Postcard Exchange Round 45 Comments & Feedback

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  1. Black Dog

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    It made it to Cumbria-nice moody image with a dramatic Strand-esque sky. Thanks.
     
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    I've not been very present in the last weeks, and did not comment on all the beautiful cards I've received. Sorry for this.
    My cards are printed, but I still need to address and send them.

    I hope you'll pardon me!
     
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    After long last I have had some time to comment on the cards I have received. Here are my comments in the order of the pile next to the computer.

    Jon Tryggvason: A elegant, but a bit ghost like, portrait of a girl. I like the contrast of the dark background and white dress, it emphasizes the subject.
    mike c: This image reminds me of the days when I gleaned grapes to make wine. Now I just purchase grapes to make my wine.
    awty: This "moody" image of a very interesting swimming pool. I looks like it is connected to the ocean.
    Howard Earl: A nice photo of a piece of Americana. It is nice to see it operated by a veteran. They deserve all the help we can give them.
    adelorenzo: This photo of a backbone is cool. I really like the slight brown/sepia tone. It makes the image real work.
    LarsAC: Classic cars make nice subjects. I like how you controlled the depth-of-focus to isolate the headlamp.
    kmg1974: Nicely captured fireworks.
    aluk: The composition of this image is very nice. The shape focus on the statues feet with the out-of-focus visitor in the background. I also like how you controlled the tones and detail in the white marble.
    bedrof: This looks like a cool place to photograph. You succeeded on getting some "IR effect". Nice detail and tones. The paper you used i very reminiscent of Kodak finish Y, it works for the image.
    iandvaag: Nice capture of birds in flight. I like how they balance the birds in the water. Saskatoon is not far from where my Mom grew-up.
    Gijsbert: Another "moody" image. I like the composition near and far rocks. Zion is a neat place to photograph. Did you get a chance to visit Bryce Canyon?

    Thanks to all for some very nice images. I look forward to seeing more work in Round #46

    Regards,
    Darwin
     
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    Indeed the sky is quite dark and thus moody, but I was having a great day over there and it did not feel moody at all, but it does make the print more interesting. I did go to Bryce Canyon, but haven't had time to look at my negatives. I love going to Bryce, the Fairyland Trail I did is really nice and not thaaat hard to do. I do find it hard to make photographs there: Too many features everywhere and often hard to isolate and when isolated difficult to make interesting, at least for me. A totally blue sky didn't help :smile:

    Thanks for your comments.
     
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    Lots of wonderful cards have made their way to me. A lot of great images this round; thanks for all your efforts!

    gijsbert – Beautiful composition, I love how much I can see into the shadows – very immersive.
    MattKing - “Overlooked” - I like the way the clouds came out in this print.
    drpsilver - “Fuji Apple” - The curled leaves somehow seem very pompous, as if the apple was saying “look at how majestic I am!” I hope it was tasty.
    adelorenzo – Caribou Bones – Stark. A caribou’s life seems incredibly harsh (bitter cold, pesky flies, and eating mostly lichen), a harshness which is captured very nicely in the tones of this print, and in the contrast of textures of the clean bones on the rugged stones. I love the stamp too (basking shark).
    Jon Tryggvason - “Girl on the Road” - Wow. There is so much subject separation with focus, shape and tone that she really jumps off the page. The subject placement with respect to the background is perfect, and the darker clouds at the top of the frame draw my eyes right back to the image. I think the tonal rendering is perfect.
    mike c – Summer Grapevine Sunrise – The backlight gives a nice view of the subsurface texture of the leaves.
    Howard Earl – Uncle San Hot Dog Kart – Nice contrast. Very sharp and grainless. How do you large format guys avoid dust when contact printing? I always have difficulty.
    aluk – I love how something is left to the imagination in regards to the facial expression of the museum-goer in the background.
    LarsAC – I'm glad you had your camera with you. The reflections in the nearest chrome headlight give a nice indication of the outdoor context. Perfect amount of depth of field to draw the attention to the nearest headlight.
    Black Dog - “Shades of Winter” - I like the quote you provided, and the phrase “barest essentials” is put very well. I like the harsher, directional light on the foreground juxtaposed against the diffuse cloudy sky.
    awty - “Swim” - The dark rendition of the reflective surfaces gives a unique feel to the image. Very nice print.
     
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    I'm also just finding the time to comment on my pile of cards. It was a busy holiday as we welcomed a new member of the family on Christmas day.

