The South of England show is held annually (early June)in Ardingly, West Sussex. This three day agricultural show is very large and can attract in excess of 80,000 people. In addition to the livestock competitions and shows there are a variety of related events and country shopping.
The day started with sunshine but a very dark cloud loomed in the background. Once the storm reached us the rain, thunder and lightning stopped activities for at least an hour. We were trapped in the pig and sheep covered pens without rainwear or umbrellas so decided to photograph the very few people braving the rainstorm. For those who know her, the actress Penelope Keith (known for many TV roles such as Margo in the sitcom, 'the Good Life') was a few yards away in very elegant but totally unsuitable summer clothes. She was the 2013 President of the agricultural show. From her expression in the WS I can imagine that she was saying 'you expect me to go out in this!'. Once the rain stopped the sun shone for the rest of the day!
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snunney (73060) 2013-09-02 3:45
The picture says it all; at least the lady in the red coat had the forethought to bring an umbrella. Excellent daily life composition; I can almost hear the raindrops clattering on the path!
tyro (15841) 2013-09-02 3:54
What a brilliant pair of photographs you've given us this morning!
Your main picture is one of the best I have ever seen of torrential rain, the huge raindrops "fair stottin'" off the ground! The lady in red with the umbrella seems to be coping well and is placed perfectly in the frame as she marches onward, but the less appropriately clad fellow to the left appears to be suffering as he tramps through the deeply filled gutter to seek the pavement.
Gorgeous colours and good light too, perfect representation of the rain with a moderately slow shutter speed, and excellent details and sharpness.
And, of course, I love your workshop picture too. Penelope Keith was always one of my favourites but, although she is dressed immaculately here, her face does not have quite the elegant composure which we normally associate with her! I believe she must be a very nice person and I also believe that she is a lot more approachable than her screen appearance would have us believe. Funnily enough, many years ago when I was far less grey and also sported a moustache, a nice elderly lady patient of mine thought that I looked like Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles) - could you believe that? :o)
serp2000 (33437) 2013-09-02 4:48
This is just a today's condition behind my door. We've got a real rainy cool Autumn time . Brrrr.... I miss the Summer again. Expressive moment, it looks like a waterfall.
Take care! ;)
timecapturer (37470) 2013-09-02 5:21
well this shot sums up a British summer succinctly. Although this year has been relatively good. I was at the Shoreham Airshow this weekend and it was warm and clear - most unusual. Love the way you have composed and captured this image, such detail, especially the movement of the rain and the obvious sense of fun from the younger individuals sheltering.
Margo's expression is priceless too!
Have a good week - Brian.
Romano46 (11951) 2013-09-02 5:28
sei capace di trasformare anche un fastidioso evento atmosferico in una piacevole foto, come in questo caso, cogliendo nella igliore delle maniere le espressioni dei soggetti ripresi, il cadere della pioggia senza peraltro trascurare colori e nitidezza che appaiono impeccabili.
Ho ben ragione a sostenere che tu sei una delle più brave fotografe che propongono le loro opere in TE.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
claudeD (27058) 2013-09-02 7:14
very good rain picture showing very well this big rainfall. I really can hear the rain falling down on the street ... Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
holmertz (31600) 2013-09-02 8:09
So you go celebrity spotting among the pigs and sheep? :-)
This is, in its own way, a very nice picture. A red coat and an umbrella will save a picture even on a rainy day. The intense rain makes the picture very expressive and vivid and the lack of light didn't give you any problems.
subhendu_bagchi (21370) 2013-09-02 9:01
nice shot which describing the atmosphere clearly. Love the drop of rains falling. Nicely spotted the man in red, though I think it will better to catch him just a fraction of second. Though overall I like your composition a lot. Tfs.
CLODO (26652) 2013-09-02 9:18
hats off Ann for this truly every day life, well focus and with a large aperture giving a low DOF, blurring the tourists under the shelter!
cornejo (22796) 2013-09-02 10:09
Hi Ann, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting scene varano storm very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
gildasjan (39628) 2013-09-02 10:11
Très belle réalisation sous la pluie cette image.Du très bon job photographique.
goodwill (4879) 2013-09-02 10:14
Raining cats and dogs!!
This is a spectacular view of the rain drops, slight blurr, highly effective and indeed impressive.
Initially I thought you used a slow shutter speed, but now I realize the big size of the rain drops.
Run towards shelter!!
Glint (5953) 2013-09-02 10:21
I have a rueful smile on my face as I look at this. I was at a small agricultural show on Saturday and it rained too.
