Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 84September 18, 2014

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We publish our Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of 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 the 13 shows we produce in 2014.

In This Issue
"Granularity" by Steve Levinson: Our Current Show
Gallery Picks of the Current Exhibit
The Magic of Light 2015 -- Call for Submissions
Image City Critiques Group - Meets October 1
New Course Offering: Lightroom 5 with Steve Levinson

Granularity -- An Exhibit by Steve Levinson

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, October 5


Our current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery features photography by Steve Levinson, Gallery Partner. He describes his exhibit "These photographs are a major departure from work I have presented in the past. Consciously moving from the ultra sharp, color and black-and-white images that modern technology allows, I have employed a camera converted to see 'invisible' infra-red light and post processing using Lightroom to present photographs that truly merit the description of the term Granularity. I hope to challenge the viewer with images that exhibit a totally different response to the subject color, tonality, and details."
We have a total of 23 photographers with their rich and creative photographs in the exhibit that also includes the photographic art of  Mike Edwards in the East Gallery and Guest photographers Nick Cerami, Mary Colclough, Steve Copeland and Jim Dusen. Award winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions include work by Lisa Cook, Alex Pendleton, Luann Pero,
David Ridley, Tony Solpietro, and John Williamson. 
We round out the exhibit with photographs by Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips,  John Solberg, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent and  Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton and David Perlman.


Click Here  to see a preview on our website of a selection of photographs from the exhibit. There is no admission fee at Image City and is accessible to all. 
Gallery Picks of the Show
Gallery Partners Pick their Favorites by the Featured and Guest Photographers   


Tranquility Pavilion,  Dominican Republic -- by Steve Levinson

Steve introduces us to a cornucopia of infrared images with a bit more grain added to enhance to the dream-like appearance of each image. Of course, choosing to photograph in this style does not allow the photographer to be lax in his composition. For these reasons I chose Tranquility Pavilion as one of my favorite images in the exhibition. This image is excellently composed with the pavilion centered at the top of the image with its reflection directly below it creating a strong central line. The foliage on the left delicately frames the image while the palm trees against the white clouds, as well as its reflection fill the right side of the image. The infrared technique really defines the palm trees and also creates a penetration of atmospheric haze that gives this image an almost mystic feel. This is a well-conceived and executed image.

Stare, Toronto -- by Steve Levinson

The little girl's eyes capture the viewer as surely as Steve captured her as she turned to the camera. It's a scene that lasted only a moment - the girl turning, looking directly into the camera - and Steve was ready. The figure fills the image, and the outline of the body and the shape of the arm draws us to the face - perfectly captured as a portrait. The line of the cheek is unbroken and illuminated. The eyes' shadows define the little-girl shape of the nose. The mouth is relaxed. The dark messy hair circles the face and is echoed by the ring of shadow around the arm as it emerges from the shoulder. The subtle shading in the background keeps returning us to the girl's upright posture. The graininess of the image and its softness create a sense of mystery. The shadowed eyes draw us closer asking us to stare back and wonder about this beautiful little person. There is a wonderful natural, unposed, quality - a child's innocence - that is revealed in the beautifully rendered black and white print.You can look at some photographs for hours, and forget them immediately when you look away. Others, you can look at for only a moment and they stay firmly in your memory. This is one of those.


Keep Going --  by Nick Cerami

The first reaction to Nick Cerami's dynamic image of the skyline of Manhattan framed through a close-up of a bicycle wheel is one of pleasure and humor. What a creative way to capture the "Hub of the City". The sharpness and closeness of the wheel provides a dramatic foreground which produces a powerful feeling of depth for the viewer of this image. The contrasting mixture of the roundness of the wheel, radiating lines of the spokes, and strong vertical lines of Manhattan's skyscrapers are well balanced and blend together very nicely. The red bike frame leads the viewer strongly into the center of the wheel and finishes by pointing directly at the downtown buildings. Upon closer examination, we are additionally treated to a tiny sunburst on the horizontal black edge of the bicycle frame. Nick Cerami has produced a dramatic image utilizing a common bicycle as a great foreground prop.


Water and Light #1 -- by Steve Copeland

Steve presents a wonderful series of photographs exploring the interaction of water with its surroundings. This image is especially striking as it captures the dynamic nature of water and the wooden jetties. The viewer can feel the power of the wave crashing into the scene, a strong contrast to the more peaceful images Steve presents. Gesture is a term that has most often been used in photographs of people, but inanimate subjects can also display gestures. In this photograph the water clearly presents such a gesture, the beautiful form of the rapidly moving wave's structure so beautifully captured by the photographer.










