News of the current exhibit and events at Image City
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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 2015.
Off the Beaten Path by Gary & Phyllis Thompson & Friends

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, November 29

The current exhibit, Off the Beaten Path, is by Gallery Partners, Gary and Phyllis Thompson, who are accomplished landscape photographers. In the exhibit they have introduced 24 new photographs from their travel destinations and landscape discoveries. Their photographs are a part of the décor of many homes and offices, purchased at their past exhibits and art shows.

They are joined by 34 photographers, participants from photography classes Gary leads as a part of the curriculum at Rush-Henrietta Continuing Education: AJ Bellavia, Robert Carr, Cuyler Coddington, Archie Curry, John Ejaife, Chip Evra, Bonnie Gamache, Karen Gibson, Jane Gotowka, Ron Gouger, Mike Haugh, Sherman Henzel, JoEllen Hill, John Hoeft, Ron Kenney, Laura Knecht, Frank Liberti, Claudia Manchester, Bob Meyer, Ernie Nalette, Debbie Nawoczenski, Alex Pendleton, Luann Pero, Angela Possemato, Jim Remus, Susanne Roth, Karen Schlenker, Hank Shaw, Linda Siple, Loni Titus, Steve Tryon, Charles Vaughn, Fred Weingarten, and Ed Welch.

Rounding out the exhibit are Gallery Partners and Artists-in-Residence, Dick Bennett, Cal Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, and Sheridan Vincent.

You will certainly find a wide diversity of photographic subjects and styles to enjoy from the work of the 47 exhibiting photographers. The photographs in the exhibit would make wonderful gifts for the upcoming holidays in addition to choice art for your art collection. Click Here for a link to visit our website for full details where you will also find a link to a Preview of the Show Gallery.
 Peter Marr's Picks of the Show

We are very fortunate to have Peter Marr, photographer, competition judge, and past president of the Kodak Camera Club, select his "picks" by the featured artist in the show after a very careful critical review. Peter has four selections for Off the Beaten Path. The picks are also posted online, click here. See the next article for additional Partners' Picks from the exhibition.

Reflections in Red by Phyllis Thompson  --  This stellar image is a gorgeous celebration of nature at its autumnal finest. I hope that the photographic purists who have a chance to view this brilliant and creative print, will agree with me that dividing the image into separate halves, greatly enhances its impressive impact. All through the winter, the evergreens that anchor this lake shoreline have had their chance to dominate the scene with their distinctive shapes and bright green foliage. Spring and summer allows the deciduous trees to compete and make their presence felt, but it is in the late autumn, that they burst forth in a blaze of color as in this image. Their inspiring display of flaming red and yellow hues is just spectacular, made all the more so by being framed by the deep green evergreens, which enhances their bold display even more. The dramatic lighting further boosts the brilliance of the color palette, and intensifies every detail in this woodland landscape.

What makes this print so memorable, is that all of the trees have grown up at the edge of a small lake, separated by a small line of rocks at the water's edge. What is so spectacular, is that the artist has captured the image at a time when the lake surface is at its most tranquil, creating virtually a mirror-image of the trees in the water. The result is an idyllic and serene autumnal masterpiece. Amazingly, the reflective image is slightly softer in sharpness, but the colors take on an increased saturation and added brilliance to the color display. There is also an added benefit, in that the bright background of the top of the frame is more subdued in the reflection, further helping the overall image. What is interesting, and may be overlooked by some viewers, is that the line of rocks at the water's edge are in places reprised by some rocks visible on the water's surface. These rocks take on the appearance of fish swimming close to the surface, who occasionally come up to enjoy the autumnal air, and of course to view this exceptional color display, as every viewer I am sure will.

Forest Bloom by Gary Thompson -- Nature never ceases to amaze us in putting on a spectacular display throughout the year, none more awe-inspiring than this amazing forest scene so creatively captured by the author. The artist is a master observer and interpreter of scenic beauty, and in Forest Bloom, he has revealed to us the sheer perfection of nature's design, and given us a wonderful print that is a subject for contemplation and a source of inspiration.

