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10-25-2011, 07:09 PM
I got the baby too, thanks!

10-26-2011, 12:47 AM
I was a few days outside an received James Dean's baby card an three cards from Mike Wilde. Especially I like the "The first dip of the year". A also recieved Rüdiger's Hundestrand.

10-26-2011, 05:49 AM
While I was away for a couple of days I received Rüdiger's card and James Dean's literary heartwarming photo of baby Charlotte.

10-27-2011, 07:52 AM
I got Rüdiger's lamps yesterday, thanks! I thought they were garden tools at first :)

J Rollinger
10-27-2011, 07:41 PM
I received rst's Stehcafe today.. Great card, thank you.

10-27-2011, 07:57 PM

10-28-2011, 02:03 AM

[organize-mode on]

Every once in a while I get PMs with questions like: I signed-in for the MAX but I only have that and that number of addresses on my list, is that OK?

Let me try to explain and I will add this to the description for future rounds.

The postcard exchange is a real exchange. That means you should receive a postcard from everyone on your list. That would be easy if everybody would sign-in for the max. But we decided to allow to limit the number of postcards - for good reasons I think since this allows people with less printing capacity (be it because of time or money or whatever) to participate as well. Now if we have 40 participants and one of them would only sign-in for 10 postcards, then that guy would also only receive 10 postcards and there would be 29 participants who would not send a postcard to this guy and therefore not send the max.

However, I tried hard to optimize my little program and so we usually end up near the theoretical optimum. E.g. With the data for this round we send out 1190 postcards. The theoretical optimum would have been 1215 postcards. So we are just 2% off which is not too bad. And it is unclear if there would even be a possible mapping to reach the optimum.

[organize-mode off]


10-28-2011, 07:04 AM
Thanks, Ruediger... now I finally understand. Of course it is obvious when you think about it, but I didn't think about it that way, duh...

10-28-2011, 09:33 AM
OK, I tried to assemble something which I call the Postcard Exchange Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Click! (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum179/97656-postcard-exchange-faq.html)

It is just a start and I do not know if I covered everything, so feel free to send me questions ... and answers ... and corrections and I will add them to the FAQ.


10-28-2011, 04:30 PM
28 Oct 2011

To All:

My cards just entered the US postal system. Hope thay get to you soon, and in good condition.


10-30-2011, 03:51 PM
I Received "Baby Charlotte" from James Dean...

I love your photo, she is wonderful. It's good to hear that she is doing well :)

Welcome to Baby Charlotte :)



Mine are drying now :) Will post them during the week i think. Hope i am not too late.

All the best


Mike Wilde
10-31-2011, 01:52 PM
James Dean – Baby Charlotte – A most skillful use of short depth of field in a low lighting/available light photo. The sharpness of her eye, draws you in against all the other softly rendered shapes and tones. This is also a fine example of a very nice low key image. Very touching.

Jim Rollinger – The Bean – An excellent capture of a most amazing subject. The distortions of the rectilinear tile pattern of the plaza floor are most captivating. I saw this piece of sculpture in person during a summer holiday a few years ago, and was most awe struck by the great urban park the Millennium Park is today. The engineer in me also was most struck by the challenges that must have been involved in fabricating it.

RST- A neat snap that gave me exposure to another culture’s take on the possibilities of street food. Additionally I enjoyed the apparently overcast lit scene being printed onto a matt finished photo paper. The scene is given more impact by the care in finely portraying the texture of the bricks in the paving and wall, as well as the stucco of the building.

Uwe Piltz – Stalingrad grave. Great framing. I enjoy the lower third being filled with low scrubby shrubs, and then the upper portion being divided more vertically by the window frame and vines. Nice sensitivity from the text as well.

Always nice to find these postcard images among the mountain of other bits of mail and flyers that seem to over fill my mailbox at least three times a week.

I know I get mail delivery five days a week, but my letter carrier or the upstream sorter never has adressed mail for me on Monday.

Friday I don't get any mail unless it is adressed to me. The letter carrier does shoulder a heavy bag on Wednesday and Thursday to get all the junk mail delivered those days.

Presumably it lets them make a short day of Friday.

11-01-2011, 12:07 PM
My cards are printed, dried, trimmed, assembled, glued, wrapped and shipped. Let me know *if* you can actually see them.

11-01-2011, 02:31 PM
Well I've printed my cards last weekend and posted them today. Curios what you all think of it.

I received in the past week:
- Ruediger's Hundestrand, well seen and nice printed.
- Nice picture of baby Charlotte from James Dean, the way a baby should be shot and good to here that all goes well now.
- Mark Barent's Conceru, well shot of a lovely scene, like the way it is composed and printed. Beautifull to see other people working on old machines


11-02-2011, 06:54 AM
Two cards arrived today.

Darwins "Trees can look like so many things" - nice, detailed and inspiring print.

Mark Barendts Concern is a look into a time long gone. Well seen, good feel for the right moment.

This is great so far, keep them coming.


11-02-2011, 03:48 PM
I got two more cards, both of them are great!
Mark Barendt's Concern an Darwin's Bird tree.

My wife enjoyed both cards too.

11-02-2011, 11:01 PM
Due to flooding in Bangkok, I moved to northern Thailand for a couple of weeks, and will be shooting in Singapore next week as well. Fingers crossed, I will be able to get to a post office in BKK or Chiang Mai to send these guys out to all asap.

Looking forward to seeing my mailbox (flooded??!) when I get back home, and all the gems that await!

11-03-2011, 08:09 AM
And todays surprise is a very nice card from FotoGys. I like it a lot. Thanks.


11-04-2011, 09:43 AM
Three cards in the mailbox yesterday. An shot of a very interesting interior from FotoGys, "Bird Tree, Stanford University" from drpsilver and "Concern" from markbarent. Thank you!


11-05-2011, 05:22 AM
28 Oct 2011

To All:

My cards just entered the US postal system. Hope thay get to you soon, and in good condition.


Your card has just arrived, beautiful print.

I won't be printing until next week so very sorry for not sending yet, got some trouble in the house and the enlarger had to be moved. But next week should be ok.