Sedona Juniper -- by Jim Dusen, Jim Dusen's bucolic night image of a full moon framed aesthetically between two dominant branches of a juniper tree is a real eye catcher. Jim creatively placed the bright moon in the top third of the image and introduced depth of field with the subtly lit juniper and surrounding desert ground cover. His selection of a portrait perspective works perfectly for this image. Jim may have introduced some foreground side lighting. If so, his delicate way of using this light enhances the desert detail and opens up information that is pleasing to the viewer. Jim, in effect, is using this desert scene as his natural outdoor studio. Through this photograph he communicates a warm, nostalgic feeling to anyone who has spent an evening observing the moon and stars in the American Southwest.



The Magic of Light 2015 -- Call for Submissions
 Photographer's Exhibit January 2015

Dear Friends of Image City Photography Gallery,

We very much appreciate the participations of photographers who answer our calls for submissions for our juried exhibits. Remember that you can enter more than once.The modest contributions from the entry fees help us cover our Gallery expenses and sustain the operations at Image City.


After eight successful editions of our annual juried show, we are pleased, to let you know that there will certainly be another. The theme of the 2015 Image City Juried Theme Show is again titled  

The Magic of Light. The theme is open, to give you freedom to create astonishing pictures. The exhibit of selected photographs will be in January 2015 at Image City.You can find all details for your submission at the special link: The Magic of Light 2015 Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 585-271-2540. All Gallery Partners look forward to receiving your submission by November 16, 2014 even better, if we receive it before October 26, 2014 - see details on the link above.

Feel free to forward this announcement to any of your friends and relatives who might be interested in participating in the Image City Juried Show, The Magic of Light 2015.


Gilbert Maker, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2015 Juried Show at Image City.
Image City Critiques Meeting: Next is October 1st
The Image City Critique Group meets the first Wednesday of the month. Participants meet and review photographs that they bring in a friendly critiquing session. We will meet again on Wednesday, October 1st at 7pm at the Gallery. The assignment this month is to get back to the basics; the use of leading lines. Find a good example/subject where a specific leading line(s) guides the viewers eye. Take several images using different vantage points, but employing the same leading line. Send Don Menges your 3 strongest images by September 30th so they can be set up for the meeting.
New Course Scheduled for the Fall

Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom 5

A Course from the Image City Photography Gallery by Steve Levinson
Only a couple of openings remain for the course, sign up now 


Thursday nights, October 30, November 6, 13, and 20 from 7-9 pm


If you are like me, you don't want to spend your time learning and using an expensive, complex software package to import and optimize your photographs; but want to use your time using a simple, powerful and intuitive tool to produce stunning photographs. You can experiment fearlessly with color, exposure and more without overwriting your original images. 


After taking this lecture and workshop course, you will be have a  workflow (or standardized process) that you can efficiently follow for every photograph you make: (1) importing images into your computer so that you can easily find them at a later time, (2) selecting the best images using an organized process (3) creating a fine digital image and then (4) making a fine digital print or posting on the Internet.  Time will be available to practice and discuss both provided images and images from your own portfolio. RAW is the preferred original format for images, though high quality JPEGS will also work.


Participants should be familiar with the basics of digital cameras, photography and transferring files to your computer.  They will also need to have or borrow an Apple or PC laptop computer for the course.  Software is available from Adobe on a free, one month trial. Please do not download this software until the day before the course, so that it will be available for all of the four sessions.


We will meet at the historic Pittsford Flour Mill, 15 Schoen Place, Pittsford. The price for this course will be $165 and be limited to a maximum of eight photographers. Please contact Steve Levinson (, 330.1490) for more information. Sign up and prepayment at Image City Photography Gallery.


Steve Levinson


Click Here for Courses at Image City and additional details on the Adobe Lightroom 5 course.

Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 


October 1 Image City Critiques Meeting, 7pm.

October 3 First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9pm

October 5 Last day of current Exhibit -- Granularity by Steve Levinson

October 7 Opening day of The NOTA Project exhibit by Steve Malloy Desormeaux, Gil Maker, Don Menges, John Solberg, and George Wallace.
October 10 Opening Reception for The NOTA Project exhibit. 


Image City Photography Gallery 
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, Noon - 6
 Sunday, Noon - 4    


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Contact Information

 Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607



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