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Irvine Fine Arts Center 2018 All Media call for entries

Call for Entries All Media 2018

ALL MEDIA 2018

Application Deadline
June 29, 11:59 p.m.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) is pleased to announce the annual juried All Media exhibition, and invites Southern California-based artists to submit artwork for consideration. This year, the exhibition will be juried by Dave Barton, the arts writer for OC Weekly. Submissions are being accepted through June 29, 11:59 p.m.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center is a community venue that presents exhibitions designed to expand awareness, understanding and sensitivity to art, and provide an exploratory and educational viewing experience for diverse audiences. 

Apply Now at cityofirvine.org/allmedia2018.

Btw, historically artist and photographers who submit photographic based artwork have done very well in the IFAC All Media exhibition, which I can personally validate with my Honorable Mention in the 2016 IFAC All Media juried exhibition. Other PhotoExchange members who have been honored with a exhibition at a past IFAC All Media shows are Ellen Butler, Paul Anderson, Gerhard Clausing, and Janos Lanyi. So mark your calendar, make your submissions and join the fun!

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale – Gallery representation – Fabrik Projects

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on April 29, 2018

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Surveillance (Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra) 42″ x 52″ 2016 Douglas Stockdale

I have a really wonderful announcement to make; I am honored to become a represented artist of Fabrik Projects!

I am joining a group of talented artist, including Sarah Hadley, Tami Bahat, Martin Cox, Christopher Sheils, Cia Foreman, Glen Wexler, Andy Burgess and many others.

This gallery representation coincides with my upcoming exhibition at the Fabric Projects gallery in May;

Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra

May 5th – June 2nd, 2018

Artist reception: Saturday, May 12th, 6 – 8pm. Hope to see you there!

Fabrik Projects: 2636 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles (near Culver City), California

Note: My self-published artist book of the same title, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra is now available for pre-order.  Already this artist book is now planned for shipment to new homes in Germany, Hong Kong and of course here in the United States. Your pre-orders really do help me with this self-publishing event. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Cheers!

John Divola – Medium festival Keynote speaker

Posted in Photo Workshops, Photography by douglaspstockdale on April 17, 2018

from Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert, ©John Divola

The Medium Festival has just announced their Keynote Speaker, who is photographer/artist John Divola, who will present the 7th annual Keynote Lecture on Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 in San Diego at the festival.

John Divola’s work combines ideas of performance, painting, photography, and land art into a career spanning nearly five decades. He currently lives and works in Riverside, CA. Divola works in photography, describing himself as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific. He is a Professor in the art department at University of Riverside since 1988 and has published four books: ContinuityIsolated HousesDogs Chasing My Car In The Desert, and Three Acts.

More information on the Medium Festival, which runs October 18-21st in San Diego, CA can be found here.

For those who are interested in the Medium Portfolio Reviews, registration opens later this week on April 19-20. Last year these review slots disappeared fast. Just saying….

Cheers!

 

Palm Springs Photo Festival – Deadlines approaching

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Workshops, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on April 9, 2018

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There are a number of events that occurring in conjunction with the Palm Springs Photo Festival (PSPF) this year.

This annual event for photographers occurs over the week of May 6th – 11th in Palm Springs, California.

Part of this event are the Portfolio Reviews with the registration occurring April 20th. That is when you will be able to select and prioritize your reviewer choices. After this date, usually only a few of the reviewers are still available. There will be some additional reviewers posted weekly until April 20th to the provisional listing.

PSPF Sponsors will offer 9 Special FREE Shooting Events during the festival week. Attendance is limited so sign up as soon as possible. Canon, Fuji, Leica & Pentax are all offering great free classes.

Another trade mark of PSPF are the intensive workshop classes that are offered through the week, which include; Virtual Reality for Still Photographers, Lightroom and Photoshop with Ben Willmore, Color Management and Digital Workflow with Mac Holbert, Reducing Unauthorized Usages of Your Images with Michael Grecco, The Creative Process with Mona Kuhn, Standing Out in a Saturated Market, Scanning Your Archive with Your DSLR, The Bottom Line with Ink-jet Papers, Writing Winning Grant Proposals, Securing Support for Your Personal Projects with Mary Virginia Swanson, Enhancing Your Creative Process, and Digital Asset Management.

