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.
When I first got into ‘serious’ photography I bought a DSLR camera and did a couple of evening class courses run by Oxfordshire County Council Adult Learning. These taught me all the basics at a beginner and then intermediate level. I then signed up for a third course of ten lessons aimed at building a portfolio for an photography exhibition.
The exhibition, called Lightscape, ran over a weekend in June 2010 in Witney, Oxfordshire. My classmates and I did everything to set the event up – from hiring the room to laying on some refreshments. I even did a bit of promotion on the local BBC radio station, being interviewed by the lovely Louisa Hannan.
As part of this course we picked individual themes for our photographs. My theme was ‘Extreme’s of Time’; all the photos I exhibited were take with either a very fast or very slow shutter speed to produce some interesting effects. My photos from the exhibition are below.
A water drop stopped in motion with a very fast shutter speed. Effect was created with a tray of water, some blue card to give the impression of coloured water, some lights, and a lot of photos to get the perfect shot.
I built a sound activated trigger for my camera - upon hearing a sound the shutter would fire.
I went through a few light bulbs to get the shot I wanted.
Here you can see a water balloon ripping and the water still in its shape.
A slow shutter speed was used to capture a merry-go-round with a bit of motion blur to show its movement.
Another long exposure (using an ND filter to keep the light under control) to make the waterfall water go misty.
A long exposure when driving makes the evening lights go into a time warp look.