“The Avalanches were a great end to the second night of Falls Festival in Byron, they were dynamic and pumped (which from everything I’ve heard about their Splendour show was a welcomed improvement). The Avalanches put on a high energy performance though they were a rather difficult shoot.
“The lighting was mostly backlit and for a majority of the show, the members were slightly too far back on the stage, meaning they were often obscured by fallbacks for the photographers. Granted this is probably the highest stage I’ve shot, it was twice my height and everyone was having difficulties with it. In the third song, so our last in the pit, Eliza Wolfgramm came out wielding a bat with ‘The Avalanches’ printed along it; she’d only been given it a couple of days before.”
Gear: I was shooting using both a Nikon D3 with a 70-200mm, and a Nikon D750 with a 24-70mm lens; I believe this was taken on the D3 with the 70-200mm.
Post Process: Very minimal editing – black and white conversion, with contrast and highlight/lowlight adjustments.
Rhiannon Hopley is a Sydney based, award winning photographer. Her diverse range of skills have found her working in live music, promotional, events, and fashion photography, while also working as freelance graphic designer and an accomplished artist. Rhiannon began professional shooting soon after graduating high school in 2004, with excellence in photography. Initially shooting gigsLearn more about Rhiannon Hopley