E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image A buyer's-eye view of the Beaulieu Road Sale Ring

A buyer's-eye view of the Beaulieu Road Sale Ring

Following on directly from yesterday's picture, this is the typical 'buyer's view' at the sales, showing the auctioneer and some of the buyers at the Pony Sales in October.

Probably not the 'best' picture, it was rather cramped and didn't seem reasonable to shove potential buyers out of the way to get a photo. However, I think it captures the atmosphere.

If somebody is planning to bid for a pony they will first look at all those for sale, by checking the holding pens and noting the yellow number on the pony's rump.
They register their name, address and bank details with the Auctioneer and are given a bidder's number, which is printed on a large piece of card.
When a pony is brought into the sale ring buyers bid by raising their numbered card in the air, the auctioneer raises the amount by a standard sum for each bid. (Livestock in the UK is traditionally sold for 'Guineas'. A guinea is £1 and 1 shilling, now £1.05)
When there are no further bids the price is called out three times and the 'Hammer falls' ... the auctioneer hit his wooden hammer on a block of wood, and calls out the highest bidder's number.
Once the pony has been paid for, and paperwork completed, it can be taken to its' new home.

I've chosen to make this picture monochrome because I don't think the scene will have changed much since the sales were moved to Beaulieu Road when the railway was built through from Southampton to Dorchester, although the sale site itself has changed. The whole site was rebuilt in 2002 to meet Health and Safety and Animal Welfare standards.

There are more snippets of information about the sales in with other pictures in my archive; an aerial view of the area is linked in the one for 30th November 2006.

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A buyer's-eye view of the Beaulieu Road Sale Ring

Following on directly from yesterday's picture, this is the typical 'buyer's view' at the sales, showing the auctioneer and some of the buyers at the Pony Sales in October.

Probably not the 'best' picture, it was rather cramped and didn't seem reasonable to shove potential buyers out of the way to get a photo. However, I think it captures the atmosphere.

If somebody is planning to bid for a pony they will first look at all those for sale, by checking the holding pens and noting the yellow number on the pony's rump.
They register their name, address and bank details with the Auctioneer and are given a bidder's number, which is printed on a large piece of card.
When a pony is brought into the sale ring buyers bid by raising their numbered card in the air, the auctioneer raises the amount by a standard sum for each bid. (Livestock in the UK is traditionally sold for 'Guineas'. A guinea is £1 and 1 shilling, now £1.05)
When there are no further bids the price is called out three times and the 'Hammer falls' ... the auctioneer hit his wooden hammer on a block of wood, and calls out the highest bidder's number.
Once the pony has been paid for, and paperwork completed, it can be taken to its' new home.

I've chosen to make this picture monochrome because I don't think the scene will have changed much since the sales were moved to Beaulieu Road when the railway was built through from Southampton to Dorchester, although the sale site itself has changed. The whole site was rebuilt in 2002 to meet Health and Safety and Animal Welfare standards.

There are more snippets of information about the sales in with other pictures in my archive; an aerial view of the area is linked in the one for 30th November 2006.

my vfxy

comments (14)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2006, 01:50
This shot really does superbly in monochrone, Ellie. I particularly like that you are facing the autioneer and can see all the onlookers behind him. It appears that this is quite the gathering for the October event. A big social event!
EJWilkins: Thank you Ginnie. I've never been to one of these sales before, they aren't held very often so all the pony people turn out.
I love the crowded feeling of the pic. Makes me feel front and center.
Nice job!
EJWilkins: Thanks Josie, it really was very difficult to move on the stands.
Nice moment Ellie, it's rush hours there. i like the monotone of this pic. like the old era.Regards
I like this shot, I like how you have included enough things to look at both in the background and foreground! the BW idea works here too..great shot.
Looks like your picture directly comes out the 40's !!! Nice and retro atmosphere thats to your warm b&w I guess. A lovely shot !
Such a typically English scene Ellie, very, very good work indeed. I love the mono conversion and the totally crowded frame, it really does work so well. Kind regards, Neil.
Lovely picture. The view is great. It must be fun to be present there.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 10:39
This really captures the essense of the day Ellie with the hustle a bussle. Lovely shot. Mal
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Dec 2006, 10:51
If this is not a "best" shot then i would love to see the best one. This is great and the b&w works well. I think you succeeded in creating the timeless effect.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 5 Dec 2006, 12:01
Nice capture Ellie!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2006, 14:10
This is a really interesting series. I agree with the b/w conversion for this one. It has something of a historical air anyway with all the funky hats and the wooden structure.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 20:16
The conversion is great Ellie and I love the crowded scne. When I was scrolling down to read your narrative I noticed you actually have two pictures here. If you crop below the caller down to the notice board there's another shot there all on it's on, superb.

J
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 21:48
Nicely converted Ellie, not easy to get clean shots in crowded situations.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 6 Dec 2006, 01:11
Good shot.

Suby

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