Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 29April 30, 2010

We publish our brief Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, photographic tips, selected images and news of other participation opportunities at Image City. We thank you for your interest and we look forward to another great year of fine photographs and events. We hope to see you at each of our 13 shows in 2010.

In This Issue
"Rochester by 5" with Dick Bennett, Robin Dettman, Jeno Horvath, Steve Malloy Desormeaux, and Don Menges
Gallery Picks from the Current Show
Image City Critiques -- Kickoff Wednesday, May 5 at 7pm
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip
Portfolio Showcase 2010 Call for Submissions- Questions and Answers
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

Rochester by 5 with Dick Bennett, Robin Dettman, Jeno Horvath, Steve Malloy Desmoreaux, and Don Menges

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, May 16 


Rochester by 5Rochester by 5 features an exhibit by 5 photographers. Dick Bennett, Robin Dettman, Jeno Horvath, Steve Malloy Desormeaux, and Don Menges each present images of the Rochester region. When seen together, the photography demonstrates a wonderful range of Rochester scenes as well as photographic interests and techniques by the photographers. In the East Gallery, Walter Gaya has a facinating exhibit of portraits of people in their natural, daily environment.

In addition, we have a number of guest photographers exhibiting in this show:  Julian Epstein, Jim Laragy, Kim Price, Fred SanFilipo, and Paul Yarnall. We round out the show with Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton and David Perlman, and Gallery Partners, Daniel P. Crozet, Joel Krenis, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, Sheridan Vincent, and George Wallace. With a total of 25 photographers we present a wide-ranging photographic experience.
For full details of the show
click here where you will find a link for our "Preview of the Show" and also the Gallery Picks link. There is no admission fee to visit Image City.
Note May 7 is  First Friday Gallery Night, Image City is open until 9pm.
Picks of the Current Show
Gallery Picks from the Exhibit

It has become a standard feature of each of our shows to have Peter Marr review all of the photographs in the exhibit by the featured and guest photographers and to then select his "Picks" of the show. Peter is unavailable for the current show and Gallery Partners have stepped in to make the selections.  Excerpts from their discussions are included here in the newsletter, but, you will want to go to the webpage link to see larger images and the full write-up, or, even better, be sure to visit the gallery to see them in person.
Bri by Fred SanFilipoIn choosing Fred SanFilipo's Bri, shown at left, we observed that "the red sunglasses pushed this picture to the top for me. I am first drawn to the color itself, but then to the mystery of the reflection in the lenses.  This is an outstanding picture, well composed, and cleverly printed."
Man with Prayer Beads by Walter GayaFor our second pick, Walter Gaya's Man with Prayer Beads "all the pieces of this simple picture come together perfectly to give us a feeling of a man living in a very different world. Walter's collection is a wonderful introduction to the people of Turkey, but this picture stands out."
Sticks by Steve Malloy DesormeauxThe next pick is Stick Yard, shown at the left by Steve Malloy Desormeaux. "The footprints in the sand and the repeated vertical poles create a narrative in your mind other than this beach's intended purpose. This is a wonderful and complete image that anchors a collection of incredible sweeping dark blue skies and warm sands."

Trinity Night Light by Paul YarnallWe next chose Paul Yarnall's Twilight Night Light, at right, observing that "the light draws us into the picture; it separates the security of home (houses on the right) from the challenge of the open sea and adventure on the left. In the foreground, smooth blue water; beyond, the choice of home or the challenging unknown. The light without prejudice shines on both. A wonderful metaphor for living."
Brookings Beach by Kim PriceKim Price's Brookings Beach "an image that pushes your imagination, to me, is a very strong image, indeed. Kim's images are very striking.  I chose Brookings Beach because a simple subject can make a very spectacular and meaningful image.  Kim Price has done this with this capture.  There is a very strong ephemeral feeling with this image."
East Avenue Staircase by Jim Laragy
The sixth and final pick, shown at the right, by Jim Laragy "is all about form, tonality, and drama. As a study in form, the main subject -- the curved staircase -- covers the entire print; however, the ascending shadow to light definition of the spiral staircase and the sheer absence of distractions -- no light fixtures, no pictures... -- encourages the viewer's eye to 'walk the stairs' in much the same order that the woman peering down from the top must have." 
You can see from the selections that the exhibit Rochester by 5 has a wonderful range of thought-provoking photographs. There is much more that will, we hope, attract you to want to visit to see the full exhibition!
Image City Critiques
 At the Gallery this coming Wednesday, May 5, at 7pm
Over the years Gallery visitors have asked us for places they could go to participate in image critiquing. Of course we have always offered to critique images as individuals have stopped into the Gallery and asked, but many are concerned that larger group discussion might be too intimidating. Image City Critiques is a new free program we are going to offer at the Gallery providing participants an opportunity to critique and be critiqued in a friendly, constructive, positive environment. Our kickoff session will be on Wednesday, May 5th from 7:00-9:00 pm and we will consistently hold these sessions on the first Wednesday of each month as long as there are participants. If you'd like to join us on May 5th, please bring 2-3 jpg images that are at most 1MB in size and at most 1500 pixels on the longest side. You may bring them as a print, on a CD, or on a thumb drive. If you have any questions please contact Don Menges ( or Gil Maker (  We look forward to meeting with you. 
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip of the Month
Photograph Water Falls on Rainy Days 
Falls on Thompson Brook by Gary ThompsonMany photographers put away their cameras on rainy days and miss the best conditions and the most beautiful lighting for photographing water falls.The soft lighting of overcast days along with the darkening effect of water on rocks and vegetation are ideal for obtaining high quality images of streams and water falls. The range of light intensity is reduced and a good exposure can produce details in both the highlight and shadow areas.