There will be workshops by renown photographers inlcuding Dan Winters, Erwin Olaf, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Mark Edward Harris, Scott Frances, Art Streiber and Stephen Wilkes.

So check out their schedule, as it appears that there is something for every type of photography and photographer.

I plan to attend one day of this event, May 10th, so give me a shout-out to arrange a meet-up and discussion.

Cheers, Douglas Stockdale

Medium Photo Festival – Portfolio Review Registration opens on April 19-20

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on April 9, 2018

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Medium Photo Festival, Portfolio review preparations, 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

The Portfolio Review registration for the 2018 Medium Festive opens April 19 -20 (click here)

The shout-out from Medium: So consider grabbing one of 65 spaces for the acclaimed Medium Festival Portfolio Reviews. Participating photographers meet with 8 reviewers from across the field of photography and consistently receive 90% of their top ranked reviewers—something few other review events can claim. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will sell out quickly. They’ve posted a short list of our 2018 reviewers online to help you discover who can expand your career this fall.

If you are considering attending a Portfolio Review?

Each year Medium offers a two-hour workshop helping photographers plan properly for a portfolio review event. Join Medium on April 14 in San Diego as we explore the range of portfolio reviews available today. Whether you’re planning to attend Medium in October or another review, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn what you’ll need to successfully develop relationships with professionals from across the field.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their presentation skills as part of the workshop. You will need to register for this two-hour workshop.

Roger Bennett – Center Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on April 7, 2018

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Photographs copyright Roger Bennett

Roger Bennett will have a solo exhibition of his black and white landscape photographs at the Center Gallery, located at within the Downtown Anaheim Community Center. The Gallery address: at 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim, CA

The exhibition runs from April 22nd through June 18th, 2018.

The Opening Reception is Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm (see announcement below)

Roger is a long time member of the Photographers Exchange, a group of photographers and artists that meets monthly at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC). He has previously exhibited at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach.

Cheers!

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Annual Print Exchange & Membership Meeting: March 15th, 2018

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on March 11, 2018

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Sandstone Creek, Vail, Colorado, February 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

The annual print exchange and membership meeting for the PhotoExchange, a group of photographers who meet monthly at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA will be this Thursday, March 15, 2018 stating at 6pm. There will also be some food, usually a few kinds of pizza, vegetables and cookies, with some non-alcoholic beverages.

I have discussed this interesting, if not a bit wacky, print exchange earlier, as this print exchange has been an on-going event by this group for about twenty years. Reminds me of a white-elephant Christmas gift exchange.

Those who participate bring a photographic print, not necessarily matted, but it might help, more about that in just a moment. You will be guaranteed to leave with a print, perhaps not your first choice. The process starts with a judging of all of the photograph by the participants and the photographer who brought the photograph that has the most “likes” gets to choose another photographic print. The photographer whose photograph was just selected then has a few minutes to talk about their photograph before selecting a photograph of their choice. This process of selecting prints, then the selected photographer chooses a print continues until all of the photographic prints are gone. Unlike a white-elephant exchange, the selection is only from the the remaining photographs on display, not a photograph that somebody else has already selected.

Seems in the past that photographs with mattes usually obtains more likes or are chosen early in the process, when then entitles the photographer who brought that photograph to choose a print of their liking sooner.

This is also the membership meeting for those who wish to continue to belong, or want to join, for the year to bring their annual dues of $35.00. Preferably  a check as the group does not have access to make a credit card transaction unless someone wants to consider using PayPal with Larry Pribble.

Note: as you may suspect, like last year’s post about this event, I am included the photograph that I am bringing this year. The photographic image is 6″ x 6″, archival matte, Edition of 1/10, pigment print on Museo Portfolio Rag, Extra Smooth Matte Finish, 300 gsm weight. For those who would like to purchase a copy of this limited edition print, either in this size or larger, message me at doug@douglasstockdale.com

Let me or Gerry know if you have any questions,

Cheers!