Nature is for reverence, and here, where beauty and life are expressed eloquently, there is a sacredness that the environment is still alive. The soft lighting is inspiring and magical, accentuating every detail, and revealing the exquisite hues of the azaleas. The sublime pink and white varieties of these beautiful plants lights up the foreground with a captivating display of design and color. The trees, standing true and upright, represent a sense of splendor as well as strength, and they are positioned in the frame admirably, both to shelter the azalea shrubs from the sun's direct rays, and to leave a gap for the viewer to admire the background scene. The latter is delightfully revealed as a stately large willow tree, in full spring foliage, and being softer in focus it creates a dynamic presence. Beyond the willow tree, the background fades delightfully to a mist-filled expanse. In such august surroundings, I would be remiss if I did not point out an imposing red Japanese maple in the right center of the print. It will never grow as large as the other trees, but its colorful leaves will be clearly visible into late fall, and it will help to continue beautifying this area when the azaleas lose their flowers, although thankfully they will retain their wonderful form and shiny green leaves.I hope that everyone who has the opportunity to visit this photographic image gallery will spend time to admire and enjoy this stellar print.

Lichen Patterns by Phyllis Thompson -- Phyllis and Gary have an interest and passion for their subject matter, and they see their subjects in a special way as something transcending the ordinary. Lichen Patterns, is a superb example of the forces of nature in relation to the land, and beautifully illustrates nature's life progression. The lovely soft lighting creates a mood and atmosphere that is compelling, yet all the while there is a reality and feeling that things are continuously changing. There is visual continuity in which the light throughout the scene blends inspiringly, and where all of the elements work harmoniously together. The impressive color palette is visibly enhanced by the diffuse lighting, covering a wide spectrum of hues from the darker tones of the rocks and trees, all the way to the delightful light shades of the lichens, to the autumnal yellows and reds of the foliage. There is a compelling combination of the curves and contours of the large boulders that play against the strong verticals of the large trees.

One is very aware of nature's controlling presence here, which is both nurturing and hostile. Life here is all about survival and renewal, from the saplings striving to grow into large trees and replace those here when they eventually die and fall to the ground. Even the leaves of the deciduous trees want to eventually turn into the most gorgeous autumnal hues, before they too must sadly say goodbye to their hosts and fall to the ground below. Thankfully, the dead trees and leaves eventually compost into living matter that will greatly help the renewal of this lovely woodland area. I would be remiss if I did not comment on the massive boulder and group of rocks. They too will one day break down, but their timeline for disintegration is considerably longer than that for the leaves and the trees. What is so inspiring with these rocks is that as they age, they are sources of forest growth, in this case with the lichens that grow and thrive on their surface. These exquisite living formations form enchanting patterns, and their colorful exteriors add a welcome glow and ambiance to this great image, so wonderfully seen and captured by the artist.

Autumn at Moss Glen Falls by Gary Thompson -- This memorable and peerless image has majesty, serenity and beauty that is simply awesome All of the important elements in this print work harmoniously together, creating a strong visual statement. The framing of the waterfall by the two trees at the right is creative and masterly. These trees are not pictorial giants, nor are the twisted branches things of beauty, but nature has deliberately planted them so that they complement the entire scene, framing, but not overpowering the falls. I love the color harmony that permeates throughout the entire print.

The lovely soft lighting brings out the golden hues of the leaves to perfection, together with the light browns and pale reds. These delicate colors are further enhanced as they are offset against deep greens, the brown shades displayed by the trees, and the darker hues of the rocks in the pool basin. The diffuse illumination inspiringly reveals every feature of the massive rock cliff, including structural formations, a variety of colors, and a grandeur that is awe-inspiring. All of this impressive detail is visible because the waterfall is in a more quiescent mood regarding water flow. The latter emerges from a distant glen, descending majestically in a series of cascades, whose silky strands allow the viewer to observe the full beauty of the rock formations. The artist has cleverly and intuitively used a shutter speed that highlights the motion and softness of the water to create both a visionary effect, that also reveals the remarkable details and presence of the rocks themselves. This is an inspiring and creative image for every viewer to enjoy and contemplate.
Gallery Partner Picks

After reviewing the photographs in the exhibit, Gallery Partners have chosen four of their favorites shown here with a commentary for each. The photos and commentary  are also posted online click here.

