Members enjoyed a talk on alternative printing by Certified Professional Photographer Dale Joyce. 

Joyce is a fine art print maker and commercial photographer residing on Swan’s Island, Maine.

Joyce’s talk covered the history of and methods for popular alternative printing (old school photographic) techniques, including platinum/palladium, cyanotype, salted paper, gum bichromate, and carbon transfer printing. These techniques can be applied to both digital and film photographs.  Samples of the various prints were available for viewing.

Joyce’s first forays into photography were with the Kodak 35mm Pony camera his grandmother originally bought for a trip to Europe. Through his teen years, he developed a keen eye for how the interplay of light and shadow can make a good photograph great. Although Joyce works in digital formats, he much prefers the art of developing his own film from medium- and large-format cameras, and is a passionate proponent of alternative “old school” developing techniques.

Apart from his work, Dale spends time renovating his Swan’s Island house built in 1864. The converted garage now serves as a public gallery, Harbor View Studio, where he shares his art with locals and vacationers.  He lives with his fiancee/business partner (Jennifer), two children, and a 4 pound dog who rules the roost.  Dale and Jennifer also own and manage the only motel on the island, the Harbor Watch Inn. 


The following image was submitted for Critique, a supportive conversation among members to help a photographer achieve their vision.


Members submitted these images in response to the assignment for this month: “Up Close

Get close and personal with your subject as an exercise in viewing a common object in a new way and examining its finer details.

Choose an object that you see or interact with every day and focus on a small part of it, getting as close as your camera will allow you to focus, and shoot away.

Consider capturing different angles or unusual lighting to add to the mystery of this tiny world. Or alternatively, purposefully throw the subject out of focus to see what interesting abstracts develop.


Members shared these additional images from their travels since last month’s meeting.

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