Tomorrow, after judging has completed, I’ll share with you the six images I’ve chosen from my collection of 2021 and 2022 photos for submission to the 2022 New York State Fair Photography Competition. And trust me, if I’m culling these images from the list … you know I’m trusting my gut with the six I’m keeping.
So who’s not going to Syracuse this year?
Unfortunately, these images did NOT make the cut.
AT THE EDGE OF QUECHEE
I really wanted to enter this photo at Syracuse. I really did. But the colors aren’t as bright as I want, those annoying power lines are in the frame, and the spillway under the bridge isn’t very defined.
FISHING AT SILK BRIDGE
This would be a great photo for Syracuse. But because the photo contains a person with a recognizable face, and since I didn’t get his signed permission as a photo model … this photo is ineligible for the NYS Fair. Hey, stuff happens …
AMERICAN LEGION 927 SALUTE
That’s the same reason why, although I would love to showcase this image (I got muzzle flash on that final shooter), without signed model releases for all five Legionnaires, it would get bounced from competition in a heartbeat.
SNOWFLAKE ON RED 2
Did I get a swank snowflake photo? Yes I did. Is that photo grainy and blocky and unworthy of competition? Yes, it is.
EMPIRE STATE PLAZA FIREWORKS 2021
Did I have major success with a lenticular print last year? I certainly did. Do I think I’d be pushing my luck by submitting another lenticular print, when I can challenge myself to something more enticing for 2022? Yes, I could.
SARATOGA, CORINTH AND HUDSON CROSSING
If I could enter seven images in Syracuse, this would be one of the seven I’d choose. Unfortunately, I am limited to six entries. But maybe I can find a home elsewhere for this.
CHESTER ARTHUR’S METEOR
Maybe if the tau Herculids meteor shower actually WAS a shower and not just one meteor here and there. Maybe if there wasn’t a ton of light pollution in the distance. Maybe if I photographed this in such a way that the Chester Arthur gravestone actually appeared more defined. There’s too many “maybes” for this image. Sadly, as much as I like it, it’s staying here and not going to Syracuse.
THE CARISSIMA WEAVE
I’ve been playing around with this “weave” technique for years. And as much as I would like this image to stand out … it’s more of a “proof of concept” instead of a “holy shit that’s an awesome concept.” I can do better than this.
ST. MARY’S FIREWORKS
This one … well, by the time I shot it and processed it … it was too late to enter it for Syracuse. I may, however, keep this one around for something else should the opportunity present itself.
So now you’ve seen the images that DIDN’T make the trip to the New York State Fair.
Tomorrow … I’ll show you what I DID choose as my six for Syracuse.
And hopefully at least one of those six will grace the walls of the Harriet May Mills Art Center. At least one.
Look, I had five out of six make the walls last year. Ain’t no way I’m going to get that lucky again. Trust me. I’m a decent photographer, but I’m in NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM bold enough to suggest I’d get five photos accepted this year.
But maybe with the six I reveal tomorrow … I’ll have a chance of at least representing my works.