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George Nova Scotia
08-31-2013, 07:02 PM
Looking forward to Round 30!

I'll be in it as soon as I see the sign up


It will be up soon :wizard: One more chore to finish first!

George Nova Scotia
08-31-2013, 08:38 PM
The ROUND 30 sign on thread is up, link below in my sig.

I must say that I'm very sorry my cards haven't made it out to the world yet. They will be going very soon. It's been rather warm and humid this summer and with no air conditioning and the darkroom in a second floor spare room it's been tough. I just don't get along with the heat & humidity.

I've received many cards and hope to acknowledge them soon. One I'll mention now, kraker's card arrived in the last mail. Lovely card actually the first cyantype I've seen in person. Just one question, why does it have a stamp on the back saying it was "MISSENT TO MPC JAKARTA" ? That seems a little out of the way to get from the Netherlands to Canada.

kraker
09-01-2013, 07:06 AM
George, that seems a little out of the way indeed. Haven't got a clue what happened there. Could have gotten stuck on another of my postcards, but then again, Jakarta was not on my list of destinations for any card this round, so that possible explanation doesn't hold up. Let's just say that it is all part of the fun of this exchange. I'm glad it reached you in the end.

Now it's time to sign up for round 30.

Pilami
09-02-2013, 04:15 AM
Hi,
in the comments I read somewhere about a blog somehow connected to the Collodion process? I'm not sure if I got that right, BUT:

dear ndrs, if there is a blog in any way about, concerning or whatever to collodion pictures: could you give me a link/access?
please?
thank you ever so much :)
pilami

rst
09-02-2013, 07:24 AM
Mine got printed yesterday. Now they wait under a heavy book until I get the time to write them. Should be sometime this week.

Since I am late again this round I should sit out round 30 - that should be enough self-punishment. :(

Cheers
Ruediger

megzdad81
09-03-2013, 09:00 PM
OK, first I will make my excuses for not commenting before now—spinal fusion on 6/6 at neck level that has provided really good medicine, and limited all activity with a hard brace to keep the head in place relative to driving, typing, developing, and picture-taking. The right (dominant) hand still doesn’t function correctly. The postcards received were a regular bright spot in 2.5 months of shut-in and recuperation. (Note to self: never re-organize negatives while under the influence of really good medicine …)
1. Uwe —winter scene with snow bank, you later said was on 70-year-old paper—amazing!! The image still holds detail in the snow where there was just a slight tone difference. I have a 99% full 250 sheet box of 12-year- old Kodak Polymax II RC that comes out completely black no matter the exposure. South Carolina is unkind to photo paper.
2. Steve Frizza—Mr. Jiggs—thank you for the picture of my son with his first camera … Honestly, we loved it here, but were confused as to where it came from, or if you actually shot the picture since you mention Tri-X—seeing as how the postcard came from Australia, and Wikipedia says Mr. Jiggs died 10 years before the first Polaroid Land Camera. Just asking …
3. Bruce McCaughey—“The Boat Building Shed”—wonderful tonality and crispness in the detail.
4. Ed Bray—“GWR Pannier Tank 6430”—wonderful that the engine and coach have been preserved. It looks like there is exhaust coming from the stack—is this regularly operating engine? Thank you for the backstory to the image subject . Is it the full frame for the 5x7 negative?
5. Matt King—“Pump House Graffiti”—very interesting approach with the toning. The graffiti artist looks to have been somewhat influenced by Picasso. Nice catch of the ‘street’ art—sometimes we go right by the obvious because it doesn’t fit our mental picture of what will be a good subject.
6. Trond—“Shore”—as I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for tone. An image with good tonal range is like a great song or bottle of wine, and “Shore” is just really pleasing to my eye. I also like the visual play of what look like two specific harmonic sets/tracks of wave that lead from the bottom to the marsh outlet. Maybe no one sees it but me (I have a cataract, and really good medicine), but I enjoy the visual play. Thank you for a memorable image.
7. Ivan S.—“Weathered Pillars”—I really like the subject, and the foreground appears to me to be snow. I would like it better if the snow was lighter/brighter to contrast against the pilings. I guess I would like more contrast, but maybe you had a low contrast subject even with the snow.
8. Peter S. – “Backlot” – this image reminds me of innumerable self portraits of the same style my favorite worst was a detailed self-portrait of my reflection in a window I was shooting through. So is that you or a truly unknown?
9. Anikin – “Airport Security – I didn’t know what to think, figuring it was 3 Amigos in costume. Then I got out my magnifying glass and read “Inchon” on the sign above. I will not be going to Korea … Nice “street capture”.
10. Rachelle – “The Beach” waterfall – very nice. Light and airy with the mist, yet the image looks 3-dimensional. There is a little S-shape in the lower left that hints at another little fall …
11. Kraker – “Hillside” – CYANOTYPE!! Marvelous! I would have liked it more without the little copse of trees on the left, but what a first attempt! Thank you.
12. Hayley – “Dog” – great first print. It caused me to go back and look at my first three rolls. The first two were chemical disasters, but the third, I’m thinking ‘not bad for first attempt’ (I was about 21, so looong ago.). You had a bright background to throw the meter off, but kept great detail in the dog’s face, even in shadow. Not easy.

