29 June 11
Posted at 8:53
As I spent nearly six days there it would be wrong for me not to mention Glastonbury and share a few images. I took the least number of photos and spent less time with my camera this year than I have at the last few Glastos. So as far as photography is concerned my school report for Glastonbury 2011 would read "Could do much better, Chris has the ability but is too easily distracted". So my cameras spent more time in the lock up than with me. Never the less I had a great time and in 2013 I will return, refreshed and hopefully with some press accreditation.
First of all an experiment, my first attempt at creating a panaoramic image
Two images stitched in photoshop and taken on the Thursday from the tower above the Park area (two hour queue for four minutes up there but worth it). For anyone unfamiliar with Glastonbury you really need to get there on the Wednesday in order to secure a decent place to pitch camp but the main stages do not open until Friday (there is no shortage of entertainment though!) So in the mid distance right of center you can make out both the Other and Pyramid stages with empty areas in from of them. This view is about two thirds of the festival site.
Time is not really important at Glastonbury but the period of travelling there and then getting in can be challenging. This year although the Wednesday was bright there had been a lot of rain previously and there were showers on the day. We were therefore welcomed with a little mud, nothing like what was to follow on Friday but a taster. Below are some images of folk arriving.
Seemed like a good idea when we left.
Not sure where he thinks he will plug that in!
Happy in the mud.
Think he'll put the tent up later
and here's a tent that won't even get slept in on the first night.
Even if you've lost your tent you can make friends and find somewhere to sit down and chill
Not everything happens on the main stages or even the smaller venues. In the Park there's an easy jam tent where folk just drop in and jam. A crowd gathers and there is spontaneous fun.
And for years they'll be saying 'Yeah 2011, that's when we played Glastonbury"
DJs churn out sounds at Cubehenge
but not everyone appreciates the tunes..
On the Friday night whilst Morrissey was on the Pyramid stage 'secret special guests' were to appear on the Park Stage. Prior to this I was off in some minor tent watching I am Kloot. I recieved a text from a mate advising that Radiohead were the surprise guests. I made rapid progress to get my camera gear and make my way to the Park, no mean feat, and get as near the front as I could to grab some shots. I'm pleased with the results..