Deadline day for San Francisco…

So today’s my final day.  At midnight tonight, the ten entries I submitted for the San Francisco Bay Month of Photography art show will be locked.  After tomorrow, my photos are in the hands of he judges.

If any of my pictures are selected, I will be happy.


I entered the San Francisco Bay art show four years ago, and one of my pictures – iThe Three-Two Pitch, a slit-shot photo of a minor league pitcher in action – achieved a Silver Award in the show.

I paid for ten entries, and submitted eight.  Among my submissions were the lenticular print Vivaldi’s Pond, my ten-month Solarcan exposure American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368, my neon dancing image Step and Pivot, and recent exposures The Mahari Stream and Ladies Make Their Own Entrances.

That still left me with two entries.

Bonding. Rolleiflex Automat MX camera, Kodak EIR (“Aerochrome”) film with yellow filter. Photo by Chuck

And in the end … for now … I went with…

Bonding, one of my Aerochrome infrared shots of geese and goslings in Washington Park.  I already entered one Aerochrome picture, the powerful Aerochrome Falls, so this would be my second shot.  Plus, I still feel some love for this picture.   But then again, that’s me thinking out loud.

That brings me to nine.  And for the tenth picture, I dusted off…

The Heavens Above, The Forest Below. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.

This was my first true successful attempt at a Milky Way photo.  I captured it in Essex County, along the banks of a deserted pond.  It did sorta well for itself, and it’s still one of my favorites in terms of noctography.

Now here’s the kicker.

The Heavens Above, The Forest Below is, for all practical purposes of this discussion, “on the bubble.”

What does that mean?

Last Saturday, I took some pictures in Saratoga County.  The subject of the photos will be explained in a future blog.  I took twelve images with my trusty Rolleiflex Automat MX.

Last Monday, I submitted that roll of film to McGreevy Pro Lab, my film developer of choice.  This morning, they e-mailed me and said the film was developed and ready for pickup.

So if there’s an image on that roll that I think is superior to The Heavens Above, The Forest Below ….

Then I have until midnight tonight to effectuate a last-minute swap.

I know, I know, I’ve done this in the past.  I’ve probably dropped a sure winner and replaced it with an unknown.

In the past, that’s never worked out for me.

Okay, last year it did, when I submitted my infrared black and white tombstone photo Farrell at Altamont when my previous entry suffered a broken hanging wire.  And Farrell became my first-ever blue ribbon at Altamont for a competition photo in the Fine Arts Building.  So … I guess sometimes it works.

So let’s see how things turn out, shall we?

As far as right now, I’ve got nine solid shots and a tenth that is sorta solid … with a pinch-hitter ready to crash the lineup as necessary.

Here we go.

Let’s make this happen.