ozphoto
09-03-2013, 11:20 PM
Ouch, Bob - hope you're feeling better soon!

Stephen Frizza
09-04-2013, 06:00 AM
2. Steve Frizza—Mr. Jiggs—thank you for the picture of my son with his first camera … Honestly, we loved it here, but were confused as to where it came from, or if you actually shot the picture since you mention Tri-X—seeing as how the postcard came from Australia, and Wikipedia says Mr. Jiggs died 10 years before the first Polaroid Land Camera. Just asking …


There have been multiple Mr Jiggs in America this is the Mr Jiggs of tv show and party hire fame in the 1970's. The image is from an American archive I have been printing. I really liked the shot so shared it all with you. Here is a super 8 link to Mr Jiggs at a party http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNinJuKDl2M

glad you liked it.

Mike Wilde
09-04-2013, 09:09 AM
Further card comments from the ones that have been piling up in my 'mail to be processed' pile.

Box Brownie- Merry Go Round. Poingnant capture of a simpler time of our past amusements. Nice and sharp, good dof, and local contrast. The framing at the top of the image being partially cut off it a tad distracting.

DRP Sliver - Reflection. The delightful distortions of the glass like fore shore thry the reeds is almost like a fine art pencll sketch. Very well executed.

NDRS Top Hat - A nice RA-4 print that uses the yellowed highlights of this out dated paper to advantage, pairing well with with the strong greeen grass that predominates the scene. The skillful placement of the top hat in the frame makes it anything but banal, and the story of the hat makes the image stronger.

labcoat - Baltimore Fountain. A delightful street scene of a hot days case of urban frivolity indulged while cooling off. The lady holding up her dress as she wades captures the feeling best for me.

Oxley Road - Steam. A great capture of a scene of industrial elements of the past. I too get out every few years to see a big steam engine on its annual historic run, down at the Hamilton water works.

OzPhoto- Stonehenge - Wow. What a great panoramic RA-4 print - really makes you feel you are in a special place. No sign of the hand of modern man anywhere in the image other than the shorn grass. Fantastic clouds, and the bird perched on one of the edges of one stone makes it all that beter.


My card printing effort for R29 is stalled at the moment. The envelopes are all addresses, and the stamps bought, but no printing so far.

I have taken the past few months (when my time has not otheriwse been spoken for by others) up entirely with building shed in my back yard. We have a single car garage that my wife parks her car in regualrly. It is otherwise stuffed with garden implements, snow shovel and sleds, christmas and halloween decorations, home maintenance building supplies and tools, etc, as well as camping supplies and a canoe all tucked into the rafters and in shelves beside and in front of where the car parks.

I have grown tired of being the contortionist to get stuff at ground level out whlie the car is in there, and am loath to move the car out, then in again for easy access to things like rakes and hoes.

So now I am almost finished a 100 square foot with 8' ceiling shed. It has fully insulated walls, floor and ceiling and is now weather tight. I am presently digging power supply and communcation conduits the 80' to reach to the house, with an eye to making a bit of a studio of it to get out of the house to contemplate, and also to set the stage towards deploying a hot tub spa next to it in a few years. The ground is very dry presently, so the digging is comaratively easy, though in truth digging consolidated clay is not easy digging. About 40' left to ga, and I seem to get about 8' per night while taking care to not sever all tree roots I come across for a large tree that shades the house.

I will get the due round 29 cards out, but as you see 'life' is in the way at the moment. I have done all rounds from 14-28 well. I am not signing on to round 30 unless all is in order before the sign on cut off date.

