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07-19-2012, 07:37 AM

I printed my postcards long time ago and then when I finally wanted to send them off I did not like them anymore. So they went into the trash - no pinhole from my this time.

Yesterday I printed again and I will have some time over the weekend to write them. They will go to the postoffice on Monday.

So far I received cards from

Oxleyroad - I always like to get cards from infrared film because I have not done this myself but do find it very interesting to see how things render in the infrared spectrum of light.

J Rollinger - A nice street photograph of Michigan Avenue and I think one can walk around in the image. Like it.

George Nova Scotia - What a calm image and ... infrared. Thanks!

drpsilver - An image I might have taken myself if I were there. I like the lowered contrast in the unsharp background compared to the high contrast of the foreground. Like it, but what is it?

mooseontheloose - What a moving image!

Mike Wilde - Another threepack. And another paper surprise. I do not know where you get your hands on all those old papers ... l like all three images.


07-19-2012, 03:41 PM
I received Mike Wilde's three cards pack today. It is interesting to feel the surface of these old papers and to see how a fne image one can still get from them.

07-19-2012, 04:57 PM
Sorry I haven't been very active in this thread to date. Here's an update of cards received so far:

piu58, simmer house. Lovely detail of the structure. I like the shadows, the structure of the wood, and the print as a whole. And the short history lesson, of course.
J Rollinger, lovely cityscape shot of Michigan Avenue. Lots of things going on, lots of things to see.
mooseontheloose, absolutely a beautiful shot and print of a great structure. Stunning.
Oxleyroad, the back garden. I'd say your first foray into using IR film is a success!
drpsilver, corrosion happens, lovely contrasty print, nice structures.
George Nova Scotia, Truro Reservoir. Tranquility is what comes to mind. A calming scene with a nice IR effect.
JimO, Empire State from Brooklyn Bridge. Only the former landmark stands out. But then again, it *really* stands out, that's the special thing about this shot.
BoxBrownie, abandoned car, clearly abandoned more than a few days ago. At least the steering wheel is on the right (as in: correct and as in: opposed to the left) side.

Great postcards so far.
I'm still in the process of selecting a negative (maybe it even turns out that the shot still has to be taken), so I would strongly, strongly advise not to hold your breath while waiting for my cards, I'm sorry to say.

07-20-2012, 05:45 AM
Hah! Now that Jacco reports about a postcard from NYC sent by JimO I did remember to have a postcard showing Statue of Liberty for round 25 and a double check showed that JimO was not on my list for round 25, so although Jim claims on his card that it is for round 25 it is the postcard for round 26.

So here we go, I received another card some time back

JimO - One of the rare color ones and a nice panoramic image, I like composition, format and color. Thanks!


07-20-2012, 02:29 PM
20 July 2012

Two cards arrived this week. The card from rince is well done. Only when you get up close do you see that it is not "tack sharp". You did a fine job printing this. The other card is form BoxBrownie, subjects like this are filled with possible images. Except for the age of the car it could have been found at many of the ghost towns in California. The perspective you took makes the car "pop of the paper".

Number four is ‘Textures, shoreline Park’ . This is another gripping image to me. I so love the story telling character of the image and how my mind starts spinning stories around this corroder thing (to me it looks like part of a ship) …
I love how you combined so many different textures. The sand, the stones, the corroded metal, the water and while not clearly visible, the breeze coming from the water. I can almost taste the salty air and feel the sand and the stones underneath my feet and between my toes. Thank you very much for this lovely image. I really think you did an awesome job in interpreting those textures through your print. I hope one day I will be able to actually print tones so well, because to me you just hit the sweet-spot when it comes to the tones you printed, not to dark, not to light and in the right contrast. Awesome!

Dennis, thank you for such a kind and gracious analysis of my print. I am very happy that you enjoy the image so much. :)

drpsilver - I like the lowered contrast in the unsharp background compared to the high contrast of the foreground. Like it, but what is it?

Ruediger, it is what is left of a overflow pipe for a small levee on the San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately almost 90% of the natural wetlands were drained for development in the early/mid 1900's.

I am off on vacation to Switzerland (visiting my wife's relatives), Italy (91st birthday reunion for another set of relatives from UK), and Minneapolis (to visit a very sick friend). Will be back in a month, just in time for sign-up for Round #27!


07-21-2012, 03:04 PM
We are printing this weekend, should have our postcards in the mail before we leave on vacation mid-week (hopefully). Thanks.

07-23-2012, 08:02 AM
I love the starting the week off with postcards in the mailbox:

Mike Wilde's hat-trick of cards arrived. It's always interesting to see what these old papers can do, and I particularly like the texture of the Indiatone. Can only imagine what it would have been like when it was fresh!

I also received TJ's classic shot of Luang Prabang, a place I've always wanted to go, but somehow never made it. It's really a shame as there really is no excuse while I'm living in Asia!

07-24-2012, 06:04 PM
Hey folks, our postcards are in the mail! It was a 3 day marathon, but its done! Looking forward to the next round too!

Black Dog
07-25-2012, 05:45 PM
Thanks to all for your cards-they're much appreciated:D!

07-27-2012, 05:48 PM

It is two weeks since my last posting here and five more postcards are in. So in order they arrived...

George Nova Scotia "Truro Reservoir" - Taken with a Miranda Sensomat, I was given an early 1957 Miranda T(ii) just last Christmas and have found the camera still good at all but the slowest of shutter speeds. Another IR film image but this one from HIE a film I never got to use. This image has been the talk of the bunch so far with visitors to our home asking "Why are the leaves and grasses so white?"

JimO "NVC, Empire State from Brooklyn Bridge" - Interesting way to draw the viewer into the Empire State, certainly a view I have never seen before.

rince "Organ in German Cathederal" - You have captured all of the detail of the organ. If this is what you can produce by working in a makeshift darkroom, then I have to really lift my game using what I call my permenant darkroom. Great work Dennis.

Molli Two cards received what a surprise and completely handwritten. The gold Argenta superpress paper what a special paper and the image of the mask goes so well with it. The second card of a photographer on the rocks also a another special image that I can almost feel that I am there. Curious to know what your paper developer is.

A thank-you to everyone who has commented encouragingly on my first foray into IR. I just have to get out and use a bit more of this film and experiment.

I also got a card from round 25 from TJ. I commented in that thread.

07-27-2012, 07:58 PM
steve brown - abandoned car, with the steering wheel on the "wrong" side, (down under for you),!!! nicely done!
George Richards - Truro Reservoir - mid summer here in florida , i could jump in! would love to float 'round the bend!
Dennis/rince - Organ in German Cathedral -MAJESTIC!
mike wilde - his 3 images - such wonderful images, stories, and use of technology.

I continue to enjoy them all... and learn! I must write more about the images I send!

this exchange is great, thank you folks!

George Nova Scotia
07-27-2012, 08:02 PM
To answer the question for Oxleyroad "Why are the leaves and grasses so white?" -- "because they are warm and alive!" IIRC one of the original uses for IR films was to check on crop and forest health. Living plants would reflect more IR than dead or sick plants.

Now to the small stack of cards on my desk:

"Breakaways" from Nige. Desolate is a good description. Totally unlike anything I've come across in real life, very nice of you to visit there for me.:)
"Organ in the German Cathedral" from rince. This card arrived the day after "breakaways" and what a contrast. From the barren rock on one side of the world to the magnificence of the pipe organ on the other side of the world. Dennis all I can say is well taken and well printed. Thank you.
"NYC, Empire State" from JimO. A sky scape as much as a city scape. Yes my eye is drawn to the icon the Empire State building but then it drifts back to those wonderful clouds. I like clouds like that, softly drifting by.
"The Inglewood Terror" from BoxBrownie. I'm sure that car has a story or two to tell, great "roll cage and windscreen" and as if the car didn't have enough dings the post office added their own wrinkles!
Mike Wilde's threesome. I just love the old papers, I may have to see what I can dig out of my box of goodies. All great images, I like the refinery shot the best. Somehow with the water and treatment on the Ansco Indiatone it just doesn't seem like "smelly" old refinery.

Thanks all keep up the great work, it makes the trip to the mailbox worthwhile!


07-27-2012, 08:24 PM
George, in the 70's where I grew up in regional Victoria Australia it was a nice warm dry climate with access to plenty of water, ideal for citrus and grapes. However there was usually an aerial visit by the police drug squg annually looking for tall green herbs with a distinct 5 fingered leaf. These herbs produced a vivid white foliage on the IR film whereas the broad beans, and other nitrogen rich vegetation grown between the rows of trees and vines did not produce such a contrast.

As kids you knew when the visit was about to come as we'd have dust storms due to the number of farmers ploughing in their nitrogen rich crops early... :whistling:

07-28-2012, 11:34 AM
As usual, I waited until the last minute, but the remainder of my postcards are in the mail today!

Thanks to everyone from whom I've received a postcard so far (and I see at least one more in today's mail).

They've been a lot of fun to look at.


07-28-2012, 12:39 PM
Today I recevied the two wonderful cards from Mrs. and Mr. Higam - bluejeh(2). My wif enjoyed the cards two. We both tried to see how pebbles turned into holes and vice versa at Judth's card. Interesting! Ed's card shows a quiet scene at Simon Fraser university. Wonderful.

07-30-2012, 06:46 AM
What Uwe said, I also received cards from the bluejehs. Thanks!

One thing I noticed on Eds card, it is printed with a white border, and then there is kind of a second shifted border, slightly rotated, as if the card got some other exposure which was enough to produce a light gray. Did you flash the paper?


07-30-2012, 07:41 AM
Received Molli's "On the surface of things", an interesting shot on really interesting paper! When I first got it I wondered what kind of toning you must of done, until I read the back and realized it was the paper itself. Very cool!

I also received cards from bluejeh and bluejeh2: a nice calm shot from Ed and an interesting detail of the Hornby Island Rocks from Judith. Thanks!

07-31-2012, 01:13 AM
Yesterday I found TJs card in my letter box. An interessting shot of monks in Laos. I very like the ilford baryta postcard paper.

George Nova Scotia
08-01-2012, 08:11 AM
My how time flies, it's August, the official "breather" month. That's when some of us sit back and enjoy all the lovely cards, and when some of us start to panic. (Also when the Post Offices of the world take a breather and finally deliver our cards.) Fear not. Official panic time doesn't start until the last week of September - the last few days to sign up for round 27.

I cleaned out the mail box yesterday and found two lovely cards from the west coast, thank you Judith & Ed - Bluejeh & Bluejeh(2). I finally read the instructions correctly and know I'm not which way is up on "Hornby Island Rocks" but I like it. Then there is the "Simon Fraser Univ Pool". Do they realize there is a big rock sticking out of the pool? Must be a real tough lane for that swimmer! Both great cards, even upside down and sideways they work.

So again for all those still deciding what to print or just now slaving away in a hot darkroom - remember official PANIC time is 55 days away, but we'd really like to hear from you, just drop us a card!


08-01-2012, 07:03 PM
Well, my cards have just been delivered to the post office. Sorry for being a bit late. I have received a lot of beautiful postcards. Thanks everyone for sending them out! I am at a crunch at work, but if I ever get a breather, I will go through them and post my impressions.