November 2017 Full Moon

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

November’s full moon is coming soon – tonight (November 2nd, 2017) at 1:22 am, to be more precise (all times midcoast Maine). This evening, moonrise will be at 5:32 pm with sunset at 5:22 pm, making it a great viewing and shooting opportunity, weather permitting. Moonset Saturday morning at 7:25 am and moonrise on Saturday evening at 6:10 pm should be good also.

Some of my favorite full moon photographs from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project are from November, and I’ve included a few here. November also has many wonderful names for the full moon from different cultures, such as the Mourning Moon, the Dark Moon, the Kindly Moon, and the Frost Moon. Happy viewing!

“Mourning Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Mourning Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Kindly Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dark Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries November 2017

“Kindly Moon II”, 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, so please find below my list for November.

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 “The Abstract Image” due November 5th and another entitled “Shades of Black and White” due December 3rd.

The newly configured Panopticon Gallery in Boston has their First Look 2017 call for entries up, with submissions due by November 8th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call…”Color: Photography Now” due November 9th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Patterns and Shadows 2017”, with entries due November 12th, and the next (entitled “One” and jurored by Aline Smithson) due January 14th, 2018.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “The State of America” due November 13th and another entitled “The Decisive Moment” due December 11th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Print Center has their 92nd Annual International Competition coming up, with entries due November 14th.

The deadline has been extended for the 2018 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture with a $20,000 grand prize, with entries now due November 17th.

The Spiva Center for the Arts has their annual PhotoSpiva competition going now, with entries due January 1st, 2018.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with Global Citizens: Portraits due January 2nd, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018, and that is the due date for their annual Krappy Camera Competition as well. Their 14th Annual National Alternative Process Competition has entries due January 14th, 2018.

The annual and always-popular Maine Photography Show will soon be accepting entries (on December 1st), with final entries due January 26th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers are open now with entries due by February 29th, 2018.

The CMCA in Rockland, ME will soon be accepting entries for the next Biennial for all of you out there with Maine connections…entries will be accepted from January 1st to April 2nd, 2018.

October 2017 Full Moon

“Sanguine Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved. Borestone Mountain, Maine

I’m a bit late in posting this, so I’ll keep this short — October’s full moon is coming up this week on Wednesday night. Technically the moment of the full moon is early Thursday morning, which means there will be good full moon viewing opportunities both on Wednesday and Thursday.

Moonrise on Wednesday is at 5:59 pm (all times midcoast Maine), moonset on Thursday morning is 6:11 am, and moonrise on Thursday at 6:30 pm.

The October Full Moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon in years when the Harvest Moon is in September (this year is somewhat in dispute as in some locations this is a Harvest Moon, and in others it is a Hunter’s Moon, because the full moon time is right on the edge). Other names I love are The Moon of Falling Leaves, Moon of the Ripening, Dying Grass Moon, and the Wine Moon.

You’ll find in this post some of my photographs from previous October full moons, and you can see my full moon project on my website here.

Enjoy!

“Corn Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Grass Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dying Grass Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moonrise, Penobscot Bay”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hunter’s Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries October 2017

“Waterscape, Branches #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson.

Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for October.

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!

PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, is now accepting online submissions for exhibitions…find out more here (there is no particular deadline).

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with The Art of Structure due October 1st.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry (jurored by Joyce Tenneson) called “The SE Center Open” due October 8th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming call…”Field Work: Shadow and Light” due October 10th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Celebrating the Creative Process” due October 16th and another entitled “The State of America” due November 13th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

Lensculture, the big online magazine, has their annual Emerging Talent Awards up now, with entries due October 17th.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th (which is the Photobook contest).

The newly configured Panopticon Gallery in Boston has their First Look 2017 call for entries up, with submissions due by November 8th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Patterns and Shadows 2017”, with entries due November 12th, and the next (entitled “One”) due January 14th, 2018.

The Soho Photo Gallery has their annual International Portfolio Competition coming up, with entries due January 8th, 2018.

Autumnal Equinox Update: Critical Mass, Lenscratch, and more

“Buddha Moon III”, Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Autumnal Equinox! I’d like to mention a few events as of late…first up is that today my Harmony of the Spheres project was featured on the Lenscratch blog as part of Art + Science week! I’m incredibly excited to be in included as part of this series.

I was also just named one of the Critical Mass finalists for my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series, with the final 50 being announced next month. You can see the work I submitted and find out more here.

I’m slowly starting to update my website again as well…first up is my new Euclidean Sonata as part of my Harmony of the Spheres project, which you can see here. Let me know what you think of this new piece in cyanotype.

