The county fair is one of the social highlights of rural Ohio. This is very much true in Knox County. My family has shown draft ponies at the fair for many years. I always enjoy walking through the arts and craft displays under the grandstands. I chose some of my favorite photos from the last year and enter them into the photography show. Click on an image to read the story behind the photo.
Autumn's Colorful Carpet
Out for a Ride
On the Run
Circles in the Sky
Viennese RainI was strolling the streets around Stephansplatz looking for a lunch spot when a sudden rain appeared. The afternoon light and light rain gave me the perfect opportunity to capture this image. - September 1, 2017, Vienna, Austria (Color Photography, Landscape: 1st Place), (Best of Show Photography: Honorable mention)
Barn DanceA visit to Malabar Farms' Heritage Days is one of the highlights of my autumn traditions. The Central Ohio Draft Horse Association hauls guests from the lower farm to the manor house and upper farm. I was helping our friend Dave on his wagon when I saw the perfect shot of the Malabar Farms barn in front of our team and wagon. September 24, 2017, Malabar Farms, Lucas, Ohio (Color Photography, Barns: 1st Place)
Morning GloryThe Berger family dairy farm is a frequent subject in my Instagram feed. It's position to the east of our house makes it the perfect subject for a sunrise photo. This particular morning I was fortunate to be there as the sun was breaking over the horizon with some nice cloud cover. It silhouetted the barn and silo making a dramatic shot. October 21, 2017, Dog and Pony Show Farm, Knox County, Ohio (Color Photography, Sunrise/Sunset: 1st Place)
Autumn's Colorful CarpetHony Run Waterfall is one of my favorite Knox Parks hikes. The waterfall is quite beautiful and usually the subject of my photos at the park. On this particular day, autumn colors were in their full glory. I caught this shot as I turned from the edge of the waterfall and looked across the ledges. October 31, 2017, Honey Run Highlands, Howard, Ohio (Color Photography, Nature: 1st Place)
Best BuddiesBrett and I were visiting with his longtime school buddy Paul at the Hartford Fair dairy barn. I turned to see this little guy hugging this jersey. It was just perfect and told a great story. This is personally my favorite photo that I entered in the photo competition. August 6, 2017, Hartford Fair, Hartford, Ohio (Color Photography, People: 1st Place)
Good MorningThe sun was rising over the barn on this foggy morning. Christy and Jill came to visit me while I was capturing the shot. They stole the show and became the subjects for the photo. September 16, 2017, Dog and Pony Show Farm, Knox County, Ohio (Color Photography, Farm Animals: 1st Place), (Best of Show Photography: Honorable mention)
Out for a RideThis is Nora, a Jack Russell Terrier, who rode the wagon during Malabar Farms Heritage Days. She owns Amy, a co-worker of Dave's wife, Sam. The simplicity and similarity of the blues made for the perfect setting. It was as if she was posing for her shot. September 24, 2017, Malabar Farms, Lucas, Ohio (Color Photography, Domestic Pets: 1st Place)
Winter ChoresI was out for a walk around the pony pasture on a cold winter day when I came upon my father-in-law moving a bale of hay to the livestock feeder. It captures life on the farm that must go on regardless of the weather conditions. January 13, 2018, Dog and Pony Show Farm, Knox County, Ohio (B&W Photography, Barns: 1st Place)
On the RunOn a misty morning, the ponies came running up to the fence. I happened to be at the right place at the right time to catch this action shot. September 16, 2017, Dog and Pony Show Farm, Knox County, Ohio (B&W Photography, Nature: 1st Place)
Circles in the SkyThe geometric and repeating patterns formed by a hay rake in a farm implement display at the KnoxCounty Fair caught my eye. Clouds had moved in and added some drama to the shot. It was the perfect subject for a B&W photo. July 25, 2017, Mt. Vernon, Ohio (B&W Photography, Landscape: 1st Place), (Best of Show Photography: Honorable mention)
Cool! Great shots!