It looks like I will actually enter a couple of photos into the Utah State Fair this year. This is something I have been threatening to do for several years (as I mentioned back in January when I made my goals for the year), but it looks like this year will be the year. I received a little outside motivation today to begin moving things along. I know at least one person will be looking for my photos on display at the fair. I was given a new way to look at the whole thing as well. It is like being on display in a gallery. The exposure is the key thing; not winning a ribbon. Just being there where thousands of people can see my work will be a reward in itself. Now I just have to decide on what I am going to submit. That could easily be the hardest part of the process.
I also entered a photo into a contest tonight. It is sponsored by a local credit union and it relies a lot on votes through Facebook. I don't have thousands of Facebook friends, but it would be nice to have a decent showing. We'll see how that one comes out. This is the photo I entered.
Yesterday my copy of a photo book I had made for my dad arrived and I am still really pleased with the results. You can see it here: Yellowstone Photo Book. It helps motivate me to complete the Arches book I have been playing around with for some time now. There is something very satisfying about seeing my work bound in a book. It makes me want to see more, and to share more. I am obviously biased, but I really like the way my photos look. This October I have some definite areas I want to photograph in Arches, and then I can assemble everything and get it printed. I'm still working on text, but I can work on that while I gather the photos I want to use and before I get the last few.
Well, I better get this posted or today will be tomorrow and I will have missed a day in August. Until tomorrow then.