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Tim Rudman Newsletter
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Greetings from the UK, where spring has suddenly ‘sprung’ after a long wet winter.
The daffodils are out and so, for the first time in ages, is the sun – so what better time to make an announcement about a new book and new exhibitions:
• New book – Iceland, an Uneasy Calm
• New publishing venture – Opas Books
• New exhibitions – “Iceland” and “Twenty Pieces of Silver”
• Lith product news
New Book – summer 2015
‘ICELAND, AN UNEASY CALM’
Book – Prints – Exhibition
In my November newsletter I dropped a heavy hint about a new book that I was working on, so now is the time to draw back the veil and give you further details:
‘Iceland, an Uneasy Calm’ is the first book I have produced in several years and it differs from my other books in a number of ways. Firstly, it is an image book, not an instructional book. Secondly, because I want to control all aspects of the book from the choice of images through to the materials and where and how it is printed, I decided to set up my own publishing label ‘Opas Books’.
This brings freedom to make all the decisions but it also carries significant risk regarding the financial implications – so please don’t feel shy about sharing this new book information with your forums and on all your social media, because with your support and if this venture is successful I hope it may lead to further publications, both of my work and perhaps some collaborative publications together with your work, rather along the lines that ‘World of Lith Printing’ did. I am also investigating the possibility of reprinting The Photographers Toning Book on this label – at a far more affordable price than it currently commands on the resale market!
I am still basically pretty analogue. I use Facebook, but not other media like twitter, pinterest, flickr and so many others that are still in my ‘blind spot’! So your support in spreading the word would be much appreciated.
I will have more information on Opas Books soon, but first things first …
‘Iceland, an Uneasy Calm’ began life 8 years ago. It had been my intention to photograph in Iceland since the 1970s, but somehow life always ‘got in the way’ until 2007, when I joined the American photographic artist Bill Schwab’s first group trip there – the combination of Bill Schwab and Iceland together being just too good to miss!
I have been visiting Iceland regularly and in all seasons ever since and like others I have fallen in love with it. During this time Iceland has become one of the most popular destinations anywhere for photographers and understandably so. It is a landscape like no other and every photographer will or should find their own personal way of identifying with it. This is mine.
The book is a handsome cloth bound hardback with a dust cover. It measures 300mm x 280mm and beautifully printed and bound in Verona, Italy. 132 pages with a Foreword by Bill Schwab and an introductory text by me. Approximately 100 plates of the selenium & thiourea toned fibre based prints.
The first edition is limited to 1,000 copies and there will be a very small number of deluxe copies housed in a beautiful cloth or silk bound clamshell case with a limited edition silver gelatine dual toned handmade print from the book.
The books should be ready by mid summer if schedules are met, but I will keep you updated in occasional newsletters.
All the prints in the book and more will be available for a touring exhibition. The first UK venue has been secured and others are being sought, both in the UK and overseas. All enquiries are welcome so if you are associated with a gallery, as I know some of you are, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Most of the prints from the book are available as limited editions of 25 in two sizes. I hope to make a few pre-launch special offers before they go on general sale, so expect more news and images soon.
As some of you in Australia will know, I had an exhibition of the earlier Iceland work in 2010, initially at the Meyer Gallery in Sydney and subsequently at Gold Street Gallery nr. Melbourne and then The Gold museum in Ballarat. The work has expanded greatly since then and the first venue secured for the new work is at The Lightbox in the UK in 2016. Further details will follow.
I am very grateful to Ilford Photo for supporting this exhibition so wholeheartedly and all the Iceland work in the exhibition has been captured and printed on Ilford silver-based material.
Tim Rudman – “Twenty Pieces of Silver”
From April 22nd 2015 until June (dates pending) Blanco Negro Gallery in Sydney, Australia will be showing twenty of my silver gelatine prints in conjunction with Gold Street Studios and Gallery. The show is currently being curated from the collections of my work held at Gold Street, but is likely to include works from ‘A Walk on the White Side’ and ‘Treeworks’. All are handmade prints on silver gelatine of course and lith prints might be amongst those curated from the tree collection, but I don’t yet have a full list.
