Archive for June, 2010

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Stone Textures


30 Jun

It’s time once again for our Wicked Wednesday FREE high-resolution texture images. This week we take you back to Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens where we found a ton of beautiful stone textures. They’re in full resolution jpeg format from the Canon 7D using a 24-70mm f2.8L.

As usual, all texture images found on the site are totally FREE for personal and commercial use. However, resale and repackaging on disc or your own site is strictly prohibited.

Click the thumbs for the full-res experience:
     

DVD Review: Clutch ‘Live at the 9:30’ for Lifemusicmedia.com


29 Jun

Lifemusicmedia.com have just uploaded my review of Clutch’s awesome new double DVD release, ‘Live at the 9:30’. Read the excerpt below and click the link to head on over to LMM to read the whole thing:

…Filmed in high-definition on seven cameras positioned on and around the stage, you get plenty of good angles. The editing remains simple and tasteful without any fancy, gimmicky effects that could just date the whole thing a few years down the road. Overall it shows the band in fine form with tight, thumping grooves courtesy of drummer Jen-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines – you can even see the burly security guard swaying to the music down in the pit! That’s not to discount the obvious talents of guitarist Tim Sult or charismatic frontman Neil Fallon; who stalks the stage with more energy than the other three combined…

CLICK HERE to read the entire review.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eepsCXpLY4

Interview: Jeff Waters from Annihilator on LMM


28 Jun

Lifemusicmedia.com have uploaded the 30-minute audio interview with Jeff Waters; frontman of Canada’s thrash legends, Annihilator.

We discussed the band’s 26-year history, their brilliant new self-titled album and what the future holds for the group. Jeff also discusses his new signature model Epiphone Flying-V, his writing and recording processes and much, much more in this lengthy interview.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.
CLICK HERE to read my review of their latest album.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfxjf_7yZVQ

Live Review: Train @ Enmore Theatre – Monday June 21, 2010


25 Jun

Lifemusicmedia.com have just uploaded my live review of the Train gig at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown (Sydney, Australia) on Monday night, June 12, 2010. Read the excerpt below and hit the links to read the full review and view the image galleries:

…Train are entertaining. Monahan refused to stand still; stalking the stage from one end to the other while smiling at the audience and taking photos of himself with fan’s cameras from the stage’s edge. Stafford swapped guitars between each song, cutting an imposing figure in his military-styled jacket and polished skull. They’re happy to get as close to their fans as they can, foregoing a crowd barrier as flailing arms and hungry hands grasp desirously from the dance floor below…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.
CLICK HERE to view images from the show.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tglSCIpaXPs

Live Review: Cassette Kids @ Oxford Art Factory


23 Jun

Lifemusicmedia.com have just published my review of the Cassette Kids gig at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst last Friday night, June 18, 2010. See the excerpt below and CLICK HERE or click the image below to read the full review:

…It was refreshing to see a pop-infused group like Cassette Kids displaying such an enthusiastic, energetic and believable stage presence. All four band members played with an obvious passion, no doubt fuelled by their crowd’s enthusiasm for what they were seeing and hearing – a reciprocating and perfect symbiosis…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.
CLICK HERE to visit the image gallery.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jleD6EeRKNY

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Plant Textures


23 Jun

Another week rolls by and it’s time again for our Wicked Wednesday high-resolution texture images! You’re in luck this week, as we took a trip to the Mt. Tomah Botanical Gardens out past Kurrajong, NSW Australia over the weekend and captured some amazing plant life.

In this collection of six very high-resolution textures you’ll find grasses, a conifer, grass tree and a couple other things we can’t remember the names of. As usual, they’re FREE for your personal or commercial use; however ressale and repackaging is strictly verboten!

CLICK THE THUMBS for the high-res experience:
     

Live Music Photography: Train @ Enmore Theatre


22 Jun

I went and saw American pop/rock group Train at the Enmore Theatre (Sydney) last night for lifemusicmedia.com. Again, not my kind of music, but they were consumate professionals who delivered a very slick performance to a relatively full house. The audience was made up of a lot of women, of all ages and apparent backgrounds. I suppose that’s because of their chart-friendly vibe – but don’t they realise they’re all old men?

I’ll be scribbling up a review of the show for LMM soon, but suffice it to say that the show seemed to mainly revolve around the singer and the bald guitarist, with the other musicians hiding in the shadows behind. It often reeked of cabaret, with a lot of banter to the audience, interaction and even a moment when the singer brought six young women onto the stage to sing along to one of their hits.

I’ve uploaded a selection of images that I took on the night to my flickr page. CLICK HERE to see more. A selection of images exclusive to lifemusicmedia.com will be online shortly.

 
 

Live Music Photography: Cassette Kids @ Oxford Art Factory


20 Jun

I shot a gig at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst (Sydney) on Friday night, June 18. It was headlined by the Cassette Kids and supported by Howl and Kids of 88. While not my style of music, it was a good opportunity for me to test out my new camera gear under stage lighting conditions. It went well!

CLICK HERE to check out a selection of about 30 images from the show and additional, exclusive images are now online at Lifemusicmedia.com.

Would love to hear your feedback on the shots, as it was the first live show I’d shot in about 10 years.

CD Review: Anathema – ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’


18 Jun

Anathema CD ReviewLifemusicmedia.com have just uploaded my review of Anathema’s long-awaited eighth studio album (their first in seven years) – ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’. Read an excerpt below or click the album cover or the link below to read the full review:

…It’s a wonderfully layered, ethereal experience that is as equally uplifting as it is darkly moving. There’s an incredible space in the mix that lets the listener virtually immerse themselves in the music – something very few bands seem to be able to achieve…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfGgKApO_6g

Painting with Light: Ben’s Guitars


17 Jun

Here’s an example of my work, using only a single LED torch as a light source. I lit each guitar individually before importing them into Photoshop and pasting all the different images together into one, perfectly lit image.

There’s actually one guitar missing, which is an Ibanez RGT42FX; currently getting some pickups changed.

Shown here is: ESP LTD SC607 7-string, ESP LTD V500, Ibanez RGA121 Prestige, Ibanez MTM1, Ibanez GR320 Ghostrider, Ibanez TC420 Talman and a Fender Strat copy that has been ‘Frankensteined’.

Shot on a Canon 7D with 10-22mm EF-S super-wide. 25sec @ f9.