UPDATE! THE OFFICIAL CONTEST LINK IS UP! CLICK HERE.
I have certainly not forgotten the haiku contest (get your haiku in), which is near and dear to my heart. However, for you photogs amongst the readership, this post is intended to be a teaser trailer of sorts to get you thinking and planning and shooting for the next contest, which will be here sooner than you know.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept, is to submit one or two photos which are titled either with the title of or lyric from a Christmas carol. You are free to use a carol that is either secular or sacred, for it to be well known carol or little known (just provide a link to the lyrics), and for your photo to be an ironic riff on the title or straightforward. The successful photo will be the one which interacts best with its title.
Christmas is a time filled with all sorts of visual delights (indoor and out) and emotions (happy and sad), so there is great scope for a diversity of entries in this contest. And, I will be allowing photos from both this and last Christmas for submission.
I am hoping to have the contest up about a week before Christmas and the results out on Boxing Day. Yeah, you know Boxing Day, when the landed gentry in Britain boxed up leftover food and gifts for the peasants, or something like that (Snopes sorts it out for us). At any rate, that date is December 26, the day when Americans regurgitate their excess back to the stores and make room for more ;) Sorry for that last image. Sometimes I get a little exercised, even as I am complicit in the cycle.
Here are some samples which do a little to illustrate the scope this contest allows (I am hoping for both “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Santa Claus Lane” submissions ), and to get you shooting.
…for the My Best Friend Crim-Dassler photo contest. Check them out!
Many apologies for the long wait in getting this up. Many thanks to Ed Crim of Edward Crim Photography and Forest Park 365 for co-sponsoring this contest and providing the 1st Prize money.
Enjoy! And please vote for the Reader’s Choice Award.
My friend and photo contest colleague, Edward Crim, continues to gather more well-deserved notice and good press for his Forest Park 365 photo series.
Check out this cool story on an local television station. Well done, Ed!
That’s all it takes to enter The Dassler Effect and Forest Park 365 and Edward Crim Photography’s fabulous spring photo contest. Check it out!
This notice is brought to you to point out that there are two weeks till the deadline, so get your entries in!
Did I mention the top prize was $100. Wow, that is like 50 Venti teas at Starbuck, a 50mm lens for a Canon camera, dinner for two or three or 4 at a really nice, nice, or nice-ish restaurant. Well, you get the picture. Get those photos in!
Well, Ed Crim of Edward Crim Photography and Forest Park 365 when asked to be a judge suggested that we sweeten the pot a little. So now the top prize is $100! I have also changed the dates of submission, the judging rules, the need for model contracts, and the criteria for digital altering of pictures.
Check it out!
Photo Courtesy of Edward Crim Photography
Well, today was the second day, and the first day when it really sunk in, that I realized that Spring is springing. Coming in from lunch, the blossoms on a tree waved a cheery hello. And I was able to get pictures of a rusty light pole and tree which I am determined to capture in all four seasons (three down, one to go). Actually, I am very thankful that I brought my camera back from lunch because otherwise I might have completely missed this stage. I felt it a little gift from God. And then I got some other blossom shots as well. Hopefully those will appear on the blog soon.
In the meantime , check out Ed Crim’s Forest Park 365 for some lovely shots which this post includes. The Springy shots are preceded though by shots of the heavy equipment on the Highway 40 reconstruction which is currently like a long surgical incision on our fair city. The pictures are on the very same location, as a matter of fact, where a gaggle of my friends, who shall remain nameless, went “highway running” on a night this past weekend. Why? Well, you would have to ask them.
Sometimes Shakespeare’s line for Gertrude, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” is an apt description when people try to hard to get you to think something is cool. Such as when us librarians try to convince you that, “No, no we really are cool and hip. Not at at all staid and dorky.” Exhibit A.
Sometimes I am afraid I am being that way as an enthusiastic apologist and marketer for the city of St. Louis. Nah. Despite its many sociological and economic difficulties, St. Louis is a great place to live, with many great free events, including the fantastic St. Louis Shakespeare Festival.
This year is the first year with a new drainage sytem, which should help following the passage of those menacing, but amazing thunderheads. The play for this year is The Merry Wives of Windsor, with which I have no familiarity. But I have found that that invariably does not matter, as the plays are well done and accessible.
The picture above is of good friend and fellow chruchman making like Bacchus and appreciating the fruit of the vine during last year’s festival. And, oh, if you have not caught it already, make sure to check out the work of another churchman featuring the nation’s largest urban park.
Edward Crim Photography
Photos from yesterday courtesy of Edward Crim and Forest Park 365, as just now I am indisposed to go out myself.
And some lovely shots from the evening before.
Edward Crim Photography