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.
Bonus — Here’s one I meant to enter, but failed to get a print made.
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.
As promised, I’ve put together a collection of my Malabar Farm photos. I’ve lived near the farm for years and love to wander through with my camera, particularly in the morning. To access the gallery, click on this link.
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.)
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:
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.
In the mornings mostly. Given the number of rainy days we’ve had this summer in North Central Ohio, that can be quite a challenge. Although there is something to be said for shooting in fog and low-light conditions.
Yesterday was typical for summer mornings these days. I headed out in the fog, with the promise of sunbeams breaking through the clouds. But, as the morning progressed, the promise faded.
I made the rounds of three villages. There were things to shoot — but not in flat light.
Made one last stop at Pleasant Hill Lake, before heading home to make breakfast.
I captured a hint of a sunbeam on the horizon with my cellphone camera. Then I got out my Canon SX50 HS. I looked to my left and, not 50 feet away, was a great blue heron watching me from the water’s edge.
Not entirely happy with the heron shots I took, but I’ll post one nonetheless.