Effingham County Fair {Altamont, Illinois Fine Art Photography}

Since moving back I'm having so many 'firsts' again. This is the first time I've been back to the fair in, hmmmm, I honestly don't know, but it has to be around, at least 15 years?  That seems too crazy! I went to the fair every year for the first twenty years of my life probably.  I was in 4H, so I always entered projects.  My brothers showed rabbits, cows and hogs.  I worked the front gate for years, from when I was in high school till I got out of college I think.  So many fun memories.  Hopefully I can help my son have his own fun memories of the fair.  I took him to his 'first' rodeo last night.  He was mesmerized. C Bar Rodeo put on a great show.  The girl that rode the two horses bareback....at the same time......standing......over fire! was awesome!!  That was my favorite.  The clown stole the show for the kids......okay, and adults too.  He was good!  Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera with me.  I just wanted to watch and enjoy and not worry about taking photographs.  I did take some previously though......of course.  My favorite this year, was the birds.  There are some crazy looking fowl at the fair.  We had a young girl and her brother stop and let us pet their chickens.  The girl had so many facts about them!  You could tell she really loved them.  If you've never gone to the fair, you should really give it a go.  I promise, you'll have fun.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.