Two Squared: Stacey Cramp and Jim Nickelson at VoxPhotographs

I have a two-person show with the wonderful Stacey Cramp upcoming at VoxPhotographs in Portland on Thursday, July 15th, from 5-7 pm.  For those of you who haven’t been to the VoxPhotographs gallery, it is a private gallery and is thus invitation only – if you’d like to come just contact Heather Frederick and you will officially be invited, or just let me know and I’ll set it up.

Heather and I made the final selections for the show today and I’m excited about the new work.  One of my favorites is included below.  I can’t wait to see what Stacey has as well.  As you may have guessed from the title she shoots in the square format as well.  Hope to see everyone there!

Barrett's Cove, Dusk. Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

My work in Peopleplace Auction

A week from today – next Sunday, June 27 from 4-7 – Peopleplace will be having a silent auction at Brevetto in Camden to raise money.  For those of you who don’t know, Peopleplace is my daughter Eliza’s wonderful cooperative preschool.  You can see more details at the Peopleplace website, including how and where to buy tickets as well as a preview of some of the available items.  Tasty food, great items to buy, worth organization – hard to beat for a Sunday afternoon.  I’ll be at the auction myself and I also donated a framed photograph to the auction (the one included below).  Hope to see you there!

"Sunset, Cadillac Mountain". Copyright Jim Nickelson 2009. All Rights Reserved.

And in other news…Lightroom 3 now available

If you are a photographer you’ve probably seen mention of this many times already, but Adobe just released the new version of its raw processing/photo management software, Lightroom 3.  99 bucks for an upgrade if you are a current user, which, while not exactly free, is not unreasonably priced – particularly if you compare to new versions of Photoshop.  It is and $299 for a full version.  I downloaded it this morning and it is noticeably faster on my system than was LR 2 – if their new features and purported quality improvements are there and work as intended, too, it will be a great upgrade.

As is typical, a 30-day free trial is available and people with much, much more time than myself have come up with exhaustive lists of all the improvements – I recommend Ian Lyons as a starting point if you like this sort of thing.

Assorted and sundry links from around the Web

I’ve been wanting to mention a few upcoming items or recent articles for a while and came up with a list of exhibitions, articles, and videos – hopefully at least one of these will be of interest to you!

First, Gallery 5 in Lewiston has the opening for their next show, In Contrast, coming up this Friday, June 11th, 2010, from 5-7 pm.  The show will run until August 7, 2010, and includes a wide variety of excellent artists, including the beautiful work of my friend Ann Krumrein.  After the opening there will be an online exhibition as well – all definitely worth checking out.

From the comfort of your office chair, you can watch many hours of wonderful photography videos from various presentations at the TED conference.  If you don’t know what TED is, well, get on over there and see for yourself, but don’t blame me if you don’t come up for air until many hours later. ( TED describes itself as Riveting Talks by Remarkable People, Free to the World – sounds good to me).  On this page, you can see 14 different TED presentations about photography collected in one spot.  I’ve seen a number of them and can definitely recommend them – Taryn Simon, Edward Burtynsky, James Nachtwey, Chris Jordan – powerful stuff.

Photobooks are a particular passion of mine and one of my favorites was just selected by a panel of jurors set up by the British Journal of Photography.  The panel selected Fukase’s Ravens (a/k/a Solitude of Ravens) as the best photobook of the last quarter century.  There are many other interesting selections as well – in particular, one book I’ve been lusting after for a while, John Gossage’s The Pond, is on the list.  Like many on this list, it runs for north of $500 a copy now and is pretty hard for me to justify.  Ravens is quite expensive, too, but I got lucky a few years ago and found a very reasonably priced copy.  As an aside, the new British Journal of Photography website is quite nice and is definitely worth repeated visits.

New MMW Gallery in Rockport and Pete Turnley Show

I somehow missed this news previously, but the Maine Media Workshops is opening an entirely new gallery space in downtown Rockport – a great addition to this wonderful organization and an important boost to downtown Rockport.  Heather Frederick posted about this today and gives a bit more background.  The opening of the gallery and Peter Turnley’s exhibition is next Tuesday, June 8th, from 6:30-8 pm, and will be followed by a slide presentation at Union Hall.  I’m late hearing about this, but I’ll definitely be there – Turnley‘s work is exceptional and I can’t wait to see the new space.

New work from Popham Beach State Park

I’ve been exploring  Maine’s state parks over the last few months and here are a few of the results from Popham Beach State Park.  Popham, as one of the relatively few sandy beaches in Maine, becomes quite popular in the summer, but in the off-season it is delightfully vacant.  And, it being Maine, the off-season lasts for a while.  These images are all from a single visit back in March during late afternoon and for sunset.

This is my favorite image of the group:

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And here are some other from the same visit – let me know what you think!

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

New work from Marshall Point

I recently took two trips to Marshall Point for photography – once during a late afternoon when some weird weather was brewing (complete with heavy winds), and once at sunrise on a very peaceful morning.  This is one of my favorite images from the afternoon visit, capture the drama of the clouds along with the sunbeams peaking through:

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I also love the beautiful light appearing to hang over the off-shore islands:

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There is an oft-photographed lighthouse at Marshall Point, too – I’ve been known to photograph it myself – but on this day with its unique lighting conditions the nearby keeper’s house presented many more opportunities.

And finally, I tried to coincide my sunrise visit with moonset – this was the best of the images from that morning:

Let me know what you think -I’m considering a few of these to put on my ‘permanent’ website.

Lincolnville Beach & Lookout Point

Last week I posted a few not-quite-abstracts from Lincolnville Beach and neglected to show this one:

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which is not quite as abstract as the previous ones (but is part of the same buoy series).

I also mentioned a little while back that I’d show some photographs from Lookout Point in nearby Northport, Maine.  Despite the beauty of the location and numerous very early morning attempts, I haven’t yet found a composition that I find entirely successful.  Sometimes places are like that for me.  So, I’ll keep on trying and hopefully the mental logjam will break.  Here are a few of my recent attempts from Lookout Point:

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Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

And, finally, you can get more of a sense of the location with this panoramic shot (click to see a bigger version):

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Two new photography galleries in Maine

There are now two new places to view fine art photography here in Maine, as VoxPhotographs has collaborated with two local destinations to create satellite galleries.  One of the satellite galleries is at Lincolnville’s beautiful Cellardoor Winery (including vineyard), a must-see destination in its own right.  The other satellite gallery is at the Danforth Inn in Portland, which I haven’t yet seen myself but hope to soon.  Both of these locations will be showing a rotating selection of VoxPhotographs photographers, including myself, along with other fine art, and both will be well worth checking out.

My work in Natural Wonders show in Vermont

I was very pleased to find out yesterday that my September Snow, Colorado image was selected by David Middleton to be in the Natural Wonders show at Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery.  The Natural Wonders show runs from June 22 – July 17, 2010.  It looks like there is some wonderful work in the show so it is definitely worth checking out if you are in that neck of the woods.

September Snow, Colorado. Copyright 2009 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.