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Fair Fiasco

by on May.05, 2011, under Monday Morning Tips, Photos

Which Fair Entries Were Accepted?

Friday, April 22 was the deadline for 2011 San Diego Fair entries. I was swamped so I rushed around at the last possible moment to submit my entries (below.) Yesterday, I received e-mails notifying me that only one entry had been accepted. Believing that, in my rush, I hadn’t been careful in selecting or preparing my photos, I shrugged it off as another life lesson.

This morning, I received a new set of e-mails advising me to disregard the previous e-mails and that three of my entries had been accepted. Worse, a former student who had e-mailed to tell me four of his five entries had been accepted, now faced the prospect that only one had made the cut.



Now, at 2PM, I’ve received another e-mail telling to disregard all previous e-mails. The fair implemented a new system this year using a program called FairJudge. Suffice it to say, it doesn’t engender confidence in the San Diego Fair, judges or the program. I’ll follow up with more in my next post.

I’m Gonna Be a Grandpa (Sorta)

A hummingbird has built a nest in a ficus tree on our front patio. She’s very protective and will buzz me if I get too nosy. Today, she laid the first egg. I’ve read that a second should follow in a day or two. I tried to take a photo but it was a bit tricky standing on a 2 foot step ladder with one foot on the window sill. I had visions of another trip to ER so I didn’t push my luck.

When the second egg appears, I’ll use my wife’s Canon G11 with the swivel LCD to take a photo and start keeping a record of the hummer’s progress. I’m already missing the Nikon D3100 I just sold. It had a cool swivel LCD and would have been perfect for making photos peering down into the nest. I may have to give serious consideration to selling my 40D and buying a new Canon T3i. Stay tuned for more details and photos.

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“Pin-Up” Style Shoot

by on Jul.11, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Workshops

Lessons from a Pin-Up Shoot


These are the best from a “pin-up-style” photoshoot with Tylor yesterday. My personal favorite is the first one in the ’57 T-bird with the red interior (all cars courtesy of Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum). A blue 1950 Studebaker is featured in the 2nd and 3rd photos.

All were lit with 3 strobes. The key light was on a stand and bounced off a Westcott 32″ umbrella. A fill light was set low to emphasize her hair in the T-bird and her legs in the Studebaker. The third strobe was used to add “pop” to the interior of the cars.

All 3 photos were touched up with Topaz Labs Adjust 4 to smooth the skin (not like she needed it) and add “pop”. Readers can try Topaz Labs plug-ins for free and, if they decide to buy, use the discount code “digitalphotoguy” for 15% off.

(I have no financial ties to Topaz Labs, they extend this discount to my readers because I am a recognized Photoshop Elements instructor)

I plan to offer a Pin-Up Shoot Workshop in the Fall. If you’re interested in a 4-hour posing and lighting class for $99, post a comment or send me an e-mail to be notified when it’s ready. I need a minimum of 8 students to schedule the class and book the venue.
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Bernardo Winery

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips

Monday Morning Tips – 06/20/10

Went to the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo for my annual “wassup” look-see. There’s always things that I never saw before and this time was no exception. While waiting in the parking lot for the people who had RSVPed for this Meetup, I noticed a row of old tractors and machinery that I had not seen previously. It’s possible they were always there but I had never hung around in the parking lot so it’s also possible I just missed them. Here are some of my favorites from the day.

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2010 San Diego Fair Entries

by on Jun.01, 2010, under Articles, Photos

Close but No Cigar

Once again, not all of my entries were accepted for the San Diego Fair. This year, 4 of 5 entries were accepted and the fifth was rejected. See if you agree with the judges. Here are my entries. Post your guess as to which was rejected in the comments section (below).


On the other hand, the number of entries were up slightly from last year. I believe there were 4000 entries this year, up from 3800 last year. About 1/3 were accepted so I guess I’m ahead of the odds. Based on random chance, only 1 or 2 would have been accepted. Of course, being accepted is just the beginning. Now, I wait until June 11 for the results. Someday, I’d like to think I may be in the running for Best of Show.

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San Diego Fair Accepted Entries List Posted

by on Jun.04, 2009, under Photos

Once again, only half of my entries were accepted at the 2009 San Diego Fair and both were in the same category, Architecture and Cityscape. I thought for sure my two other entries in the People category would be accepted. I guess I need to practice more on people.
Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Not Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Not Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Not Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition

Not Accepted 2009 San Diego Fair juried competition


The interesting thing is that I printed both accepted photos on my Epson R1800 while both unaccepted photos were printed at a local “big box” store where I thought they did a better job with the skin tones. I wish I could ask the judges if the print quality had anything to do with their decisions. Next year, I plan to print all my entries in my office.

If you get a chance, stop by the fair which opens Friday, June 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.

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