Ed Bray
09-04-2013, 02:05 PM
4. Ed Bray—“GWR Pannier Tank 6430”—wonderful that the engine and coach have been preserved. It looks like there is exhaust coming from the stack—is this regularly operating engine? Thank you for the backstory to the image subject . Is it the full frame for the 5x7 negative?

The engine runs daily from April through to October, and at most weekends between November and March.

Almost the full frame I had to crop a little off the bottom to fit the postcard format so it is a reduction rather than an enlargement, I had to use a 240mm lens on the enlarger to go so small.

I have had some other cards delivered, but been a bit busy with other things so will catch up in a few days or so.

drpsilver
09-08-2013, 02:48 PM
08 Sept 2013

Finally getting some time to craft my comments on the very nice cards I have received.

A nice portrait of a dog from hbooks. I received two prints, one of which had a lot of fingerprints on the back. Looked like fixer stains to me.
The card from Edcculus is very interesting. I especially like how you Incorporated the windows and reflections. Well done.
Flowing water - one of my favorite subjects. I really like the perspective that mooseontheloose used. The dark foreground balanced the bright sky, but neither detract from the flowing water. Well done.
It was a very pleasant surprise to get a cyanotyoe form kraker. Cyanotype is so easy, so difficult at the same time. You were very successful at you first attempt. Keep up your efforts, and thank you for the words of encouragement.
A photo of a fearsome trio from anikin. Sharp, good contrast, and very nicely done. I like the juxtaposition of old and new in this photo.
Mardan sent a portrait with a interesting lighting. The dark center really enhances the woman's facial features. Well done.
The card from jimo makes me ask where does this bridge go; where does it end? The bird seems to be asking the same.

Phone needs to be answered. Will continue in next post.

Regards,
Darwin

drpsilver
09-08-2013, 04:01 PM
08 Sept 2013

Continuing from last post ...

The photos from bluejeh and bluejeh2 very different from each other - thank goodness all of us do not see the in the same way. Both of these prints use contrast very effectively. Both also have stories to tell. Nicely photographed and printed.
Nice night photo of a dragon head by Maximusklaudius. The photo is sharp despite having to pan while photographing. Nicely done.
Old buildings - another favorite subject for me. Steelbar's photo of a door also prompts questions about the history of this place. I really like the detail you successfully captured.
The photo from Trond invites me to "step into the water". I like how you used the elevated horizon line to incorporate the foreground. I received two cards.
Ed Bray's photo of an "Auto Coach" illustrates a "slice of history" that as been forgotten by many. Must be nice to see these trains run again.
A photo of a very interesting building from akitakita. It looks like there are a lot of photographic opportunities around this building. Nice night photo. I also received two of these.
I really like the print from piu58. The old paper, yellowed emulsion really accent the image you used. Thank you for a great image.
A intriguing beach scene from mesantacruz. I ask what going on in the shadows?
The photo from Peter Schrager illustrates that images cam be found anywhere. Wonder if this chair is beginning or ending its life?
Another example of "found art", MattKing's photo of some graffiti in an abandoned pump house.
I like the narrow dept of focus used by redrockcoulee to make the pillars "pop off the page".
The humor of the photo by Stephen Frizza is great. It brings new meaning to the term "monkeying around". I also received two of these. I like the inked fingerprint "seal" on the back of the envelope.:) This is one of my favorite images from this round.
I received a print from pilanni of a collodion self-portrait. I do not have their address in order to return the favor of receiving a nice print.
"Morning Ride ..." from, I believe, megzdad81 is an image that invites me to walk down this tunnel of trees.

I look froward to Round 30.

Regards,
Darwin

piu58
09-10-2013, 04:17 AM
Yesterday I got a very fine card from Rüdiger (rst) , again a pin hole shot. This time form the Baltic sea. I enjoyed it very much.

piu58
09-10-2013, 11:34 PM
Another card: Stonehenge form ozphoto. The clouds support the magical charisma of this place. Thank you!

rince
09-26-2013, 02:58 PM
SORRY, SORRY, SORRY ... My cards are finally in the mail

mesantacruz
09-26-2013, 08:09 PM
08 Sept 2013
...
A intriguing beach scene from mesantacruz. I ask what going on in the shadows?
...
Darwin


If you're referring to the foreground, it is a sand castle that had been left behind. And the tide has risen and so is slowly washing it away, which leads to the title of the photo...

