Just a short up-date regarding the cards I've received recently.
Thank you for all the great images.
Harry Pulley's Night Clings
Ian's Royal Albert Hall
Andrew Carson's Osleyroad
Canal St. New York
Johnny Walker's son fishing
Into the light by Ruedigers
Dave Martiny's San Diego
Black Dog's Moment observed
The one from Vermont (VT) is a puzzle - but Robert McCann (aka sepiareverb), lives in Vermont, and posted his cards on Feb. 16th. He's the only one on my list hailing from that state, so it makes sense it's from him.
The image is a bit of a puzzle too - boarded up building? makeshift door on henhouse?
Lets hope Rob chimes in to clear up the mystery.
I received to day the very nice card from hpulley. The grain serves the image very well.
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Images in hand to date:
Dave Martiny – Random Plant – A very nice image, and good use of tonality when it was printed.
The crisp rendering of the water droplets and the tiny part of the out of focus background let us discern quickly what we are looking at. But the beauty of the patterns and tones pleases our eyes at once, even before the brain has figured out what it is looking at.
Gurkenprinz – Second Life. Graffiti on objects in an abandon factory. Oh you have hit on a subject that I too love to photograph. The shadowing on the left ‘eye’ gives a great hint to the three dimensional object you have captured. The texture of the rocks in the foreground aids in placing the object.
Meltronic – Lovely pastoral scene reflected in the foreground. The loss of symmetry with the power lines disappearing to white in the sky, but showing in the reflection is my only hint of criticism. A bit of burn on the sky likely could have brought out the power lines in the sky.
Moopheus – Candy store figurines – I quite like this image. Whimsical, with a nice palette of tones. I enjoy the framing, with the cutting off part of the right hand figure’s face. I did not see the original scene, but I would have been interested to see how the image printed with perhaps half a grade higher contrast to allow light areas to print a bit lighter.
Oxley Road – Footprint at sand’s edge. This is a great image that shows the capabilities of monochrome to render all sorts of textural and tonal ranges. I quite enjoy the use of the sepia toning, and the embossed mark of the maker is a distinct plus as well. It is a testament to the discerning eye of the maker that this scene was brought to us to appreciate at all.
rst – Into the Light A captivating image. I don’t mind that it was taken from the floor at all, and the placement of the ‘horizon’, where the floor ends, and the printing of the image as a square enhance the mystical spin this image can have. Where does it lead, and how big am I/is this space were the two visual queries I first asked when looking at the image. I quite like needing a second take on an image to fully absorb what it has to say.
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Great to hear Rob and Laurent have received my cards. Canada Post is doing better than I'd expected.
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And I also received you postcard on Monday, very nice, thanks.
Originally Posted by hpulley
Great! This has already been a lot of fun, will probably sign up for the max next time.
Originally Posted by rtbadman
I received 3 more postcards recently: Ruediger's "Into the Light", which reminded me of the tunnel with the light at the end that people who have had near-death experiences are purported to see, but I never realized there would be handrails; Moopheus' candy store figurines - nice tones and composition, and I think would be a good photo to try a bit of hand-colouring; and Sly's "Snowing Again", a lovely snow scene of a field and fence.
If I had been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better arrangement of the Universe.
Alfonso the Wise, 1221-1284
My cards are finally printed and in the mail. I'm so happy!
As usual, I have received an amazing collection of beautiful photographs:
Mike Wilde Beautiful set of three photos. I love reading the little stories behind each photo. Nice job of contrast masking on the first image! What I don't understand, how do you manage to print three photos for each exchange? I am getting totally exhausted from printing just one set!
Fleath Photo of rubbish. The photo just glows. You've done real alchemy here - made some gold from rubbish. Nice job!
Rudiger's Into the Light. Very unreal picture. It looks more like an abstract charcoal drawing.
5stringdeath Summer in St. Louis, MO. Arghhhh! What a refreshing look. After several months of winter I'm ready to just jump into this picture and enjoy the sun, warmth and fun of the fair!
Oxleyroad Footprint, Sand and Pebbles. This photo makes a very nice abstract. I love the toning! You've done it just perfectly. And you did not have to mention the scratch - I did not even notice it until I read the description, it does not distract from the beauty of the picture at all.
JohnnyWalker Fishing trip. I think you've got the better catch in this trip than your son. All the fish is gone by now, but you still have the photos and memories that will last forever!
vyshemirsky Opium. What a philosophical photo! I love the sharpness, the detail, the softness of the background and of course the description on the back. Very nicely done!
Dave Martiny Untitled. Desperate? I wish I could be this desperate sometimes! Just excellent abstract of tones and lines.
Moopheus Land Idol. Beautiful flowers and the statue!
hpulley Night Clings. Sharp, grainy and absolute stillness in the air. What camera did you use?
ccross Away for the winter. This looks like a poem. I love winter snow photos. Can you share now you made the black border? It looks fantastic.
Mick Fagan Drowned tree. Excellent detail. I love the milky water! How do you like your Shen Hao? I'm thinking about getting one myself sometime in the distant future...
piu58 Elephant house. Just like everyone else, I was fooled by the photo. I thought it was some kind of a church. Nicely done!
meltronic Photo of the deer. Actually, at first I did not see the deer, I thought it was a panorama of a lake and grandiose tree. The silhouette of the deer gives it a very nice touch! Great job of the borders! It must have been a lot of work cutting them out.
Also, one mystery card from Vermont. I assume it's from sepiareverb. By the way, the subject is also a perfect mystery! Nice abstract.
I took Night Clings with a Canon EOS 1N RS, Delta 400 pushed to 1600 and developed in HC-110 for extra grain.