Maine Media Workshops Presentation Monday (!)

From the "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" series, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
From the “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” series, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be making a presentation of my work at the Rockport Opera House this coming Monday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm as part of the Maine Media Workshops Evening Lectures Series. I’ll be joining the legendary Jay Maisel as we both give presentations about our work.

I’ve attended many of these lectures over the years but this is the first one that I’m giving myself, and I’m honored to share the night with Jay. MMW puts on these presentations with instructors that are teaching that week and they are open to the public. I won’t make any rash promises about my own talk, but Jay Maisel’s presentation is always highly entertaining. I hope you can join us there!

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August 2016 Full Moon

"Dog Days Moon IV", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dog Days Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

August’s full moon is just around the corner, with the moment of the full moon occurring at about 5:26 am on Thursday morning (all times midcoast Maine). Moonset at 5:52 am (with sunrise at 5:43 am) and Moonrise at 7:45 pm (after sunset at 7:35) should provide great photographic opportunities.

The August full moon goes by many names across different cultures. I love the Dog Days Moon and its reference with the sultry day of late summer, an association from ancient times based on the idea that the rising Sirius, the Dog Star, caused the hot weather.

The Algonquins also called the August full moon the Corn Moon or Green Corn moon for obvious harvest reasons (the English also called this the Corn Moon). I also love the Moon of the Ripening, a poetic Lakota name, that evokes ideas of crops ripening in the field.

I’ve included a few of my photographs from previous August full moons above and below — you can see more from my Adventure in Celestial Mechanics full moon project here.

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

"Moon of the Ripening III", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Calls for Entries August 2016

"Pyrotechnic #220", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #220”, 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 quiet down a bit this time of year, but there are good opportunities available.

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 three upcoming calls…first up is “Portraiture: Photography Now” due August 9th, next is “Focus: Black and White” due September 7th, and last is “Photo Shoot 2016” due October 7th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entries entitled “Man in the Landscape” due August 15th.  They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Lensculture, the big online magazine, has their Street Photography Awards 2016 due August 16th. The contest includes a free submission review, which might be useful for many.

Online magazine Don’t Take Pictures has their next free call for submissions due August 20th. This opportunity is entitled “The Seven Seas”.

The USA Landscape Photographer of the Year award has submissions due September 15th.

The International Color Awards, seemingly one of the bigger online contests, has their annual awards open now with entries due September 30th (and various early-bird dates).

The Arnold Newman Prize has their next iteration coming up, with entries due October 14th. A great contest for you portrait photographers out there…

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Celestial Exhibition at Kingman Gallery

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I’m very excited to announce a solo exhibition of my work at the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, ME. The exhibition, entitled “Celestial”, extends from July 21st through August 14th with an opening reception this coming Sunday, July 24th, from 2-5 pm. Information about the hours and such for the gallery are below or on its website.

One of the exciting things about this exhibition for me is that it features photographs from my five primary bodies of work — the full moon photographs of Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, the abstracted fireworks of Pyrotechic, the dark abstracts of nature evocative of the shared celestial origins of everything on Earth in Codex Natura, the circular landscapes inspired by fairy tale and myth of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and my newest project, the celestial motion captured in Harmony of the Spheres.

I can’t wait to see how the show looks and hope to see you there at the opening reception on Sunday!

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July 2016 Full Moon

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

Tomorrow is the full moon for July, which means that there are some good photographic opportunities coming up. Tonight (if weather permits, which it may not here in coastal Maine) moonrise is at 7:04 pm, with sunset at 8:14 pm. It will be tricky to see the moon near moonrise as it will still be pretty bright outside just after 7 pm, but as it rises it will become more visible. Tomorrow night will likely be the best opportunity, with moonrise at 7:51 pm and sunset and 8:13 pm (and a good forecast here, too). If you are an early riser, moonset is at 4:55 am with sunrise at 5:10 am tomorrow morning. All of the time are based on midcoast Maine and will vary a bit depending on where you are located.

I’ve been photographing the full moons for years, and you can read about some of my earlier July full moons in my post from last year.

You can find more of my full moon photographs on my website as part of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project. The photograph above is a new one and is NOT from July, but instead from this last February. I just posted a group of new photographs from this series on my website if you’d like to take a look.

