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Anke Drewitz
07-10-2008, 06:58 AM
Oooh, two weeks and only one card, its a hard time ;)
But the one is the very nice one from PVia, will be one of my favourites with giving a fine mood to me, thank you for this one.

SŪle, rst, kraker and buster6x6, I will thank you all for the nice comments for my card so far. I'm happy that you like it, so the work was well spent.

Anke:... How is this done? (Or did you already explain earlier in this thread?)

Jacco, this is a salted paper print (or saltprint), you get a good discription of this process here:

... salt print from Anke. Do you coat your glass plates yourself?

Ruediger, no, I don't coat the glass plates by myself, I bought them from wephota / banse & grohmann. But with the saltprint process I have to coat the paper with the emulsion, that's enough to do.


07-10-2008, 07:59 PM
Darwin:Jug in the cabinet. You've given me some inspiration with this shot, thanks.

Thank you for the compliment. Knowing that my work has inspired another is the greatest "high" for me.:D

Received two cards today from Eric Mah and Rlibersky. The card from Eric hints to the peacefulness of the morning. Randy's card I really like because of the tones that you created. I have been everything I can get my hands on to create the deep brown tones in this print. I never had the chance to work with AZO paper. I understand it gave wonderful tones (being a contact printing paper).

Thanks to all for sharing you work.


07-10-2008, 10:36 PM
Today one more card arrived.
Thanks Terry(tlsid) on an really amazing card.First I never seen a hay stacker before ,which reminds me of European well bailers which are very similar, with weight and bucket. I can't get over the sharpness of Tominon lens,contrast if perfect.I hope that my 75mm Tominon lens is as good as yours I have not tried it yet, really amazing.Well done.


07-11-2008, 06:47 PM
I am going to print the rest of my postcards tonight. Sorry for the delay!

I have received some awesome cards so far. I agree that some of the cards are indeed inspirational and that's why I've been in almost every round since #5!

So far I have received from:
Pete Schrager : Beautiful tones on a tropical theme.
Buster 6X6: Another very interesting "Tools" theme. Love the textures and the subject matter.
David Bram: Flea market t-shirts. Very cool image! Love the images of the T-Shirts. Never seen anything like that where I live. I'd probably buy one!
Warren Hinder: Your image of the Big Top becomes so abstract. Thanks for showing me something I've never seen.
Rst Ruediger: All I can say is WOW. I dream of seeing that scene in Paris and you just reminded me of one of the places I have to see. My cards are coming! Sorry for the lateness.
mooseontheloose Rachelle: Welcome back to Canada! Thanks for the Hie card! I love the infrared so much. I'm considering changing my license plate to HIE 135. Love the black dramatic skies that are in lots of HIE images. Looks like a very photogenic place where you shot. Thanks.
Mark Fisher: Gorgeous texture and tones. Is it Sepia or something similar? Forgive my ignorance. Is that what thiocarbimide toning is? I also love to sepia tone but I don't know it by any other name.
Anke Drewitz: Your card is so lovely and I could almost smell the blossoms! What an interesting thing to write!! I am and have always been very influenced, inspired, and moved by smell.
Akki14 Heather: Love your subject matter! What a great card. This is something I would really gravitate towards as far as subject matter. The vignetting looks great too!
Sly Lillian: What can I say about your beautiful card! I have loved this image ever since I first seen it as your avatar. It looks great and thank you so much for choosing it as your postcard.

That's all I've received so far and I will be sending my cards out very soon!!

07-11-2008, 07:34 PM
11 July 2008

I just received Anke Drewitz's card. I love how soft it feels. This card has so much 3D character I could almost walk along the path past the blossoms. This is the first salt print I have seen outside a museum, and held in my hands. Thanks for the introducing another alternate process into this exchange. Did you tone this to give the brown color, or is this characteristic of the process you use? Thanks Anke.


07-11-2008, 10:21 PM
This round has been outstanding so far. Two more cards arrived at my mail box today.
Rob Skeoch with an exquisite presentation of "Sherman Falls" .Excellent printing. I just wish CP did not print three bar codes on the front, right over the falls :mad:I have been to most falls in the escapement, very nice place.
Eric MahWith "Dog in fog". Fog and night scenes are very close to my own photographic interest. Very interesting image. I like it.

Cheers Greg

Tim Gray
07-12-2008, 04:28 PM
Needless to say my cards are going out *late* this round. I might get into the darkroom tomorrow, or maybe next weekend. Sorry...

07-12-2008, 08:26 PM
Needless to say my cards are going out *late* this round. I might get into the darkroom tomorrow, or maybe next weekend. Sorry...

Um, everyone seems to be apologizing for being late.

I think we still have the rest of this month.



At least I hope we still have the rest of this month.:confused:


Mick Fagan
07-12-2008, 08:55 PM
Yes I agree about the timing, we have one month to print, one month to send, one month to get over it, one month to get ready for the next round.

I actually printed 30 of my cards prior to the sign up month and printed the remainder last month. Part of the joy of this exchange is the drip feed of cards coming in over about a three month period.

I'm about to go into the darkroom later this morning and one of the things I'll be doing is to think about the next round. It is an ongoing thing with me, and, in some ways, this is a more enjoyable aspect of photography. It's a bit like enjoying food more by prolonging the masticating somewhat, rather than rushing it straight down your gullet!

