So I got the word from the New York State Fair… and the pictures that passed the first round are…

I just heard from the organizers of the New York State Fair.  And they think that two of my six submissions have passed the first round of judging. It’s not six – but it’s two.  Two have passed through, and have a good shot of picking up some display space in the Harriet May Mills…

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Competition #4 – The 2011 New York State Fair Photography Contest

This is the tough part for me.  Waiting.  Just waiting.  It wasn’t this hard when Tom Petty sang about it. The Photography Competition at the New York State Fair changed their submission rules a smidge, and whether it’s a benefit or a detriment to my entries – I just don’t know. In previous years, I…

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Farewell to the Kiev-19 and to the Nikkormat FTn

I don’t want to part with these cameras.  They were my first 35mm shooters, and they were the cameras I used when I was involved in my Kodachrome project last year. But right now my camera collection is expanding to the breaking point.  I have three 35mm shooters – my Kiev-19 Soviet “Red Special”; my…

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So whatever happened to my Kodachrome gallery artworks?

Last winter, as I wound down my year-long excursion into the world of Kodachrome film, I learned that a gallery in London was planning an exhibition of images created with the iconic slide film.  I submitted five different pictures, and two of them – “The Railsplitter” and “Toll Gate Ice Cream” – were accepted.  The…

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2010: The Last Year of Kodachrome Film – my third art book!

One year ago, I created my first art book through blurb.com, a photographic collection of the faded painted brick ads on local buildings. The book, “Ghost Signs of the Capital District,” was published through blurb.com and did quite well for itself. I then created my second art book in October 2010, a collection of photographs…

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Well, look what’s hanging in a London art gallery…

Phil Coomes is a BBC photographer who, when Kodak announced in 2009 that they would no longer manufacture Kodachrome film, embarked on his own personal Kodachrome photography project.  His project, “64×64: Farewell to Kodachrome,” featured him publishing a Kodachrome photograph to the flickr website once a day, every day, for 448 straight days.   The book,…

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The final four rolls of Kodachrome: December 26, 2010 – My final roll ever.

The roll: Kodachrome 64, purchased on eBay.  My final roll of Kodachrome 64. The date: December 26, 2010.  Last day I can shoot anything in Kodachrome and still make a development delivery date to Kansas. The camera: Kiev 19. The lens: Nikon 300mm f/4.5 telephoto lens, nicknamed the “Rachel.” Time to shoot. It was extremely…

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The final four rolls of Kodachrome: December 25, 2010

The roll: Kodachrome 64, purchased on eBay.  It was in my freezer until it was time to shoot. The date: December 25, 2010.  Christmas Day. The camera: Kiev 19. The lens: Nikon 300mm f/4.5 telephoto lens, nicknamed the “Rachel.” Time to shoot. I had a roll of Kodachrome 200 in the freezer, but I chose…

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The final four rolls of Kodachrome: December 24, 2010

The roll: Kodachrome 40, acquired through private purchase.  After I listed this blog post about my missing out on some Kodachrome 40 on eBay, a reader from California named Larry was kind enough to send me some rolls of the precious film.  I had it in my fridge until it was time to shoot. The…

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