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Just when I think the mailbox is empty... :) Lovely postcard "Welcome Home Mr. Contrast" from haslguitar arrived today. Thanks!
05-07-2013, 08:08 AM
Received some lovely cards from George Nova Scotia, rst, and mjs. Thanks guys!
05-07-2013, 11:48 AM
I also got "Welcome Home Mr. Contrast" from haslguitar yesterday.
haslguitar... wonderful news, and as others have reported, perfectly acceptable - now the challenge is to get some sleep AND get in the darkroom!! :laugh:
05-07-2013, 06:08 PM
Thanks to everyone for understanding the delay. :) Looking forward to doing this again in the future.
05-07-2013, 10:08 PM
Hey folks, we just got round to it. Postcards from the two bluejehs were mailed today! Hope you like 'em. Already thinking of an print for the next round.
I'm starting to wonder whether I've discovered an esoteric formula for receiving more postcards -- I post believing that I've received the last postcards from the current round and shazam! A new one shows up in the mail. Today's was a very dynamic detail of the Louvre from rst! Thanks!
05-11-2013, 10:11 AM
I got the cards from Judyan Ed Higham and enjoyed them very much. Thank you!
05-13-2013, 10:50 AM
Once again a nice pile of cards have accrued, now I take the time to address them:
Bluejeh – Through the Window A nice abstraction that uses the window frame to delineate the crazy distortions seen from the area of the panes. Discordant image shapes surround the window that enhance the random feelings you get from the windows distorted contents. Grain too, lots of it, but not excessive, which works well here to pair with the other distortions already being well exploited.
Bluejeh2 – Angel at Westminster. A nice low key image, framed in by snatches of higher contrast information in the upper corners. Great sharpness, as a 4x5 can ably deliver in the right hands. I quite like the obviously detailed attempt at image capture, and subsequent printing to deliver a great symmetrical image.
halsguitar – Welcome Home Mr. Contrast. A nice accident, I would say. One of the surprises you get after really looking at the negs, and finding something neat in them that you could not have reasonably foreseen when you captured the initial image. Nice brooding clouds, a tree ripe with static birds, and then this rocket of a bird come shooting in all a blur from image right. It is quite nice. It works well in a small print, where your eye flits around to take in all of the details.
mjs – Man with his horse. Nice framing. It is not often that out of focus dominant foreground image element work well, but it does in this image. The slightly fuzzy horse’ nose does not detract from the image, but instead emphasizes the relationship to the tack sharp image element of the man holding his reins. A good range of tones, with appropriate contrast; there are few areas off all white highlights, and no detail less shadows. Enough background detail to establish some context, but not enough to detract from the image as a whole.
rst – Louvre Detail. This is quite a nice abstraction. There are good sharp in focus areas, and nice out of focus background elements. Clean white clear areas. I enjoy how you have placed the various elements of the subject within the frame.
05-15-2013, 12:02 PM
Just got mine from the bluejeh's (Ed & Judy). Very cute couple to send out postcards together like that and to get to see the stylistic differences of a couple that both enjoy photography.
I play around with 4x5 but my wife sticks to 35mm and does much better than me.
I like Ed's a lot. I only wish it had come closer to Easter. I looked up the meaning of "laetitia" and would guess it reads something like "you [are] the glory to Jerusalem you [are] the joy of Israel". I like the dark center surrounded by the lighter angels and was wondering if you burned the center in a bit.
I really liked Judy's, very nice abstract photo. Struggled for a bit to make sense of the window and wall and then gave up. It all works together. Obvious curvy distortions surrounded by subtle rigid ones. The grain is nice and the central shades as well.
05-15-2013, 01:55 PM
Just got mine from the bluejeh's (Ed & Judy). Very cute couple .....
I agree :D:whistling:
(I expect to hear about this post for sure!)
05-16-2013, 01:24 AM
Hey folks, in 2006, photographing architecture in a residential area....the lines of the chimney and window were not vertical, but I was most fascinated with the strange art I could see inside the window. No reflections. I was a peepin' tom. :)
05-16-2013, 03:55 AM
And the bluejeh's postacrds arrived today - great subjects and the window shot had me guessing for a little bit.
