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Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Bali, 15-17/08/2014

Firstly, my apologise for a lack of posts here!  I have been shooting a lot of corporate events as as well as doing some writing, and the blog has suffered as a result.  I am debating to change it into something a little simpler – perhaps a tumbler, perhaps just a very simple theme – but for now will continue on and post some updates…

Last weekends Jazz Market by the Sea at Taman Bhagawan was bigger and better than ever and there were some great performances.  This year it was all Indonesian artists - a much better lineup given how much talent there is here. the highlights for me where Balawan, Monita Talahea and Jiwa Band – amazing artists all.  Take a look at the full gallery of images from the Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, get on youtube or sound cloud and track down the artists, and enjoy the images…

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

 

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Jazz Market by the Sea 2014, Taman Bhagawan, Bali, Indonesia, 15-17/8/2014 (Matthew Oldfield)

Best of 2013 – Food!

Those that know me well will expect some sort of reference to food or cooking in an update like this.  I love food, love to cook, love to explore new ingredients and techniques.  Luckily I am in a place that has extraordinary food – both local and international – and like live music, I am hoping to do a great deal more food shoots in 2014.

I have been lucky enough to work with one particular venue in 2013, shooting their new menus and events.  The majority of the images below were taken with this once particular client.  More to come in 2014 I hope!

Best of 2013 – Live Music (and some dancing)

And here we go, the second part of my ‘Best of 2013…’ – this time, live music.

I have always been passionate about music and am very lucky being based in Bali – whilst the island doesn’t get too many big-name bands coming in to play, there are lots of homegrown and expat musicians around and a number of festivals that book bands from around the world.  There are also some great venues that showcase local talent – if you fancy a great night out, check out a place like Antida Soundgarden.

Before moving to Bali I had actually shot very little live music, but now it has become something I would really love to focus on in the future.  From acoustic bands in sweaty bars, to jazz bands at a big, day-long festival, I have loved every minute of it.  It’s almost the perfect combination for me – I get to shoot and listen to some great music.  I have also been very lucky in that the gear I have been using over the last couple of years – normally a Nikon D3, 17-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm VRII and a 50mm f/1.4 – is perfect for shooting live music.  I get great ISO performance with the D3 and my standard ‘kit’ of lenses – in particular, the 70-200mm – produces very sharp images even in dim lighting.  I have sometimes wished for something a little lighter – especially after a 10 hour stint at a festival – and am currently debating the pros and cons of an upgrade.  News to come soon!

On my to-do list is a ‘How to…’ post, outlining what I have learnt about shooting live music over the last 12 months or so. Until then a few of my favourites from 2013.  Again, put on some loud music and enjoy!