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Friday, 12 January 2018


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I think that reflections and shadows are the salt and pepper of photography.

Well, that was well worth it - well curated.

Really nice work by all. What a great way to head into the weekend.

Thanks Mike, it is a true honor to be featured on here in such good company. For technical details, this image eas shot on a D810 wih a Nikkor 16-45 f/4. I used my Elinchrom flash for most of this session but this one was lit by the climber’s headlamp only.

[Well, back at ya Alex--it's an honor to me that you read TOP. Thanks for the details, I added them to the post. --Mike]

These are fabulous. Thanks for sorting this out Mike. Going over to Mike Stone's site and seeing his portraits there was wonderful, too.

Really beautiful work, thanks to all and especially Mike for doing the work.

Thank you very much, Mike, for doing this project. I really love seeing the photography and reading the analysis. I don't know why, but there seems to be little of this type of analysis out there. In very old editions of "Leica Fotografie" magazine, there was a regular series like this that I think is fascinating.

Now I'm glad I had trouble sending my 3 to an unrecognised address!

Mr. Johnston, you done did good in your selections!
I now understand why you had difficulty selecting "only" the required images.
Now as to that pink elephant in the room at The George Eastman House....

Thank you for publishing my picture and for your kind words.

I'm just gonna go out and say it: 'The Elephant Problem' was an elephant in the room. I'm a dad.

[There might be other reasons, but one is that, in the old days, there were only a few channels, and if there was another photographer in the same vicinity using the same trigger channel it could wreak havoc on your procedure. Once again, I am not an expert in lighting by any means! Hopefully others will step in with other answers. --Mike]

Thanks for the recognition in the honorable mention section. What a difficult task (but enjoyable) it must have been. Your patience and devotion to photography are once again revealed through your efforts and I'm sure, deeply appreciated by all who follow your blog.

Phil Krzeminski

Hi Mike,
Reading this post and looking at the beautiful photographs you had selected, I knew I was going to write a comment to thank you for another great, intelligent post (I have to insist on the fact they're not only beautiful, which would have been enough to please me, they're interesting too!). And I thought I was going to say that post was so good it had helped me not feel too bad for not being picked.

Which is when I read the "honorable mentions" section. You have no idea how good THAT made me feel.

Thanks a lot. First and foremost for another great post. But certainly for that mention too!

And thanks to everyone whose photographs have been selected. I'll definitely come back to this post and the great work you've shared with us.

Mike, what a great pleasure to see my home flown crow reach out to the world at large by ways of TOP. Thank you.

You've evidently had fun with this Mike. On reflection I think what makes Richard Alan Fox's striking picture of his daughter, and Ed Wolpov's beautiful water lilly composition , so arresting is that whilst both feel 'just right' as framed moments, they also convey the dynamic tension of movement - rapid in one case, and very gradual in the other.

So far, though, its been Mike Stone's portrait that has stood out for me. I like to read a bit about a project, and it was good to see Mike Stone's blog where the background of the portrait seems lighter (suggesting a subtly different mood)?? Its also good to see the work at a bit larger size, of course.

I'll look forward to seeing the next 'dozen' :).

These are all very good images, Mike. I can only imagine the (joyful) challenge you faced.

For me, the image of special distinction is Ed Wolpov’s entry. It represents some terrific conceptual visualization every bit as engaging as that of Minor White and Paul Caponigro. I’d love to see a monograph or small show of that work.

Here's more praise for Ed Wolpov's photo. These types of images are deceptively difficult to make at this level of elegance, and Ed had created one that is sublime.

Wonderful to see the results of everyone's work, Mike, especially yours. Thanks!

I do have something for you to ponder, and perhaps address in a future post. In the past you've suggested you have not been impressed with digital black and white photography. You had a couple posts this year that fleshed out your thinking. After going through this exercise, how do you feel now?

A wonderful and enviable selection. I feel both inspired and daunted.

OT - but not for you - this from the New Yorker:

Bravo. The crow dyptich blows me away.

Some of the selected images are immediately obvious as to their quality. Others -- not so much. It's not the images, rather I just can't see the way these photographers do. Oh, how I wish I did!

What a wonderful collection of images. I find it hard to imagine how tough it must have been to make your picks. I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing the next installment of bakers dozen. Bring on the young photographers!