05-18-2013, 06:20 AM
Another card yesterday - haslguitar's "Welcome Home Mr. Contrast" - makes me think of the movie "The Birds"!:laugh:
Only 7 cards now outstanding:
Another great round once again - looking forward to Round 29
05-19-2013, 08:54 AM
I also got cards from the bluejehs, thank you. I liked them a lot especially the abstract one :)
05-20-2013, 11:06 PM
Iíve received another 16 cards since I last shared my comments a long time ago. Here are my observations:
mooseontheloose - "Wat Remains" - Another wonderful Kodak HIE photo from Rachelle - evocative and beautifully toned
drpsilver - "Cairn, Macugnaga, Italy" - A stark image from Darwin that I really like
rince - "Fleeting Moment" - Excellent choice of the point of view
BoxBrownie - "Down by the Jetty" - This card looks wonderfully old fashioned - both in subject and tone
trsvax - "Rock'n in Austin" - When I saw the title, I thought it was going to be a concert shot :)
megzdad81 - Streamside Detail #4 - An interesting vignette, and it is well printed
JimO - "Sunshine Skyway sans Sunshine" - Wonderful sky
ChristopherCoy - "Beignettes for Breakfast" - Scrumptious :). I particularly like the cropping.
delphine - "Rainy Day" - Tiny and precious - and I love the stand-up card
Oxleyroad - "Termite Mounds" - Really interesting and atmospheric
George Nova Scotia - "Picnic Time" - Excellent snow scene print - satisfyingly three dimensional
bluejeh - "Through the Window" - A complex image from a complex negative - well done
bluejeh2 - "Angel at Westminster Abbey" - Really like the details in this photograph
rst - "Louvre - detail" - Modern Geometric shapes with an historic background - very interesting
haslguitar - "Welcome Home, Mr. Contrast" - Makes me think of Hitchcock - I particularly like the high speed flying blur at the edge
mjs - "Man With His Horse" - I very much like the intersection of the horse and the man
So far, Iíve received cards from 20 participants, and am waiting on just 4 (adelorenzo, nicholai, Roger Thoms and Wayne Frederick).
Thanks everyone for participating.
05-26-2013, 03:50 PM
Just like Matt, for me it has also been a long time since I commented on cards received, so here's an overdue update.
delphine has surprised me with a very ingenious constructed print with built-in photo stand. Lovely shot as well, despite or thanks to the weather. Goes to show that weather should not be limiting you when photographing.
JimO's Tampa Bay, love the clouds, nice composition.
haslguitar's photo reminds me of a certain film by a man named Hitchcock. Scary to think about it in that context. Great shot with the action of the bird moving in from the right.
The bluejeh's cards also arrived. Ed's angel with lots of detail, Judy's Through the window, the distorted reflection of the building shown in the window; both very nice.
rst, Louvre detail, this is what b&w was made for; shapes, materials, lights, shadows, absolutely great.
George Nova Scotia, the man who makes all this possible nowadays, had the idea of going on a picnic. In this weather? I don't think so! I can say we had a long winter over here, but when I see the amount of snow on this photo, then seeing you call it a light snowfall, well... then things are put into perspective once more.
mjs, a man and his horse, gives a nice view of the sesquincentennial parade.
Oxleyroad, last (for now) but not least, sent a great photo, lovely wide view on very nice paper. I was thinking stubs of trees at first, until I read the back. Okay, a bit more itchy than treestubs... Very nice panoramic view.
And with that, I'm just three cards short of a complete set for round 28. It's been another great round. Let's see if I can ...just for once... start early on round 29.
Over the past couple of weeks I've received interesting and lovely postcards from the bluejeh's and from someone else. One of my insufferable family of postcard thieves and packrats will have to return it before I can properly thank them, though.
Sorry I've missed the next round. Fiddling around trying to complete the new deck and other mundane tasks made me forget to sign up until it was, alas, too late.
06-12-2013, 06:14 PM
Big Update from me. First for this round and for that I apologise. So much going on around me, I find it hard to sit down at a PC when I am at home. Have grabed a half hour or so this morning so here is my comments on all the cards I have rec'd this round.
