Favorites of 2016

“Codex Natura #20”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every January I like to reflect back upon my work from the previous year (here is the list from last year), and I just went through that process on my website with twelve favorite photographs in a post here. Let me know what you think, too!

Another tradition around here is to post YOUR favorites from last year (here is last year’s list). So for any readers out there, send along your favorite photograph that you took yourself last year, along with a link if you have one, and I’ll include it in an upcoming post. I love seeing the amazing and varied work for everyone out there.

 

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January 2017 Full Moon

“Wolf Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Tomorrow (January 12th) is the full moon and we may have a bit of a break in the weather here in Maine to actually see it. The moment of the full moon will occur tomorrow morning at 6:33 am (all times Eastern US). Tonight will actually be your best chance weather-wise here in Maine to view the full moon, with moonrise occurring at 3:50 pm and sunset following at 4:18 pm.

If you are lucky enough to be able to see past the atmosphere tomorrow, moonrise will be at 4:55 pm here in midcoast Maine (after sunset).

The most common name for January’s full moon is the Wolf Moon, named for the time of year when food and game were scarce and wolves roamed the snowy landscape. Other names that I’ve used for my full moon photographs in past years include the Quiet Moon, Moon of the Strong Cold, and the Great Spirit Moon. I’ve included a few past January moons here in this post, and you can see more of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project here.

“Quiet Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Strong Cold”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Great Spirit Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Calls for Entries January 2017

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…first up is  “Black and White: 2017” due January 10th, 2017 and next up is “Portraiture: Mirror Mirror” due February 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 International Portfolio Competition up now, with entries due January 11th, and their 2017 International Krappy Kamera Competition up, too, with entries due the next day on January 12th.

Flash Forward extended entries to their Emerging Photographers Competition (age 34 and under) to January 12th.

The Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL has their annual Lens 2017 photography exhibition up now, with submissions due January 17th. I don’t know much about this one, unfortunately, but it looks promising.

The Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery in Providence, RI, has their 3rd Open Call Photography Exhibition (juried by Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin Museum), with entries due January 22nd.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entry entitled “The Color of Light” due January 23rd and another entitled “Alternative Processes” due February 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls for entries up, the first entitled “Black & White 2016” and due January 23rd and the next entitled “Liquid” and due March 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry posted — first is “Landscape” due January 25th and the next is “Black & White 2017” due February 22nd.

Aperture Magazine has submissions for their annual Portfolio Prize due January 25th — note that submissions are only open to subscribers.

Center in Santa Fe has their annual set of awards, including the juried Review Santa Fe, with discounted early fees due January 26th and a final deadline of March 3rd. This is always a great one to submit to if your work is a good fit for it.

The Photographic Center Northwest has their annual juried exhibition coming up, with entries due February 1st.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Architectural Photography” due February 5th.

The Maine Farmland Trust has a Visual Artist Residency that looks intriguing with applications due March 1st.

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December 2016 Full Moon

“Long Nights Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

December’s full moon is almost upon us, with the moment of the full moon coming at 7:05 pm on Tuesday, December 13th. It’s snowing right now but it should be clear tomorrow night for those hoping to view or photograph it. Moonrise tomorrow night will be at 4:11 pm and sunset at 3:57 pm (!) so it should be great viewing.

I’ve created some of my favorite photographs in my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series documenting the full moon in December. Not surprisingly, North American names for the December full moon focused on the upcoming winter: Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon (one of my favorite all-time names), Winter Maker Moon, and Christmas Moon are all names I’ve used for different moons over the years.

This post includes some of my December full moons from years past, and you can see more of the series at my website. Good luck if you head out to watch the full moon this week!

“Cold Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Christmas Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Winter Maker Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Winter Maker Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Calls for Entries December 2016

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. 