Funny thing is writing this has reminded my of a little saying my mother used to sing when giving us pocket money, which was actually tuppence on some Saturdays, where we rushed down to the corner store to agonise over how we would spend it. Her last words as we rushed out were to take our time and make our pennies last longer

Iíve got sixpence
Iíve got sixpence
Iíve got sixpence, to last me all my life!

Iíve got tuppence to lend
and tuppence to spend
And tuppence, to take home to my wife!


07-12-2008, 11:10 PM
I received two very nice prints on Friday: A print of a dilapidated building in the Bahamas from Peter Schrager (somebody's dream gone wrong); and a salt print of a lime tree in blossom from Anke Drewitz in Germany. First alternative-type print I've ever seen, let alone held in my hands. I'll have to find out more about this process.

07-13-2008, 12:00 AM
Here's a digisnap of my postcard wall so far. There's room for lots more!
I'm loving this postcard exchange and will definately sign up for the next one. I love the way the cards arrive - some days none, some days 2 or 3. Lots more to come. I find it very inspirational to see what everyone else is doing.

07-13-2008, 10:18 AM
Hello all

A delayed report of received postcards:

In addition to the ones reported earlier I've recieved from Peter Schrager, Ritchie (thomsonrc), Anke Drewitz, Terry (tlsid), Jake (BlackDog), Rob (rwyoung), Jon (KingJon), David B, Paul (PVio), Sly, Rudiger (rst), Mike Wilde, Alan (Menacingtourist), Greg (Buster6x6) and Mark Fisher)

Thanks to all of you.

Birger A.

07-13-2008, 02:32 PM
After printing 24 of the 4x5 contact print shot with my Pacemaker and class-M bulbs at a party, I decided it is really not all that great looking. Jacked up neg., jacked up composition. It was my first shot with the new bulbs, so I guessed at the f stop. Used 32 and shoulda used 22. Would have been great with one stop more and as a horizontal. I love it just because I was there, and it's pretty hairbrained, but didn't think it would be very fun for the rest of y'all.

So, out of frustration, and curiosity, I am trying a roll of HP5 35mm processed at a local pro lab, A and I, and chromogenic machine prints. If they look all right, I will pick my favorite 20, and send them off. Yes, that means everyone will get a different exposure (and it will also let us all judge A and I's black and white processing and machine prints!) I have just got too much work in the next two weeks to use my night times printing when I should be sleeping!

I feel it may be fun to leave it to chance anyhow, and put it in the lab's hands, instead of obsessing over the control, and making the perfect print from the perfect neg.

I know we like to hear the technical details, so I will put them here instead of on the card: '67 Nikon F, Nikkor-S 50mm 1.4 (NAI), HP5 at 800 meterless, shot in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. July 12 and 13.

07-13-2008, 02:40 PM
Two more cards arrived this weekend:
erikg, nice, contrasty picture. I like the ever-so-ambiguous description :D (I don't want to spoil the fun for those who have not received the card yet, so that's all I'll say about it). Great!
BlackDog, partly folded, partly torn, thanks to the British and/or Dutch Mail, but still, a nice continuation of the series, I like this abstract look on the world. Shapes, shadows, light. Thanks.

My prints are currently drying. Just printed out the address list, so I'll get started with writing the cards tomorrow.

Mark Fisher
07-13-2008, 09:58 PM
Just got back from vacation and found some of the most interesting cards I'e received in the post card exchanges. I wanted to talk about at least a few.....

First, Eric Mah's Dog in the Fog. I thought that looked a lot like the Jens Jensen Counsel Rings we have in our neighboorhood. Then, I looked to see that the picture was taken about 10 miles from me and walking distance from work. Then, I took a closer look and realized that I knew exactly where that was since I sometimes help out with classes at Northwestern.
Then, Randy's Dicentra printed on 50+ year old Azo.....simply amazing how long materials can hold up and still have a beautiful image (the neg helps a bit too(: ) Just curious, was the image tone without toning a cold tone?
And of course, Anke's wonderful image. The print is beautiful. I can't imagine how long it took to get all your cards out. Thank you for the effort and the image.
Lastly, winner in the Humor Catagory is ericg's image of the broken down truck in front of the Hillary sign....together with the commentary. Pays to have that XA with you all the time!

Thanks to everyone for the best round yet -- Mark

07-14-2008, 06:04 AM
Received two new cards today.

Eric Mah's dog in the Fog and Randy Dicentras print of the bleeding hearts.


Birger A.

07-14-2008, 04:55 PM
.....Then, Randy's Dicentra printed on 50+ year old Azo.....simply amazing how long materials can hold up and still have a beautiful image (the neg helps a bit too(: ) Just curious, was the image tone without toning a cold tone?.....-- Mark

It was slightly a warm tone with the developer used. The Polysulfide changed it to the brown it is.

Rob Skeoch
07-14-2008, 07:55 PM
Three more came today.
End of the Road
Black Dog's and Randy's bleeding hearts.

It's great to get them.


07-14-2008, 08:49 PM
14 July 2008

Received two cards today: Rob Skeoch and Black Dog.

I like the card from Black Dog because it is so abstract (reminiscent of Brett Weston). I like these kind of photographs that can be viewed in any orientation. Good work.:)

Rob Skeoch's card hints at a the peacefulness of these falls. I can imagine sitting down (after photographing) and enjoying lunch on the banks of this stream.


07-15-2008, 02:24 AM
Received Rob Skeoch's postcard today. Gorgeous medium format shot of a waterfall! Love the Karsh stamp! I'll have to find some as well.