Monday, July 11, 2011

Getting Ready for the Fair

This week is the annual Shelby County Fair. I haven’t entered anything for quite a few years. I used to always try to enter a drawing, or some cookies when I was younger, but I kind of gave up when I got older. I never thought my stuff was good enough to compete with the other entrants. Well, this year I decided I didn’t care. I want to start entering stuff in the fair again. I’ve done a lot in art class, and I have taken so many pictures, I have plenty of things I could enter.

The main thing I wanted to focus on this year was my photography, but going through my pictures and trying to choose just one for every category is SO hard! ARGH! I want to enter them all! I just finished deciding on my last photo to enter, and somehow it’s almost 1:30 in the morning! I had a ton of photos to Go through. The worst thing was that except for the “Creative” division, there is no digital manipulation allowed whatsoever! I HATE that rule! That means no color tweaking and no correcting under or over exposed images. I had a PERFECT picture for the “Life In Iowa” category, but it was so washed out and horrible looking before I fixed it on the computer. After I was done with it, it looked great, but it wouldn’t be eligible for entry. I’ll share it here with all of you anyway.

Here is the original photo.

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It’s my dad, in his cowboy hat, in a cornfield. :) Very Iowa.

And here is what it looks like now.

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Isn’t it great? I want to enter it so bad, but the stupid rules forbid it!

Oh well, I have 10 other pictures to enter. I’ll share them tomorrow though. I really need to get to bed…


  1. So this is actually matthew... love this photo... wish I could see all your stuff on display at the fair. Can people really tell whether a photo has been tweaked or not? Or is it just kind of an honesty policy?

  2. I don't know if they can tell or not. I'm thinking not, but I still would rather not break the rules, no matter how ridiculous they seem.

    I'll post pictures of my stuff on display too. I know it won't be the same, but unless they invent a Latvia to Iowa teleporter, I don't think you'll be able to. :)

  3. That's a great photo, cuz'n! I love the way you captured your dad's head and cowboy hat peeking out of the sky-high cornstalks. ;D It's artistic, and at the same time tickles my funny bone. :)

  4. Thanks. I have other pictures of him in that field that I took that night too. I posted them on facebook, but they might find their way to my photo blog too. I haven't decided yet.