Photographer's Note

I took this photo in the Rocks Markets which is in Sydney's historical quarter just under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Markets are there every day on the weekend and during summer, on Friday evenings. This man was selling the Aboriginal musical instrument, the Didgeridoo. They are all hand-made and hand-painted. My favourite was this one, made by a man from the Northern Territory called Ken Dundas. There are no historical records giving an exact date as to when the Didgeridoo came into use by the Aboriginal people, but it is at least 1,500 years old. In a culture which is more than 40,000 years old, one could assume that the Didgerdoo is much older than a mere millenia and a half. Recently, the Australian actress Nicole Kidman was maligned for playing the Didgeridoo on a European chat show, some wowsers stating (erroneously) that women are not allowed to play it. This is in fact untrue, women play - and make - the didgeridoo, more often in informal situations, rather than in traditional ceremonies.

This is one of my first proper attempts at portrait photography, so excuse me if it's a bit soft and lacking impact. I nearly died of embarassment asking the man if he minded me taking the photo in the first place, so can't even remember taking the photo I was so self-conscious. My hats of to the portrait takers here on's really hard!

Canon 5D
1/8 second (hand held)
ISO 500 - big mistake: I should have ramped it up to ISO 800 but was too nervous
17mm using 17-40mm
Pattern metering

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5609 W: 342 N: 12455] (60342)
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