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.
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.