Berkshire Show 2014

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.

Lightscape Photography Exhibition

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. ┬áMy 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.