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04-24-2011, 05:37 PM
Whoops, found a few in the unpaid bills pile.....they've been there for awhile.....

Rob Skeoch's Girl with Graffiti - so great to get a colour photo in the PCE
Ozphoto's Hands - what can you say? Iconic.
Matt King's True Love - nice range and beautifully toned
Seadrive's Rocks and Grass- incredibly crispy and detailed

I think that makes 30 of the 40 recieved.

04-25-2011, 02:35 PM
Four more cards received over the last two weeks:

rtbadman, windmill. A great subject in an interesting landscape, well executed. Nice detail is the shadow of the mill, and the few clouds in the sky. That really adds the finishing touch. One more thing: very nice paper.
markrewald, round barn. Again, interesting subject, great lighting, lovely sky and clouds.
gordrob, ice diver. A chilly sport (or hobby), that's for sure. I'll be sure to show this to a "summer" diver and see what his reaction will be. Nice shot.
lorirfrommontana, view of the yard. Glad to read you're settling in your new darkroom.

And a "thank you" to those who have commented on my postcard. Some of your comments make me look at my own photo in a different way. Very insightful, very interesting. So, thanks!

04-26-2011, 12:11 AM
Lori's card arrived yesterday! I'm envious that you're settling into your new darkroom - haven't had one for quite some time now, and getting itchy feet. ;)

Rob Skeoch
04-29-2011, 08:50 AM
Thanks Again to everyone for sending the photographs. I've received a few over the past few weeks.
Lorirfrommontana shot from the field
Raimundo Civera's multi pinhole photo
Mark Rewald shot of the Delany Farm
Tim Gray's shot of Max.
Gordrob's Ice Diver
Roger Thomas' shot of the Panoche Valley
Azzy's shot of the Knife and it's Shadow
Marianne's photo from the old orchard.


04-29-2011, 02:38 PM
This week I received three cards :

Lorifrommontana's Spring snow. Very quiet image.

Gordrob's Ice diver. Nice document of a unusual (at least for me) scene.

Raimundo's (rai) multi pinhole : very unusual sight of a place. Makes me want to try pinholes !


05-01-2011, 03:24 AM
30 April 2011

Upon cleaning my desk after a two week vacation I found the following cards (listed in no particular order) ...

WOW, color! The card from crispin invokes lots of drama. Well done.
Lorifrommontana's card conveys a sense of how peaceful Lori's backyard can be.
The multiple pinhole card from Rai is very nice. I like the unusual perspective of this photograph.
I really like the expression Max has in Tim Gray's card. A combination of shy and curious.
Burr Cold! The card from grodrob makes me shiver every time I look at it. Some guys will do anything fro a picture.
MarkRewald's photo of the Delany Round Barn is really well done. The tones are correct, and the clouds really add to the photo. One of my favorites this round.
The classic pump windmill. Good view, and well done rtbadman. The clouds add so much to the image.

Thanks you to all for a great round of fine images.


05-01-2011, 11:42 AM
First of all, many thanks for all the beautiful postcards I received over the last couple of weeks.

Second, the registration for round 23 is now open: Click! (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum179/90763-postcard-exchange-round-23-sign.html)


Wayne Frederick
05-01-2011, 04:17 PM
I want to apologize to everyone for being so late with my cards for round 22. I will have my cards out by the end of this week. I also would like to comment on all of the cards I have received so far:

Tim Gray- a very cute dog in a great photo.

markrewald- an interesting barn; the dramatic sky really helps.

Black Dog- a great action shot; the slight blurring of the child works well.

George Nova Scotia- a nice sharp photo; the grass in the foreground is well placed.

Laurent- this really does look like a (very cold) bird.

Kevin Kehler- excellent texture and detail; the black background works very well.

drpsilver- a soft photo, yet dramatic and spooky.

rtbadman- a wonderful photo with an old-time feel.

anikin- the split toning gives a nice chilly feel; the snow is well printed.

rst- the great depth of field gives us a chance to study the floor in detail- a wonderful shot.

Moopheus- a very nice abstract photo- has a feeling of "layering" or "stacking".

Rob Skeoch- great colors- the model's dark nail polish is a nice touch; must be nice to have these special lenses to play around with.

lorifrommontana- nice photo of a rather ordinary subject; very soft with interesting grain.

