurry images? Half the time, you can’t even see anything!

Step in me, another online amateur photographer and blogger, and voila, here is Bokehlicious. Confusing to some, but loved by many, Bokeh is a creative field of photography that I have loved from the start (without knowing that the Japanese had given it a term!).

To understand this, let’s go back in time to when I was 9. Being the runt of the litter, I’d usually be given the odd jobs by any adults within an arms reach. Paula, fetch me another glass, Paula, film this. Paula, take a photo of that. And being only 3 foot tall at that time (estimate), there’s only so much you can do from an average persons knee height (exaggeration). I self-taught myself composition and how to frame the world visually from a hobbits point of view. My grandfather passed away and his Pentax Asahi found its way to its new owner and my interest in photography was planted.

Pushing the boundaries, or purposely not acknowledging them, has been my approach to photography, much like anything else. There has got to be more than just point and shoot. It’s far too easy and uninspiring for someone who’s been told all their life that they have an eye for something. I’ve got two – one for seeing the world and one for seeing the world in its frame. What bokeh brings to this simple equation is a whole new other way of seeing. I enjoy the light and colour that it can capture, the way it can edit the way we look at people, objects and everything surrounding us. Manipulating the scenery of our day to day lives makes the world just a little bit more fascinating. Bokeh shows, that not everything is what it seems.

P

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Paula L

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