And the winner is – Thurston Co Fair 2016

Earlier this week I posed a gallery highlighting the 6 images that I entered into the 2016 Thurston County Fair.  Today I wanted to take a few minutes to show off the results and talk a little about the competition.  Based on the title of this post, just take a peek at the attached images to find out who the winner was :-)

This year marked a change in the rules for the fair.  Up until this year you were limited to a total of 6 images entered, this year you could enter up to a total of 8 but you will notice that I entered a total of 6.  I had 8 images selected and ready to go but as I was finalizing the submission I decided that I would have had to many images in one particular competition lot and decided to pull out what I thought were two of the weaker images leaving me with the 6 you see above.

On hindsight I might have pulled the wrong two as the ones that I decided to leave in the competition did a little worse than I anticipated while some of the ones that I was unsure of did quite well.  All in all this was my most successful year ever at the fair.

Back in 2014 I had one image that didn’t get a ribbon of any color, in 2015 I had a couple that only got honorable mentions but in 2016 I got 2 blue, 2 red and 2 white with no honorable mentions, everything placed either 1st, 2nd or 3rd.  The highlight for me though was that my Carnival Horse image got a best in lot, which was the best any of my images have done at the fair.

 

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Thurston County Fair 2016

If you look back through the archives of this blog you will find blog posts about my entries into the photography competition at the Thurston County Fair over the last two years.  This year marks my third year of participating in the competition and if you don’t want to take the time to scroll through a bunch of posts to see what I entered in 2014 and 2015, simply click on either of those years and it will take you to that post. :-)

Ok, enough about the past, what about this years fair?  The above gallery showcases the 6 images I entered into the Thurston County Fair for 2016.  They are spread across 4 different lots and in two different classes.  I will share a blog post soon in that I detail how each image did in competition but I will say now that this was my most successful year to date.  Another thing that I am quite pleased with is that two of the images entered this year were from the #WE35 project that I participated in last year.

Stay tuned and over the next few days I will share how each image did, as well as some thoughts about the fair and the photography competition.

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Sunset Path

Sunset Path

A path along the Pacific Ocean near Westport, WA during a wonderful sunset

I had made a promise to myself that I would post to my blog more recently than I had been, sadly I sort of broke that promise. Not only have I not been posting here, I haven’t been sharing a lot of new work either, and I really need to find a way to break that trend. I guess I will start by sharing this image I made of a sunset a few weeks ago out at the Pacific Ocean.

I don’t really have an excuse for not sharing more other than life has been getting in the way of my creativity.  This summer has already brought some incredible highs, but unfortunately the corresponding lows personally.  Hopefully things will start to mellow out a bit and we will get things back onto a more of an even keel.

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The Alien Landscape of Yellowstone

Alien Landscape Yellowstone

Many of the landscapes in Yellowstone National Park look like they are pulled straight out of science fiction

I recently blogged about the contrasts of Yellowstone National Park.  Today I want to take a slightly different look at Yellowstone and explore the alien landscape a bit.

One of the things that fascinates me about the place is how there are sections of the park that look like they could easily be used as an alien landscape in a science fiction movie, IMO, this area near Mammoth Hot Springs is just such a place.  For that matter, pretty much all of the Mammoth area would fit that bill.

 

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The Grays Harbor Light

Grays Harbor Lighthouse

The Grays Harbor Lighthouse lit to celebrate its 118th anniversary

This past week marked the 188th anniversary of the first lighting of the Grays Harbor Light. For those that don’t know, this lighthouse is in Westport, WA and IMO is one of the most fascinating lighthouses I have ever seen.

When most people think of a lighthouse, they picture it being right on the coast, very close to the water, and while the Grays Harbor Light started that way, it now sits just over 3000 feet from the high tide mark. The lighthouse wasn’t moved, but due to the addition of a levy to the north of the lighthouse, the beach in this area silted in and simply added more land between the lighthouse and the coast. You can learn a little more about it at this link.  As interesting as I find the geographic history of this lighthouse, that isn’t the reason for this post.

As I mentioned above, this past week marked the 118th anniversary of the first lighting of the 3rd order Fresnel lens. This lens, while not used after some upgrades to modernize this still working lighthouse, is the original lens.  It is something of a rarity these days for a lighthouse to have its original fresnel lens. When I found out that they were going to be lighting the light in celebration of the anniversary, I decided to make the trip out to Westport.

I met up with a handful of fellow Olympia Camera Club members and spent a couple hours shooting, but more importantly enjoying the evening and the significance of the event.

This image was one of the very last I captured, and while it does look like the light is streaming skyward, it is actually coming straight out from the lighthouse and I was shooting from under the beam, something of an optical illusion.  I hope you enjoy the image as much as I enjoyed capturing it.

 

 

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