My entries for the 2021 Iowa State Fair Photography Competition

And on Friday afternoon … Competition Season 2021 officially began for me. I sent four photos to the Iowa Sate Fair’s Photography Salon. I’ve had some success with Iowa in the past – in 2018, two of my pictures made the walls of the art gallery on the Fairgrounds, with What the Grasshopper Saw taking…

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I need a shot of this bridge before this bridge gets shot.

This shouldn’t bother me as much as it does. But it kinda does. And I’d better get a decent photo of this before it gets torn down or modified beyond recognition. I shall explain. What you see here is a photo of the old Delaware and Hudson railroad bridge that spans New Scotland Avenue. I’ve…

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So I’m going to go splitfilm for my Mid-Hudson Regionals entries.

Many years ago, when I first got involved in photography, I tried establishing my own creative niche, especially in the use of lo-fi film photography. And one of my more successful endeavors involved a concept I called “splitfilm,” where I shot two rolls of film in one camera, or I shot small-format film in medium-format…

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A Steam Locomotive Audible. Strasburg Number 90.

Last week, when I returned from my excursion to photograph the steam locomotives at Pennsylvania’s Strasburg Rail Road, I went through the shots captured and pulled out two nice-looking images. They’re here. I liked both of them, I really did. But there was something on each one that, well, I could have submitted them as…

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And the Big E’s photo competition is open for 2021.

Well now, look what’s back. After offering a COVID-limited online photo competition (for which I snagged a best in show, yeah baby), the Eastern States Exposition, also known as the Big E, is opening up their Call for Art for the 2021 season. And that means their photo competition is active again. Holy crap, there…

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After ten years … do I dare enter it again?

Background. About ten years ago, I tried my luck at entering my photos at the Mohawk Hudson Regionals, one of the top art exhibitions in the area. The photos were rejected faster than a Trump supporter on a Bumble date. And when I posted a blog about the rejection, several other members of the art…

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Silos, Parking and Foamers: Chuck’s taking pictures again.

6:00 a.m. Saturday morning. I’ve already loaded my car with four cameras, the tank is full of gasoline, and I’ve been studying Google Earth to the level of treasure-hunting. Well, technically, I am hunting for treasure. I want to photograph a train today. Not just any train, mind you. There is a heritage railroad in…

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An alternate take on the Ocular 6

Last month, I took some dream-inspired photos of my eyeglasses against the image of my living room Venetian blinds. And the best of the pictures was this image, which I called “The Ocular 6.” I still like this photo, don’t get me wrong. But I wanted to try something with it. Right now, all I…

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