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Red” due December 4th and another entitled “Beyond the Selfie” due January 8th, 2017.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…first up is  “Camera Work: Dynamic Landscape” due December 7th and next up is “Black and White: 2017” due January 10th, 2017. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Raven Wolf Gallery in North Dakota has a call for entry entitled “Of Memory, Bone and Myth”, jurored by Aline Smithson, with entries due Dec. 10th.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entitled “Composed” due December 12th (and jurored by Sam Abell) and another entitled “The Color of Light” due January 23rd, 2017. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry posted — first is Animalia due December 14th and the next is Landscapes due January 25th, 2017.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call for entries …it is entitled “Primary Colors 2016″ and due December 18th, 2016.

Lensculture, the big online magazine, has their annual Exposure awards coming up, with entries due December 20th, 2016. They have a free review of each submission as part of it, too, though I haven’t heard from anyone about how useful those are.

Black & White Magazine has their annual portfolio contest, with entries due December 31st, 2016.

The annual Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project Grant (of $10,000!) is accepting entries until Dec. 31st, 2016. This is open to photographers less than 35 years of age.

PhotoSpiva 2016 has now been announced, with entries due January 1st, 2017. I’ve been in this one before and I think it is a good one.

SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 International Portfolio Competition up now, with entries due January 7th, 2016, and their 2017 International Krappy Kamera Competition up, too, with entries due the next day on January 8th.

Aperture Magazine has submissions for their annual Portfolio Prize due January 25th, 2017 — note that submissions are only open to subscribers.

The Photographic Center Northwest has their annual juried exhibition coming up, with entries due February 1st, 2017.

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November 2016 Full Moon

"Kindly Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Kindly Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

November’s full moon is coming up on Monday morning and it should be a great one. I’m a bit cautious in hyping the supermoons as they really aren’t much visibly larger than a “regular” full moon — usually they appear about 10% or 12% larger (this one more like 15% larger), and most people won’t even notice the difference. There is a great comparison photo at this link showing how little the apparent size actually varies.

A supermoon is basically a full moon that appears when the moon is closer than average in distance from the Earth. Since the moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse rather than a circle, there will be times when it is closer and and other times when it is further than average, making the moon appear larger or smaller, respectively. It is not a dramatic difference, but it is definitely a good excuse to get out there and enjoy watching moonrise or moonset of the supermoon.

The difference between this month and a typical supermoon is not humongous, but it is noteworthy, as it will appear larger than any full moon in the last 68 years (and bigger than any upcoming ones until 2034).

On Monday, moonset will be 6:15 am and moonrise will be at 4:45 pm (37 minutes after sunset). Moonrise Sunday night should be a good opportunity, too, with moonrise at 4:02 pm just before sunset.

The most common name for the November full moon is the Algonquin name, the Beaver Moon. Other names are the Frost or Frosty Moon and the Dark Moon. If you’d like to see my long-term full moon project, you can find it here. Good luck!

"Frost Moon III", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Frost Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Beaver Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Beaver Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Dark Moon", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dark Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Calls for Entries November 2016

From East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
From East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. 

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry posted — first is Singular/Signature due November 7th and the annual Portfolio Showcase due November 16th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…first up is  “Framed: Shadow and Light” due November 9th and next up is “Camera Work: Dynamic Landscape” due December 7th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Monochrome” due November 13th and another entitled “Red” due December 4th.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entries entitled Still Life: “The Ordinary Made Extraordinary” due November 14th and another entitled “Composed” due December 12th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Print Center has their 91st Annual International Competition coming up, with entries due November 15th, 2016.

Don’t Take Pictures online magazine has their next free call for entries up, this one entitled “Masks” and due November 20th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call for entries …it is entitled “Primary Colors 2016″ and due December 18th, 2016.

Black & White Magazine has their annual portfolio contest, with entries due December 31st, 2016.

PhotoSpiva 2016 has now been announced, with entries due January 1st, 2017. I’ve been in this one before and I think it is a good one.

SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 International Portfolio Competition up now, with entries due January 7th, 2016, and their 2017 International Krappy Kamera Competition up, too, with entries due the next day on January 8th.

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October 2016 Full Moon this weekend

"Hunter's Moon", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hunter’s Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m a bit late in posting this, so I’ll keep this short — October’s full moon is coming up this weekend. Technically the moment of the full moon is just after midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning, so there should be good viewing opportunities all weekend.

