Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 20 August 3, 2009

We take this opportunity to let you know about our exhibits with a brief newsletter describing the shows, passing along some photo tips and other items of interest. We will also enjoy pointing out some exceptional photographs for you. We hope you enjoy it and have an opportunity to visit each of our 13 shows at Image City in 2009.

In This Issue
Current Show: "Wanderings" by Lou Ryen
Peter Marr's Picks from the Current Show
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City
Wanderings by Lou Ryen

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, August 9

Sherry Winery by Lou RyenWanderings, the current, featured exhibit at Image City is by Lou Ryen, a local attorney. Lou's extensive travels with camera in hand and his production of exceptional photographs give us an exhibit that Peter Marr has characterized as a "bold use of vibrant colors" with "artistic architectural design" and "the fascinating backstreets and alleyways... through the quaint cobblestone streets.. where intriguing designs abound." Lou and other photographers are planning to attend First Friday Gallery Night, 6-9pm on Friday, August 7. First Friday Gallery Night is growing in popularity. It is a fun night out and we hope to see you then or any other time during the final week. The Wanderings show will end at 4pm, Sunday, August 9.
In the East Gallery we are honored to feature photographs from Novgorod, Russia, one of Rochester's Sister Cities, provided by several photographers and sponsored by Linkages.
Guest photographers in the exhibit are Kurt Baxter, Archie Curry, Jane Hopkins, John Mattice, and Arianna Valentini as well as a selection of award-winning photographs by members of Camera Rochester. We round out the show with photographs by Artists-in-Residence Gil Maker, Jim Patton, and David Perlman as well as Gallery Partners: Daniel P. Crozet, Joel Krenis, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, Sheridan Vincent, and George Wallace.  For full details of the show click here. To see a preview, check out our "Preview of the Show" link. The photo at left is Peter's Pick from Lou Ryen's exhibit titled Sherry Winery. See the next article for commentary for "Peter's Picks."
Picks of the Show
Peter Marr Picks his Favorites from the Exhibit

In a regular feature for our newsletter, each show we invite Peter Marr to pick his favorite photographs from the work of the featured photographers and the guest photographers. Peter always has quite a challenge with so many exceptional photographs to consider. Excerpts from Peter's discussion are included here, but, you will want to go to the webpage link to see larger images and the full write-up. From Lou Ryen's exhibit Peter picked Sherry Winery shown in the previous article with the comment "the subject is a photographer's dream, with many intriguing eye-catching elements. All of these have been exquisitely captured in a dynamic vertical format."
Threadcutter by Kurt BaxterPeter also picked Kurt Baxter's Threadcutter, left, commenting "shows a very imaginative and artistic design quality... helped immensely by the powerful color red, which is probably the best visual sensation to catch and intrigue the eye."
Self Portrait by Jeno HorvathJeno Horvath's Self Portrait, right, is "in keeping with the always high standard of Camera Rochester, Jeno's image is outstanding, highlighted of course by the most amazing use of digital manipulation that I personally have ever seen"."
Bushes and Birches by Jane Hopkins
Bushes and Birches,
left,  by Jane Hopkins was another of Peter's Picks, "wonderfully thought-provoking, and these pictures are certainly to be admired, but also to be studied carefully, so that one's contemplative and imaginative processes can have time to interact...."
Peter picked several from the photographs in the East Gallery by photographers from Rochester's Sister City, Novgorod, Russia. We feature St. Sophia Cathedral and Vladimirskaya Tower, by Alexander Kochevnik, below, "where architecture, religion and history are virtually superimposed in this dramatic picture. Here we see the lovely, delicately shaped and colored domes of the oldest church in Russia, contrasting, strikingly, with the much more modern military-structured tower."St. Sophia Cathedral and Vladimirskaya Tower by Alexander Kochevnik
You can read the full review that Peter has written for each of the four photographs on the Image City website, click here. We also have the Peter's Picks commentary on display near each of the four selected photographs. There you will have the best impressions when you see the photograph in the gallery setting along with the full review.
We again thank Peter Marr, who, with assistance by his wife, does such a wonderful job for this feature of our gallery.
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip of the Month
Shooting the Classics
Silhouettes at Mesa ArchSome photographers avoid shooting well-known classic location landscapes. I personally like the challenge of shooting such images. These are the among the most difficult scenes to capture since so many people have seen the classic version of that particular location. In order to be successful you have to benefit from perhaps the most dramatic light that ever bathed that landscape or in some way show it in a new creative manner. 
Mesa Arch has become an icon of the American Southwest and as such is now a location that is sought out by most serious nature photographers who travel to that area. In my example image entitled Silhouettes at  Mesa Arch, I was attempting to magnify and silhouette the Washer Woman Arch along with three other mesas while still framing it under the wonderful red glow of Mesa Arch. To accomplish this I moved back about 40 yards from the normal spot used by  photographers and selected a 100-400 mm telephoto lens zooming it to about 300 mm. I shot several bracketed images with different viewpoints while a Swiss hiker patiently waited for me to finish shooting. He finally asked my permission to move up into the arch to take a couple quick images with his point and shoot camera. I urged him to do so feeling guilty about how long he had politely waited. As he crouched to take a rather traditional image with his camera zoomed to wide angle, I observed that his silhouette balanced the Washer Woman and the other background mesas rather nicely. I asked him to remain  perfectly still, and while he patiently obliged, I shot several bracketed images. The combination of using an unusual focal length lens and the inclusion of a human silhouette enabled me to capture this unique image of a classic view. Can you find the "Washer Woman Arch" in the image?  Would you believe it is about two miles from "Mesa Arch"?
It bothers me when some photographers down grade the classic locations as cliché spots.  The reality is that these photographers have generally not worked these areas creatively to produce original images.

Click Here to see a larger version of Silhouettes at  Mesa Arch as well as all of the tips and example photos from Gary Tips over the last months.
Image City Photography Gallery
August 7, 2009 First Friday Gallery Night.- link for more details

August 9, 2009 Last day for Wanderings by Lou Ryen and in the East Gallery Velikiy Novgorod: Birthplace of Russian History
August 12, 2009 First day of Portfolio Showcase 2009 featuring winning portfolios by Matthias Boettrich, Robert Clemens, Chris Kogut, Susan C. Larkin, Rick Mearns, Daniel J. Nolan, Tim Schulze, and Ted Tatarzyn.
August 14, 2009 5 - 8:30 pm Artist's Reception and Award Ceremony for Portfolio Showcase 2009
September 4, 2009
First Friday Gallery Night 

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