Blue Ribbon Day

by matt on August 22, 2010

Blue RibbonToday is one of those days where I feel like tooting my own horn for a bit.  I got first place at the Lane County Fair for an image I took of my son “gawking” at his boot as I shot him through a shoebox, giving the impression of the view from inside the box.

It was a unique image and took first place at the Fair.  It’s pretty cool to see your work presented and to receive recognition for it.  I’m humbled and honored to have received first place as there were really some extremely good photographs from some very talented photographers in the same category.  It was also a special moment to experience with my son as you can see from this photo.  He was just as excited as I was to see himself up on the wall.

I also received an honorable mention for this shot of a summer thunderstorm I took while driving along I5 in California.  We had been heading back to Oregon and got to witness this incredible thunderstorm complete with lightening and ear numbing thunder. I pulled over at a rest area to watch the storm and noticed a corn field.  There was a tall chain link fence so I had to hold the camera over the fence to take the shot.  I think it turned out well considering that and the fact that lightening was flashing all around me.

My family and I had a really enjoyable time going through the entire photo display and checking out every single photograph.  It’s really a lot of fun to look at a shot someone else took and try to see their vision for the shot.  I like to ask a lot of questions in my head while I look at each photo.  It helps me to become a better photographer.

I love photography and love sharing it with the world.  Sure it’s nice to receive recognition but I’d be doing photography irregardless.  If you’d like to check out a few more shots from our day at the Fair you can see them here in my Flickr site.  I’ve got several more to process over the weekend so I’ll be adding more to the set.

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