So here it is, my report from the Royal County of Berkshire Show (aka The Newbury Show) which happened last weekend (18/19 Sep 2010). Our stand was in the Shopping Pavilion down near the BBC Berkshire performance area. It was a very busy weekend, and the threatened rain didn’t happen, which was a pleasant surprise.
We had some very complimentary remarks about our display, and the acrylic block in the centre of the table really seemed to catch people’s eyes. Several visitors to the stand knew the person featured! As well as meeting lots of new people, and discussing portrait photography and photography training with them, it was good to catch up with some existing clients as well. The Mum of one 2-year-old was very excited to see images of him on the stand.
Before the show started it was really interesting to wander round the showground with my trusty Lumix Fx-500, and capture a few candid shots of people getting their stands ready. I liked the way the “Information” board was at such an angle.
It was also an opportunity to photograph the impressive 38 feet tall Oxford Wickerman, which is being burnt on Nov 6th in Oxford to raise money for the charity “Rosy”. The early morning sun on Saturday really made it stand out against the blue sky.
A bit later it had clouded over, so I moved behind the sculpture and shot it with the morning light behind it. The silhouette makes for a completely different type of image. It’s a great example of why the direction of the light is so important in photography.
Finally, here’s a portrait of a fine-looking chicken. It was in a cage in the livestock area, but the small lens of the Lumix just fitted in between the bars. I used a pop of flash to highlight the bird, and exposed the background so it was nice and bright. I like the bird’s expression, and the way it’s still looking at me even though it’s a profile shot. It’s a reminder that the Show is still very much an active agricultural show.
It was a great show, and we’re already thinking about our display for next year. See you there!