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Bundanoon Highland Gathering - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 1 June 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

"The Irish invented the bagpipes as a joke and gave them to the Scottish, they still haven't found out."

Well, to follow on from my series on traditional Irish music we reel straight into Scottish traditions! For my new series, I am at the Bundanoon Highland Gathering. We start - of course - with bagpipes!

"BAGPIPES. The Missing Link between Noise & Music." (Tee shirt slogan at the Gathering.)

All jokes aside, bagpipes massed in such numbers provide a stirring sound. And 23 Pipe Bands - kilted up like you see here - marched at the Highland Gathering.

Bundanoon is a town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales - halfway between Canberra and Sydney. I made the trip in an historic train carriage; and as the engine pulled into Bundanoon, I saw that the station had changed its name to Brigadoon for the day!

I hope you can join me for this nine part series!

NIKON D5000 1/2500 second F/2.8 ISO 100 90 mm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Il ne manque que le son ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

1 Jun 2011 6:00am

k@ from Paris, France

Nice line-up, enjoy the way you framed those boys, a musical pic for sure !

1 Jun 2011 6:41am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice shot ! I enjoy this music ! Phil

1 Jun 2011 6:46am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Ha ha - the scots never live that one down. Super shot.

1 Jun 2011 7:16am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Nice shot, I can hear the music !! ;-)

1 Jun 2011 7:30am

tataray from france, France

Admirative !... ))Belle scène.
Bonne journée.

1 Jun 2011 7:48am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent documentary and background info:)

1 Jun 2011 8:00am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb ! A very beautiful framing !

1 Jun 2011 8:12am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice capture of these Scottish musicians wearing traditionnal costumes... i suppose that they wear a kilt...

1 Jun 2011 8:19am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

nice event capture

1 Jun 2011 8:26am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I hear almost the sound of their bagpipes. Nice colored shot

1 Jun 2011 8:29am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Have bagpipes will travel . . and sunshine, too !

1 Jun 2011 8:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

They put their kilt!! Great picture and superb DOF. Good day.

1 Jun 2011 8:49am

helma from Tehran, Iran

very well done !

1 Jun 2011 8:52am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

An excellent capture, beautiful tones and compo for this shot !

1 Jun 2011 9:22am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm sure that bagpipes are just cats with a blow pipe up their bum!!! They look like it, and sound like it, so I must be right!

1 Jun 2011 9:34am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is fabulous - I love to hear bagpipes - this would be a wonderful event to be part of.
I am looking forward to the rest of this series

1 Jun 2011 10:09am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A scene fabulous friend. Not long ago he married a niece of mine and came to the wedding some friends Scots ... gorgeous dresses. I love their skirts ... A colorful image and life! The bagpipes are beautiful instruments that start sounds rather special! Best regards, Adela

1 Jun 2011 11:31am

Sam from Chennai, India

Fabulous. Nice capture of these musicians wearing traditional costumes. A very colourful image. Love it, Stephen :)

1 Jun 2011 11:55am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A great capture of a fabulous scene. Looks very vibrant and colourful. Well captured.

1 Jun 2011 12:02pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

They look great in their costumes and with their bagpipes,very nice
composition and a lively impression you show here!

1 Jun 2011 12:08pm


Really nice depth of focus and detail captured in this frame, and the vibrancy of the hues really has appeal. A very neat frame.

1 Jun 2011 12:40pm

Florence from Paris, France

Great costumes and event I guess. Bagpipes are so entertaining !

1 Jun 2011 12:41pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great shot . love this happy group of guys !

1 Jun 2011 12:49pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Fantastic lead-off shot with immediate energy and nice colours. Count me in for the series, Stephen.

1 Jun 2011 12:57pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

j'adore le son de la cornemuse et leur tenues traditionnelle ,trés belle photo ..

1 Jun 2011 12:59pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A cracking lead off to this series Stephen! I am anxious to see the rest of the series..... ;-)

1 Jun 2011 1:22pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A wonderful series and composition today too! I always loved the Bag Pipes! It must have sounded beautiful!!!! The colors are beautiful too!!!

1 Jun 2011 1:28pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une belle parade musicale !!:)

1 Jun 2011 2:00pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Excellent DOF! must be a beautiful series ahead..=)

1 Jun 2011 2:21pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great image! The beautiful colors of the background enhance the bagpipers in an excellent way.

1 Jun 2011 2:23pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful shot of these pipers - it certainly has the look of a traditional highland games setting.

1 Jun 2011 2:25pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Reunion

Bonne profondeur de champ et jeu de lignes qui rythme la scène!
On s'amuse bien avec les cornemuses!

1 Jun 2011 2:40pm

Lara from Vienna, Austria

what an awesome crisp image! the colours are rendered beautifully, so are the details!

1 Jun 2011 2:47pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice fucos and great capture and best idea !

1 Jun 2011 3:22pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture and focus -- very colorful too, I enjoy the background as much as the performers!

1 Jun 2011 4:11pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A great scene mate, is there a lot of Scottish ancestry down there, or is it mainly Irish?
The caps and uniforms are very much reminiscent of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers whose HQ is not far from here in Berwick.

1 Jun 2011 4:27pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. Yes, Scottish ancestry is quite strong in this area. The biggest stronghold of Scottish heritage would be the town of Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

philippe from moselle, France

c'est bizarre même en photo le son des cornemuses me chatouille les tympans :o) !!!

1 Jun 2011 6:50pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just wonderful, Stephen -I love pipes and drums...I hope there will be drums ;-) Thank you so very much for your very kind comment to Barbara today - we both very much appreciate it sir! All the best!

1 Jun 2011 7:10pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ah the pipes the pipes they are a calling. Fine shot, really like the DOF.

1 Jun 2011 7:15pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Irish, Scottish, or even North East England pipes, they always sound great. A good shot too.

1 Jun 2011 7:50pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great action shot capturing them playing their bagpipes. I love how the reds in this composition really stand out and "pop." A nice choice for DoF giving us a sense of the venue where they're playing.

1 Jun 2011 8:03pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great capture, nice DoF, bravo.

1 Jun 2011 8:18pm

Dana from Tarzana, CA,, United States

I can hear "Scotland the Brave" braying through your frame ;p.

1 Jun 2011 9:20pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

What did they play?
Scotland the Brave?
I miss my bonnie Scotland. ;)

1 Jun 2011 9:24pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely portrait.

1 Jun 2011 9:33pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Great capture! Beautiful light! Looks to be another great series.

1 Jun 2011 11:24pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Great depth and action to this shot, so it works beautifully with the
color and the contrast giving it oomph.

2 Jun 2011 12:49am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of these colorful fellows and their instruments. What a sound they must have made.

2 Jun 2011 2:21am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful tradition & costume.. ..

2 Jun 2011 6:33am

Becky from los angeles, United States

terrific triplets! I love listening to the pipes. Gets into the soul somehow. Excellent shot.

2 Jun 2011 8:56am

BriGt from Australia

woww fantastic colours !!!

4 Jun 2011 4:20am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

this is superb Stephen...the colour and clarity really give it an edge!

4 Jun 2011 7:49am

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