February 2017 Full Snow Moon

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

Well, this snuck up on me this month – today is the February’s full moon, commonly called the Snow Moon (which is very appropriate for weather right now in New England). I’ve not actually used that name for my past photographs of the February moon, going with Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon, Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and the Quiet Moon.

This month’s full moon comes with a penumbral eclipse, too — which basically means that the moon will appear a bit less bright than normal. This is not a full eclipse so you won’t see the Blood Moon kind of look, but you should be able to notice that the moon is dimmer than normal, particularly on the top/north side of the moon. The peak of the eclipse is 7:44 pm Eastern, and it starts and ends about 2 hours on both sides of that.

Here in midcoast Maine, moonrise will be at 4:50 pm with sunset at 4:59 pm.

Below I’ve included a few other February full moons from my full moon series.

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Trapper’s Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Call for YOUR Favorites of 2016

“Pyrotechnic #255”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ve posted mine, and I’d love to post yours. Send along your favorite photograph that you took last year (to jim@jimnickelson.com) by midnight February 9th, and I’ll include it in my upcoming post (along with a link if you have one to your website). Here is last year’s list – there is always a great variety of excellent work.

Calls for Entries February 2017

“Mourning 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!

The Photographic Center Northwest has their annual juried exhibition coming up, with entries due February 5th.

The Southeast Center for Photography has a call for entry entitled “Architectural Photography” due February 5th and another entitled “Alternative Processes” due March 12th.

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

The New  York Times is accepting submissions until February 12th for their free portfolio review — it is highly competitive being free and in New York, but I’m sure it would be great.

The PRC in Boston is having their annual EXPOSURE 2017 call for entries, with entries due February 26th. Please note that you need to be a member to apply. This will be the last exhibition in their current space as they are having to move away from BU on July 1st.

The Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery has a call for entry entitled “Alternative Processes” jurored by Dan Burkholder and due February 27th, and another entitled “Intimate Portraits” jurored by Joyce Tenneson and due March 27th. 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 “Black & White 2017” due February 28th and next is their annual “Center Forward” due March 29th.

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

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

Hewnoaks Artist Colony on Kezar Lake in Maine has applications open for their 2017 artist residencies, with applications due March 4th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next calls for entries up, the first entitled  “Liquid” and due March 12th and the next entitled “Wandering Curves” due April 30th (note the current link may change since it seems to be for a different show).

The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine has their annual Art 2017 call for entries (jurored by Corey Daniels), with entries due April 1st.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is accepting entries for their annual NightVisions exhibition celebrating the night sky, with entries due April 4th.

A presentation, exhibition, a book, a video, and a workshop…

I have a few quick updates about five things, ranging from tonight through August (as well as well that is ongoing). I’m making a presentation tonight at the Portland Camera Club about my night photography at 7 pm. Visitors from the public are welcome, too, and the location is at the Woodfords Club (179 Woodford Street in Portland).

A group exhibition entitled “Order and Chaos” opened today at Eastern Kentucky University that includes a piece from my Harmony of the Spheres project. You can find out more here.

I may have mentioned this before, but one of the many things keeping me busy the last few months has been writing my book on digital printing, which will be published June 2017 by Rocky Nook. I’m extremely excited about this and you’ll hear a lot more from me about this as we get closer (whether you want to or not!).

For those interested in night photography, my Craftsy course “Editing Techniques in Night Photography” is live, and you can use this link to get 50% off of my class (this is an updated link – my old one had expired).

And last but not least, I have the first of my 2017 workshops with Maine Media posted now. My “The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print” workshop will be August 20-26. You can find out more here.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.