Photo Exhibit

Middlesex County Fair - 2012

August 13, 2013

The fair came and went and there were no ribbons to take home but, and I know this will sound so cliché, it was a great experience. Actually it was a learning experience.  I’ve come to realize, it’s all subjective and I believe a lot depends on the environment and the ‘nature of the beast.'

There had to be well over 200 entries total for all categories. One of the unfortunate aspects of the exhibit was the building where it was housed…very crowded with poor lighting. There was no space between each photo. Each entry was stacked right up against the next entry…the display looked like one big mosaic. There were some wonderful photos though…beautiful travel photos, interesting pet pictures, stunning landscapes. Unfortunately, the judges did not think mine was one of them (ha, ha) and many wonderful entries (IMHO) were passed over by the judges.

Well, I have collected my photos and, like so many others, murmured those famous words…’there’s always next year.’ I can’t wait!

August 6 - 11, 2012
Tomorrow, August 5, I'll be submitting 4 photos to be exhibited at the Middlesex County Fair.  It's been about 25 years since I've entered anything.  Way back when, it was a quilt I had made for my son and it was entered as an afterthought.  This time, I've given this much much so, to the point where I changed one entry entirely and added one.  It was a big step for me when I submitted photos to the exhibit at work the first time.  It got easier the second time and this exhibit I'm really excited about.  I'm not excited about any ribbons, although that would be fantastic; I'm excited because I'm getting out there in front of friends and strangers and I'm not afraid of criticism.  In fact, I'm looking forward to getting to the fair, standing around at the exhibit, and catching any remarks thrown my way.  The exercise of photographing, printing, framing, and exhibiting is not just rewarding, it's a growth experience.  Imagine, at this age, I'm still growing.  It's a good thing!

I'll keep you posted with my entries and results as the fair begins.  Good luck to everyone!  Enjoy!

2012 Employee Photo/Art Exhibit

January 27, 2012
Yesterday, 1/26/12, one of my photos placed 3rd in my company’s 18th Annual Employee Arts Exhibition.  It was noted to me after the judging that there were some almost-professional photographers participating, there were 60+ entries, and the judges represented The Arts Council of Princeton (NJ), Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, and The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.  With all this in mind, I was shocked and thrilled to place.

Here are the two photos I entered...

Poached, Not Fried

Flash Dance

Which one do you think won?
Hint:  I love poached eggs!  LOL

January 11, 2012
Finally I decided on 2 photos to submit.  Neither of them are what I originally had in mind.  I've gone in a totally different direction but they are both still life shots.  This year, I had no problem printing them.  I'm using an Epson R1900 and it rocked!  The shots came out great in the first printing.  I have to say, I referred a lot to The Photoshop Elements 9 Book by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski.  It was so easy to understand and follow when editing and fine tuning.

Now, all I have to do is submit them on Friday morning and the rest is up to the judges.  I've come to realize that it's not the winning but just having your photos out there.  I guess it's a thrill and a big step with a little risk thrown in.  And it's always interesting to see what everyone else is entering and who are the judges.  I think the exhibition is scheduled to open on January 19.  I can't wait!  To be continued...

November 18, 2011
I came into work today to see several e-mails regarding the upcoming art/photo contest.  They announced it yesterday; deadline for intent form is due January 6 and all art must be submitted by January 13.  So, here we go...I have one photo that I believe is worthy but I have to get crackin' and make my print.  We can submit two and I have yet to come across anything else I want to hand in.  I still have some time and, who knows, maybe I'll capture something between today and January 6 that might have some merit.  Until then, I will begin my search for a winner...hey, a girl can dream, right!?! 

September 30, 2011
I remarked to Angela, during the week, that the annual company art/photo contest is just around the corner.  OK, I know, we haven't even passed Halloween but I'm already thinking about what to enter.  These months since the last event I've taken a ton of photos and discarded a ton (probably not enough) and I tried some new things and I bought a new camera and I've gotten some great inspiration from RedBubble.  Angela advised to not even think about it yet.  I know she's absolutely right but, maybe - if it rains this weekend, I'll start tagging favorites and dumping the really bad stuff so I won't go nuts at the last minute trying to make a decision.  This 'photo contest sutff' is definitely a love/hate relationship!

2011 Employee Photo/Art Exhibit

February 25, 2011
Well, the photo contest is over - neither of my photos placed or got an honorable mention BUT it was a great experience.  Had a wonderful time at the reception with a great friend - drank wine, ate sushi and had a relaxing evening.  It's a major step to put something you have created on display for friends and colleagues to view and critique but it is so satisfying.  You get a feeling of real accomplishment.  I'm now looking forward to next year and, Angela, I want to see your work on display!

January 23, 2011

Snow Barn - Mt. Snow, Vermont

I've entered this photo in an employee art exhibit at work.  This was shot in October 2009 following a week-long photography class I took in New Hampshire.  When I look at the EXIF data, I can't help ask myself - what was I thinking?  If I had it to do over again, the f-stop would have been around 8 or 11 or 16, not 5.6, and I sure would have used my tripod.  I learned so much that week, thanks to Gary my instructor but here, it was about 6:30 AM and I hadn't had coffee yet.

There are some fabulous entries for this exhibit.  I can't wait to see who or what takes 1st, 2nd, & 3rd.  Since I haven't entered in years and years, I'm considering this my first time and I will be thrilled with an honorable mention.  I'll keep you posted.