A final trip to Altamont for 2019 …

So I did my Sunday trip to the Altamont Fair – ostensibly to see if my picture had claimed the People’s Choice award (it didn’t, a photo of a snowy squirrel did)… And I also made a pilgrimage to the Arts and Crafts building, which I did not do on Tuesday, to see if there…

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Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night

After my recent success in mixing vintage Verichrome Pan film with Kodak Instamatic film (88 Minutes in Chinatown), I wanted to try this splitfilm trick again.  And I wanted to create something that was a “day versus night” exposure, using the lights of an amusement park or the midway of a county fair to build…

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24 miles from Shakedown Street…

I have some detractors – well, I call them “family” – who will say that I would travel a thousand miles to get a photograph, but I wouldn’t travel across the street to visit them. Well, yeah.  The photograph trip is more enjoyable than visiting my family. Such is the case last Sunday. I took…

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Altamont Fair 2019 photo results…

I changed up my routine this year.  My routine for the first day of the Altamont Fair is to drive over to the Fairgrounds as soon as I possibly could (the second after the clockout whistle blows on my day job), and then eat a meal at Josie’s on the Fairgrounds, and walk into the…

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My 2019 Altamont Fair entries are …

So here’s the deal. The Altamont Fair opens today. And in 2009, I entered my first photos in the Fair’s Fine Arts competition. It wasn’t until 2011 when I earned my first ribbons for my work. by 2013, my photo of an Icelandic sheep, The Jumbuck, picked up my first Altamont blue ribbon.  That was…

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So which (3) pictures made the Iowa State Fair photo salon in 2019?

Dang, this has been bugging me all summer. Last July, I received the Iowa State Fair Photography Competition’s yellow postcard o’ doom.  The one where they tell you if any of your pictures made the cut – if any won awards – or if none of your entries were accepted. I was very fortunate this…

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The New York State Fair postcards o’ doom are here…

I knew they would be in the mailbox. The postcards o’ doom. All with postmarks from Syracuse. Nine entries – six photographs, three artworks.  Nine little postcards, each one representing nine acceptances or nine rejections, or any combination of the same. Over the past few years, the postcards o’ doom have been a veritable albatross…

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My 2019 Big E entries are …

So last year, I entered two pictures at the Big E – along with one of my yarn-embroidered burlap sacks.  And as much as I wanted to enter another burlap sack project – I figured this year I would just keep things simple. I’m allowed to keep things simple.  It’s my blog and I can…

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A trip through the Old Game Farm in Catskill

It’s Saturday morning and I’m on a scouting spree. Let me explain. In 2006, the Catskill Game Farm closed operations, and all the animals inside went to new homes.  A new ownership group is currently offering tours of the old grounds, and is in the midst of renovating the property into a camp site. On…

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My 2019 New York State Fair entries are …

Ten years ago, I entered my first pictures in the New York State Fair’s photography competition – and one of my pictures, a basketball shot called Action Under the Basket, took an Honorable Mention ribbon. Since then, I’ve claimed three second place ribbons and a first place silk, as well as several honorable mentions for…

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