belting it out at the Caloundra Music Festival last weekend.

I worked as one of the official festival photographers last weekend, 2.5 days shooting, 3700+ photos, 80+ Gb.

Brilliant acts, well organised and family friendly. If you're anywhere near Caloundra next year around this time, make sure you go!

View all photos taken: Saturday, 8th October 2011, This photo: 5:38pm


  • aramisfirefly said:
    Excellent, excellent music shot Dave. Well processed, excellently done. I do love a good live band and photographing them, I've just never got around to doing it more!
  • Out_and_About said:
    Great shot David and congrats on the gig.
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Very good capture, the emotion really carries over.
    That's one cool gig, covering a festival. Interesting that they kept it family friendly, as most festivals aren't exactly affairs to take the kids to.
    I hope we see more soon.
  • Stephen M Reid said:
    Moving shot David - well done.
  • Steve's Life said:
    Nice shot Dave, Diesel would be happy with that one.
  • kth_friend said:
    wow great image.. great focus..
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • love the sound of that shutter said:
    An action portrait! Great shot!
  • andrew katic said:
    awesome dave.love the sweat on his head.did you wear ear plugs?
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/aramisfirefly] Yeah I'd never done any before this (excepting one folk band many many years ago in a pub with awful lighting, using the 400D + 50/1.8).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/out-and-about] Had an absolute blast Michelle. :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/unrelatedpatterns] I think that's what makes this festival so good, it is indeed family friendly and as such the acts can actually play decent music without the need to rely on profanity.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/smreid] Thanks Stephen, I think I've nutted out this gig photography thing, interesting backgrounds with great emotion.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/steves_life] Alas, didn't get to ask him. I suspect he wasn't staying on site as I didn't see him coming and going like a lot of the other musicians.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kth_friend] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/66776142@N06] 'tis the way to go at a festival, you want to portray the feel of the performance in still images.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew73] Absolutely wore ear plugs. The photographers pit is right in front of the stage and half full with speaker stacks half the size of a mini minor. Without earplugs you'd have hearing damage within two minutes, easily.
    As for how to get the gig, I was invited to apply.
  • Ammar Khalaf said:
    Superb !!!
    gorgeous shot
    I'm surely liking it hard
    added to my favorite
  • Michelle Friend said:
    Yup .... You rocked it....
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/39071041@N02] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/37477555@N03] Not as much as Diesel did ;-)
  • Jan Gr said:
    great catch :)