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You CAN Call it a Comeback

I can officially announce now that I have unretired from “competing” in photography contests.

For the first time in a couple years I entered photos in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. I will have one photo displayed at the Iowa State Fair. Don’t ask me which one, because I don’t know and I’m not even sure I remember what I entered at this point. Seems like a long time ago.

However, I was inspired by Baby Got Rack competing in the barbecue contest at the Boone County Fair, I decided to enter some photos in the Open Class at that same fair. Here is what I entered:


Boone County Fair - 2017
Ionized Gas

Boone County Fair - 2017
Peas Creek

Boone County Fair - 2017
Capra

Boone County Fair - 2017
Ledges Reflection

Boone County Fair - 2017
Cole School

Each image got a Blue Ribbon. It had been approximately 15 years since the last time I entered the Boone County Fair. Seemed like it was about time and I owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Vest for getting the pictures mounted so I had something to enter.

However, that isn’t all. Here is where it gets exciting! I’ve decided to keep all this participation momentum going and enter the Pufferbilly Days Contest for the first time in maybe at least 7 or 8 years.

I’m also going to bring back the way I used to pick my Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Photos. That means I’m not going to pick at all. I’m going to let 6 lucky Photography 139 fans pick the images.

At some point later this week, I’m going to publish the following photo on Instagram:



Picture of the 1385 taken by my Dad

When that photo gets posted, the first 6 people that leave a comment on that photo stating that they want to be a Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Selector, will get there wish and be just that. They will have access to about 50 images and the picture they pick, I will enter.

If I can’t find 6 people that want to be selectors, well we will fall through that bridge when we get to it.

Ridin’ the Rails with Shorty Backlog – Vol. 3

This concludes the photos of the few hours I spent with Shorty on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad back in July.


Riding the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

I have many influences on my photography. It ranges from other artists to movies to television shows to friends to family. However, one of the most obscure influences on my photography is a book I was given as a child called simply TRAINS. I still have that book. It is a little worse for the wear and Karma chewed up the binding 15 years ago or so. I still crack it out and look through it now and again.

That is a little peek into my methodology.

Jordan Sunrise

One of the things that sucks about the shift I work is that I leave for work while the sun is rising (at this time of year). One of the things that is awesome about when I leave for work is that I leave for work while the sun is rising (at this time of year).


Jordan Sunrise

Just a quick snapshot to capture its beauty.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 800
FOCAL LENGTH: 26mm
APERTURE: f/4.5
EXPOSURE: 1/60
NO GPS DATA RECORDED
DATE: 09/29/2016 – 6:40
PHOTO ASSISTANT: A quiet urgency to go to work.
EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “This is My Story, This is My Song” by Thelonious Monk