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Photo Book as Art – Artist talk and discussion of Middle Ground

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photo books, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on February 23, 2018

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America (Middle Ground Book dummy #2) 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For those on the left coast next week, I am very happy to announce that I will be speaking on “Photo Books as Art” for the Photographic and Digital Artist Group (PADA) at the Palos Verdes Art Center (PVAC) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 pm. For non-members there is a $10.00 fee, with the good news is that you will also be in the drawing for one of my photobooks.

Additionally this will be the first opportunity I will have to introduce my current photobook project, Middle Ground, a political satire (political protest book).

The PADA announcement:

DOUGLAS STOCKDALE TO SPEAK ON “PHOTOBOOKS AS ART” at PVAC WEDNESDAY, FEB 28
Douglas Stockdale, artist, educator, mentor and founding publisher of The PhotoBook Journal will give photographers tips on using photobooks as a way of presenting their portfolios and as works of art in themselves at the Palos Verdes Art Center (PVAC) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 pm. At this meeting, sponsored by the Photographic and Digital Artists Group (PADA), Stockdale will review selections by the editors of The PhotoBook Journal for their “Interesting Photo Books for 2017”. 

The books to be discussed will be available at the presentation and can be previewed on The PhotoBook Journal website

Admission to this event for non-PADA members is $10 and automatically enters the ticket holder in a drawing for one of the speaker’s books.

Two of Stockdale’s limited edition artist books were recognized, respectively, as one of the Best Photography Books for 2017 and 2014. He has curated/juried photobook exhibitions for Photo Independent and Fotografia Internazionale di Roma, Rome, and co-curated with 10×10 Photobooks and FotoBookFestival Kassel (Germany) and was a guest curator for LA Photo Curator.

The PhotoBook Journal Features & promotes photographers & artists & their published work

Hope to see you there.

 

Cheers!

Doug

Minor White’s Zone System Manual revisited

Posted in Photo techniques, Photography by douglaspstockdale on February 20, 2018

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Minor White Zone System Manual, Fourth printing, copyright 1972 with 19% Gray card

Earlier this month when discussing the Pentax Spotmeter V, I had stated that this was a pretty essential piece of photographic equipment when using the Zone System. I have received some questions about the Zone System and I thought it might be a great idea to expand on what the Zone System is as well as what it is NOT.

First the easy part; the Zone System does not do the thinking for you. As the late Ansel Adams and Minor White stated the Zone System is an enabling technology that allows the photographer to achieve the results that they would like to see in the finish print/image, which in the 1960’s and 70’s is called previsualization. If a photographer wanted certain areas in the photograph print (image) to have some texture/information, it enables them to make an exposure that will exhibit that texture/information in the final print (image).

Adams tried to explain the theory behind the Zone System which became too technical and complicated and it was later that the late Minor White broke it down into the simple terms that belie the basic ideas of the Zone System. To underline the simplicity was White’s famous little yellow Zone System Manual. As you can see of my cover above, the price in 1972 was pretty inexpensive (and I bought it for an even cheaper price at what is now Costco). The one issue with this older book is that it is a perfect bound (glued) book with many of the pages falling out; so it remains togther in my zip-lock plastic baggie.

The Zone System is about understanding light and luminescence (reflected light) such that in bright sunlight, the luminescence range that your eye can detect is broader than the sensitivity of either analog film or a digital sensor. As example for digital capture, if you have a sunny day and your image capture has highlights that are blown out (no texture or complete white-out), then you understand the need for exposure control. The Zone System is essentially the color management system of its day.

What Adams and Fred Archer did in the late 1930’s is evaluate the luminescence scale is in ten steps; from white without texture (Zone 10) to black without texture (Zone 1). The 18% Gray card is Zone 5, right in the middle, which is also the same value your meter, whether digital capture or an analog Spotmeter reads. If you have ever photographed a large area of white snow, but obtain a middle gray (muddy appearing) photograph/image, you may now understand why. Your digital sensor thought that it was metering 19% gray subject and auto exposed to provide that image contrast range.

