People have been pushing me to enter photos in the Loudonville Fair for years. Finally did it this year. Submitted 10 entries in different categories in the professional class. Took 10 blue ribbons and a best of show.

Glad I listened to them.

For the benefit of those unable to make it to the fair, which runs through Saturday, here are the 10 entries.


Set out to get a shot of the sunset at Killbear Provincial Park and decided the people getting shots of the sunset made for a more interesting photo.
Shot this in the early morning at last year’s fair. Entered it in a special category which called for capturing the spirit of the traditions of the fair.
This took best of show.
Malabar Farm Sunset
Blue ribbon for best animal shot.
Won a blue ribbon even though it was hung upside down.
From a recent canoe trip.
I was going to enter this as an abstract. Since I had tweaked the color and contrast, I entered it as a digitally manipulated photo.
Horse Auction. Took this while working for the Ashland Times-Gazette. Like the cow shot, it wasn’t published.
Main Street — without the fair. Entered in the building(s) category.


Bonus — Here’s one I meant to enter, but failed to get a print made.











You can’t always get what you want

I reached a plateau with my photography. More like running into a wall.

In the past two months, I put some of my photos out there — for sale and contests. From the feedback and spending more time analyzing my photos, it occurred to me that not all of them have that WOW! factor. A small percentage, really.

I found myself shutting down. I was no longer content to take shots that might not meet that standard.

Today, I disabused myself of that notion. I realized that the joy of photography is sharing  the subtle — and sometimes stunning — beauty of nature, rural landscapes and the visual details that we often overlook.

And that’s all about trial and error. Process.

Here’s today’s shot. It’s no masterpiece. But there was something about this scene that made me back my car up on a hilly country road, stop and capture it. I like two things about this photo — the tranquility it conveys and the ripples in the cow’s reflection.




Viewers Choice

Posted three versions of this photo on FaceBook and let my FB friends decide which I should go with. Numbers one and three were the most popular. Particularly number one.

I’m posting all three here and also in the gallery.

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Choice Number One
Choice Number Two
Choice Number Three

Variations on a Theme (or Something Like It)

Here are a few photos from the last days of canoe trips, ones in which the clouds parted at the last moment after much rain. The first, complete with rainbow) was taken about five years ago at Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada. The second was about six years ago on the Muskingum River in Ohio, downstream of the Rokeby Lock.

High-res enlargements are available of these and all pictures I post. (Support your local artist, paddler — hint, hint paypal.me/irvoslin.)



More Photos in the News

Last month my Ron Simon bench photo made page one of the Mansfield News Journal. This month, the Energy Cooperative published four of my opsrey nest photos in its July & August Times magazine. Didn’t get the cover, but hey …



The story behind this ran in the Ashland Times-Gazette outdoors page. Click on the link below a PDF of that page:

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Thanks again to the Energy Cooperative for going through all that trouble to accommodate the osprey.

Last I checked, the pair were still on the nest. Still no sight of chicks. Disappointing if they don’t produce young this year. But, given a solid platform to build on, there’s a good chance they — or another pair — will be back next year.