i, like everyone else, have found the quality of all the pictures, not just of the southend concert, to be of tremendous quality. we certainly have some brilliant HWI photographers!
i was just wondering what equipment people use to achieve these shots, as i hope to take a few at dudley in september. i have a Nikon coolpix l3 compact, which i dont think will be up to the job in terms of quality compared to some of the pictures on the HWI!
Many thanks for the photos and reports - being late with the concert photos as usual and so far with no other concert in August as Hampton announced I intend to spread the posting of a few photos during next month.
Speaking only for me and not for our professional photographers, here my 'key points' in case you want to make photos inside:
Firstly, please be sure to have switched off the flash and the AF assistance light.
The exposure time should be approx. 1/100 sec (ISO is then usually up to 6.400).
That's all, I think - and sorry to the admins to be out of topic...
Hi folks. I’m just jotting a few thoughts as I settle into my hotel room via the bar for a port as the kettle boils for an instant black coffee. Since I was seeing her in Swansea on Sunday my arrival at Southend was purely for you guys, to say hi to, especially those travelling so far. It was a long walk back but as superb as I had expected along the sea front. A different story to my arrival when a cloud burst reminded me I had left my umbrella behind and as I was traveling light I was without a coat. Fortunately the hotel had a battered brolly acquired from they knew not whom which served me in good stead on the way to the Pavilion, its battered state providing much amusement to the gaggle of HWI who were already at the stage door.
As there will be many reports and mine will not be posted until midweek and Grant for one will probably post in the early hours of Saturday morning, I will simply regale one or two entirely personal observations.
The Cliffs Pavilion is a superb building, inside, if looking something like a 60s wreck from the outside. It has superb views of the estuary, which I hope to show if anything worthwhile comes out and the subject is not already saturated by the time I post. From this viewpoint it is a well designed building making most of its site’s opportunities. It’s recent renovation makes it so modern inside that it even provides showering facilities for the audience but only carefully selected areas and you get the shower whether you want one or not—see other people’s posts!
Hayley was at her best. The amplification was superb and she was using the microphone for her talking at her best (except one or two small occasions when she spoke sideways—I was in the middle of the balcony, pretty way back. What I found most noticeable was the complete balance of talent. This was a Hayley show but it was not Hayley and cast. All performers were on par and it was the sense of a solid collective whole that made the evening magnificent.
On her encore she undoubtedly surpassed herself. I have previously criticized her forte on what is supposed to be a lullaby but in the context of a grand finale it was superbly rendered. Was Natalie involved in the arrangement? Her arranging skills are coming to the fore in Raven’s presentations. Their ‘Bolero’ was unquestionably superb. She employed a technique and I am not sure what the technical term for it is but at one point the strings sounded jarred as if a semi-tone out but it was deliberate and the sound was uniquely challenging, heightening the effect.
I have always said of Hayley that she ‘just walks on stage’ and immediately she is in command. Tonight she was more confident than I have ever known her. Her response to unscripted episodes was cool, calm, collected and very much in control, of what was obviously not happening as it should! I was thinking of her need to seek help to get the microphone to stand up straight when she tried to attach it to the piano.
Most importantly she tried a new song which she sang from the piano stool. This was the most confident I have seen her at her piano playing. It was also a great song and I think will feature as a main contribution in a future (the next?!) CD. Peter S.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
Hi everyone,WOW, what a brilliant concert, well worth the jurney from NZ no doubt about.Fantastic photo's and reports,well done guys and thanks for your company it was great to meet you at last,and Hayley of course for a wonderful concert. At a venue that has it's own built in showers The incident happened not far from where I was sitting,and I wondered what was going on. But Hayley had it all under control.