Tuesday, July 14, 2009


So, there's a photography category at the County Fair, and I'm thinking of submitting some of my photos. There are a bunch of different classes, and I'm having trouble picking what to submit, as I can only put in one in each class. I'll go through class-by-class with the photos I'm considering.

(In addition, there's the Washington Post travel photo contest, and likewise, I can't decide which photo to submit. Any suggestions as to your overall favorites from my trip?)

But for now, the county fair. The classes:

1. Life in Albemarle-I don't have any photos for this.

2. Portraits: depiction of a personality, head, or full figure, posed or informal (not candid) where person is main interest.
2.a Color:

D in the Wind
D and Blaise
2.b B&W

D and Coffee (A different D, obviously)

[Photo removed]

Homes in Thought
3. Human Interest: Candids, people interacting, family moments
I've already decided for this category, so here are my selections.

3.a Color

Fun Times at Lenin's Plaza

3.b B&W

Homes and the Monk

4. Scenic and architectural: Landscapes, water, building, roads, etc.

4.a Color

Sunset over Lancaster

Lightning and the Flag

4.b B&W

Pantheon B&W

Sunlight in San Pietro

Catba Island at Night

5. Floral: Flowers, gardens, plants cultivated or wild

5.a Color

I have really no idea for this. I have hundreds of flower and plant pictures. Which do you folks think is best?

5.b B&W

Maymont Waterlily

Maymont Magnolia

Octopus Flower

Temple Blossom

Branch of the Vatican

6. Animals: Wild or domestic, pets.

Again, for this one I've already made up my mind.

6.a Color


6.b B&W

Fluffy White Dog

7. Children: Including babies.

7.a Color

Girls with Goat

7.b B&W

I don't have one for this, unless you folks have a suggestion of something I've taken that I could greyscale.

8. Albemarle County Fairs: I haven't been in years, so I don't have any.

9. Humor: Any subject that makes us laugh!

I don't have many funny pictures, but here's one I think is okay.


[Photo removed]

What do you think, for all of them?


  1. Will that damn picture with the sun and the wind ever go away? Well, if the running is really down to those two, then the windy picture would be better to submit.

    As far as the Black and White Portrait, D's (why aren't full names being used again?) is clearer and has character, but I really like the emotion that Homes' shot has. Hmmm. Well, there's not a wrong choice here, so pick your favorite. I would probably go with the first one, but Homes' definitely has a slightly stronger tie to human interest and emotion. Again, though, both are really strong.

  2. For Color Landscapes, I'd go with the lightening and the flag because it's different. It's overseas, and it captured lightening--quite a rare achievement. For black and white, I'd edge towards Catba Island, but the Pantheon looks amazing, too. It's just that Catba Island shows more of an artistic edge whereas the Pantheon relies a bit on it being a beautiful building. With a road, so many people wouldn't pause to notice it because they see roads everyday; it's not special to them. Strong art reveals the fantastic in the ordinary, which is why I love the lamp lit street.

  3. For the black and white flower, it'd come down to the water lily and the octopus flower. The former for its delicacy. I love the water droplets and just over all coloration. The latter displays a unique flower that we don't normally see. It has a more interesting position in that it's angled whereas the lily is dead center straight on. Both are very strong, so I'd suggest either one.

    For the B & W child picture, you could use the shot with the moped if you wanted to.

  4. For color portrait, I'd go with the wind one (sorry, Dana) because I look at the snake one and see, well, the snake as much or more than Dana. B&W portrait--use Don, but you might not want to let him know (ditto on the humor one). Definitely use the lightning one. I'm torn between the Pantheon and Catba; you could use either. For the B&W floral, I like the magnolia. You've got some great contrast there, but what hits me is how in focus the "black" leaves around the magnolia blossom are. Good luck!