80:8 Photography : Video : Sound : Bands : Portraits

Archive for April, 2012

Time for a bit of romantic fashion photography

Taking pictures of rock bands is great, but they are ever so loud. So, now for a shoot where earplugs were not needed….We’ve just completed a shoot with Zoe that has a real romantic/fantasy fashion feel about it – I can’t say who the images are for, but if you’re locally based you should start seeing them soon. It’s all very exciting and the shots came out great! Here’s a little taster – more to come soon.

Zoe - Fashion 1


It’s all too much….

..Photoshop…Ha ha, well of course it is. Now, I don’t do PS, or rather I use 1.2% of it’s millions of controls to do some very basic stuff – usually cloning crisp packets out of fields or taking rats out wedding photo’s (No, really). 99% of the time I use Lightroom only. Anyway, today I found this. It’s obviously quite alarming. But then I started to like it. Then I thought, wow, what a band poster. Then I hated it. Finally, I thought yes, it would make a good band poster.

I wondered though, is it the original image (actually quite nice and posted previously here) that makes it intriguing? Or is it just the garish, Edvard Munch effect? It’s always said that whacking an ill-thought out effect on any old photo doesn’t make it good. Remember the horrendous craze for selective colouring? Is it such a terrible thing to do to a nice photo? Or is it just a bit cack? To be honest, I’m not sure what to make of this. I know one thing though. I don’t think I’ll be doing it again 🙂

Way too much

Inanimate objects that terrify : No.1 Scarecrows

Especially those with heads made out of old motor-oil containers. Thing is, it looks like the dude is wearing a pretty good shirt, which then sets the imagination going…Is it really a scarecrow or the skeletal remains of a local nightclubber who wandered off the path and towards the cabin in the woods…? Perhaps. But then, who’s got a neck that long?

Desert Island Lens : Tilt and Shift

Desert Island Discs. Kirsty Young. Ok, calm down. Now…what would be my luxury item? I reckon a tilt and shift lens…An unspoilt wilderness, great vistas, lush verdant foliage and an endless sky. Perfect. Here’s why.

Ah. Slight problem. I need a camera to attach it to.

An ostinato to die for : TWA / New Song.

In music, an ostinato (derived from Italian: “stubborn”, compare English: obstinate) is a motif or phrase, which is persistently repeated in the same musical voice. An ostinato is always a succession of equal sounds, wherein each note always has the same weight or stress. 

Right forget about all that and give this a listen. People talk about Smoke on the Water, Whole Lotta Love, or Paranoid having great riffs, well, check this one out from Mr Michael Goldsworthy.  It’s not often I quote Kylie, but…”I can’t get it outta my head…”

Apologies for the dodgy video quality, it was taken on a little camcorder. Enjoy.

F1.8 : 1/30 : 6400 ISO : 1000db – Yes, it’s TWA at The Barrels.

It’s good to have them back. Old favourites have been extended sideways, new ones have gained a polish of greatness. And yes they rocked. Every member of the band is worth watching and worth adjusting your internal EQ to listen to as individual players. But then, when you re-calibrate and check them out as a unit…It’s mind-blowing. Kinda tight, but not prescriptively so, very well rehearsed but not at the expense of spontaneity. Great riffs, but with funk and melody. So, if you’re having a bad day at work, playlist ‘Pick up the Pieces’ stick ‘Pi**in Fire’ on full blast and realise that yes, life is worth living.

And yes, The Barrels is the darkest venue this side of an eclipse…But I love it. Had a pint of ‘Warlord’ tonight : Delicious!


TWA: Gig of the week, sorry of 2012*

It’s been a while. Quite a few months actually. But The Warehouse Announcement are back. And it’s their three year anniversary – so this Friday (20/04) @ The Barrels in Berwick-upon-Tweed is guaranteed to be an explosion of pent-up energy, great sounds and quite possibly the splitting of the rock atom. No, really, it’s going to be that good.

* So far

A little video from Where’s George?

Here’s a little hand-held video from the recent Where’s George? single release gig. It’s a little bit shaky in places, but the dancing was rather wild 🙂

Like, er, wow – didn’t quite expect that

So, there I was, standing in a field at 23:00, temperature of about 1 degree and hopping about from foot to foot trying to keep warm. I couldn’t see a thing, but above me was a quite glorious night sky stuffed to the brim with stars. Somewhere in the darkness was one of my Bowens studio lights set to full blast and being aimed vaguely at a big windmill. The camera is on bulb and I’m counting up the seconds…It’s all guesswork so after 190 seconds (about the same time my hand goes numb) I let go of the shutter. Fingers crossed it’s gonna look good – but I have to say, I didn’t quite expect this!

80:8 Green Room / Nearly Finished!

After copious amounts of cleaning, emulsion, more cleaning, polyfilla and hanging of photographs, the 80:8 Green Room and reception is now just about complete. This area is part one of facilities we have planned – ultimately the aim is to have a recording/rehearsal facility together with a video/photography studio – all under one roof. The concept is that bands and musicians can come in for day, and leave with a well recorded CD, photographs and  a professional HD video…It’s very exciting!