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Show and tell!

September 23, 2010

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.  

"Newbury stand" by Derek Gale

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. 

"Newbury info stand" by Derek Gale

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. 

"Wickerman 1" by Derek Gale

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. 

"Wickerman 2" by Derek Gale

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. 

"Newbury chicken" by Derek Gale

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!

Cheers,

Derek

www.galephotography.co.uk

Making an exhibition of myself!

September 16, 2009

My, what a busy weekend we had! 

We were exhibiting in two places at once on Saturday.  The first was at the National Trust “Coleshill Food Festival”.  Astute observers will notice that we’re not involved in producing food, but offer creative portrait photography and photographic training.  Well, at the show there were some craft stands, and that’s where we come in.  Mind you, the sort of thing we try and do with our portrait photography also applies to food…

Stuffed peppers by Gale Photography

It’s a nice off-centre composition, and shows the food to its best advantage.  It works with people too. 

Our stand at the Food Festival was busy all day, and we had lots of interest in both the portrait photography and the photographic training courses. 

The second place we exhibited was at Pat Elmore’s sculpture garden in Longcot as part of Swindon Open Studios.  The weather was great on the Saturday, and it looked more like the Med than Oxfordshire!  

sculpture by Gale Photography

I also had lots of interest in the Fine Art abstract images printed on aluminium.  You can check my previous posts to remind yourselves what they look like. 

Whilst I was there I took the chance to go round Pat’s sculpture garden, and to take some creative images using the sort of techniques we cover in our “The Creative Eye” course.

Roof Spider by Gale Photography

This “spider ” on the glass roof of a greenhouse caught my eye, as did this fabulous pattern on the leaf of a large plant.

Plant stripes by Gale Photography

In the “Spider” image I’ve put the main subject well off-centre, and with the pattern image there’s a lovely diagonal curve.  You can find out more about these and other compositional techniques at one of our courses.

See you soon!

Showing my metal

August 7, 2009

You will have noticed from an earlier post that I’ve produced some new abstract Fine Art images using the “Bokeh” technique.  I’ve done some ruthless editing, and got it down to about just 50 or so of my favourites.  Working on the premise that the rest of the world has a right to know about these images, I’ve joined the Swindon Open Studios (SOS) weekend in September.  “Today Swindon, tomorrow the World!”

Invisible Beauty 36 for blog

SOS is run over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of September between 11am and 6pm each day, and is an Art exhibition with a difference; it’s interactive!  During the w/e you can visit a number of locations, see the work of  many artists, and perhaps even buy something.  At each location the artist(s) exhibiting there will be available to talk to about their work.  I’m going to be at Location 25; that’s Sculptor Pat Elmore’s house and studio at Nutford Lodge, Longcot in South Oxfordshire.  It’s easy to get to with lots of free parking.

Invisible Beauty 48 for blog

I’ll be exhibiting some large (over 1 metre wide) images from the “Invisible Beauty” series, that are printed directly on to aluminium, hence the terrible pun in the title of this post.  This type of printing really suits these  abstract images.  They are lightweight, durable, and even waterproof, which means you can hang them almost anywhere. 

Invisible Beauty 53 for blog

Do come along to have a chat about these images – or photography in general.  As well as Pat and me, there are three other artists exhibiting at Nutford Lodge, so there’s lots to see.  Pat’s also serving teas!

To find out more about SOS check out their website:

Visit the Swindon Open Studios website

See you in September!!