My 2019 Iowa State Fair entries are …

And the game begins.  Iowa.  The de facto start for my Competition Season 2019. Yesterday, I mailed a package of four prints to Des Moines. Last year, I claimed my first blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair when my photo The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake claimed silk in the “Anything Goes” category.  That…

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Chuck’s Photos of 2018

It’s Christmas Eve, and I take this time – in-between last minute shopping and the like – to look back on how my photos did this year.  There were some successes and there were some should-have-been successes – as well as some pictures for Competition Season 2019. But these photos are tones I feel really…

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Infrared Horizon 787 is officially a Work of Art

Eight years ago, my blogger friend Teri  Conroy (she’s the owner of the peaceful llama farm Wunsapana Farm in Altamont) gifted me a Rolleiflex Automat MX camera, a medium format twin lens reflex gem.  I’ve shot dozens of rolls of print and slide film through it, and recently it’s been my camera weapon of choice…

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Trying to avoid the sunflower crutch

It’s the latest photography fad.  You find out that there’s a field of sunflowers somewhere, and it’s within your driving distance.  Oh, how fantastic a photo that would be.  So you jump in your car and you drive to the sunflower field.  Oh, these would make great photos, you think to yourself. You get there,…

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Mail Pouch Barn ghost sign meets infrared

Last Sunday, I drove to Dutchess County to photograph one of the few remaining Mail Pouch Barn ghost signs left in New York.  The barn is part of a private property estate, so as long as I stay on the side of the road, I can photograph the building without violating the many “NO TRESPASSING”…

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My 2018 Photos in the Altamont Fair are …

Has it really been ten years? Yeah.  Ten long years. Ten years ago, I entered my first four pictures into the Altamont Fair’s photography competition.  Two years later, I claimed my first silks, when Midnight at the Palace Theater took second place in the black and white category; two other pictures, The AGFA Bridge Over…

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The Children’s Bicycle Detention Center

There’s a very curious building on Green Island.  It looks like a manufacturing complex, and it has a chain link fence surrounding it. And inbetween the building and the chain link fence? Children’s bicycles.  Lots of them.  Some are in various stages of repair, others look like they just rolled off the Huffy factory floor.…

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Submissions of a single section of scarlets and shades

Many years ago, I tried to submit some of my artworks to a major art event, the annual Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region.  My images were not accepted.  And in that unacceptance, I received some comments about WHY my photos were rejected… At the time, I had submitted a mixture of different film techniques…

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A difference between slide and print Infrared film

During my experiments with color infrared film – both medium format slide and print formulae – I wanted to determine the best outputs for both products. What I’ve discovered is – with the color print Infrared film (“CIR 120”) I’ve acquired, I have more flexibility with my shots.  In sunlight, I can use the photographer’s…

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