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    TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    For those here who don't follow Mike Johnston's blog, The Online Photographer, this morning Mike posted a call for examples of large format contact printing. No money involved, nor is this a contest of any kind, and he's asking only for jpgs, not for actual prints. He's interested in getting a sense of who is doing LF contact printing these days and what they're up to, and plans to post some samples at the end of next week.

    Here's a link to the post:

    Baker's Dozen: Sheet Film (Call for Work)

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    The call is now closed, and here is the resulting post:

    http://theonlinephotographer.typepad...ct-prints.html

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    I'm pretty excited to have been selected by Mike to be featured in the post considering I'm a total beginner in contact printing. Looking forward to making more though.

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    It's sometimes hard to know who people are by their handles, but congratulations to Thom Bennett, Will Whitaker,
    Monty McCutchen, Gary Nylander and Denise Ross.
    Bill
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    Happy to be included!

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    Wow, I made it too with the photo of my mom. Thanks Mike.

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    Very neat to be included. Quite honored, actually. Thanks to Mike J. Also to Oren for alerting us!

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    Congrats to all!

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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    Submitted for fun, didn't get featured. Would love to know why, in terms of honest critique - though I have no idea if he even received my email due to no response. As some may have seen recently I have posted a few contact print scans on the forum but specifically this is the one I sent in.

    Nice to see a variety of CPs.
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    Re: TOP is interested in hearing from photographers who still do LF contact printing

    Hi Corran,
    Honestly it's just that there's only so much space. I got about 45 submissions for 13 slots, and could have chosen many alternates. What I'm going for is variety and maybe the "twist," what you might call "ancillary interest," for instance the entry that allowed me to mention HABS/HAER. In some cases when there are similar entries I only picked one. For instance I chose a B&W portrait by Chris Fazio, and could have used an equally good one from Bill Cowan. Tough call.

    Sometimes the presentation is key. Mike Rozier holding various prints was different than any other entry, and Bill Wyke's double picture of himself holding the print in a tray with a shot of the print next to it was a shoo-in from the start.

    I've judged many contests and edited many features, and it's seldom just about judging whether any particular entry is "good" or "bad," although many people who enter tend to see it that way. It's more that the mix has to have the right balance overall and appeal to the broadest audience.

    Sorry yours didn't get picked this time around, but thanks for participating!

    All best,
    Mike J.

    P.S. You think it was hard this time, I've already gotten several hundred submissions for the Smartphone Baker's Dozen.... :-\

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