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Topic: Oktoberfest 2023 - Talk thread
Posted By: waldo_posth
Subject: Oktoberfest 2023 - Talk thread
Date Posted: 12 September 2023 at 22:11


TALK THREAD
for the Oktoberfest 2023 challenge

This is the social thread of the Oktoberfest 2023 challenge.
All commenting, chatter and gossip should be done here.

If you need to share more photos - please use the outtakes thread.



Links
https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/oktoberfest-2023-thumbnail-thread_topic143614_post1727038.html#1727038 - Thumbnail thread
https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/oktoberfest-2023-outtakes_topic143612_post1727036.html#1727036 - Outtakes thread
https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/oktoberfest-2023-signup-and-guidelines_topic143604_post1726911.html#1726911 - Sign-up thread (rules)

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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 04:59
And away we go in Oktoberfest 2023.
Unseasonably hot Springtime in Australia (yesterday 29 degrees C), and spending days 1 to 15 with the CZ 16-35mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar set to 16mm on my a99ii.
Looking forward to seeing the worldwide photos posted, and the chat build up as we go.

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Posted By: gregja
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 05:51
Great start Joe, using the wide 16mm to accentuate those tail fins. Managed to get out early enough to beat the 37 deg here in Sydney this afternoon!

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 08:36
Both of you had a great start!
@Joe: and days 16-31 with the CZ 16-35mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar set to 35mm?
@Greg: good luck with the heat

Quick question to the organizers: I will use the Sony 11/1.8 and Sony 50/1.8 OSS. Does the "prime" in the rules mean the lens or the focallength? If focallength I might switch between Sony 50/1.8 OSS and my new TTArtisan 50/1.4. If not, I stick with the AF lens (because I am lazy )

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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 13:12
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Both of you had a great start!
@Joe: and days 16-31 with the CZ 16-35mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar set to 35mm?

Quick question to the organizers: I will use the Sony 11/1.8 and Sony 50/1.8 OSS. Does the "prime" in the rules mean the lens or the focallength? If focallength I might switch between Sony 50/1.8 OSS and my new TTArtisan 50/1.4. If not, I stick with the AF lens (because I am lazy )


Addy,
No, for days 16 to 31 I'm going to be using my SEL70200GMii set to 200mm, on my a7iv.

As for your query on prime lens selection, I'm not on the rules committee, but I would have thought that you can select and use a specified focal length of your choosing, rather than having to lock into a single lens.
But if I'm wrong I'm sure one of the Mods/Admins will chime in.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 18:18
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Addy,
No, for days 16 to 31 I'm going to be using my SEL70200GMii set to 200mm, on my a7iv.
Nice, a real challenge!

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

As for your query on prime lens selection, I'm not on the rules committee, but I would have thought that you can select and use a specified focal length of your choosing, rather than having to lock into a single lens.
But if I'm wrong I'm sure one of the Mods/Admins will chime in.
Basically what I was thinking, but da rulez seem to imply it is the lens. I am sure they will chime in!

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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 19:19
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


Quick question to the organizers: I will use the Sony 11/1.8 and Sony 50/1.8 OSS. Does the "prime" in the rules mean the lens or the focallength? If focallength I might switch between Sony 50/1.8 OSS and my new TTArtisan 50/1.4. If not, I stick with the AF lens (because I am lazy )

Hi addy, in the guidelines #2 says: Shoot for the whole month with one (or two), prime lens(es) (if you do not have a prime (=fixed focal length), you can use a zoom, fixed to one focal length; but you cannot change the focal length). Any lens is okay, but you should decide in advance. (bolding added for emphsis) and since it says "one or two" and not "three or more with maximum two focal length" I think you need to decide which 50 mm to use in addition to your 11 mm.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 20:42
Thanks Pieter for chiming in    The Sony it is.

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Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 01 October 2023 at 21:58
I've only one prime below 50mm now, the Samyang T-S, so I'm also using the wide end of a zoom for one prime, the other choice being the Minolta 200/2.8 which doesn't ofter see daylight. Hoping for a drier October than September. Good start, everyone.


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 02 October 2023 at 09:41
Now that I'm back from a week on Skye it's time to declare my lenses and other challenges. Since I have a very busy month ahead (with another 1 week trip) I'll do minimum 3 per week, hopefully more.

I'll only post the photo's in the thread of the day I've taken them, so no shooting in advance or posting of photo's shot earlier.

