The terms of this Saturday morning visit, set by the Ellis County Judge’s office, require us to restrict entry to camera club members and known guests (not the public), and we must post a doorman to prevent entry by anyone else.
We will be allowed in the courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. and must depart by 11 a.m. You may want to arrive earlier to take some exterior shots of the courthouse. It is approximately a one-hour drive from Fort Worth.
Only the door on the northwest porch will be unlocked at 9 a.m. The sidewalk next to the flagpole at the intersection of Rogers and Main Street leads to the northwest porch (view exterior image below); go up the steps to the door. Other doors will be locked.
The courthouse was built in 1897 and is both a Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse is part of National Register Ellis County Courthouse District which includes 42 other buildings. Significant restoration was completed in the early 2000s to bring the building up to current codes without losing its historical character.
The Competition Committee has noticed some apparent confusion about the correct size for monthly entries. Out of 40 images in the June 2021 competition, six were not at the maximum allowed resolution.
Images may be up to 1920 pixels wide and up to 1280 pixels high. Smaller images won’t be disqualified, but they are at a disadvantage when they’re judged.
Keep in mind that a landscape image could be exactly 1920 x 1280, but most images will have either a smaller width or height. For example, a panorama may be 1920 x 640. A standard portrait may be 850 x 1280. A square crop would be 1280 x 1280. Sizing can get a little complicated. Just make sure that the width is 1920 pixels or less AND the height is 1280 or less.
After you export your image, double-check the size before you submit it to make sure it’s neither too small nor too large. Remember that if you submit an image that is larger than these dimensions, it could be disqualified.
Always export your JPEGs at maximum quality.
In Lightroom, that means setting Quality to 100 when you export your image.
In Photoshop, if you use Save As, set Quality to 12; if you use the newer export dialog box, set Quality to 100 percent.