International Zuikoholic Solstice and Equinox
Photographic Print Exchange Site


                    Devoted to images created with Olympus cameras,
              primarily the OM series.




Links to Exchange directories by year:

2003
2004
2005
2006
No exchange.
2007
2007 (Dec)

Many thanks to
Steve Dropkin
For his vital
helping hand
in this
endeavour,
and to
Skip Williams
for devising the Excel
random non-repeat
selection process.

Also thanks to
Bob Gries for starting
this great exchange.


How do members of the Olympus Group participate in the 2007 OM Vernal Equinox Photo Exchange?
(Written mostly by Steve Dropkin)

What is it?
For those new to the List, the Exchange is a fun opportunity for members to share a print of a favorite photo with another List member -- and, eventually, with the entire List. On the official day of the Exchange, a Web site of all the photos will be unveiled so all of us can see.

How Does This Exchange Work?
Participants are assigned anonymously to exchange an 8" x 10" (or 8" x 12" or A4) print of a photo they have taken using an Olympus camera (film or digital). Any photo you are proud of, taken at any time, and of any subject you wish. Olympus gear -- OMs, E-thingys, rangefinders, Pens, point & shoots, etc. -- must be used in taking the picture. You can use third-party lenses, flashes, etc.

The subject of the photo is up to you, within the bounds of good taste (in other words, would you place this photo on your wall?).

It will be appreciated if provide a little information about the subject and exposure (equipment, f-stop, exposure time), just what the subject is and whatever you can say about its relevance to your photography.
Web space will be accessed though this page, and once individuals open up their prints on May 14, all of us can share the exchanged photos virtually, the day after.

What Is "The Fine Print"?
When you sign up, you are making three commitments. Please pardon the use of ALL CAPS, but, if you read nothing else, read that text:
  1. IF YOU TAKE PART IN THIS EXCHANGE, BE PREPARED FOR THE EXPENSE OF MAILING YOUR PRINT SAFELY TO YOUR SWAP PARTNER.
  2. IF YOU TAKE PART IN THIS EXCHANGE, ALLOW AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE FOR YOUR PRINT TO REACH YOUR SWAP PARTNER BEFORE MAY 14.
  3. EMAILING A SCAN OF YOUR PRINT TO BRIAN IS YOUR ENTRY TICKET.
Dimensions for the scan should be (at most) 640 pixels on the long side for portrait-format shots; 640 to 800 pixels on the long side for landscape-format shots. Send the scan to Brian at bj@caverock.net.nz using the subject "(OM) 2007 Vernal Print Exchange image".
Here's an e-mailing link with the Subject line built in; click here: > Brian Swale <

If you cannot make the first two commitments, please don't disappoint someone else by entering the exchange.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

Here's what you need to do:

1. Start thinking about the image you want to exchange -- or start shooting. :-)

2. Send an email to Steve using this link > Steve Dropkin < telling me you're interested in participating. Include your mailing address. I will return to you the details for scanning and sending your image.

3. Use that email to send a JPEG of your image to Brian. YOU ARE NOT AN EXCHANGE PARTICIPANT UNTIL BRIAN HAS A JPEG OF YOUR IMAGE.

4. Once your scan is received, I'll send you the name and address of your Exchange partner.

5. Print your image and send it to your Exchange partner.

6. Enjoy the print you receive from another List member and, on December 21st, check out this Exchange Web site!

THE TIMELINE

by April 1 Email me to tell me you're interested
AND
email a JPEG of your image to Brian.
by April 3 I will send emails assigning Exchange partners.
by December 20th Your Exchange partner should have your print.
December 21 Brian will unveil the Exchange Web site.

PLEASE NOTE

The OM-List is an international list. It is smart to assume your Exchange partner may be an ocean or two away. In addition, countries have mail systems of varying efficiencies. Please allow for the expense of mailing your print safely and in plenty of time for Dcember 20. If you are "running late", _you_ are responsible for the expense of expediting delivery. Everyone should have their print no later than December 20, 2007. IF YOU CANNOT COMMIT TO THIS, PLEASE DON'T DISAPPOINT SOMEONE ELSE BY SIGNING UP FOR THE EXCHANGE.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact me (at steve@dropkin.net) or Brian (at bj@caverock.net.nz).

Thanks -- and enjoy the Exchange!