My 2017 Altamont Fair entries are…

It’s that time again.  An opportunity for me to enter my photography into the Altamont Fair’s photo competition.  Each year I bring what I think are the photos that will stand out, the ones that have the best chance of claiming silks, the photos that will impress the judges.

I’m entering three different competitions this year – one photography competition, one in the “goat photography” category, and a third entry that took an entire year to prepare.

I’ve had success at Altamont, but I’ve also failed.  This is not unusual – for years, I would submit my best artworks, only to see them ribbon-less when the Fair began.  I half-joked about an “Altamont Curse,” and then one day three of my four artworks picked up silks.  No more curse.  At least not at Altamont.  Even though I’m not sure I can say the same thing in Syracuse.  😀

A few years ago, I started entering specialty competitions at the Fair – The Jumbuck picked up a blue ribbon in the “Sheep Photography” category (yes, there is one), while two other pictures, Rutland the Goat and We Are Not Chickens, snagged blue silks in the “Goat Photography” category.  Oh yeah, and there’s a “Chicken Photography” category, but I don’t think they’d appreciate me submitting a photo of last night’s dinner from KFC as an entry.  Ha.

That being said, here are my entries for the 2017 Altamont Fair competitions.  Let’s start with my four submissions for the Art and Home Center.


Step and Pivot
Step and Pivot. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak 400 film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Essentially this year, I’m entering this time-shifting neon photograph in nearly every single competition.  Hey, when you pick up an award at the 2017 Photo Regionals with this little creation, yeah sure you have to run with what works, right?


What the Grasshopper Saw. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens with Kenko 180° attachment. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yes, my bug’s eye view of the tulips at Washington Park will get some love this year.  I’m hoping that the judges find it whimsical and inventive.  And that it deserves a ribbon.  😀


Meteor Over Ursa Major. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens, with coal suede matte. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This picture is being submitted in the Altamont Fair’s themed category for 2017, “A Moment In  Time.”  Because let me tell you something, if I didn’t press that shutter button at that exact moment in time … that shooting star would have shot straight past me and I wouldn’t get a second try.  Such is life, I guess.


Farrell. Leica M3 camera, Kodak HIE Infrared film with Hoya R72 filter. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

My original plan was to put one of my milk crate art pieces in the show, unfortunately I forgot that the piece I wanted to enter here was brought to Syracuse for judging into the New York State Fair.  Silly me.  Thankfully, I have this picture as a so-called “backup plan.”  And I can enter it in the black-and-white photo category.

As for my entry in goat photography, I went back to my archive and pulled a picture from my trip last year to Mack Brin Farms … and look who I captured.


Chile.  Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Chile is the sire of the San Clemente Island goats at Mack Brin Farms, and his hornspan was twice as long as you see here.  Unfortunately, one of his sons got a bit rambunctious and knocked Chile’s horn off.  Goat still keeps going, and like a honey badger, he don’t care.

And as for the final entry??

As you may have seen from a previous blog post, I’ve brought…


Dream Window 21: Head, Heart, Health and Hands. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

That’s right, my Dream Window is appearing in the Arts and Crafts building, as it was entered in that discipline’s “Recycle Your Ribbons” contest.  Judging was last Saturday, and as much as I wanted to take a peek in the building to see how I did … I couldn’t do it.

I wrote this blog post to appear AFTER the Fair opened, so that the judges would not be influenced in any way, shape or form by this blog.  Other entrants don’t have a blog to promote their work, so I must remain fair to them as well.

The Altamont Fair opens today.  I hope to find out the results tonight.

I’ve done everything I could do.

It’s now all in the hands and the eyes of the judges.

The waiting begins.