The weather for the dog show was warm, but the light conditions were alternating between cloudy and sunny, with the threat of rain happily never materialising for the day.
I spent a good few hours there, shooting well over 800 images and making some new contacts amongst the dog owners and breeders; one of these was Melanie Hannam of Charoite Siberians, whom I met at the side of the Siberian Husky ring. A big fan of huskies, my fiancee had asked me to take pictures of these lovely dogs, and I provoked her curiosity further when I sent her a text message claiming to have seen a double of the famous "Demon", the lead dog in Cuba Gooding Jr's comedy "Snow Dogs". Turns out the superb animal in question was Melanie's amazingly cute female Husky called Raven. I was honoured to notice that Melanie used the below picture as a main image on her website's page dedicated to Raven.
I find myself thinking about other dog show events and even Husky races that are staged around the country. As this year progresses, and I learn more and more about myself as a photographer and about what I can do with my camera, I am thinking more and more about which direction I could or should take with my photography. Lots to think about...
Before the Leeds Championship Dog Show, Harewood played host to the Medieval Harewood event on Sunday, 17 July. This was planned to be a huge festival, with Medieval archeology talks and walks, visits to Medieval Gawthorpe Hall ruins on the estate, re-enactments and many other exciting activities. However, the capricious British summer weather decided to turn into something more like October. Because of the heavy rain and low temperatures, which also kept a lot of people away, many events in the programme got cancelled. The weather, as well as the unexpected death of Lord Harewood on the Monday before, diluted the event's atmosphere. But I am reliably informed that next year's event will more than make up for it, and will REALLY be something to see.
In the event, I took limited shots, with most of them being of a re-enactment group.
I apologise for not jotting down the name of the group in my book at the time, but I plan to update the blog soon as I get the name, as I arranged to supply them with a few images. There were interesting displays of candle-making (see second photo below), medieval cooking (the food looked, smelled and tasted divine!), as well as many other demonstrations of middle-ages crafts and every-day living. For example, the tools in the picture below may look like a tanner's, or some other craftsman's trade tools. I was astonished to be told that, in fact, they are a doctor's instruments!
I should also really get a self-portrait onto the website at some point, as readers who may go to these events can spot me and pop over for a chat if they like.
Goodbye for now and until next time - enjoy the outdoors, the places you can visit for free or cheaply - there are so many around each area of the country, no matter where you are, from Inverness to Brighton!