also rans

July 27, 2015  •  1 Comment

The week was full of photography, from another mini-workshop on lighting with documentary friend Cristina McCandless, a family reunion shoot with lovely people from various parts of the country gathering in Taos, and readying photographs for the Taos Fall Arts Festival.  

The festival, which runs from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 4 at various locations in Taos, offers artists opportunities to showcase recent work.  Thus, any work submitted must be made within the current calendar year.  Only three submissions are allowed.  I always save (since previous publication is not allowed) photographs that I might like to enter in the "Taos Select".  Now that I have determined which photographs to enter, I wanted to show you what I call the "also rans".  I like each of these for many reasons but made the decision not to enter them.  They did not quite fit my capricious criteria.

This is a reflection of one of the Melk Abbey staircases in Melk, Austria.  A mirror is fit into the stone floor, showing all its intricacies and beauty.

Melk Abbey staircase reflectionMelk Abbey staircase reflection

Viewing the exterior of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany, one sees a variety of architectural styles and elements.  Although the building is technically Gothic, the pilaster and cornice below carry both Ionic and Corinthian details.  The drama is unmistakable.

column, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Passau, Germanycolumn, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Passau, Germany

Another photograph that did not make the cut was taken near Echo Amphitheater in the Abiquiu area.  The geology is stunning but the light seems flat.

Echo Amphitheatre detailEcho Amphitheatre detail Finally, wet river rocks are always of interest to me.  Although friendly and soothing, the image is not quite dynamic enough.  

River rocksRiver rocks Every photographer has favorite images but deciding what judges or others might like is another challenge entirely.  The object always is to enjoy the work and learn from the process.

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
Selecting three images from the thousands made during the year is a daunting task and one fraught with the risk of making the wrong choices. Often the differences between those that we choose and those we reject are slight and sometime the rejects may be better than the anointed few. And trying to decide what the judges will respond to is at best a crap shoot. Such is the case with these worthy images, ones that deserve to be seen.
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