The first BBC Countryfile Live has just taken place at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire.
Traffic chaos plagued the opening day, it didn’t help having the Wilderness Festival just a few miles up the road at Cornbury Park on at the same time, with many visitors turning round before they had reached Blenheim. Fortunately, I have friends in a local village and was able to park in a nearby lane and walk in on one of the footpaths through the palace grounds.
I had been invited to Countryfile Live because my image of Sturminster Newton Mill was one of twelve photographs displayed in the Art & Photography marquee to celebrate the tenth year of the Take A View ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ competition.
Sadly Charlie Waite had to leave early on the Sunday but left his Light & Land stands in the capable hands of tour leaders Carla Regler, Paul Sanders, Phil Malpas and Adrian Beasley. It was particularly interesting talking to Paul about our mutual experiences with the excellent FujiFilm X system cameras and lenses, although we both admitted secret lust for the new Hasselblad X1D!
Finally a big thanks to Emily, Diana and Charlie from Light & Land/Take A View for using my photo at the show and arranging the tickets.