The Clear Mountain Stream by Robert Carr -- The title of Robert's image not only describes the location where the image was taken and the absolute clarity of the water in the stream, but it also characterizes Robert's ability to technically achieve a very clear and sharp image. This image is well balanced with the stream and rocks in the foreground leading our eye to the group of pines that eventually lead us to the wonderful blue skies that are detailed with light clouds. Additionally the color scheme is perfect with the orangey browns in the foreground leading to the green pines and eventually to the blue sky. Finally, the orientation as a vertical image is exactly right for this scene with the tall pines stretching out the frame. This is a well-composed image, which was taken with careful technical expertise. Good work!

Ford Street Bridge by Luann Pero -- On the surface, it's an image of a bridge that many of us know, either from crossing it by car or by walking -- perhaps stopping to take a picture of the distant Rochester skyline. But this image is so much more. It's dusk, a hint of day still clinging to the clouds. The streetlights reveal the riveted, iron arches that stand as one side of the corridor ahead.   The narrow reflections on the iron railing border the faintly illuminated walkway on the other side.   From our vantage point, the walkway begins in the dark at our feet, and becomes more visible as it stretches out under the streetlights, inviting us ahead. The glow from the lights seems to have physical substance reaching out, asking to be touched.

All of these elements find their place in the excellent composition. There is movement in the arches and the vertical triangular structures reaching up to support them. The rivets on the arches, dark against the reflected light, balance the white lights against the dark background on the right. Both the geometry in the image and the light bring us across the bridge. The artist has used light and all of the elements of the scene to create a mood of mystery, the opening scene in a story we might create for ourselves. The image in black and white augments the mood, and lets the imagination move from the present to the past and back.  An excellent image!

Bird in the Bush by Angela Possemato -- Angela is an excellent photographer of landscapes and nature, especially of birds. She has a few favorite sites where she photographs all sorts of flora and fauna. This photo of ablue-gray gnatcatcher on an early spring day, is artfully framed and mounted. Angela uses an element of texture in the background for a feeling of timelessness. The light is just to the left and in back of Angela slightly brushing the plumage and creating detail in the tree branches nearest to the bluebird thereby focusing the eye to a power position of the subject, one third in from the left and one third up from the bottom. The wide aperture setting that allows the background to go out of focus also attracts the attention of the viewer to the blue-gray gnatcatcher. The buds on the branches clearly signal early spring and the bird is likely looking for food or materials with which to begin a nest. The diagonal branches on the right of the photo and the new growth assist in drawing the eye back to the bird.
This is an excellently planned and executed photo displaying the serenity of spring and the optimism of new life following the harsh winter. In selecting this photo for inclusion in this exhibit, Angela is reminding us that even though we are heading for the cold and frost of winter, spring is never far behind.

Untitled by Hank Shaw --
This photograph, as well as Hank's other photograph on display, uses simple digital images and from them creates beautiful impressionistic art. Post-processed manipulation of photographs runs the gamut from very minor corrections to the extreme. Too often, less accomplished photographers tend to over manipulate their photographs, "amping" up the color too much, over sharpening, composting images in a way where "the viewer can see the wires".

Hank has not fallen   into this trap, but instead uses creative extreme post-processing techniques in a very artistic way , allowing   for the subject to still retain its simplicity while providing   a photograph that leaves the world of traditional photography and moves the viewer into another dimension of beauty. This is somewhat analogous to paintings which run the gamut from "realism" to totally abstract representation of an identified subject.
Hank continues a trend of several other talented photographers who have exhibited in Image City Photography Gallery, who start with one or more digital images and produce a photograph that goes beyond the way the subject or subjects initially appeared in the camera viewfinder. The composition is so elegantly simple, showing three leaves of a houseplant against a window and drape. The colors are muted and lend to the beauty of this photograph.