Kind Regards,
Wayne Frederick

Mike Wilde
05-02-2011, 09:49 AM
Updates on cards received since my last round of comments. More great images; keep them coming folks

Gordrob – Ice Divers - Cool shot. I don’t think I would be patient enough to be waiting around a hole in the ice for something to surface. Any Inuit seal hunting at breathing holes in the ice experience in your past? Just kidding!. The choice of a cool tone paper is most appropriate for the image. I might have gone a grade of paper higher, to render the highlights as a bit lighter. The negative exposure looks to be good, with great shadow detail, and an appropriate shutter speed to render the sharp detail of the surface turbulence of the water.

Lorifrommontana – Spring snow on old tree. This has a very ‘could have been an old glass plate look’ (except for the power line in the background). I presume the low key feel of the presented image was a part of your vision for the print, to evoke an overcast mood. Good exposure; there is plenty of detail visible in the furrows of bark on the tree trunk. Thanks for bringing a new screw mount slr, the Sears TLS into my knowledge bank. I can remember as a young kid seeing SLR’s in the camera case when doing back to school clothes shopping on a ‘visit a bigger centre that has a Sears’ annual pilgrimage.

MarkRewald – Round Barn – Very neat. Nice detail; then again if I owned a rangefinder 6x7 that did not yield detail I would be upset. The lighting is very good; a most tasteful selection of vantage point from which you captured this image. The print tones are very well placed as well. There is good detail in the whitest of the highlights, and still detail in the riffles of black shingles on the roof as well. The neat clouds in the sky also play into the good impact this image carries.

Rai – Pinhole Phantasmagoria Image of church and town square. Too neat. What a great image from a too cool image making contraption. I know that you processed a piece of c-41 film in b&w chemistry. When I have done this in the past I end up with a low contrast negative, which I presume you have here as well. I would love to see a more complete range of tones in the print. It would give the very compelling visual content more pop. Do keep with it. You have shown great vision in making this image.

Roger Thoms- Windmill in the foothills. You made a lovely placement of the windmill in the frame. The cloud shadowed rise of land in the background also materially contributes to the image. Super micro tonality in the midtones, so a great negative to print from, I presume. The ‘salon borders’ used for the print work very well for this image. One to be proud of, I am sure. The story in the text of the processing was a plus as well.

Tim Gray – Max all tucked in. Very cute. Nice exposure, great use of the shallow depth of field. The use of the Leica with full frame print from the neg in a filed out carrier gives it a certain Cartier-Bresson feel to the image for me. If you were aiming for this, well done.

George Nova Scotia
05-04-2011, 11:13 AM
Some cards received since my last update:
MattKing "True Love" toning brings this card to life, almost can feel the bark.
Azzy "A knife and its shadow" Why is it there, and how long? Strange thoughts arise.
Crispin "Cornwall, first light" Lovely colours, since I'm not a "pre-dawn" person I thank you for this image.
gordrob "Ice Diver" Took me a while for my brain to put that image together. I hope that's a film camera in his hands! Best of luck on your visit to the Bay of Fundy - lots to see all around the Bay - Just watch the tides if you go out on the shore!
seadrive "Rocks and Grass, Dam Pond" Interesting image, almost like an easter basket.
Tim Curry "Max" Okay, who really tucked in the blanket?
Marianne "Old Orchard" great old trees. I wonder how many doctors they have kept away:whistling:
Mark Rewald "Delany Round Barn" Great Barn, Great sky.
rtbadman "Windmill" Once a common sight on farms around here, mostare gone now. Love the hills in the back too.
rai "Carre Sainte Anne" I just love these pinhole images, I think it's about time I dusted off my shop and built a camera or two.
Lorifrommontana It does feel like a snowy day. Somehow I feel there should be a swing on that tree but someone put a fence in the way!

That's it for now, almost done this round just a few more to report in. I hope all my cards made it around the world, I have a few extra just in case. I must say the variety of styles, techniques and materials is inspiring and eye-opening. Thanks all.


05-06-2011, 10:21 PM
I got two more cards this week, both on glossy Ilford postcard paper which seems to get more wear than the pearl finish. They are:

Lorifrommontana's snowy tree in her yard. With a yard like that you don't have to venture far.

And Mick Fagan's wheat silos. I love silos and elevators. And the Australian landscape looks so interesting compared to what I'm used to.

So I think that's 17 / 20 received. Thanks everyone.

05-08-2011, 06:44 AM
I have received 20 of the 25 cards, right! are nice, funny, melancolic, suggestive, illustrative ... etc.

