I’ve had a pretty respectable run with the Big E’s photo competition. In my last five years of entering photos in this show, I’ve pulled a ribbon with every photo entered. And four of my photos – The Jumbuck, Jesus Saves, Poestenkill Falls and The Heavens Above, The Forest Below – have claimed first place blue ribbons in Springfield.
So I’m ready to enter my three photos this year …
Oh wait. It’s only two photos this year for me. I could get a third photo if I took a picture of a Massachusetts farm and entered it … but I’m not really stoked enough to traipse around farmland in the Bay State this year. So two photos it is.
This year, once again, I can enter two photos, and I can split my entries between black-and-white shots and color shots.
And after much thought and self-reflection, I chose my two entries, had them foam-boarded and matted and mounted, and got them ready for the show.
The problem was … I could only select two. So I chose one B&W and one color, and went with those choices.
My two entries for the 2017 Big E photograph contest at the Eastern States Exposition are …
STONE, SALTWATER, SURF AND SEAGULLS
For me to enter this picture … I’m taking a big chance. This isn’t my normal “make cameras do what they’re not supposed to do” photo. This is more of my “I sure hope Chuck Miller doesn’t fall off the rocks to his watery grave” photos.
STEP AND PIVOT
Again, I couldn’t enter the full-length version of this picture in competition, so I figured I’d at least go with the abbreviated shot.
So why didn’t I enter pictures like What the Grasshopper Saw or Faith and Frost or Meteor Over Ursa Major or some other shots?
Again … I could only enter two images. I couldn’t submit two others under an alias, that wouldn’t have been fair, now would it?
Also, the Big E only allows photos that were taken no older than September of the previous year, so my Perseid meteor shot at the Corinth reservoir – which was taken in mid-August – would have been two weeks PRIOR to the cutoff point.
I certainly could have added shots like The Constellation Sylvania or The Switchback or a myriad of other images … but …
It’s all good. Maybe next year I can enter a swank eclipse shot, or that dream photo from the Boreas Ponds that still taunts my subconscious, or some other treasured image that hasn’t even entered my mind yet.
But if I’m limited to two shots … let it be THOSE two shots.
Fingers crossed and lots of hope. 😀