I like that we can see the vertical slashes of rain and the way it bounces under foot. Pity though that the woman in red isn't walking into the frame.I do like the way those youngsters are behind the curtain of rain. Very evocative.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-02 10:37
Technically speaking this is excellent; capturing rain so effectively is not an easy thing to do in itself, let alone capturing it at the same time this moment occurred with the people positioned as they were.
drt100 (2029) 2013-09-02 16:15
A real life view of the feeling of rain ... well captured. One can hear the sound as the cool water hits the ground and fills the air ... the people wait for that break they hope comes soon and be able to get on to where they wish to go. We have all been here, but you have caught this kind on moment well. TFS
worldcitizen (5697) 2013-09-02 16:37
Now THAT'S a downpour! I like a good summer storm, but not if I get caught in it!! I like that there's only one brave soul walking past with an umbrella, while everyone else is waiting for a break in the rain. Great job in freezing the pounding droplets as they fall.
macjake (45896) 2013-09-02 21:44
Oh, for a second there I thought you were in Vancouver!!!!!! haha
Yes, Vancouver is known for its rain! and starting in November, its going to keep raining 6 days a week until April or May! sigh....well at least there won't be any snow.
I almost always avoid the rain when it comes to taking photos, but when i see shots like this it makes me re-think my entire strategy!
this looks pretty darn cool i must say.
Fun times I must say, and i'm glad to hear it stopped soon after :)
ChrisJ (91420) 2013-09-03 1:21
Oh dear! I was lucky with the weather in England when I was there just recently. Still, if it didn't rain so much, England wouldn't be green, and you'd get the horrific wildfires of Spain, Portugal, and Greece which were VERY dry, when I was there late August. I like the repetition of the shoes and legs of the bg crowd with the man at left breaking the pattern to add interest. Good choice of a slow shutter speed to elongate the rain drops. Tfs!
willperrett (4187) 2013-09-03 2:21
Great capture here! Your choice of shutter speed is just right to register the rain drops and splashes. The colours are vibrant despite the weather, and the composition (for what is obviously a grab shot) is spot on. Love it!
saxo042 (33996) 2013-09-03 8:46
I see any cats or dogs here, only rain. A very nice picture, if you can watch it like this, on the screen. The red jackets are still very eye-catching.
Silvio1953 (106048) 2013-09-03 11:15
Ciao Ann, fascinating raining composition, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
williewhistler (10005) 2013-09-03 14:47
how very brave and observant of you,whilst everyone else covers their camera from the elements you take advantage of the situation to grab a lovely shot,the pouring rain bouncing off the road combined the stooped figure and the figure in red all add up to a cracking shot. Great.
Best regards Les.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-09-04 4:47
This is almost a cliché, it is english weather as everybody outside of England think it is suppose to be. Although I must admit that in all my visits to the UK, I never had any rain yet.
The downpour is quite impressing and makes for a very dynamic shot indeed. Choosing a low exposure has certainly added a lot to record the long streaks of rain in the picture.
have a great day
kasianowak (3474) 2013-09-04 13:14
Wonderful creative image, a great example of how to use available light and weather conditions! It goes straight to my favs.
Also, perfect timing for that shot in WS, it really made me smile. :)
GiovanniG (2315) 2013-09-04 20:49
I had a chance to look over your remarkable collection of captures and this one really pleased me as this kind of capture is so difficult for me. The composition and perspective are fantastic! Very well done sir!
Warmest regards and thanks,
fabbs99 (11440) 2013-09-06 19:24
Classic shot in the rains.Excellent exposure and timing in the shot.Very well done,TFS.
eldancer1 (20950) 2013-09-10 7:46
Amazing capture of the rain! It must have been coming very fast that 1/125 of a second did not stop action. Very well done, tfs.
PiotrF (2380) 2013-09-10 10:06
Very good rain picture showing and interesting scene. Great capture here! Creative image.
ktanska (22748) 2013-09-10 10:55
Bad weather needs to be very bad before it becomes picturescue. I mean normal rain hardly shows in pictures. But this one is very visible, load and clear! People really squeeze into whatever shalter there's in the background. And that umbrella is tightly stuck to top of the head.
mesutilgim (73216) 2013-09-13 3:03
A good photographer can find a theme under any circumstances !
Most probably it's the "only one" throughout TE.
TFS and best regards
adores (31019) 2013-09-16 14:16
Rain really offers great photo opportunities! The effect of the rain falling and all those people looking for shelter are just perfect. I like it with the person passing with the red shirt. Seems a really heavy rain and I believe that the actress so well dressed makes a great contrast in such show:)!
batalay (33495) 2013-09-26 19:34
What a dramatic shot... with the sky having opened up. I think it was in the summer of 1969 when I happened to be on a lift in London, and the elevator operator commented about the deluge conditions outside: "It's all your (Americans) fault," catching me by surprise. (This was shortly before mankind's first landing on the moon.) "You've put holes in the sky with your rockets, no wonder it rains the way it does!"
I like your personal note regarding the vicissitudes of the weather in the summer.
bayno (18338) 2013-09-27 23:59
a different photo, I really like, the heavy rain is well taken, the image neatly trimmed, beautiful tone and atmosphere very well rendered..good one...
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (15659)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-07
- Categories: Event
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Kasia's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-02 2:52