And my last update is that my gaggle of printers has a new member now…as of last night, my new Epson P9000 is up and running. The fate of my now two at least partially broken Epson 9900’s is still in play. I’ll have more thoughts about this newest generation of Epson printer once I have more chance to use it.

The new P9000 on the left, the older 9900’s on the right.

 

September 2017 Full Moon Tonight

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

September’s full moon is today (though if you live near me in Maine, you won’t get to see it because of cloud cover). You can see moonrise of the full moon tonight at 7:30 pm based on Maine if the clouds do break.

This year’s September full moon should likely be considered the Harvest Moon, perhaps the most famous of all full moon names. The Harvest Moon in North American culture is typically the full moon closest in time to the autumnal equinox, and it is a close call this year between this full moon and the next one in October – in most places this year the September Moon will be the Harvest Moon (and October would then be the Hunter’s Moon).

September has been one of most productive months over the years for me in photographing the full moon (as part of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series). Other names I’ve used are the Rice Moon, the Moon of Plenty, the Chestnut Moon, and the Dancing Moon – I’ve included a few here in this post.

“Harvest Moon”. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Calls for Entries September 2017

Painted Hills, Oregon, 2017, Copyright Jim Nickelson

Wow – September is here! Every month I summarize some of the upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for September.

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!

PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, is now accepting online submissions for exhibitions…find out more here (there is no particular deadline).

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry (jurored by Joyce Tenneson) called “The Intimate Portrait” due September 1st.

The Griffin Museum will be managing the John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship, with entries due September 5th, 2017.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has one upcoming calls…”Photo Shoot: 2017″ due September 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

Maine Media is managing the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, with submissions due by September 15th. This award now includes a $20,000 prize.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Infrared: The Invisible Made Visible” due September 18th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with The Art of Structure due October 1st.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th.

The newly configured Panopticon Gallery in Boston has their First Look 2017 call for entries up, with submissions due by November 8th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Patterns and Shadows 2017”, with entries due November 22nd. (note: link might change)

Calls for Entries August 2017

“Rice Moon I”, 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!

Critical Mass is one of the best calls to enter (in my opinion) as photo professionals take it very seriously. The deadline for the 2017 version is coming up soon on August 4th.

The Garrison Art Center is having their annual Photocentric Exhibition, with entries due August 8th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls… “Portraiture” due August 9th and “Photo Shoot: 2017” due September 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

Don’t Take Pictures (the online magazine) has their next free call, entitled “Flora”, with entries due August 20th.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “iPhone Imagery” due August 21st and another entitled “Infrared: The Invisible Made Visible” due September 18th. 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 call open, a members exhibition juried by Brian Paul Clamp, with entries due August 30th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry (jurored by Joyce Tenneson) called “The Intimate Portrait” and due September 1st.

The Griffin Museum will be managing the John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship, with entries due September 5th, 2017.

Maine Media is managing the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, with submissions due by September 15th. This award now includes a $20,000 prize.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with The Art of Structure due October 1st.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th.

Calls for Entries July 2017

“Pyrotechnic #185”, 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 “Other Worlds” due July 9th and another (jurored by Joyce Tenneson) called “The Intimate Portrait” and due September 1st.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has three upcoming calls… “Shades of Gray” due July 10th, “Portraiture” due August 9th, and “Photo Shoot: 2017” due September 8th. This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The SohoPhoto Gallery has their 2017 Alternative Processes Competition open for entries now, with submissions due July 14th.

The Aaron Siskind Foundation has their annual Individual Photographer’s Fellowship open for submissions and due July 14th, with available grants of up to $10,000.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “The Quiet Landscape” due July 24th and another entitled “iPhone Imagery” due August 21st. 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 call open, entitled “Portraits 2018” and due July 26th.

Lensculture magazine has their annual Street Photography Awards due August 1st. They include a free submission review as part of the application fee, too, which is a good addition in my experience.

The Griffin Museum will be managing the John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship, with entries due between August 1st and September 5th, 2017.

Maine Media is managing the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, with submissions being due by September 15th. This award now includes a $20,000 prize.

The Still Point Art Gallery now has free submissions for its calls after moving to on-line only shows. You can see their calls here, starting with The Art of Structure due October 1st.

The excellent Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY has a whole list of calls for the year up, with entries due ranging from very soon until October 24th.

My Printing Book is Now Available!

My printing book (Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print) is now available in all forms — I just received copies in the mail (and I love how it came out). Obviously it is intended to help people with printing, but I do sneak in many of my photographs as well.

If you’d like a signed version, please contact me and we’ll work out the details. You can also get an e-book or purchaser from the publisher, Rocky Nook, or the normal online retailers.