1/320th at f/8, ISO 1600 (28mm)
One phone call can quickly change your mood.
Crowds brave the rain to honour Army, Navy and RAF. See more on my 500px page.
Dragon Boat Racing
Vikings, superheroes & vampires? Is this a boat race or a sci-fi convention?
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Day 3 went very smoothly as all the acts that I wanted to check out were on the Main Stage. Iggy Azalea brought her sassy demeanour while Tinie Tempah turned Perry Park into the hot summer beaches of Ibiza, complete with tank top, shorts and shades.
Pharrell Williams fully lived up the word ‘Happy’ by inviting fans on the stage to dance and have fun with the man himself. He also gave a lovely girl the feel-good experience of a lifetime with a nice hug and inspirational speech.
As the sun was setting, it was time for Mr Kanye West to hit the stage. he came out with a quite unusual mask. He looked like a blinged-out stormtrooper. The crowd was extra hyped up for his performance even before he showed up. Fortunately no long rant this time around. He even apologised for being ‘nice’.
West ended the show with ‘Blood on The Leaves’ with all red lighting reminiscent of U2’s ‘Under a Blood Red Sky’ album cover. Kanye certainly left the fans wanting more. I very much enjoyed all of what Wireless had to offer and hoping that they come back next year.
You can view all my Day 3 photos on my 500px page.
As day 2 rolls on, I wasn’t plagued by rain like before, just a little drops during the OutKast set. Things went a lot smoother as I knew the location and what camera settings to use.
Salt-N-Pepa brought back all the old-school hits of the 80s and 90s. John Newman showed off his slick dance moves. The Sean Paul set has a packed tent. I felt like I was in a Jamaican Dancehall with the colourful lights, reggae horns and sexy dancers.
The act I was most looking forward to was OutKast, reunited and performing their biggest hits. Andre 3000 was a very funny guy to shoot, he definitely enjoyed himself out there with Big Boi. We even had an appearance from Sleepy Brown to perform ‘The Way You Move’.
The headliner of the night was Bruno Mars. Once again I wasn’t really familiar with his music but that didn’t stop me from getting caught up in the spectacular atmosphere of the live band. You could totally feel the Michael Jackson & Prince influences during the show and that’s a very good thing.
You can view all my Day 2 photos on my 500px page.
On July 4th, Americans normally celebrate Independence Day. But for me, it was the opening day of the Wireless Festival Birmingham 2014. Having been jealous and annoyed at the amazing events held in other cities and countries, it was good to finally see a great event in my own back yard.
Looking at the rules of what I could bring to the event, I was lucky to get through the main gate with my camera. Though I wasn’t breaking any rules, I still had the feeling that the bouncers wouldn’t let my equipment through. Fortunately this wasn’t the case. Once I was in, I went to work.
To get the shots I wanted, I needed to be as close as possible. This meant that I had to cut through quite a lot of people to get to the front. To my surprise, I had little to no objection from anyone for doing this. They must have thought I was a member of the press which ‘technically’ I was as I wanted to cover the event.
I thoroughly enjoyed the various acts on stage that I was already a fan of such as Chance The Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt & A$AP Ferg. The great thing about festivals is that I get to hear artists that I don’t normally get to hear. Rudimental was a group that I have heard of but never really listened to their music. They were quite the exciting & eclectic bunch. Definitely worthy of closing out the Friday’s event. (Sorry Drake, get well soon).
You can see all my photos from Day 1 on my 500px page.