22 from 30
Jim17x - A couple of ducks
anikin - Honest Officer. I too have seen things like this in rural areas of Australia. Where I grew up it was not uncommon for the freshly laid tarmac to be ripped up for the sewarge and stormwater drains to be laid. It was insane, but that was what would happen.
mooseontheloose - Wat Remains. Such a dreamy look to the image.
piu58 - Old Inn in DŲbite
warejn - Utah.
BoxBrownie - Down by the Jetty. With this card the viewer feels as if they were there.
drpsilver - Cairn, Macugnaga, Italy.
rince - Fleeting moment
hankins27 - Old Church
Ozphoto - Drew. Framed well for the portrait shot.
trsvax - Rock'n in Austin. Great play on words.
kraker - Bustling or Empty. Like this old paper. Like the framing of the image.
MattKing - At the end of the Dock. A card that has drawn all of the attention of guests to my home.
Jimo - Tampa Bay. Great greys and shapes in the clouds. I would have liked a little more contrast.
Delphine - Rainy Day. What a great idea to make a stand up post card. The first time I have seen this done.
George Nova Scotia - Victoria Park. Looks like this scene was created as it is so perfect.
mjs - Man with his horse.
bluejeh - Through the Window. I liked the distorted view inside the room.
bluejeh2 - Angel at Westminster Abbey Mission.
has1guitar - Welcome Home.
? #1 - Streamside detail 4. If the goal was to get the image to glow like the images in the galleries, then in my opinion you have.
? #2 - Breakfast. I like the angle from which the image has been recorded.
Thanks to everyone for some great pictures. Glad I signed up for the next round as I can't wait for the pictures to start coming in. Sorry for not taking the time to try an identify the two without names, just no time to go back through the postings.
06-14-2013, 06:54 PM
I finally got my cards out today. I sent out the international cards with insufficient postage, so I sent a second card to each with correct postage; some of you may get both cards. My fault for not paying attention (am getting old). Anyhow many thanks for all of your cards; here are some comments on the cards I have received. To those missing from this list I know that most of you have sent your cards, but unfortunately they did not reach me.
ChristopherCoy "Beignets for Breakfast"
This is a nice abstract print, with a hint of warm tone, an action shot with a severely cropped face (nose and mouth only (with a smile?)
MattKing "At The End of The Dock"
Well done-I really like reflections of trees in water. The tack sharp dock is nice for contrast, and the water is mysterious.
bluejeh2 "Angel at Westminster Abbey Mission, B. C."
Good closely cropped image of sculpture. I like the slight asymmetry and the grating- like square shapes in the upper corners.
bluejeh "Through the Window"
Nice abstraction- each window pane is different-the regularity of the stone wall helps the composition- reminds me of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari".
HAHA very funny! I like this sort of snapshot. The users of the electric power at the end of this transmission line should prepare for an imminent outage.
haslguitar "Welcome Home Mr. Contrast"
Nice spooky picture of an otherwise benign bird behavior. I think this might be neat if enlarged to 16x20 or even bigger.
Jim17x "A Couple Ducks"
Great tonality and fine grain. I like the overhanging branches.
GeorgeNovaScotia "Shadows on Snow"
Nice subtle treatment of the contrast. I like how the lines get more complicated on the right.
trsvax "Rock'n in Austin"
The stump is a nice idea; the lighter rocks in the foreground are interesting.
delphine "Rainy Day"
Great abstract print, I like the small size.
Well done portrait and interesting story.
rince "Fleeting Moment"
Locks and chains are great symbols that appeal to me. I like how the blurred background grayness seems to be grabbing at the lock from below.
Oxleyroad "Termite Mounds"
Nice gritty feel to this print. I like the blue-black tone.
megzdad81 "Streamside Detail 4"
I like this print-I am fond of water and rocks and streams. Keep working on the "glow"- try as many different combinations of paper/developer as you can afford.
Mike Wilde 3 images printed on old paper
All of these are nicely printed. The Veteran's Memorial is somber, the Capitol has nice tonality, and Avra is humorous. I like using up old paper and film and am often surprised by the results.