Last weekend it was the return of BBC Countryfile live 2018, held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. This event attracts everything to do with the countryside, with the weather being hot attracted over 150 000 visitors to the area, during its four days.
I was lucky enough to be able to return and enjoy this day out amongst colleagues from work as well as meeting a few friends there. Armed with my Nikon D-7200 and a fast 70-200mm 2.8 lens only, I set out to see what I could capture from the days activities, mind you there was plenty going on.
Being spoilt for choice I decided mainly to concentrate on people and their activities and it was not long before I found plenty to photograph, from timber sport, UK championships, to big barn celebrities talking about their goals in life, not forgetting the various chefs giving the public their cooking tips. Looking around this vast area I noticed that the shaded areas within the grounds were getting full with people taking a rest whilst eating ice cream and taking in plenty of fluids, dont blame them as the temperature reached the dizzy heights of 30 degrees, bit hot for me running around capturing images for this blog, worth the sweat to get them.
Highlights for me were sitting down in the shaded area of the big barn and listening to the various speakers, Doug Allen & Martyn Harries talking about their experiences working on Blue Planet 11 and not forgetting BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison talking about her experiences on working with the team on Countryfile.
It was nice to have a wee break shortly afterwards and listen to a brass band playing whilst enjoying a nice refreshing ice cream under a shaded tree, then it was my final onslaught to the main stage where all of the BBC Countryfile presenters were all on stage at once, being interviewed by the reverend Richard Coles, ex Communards musician, he did a grand job.
So it was back to the RSPB stand to meet up with my work colleagues and help make a start to break down the stand for another year.
Next years BBC Countryfile live will be returning back to Blenheim Palace on 2-4th August 2019. Building on the success at Blenheim in the past two years there will be a BBC Countryfile live Northern event taking place at Castle Howard, near York on 15-18 August.