TAKE ME HOME/WASHED AWAY

i was hoping to share some nostalgia/sadness, but most of all melancholy, which brings other memories to mind.

megzdad81
10-01-2013, 08:47 PM
OK, I WILL complete my comments--I WILL ... in no particular order

Judy C -- Oxleyroad -- "Steam" : Pulling it out of the mailbox in the bright sun, it just looked so, metallic, what a neat photo and subject. Reminds me of photos my dad had of engine rooms in freighters from before WWII. Then once inside out of the bright light, I saw the steam--duh--nice subtle touch on the intangible object of steam. Very nice;
Steve Brown -- BoxBrownie -- "Merry-go-round" What an interesting capture of what I think is a pretty old machine. In the US the fence around the would be double-wall and padlocked, there'd be a much larger fence around the entire contraption, and the real give-away--we'd have the mandatory seatbelts! Thanks
Rudiger -- "Baltic Sea" -- Perhaps I'm having a residual drug effect, but I see a nexus of different shapes in the middle at the top of the pilings or stones. First the dominant rounds receding to exactly at the horizon, balanced on either side (almost) by the flat, smooth horizon, and then I'd swear there are/is a V-shape of cloud(s) coming down to a point at the end of the line of pilings. My eyes like to play with the image as a whole, not its parts. And you did all that with a pinhole shot. Hmmm ...
Ozphoto -- "Stonehenge" -- well, thanks. Now I'll never have to go there. And certainly not with a camera. I do truly wish the post office didn't have machinery that drooled all over post cards. Beautiful color, something I don't feel capable of mastering. Thank you.
Darwin -- drpsilver -- "Reflection" This can be interpreted in a number of ways in my twisted mind, but mostly I'm reminded of my own dad who tried to teach photography to a ignorant son who didn't learn what he had until it was gone ... Reflections constantly ...

More tomorrow--hand is cramped half closed.

ozphoto
10-01-2013, 11:20 PM
OK, I WILL complete my comments--I WILL ... in no particular order

Judy C -- Oxleyroad -- "Steam" : Pulling it out of the mailbox in the bright sun, it just looked so, metallic, what a neat photo and subject. Reminds me of photos my dad had of engine rooms in freighters from before WWII. Then once inside out of the bright light, I saw the steam--duh--nice subtle touch on the intangible object of steam. Very nice;
Steve Brown -- BoxBrownie -- "Merry-go-round" What an interesting capture of what I think is a pretty old machine. In the US the fence around the would be double-wall and padlocked, there'd be a much larger fence around the entire contraption, and the real give-away--we'd have the mandatory seatbelts! Thanks
Rudiger -- "Baltic Sea" -- Perhaps I'm having a residual drug effect, but I see a nexus of different shapes in the middle at the top of the pilings or stones. First the dominant rounds receding to exactly at the horizon, balanced on either side (almost) by the flat, smooth horizon, and then I'd swear there are/is a V-shape of cloud(s) coming down to a point at the end of the line of pilings. My eyes like to play with the image as a whole, not its parts. And you did all that with a pinhole shot. Hmmm ...
Ozphoto -- "Stonehenge" -- well, thanks. Now I'll never have to go there. And certainly not with a camera. I do truly wish the post office didn't have machinery that drooled all over post cards. Beautiful color, something I don't feel capable of mastering. Thank you.
Darwin -- drpsilver -- "Reflection" This can be interpreted in a number of ways in my twisted mind, but mostly I'm reminded of my own dad who tried to teach photography to a ignorant son who didn't learn what he had until it was gone ... Reflections constantly ...

More tomorrow--hand is cramped half closed.

Ahh, but you *really* do have to visit in the flesh.:p It is truly a magical place and the photo, whilst giving you a great idea, doesn't capture the feeling of actually standing there, marvelling at the incredible feat of engineering!;) If you'd like another one - let me know and hopefully the wonderful Postal Service will take pity on us. . . . ;)

piu58
10-02-2013, 12:29 AM
Yesterday I received a very fine card from Dennis (rince). My wife said: A naked women! I know that you love that image!
The structure of the material is very good reproduced and has a good contrast to the brighter and slightly out of focus cathedral.

Oxleyroad
10-02-2013, 03:36 AM
@megzdad81.

Many thanks. Glad to have reminded you of your dad's pictures. I think you'd like to see these old steam pumps in action. You can get right up to them and touch them if you are so inclined. OH&S and insurance still has not locked away the public at the Lock Nine pumps.

Oh and its Andy C. My hand writing can be appalling at times. Sorry.