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Black Dog
12-10-2010, 03:37 PM
I received three new cards this week :

Valerie's Purple Martin House. Interesting view from a Brownie Hawkeye. The vintage look + low contrast makes the image almost irreal...

hwv's bricked doors. The image is almost abstract, with lots of details, and is nicely printed. I really like it !

Black Dog's Arrochar Forest 3 : nice view of a sculpture. Again, lots of details, but also a lovely bokeh on the background...

Thanks to you three !

Thanks! Used a cheapie Seagull TLR from Mr Cad for that:munch::cool:

12-12-2010, 12:07 PM
My cards went into the mail yesterday. At last. I apologise for my delay.

Now, there might be a few more days of delay, as the Dutch postal services will be catching up (in this already busy December month) after a three-day-strike last week. There will also be one more day of strike this week, but I hope by then the cards are already out of the country.

In short, 25 of you can expect my card within one or two weeks.

Now... where do I sign up for round 22? :w00t:

mike c
12-12-2010, 05:35 PM
Have Allen Friday's great "Steam Locomotive" smoking round the corner.


12-14-2010, 07:08 PM
I posted my cards Monday afternoon so hopefully they will arrive before the Christmas cards.

When you'll receive the cards, you'll notice that unfortunately they are far from being flat: I dried and tried to flatten them my usual way (drying slowly between two layers of heavy towels, then ironing them and then keeping them under a heavy old military ammo box for more than a week), this time without luck.

I'd like to apologise for posting my cards this late and at the same time thank you all on my list for your patience.

I can't add too much to the comments of the others, I would like to thank everyone whose card I already received.


George Nova Scotia
12-15-2010, 03:42 PM
22 cards received so far. I commented on the first half dozen a while back here's what I've received in the last few weeks, in no special order.

anikin lovely colour photo of mind(camera) controlling jellyfish. They just made it happen.
gurkenprinz amazing car, I wonder what the driver is looking at. I wonder if the images in the background a ghosts from the car's past.
Black Dog Old house dreaming, too neat window sill for may taste, it would be piled with books in my house..
bwakel hills and winding road, just the kind of place I'd like to drive down after a rain.
MattKing "The Shadow Follows" of the birch and mowed lawn. Sadly the birches in my backyard will never reach that size, the wind storm took them over the weekend.
amiett a very calming lake and mountains. Just the view I'd love to have out my window.
Mike c Walt Disney concert hall. a great night time shot, the toning brings it alive. I just wish the post office had treated it better.
BoxBrownie "Abandoned Playground" a somewhat haunting image, I wonder if it still squeaks of long ago children playing.
nige card of running water and lots of stamps. One of my own favorites is of running water over some stones. I'd guess we all have one of these in our files.
Hwv a simple but interesting image, makes you want to know what goes on behind that wall.
Oxleyroad circuit board. Early in my career I repaired many a circuit board like that. I too spent many an hour stripping down old equipment for parts as a kid. Except they were pre IC, my father would buy WW2 surplus gear for parts to support his HAM radio gear.
Crispen "Slices of Southsea" a most fitting postcard, that would fit right in on the boardwalk.
Laurent card of a sewing machine from the days when machines were as much art work as functional.
JJB upturned boats, just longing to get back in the water.
Valerie interesting Martin House, just waiting for some tenants, or are they hiding in the mists?
RAI very nice colour pinhole image. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to mount it on a pink card, but really does work with the image.

That's about it so far, about half way there. I do hope my cards have made it around the world safely. I'm afraid I may have used up most of the world's supply of paper from the 1940's. I wonder what's in the mailbox today.


12-15-2010, 04:58 PM
Received what I assume is Lori's "sunrise on the farm" card in the mail (no signature, but I think I recognize the handwriting).

12-15-2010, 09:00 PM
Woops! I forgot to sign them! Yes, that is from me. Tried to catch the glowing of the trees in the morning sun. Didn't quite turn out like I was hoping!

12-16-2010, 02:52 AM
Also received that same unsigned card. I hadn't gotten round to analysing the handwriting yet, but now I know, thanks to the posts above. :)

Thanks, Lori!

12-16-2010, 02:53 AM
Woops! I forgot to sign them! Yes, that is from me. Tried to catch the glowing of the trees in the morning sun. Didn't quite turn out like I was hoping!

So I assumed right also !

During the last three days, I received :

Lori's Sunrise on the farm. The place looks very nice !

Allen Friday's locomtive. Perfect composition, even the steam is in the right place (what's your trick ?) and very nice printing. My problem now, I guess, is to explain my son that this one's for me...

BoxBrownie's Abandoned playground. Very nice composition, and lighting.

Thanks to you three !

12-16-2010, 11:47 AM
I received Aron's card today. Lovely urban shot, in a very complex environment which makes it quite intriguing.

Thanks Aron !