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Various & Sundry: Independence Day Edition

"Pyrotechnic #261", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #261”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely holiday weekend (for those of you celebrating Independence Day here in the U.S). I’ll be out the remainder of this week on a family camping trip, too, but will be back in the saddle next week.

Most locales here in the U.S. celebrate the holiday in part with fireworks, so now is a good time to point out new pieces in my Pyrotechnic project that I’ve just published as part of a general refresh of that portfolio.

Later tonight (July 4th) NASA’s Juno spacecraft will hopefully be safely inserted into Jupiter’s orbit. This is a very exciting mission to study Jupiter’s magnetosphere (among other things), and you can read more about it on Space.com. There is a fascinating video here (with data from the Hubble Space Telescope) with more about the ultraviolet light auroras of Jupiter, too (with 80’s style guitar soundtrack as well).

One last thing…I loved this Elegy for the Arctic, a beautiful piano piece by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi performed by him amidst the ice (really).

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Calls for Entries July 2016

"Quiet Moon IV", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon IV”, 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 quiet down a bit this time of year, but there are good opportunities available.

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 Davis Orton Gallery has a series of calls for work coming up, starting with “Family!” due July 1st and their Second Annual Group Show (jurored by Paula Tognarelli), with entries due July 29th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has an upcoming call entitled “Color Burst: Contemporary Photography” due July 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entries entitled “A Sense of Place” due July 18th.  They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The 9th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, open to female photographers worldwide, is accepting submissions until July 18th.

Critical Mass, which I consider one of the most important competitions for fine art photographers, has entries due July 19th. This one is expensive but gives legitimate exposure if you make it to later rounds.

The SoHo Photo Gallery has their annual Alternative Processes Competition coming up, with entries due August 1st.

The International Color Awards, seemingly one of the bigger online contests, has their annual awards open now with entries due September 30th (and various early-bird dates).

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New Craftsy Course: Editing Techniques for Night Photography

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My new (and first) Craftsy course just launched today – you can sign up and purchase the course at this link. The course is called Editing Techniques for Night Photography, and you can see a trailer of the course below:

http://www.craftsy.com/video/course?courseId=10620

(sorry the embedding doesn’t work!)

If you use the link above you’ll get $30 off the course, a discount that I’m able to offer my followers. One of the great features of Craftsy.com is the interaction they facilitate between students and instructors — there is an online forum where students can ask questions, post images, and the like. Please let me know if you have any questions about the course or anything else!

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New workshops – Craftsy.com (with giveaway!) and Maine Media

"Nightfall, Baker Island #4", Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Nightfall, Baker Island #4”, Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

One of the many things keeping me busy this spring was working on a new online workshop with Craftsy.com. My class, Editing Techniques for Night Photography, launches on Monday, June 6th. Until Sunday night, you can sign up for the Craftsy newsletter through this link and they will select one person from that group to win the class for free. This should allow you to sign up to win even if you are already on the Craftsy.com email list. I’ll have more on Monday (including links to the class itself) once it is all live.

I have a few remaining 2016 workshops with Maine Media of the non-virtual type as well, including two weeklong courses: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print on August 21st-27th, and The Night Sky at Acadia National Park on September 18th-September 24th. You can see all my upcoming workshops and sign up here on the Maine Media site. The Night Sky workshop is a new one and it will be on location up in Acadia (at Schoodic Point) — it will be amazing for students to have a week to shoot night landscapes at my favorite spot in Maine.

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Harmony of the Spheres

From "Harmony of the Spheres", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
From “Harmony of the Spheres”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m very excited to announce my newest body of work, Harmony of the Spheres. It is one I’ve been thinking about and struggling with for years, and I’ve finally started to crack it. This is very much just the beginning, too — here in my underground lair I’m already working on new variations of this. Using motion of celestial objects such as stars as my source, I’m inspired by myriad things such as classical views of the Universe, music, and printmaking.

You can see the first photographs from the series here, and you can read my project statement here.

This work will be exhibited in a group exhibition at PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, as part of the Maine Media Student Exhibition (I worked on this project as I was auditing the Projects course). I’ll be at the opening in Portland Friday 5-7 pm (that’s tonight!), and the exhibition extends from until June 11th. I’ve seen everyone’s work develop during the course and there are some truly wonderful photographs in this show, so definitely check it out if you are in the Portland area.

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