    So far 12 cards have made the journey North of 60. I even had four arrive on one day in December! In no particular order:

    Gijsbert - Love the composition and the tones are absolutely perfect in this print. I see tons of color work from Zion online it's great to see some really well done black and white.
    Yon - This is a really arresting image of the girl in the mask. You've done a great job holding detail in the whites and drawing the eye to the subject. Also so cool to get a card from Iceland!
    mike c - Love the backlit lighting here, a really cool image from an old folder.
    Black Dog - A very dark and mysterious image but looking closely there is great texture here. Love the square print. I also received your postcard from BPX 28! I think I may have commented on the other thread but if not I LOVE this print "A Winter Walk" particularly how you have the two figures looking at each other.
    Matt King - Always look forward to getting your cards and this one is no exception. Love to see scenes from my neighbour to the south. Really like the toning it complements the image perfectly.
    Howard - Love this subject, this image tells a great story. Nice to see an intrepid in action. Did you contact print this?
    Avi - I love this print. You really need to look closely to see which figures are real and which are not. I also really like the image tone.
    Paul - Fantastic job using the geometric shapes to frame the subject. I like everything about this print really.
    Lars - I love automobile detail shots and this one is a banger. Great print the tones really sparkle as they should for a shiny car.
    1kgcoffee - So cool to recieve a real RA4 print. The color on this one is terrific and a really cool look from the Helios lens.
    Ian - Woah two RA4 prints! Great timing on this capture of the geese and the tree in the corner almost points the eye at them.
    Darwin - I've been trying my hand at still life the past few months, I really liked seeing your card come in the mail. Really well done with both the composition and lighting, the tones and texture in the leaves are perfect.

    Thanks everyone! It's always so much fun to be part of these. Also thanks to George for organizing, hope you got your card in the mail as well.

    Regards,
    Anthony
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the cards. It's a special community here that I'm proud to be a member of.
    I have received 12:
    Black Dog: The Carved Three: Very cool glyphs. I love the texture and chaos. Seems alien having no context or obvious origin but a past generation trying to leave something more permanent. Only criticism is that the print is a bit dark for my tastes.
    Lars: Shiny and super sharp!! I'm going to guess tmax. Love all the fine details.
    Anthony Delorenzo: I have always wanted to visit NWT. Such a harsh, wild, barren place. love the minimalist composition that captures it so beautifully.
    Howard Earl: The eye is drawn right to Uncle Sam offering me a hotdog. He almost pops out of the image. I saw these types of carts all over the place in Oregon and loved stopping at them. Very American love it.
    Paul Fitzpatrick: Its been a very mild winter but I'm not too fond of the cold weather. When I look at this image I can smell the salty air, hear flowing of the ocean and feel the warm humid air. The blues and greens would be overpowering printed in color. Gets the imagination going.
    Avi: The post office must have cut out the pornographic upper half of the postcards - the guys in the background seem to be enjoying the show LOL. The grain really fits the subject. I want to know what the rest of the statue looks like.
    inadvaag: I love true ra-4 optical prints. Such beautiful colours. A real slice of peaceful Saskatchewan thank you.
    Drpsilver: At first I thought it was a vase with some withering plant growing out of it. I love the tones in the leafs, the textures of the backdrop and the simple composition. The selenium toning shows in the rich tones. Makes me want to try some still lifes.
    mike c: Reminds me of spending time as a child in the garden, looking into the foliage and smelling life in the plants and dirt. The brightness of the scene past the leaves makes it seem like a refuge. These types of image are also my style. I feel calm and relieved from this scene.
    Matt King: Super sharp with great range. I just shot my first roll of tmax a few days ago and impressed by what it can do. Love the rich tones in the shadows and the slight tint. Beautiful.
    Jon Thyssuzson: Might be my favourite image from the round. Gorgeous dark background with a creepy looking girl doing a curtsy. I think she might have an axe tied to her back. The subject is unique and the composition is just perfect. Short tele was the right choice in my opinion.
    Gisjbert: Alright it might be a tie for favourite. Reminds of the badlands in Alberta. This print is just luminiscent and sharp and full of so many details. I want to try this satin paper now.
     
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    Finally commenting upon 4 cards I received in the end of 2018.

    Jon Tryggvason
    – Girl on the road – well, that is a rather unusual subject, intriguing and disturbing. Nice tonal and compositional balance.
    iandvaag – Water under the bridge – this color print stands out of the cards from this round, I like its soft palette and balance of tones.
    drpsilver – Fuji Apple – love the contrast and toning effect. Interesting texture and curves of leaves against the background cloth draws attention most.
    mike c – Summer Grapevine Sunrise – interesting rhythm of the leaves fading in the background.

    The current total count of the cards I received at this round is 9.
    This exchange is a big enjoyment for me. Thanks everyone!
     
  9. Black Dog

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    Thanks-I enjoy experimenting with different tonalities in prints; the work of John Blakemore, Thomas Cooper, Hiroshi Sugimoto and e 'WPaul Caponigro has inspired me to experiment along these lines. Some of these guys print a LOT darker than me-it's good to see how far you can push things.
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for your response. Yes 4x5 contact print on ilford postcard paper.

    Howard
     
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