Gurkenprinz: funny composition! How many did you take before you decide? I mean the beer ...
George Nova Scotia: a little light that is between two worlds ...
Dave Martiny: I like the white lines with the perfect shades of gray!
Drpsilver: Darwin your nickname always reminds me of "Treasure Island"! beautiful moonlight very well executed!
Laurent: Paris oh! Paris! has a lot of beautiful pictures! Sometimes we forget how beautiful everyday ... beautiful textures full of gray!
Lillian Sly: I like the feeling of cold that renders your card! in my town most of the year's hot!
Moopheus: nice combination of gray and different spellings perfectly executed.
Tim Gray: sharp, well composed, perfect tones and those eyes that remind me of my dog ​​... a griffin with a look very similar.
MattKing: I like the postcard! whenever I see a tree in this situation I get, read and play ... I think as he could finish the history behind! ... although I do not like to hurt anyone!
Rob Skeoch: Woooowwww! beautiful colors! beautiful eyes! beautiful shapes! Do you know the girl? lucky you! and she also ... I guess.
Gordrob: when I got the e-mail cost me see the details! and then wooww! that cold! and they work! beautiful gray!
Lorifrommontana: beautiful, melancholy ride! beautiful tree! perfect composition! in my town only has snowed 7 or 8 times in 50 years! I love snow.
Mick Fagan: are things we see often ... but hold great beauty ... you've captured very well. Perfect composition and beautiful shades of gray.
Oxleyroad: I like to think that the fingerprint belongs to someone while walking thought about something nice. I like the contrast of the stones with sand!
Roger Thoms: bucolic image! well executed! black beautiful downtown area! a classic among classics! I love it!
Mark Rewald: Nice framing! Postal very clear and beautiful sky! I like the tones and makes me want to get in to see what I find!
BlackDog: picture perfect! has almost everything! could be any photography book! I think a lot of fun in the game are different than girls!
Rst pinhole perfect! from darkness to light! good contrast ... good tones ... good subject. I imagine that people walked ah! I like it.
Anikin: yes! much work makes it unique and beautiful! I would have liked to walk through the landscape that skillfully catches!.
Mike Wilde: Three beautiful pictures reminiscent of situations and locations. Very well executed!

I like all I get! there is no postcarad that I dislike! I love these exchanges! thanks everyone!

05-08-2011, 08:31 AM
I miscounted, I am still expecting 5 cards. This is my first exchange. At what point do we start asking people if they sent cards to see if they didn't make it. Do we do resends in that case?

Tim Gray
05-08-2011, 10:58 AM
I've been in 12 rounds so far, sending out on average about 45 cards per round. Personally, I've never kept track of missing cards, have never asked for missing cards, nor have I ever been asked to send a replacement card. I don't always print up enough extras for replacements anyway, so depending on how the numbers worked out, I might have to pass on sending a replacement.

I figure it's just the nature of the beast.

05-08-2011, 11:12 AM
That's fine! Just wondered, being my first exchange. Thanks.

Enjoyed every one I've received so far and I suppose I should not worry about the ones not received. Here's hoping a few more show up though :)

Tim Gray
05-08-2011, 12:47 PM
I know some people *do* mail out replacements; you are certainly welcome to. It's just an unmanageable task for me to keep track of who didn't send cards. I always do the max each round so I'm getting 40-50 cards each time, sometimes there's overlap between rounds, and people don't always label which round their cards are for. I figure it's best for me if I don't freak out about any missing cards. Or even to acknowledge that any are missing ;)

05-08-2011, 03:08 PM
I got a very nice card from Mick Fagan. Great image of silos, the geometry is amazing !


Roger Thoms
05-08-2011, 06:18 PM
I'm more than willing resend cards to anyone who did not receive in from me, or received one that was badly mauled. I always print some extras just for this propose. Let me know.


05-09-2011, 03:21 AM
Mick's card arrived last week - apologies for delay in commenting; been shooting hotels past two weeks.
Love the silos - reminds me of Waikerie in SA.

Mick Fagan
05-09-2011, 07:12 AM
Nanette, yes a little bit like the Waikerie ones, although these are as usual on a rail line. Geographically speaking these are almost due east from Waikerie.

I'll be travelling through Waikerie on the SA October long weekend this year to see some friends, I'll have another look at them.

Another reminder of Waikerie is that it was hovering in the low 40's on New Years day this year, when I took that sheet. Hot under the cloth would be an understatement, but there was a boiling hot gentle zephyr blowing to keep sweat off, you know exactly what I mean.