I have an old ongoing love of B&W images based on two facts. First, being old, I remember newspapers, Life, Look, and other "Picture" Magazines of my youth. Second, when starting out in my 50+ years of developing and printing film, the only thing I could afford was B&W. It got to the point that I was purchasing 100ft rolls of Kodak Plus-X in order to keep the price down. It helped to have a father who scored a case of MICRODOL-X at a auction along with a case of fixer.
Now that digital is out and I am more-or-less all digital these days, I would love to have a B&W digital camera. The ones that are available are just too darn expensive. I have converted some of my digital images to B&W, but nothing beats watching an image come up in the soup. Something that current digital photographers just don't get to experience.

Beautiful work. I've reviewed this bakers dozen several times now and each photograph is a complete success. I'll need to review several more times before I can even think of picking a favorite. Congratulations to all.

Thank you for displaying my image Mike. What a range of subjects and approaches.
For me the most striking in this group is the still life of Lilies by Mr Wolpov.

For anyone interested, my website; www.housleyphoto.com is a combination nature encyclopedia and more arty approach. Still having trouble making up my mind. The color version of the pelican is buried in birds/pelicans.
Pelican: Canon 1DMKII (heavy and replaced) 70-200 f2.8

Mike, that was completely delightful. Might there be the genesis of a print sale or two in this batch?

After seeing these, I can only imagine how difficult it was to chose only "A Baker's Dozen."

I enjoy all of them, but the one that immediately struck me---or rather jumped up and slapped me upside the head---was Ed Wolpov's. The composition, the elements, the design, and (although I rarely say this) the tonality is perfect for me.

How long have I searched for such a photo myself and failed. Ed has done it so well, I may as well just give up. It's just beautiful!

Honored to be included in such a short list of wonderful photographs.

I think I've looked at your selection a "baker's dozen" times by now and I find myself spending time studying Mike Stone's portrait of the Traveler-the stories do impact the perception of the image it seems to me. Ed's photo is a clear winner as well, as good as Butcher to me-though a print to print comparison would be nice. Alex Buisse's photo of the cave is spectacular but I agree it would be better seen large and in person-which I imagine to almost always be the case. I hope this carries on-a testament to B&W. I attended an opening last night at the Etherton Gallery in Tucson and it was packed. One artist had people standing in line to buy the last copies of a couple of now out of print books at $250.00 and $1,000. Was wonderful to experience and a reminder of the differences between digital and film.

It's such an honor being included in this selection of images.

Thank you for taking the time to do these Baker Dozens. The entire series has been thoroughly enjoyable.

If readers are interested, my website is https://www.bryanhansel.com/

I woke up at 4AM this morning (no, really)-
Did I say... "ZEBRAS!?"

[Whoops, I meant to change that. Fixed now. We all knew you meant giraffes. --Mike]

I found this post to be one of my favorites, after many years of stopping by. I liked seeing the work of others, and how many turned out to be really good, whether they make any kind of a living out of it or not.
I had a similar feel for the post of a few years back, where folks shot film on Leica or any other rangefinder camera for a year. if I remember correctly, that was all black and white as well, or maybe that's what I remember most.
I know this is your enterprise Mike, but I'd like to see more about black and white photography and the techniques in doing the work.

It is an honor to be included in this group of black and white selections. I've enjoyed looking at all of the pictures several times, now. Each one has something interesting about it, which is what really makes an image appeal to me. Thank you for all the work to collect these and make the selections.
One more note about my process is I use Silver FX Pro to convert to black and white.

Wow, honoured to be selected as part of this wonderfully diverse set of pictures.
Your perspective and writing on B&W has been an influence on my work since Camera & Darkroom.
Across the board there's something to think about in all the images, but Richard Alan Fox and Ed Wolpov are the knockouts for me.

Congratulations to the artists and to Mike for this remarkable achievement.
And I am so happy that one infrared picture made the final cut!

I thought the zebras thing was deliberate and a reference to something I didn't understand.

I do enjoy these Baker's Dozen posts. I met one of the photographers, Mike Stone, when a group of us met Ctein in London, in May 2016. Hi, Mike.

Thank you Mike .... I so enjoyed all of these. But for me it is Richard Alan Fox’s image that stays in the mind. Truly thought provoking and for me a little mind bending. Wonderful

i liked them very much.PLEASE share with us the honorary mention photographs on another post or two. "the sets" post that you made before based on b w submissions was excellent!

This is a wonderful selection of images that has really stimulated my imagination, thanks Mike!

My shot didn’t make the cut, but actually this has given me a ‘shot in the arm’ to try and improve my photography and reach a similar standard to the other submissions. Actually I realise this will be harder than it sounds, but it’s really very encouraging to have something to aim for.

Thanks for running these Bakers Dozen posts, they are really very inspiring!

All the best,
Cheltenham, UK.

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