Both Blanco Negro and Gold Street are committed to handmade prints, either silver-based or so-called ‘Alternative’ processes, although that term is becoming less relevant today in the digital era. ‘Analogue’ or ‘Handmade prints’ might be a more suitable term for both.
There are 2 very new items of interest to Lith printers. I will mention them very briefly here, but will be testing both and report more fully.
In the previous newsletter I reported on the very welcome new changes that Foma have made to improve the lith printing response of a number of its papers and gave the all-important new batch numbers, which hopefully the lith printers amongst you will have kept. As stated, Foma have been further testing and refining these papers and have now issued new advice in the technical data sheet and supplement for lith. This information arrived here just minutes ago. I shall be testing the new emulsions in due course and will let you know my findings.
That powerhouse of darkroom chemistry Wolfgang Moersch (site in German and English) has become a legend in the hand printing and lith printing world and is currently developing a new product ‘Lith G’ for the enhancement and control of image colour. His results look impressive and are already attracting much interest. Samples arrived here for testing in the last hour, so I shall report on this too when time permits.
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Tim Rudman’s Newsletter by Tim Rudman
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Not long ago I was looking at one of the portrait pictures I had made when shooting on film in a Mamiya C33 camera many years ago and rued the fact that I had not opened up the aperture enough to reduce the depth of field and so blur the background. The result was that the background was just too sharp and so tended to take the eye away from the sitter. To my mind, it destroyed what was a good image of the model.
In film days, that meant that the transparency was all but useless; today, we have Photoshop. So I scanned the transparency and began my experiments with what I thought was the most likely way to achieve the result I was after — to tone down the background by blurring it but to leave the model sharp.
I opened the scanned file and made a duplicate layer. From the Filters drop down menu I selected Blur>Gaussian Blur and played with the slider until I had the background as I wanted it. Of course, this adjustment did not only apply to the background but it blurred the whole image. I then made a Layer Mask (if the Layers dialogue box is not already open, select ‘Layers’ from the Windows drop-down menu at the top of the screen, then click on the grey square with a white circle in it at the bottom of the Layers dialogue box) and inverted it by clicking on it and then clicking Control ‘I’ so that it wiped out the adjustment I had just made and the unadjusted image re-appeared. I made sure that the white square was on top at the bottom of the Tools menu and selected the Brush Tool, adjusted the size to suit and began brushing over the background so that the blurred adjustment began to show through. I had the brush set to 25% so that I could maintain a fine control over the brushing. This approach did work but, having used Photoshop since version 1, I knew that there were always several methods to achieve a result so I began searching through my photographic library and soon found some answers.
More ways of improving your portrait pictures can be found in my e-book in formats for tablet readers and your computer.
If you are interested in improving your photography, have a look at the e-books I have published at Smashwords or Amazon (see below to visit their sites). I am a regularly published writer and photographer with over 1200 images on sale with Alamy the on-line photo library. I also founded and edited the magazine The Black and White Enthusiast. Over the years I have interviewed many top photographers for several magazines (you can see some of these interviews on this site under the tab ‘Photography’) and am currently a columnist for F2 Freelance Photographer magazine. Do have a look at my e-books. They are reasonably priced.
To view my e-books at Smashwords click here
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The book I ordered from the Book Depository is The Landscape Photography Workshop by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer and published by Ammonite Press (ISBN 978-1-90770-897-8)
Ross and Mark run Dawn 2 Dusk photography workshops in England’s West Country and this book is in effect a workshop in print. It covers all the topics needed to enable a photographer to start or improve his or her landscape photography including a section on processing and printing. It is most comprehensive as one would expect from these two expert photographers and even includes six creative assignments to encourage the readers to test their understanding of various aspects of landscape photography.
It is available with a 26% discount and free delivery to anywhere in the world from The Book Depository. Click on the icon and type “The Landscape Photography Workshop” in the search box. Then click on the cover illustration to get more details.
My test order has now arrived from Book Depository on the other side of the world just 14 days after I placed the order. Considering that it probably took at least 3 days to get to me in country New South Wales from Sydney I think that is pretty good service. If you want to try out their service, click on the above icon and see the terrific range of books they carry. You are sure to find one that you want! And, discounted prices and free postage apply wherever you are in the world.
Over the next few days I shall review the book I have just received which will be of particular interest to landscape photographers. Watch this space!