I was just looking back through old blog posts about my previous county fair entries, and I realized that although I talk about whether or not any of them got ribbons, or whether or not I was happy or disappointed, I don’t actually have posts that show what photos were entered.
So, here’s a new tradition! Here are the photos I entered into fairs, and the final results of them, complete with my comments and thoughts on them.
1st place at County Fair. I was shocked with this 1st place win, because I really just sort of “threw” this image into the bunch for no reason. It’s nice, but I did not think it was anything special. Funny how the ones I am so sure about it did not place at all, and then something I randomly tossed in there ended up coming home with the blue.
It did not win at the Wisconsin State Fair.
1st place at County Fair. This is another one of those I-can’t-believe-it-won images. The 8 x 10 print of this is not a good image. In fact, once I saw the final print, and mounted it and brought it to the fair office for entry, I actually felt a little “sick” over entering it. It’s a great moment of a beautiful bird, but the image was taken from such a distance, it is grainy and dark. I was over 100 feet from this bird when I took the image with a lens not meant to cover that kind of ground. I actually felt that this was my 2nd worst image of the lot, and yet, it ended up bringing home the blue from the County Fair I entered it in. Amazing.
It did not win at the Wisconsin State Fair
1st place, Wisconsin State Fair. Here is an image that I just thought was so cool and fun. Luke and Chewie had so much fun playing in the deep snow over this winter. I love the “dance” they are doing here and the flying mane and the colors. This image won 1st in “horses” and when I went to the Wisconsin State Fair for the first time just to check out the photo entries, I could not believe the humbling quality of the “amateurs” that submitted photos. The images at the Wis. State Fair were truly unbelievable and “amateur” got a whole new meaning for me that day. I realized that not only do I need to “up my game” and get better at my images in general, but I also need to be more selective about what images I send in to the State Fairs, and I realized most of all, that I was incredibly incredibly lucky to end up with a blue ribbon against the quality of the amateur entries. It was a very humbling experience to say the least.
Surprisingly, this image did not get a placing at the County Fair, and as I mentioned before about how I have questions about the judging decisions from the county fair, this was definitely one of those images. It was a lucky shot at a great moment and came out well. The judge’s choices of winners in “horses” for the County Fair really left me scratching my head.
4th place, Wisconsin State Fair. I really love this image. I saved this little guy from Chewie & Luke’s water trough, and then remembered I had my camera with all new macro magnifying attachments in the truck, so I ran over and took this little guy with me. I put him on the hitching rail and did a little “beetle wrangling” as I tried to position him just right for a good, sharp, and well magnified photo. I was very happy with the results, and very thrilled with the 4th place ribbon.
The nice thing about entering classes like these at fairs, is that you get prize money. I won enough at both fairs to cover my entry fees. I also showed Jesse at the County Fair and won a 3rd and 4th place, with enough prize money between those to pay my entry and have a little extra left over. Other than the cost of printing over 30 images, the cost of the foam core to mount them and shipping as applicable, I basically entered for free. Now I have 30 prints that I don’t know what to do with, so I think I am going to try to sell them.
The images below are all ones I entered to both the County Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair. They did not receive any placings at either.
I was extremely surprised by this image not receiving anything. I was also disappointed with the quality of the print of it. When I received the 8 x10, both copies had a “blob” on one of the petals that just isn’t in the digital version. I was very unhappy and did not have time to deal with getting them redone.
When I posted this image on a group of professionals and experienced amateurs, this photo was raved about. It is so far my 2nd highest “liked” photo I’ve ever posted on FB. I really anticipated that it would produce a ribbon at the fair. I wonder if the “blob” printing error had anything to do with it? Or maybe it just isn’t that good of a photo…..
Both of the above were from our vacation to Door County Wisconsin. It was cloudy that day. These images are flat and not the way I had hoped they would come out (I was hoping for sun!), but I thought I would enter them to try something different. No placings.
The same with all the photos below, nothing received a placing. Kind of a bummer, but it served as a definite learning experience…. 2015’s fair plan is definitely to be more discriminate about what I enter…. and take better photos between now and then of course! :)
Have a great day!