Another advantage of shooting water falls on rainy days is that the accompanying soft subdued light enables the photographer to use slow shutter speeds to slur the motion of the moving water. This "cotton candy effect" can communicate a romantic feeling.I generally use a polarizing filter to reduce the glare on the wet, shiny surfaces and to help saturate colors. In addition, the polarizer slows down the shutter speed thus slurring the water further.

When you photograph in the rain, relax, slow down, work patiently, and talk to yourself.  Proceed deliberately, step-by-step, and protect your equipment from the rain. This will be hard work, and you will shoot fewer photographs, however your productivity will be high.
My example image was photographed at the second falls on Thompson Brook in Pinkham Notch located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  It was taken just after a steady rain had stopped.  This is the best condition of all since it has all of the benefits of shooting in the rain but, little of the hassle of working carefully under umbrellas.

Click Here to see a larger image of Falls on Thompson Brook and to review the other photographs in the series and the tips Gary has written.

Portfolio Showcase 2010 - Questions and Answers



The announcement of the Image City Portfolio Showcase 2010 competition sponsored by Lumiere Photo and PixelPreserve is generating a lot of interest within the photography community and .... the first submissions have been received.
I suspect that a majority of you are still in the process of making your selections for your portfolio submission. If not, it is time to start. Remember the last date for submissions is June 16, 2010 or June 2, 2010 for the reduced submission fees. All details and the submission form are available at our website
What is a PORTFOLIO? For this competition a portfolio is a total of 8 (no more - no fewer) of your photographs that represent a specific theme (preferred) or variety of your best work. 
What do you call a THEME? A portfolio centered on a theme will be comprised of pictures related to a particular subject. For example, the theme could 
- Be very generic: landscapes or portraits or red (in that case the 8 images will be pictures of landscapes or portraits or with a dominant color red),
- Be focused: Waterfalls in New York state
- Tell a story or present a point of view
To illustrate--among the winning portfolios of last year we had the following themes: sailing races, plants/flowers (generic), the Palouse farming country (focused), the evolution of the camera over the years (story). The book from last year's showcase is available at Image City.
Do I have my pictures printed and framed at the time of the submission? The answer is no. The submission process is very simple--the portfolio has to be submitted with digital files on CD only.  See details on the submission form that you can download at the Image City website.
Can I submit more than one entry? You may submit more than one entry. Use one submission form for each entry. The fees apply for each entry.
Any prizes? The 8 best portfolios will be exhibited at the Gallery during the summer 2010 and in addition, thanks to our Sponsors Lumiere Photo and PixelPreserve, each of the 8 winners will receive a $250 award certificate applicable towards purchase (after August 13, 2010) of any of many products and services offered by Lumiere Photo and PixelPreserve, as well as 2 complementary hard-bound copies of the limited- edition, high-quality show catalog. It will be specially designed and produced by PixelPreserve, depicting all pictures of the winning portfolios.
Exciting, isn't it? So hurry up, select your portfolio and send your submission CD, submission form and fees. You may also bring it to the Gallery.
If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at .
All Gallery Partners and the Lumiere Photo and PixelPreserve Teams look forward to receiving your submission.
Daniel Crozet, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the Portfolio Showcase 2010
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 
May 5, 2010 Image City Critiques begins at 7pm at the Gallery.
May 7, 2010 First Friday Gallery Night, open until 9pm, reception begins at 6pm.
May 16, 2010 Last day of Rochester by 5 by Don Bennett, Robin Dettman, Jeno Horvath, Steve Malloy Desormeaux, and Don Menges.

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