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BWKate
11-11-2007, 03:07 AM
Mark,

I tend to also choose negatives that are easy to print and don't require extensive burning and dodging. I like to keep it simple because I usually print all my postcards in one session. It's all the writing I do on the postcards that take all the time.

Mick Fagan
11-11-2007, 03:59 AM
Mark, I select a negative that can be at worst requiring either a single dodge or burn, or at best a straight print.

My current selection which I printed a week ago in 58 minutes, is a single straight exposure.

For an easel, I use a piece of chip board. The flat chipboard has two pieces of timber nailed to two sides that are raised 5mm above the chipboard surface. I simply slide the paper into the corner, expose then change it quickly with the next one. This chipboard easel has paper sizes from postcard through to 12 x 16" marked in a ball point pen. I use this almost exclusively with RC paper. The base has four rubber feet attached, this stops it slipping on my enlarger baseboard

If I was making an easel today I would use MDF, as this material appears to have replaced chipboard, which was all the go 25 years ago when I whacked this easel up.

Like Kate, I find the time taken to hand write the addresses is a bit of a time thing. I tried to pull the file into Excel and print out address labels, but somehow it won't work for me. It's not an issue, I just do a few cards each evening until they are all done, mine will go out this week.

Mick.

Buster6X6
11-11-2007, 08:43 AM
I would like to address the label making . I use Avery #5160 (30) labels.
Down load Avery printing wizard from there site. Then I go to Microsoft Word
call the wizard and start entering addresses. It takes about an hour for 50 labels.

Cheers Greg

rst
11-11-2007, 10:05 AM
Like Kate, I find the time taken to hand write the addresses is a bit of a time thing. I tried to pull the file into Excel and print out address labels, but somehow it won't work for me.To pull the addresses into Excel I added the line notation to the PMs. You will have to copy that part of the PM into an Ascii text editor like notepad (not Word or other word processors). Then in Excel in the open dialog window choose that text file and Excel will realize that this is a plain text file and ask for separators (in this case use the semicolon as a separator). After that you will have all addresses as lines in an Excel table. How to proceed from there ... I do not know since I am not familiar with Excel.

I entered the address data into my address book on my Mac. From round to round I have to add fewer addresses because we have a good amount of regulars in the postcard exchange. The labels are then created via a serial letter which I combine with the address data in a word processor.

I know a good stamp maker in Australia and I will handwrite my cards as soon as I will do my postcards on FB paper and have my postcard stamp ready.

ciao
-- Ruediger

Mark Fisher
11-11-2007, 01:19 PM
If you saw my handwriting, you'd understand why I don't handwrite my cards! I think I'll make a speed easel this winter. Thanks for the hint on bringing the file into notepad then into excel. I tried to paste it into word and use the label template with no luck. I'm always surprised how fast I can print the cards and how much time it takes to do all the other stuff......

Mark

Buster6X6
11-11-2007, 01:26 PM
Just to add for those interested ,with word processor you can add pictures or diffrent fonts.9050

Greg:)

MattKing
11-11-2007, 08:57 PM
I use the mailmerge function in WordPerfect to do a lot of different things, including APUG postcards.

It lets me do the labels in a readable way. Then I add a handwritten flourish of some sort, just because it seems better.

Matt

drpsilver
11-12-2007, 12:49 AM
11 Nov 2007

To All:

This is my first experience in any sort of "print exchange". When sign-up time came I could not contain my enthusiasm. I have sent my postcards out, and have begun receiving some. This is such a cool experience! I look forward to seeing more wonderful images. :D

In all the years I have used Ilford postcard stock I have never seen it damaged in the mail. The first example of this is the card I received from Randall M. A very nice image of the "regular world around us" with as big white mark in the middle of the print. It is obvious that the card had been abraded by something when in the mail.

Regards,
Darwin

rst
11-12-2007, 01:01 AM
... In all the years I have used Ilford postcard stock I have never seen it damaged in the mail. The first example of this is the card I received from Randall M. A very nice image of the "regular world around us" with as big white mark in the middle of the print. It is obvious that the card had been abraded by something when in the mail.
Well, I receive a lot of cards which look somehow worn after their travel from overseas. That is bad for the picture but in some sense makes the cards also more interesting because it contributes to the feel about how far the card is coming from. So in my opinion this is also a bit of the fun. And this is the reason why I send my own card to myself via the post office. It is more authentic ;)

ciao
-- Ruediger

rst
11-12-2007, 01:03 AM
I'm always surprised how fast I can print the cards and how much time it takes to do all the other stuff......
That is an exact description about my surprise every time a new round starts.

ciao
-- Ruediger

drpsilver
11-12-2007, 01:25 AM
11 Nov 2007

Ruediger:

Regarding your question on "how to proceed ..." once the address data is in MS Excel. One can copy the entire block of data from MS Excel into MS Word using "Paste Special" in MS Word. When pasting the data into MS Word a dialog box will ask for the format to paste the data. I think you want to select Rich Field Text (RFT). It should be pasted into Word as a table. Once you have a table you can use MailMerge to create labels. Hope this helps.

