Nothing Could Be Finer!

A favorite rite of Fall is photographing the NC State Fair for Cary Citizen

I enter two of the photographs in next years competition – but not last year

This is from the 2019 State Fair and I delivered it today

2021 North Carolina State Fair Entry – Professional Photography Competition


Back To The Future

My recent film adventure at J.C. Raulston Arboretum with two vintage Kodak cameras yielded one good image.

The 1915 No. 1 Kodak Autographic Jr. has a big light leak which I don’t think I can fix.

  The box Brownie works well, when I remember to advance the film.  It’s tripod mount is the same as a 2017 camera.

1925 No. 2 Kodak Brownie Model F with 120 Kodak TMAX 100, at about 1/30th second and f32



Spent a perfect May afternoon at J.C. Raulston Arboretum with two vintage Kodak cameras.  The No. 1 Kodak Autographic Jr. was made about 1914 and the No.2 Brownie dates to 1925.  Both rolls of 120 film go for processing tomorrow, should have them back next week, for scanning and editing.

Instead of a light meter or Kodak’s original instructions,  I used a modern DSLR to determine exposure aka the modern “Polaroid”.  That’s how studio photographers used to do it with film: set up lights, adjust with a meter and make a test shot with “instant” film.  2 minutes later, they knew if they were ready to shoot or needed more adjustments.

Here are 3 of today’s digital “Polaroids”.  Handheld, single exposures, edited to what I saw, not what the camera recorded.

Guilty Pleasures

The 2015 North Carolina State Fair opens tomorrow. Each year since 2011, I’ve made photographs for CaryCitizen.

Temptation 1 State Fair 7659

 I also enter the “Professional Photography Competition”, using images made at the previous Fair.  Even won an Honorable Mention in 2012, which I think makes me an official Tar Heel.  These two are my 2015 NC State Fair entries.

I’ve no idea if I won anything or was even Juried in.  Both could be in “rejected” storage until I retrieve them, post Fair.

I’d have entered anyway, our State Fair is irresistible, just like these guilty pleasures.

Temptation 2 NC State Fair 8895