Photographic educators have often stated that showing something simple from everyday life or even exotic locations, which may be often photographed by many, in a way that has not been done before is a major accomplishment. Hank has evolved a style presenting strong and beautiful images that follow in this direction. 

Final Call for Submissions: The Magic of Light 2016

Deadline November 15: Juried Exhibit at Image City January 2016

After nine successful editions of our annual juried show, we are pleased to let you know that there will certainly be another. The theme of the 2016 Image City Juried Theme Show is again titled The Magic of Light. The theme is open, to give you freedom to create astonishing photographs. The exhibit of selected photographs will be in January 2016 at Image City.
You can find all details and Entry Form for your submission at the special link: The Magic of Light 2016 Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or by phone at 585-271-2540.
All Gallery Partners look forward to receiving your submission by November 15, 2015  - 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 2016. There is a forward email link at the bottom of this announcement.
Gilbert Maker, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2016 Juried Show at Image City.

Image City Critiques Group meets Wednesday, December 2

The Image City Critique Group will next meet on Wednesday, December 2nd beginning at 6:30pm.  We meet at the gallery on the first Wednesday of each month to critique each other's images and hopefully improve our photography. Please bring 2 prints of your best images; matted if possible. We do not critique digital images. There is a one-time $20 registration fee, but you can try it once for free. The $5 per meeting fee has been abolished.

Gary Thompson's Photo Tips

Diagonal Orientation for Roadway Photos -- Autumn in Vermont
All of us have observed photographs of picturesque roadways where a road evenly dissects the image by starting and traveling directly through the center of the image.  While an image might be technically sound this centered approach usually is too symmetrical and perhaps a little boring. After experiencing disappointing images using a head on orientation, I have learned to position myself and my camera off to one side of a road in order to create a diagonal axis for roadways. Using this approach in my example image, Autumn in Vermont, an overall aesthetic flow pattern is established. Although the road in this image runs basically down hill, notice that there is a slight ridge before the road drops more steeply. At this point the viewable side portion of the road narrows very significantly before widening again as it climbs the hill into the background. Using a little imagination you may visualize the road as resembling a ribbon that is twisted at its narrowest point. This narrowing and twisting appearance was a bonus for the diagonal viewpoint and a main motivator for me when composing this image. To see all of Gary's Tips Click Here.

Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs 2015 Fall Seminar
Saturday, November 21 --  Hamburg, NY

A daylong seminar by Sigma Pro Photographer and author, David FitzSimmons, covers the range from Macro to Landscape photography with some new "curious critters" in addition. Sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs, the program will be held November 21 at Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY beginning at 9am. Gallery Partner, Carl Crumley, will be staffing a display encouraging photographers to participate in exhibitions at Image City.  Additional details and registration fee details are at the NFRCC website, Click Here. You may recall that David FitzSimmons was the featured photographer in the "Curious Critters" exhibit at Image City in 2014. We are looking forward to a second exhibit by David that is scheduled in 2017 at Image City.
Rochester Area Nature Photography Meetup Group
Marks 1000 Meetup Events

We congratulate the Rochester Area Nature Photography Meetup Group on ONE THOUSAND meetups since it was formed in 2007 by Paul Wallach. As a result of Paul's tireless efforts hundreds of Rochester photographers have experienced and photographed the wonderful sites and activities offered here in beautiful upstate New York and surrounding states and Canadian provinces. Learn more at their meetup link.

Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue

November 15 Last day to Submit Entry for The Magic of Light 2016
November 21 NFRCC 2015 Fall Seminar - David FitzSimmons
November 26 The Gallery is closed for Thanksgiving
November 29 Last day Off the Beaten Path show by Gary and Phyllis Thompson & Friends
December 1 Opening day Holiday Show 2015
December 2 Image City Critique Group Meeting 6:30pm

Image City Photography Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Note during the Holiday Show 2015 in December
Image City will also be open on Mondays

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