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Oxleyroad
07-21-2011, 04:38 PM
Well, my cards went out two weeks ago but it appears only two people have received them so far -- don't know why the post is so slow! (I haven't received anything either in that time frame).

mooseontheloose, your postcard arrived within 5 days as to be expected I guess as Japan is just above Oz. Spectacular image - 'dreamy'.

Another 3 cards have arrived since the 11th.

HPulley - 2nd colour post card to arrive. Just like I read earlier it has a vintage look. Wish I was there.

ccross - Flowing Hair, opps water. Great image. I was surprised to see that this card got throught the postal system. Every corner dog eared and the card overall somewhat 'scrunched'. But it got here and after a week pressed in a large book it has almost come back to a good flat image.

MattKing - Life Rafts. A picture that make me think of my childhood days when I sold papers on the street corner just down the road from a travel agent. They always seemed to have large cruise posters that forever changed on the wall just behind where the agent sat.


I am halfway through printing all my images so mine will go out right at the end of the month at the rate I am progressing.

piu58
07-21-2011, 11:49 PM
Yesterday I received George Richards' Cold steel. The very compressed cutting gives an interesting view. Thank you!

Mike Wilde
07-22-2011, 08:35 AM
Comments on some cards that arrived before I headed off on vacation three weeks ago now.
They just surfaced in my ‘stuff’ as I was filing prints that came in after I was back from holidaying.

Semuese - ‘Rocks at Gilbert’s Bar’- A nice cross processed image. I have fiddled around with this process adaptation in the past. I have found that you pick one thing to have a ‘real colour, and everything else is some wonky way off colour . Your example shows that this is not always the case. The cyan shifted sand seems to work alright here. The image is also very nicely framed and sharp as well.

J Rollinger –‘Pinky and I’- A neat, abstract image that works visually. It also has me guessing technically how you made it.
It looks to me like some kind of a dark room, and triggering of a flash while the lens was held open to do the lighting. I can imagine the two fingers that are visible being part of the hand that was holding a flash trigger. The lens shutter does not have a ‘time’ setting like a view camera shutter, as far as I know. I cannot see a cable release in the front shutter release. So how was the shutter held open?
So perhaps a black string on the vertical shutter release, triggered by your foot, etc? Then that would allow ambient lighting of the scene. Or maybe the string holds the shutter open, and the light is from a flash after all? Very intriguing.

Roger Thoms – ‘Yard Office’ Nice symmetry. Maybe very slight, but not objectionable, vertical convergence distortion. Good tonality in the highlights and shadows. The distortions in the reflections of the image shown in the door window panes is a neat twist.
I might have placed the highlights to be a bit brighter, but if this sits on the waterfront there is a good chance it was overcast from the seemingly everpresent fog/low cloud that SF bay near the coast is famous for, and the slightly grey whites are thus appropriate.

Sorry for the delay in posting my comments.

Laurent
07-22-2011, 03:19 PM
I received George Richard's Cold Steel. The compressed perspective and narrow angle of view makes it a very nice picture. Thanks !

J Rollinger
07-22-2011, 09:25 PM
Comments on some cards that arrived before I headed off on vacation three weeks ago now.
They just surfaced in my ‘stuff’ as I was filing prints that came in after I was back from holidaying.



J Rollinger –‘Pinky and I’- A neat, abstract image that works visually. It also has me guessing technically how you made it.
It looks to me like some kind of a dark room, and triggering of a flash while the lens was held open to do the lighting. I can imagine the two fingers that are visible being part of the hand that was holding a flash trigger. The lens shutter does not have a ‘time’ setting like a view camera shutter, as far as I know. I cannot see a cable release in the front shutter release. So how was the shutter held open?
So perhaps a black string on the vertical shutter release, triggered by your foot, etc? Then that would allow ambient lighting of the scene. Or maybe the string holds the shutter open, and the light is from a flash after all? Very intriguing.



Sorry for the delay in posting my comments.

Thanks for the comment Mike!
The shot was accidental. There was a nice beam of light coming through my kitchen window into the bathroom so i decided to take a snapshot of me in the bathroom mirror. I metered the light, set the shutter speed and was about to fire the shutter when my cat Pinky jumped on my back. It was natural light and i am holding a cable release in my hand.

hwv
07-25-2011, 03:44 AM
During the last month I had too much to do for work so I wasn't able to comment on those wonderful cards I enjoyed to receive. I will make up for that.

Last week I realised that july is proceeding to the end now so I printed my postcards. Since last saturday, they are on their way. Hope you enjoy.

mooseontheloose
07-25-2011, 06:59 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments so far. I've received two cards in the last week, Trond's "Beach" and George's "Cold Steel". The former seems very abstract to me, with lots going on (and at the same time, not), while the former has beautiful light and really does convey the cold, something quite welcome in the sweltering heat of Japan right now.

hpulley
07-25-2011, 05:50 PM
I too got Rachelle (mooseontheloose)'s wonderful EIR Monestary image today. My daughter loves the picture and especially the Hello Kitty stamp! She was hoping it was for her so it will hang in her room. Thanks!

mooseontheloose
07-25-2011, 06:32 PM
I too got Rachelle (mooseontheloose)'s wonderful EIR Monestary image today. My daughter loves the picture and especially the Hello Kitty stamp! She was hoping it was for her so it will hang in her room. Thanks!