Regards,
Darwin

rst
11-12-2007, 01:50 AM
Regarding your question on "how to proceed ..." once the address data is in MS Excel. One can copy the entire block of data from MS Excel into MS Word using "Paste Special" in MS Word. When pasting the data into MS Word a dialog box will ask for the format to paste the data. I think you want to select Rich Field Text (RFT). It should be pasted into Word as a table. Once you have a table you can use MailMerge to create labels. Hope this helps.
Hey Darwin, thanks for the description, which I could not give since I am not using Excel and Word (how could I since I am running a Mac). The only thing I tried was to test how I can import the data into Excel. From there I can not be of any help. I have not had a look at it, but maybe next time I send the address data as vCards which you then can import into your address book application. But maybe I will stick with what I have because it seems to work well in this round. No corrections had to be send out so far - pretty surprising to me.

Hey, and before I forget, I already received three cards:
Tim Gray sent a very funny street photo for round13 (he seems to be ahead of time). George sent an "olympic tree", thanks for that. And I got the XXL Toronto Skyline from Mike Wilde in color which I appreciate very much since I had my first color experience a month ago and I know how hard it could be to get especially a "sundown-color" right. Well at least it was hard for me ;)

Thanks to all of you. My cards are printed and they will go out ... soon.

ciao
-- Ruediger

gmessarit
11-12-2007, 11:36 AM
Well, since people are getting my cards and can even read my handwriting, I must be doing something right :).

I've mailed most of the postcards, I've received Tim's and Art's cards (thanks!), now looking forward to receiving the rest. I will upload the photo to the postcard gallery at the end of December, when hopefully it won't spoil the surprise for anyone. (but can't find the link, can somebody post it plz?)

Thank you everybody!

rst
11-12-2007, 11:58 AM
... I will upload the photo to the postcard gallery at the end of December, when hopefully it won't spoil the surprise for anyone. (but can't find the link, can somebody post it plz?)
Here you go: Postcard gallery (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=512)

ciao
-- Ruediger

kraker
11-13-2007, 02:25 PM
First prints received this week:
- one cyanotype from Art. My first thought was a close-up of pieces on a chess board, but on second thought it wasn't really that close-up. ;)
- one colour print from Mike; quite a surprise, the first colour print I have ever received in an APUG print exchange. Something special.

I have a few negatives in mind that I want to try for this exchange, but I haven't found the time yet to print them.

Buster6X6
11-13-2007, 09:52 PM
Well ,I have finished printing post cards today. And they will go out tomorrow. :D
Today I received my first cards from:drpsilver"Evergreen barn" Very nice composition. What camera did you use 6X6? Film and developer? What paper developer? Thanks.
And second came from Tim Gray Very interesting night shot, hardly any grain . Well done.

The fun has began. :)

Cheers Greg

BWKate
11-14-2007, 02:31 PM
I haven't been in the darkroom in a week because I'm still reeling from the news about Kodak HIE being discontinued. Have to get in and print my postcards when the mourning isn't so severe.

Received Art's gorgeous cyanotype print made from an image taken in London that almost looks like giant chess pieces but I think it's a stone railing of some kind. Another unique card I get to show my friends and family. Would really like to go to Ft. Collins but am planning a trip to Disneyland for my son and I so I can fulfill my dream of photographing another Gehry building with whatever HIE I have left. We will see how things go.

Buster6X6
11-14-2007, 08:55 PM
Cards were printed yesterday and mailed today. Please let me know if you are on my list and do not receive a card.

Cheers Greg

Buster6X6
11-15-2007, 07:54 PM
Wow, today I received 5 cards!
This time people were prepared. First was gmessarit with selective focus tree image. Very interesting , I would like to find out George what camera film and paper did you use, paper developer? It make it easier to relate to the print, Thanks.
#2 Stan160 Plastic crabs on display at the fun fair in Portsmouth. Interesting play of light and shadow. #3 "Achnahaird 1" .Smell of the ocean and solitude. Well done Black Dog thanks. #4 Waller TX, No1. Good composition and the texture is striking. Again I would like to know what equipment did you use camera ,film, film developer paper developer?Thanks Randall.
#5 Artsy image from gr82bart very nice. How long does take you to do 40 prints like that? This one is a keeper.

Thanks Greg :D

KWhitmore
11-15-2007, 08:59 PM
Mailed my cards today...

Kathy