Category Archives: State Fair

Take the Time to Plant

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
― Herbert Rappaport

Digging deep into the backlog here. The following are pictures from an August 2016 trip to the Iowa State Fair. Yes, I have pictures from 2016 I still haven’t even edited.

As many of you know, I the Discovery Garden is my favorite place on the Iowa State Fair fairgrounds. Every trip to the State Fair I make a stop there. This is often when I tell the people that go with me, go do something else. I’ll meet up with you later.

This particular trip to the State Fair was when Baby Got Rack was competing in the Farm Bureau Barbecue Contest. While the meat was smoking, I snuck over and grabbed these photos.


Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair
Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair

Without Troubling a Star

All things by immortal power. Near of faR, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling a star.
-Francis Thompson

This post signifies the final batch of photos from Donna’s flower garden. However, before we get into that, I need to make an announcement.


Results for 2018 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon

I got two pictures into the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon this year!

A few things I want to clarify:

#1. The Iowa State Fair Photo Contest and the Boone County Fair Photo Contest are not connected. They are completely independent and couldn’t be more unrelated. The Iowa State Fair Photography Salon is one of the hardest photo contests in the country. People from all over enter it. They only display 20% of the pictures that are displayed. Full-time professional photographers often don’t get photos in. Past judges don’t get photos in. The judges change every year, so it is impossible to guess what the judges are looking for every year. I pick the photos I enter into that contest. It is the contest I take seriously, even though I know it can be very arbitrary.

#2. Therefore, the photos I entered were not the same photos that I had people voting on last week. Those photos are for the Boone County Fair. The Boone County Fair doesn’t start for another week. I will enter the photos that people voted on July 21.

#3. I have a rule that I don’t enter a picture in more than one photo contest. Therefore, none of the pictures I entered in the Iowa State Fair were in the list of 50 pictures that people could vote on for the Boone County Fair.

#4. I don’t know what pictures were selected. You are allowed to enter up to 4 pictures. I entered 4, but I Don’t know what 2 were accepted for display. 2 of the 4 entered I haven’t released yet for public consumption. No real reason for that, other than I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

#5. I’ll get to find out what two got accepted for display when I go to the Photographer Reception. I think that is the Sunday before the Iowa State Fair, but I haven’t really looked into that yet.

#6. Finally, if you go to the Iowa State Fair and want to see the pictures in person, the Photography Salon is on the top floor of the Cultural Building. You can ask the attendants where pictures by certain photographers are and they will show you, if you don’t want the challenge of trying to find them on your own.

#7. In about a month I’ll unveil the process of picking the photos for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. It will be similar-ish to the way we did the Boone County Fair Photo Contest, but with some slight tweaks.

I’m pretty stoked. Glad I came out of Photography Contest Retirement!

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Here are the rest of the flower pictures:


Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Don’t worry Russell, there is plenty more flower pictures in the backlog!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 41

When I went to the Iowa State Fair, I had a goal of knocking out 2 or 3 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT images. I managed 2. Here is Page 41:


Photo Journal - Page 41
Page 41 – Shoot one more image for Robert Frank’s “The Americans”.

I actually struggled picking which image to place in the physical copy of THE JOURNAL, but this photo of a mullet competition seems like it would fit into the original collection nicely. Here are the other ones I considered:


Page 41 - Reject

Page 41 - Reject

Page 41 - Reject

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Page 41 - Reject

Page 41 - Reject

The next time we revisit THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT we’ll look in on page 105.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 7

On my recent trip to the Iowa State Fair with Nader, I was able to knock out a couple more photos for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Here is Page 7:


Photo Journal - Page 7
Page 7 – Tell a joke with a single picture. (Photo Assistant: Nader Parsaei)

I get it. A bunch of cops hanging around guarding giant donuts. It isn’t that funny. Stop picking on cops for liking donuts. Everybody likes donuts. It isn’t original. I don’t need it in my act. You get it any way.

The next look into THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT will either be Page 65 or Page 105 or Page 41. Who knows? I certainly don’t.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 15

Last Saturday while I was leaving the Cultural Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, I came across what I considered a perfect example of Page 15 for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.

This time there was no photo assistant, just a rocking soundtrack coming from a speaker somewhere on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. “We built this city. We built this city on rock’n’roll!!!”


Photo Journal - Page 15
Page 15 – Show beauty in the banal.

Only one photo can go in the Photo Journal, but I also liked these:


Photo Journal Reject - Page 15

Photo Journal Reject - Page 15



Photo Journal Reject - Page 15

Photo Journal Reject - Page 15

Photo Journal Reject - Page 15

I’m not sure what page in the THE PHOTO JOURNAL is next for me. The one that seems to be calling me next is Page 10.

Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

Man, I still really haven’t edited all of the State Fair flower pictures. Well, one more down.


Iowa State Fair Flower

Many more to go.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 320
FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm
APERTURE: f/4
DATE: 08/16/2016 – 8:16
LATITUDE: 41.59517°
LONGITUDE: -93.55154°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: BABY GOT RACK
EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “My Shot” – Featuring Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess