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ChristopherCoy
04-08-2013, 06:45 AM
Darwin,

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say, please take care of your mom first! Comments and postcards can definitely wait! Family always comes first!

I hope she feels better soon, and I'll say a quick prayer for your mom and family!

ozphoto
04-08-2013, 09:12 AM
Darwin, hope your mum is doing better and better every day.
Family and loved ones are *the* most important thing - everything else is secondary.

Look forward to you reporting she is home and feeling much better, very soon.

adelorenzo
04-08-2013, 11:21 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know I'm still in this thing. I've been swamped with work and life (such as it is) these past weeks, and when I get into the darkroom I am struggling to come up with a print that I feel I can send out. I think I am close and I promise I will be mailing out my cards as soon as I can.

Regards,
Anthony

piu58
04-08-2013, 11:15 PM
Yesterday I received a very fine Card from Christopher Coy. He took the Image in the Café du monde in New Orleans. Thank you very much!

mooseontheloose
04-09-2013, 09:42 AM
I've also received a cards from:

Christopher Coy, "Beignettes for Breakfast" - great framing and focus, would love some myself!
Delphine, "Rainy Day" - excellent and abstract, could be interpreted in many ways
Kraker, "Bustling or empty - 10 - Dungelmann" - a lovely pinhole image that has a timeless feel to it
JimO, "Sunshine Skyway" - great detail in the clouds, unfortunately it's discolouring a bit
Oxleyroad, "Termite Mounds" - a nice view of some interesting formations
Megzdad81, "Streamside Detail 4" - wonderful texture in the rocks and nice deep blacks

Thanks everyone for the great images!

Fozzle
04-09-2013, 03:19 PM
Received 'Rainy Day' from Delphine, very clever, I really like it, thanks.

piu58
04-09-2013, 11:54 PM
Two more cards:
Rainy day form Delphin. Steh transformation from normal postcard paper into a stand up card is great. How did you produce the fold?
Termite mounds from Oxleyroad. Fery fine sujet, I love the baryta paper and the large format. My wife enjoyed this card too.

kraker
04-10-2013, 02:22 PM
There's a stack of cards on my desk that keeps nagging me to comment on them. And rightfully so.

Let's go through the stack, starting with Mike Wilde's threesome. Craftsmanship as always, the things you manage to do with old paper, it never ceases to amaze me. Take the Korean War Veteran's Memorial, for example. Lots of shadow details in the trees, full tonal range; very well executed. Avra's eyes and face also keep attracting my attention. As does anikin's not-so-everyday shot of a utility pole in the middle of the road. Funny thing, that. The paper also has a nice feel and look to it, what paper is it? Jim17x's couple of ducks I also like very much. Spent my childhood living at the waterfront, so this picture surely evokes memories. The ducks, the low hanging leaves, the ripples in the water bringing out the sun's reflection, lovely. Which can also be said of mooseontheloose's "What remains". Lovely. Dreamy. Eerie. I hope you never run out of HIE stock, you keep amazing me with beautiful photos. drpsilver (hang in there, Darwin, hope it all works out OK for your mother, your father and you) sends a photo of a cairn in Italy, lovely detail, it's almost as if I can touch those rocks. rince's fleeting moment, the photo and the story come together to form a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. One detail though, from a keen observer: it looks like a mirror image, from the text on the lock. Works for me, but I'm just wondering if it was meant that way. ozphoto, Drew, a very nice portrait, a bit mangled by the postal system somewhere en-route, but that's all in the game of the exchange. I must admit there's a bit of a dichotomy here, the headgear that obviously goes with the uniform versus the mention of the shaved head. Well, some mystery should remain, I suppose. ChristopherCoy's card arrived today, made me hungry. That looks like a nice breakfast, I'm sure that would set me up to go go go for a few hours. Nice framing, just the part of the face, I like it.

That's 8 out of 20 received, not taking into consideration any cards that I may have temporarily misplaced :whistling:. Thanks so far, looking out for more exciting cards!

rince
04-11-2013, 12:20 AM
There's a stack of cards on my desk that keeps nagging me to comment on them. And rightfully so.

rince's fleeting moment, the photo and the story come together to form a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. One detail though, from a keen observer: it looks like a mirror image, from the text on the lock. Works for me, but I'm just wondering if it was meant that way.

Great catch;) I just liked the composition better this way around and I hoped it would not be to obstrusive. In the end this is how I saw the image in the first place when looking on my groundglass ;)

Mike Wilde
04-11-2013, 12:47 PM
A bunch more times not long since the last round of comments from me, so people must be getting going....

Christopher Coy- Café Du Monde- A nice hand crafted looking envelope and card contained a nice, if unconventionally framed, image. The motif of the fleur-du-lis ties in well with the New Orleans reference. The photo is of someone about to tuck into a breakfast or snack. The out of focus area in the background works well to highlight the crisp foreground elements. The inclusion of part of a person’s face establishes the activity. There is a good spread of tones from a suitably washed out upper corner leading down to the diagonally opposite detail-less shadow of the patron’s jacket. A niggling detail is the bright edge of light under the table. I think the image might have been a bit tighter if that part of the frame was cropped out. I found it tended to pull focus.

Delphine - Rainy Day. An abstracted flow of tones across what I interpret may be an iced over pane of a window. The area behind the diffusing surface shows us a pattern of somewhat random linear elements. These are all too many words to describe a photo that works well for me. Then there is ant neat idea to score the card and provide a note on the back to fold along the score to make the image into a free standing card. Well done.

George Nova Scotia - Shadows on Snow. A great eye for shadow patterns in everyday items has resulted in this delightful capture. A not too overcast and not too clear of a day gave the perfect time to interpret what I see as the base of a playground climber, casting shadows onto a trackless coating of snow. The kind of image only those who are up early or who are out to walk the dog see in my parts before little feet make their mark. Nice.

Jim O – Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway sans sun. This is a scene worth recording; there are not a lot of these days from my time spent in this area. My parents had a mobile home just north of the Tropicana factory in a town called Palmetto. I like the minimalist placing of the horizon low, to give emphasis to the cloud formations. And nice detail in the clouds with contrast control – none are burned out, and the image tone overall is just right.

Kraker – Bustling or empty- A very nice view of a village square or high street devoid of people – oh, wait, it is a pinhole. Quite nice and sharp; the hole size must be optimized for the focal length you are attempting to emulate. Mine come out a bit muddier. Nice paper – shame it is gone to the past. I quite liked Brovira. Mailing in the envelope did the uncurling trick for my print- it has stayed flat since I took it out.

Ozphoto – Drew the Police Officer- Quite a nice portrait. If you pulled this off with studio lights you have done a great job emulating some light from the shop window kind of look.
If really shot with light from the shop window, you have handled the lighting very well, or were quite lucky. Sometimes my best shots come down to plain old luck.


Keep the greta images coming, people. It is always nicer to find postcards instead of bills and bank statements in my mail box after work.

ChristopherCoy
04-11-2013, 05:22 PM
There is a good spread of tones from a suitably washed out upper corner leading down to the diagonally opposite detail-less shadow of the patron’s jacket. A niggling detail is the bright edge of light under the table. I think the image might have been a bit tighter if that part of the frame was cropped out. I found it tended to pull focus.

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Mike,

You have NO IDEA how happy the comment about the tones makes me. I worked VERY VERY hard on this one, using single grade filters and exposure time, and even dodging/burning to make this set. After the comments about tones in the last exchange, I wanted to improve that part of my skills so I've been trying everything extensively to get better at it.

kraker
04-12-2013, 02:33 AM
Great catch;) I just liked the composition better this way around and I hoped it would not be to obstrusive. In the end this is how I saw the image in the first place when looking on my groundglass ;)

:) I thought that would be the reason, for me the composition seems better this way around as well.

Fozzle
04-13-2013, 03:35 AM
Received a couple of cards this week.

Christopher Coy , "Beignettes for Breakfast" - very interesting perspective.

George Nova Scotia,"Shadows on snow" - super lines , shapes and contrast. My type of shot.