The real idea behind the Zone System and previsualization is to have an ability to take light meter readings of a proposed composition, understand the luminescence of the brightest area that you wanted to retain some texture (information) as well as the darkest area of texture, then calculate what your exposure should be. For analog black and white film there are some additional processing tricks to either obtain expansions (the subject’s contrast was too limited) or contractions (the subject’s contrast was too great) of the film’s development to attempt to match the intended final darkroom print, as well as some processing tricks to expand or contract the contrast of the printing paper.

The equivalent for digital photography is to look at the histogram of the image capture and then make a determination to either adjust the exposure or anticipate making some post-processing contrast adjustments with software like Photoshop (i.e. curve layer). As stated above, the digital sensors are very sensitive with bright lights and can lose information, even with shooting RAW, so you might error on a slight underexposure to capture the highlight values. For analog black & white film, the opposite is true, there is a potential to lose detail in the dark values of a negative, thus a tendency to slightly overexpose the film to make sure that the dark values are captured by the film.

If you are having issues with your film or digital capture exposures and you are not getting your intended image results (what you had previsualized), then you might want to spend some time understanding the basics behind the Zone System.

Cheers!

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Pentax Spotmeter V – User Report

Posted in Camera equipment, Photo techniques, Photography by douglaspstockdale on February 7, 2018

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Pentax Spotmeter V 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For my analog/film photography, I have been a long time user of spotmeters, my first was made by Soligor and when I dropped that too many times, I replaced it with the Pentax Spotmeter V. The Spotmeter V is an analog spotmeter that has since been replaced by Pentax with a digital version. The meter will measure the luminescence of a very precise area of the subject designed by a round spot much like a bullseye within the meter.

What brought me to use this precise light meter tool was my introduction into the zone system many, many years ago. In a future article I will discuss the zone system in more detail, suffice to say when using black & white film that was hand developed, there were a number of film processing tricks a photographer could use. This was predicated on the fact that they knew the lighting conditions of their subject and what the black & white values that they wanted in the resulting print. The secret trick to make this happened depended a lot on using a spot meter that could record exact light readings in various places within the subject; from the lightest values, mid values to the darkest values.

One thing that I did not like about the lesser expensive Soligor spotmeter was the undersized handle grip, which was rather annoying and maybe a reason that I dropped this delicate instrument one too many times. The Pentax in turn has a large handle and from that perspective alone is a delight to use. You can really get a grip on this little beauty.

The second was the Soligor had a two phase scale; you had one set of values with a slight squeeze of the button and if needed a different sensitivity, you squeezed a little harder to get the second set of light values. In comparison the Pentax has one continuous scale within the view finder, which is much easier to use, especially if the light values were in the mid point of the scale that for the Soligor had the readout jumping between the two values and a bit confusing to know exactly what was going on.

To use this spotmeter requires the photographer to take the value(s) viewed inside the meter and then translate it to the rotating scale on the outside of the meter, see below, to determine the required camera settings. As example, if reading a gray card (18% gray) and the meter pointed to the value of 10 & 1/2, you moved the dial to point at the 10-1/2 mark and for an ISO 100 film, you could chose a series of exposures that provide you with an appropriately exposed film (e.g. 1/15 sec at the half click between f/8 and f/11).

The final luminescence value determined for the mid-point is called the exposure index (EI) and when using the older Hassleblad lens, there is a corresponding EI scale on the lens. Thus this meter and lens make a great combination. When the EI is set on the lens, the aperture and shutter speed sequences were coupled together and locked in. A change in the aperture created a corresponding change to the exposure time. Thus a photographer could make one exposure and then quickly change the coupled exposure index settings for a different combination and still have the desired film exposure.

Although I no longer hand-process my film, I still depend on this meter to evaluate the lighting of my subject and then determine what my exposure should be.

This Pentax Spotmeter V has been a work-horse for me and has been trouble free for the past ten plus years. recommended.

Cheers!

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