Are we tech mad, or does it really make a difference?

I was photographing a wedding at the weekend, a second shooter to my friend Gemma at Iris Creations (Images to follow on my photography site) and, all the while I was thinking "I wish I had a second camera" know the funny thing, I did, but it was the Canon 30D... It still takes a nice photograph, but when compared with the Canon 5D MKII, it really doesn't cut the mustard, and I don't even like mustard! Do you think we've lost love for our older gear as newer gear has shown us something different, or is there a genuine divide, only a couple of years apart?

I know there's a lot of space between a crop sensor 30D and a full frame sensor 5D, but not so long ago, I was very happy with the images from that 30D, and have a handful of images that I love - but now, I hardly even bother to empty the CF card that comes out of it.. Is it just me, am I alone here? Shot below is an iso 800 image from my old 30D.. Gotta love Billy Ocean, right?

...Or am I just being a bit precious? Or am I trying to justify a second 5DMKII?....

Gang of Four - Kentish Town Forum

Gang of Four, are an English post-punk group from Leeds. Original personnel were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. They were fully active from 1977 to 1984, and then re-emerged twice in the 1990s with King and Gill. In 2004, the original line-up reunited but in 2006 Allen was replaced on bass by Thomas Mcneice and later Burnham on drums by Mark Heaney. Gang of Four

They play a stripped-down mix of punk rock, with strong elements of funk music, minimalism and dub reggae and an emphasis on the social and political ills in society. Gang of Four are widely considered as one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. Their later albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco. Their debut album, Entertainment!, ranked at #490 in Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. David Fricke in Rolling Stone said "Gang of Four are probably the best politically motivated dance band in rock & roll."

Gang of Four - HMV Forum

Gill and King, the creative forces in the band, brought together an eclectic array of influences, ranging from the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School of social criticism to the increasingly clear trans-Atlantic punk consensus. Gang of Four was named by a member of the Mekons when while driving around with Gill and King he came upon a newspaper article on the intra-Party coup against China's "Gang of Four".

Gang of Four | HMV Forum

According to critic Paul Morley, "The Gang spliced the ferocious precision of Dr. Feelgood's working-class blues with the testing avant-garde intrigue of Henry Cow. Wilfully avoiding structural obviousness, melodic prettiness and harmonic corniness, the Gang's music was studded with awkward holes and sharp corners."[citation needed] At the time, the band was recognised as doing something very different to other white guitar acts. Ken Tucker, in Rolling Stone, 1980, wrote: "...rarely have the radical edges of black and white music come closer to overlapping... the Gang of Four utilize their bass guitar every bit as prominently and starkly as the curt bass figures that prod the spoken verses in [Kurtis Blow's "culture defining" huge summer hit] “The Breaks.”

Hope you enjoyed my little wander into "politically positioned post punkism"


Hilltop Hoods - Islington Academy 2009

I popped along to the Islington Academy to see Hilltop Hoods play... They totally rocked it - The crowd were manic (As the photos show!) the lighting, as it seems was a theme for the evening, was 'orrible! This be a little bit of video what comes from me pressing the wrong buttons...

Some photos - Why I went there! Crowded! Hilltop Hoods - Islington Academy Salute or Heil? Hilltop Hoods - Islington Academy Crooner! Hilltop Hoods - Islington Academy Top shot... Hilltop Hoods - Islington Academy

I did the best I could (did I?) with the light I had... Hilltop hoods are an infectious blend of sledge hammer and velvet - go buy their latest cd State of the Art

Sime x

Boyz II Men - Indigo2 2009

Boyz II Men - Globally the biggest sellers (based on sales data) in their field to date... Bet you didn't know that!?Boyz II Men | Indigo2 London On stage they've still got that click and pop you know and love... Now that we've come *click* to the end of the road *pop* - etc Boyz II Men | Indigo2 London They're still just a whole lot of style, well, not my style, but someone's...right? Boyz II Men | Indigo2 London