Black Dog
12-16-2010, 04:41 PM
Me too-very well observed and nice print too. BTW George....I took that picture in the house of some very old family friends and that was just about the only windowsill NOT piled with stuff....:Dthey're big collectors of old bottles, books, fossils etc, which makes their house photo heaven!

12-17-2010, 08:45 AM
I also received Lori's card, which I instantly recognised owing to her handwriting with which I'm quite familiar after a few rounds in which she was on my list. Thank you for sharing the atmosphere of the morning on your new farm with us.

Laurent: A good composition with a nice play between the obejcts and their shadows. I found great joy looking at the random pattern of black paint on the outside of the white paint can.
hwv: Excellent framing, I like how the texture of the wall is shown.
Crispin: This photo put instantly a smile on my face. It must be a challenge to make use of the potential of this funky camera, but I believe your print is the proof you did.
piu: This photo reminds me of villages I like to go through riding the bike during the summer holiday. Your embossed signature is a nice touch, Uwe.
Ozphoto: A good balance is created by the curve of Troy the dancer's body and that of the bubbles.
drpsilver: Nice tonality and a good use of narrow depth of field.
mike c: I like how smooth this image is. An excellent capture of the concert hall. I imagine a whole series of excellent photographs could be taken there.
Black Dog: Nice photo, great tonality. I wish the standard postcard size would be at least 8x10" so I could see photos like this in larger sizes.
anikin: I wish my frame 0 shots would also be like yours. Although I print only in B&W, this one really sings with it's colours. A nice capture of these joyful little creatures.
George Nova Scotia: It's always great to see some reprints of older negs. It's nice to see how the smooth snow-covered surface of the field and the 'spikey' houses and trees come together.
rai: One doesn't come across a colour pinhole image every day. Even from a megameter away I can feel the atmosphere of your parents room, this image captures it really well.

12-17-2010, 12:34 PM
Thanks Aron ! I wondered if at least one of the "paint pots" cards reached their destination ! Glad you like it.

Today I got Kraker's "At the fair" card. I like the perspective ! The opposition between the "almost alive" forms at the bottom and the mechanical ones on the 3 other sides makes a very nice image !

mike c
12-17-2010, 01:20 PM
Too catch up, Oxleyroad card of Printed Circuit Board I can understand his reference to the x-wing fighters in the Star Wars Movies.Great detail in this card.


12-17-2010, 01:53 PM
Thanks for your comment, Laurent!

I, too, received my own card today. I posted the whole stack last Sunday; apperantly it takes 5 days to reach France, but also 5 days to travel 400 metres. :whistling:

Anyway, glad you like it, and good to know that at least one card has arrived at its destination (not counting the one I received).

12-18-2010, 12:28 AM
I received Laurent's Paint Can today also.
My mailbox has been rather empty of late, except for bills, so it made a nice change for me. :)

12-18-2010, 10:55 PM
And Saturday got even better!!
No bills and 2 cards - 1 from Aron and 1 from Allen Friday.

12-20-2010, 11:36 AM
OK, I am the organizer of this exchange and so I also have to take over the bad parts of it and that is: acting as a bad example, so that no one else would have to do that, well if I look back to the last few exchanges I would say I am THE bad example - I am late again and there is no excuse. But there is some hope. I printed my cards Sunday evening and they will go to the post office tomorrow. Seeing the situation at the German airports not being able to deal with the snow I would say the international cards will not arrive before Christmas, but maybe the European ones will. And tonight my daughter is going to print hers and those will also go out this week. As a cure for my being late I will print the postcards for the next round during the Christmas holydays. That gives me a good chance of not being late in round 22.

In the meantime I got many very nice postcards. I want to say thank you to all of you for another great round.

And before I forget, some of you will get two postcards from me. Don't be surprised, that is because I took over the printing of some cards of a participant who signed up for 20 and I accidently got 30 into the list. Since he realized it too late I decided (it was my fault in the beginning) to send to those people he is not sending to. Otherwise we would have some people getting less cards as they send out and that is not fair. But this is a one-time-only solution. Next time it would be good if everyone signing in would also come back and check for the name and the number of postcards.

So, have a great time.

Mick Fagan
12-21-2010, 07:08 AM
Well I have some very good personal news.

Today I received the go ahead to do a couple of things I haven't been allowed to do for a few months, one of which was be near powdered chemicals in a darkroom.

The specialist was really surprised when she was reading off a short list of forbidden things, "photographic chemistry in powdered form" came up. She nearly fell over, when I replied in the affirmative.

Anyway the medical tests have given me the all clear, so I can hit the darkroom and do my postcard prints. Apart from the relief of a good medical outcome, just the thought of fiddling in the darkroom again is wonderful.

The bad news is that I am about to embark on a holiday, which means I will be very late, the first time I have been so since I joined this exchange when it was quite young.

I will be printing them at the end of January.


12-21-2010, 07:20 AM
Glad to learn you're fine, Mick ! Have a good holiday trip !!