It’s nice to get feedback (Big E 2019 edition)

Of the five “competition season” yearly photo salons, the Big E provides the most “judge’s feedback.”  Sure, I could track down a judge at one of the other events and ask him or her what he/she thought of my photos, or maybe a judge might check off a reference on a scotch-taped checklist. Since the…

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A quick trip to the Big E

It’s Sunday morning and the Big E – the Eastern States Exposition, the largest fair in New England – opened its doors. I needed to make a road trip.  Plus, I needed to test out a newly-acquired film camera. Road trip to Springfield. A few things to remember when going to the Big E.  First…

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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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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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A postcard from the Iowa State Fair, 2019 Edition

The oblong canary yellow postcard is in my mailbox right now. That card contains information on whether any of my pictures made it through to the walls of the Iowa State Fair’s 2019 Photography Salon. I can’t take any chances here. This is my fifth attempt to earn silk in Iowa.  In 2017, two of…

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三つの雪 (Mittsu no yuki)

Okay, it’s official.  Snowflake photography season is over. A few weeks ago, I asked you, my beloved blog readers, to help me select which of my snowflake photos was worthy enough for entry into Competition Season 2019. The majority of you selected a photo with five snowflakes on a T-shirt, one of my earliest attempts…

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