:p Thanks! Unfortunately (or fortunately in your daughter's case), the Hello Kitty series is one of the only (if not, the only) set of stamps that are stickers (or seals, as they say in Japan) -- all others are lick-only, and that's just too many for the postcard exchange!

hpulley
07-26-2011, 06:11 AM
All stamps are stickers now in Canada it seems.

mooseontheloose
07-28-2011, 05:39 AM
Well, today was the last day of the semester (Japanese university system) and I was rewarded with two postcards in the mail today:

Valerie's Houston Art Car Parade is an interesting subject, although I'm not sure about the fingerprint above it (?) ;-)

Also, hwv's Eiffel Tower also arrived -- love the angle, the crop, the contrast, the light. A great take on a tourist icon and my favorite of the round so far. Thanks!

hpulley
07-28-2011, 06:12 AM
I received Darwin(DPRSilver)'s "St. Paul's, Salt Sprint Is." contact print yesterday. Looks like small secluded church. Was a mask or easel used? The edges are very rectangular for a contact print.

I also received Trond's "Beach", an interesting beach composition. I wonder what paper was used, etc. What is a Thermaphot, a drum or other paper processor?

Thanks to both!

Mike Wilde
07-28-2011, 08:13 AM
I think thermaphot made both roller processors (some of which I think were branded as Ilford's) and some slot processors.

Trond
07-28-2011, 08:33 AM
I also received Trond's "Beach", an interesting beach composition. I wonder what paper was used, etc. What is a Thermaphot, a drum or other paper processor?


Thanks for you comment! I have a Thermaphot ACP 302 (http://thermaphot.de/us/acp/acp302.html), which is a roller processor. The paper is Adox MCP and the film Fomapan 100. Shot with a Pentax SV and a Super-Takumar 24mm.

Trond

semeuse
07-28-2011, 08:42 AM
three more cards in the box!

George Richards Cold Steel - great railroad shot with crisp shadows and detail

Darwin (drpsilver)'s St. Paul's, Salt Spring Is. - wonderful contact print of what appears to be a tiny isolated church

and Rachelle (mooseontheloose)'s Tiger's Nest Monastery - fantastic infrared image of a Bhutanese monastery framed by glowing prayer flags (at first glance, the flags appear to be from a flame thrower!)

Beautiful work!
Kris

semeuse
07-28-2011, 08:55 AM
Comments on some cards that arrived before I headed off on vacation three weeks ago now.
They just surfaced in my ‘stuff’ as I was filing prints that came in after I was back from holidaying.

Semuese - ‘Rocks at Gilbert’s Bar’- A nice cross processed image. I have fiddled around with this process adaptation in the past. I have found that you pick one thing to have a ‘real colour, and everything else is some wonky way off colour . Your example shows that this is not always the case. The cyan shifted sand seems to work alright here. The image is also very nicely framed and sharp as well.

Thanks Mike! I've found that I get a more vintage feel (slightly off, weird saturation) when I use expired film (these were shot on ektachrome dated 1999) instead of the wacky shifts obtained with newer film

Oxleyroad
07-28-2011, 05:44 PM
I am halfway through printing all my images so mine will go out right at the end of the month at the rate I am progressing.

Still not a lot of progress from my end. I will be a week or two late. Sorry everyone. I trust there is no one with arachnophobia:whistling:

hpulley
07-28-2011, 07:32 PM
Two more arrived today.

hwv's Eiffel Tower. Very dramatic shading on the iconic tower. Great detail too.

And Valerie's "Through the Gift Shop," quite an art image of quite an art car!

Thanks to you both.

Roger Thoms
07-28-2011, 08:49 PM
I to received the Eiffel Tower, very nice!!!

Roger

MattKing
07-29-2011, 07:09 PM
I’ve received card(s) from 12 people so far in this 23rd exchange (plus my own):

ccross - “Paper Negative Swirl” - nice use of a paper negative to show movement
Dave Martiny - “Untitled” (coils) - moody and evocative
drpsilver - “St Paul’s, Salt Spring Is.” - always nice to see a visitor’s take on what is not far from my own neighbourhood - an interesting old church and a very nice print
George Nova Scotia - “Cold Steel” - it almost feels cold to touch it!
hpulley - “A bit young for coffee” - interesting old time colour that fits well with the subject
Mike Wilde - “Stage and Shanty”, “Overcast Spring Day Walk” & “Queen Anne’s Lunch” - Mike’s ‘three for the price of one’ submissions are always intriguing, if only because they showcase such a variety of old papers. My favourite this time is “Overcast Spring Day Walk” because of the gorgeous image tone
mooseontheloose - “Tiger’s Nest Monastery” - fantastic image, in all meanings of the word
Roger Thoms - “Yard Office” - a very nice print and an interesting vignette
rst - “Torches in Heidelberg” - like the image, and also like the image colour in the print
semeuse - “House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar” - the colour from the cross processing adds to the windswept look
Trond - “Beach” - I like the beach details - if only the recent events in Norway didn’t make the card seem much more eerie and sad
Valerie - “Through the Gift Shop” - this card (and car) definitely made me smile

12 down, 16 to go :)

Thanks to everyone for participating.