Saturday night moonrise here in Maine is at 5:56 pm, just after sunset at 5:51 pm, which is a great opportunity for the rising full moon and the landscape in the same photograph.

The October Full Moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon in years when the Harvest Moon is in September. Other names I love are The Moon of Falling Leaves, Moon of the Ripening, and the Wine Moon.

Enjoy!

"Wine Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Wine Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Moon of the Ripening I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Moon of Falling Leaves III", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of Falling Leaves III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Moon of Falling Leaves I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of Falling Leaves I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Long Grass Moon", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Grass Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Calls for Entries October 2016

"Untitled #9", East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Untitled #9”, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. Things are starting to pick up again now that summer is over.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me for the most part, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…first up is “Photo Shoot 2016” due October 7th and next up is “Framed: Shadow and Light” due November 9th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Portals”, with entries due October 9th.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entries entitled “Photography at Night: Dusk to Dawn”, jurored by friend-of-the-blog Lance Keimig, and due October 10th.  They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Arnold Newman Prize has their next iteration coming up, with entries due October 14th. A great contest for you portrait photographers out there (with a $20,000 grand prize!)…

Lensculture, the online magazine, has a call for entries entitled “Emerging Talent”, with entries due October 18th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, has their next calls for entry up — first is Singular/Signature due October 26th and the annual Portfolio Showcase due November 16th.

The Conscientious Portfolio Competition is coming up again, and is free to enter — I highly recommend this if it is a good fit for your style of work (it isn’t for mine). Entries are due October 31st.

Black & White Magazine has their annual photo contest coming up, with entries due October 31st, 2016, as well as their annual portfolio contest due December 31st, 2016.

The Print Center has their 91st Annual International Competition coming up, with entries due November 15th, 2016.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call for entries up after a summer break…it is entitled “Primary Colors 2016″ and due December 18th, 2016.

Soho Photo Gallery has two calls coming up this winter, their 2017 International Portfolio Competition due January 7th, 2017 and their 2017 Int’l Krappy Kamera Competition due January 8th, 2017.

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September Full Moon (Harvest Moon)

"Harvest Moon". Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Harvest Moon”. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

It is that time again with September’s full moon coming on Friday, September 16th. The time of the full moon is Friday afternoon at 3:05 pm (all times through midcoast Maine), so moonrise that day will likely be the best viewing opportunity. Moonrise on Friday will be at 6:51 pm, just after sunset at 6:43 pm.

The Harvest Moon is by far the most common name for this month’s full moon. Technically the Harvest Moon should be the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox…most of the time (including this year) that is the September full moon, but about 1/3 of the time it will be the October full moon.

The Harvest Moon is the most well-known moon name and it lives strongly in popular culture. Despite popular belief, it appears no larger than other moons, but it does rise close to the sunset multiple days in a row (compared to other times of year). Saturday’s moonrise, for example, is at 7:25 pm, just 34 minutes after Friday’s moonrise. This aspect of September’s moon is part of its origin story as a name, as farmers used the light from the rising full moon to extend their harvest day during this crucial time of year for the harvest.

September’s full moon has other names, of course, either from other cultures that don’t harvest this time of year and for years when it is not the moon closest to the equinox. Examples include the Moon of Plenty, the Chestnut Moon, Dancing Moon, Autumn Moon, and Rice Moon, all names I’ve used for my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project.

In gathering photographs for this month’s post, I came to the realization that September has been my most productive month for my full moon photographs. I suppose it is partially luck and partially opportunity because of weather this time of year, but I was pleased to see the wide range of photographs from the last five years. Please enjoy some of the selections from this series in this post!

"Dancing Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Dancing Moon IV", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Autumn Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Autumn Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Autumn Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Autumn Moon III", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Autumn Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Blood Moon", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Blood Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Chestnut Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Harvest Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Harvest Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Moon of Plenty IV", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of Plenty IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Rice Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Rice Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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