Ripley Show 2012

Sunday the 12th August saw the Ripley show in all its glory. Overcast, yet hot the conditions where great to get out with my camera.

Chase the Boar race was the firsrt event I saw, a 10Km run around the estate, and not a easy 10Km either. The racers gathered for the off, in the sweaty heat of the day.

And their off by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on
And their off by Michael Thompson

It was a good 15 mins before the first of the runners got back, with a commanding lead over the rest of the runners. It was such a long time, I thought he had disposed of the others.

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Untitled by Michael Thompson

Center ring is where they do the judging, mostly horse based events, and the crowds to the end of the day where centerd there, mostly around the beer tent strangely enough 🙂

Feet tired, I sat down in the shade of the trees by the lake, and watched dogs chasing sticks and jumping into the water. Some very acrobatic dogs who clearly loved the water. Switched the camera to shutter priority and auto ISO, as it was quite gloomy and only having a 70-300mm f/5.6 on the camera. Minimum shutter speed at 1/800 of a second to try and freeze the dogs jumping. Didn’t quite work, as the dogs where moving faster than that and I got a little motion blur on a few of the images, but nothing to bad.

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Untitled by Michael Thompson

I love to watch people, hence my love of street photography, and the best people to watch are Judges at country shows, The sheer concentration on their faces, the concern, they cycle through a range of facial expressions.

A lot to lean my dear by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on

One of the judges appeared to be teaching a young girl, on what to look for in heavy horses. His face said a lot, disappointment, disbelief. As if she should know what to look for as he explained it a million times.

From the heavy horses, we went onto the Carriages. Some classics round the ring, gorgeous jet black horses.

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Untitled by Michael Thompson

And that was about it for the day, and I decided to head home with a full memory card.

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