So I got the word from the New York State Fair… and the pictures that passed the first round are…

I just heard from the organizers of the New York State Fair.  And they think that two of my six submissions have passed the first round of judging.

It’s not six – but it’s two.  Two have passed through, and have a good shot of picking up some display space in the Harriet May Mills Art Gallery at the Great New York State Fair.

And I was able to confirm that just because four of my pictures were dismissed in the first round of judging, I am still allowed to submit any or all of the rejected photos if I so choose.  Heck, I could submit all six if I wanted to.

So here’s what I’m going to do.   First, I’m going to let you all know which two the judges liked – the ones they definitely want to see in the competition.  And, to be totally honest, when I found out the information, I was pleased – surprised – shocked – and amazed.

Hard to do all that in the same day.

Here’s the e-mail I received.

Dear Chuck, Thank you for submitting your CD for pre-judging. Although you will be receiving registration for all your entries the judges have requested the following for final judging:” The Agfa Bridge Over Ansco Lake” and “Lodge’s in Polaroid  PolaBlue” . Please have these two ready for actual delivery on the receiving days in Aug. Sincerely, Gail Glagola   Fine Art & Photo Superintendent

So the two that the judges definitely liked and want to see for the final judging round are:


(alternative photo color technique)

I blogged about creating this picture at this link.

That’s right, folks, Albany’s oldest continuously operating store made it past the first cut.  Holla!

PHOTO INFO: Nikon F100 camera, 28mm E series lens. Polaroid PolaBlue film, ISO 10. Photographed in Albany, New York, June 2011.


(“Swiss Roll” layered film technique)

I blogged about creating this picture at this link.

I didn’t think another splitfilm would get through, after I got an honorable mention last year for my Coca-Cola splitfilm picture… but thankfully I was wrong!

PHOTO INFO: Agfa Chief camera, Agfa Vista 35mm 200 film AND Ansco All Weather Pan 616 film. Photographed in Albany, New York, May 2011.

Now granted, the “Still Life: Coca-Cola Picnic” shot was my first attempt at a still life, and I aimed that image more for consideration at the Big E.  I can see why the judges might not like that one.  And the “9-11 Never Forget” picture – which, believe it or not, I got a glowing review on my flickr site from fellow photog Bennett Campbell – was dismissed as well.

The other two that got bounced – “The Railsplitter” and “Midnight at the Palace Theater” – were surprises to me.  I thought at least one of those might get through.

So now I have to think about this.

The Fair judges DEFINITELY want to see “The Agfa Bridge Over Ansco Lake” and “Lodge’s in Polaroid Polablue.”  So those two are definitely getting printed and dry-mounted.  No question about that.

But let me ask you this.

Should I consider entering one or two of the other pictures – “Midnight at the Palace Theater” and “The Railsplitter” – just for the hell of it?  Both of them are going to be entered in the Altamont Fair competition, so it’s not like they’re getting completely shut out of competitions.

And this doesn’t mean that I’m out of the woods just yet.  My photos have only gotten past one round of judging.  There’s another set of judges, and my stuff – even the ones that passed the first round – could still get dismissed.

No question – I’ve got to foam-board two entries.  But should I foam-board one additional entry – or maybe two?  And the cost of foam-boarding and dry-mounting is going to come out of my back pocket, so I also have to consider my budget.

So here are the two that I want to consider entering into the competition anyway.


(Kodachrome technique)

I could argue that I want at least one Kodachrome shot into the Fair, since I won’t get a chance to enter any new Kodachrome shots next year.

PHOTO INFO: Nikkormat FTn, 50mm f/1.4 lens, Kodachrome 64 film. Photographed in Voorheesville, New York, August 2010.


(black and white night shot technique)

This still has to win something.  I can not give up on this picture.

PHOTO INFO: Nikon F100, Kiev MIR-20H fisheye lens, f/8 at 30 seconds, efke 25 film. Photographed in Albany, New York, April 2011.

So here’s what I can do.  In addition to foamboarding the Agfa-Ansco photo and the Lodge’s photo, I could:

  • Prepare “Midnight at the Palace Theater” for entry.
  • Prepare “The Railsplitter” for entry.
  • Prepare both of them for entry.
  • Prepare neither, and just go with the two entries that the judges currently heart.

What to do, what to do…

Help me out, readers?

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