Postcard Exchange Round 35 Comments and Feedback

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  1. ozphoto

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    My week just keeps getting better!

    Matt King
    's "Dyke" image makes me want to visit; been tot he US on several Occasions, sadly not (yet) made it to Canada. Love the effect from the bleaching and selenium toning - gives it a rather ethereal feel.
     
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    Thanks Nanette
     
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    Yesterday I recieved the wonderful strawberry photograph from megzdad81. My wife enjyed it too!
     
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    Yesterday I found the fine card from Matt King in my letterbox. Beautiful landscape! That is an image I wish to see in a large print at an exhibition. Well done!
     
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    Thanks Uwe
     
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    Well just mailed off my Elvis post cards.
     
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    I've received a few more great cards since my last post...

    megzdad81 "Breakfast" - Stunning texture on this. Can just feeling how juicy those must have been!

    Matt King "Mud Bay" - Beautiful landscape. Love how the sky sings. Will have to start experimenting with bleaching this coming winter.

    Randal Cav "Twilight" - I was just shooting almost this exact scene the other day in Bath! I hope my shots turn out as well as yours :smile:
     
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    Today I received the card form Randal Cav, a nice harbor scene. It was taken wit a caqnonet 17 camera. I own a very similar camera, a Revue 400 SE. This is a great travel camera with a fast and sharp lens. I love it!
     
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    I finally sat down to begin reviewing the cards that I have been receiving all Summer. I'll start with these four;

    "Porter Preserve" (Xia_Ke) What a beautiful and classic looking black and white landscape, shot with a legendary Nikon F2 and rendered well with a very nice paper and developer combination. A great mid-day image. Thanks!

    "Neon Lady" (dpn) I love the idea of neon in black and white! Great sharp lines and detail rendered by a 1950's Retina IIa and Xenon lens.
    I love the way you printed this. The lips almost look red, even though it's in black and white. Thanks Daniel!

    "Clouds Stratford Texas" (DRPSILVER) A cyanotype with a Shen Hao. I love this groups diversity in camera choices! I collect cameras and love to wake sleepy ones back up off my shelves. Alfred Steiglitz once did an entire study of clouds and in my opinion this blows them all away. Thanks for your hard work and thoughtfulness to send this experimental gift! A very nice rendering of the process Darwin.

    "Albumen print" (The Toad Men) Another alternative process. I appreciate your effort and the unique perspective of this animal. I'm sure it took some patience and luck to capture this fine image. The effort that was required to produce this albumen print doesn't go unnoticed. Thanks Bert!
     
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    Today I found a very fine card in my letter box: Elvis chair form mike c. Very fine baryta print, nice toned. Did you use s half frame camera for this shot? How did you toned it, and which paper did you use? Thank you very much.
     
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    double post.

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    Hi Uwe, glad the card made it to Germany, and thanks for the comment. The paper is some old zone 6 graded Brillant I bought a little while back, out dated by a number of years but still works. I used a Hasselblad with 80mm lens and tripod.Partly Bleached and sepia toned, then Selenium toned. Tried to get a split tone but it did not split too much, next time I'll just use some bananas and ice cream for making a split. (Banana split Ice cream Sundae)

    Mike
     
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    Hi everyone - sorry I haven't commented before now - I've been away most of the summer but now I'm back. I have so many cards to comment on! In no particular order:

    3 lovely landscapes featuring land and water: "Mud Bay" by Matt King, "Twilight, NE Harbor, Maine" by Randal Cav, and "Porter Preserve Boothbay Harbor, Maine" by Xia_Ke
    A really nice portrait from Ozphoto - I don't mind the fogging here at all, I think it kind of adds to the photo
    5 images of things: "The Elvis Chair" by mike c (I really like the toning here), the Sankt Knud ceiling by the ToadMen (great symmetry in this one!), "Neon Lady" by dpn (reminds of some old Japanese posters I've seen), "Monument for Albrecht Daniel Thaer" by piu58 (the full bottle is great, but looks a little small in his hands), and some luscious, ripe strawberries by megsdad81 (they look as good as described).

    I have to apologise for being so late this round - I thought I'd be able to get my cards done before traveling this summer, but that wasn't the case. I hope to get them sent out by the end of the month so I can join the next round.

    Cheers.
     
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    I've received a couple of cards over the past few weeks:

    mikec's "Elvis Chair" and Randal's "Twilight, Northeast Harbour" - both great cards!
     
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    Found another card in the pile that missed the previous comment section - mesantacruz's mating dragonflies. Nice capture of what must of been a fleeting shot. Dragonflies are my favourite insects so I really like this image!

    And in other news...I have just finished printing all of my cards for this round, the labels have been written out and ready to go, I'm just waiting for the cards to dry. Everything will go out in the mail tomorrow. Apologies to all for being so late, but at least I finished before the official start of the next round! :wink:
     
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    Rachel's card arrived in the mail today - lovely shot!

    The title had me thinking back to the 80s: my sister's favourite Australian band had this as a song. Thankfully they're gone, but the card's inspiration is still around which has made for a great image.
     
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    Were they Australian? I thought they were a British band...I was too young to remember the song or realise that this statue was connected to it, but I couldn't think of any other title for it once I knew the history/connection of the two.

    Edit: I just realised "Never tear us apart" was by INXS and "Love will us tear us apart" is by Joy Division. Not sure what I wrote on the card, but it should be the latter (even though I was a fan of the former). :smile:
    Edit 2: Watching "Never tear us apart" on YouTube revealed an interesting cemetery in the video too. Now having fun flashbacks listening to old 80s classics.
    Edit 3: Both bands featured lead singers who committed suicide. Weird coincidences...
     
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    I actually remembered it incorrectly, Rachelle, but it did remind me of them - yes you are correct INXS.
    Never realised there was a cemetery in the video , as I said, not my cup of tea at all, and wow - both singers committed suicide, creepy indeed!!!
     
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    Rachelles card reached Germany! Thank you very much.
     
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    Have two cards come in the last two days, one from Wayne of the "Selfoss" container ship at dock ,taken with an old Conley 4x5 camera with what looks like to me a bit of lens vignetting, a great image to view never the less.

    Mooseontheloose card "love will tear us apart" A very nice reclining sculptor on top of a grave, that is an interesting story, if not sad behind the grave markings.

    Mike
     
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    Wayne's card also arrived in BKK - I like the vignetting very much, rather matches the camera. :smile:
     
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    My letterbox contained a nice card taken with an old camera: Fredrick Wayne's shot from the container ship "Selfoss". I enjoy the photograph, thank you.
     
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    Comments on cards received since my last post:

    The cards from Randelcav of a harbor in Maine. Reminds me of Fulford Harbor on Salt Spring Island in BC, Canada. Well done.
    MattKing sends a card with the subject is the sky, with the foreground sticks leading the viewer to the clouds. Well composed.
    The vignetting of the image of a container ship being loaded from Wayne Frederick is quite nice. The camera did the framing of the subject for you.
    The image from mooseontheloose is my favorite for the is round. At first glance it looked like a person, not a statue. The dark tones, and HIE graininess, really add to the texture of this photo.
    The print from mike c is striking for two reasons: (1) the white chair draws the viewer into the image, and (2) the brown/sepia tone supports the "oldness" of the subject. Well done.

    Now I am ready for Round 36!

    Regards,
    Darwin
     
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