Last week I went to Giffords Circus for an event organised by Olympus. Since moving from Canon to Olympus I’ve been impressed with how they market their products, and this is a great example…
Olympus arranged for one hundred photographers to go to the circus where we could try out pretty much any camera body of lens from their OMD range with a few circus acts making for great photographic subjects. The event was brand agnostic, there were many folk with Canon, Nikon, and other camera’s. And this wasn’t even a sales pitch!
Damian McGillicuddy, Olympus UK’s principle photographer, was there to talk, give some hints, and show how us how he’d do a model photo shoot. I’ve never specialised in any area of photography and was simply in awe of Damian’s knowledge, gained through years of experience in producing award winning images. Damian was also a great presenter and thoroughly nice chap.
After the event we were all treated to tea and cake, and even got a goody bag to take home.
I hope to get to go to similar events in the future, a great way to learn some new tricks, meet some nice people, and practice photography in a fun environment.
Ryan, Sheila, and me posing with our Olympus swag bags.
Olympus photographer Damian McGillicuddy shows us some of his lighting techniques.
A black and white photo of one of the circus performers. It's always nice to have a model willing to pose for the camera.
Taken with one of the in-build art filters on my Olympus OMD E-M1 camera. Damian is checking the light levels for his own shot.
The big dog himself, and his trademark pony tail.
One of the circus acts. Spot the one who's been flung in the air?
Fire always makes for a good subject.
Bring on the clown!
Other Olympus users practice their photography too.
This wide angle show shows the full extent for the circus tent and stage.
This weekend is the annual Berkshire Show, at the Newbury Showground, not too far from where I live. The Show is mainly agricultural, but there’s a wide range of other things to see and do… so much so that I spent seven-and-a-half hours walking around!
As you’ll see from the photos, the weather was pretty dull which doesn’t make for bright photos. But I did try a technique that Damian McGillicuddy had suggested on the previous day at an Olympus event I’d attended (blog post on that coming soon!). Damien suggested that, for some shots, using a slow shutter speed would catch a bit of movement to help tell the story of the photo. I tried this in a few photos below.
These axemen cut through a large log and then climb another... exhausting stuff.
Horses and dogs, part of the country scene.
I'm guessing this estate agents marquee had free drinks, it was certainly very busy.
One of the bizarre garden ornaments on sale.
A cow gets a trim and neaten up before being shown to judges.
Pets win prizes!
Children seem to enjoy the fairground rides.
A bull gets a wash off before being judged.
A portable dry ski slope.
Steam engines were an integral part of the industrial revolution, then ferried loads around and attached various machinery.