Thanks

megzdad81
04-13-2013, 05:12 AM
I received two more cards today--
Christopher Coy -- 'Beignets for Breakfast' -- I think the shot is well executed, the cup and powdered sugar on the beignets are just the right tones, and the hovering mouth in the upper right is classic positioning for the shot. The only thing missing is the smell of Luzianne coffee, although I don't think that's what they serve there in Cafe du Monde. I spent many a Sunday morning there ...
Fozzle -- I had a little robot toy that looked like that when I was a wee bit. What we couldn't figure out was if it was a multiple exposure, taken through a display case window or just a window, or if was still beaming over!! The ambiguous shapes throughout make you think you know what you are looking at, but then you say 'no, that's not it ...'

Fozzle
04-13-2013, 07:14 AM
Fozzle -- I had a little robot toy that looked like that when I was a wee bit. What we couldn't figure out was if it was a multiple exposure, taken through a display case window or just a window, or if was still beaming over!! The ambiguous shapes throughout make you think you know what you are looking at, but then you say 'no, that's not it ...'

I'm so glad that this shot came across that way, it's a window shot of an antique store crammed with fascinating little objects. I was trying to convey some kind of mystical element and wasn't quite sure that I'd managed it :)

Pfiltz
04-13-2013, 07:34 AM
Got 3 in this week.

Christopher Coy. I was wondering what those were... ;) Looked delicious
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Delphine. Never thought about taking a shot like rainy day... Nice
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George Nova. Sweet Picnic Time? Wish we could have gotten snow this year.

megzdad81
04-14-2013, 07:40 PM
I received two more postcards yesterday!!

Delphine -- Rainy Day -- very nice. I really like abstract subjects, but I am terrible at seeing them myself. It reminds me of some abstracts by Henry Holmes Smith.

George Nova Scotia -- I suppose this is just a day in the park for you. If I could find snow like that, I'd probably hate the cold (or it'd have hundreds of footprints!), and I'm not sure how well my lenses function in real cold. Mostly, it almost never snows here next to the Smokies, and when it does--I can't get away from work! Thanks for the peaceful image.

piu58
04-15-2013, 02:06 AM
I found in my letterbox Shadows on snow by George Richards. A very fine shot. I love the many shades of white (snow).

ozphoto
04-19-2013, 03:54 AM
Songkran is over and my mailbox was bursting at the seams after a week away for the Thai New Year holiday.

The most important items of mail, were of course the APUG postcards!

Christopher Coy, "Beignettes for Breakfast" - made me hungry (and envious) all the same time. Great framing, that draws your eyes to the goodies that await!
Delphine, "Rainy Day" - a great shot that captures a rainy day quite perfectly. The abstract view really makes this shot work.
Oxleyroad, "Termite Mounds" - whilst a little mangled in the post, but the termite housing estate, did survive the 3 days of monsoonal rain from earlier this week. Great subject matter - glad they're in the national park, and not close by!!

Only 12 outstanding - look forward to more mail in the postbox soon.

anikin
04-19-2013, 11:03 AM
As does anikin's not-so-everyday shot of a utility pole in the middle of the road. Funny thing, that. The paper also has a nice feel and look to it, what paper is it?

I'm sorry, but I gonna have to say that I don't know. I was using up my remaining stacks of 8x10 paper, so my postcards are likely to be either Ilford MG IV, Arista EDU Ultra and/or some other Arista paper.

About my postcard. Now that nearly everyone has received it, I can explain what's going on. Yes, this is a real shot on a real road. As a matter of fact, google's satellite has taken it's picture at about the same time as I did, and you can still find it on google maps by entering coordinates 45.317056,-122.782073.

Boeckman road is my favorite lunch-time biking route from work to Parrett mountain and back. The city of Wilsonville has built this road fairly recently over some wetlands. Well, low an behold, the wetlands did not like the road, and the road started to sink. Last summer, Wilsonville started to rebuild the road. I don't know the details, but I suspect they are going to move it a few feet over and do a better support so it does not sink quite as fast.

That day I was riding my favorite route to the Parrett mountain, but I saw the road being closed. I did not see anyone on the road and it looked fine, so I rode through. When I saw the light post, I just had to take the picture :laugh:

Mike Wilde gets the prize for the best guess! :wizard: