Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mordialloc Jazz Festival - Part 1

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Big Passy has been out and about being a "Photo Junkie" again. Sorry Guys and Gals, but the Guitar and IT posts will have to wait until Melbourne's wonderful fun filled summer ends.

This time we went to see "Mojo" - The Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra" which a couple of my muso friends play in. We also got to see the "Victoria Police Showband" who are an awesomely tight and together unit. They did a great Brass and Vocals version of the old Cream classic "Sunshine of Your Love".

The new Panasonic ZS3 Lumix camera worked a treat, and we actually used sports action mode for taking most of the photos.

The folowing Wondershare Slideshow contains 36 photos taken at the Big Band Sunsets Festival on February 6th 2010. When you get through the whole show, the last picture should be of some kids dancing around in the sunset. If you missed any pictures then click on the big arrow in the center when the slideshow ends.

Note that we can click on the bottom of the slideshow on the "Manual Play" option at any time. We can then advance through the photos one by one at our own pace. This allows us to stop for longer on the photos that we really like, and quickly bypass the ones that we are not interested in.

(Push the Play button arrow below if the slideshow is not already running).

If you would like to see the above slideshow full size, then click on this link:

If you would like to get your own copy of "Wondershare Flash Gallery Factory Deluxe" (for just under $60 US) then click the following link:

The following website has information about the February Festival of Jazz at Moridalloc. It is very easy to get to, (just park at the train station), and do the 3 minute walk to the beach and river side central park.

Saturday Feb 20th at 5:30pm has "Combo La Revelacion", who were doing sensational Latin Jazz music when I saw them a couple of years ago.The following web page has the full program flyer for all four of the Saturdays in February:

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If you need directions on how to get to the festival at "Hazel Pierce Park" then go to this web page:

We also tried out the Motion Picture function on the new Panasonic ZS3 Lumix camera. Unfortunately we were plagued by sound problems with a very strong wind coming off the beach nearby.

Big Passy also needs to get a bit steadier with the camera; however we were filming at full zoom.

Anyway, here are some very brief snippets of music from the MOJO band. We will have to get along and film the band
again on a still day, and get better at using the camera.

Up first is a brief one minute video of a great Saxophone solo.
(Move the mouse on and off the image to display the video player controls).

Next time we see the Mojo Band we will have to film each segment a little bit longer and also make sure there is not a huge wind blowing.

Here is a short Boogie Woogie video of the three sisters from the Mojo Band.
(Move the mouse on and off the image to display the video player controls).

Here is a video of my good friend Andrew in a Trumpet versus the Wind contest (not exactly sure who won this one):

The movie mode function on the new Lumix camera is sensational. We were able to get around 3000 pixel wide .mov files out of the camera. However, next time I might try 4:3 format rather than ultra widescreen 500x280 pixels that we have here on this blogpost.

To convert the camera's Quicktime .mov movies into FLV format we used the "Adobe Flash CS3 Video Encoder". To work out how to use the Adobe converter, we followed the excellent instructions in the book:
“Visual Quick Project: Enhancing a Dreamweaver CS3 Web Site with Flash Video” by David Karlins. ISBN = 978-0-321-53523-8.

We were then able to make web pages containing the movies on our "Passy World" dedicated website, and then iframe into them from this blog. (Although it was a bit tricky making the webpages slightly wider, and the iframe slightly bigger again). Making our own FLV videos on our own site means we can have total control of everything. (Eg. We do not have to use YouTube at all).

Stay tuned for a Part 2 Jazz Festival post when Big Passy gets along to a less windier day, and captures some much better quality music video clips.

If you are ever in Melbourne during the month of February, then definitely get along to the "Big Band Sunsets Festival" at Mordialloc.


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