The Digital Photo Guy

San Diego Fair Entries

by on Apr.22, 2010, under Articles, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4

Your Turn to Critique Me

I won’t have time to update the site this weekend so here’s something to occupy you until next week.

Here are my entries for the 2010 San Diego Fair. The juried photography competition draws about 3000 entries each year of which about half are accepted. Just being accepted is the first step. Placing 2nd, 3rd, 4th or Honorable Mention is the next step and winning 1st and/or Best of Show are the ultimate goals. Tell me your opinion in the poll at the bottom.


The first is titled Open. The second is Book of Accounts and the 3rd is Dinner with the President.

All the photos were processed to some extend with Topaz Adjust4. I tried to emphasize what was already there instead of slathering on weird effects or hide some deficiency in the photo. Each was acceptable as-is but Topaz Adjust4 enabled me to oversharpen or soften or saturate without inducing artifacts.


On the left is a mine head in Bodie, CA. I titled this Standing Guard because it reminded me of SciFi movies where monoliths await the return of the masters. There aren’t many photos of Bodie in the snow because you have to be lucky to catch an early season snow that doesn’t make the road impassable. The last photo is from Yosemite. I call this one Nudes. It was processed with Topaz Simplify to soften the bark. Everyone else was photographing the whole tree but I saw this in the roots.

Please go to this page to rate my entries.

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4 Comments for this entry

  • Rachel

    Love, love, love it! My favorite is definitely Open. The chaotic organization is what makes the piece work. I like what the Topaz ajust does. I guess I am going to have to take a webinar on that one so I can use it too.

    • Lee

      Thanks Rachel,
      I just looked at your site and was blown away by your studio images of Jillian.

      I hope you can come out for the Deer Springs Winery Meetup and show us some of your portrait techniques.

  • don

    Hi Lee – About your Bodie photos. How did you arrange for shooting inside these buildings?

    • Lee

      Like everything else, you pay a fee. The easiest way is to sign up for a photography workshop that has secured such a permit. The permits are prtty expensive. Thanks for reading my blog.

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