The 2016 New Forest and Hampshire County Show brought together its usual vast array of people, animals and machines which form the integral parts of our rural way of life. It was as popular as ever this year, helped by mostly dry weather and around 95,000 people descended on New Park near Brockenhurst to enjoy the festival atmosphere. Here are some of our favourite moments from this year.
Perhaps in some ways 2014 was the year I fell back in love with photography. Not that I ever disliked it before then, but over the preceding 18 months perhaps a certain staleness was creeping in. But moving to the New Forest permanently in December 2013 re-connected me with nature and gave my photography renewed purpose. Here are ten images that hopefully capture that re-kindling.
As winter started to bite in the UK, I decided to head for warmer climes and fulfil a long-held desire to visit Morocco and in particular the Atlas Mountains, the highest mountain range in North Africa and gateway to the Sahara desert beyond. As this was my first trip to the area I didn’t have a specific plan other than to try and get acquainted with the mountains and the villages of the Berber people who call them home.
Autumn in the UK means my favourite wildlife event of the year, the annual rut of our deer species and the New Forest is one of the best places in the UK to watch this spectacle as we have populations of both Red and Fallow deer, Due to other commitments I wasn’t able to spend as long as I would have liked this year covering the rut in detail and spending the long hours it takes to capture spectacular rutting action, but given that the deer are present all around my home (literally, in the garden sometimes!) then there was no excuse not at least get out and capture some portraits.
I had a bit of a landmark birthday in September 2014, turning the grand old age of 40. Thanks to some extremely generous donations by members of my family I was able to rush out and buy myself another camera body. There was really only one choice in my mind, the Nikon D800. With the recent release of the D810, it’s older sibling could now be picked up 2nd hand at excellent value and it’s still one hell of a camera with its amazing full-frame 36MP sensor.