Equipment wise I'll use the A7ii with a Meyer Görltz Lydith 30/3.5 and the A700 with a Minolta 100/2.8 macro. Both lenses have never been used in a monthly prime challenge by me before.

During my trip mid-oktober I'll take one of my challenge lenses but will also take a zoom for event passes as I see fit that week.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 02 October 2023 at 10:03
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

During my trip mid-oktober I'll take one of my challenge lenses but will also take a zoom for event passes as I see fit that week.
You expect a bear to mow the grass during your trip?

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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 02 October 2023 at 14:28
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

You expect a bear to mow the grass during your trip?
I prefer https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maairobot - this

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Posted By: minolta_mutley
Date Posted: 03 October 2023 at 21:25
Today we've made a start with our electronics Surgery project (repairing a Revox B790) - where some parts of the power supply gave me some smoke a few weeks ago. That seems to be replaceable (and with that generation of material - lots of documentation and valuable kits where it becomes very easy to do it yourself repairs, it seemed like a good start).
But then came bpost and customs... With an extra surprise (an extra invoice though i paid my taxes thru the platform already - but something in the administration was missing).

So if you're lucky - you may get a big bang, the next few images.

And when there is no bang today - there may be a bang sooner or later, while we plan visiting some tanks during the evening in Brasschaat (it'll be the last time ever - because they move to Ieper, but the neighbourhood over there isn't so happy with those beautiful sound generating driving tanks...)

Bang, bang - sings Cher.

And maybe we'll get to see a T72!


Posted By: mariuszlo
Date Posted: 04 October 2023 at 00:22
Impression from the first three days: you're doing great!

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Posted By: Mestari
Date Posted: 04 October 2023 at 08:23
@Phil Wood, day 3

Nice picture but seems very much compressed, lots of artifacts...


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 04 October 2023 at 23:25
Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

@Phil Wood, day 3

Nice picture but seems very much compressed, lots of artifacts...


Thanks for pointing it out. It is, of course compressed - as all images here are, but I have been having problems with Lightroom exports recently. Many are fine, some are dreadful - this was not the worst.

I have tried a few options and improved it.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 06 October 2023 at 15:36
I want to point to two pictures on day 5:
De strakke hand by Dopol - it has a painting like quality, like the girl is mirrored on the left in the wall painting.

Trio by Snegren - Typically Dutch, but well executed!

In general there are some interesting pictures around. Thank you all for all your contributions!

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Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 06 October 2023 at 18:00
I was inspired by Wētāpunga, and the question "Do you ever suffer episodes of high GAS?"; answer "More like recurring bouts of constipation."

Excellent work with a few standouts for me deserving of a shout out:
alanfrombangor Day 1 Trees in the mist - dynamic and graphic
Phil Wood Day 2 Weston super Mare - Bond villain property listing?
pegelli Day 3 I'm going (wal)nuts today - beautiful textures
Dopol Day 4 spot the difference -
Snegren Day 5 Trio - classic



Posted By: minolta_mutley
Date Posted: 06 October 2023 at 19:43
Today i had to go to my 8 weekly tanking session - and at a round point near the hospital there is an artwork. But in that neighbourhood is also a music institute (Lemmens) and you never guessed it - a cloister, with a not so big but very nice park. So i'm finding new spots to take images of.
The first bang wil be on sunday. Tomorrow it may be restauration of the Revox B790 (also the possibility of the first bang, or smoke when i make an error with those elco's!).


Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 06 October 2023 at 19:53
Thanks Lee! A challenging week for weather here, lots of rain and generally windy. Images that have particularly caught my attention are
DAY 1
Snegren, quite disturbing and disorienting, I'd be interested to hear the story behind it.
Phil Wood, a crafty way of squeezing it in and creating a nice diagonal.
Robbie, Good to see parents bringing their children to school by bike, what are the blurred shapes they're looking at?
DAY 2
addy landzaat, rust never sleeps but it creates some lovely shades.
LAbernethy, I like the connections, such as "legacy" from Minolta.
DAY 3
jvsanchez, a pleasing sylvan scene.
Jonas A-R, you have some photogenic and cooperative models, lovely portrait.
onsplekkie, oh dear, once someone's transport, now dumped.
pegelli, nice still life, not often I see a green walnut.
DAY 5
Jozioau, some lovely textures here.
Snegren, perfect alignment.
fennetje, you are lucky to live in such a beautiful city, I especially like the soft reflection here.
Dopol, a slice of life with three people all looking in different directions.
DAY 6
gregja, I like the high contrast intersections.
onsplekkie, nice tension between the funny signs and the apparently serious conversation.


Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 07 October 2023 at 11:11
With all my pictures from our trip to Scotland and DPE2023, I had my hans full and failed on the first week here. It's not unlikely that I will do so in the coming days as well. However I am trying to keep an eye on the entries and enjoy it so far!

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Posted By: Mestari
Date Posted: 07 October 2023 at 20:07
Revox restored? :)
How is the sound?


Posted By: minolta_mutley
Date Posted: 08 October 2023 at 19:49
The sound of the revox is better than what's in my picture of day 8 (those came down with a bang - some didn't & show up in a museum)...

To be honnest - the cardridge on the Revox isn't the original one but some ortofon element that got mounted by a specialized technician near the airport by a company selling those beauty's. Helas it doesn't exist anymore. I had to cough up only 200€'s to replace the belt for the moving of the needle-element + a new element+needle.

There are still craftsmen left in Germany, Swiss, or France though. And i got this kit from such a company in Switzerland (i paid too much probably but they generated some good documentation).

I'm not going to pretend it's the best available record player - but it sounds pretty ok. I'm gonna procure a reserve needle (one never knows).

-- about day8 --
I visited the WHI site Gunfire in Brasschaat - and i managed to take +/- 840 images in 3,5 hours (it got near my record at a car fair in Brussels). I'm not going to pretend all the images are good (when you photograph driving tanks at 10fps it'll add up quickly). But i managed to film a driving tank with smoke and sound (and that's what we went for). And take images of a driving-lesson tank - while giving smoke and turns.

There's a lot to see - but the museum is going to be pulled in parts - next year a big part of it will move to Ieper (Ypres in french) - and there won't be any driving possible (due to neighbours hating tanks - i adore trans & tanks...).
When you cannot drive with a tank it becomes worthless.

In fact there are a few events comming up the next few weeks/months - a nocturne. Whenever you love tanks, and anti-warplain weapons - hurry before its gone and pulled apart! We do hope the tanks will drive a last time next year (those who know me - can best get in touch trough André, i will follow up with him - to see we can participate in that event when it comes).

The site with all the info: https://site-gunfire-brasschaat.be/ - https://site-gunfire-brasschaat.be/ they are a part of the War Heritage Institute ( http://www.warheritage.be - www.warheritage.be ).

I've chosen the V1 because i was suprised by its size. It's a private owned piece that won't come with the collection to Ieper! So when you want to see it you'll have to be quick!


Posted By: Snegren
Date Posted: 08 October 2023 at 20:08
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


DAY 1
Snegren, quite disturbing and disorienting, I'd be interested to hear the story behind it.


It is a museum "swimming pool". Glass with a layer of water on it. Under the "water" it looks just like standing on the bottom of a swimming pool. Above ground it looks real as well. Disturbing and disorienting sums it up nicely.

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Posted By: Robbie
Date Posted: 09 October 2023 at 09:43
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

…Robbie, Good to see parents bringing their children to school by bike, what are the blurred shapes they're looking at?…

The photo was taken on a Sunday, so there was no school for the kids.
They watch the participants of the 18th swb marathon run in Bremen.

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Posted By: jvsanchez
Date Posted: 10 October 2023 at 03:08
@alan thank you!

Lots of really really nice shots here everyone. I've really enjoyed visiting each day's thread.

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Posted By: fennetje
Date Posted: 10 October 2023 at 20:40
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


fennetje, you are lucky to live in such a beautiful city, I especially like the soft reflection here.

Hi Alan, thanks. Often Bruges feels too crowded, so I might stick with evening & nightshots for now. No such problems in Wales & Swondonia, I believe    


Posted By: Mestari
Date Posted: 11 October 2023 at 09:45
I wonder how many more cameras LAbernethy still has ;)
That is one impressive collection so far.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 11 October 2023 at 21:28
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

Driving tank
Actually, that is not a tank. It is an armoured all-weather-capable self-propelled anti-aircraft gun known as Flakpanzer Gepard (the Dutch Cheetah PRTL is the same vehicle but with a better radar). So, it is more like "driving Ukraine's best defence against attack drones"

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Posted By: Snegren
Date Posted: 12 October 2023 at 12:02
Oxford dictionary: Tank: A heavy armoured fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a continuous articulated metal track.



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Posted By: minolta_mutley
Date Posted: 12 October 2023 at 18:24
Right you are - now i'm obliged to post some real tank footage in the outtakes section.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 12 October 2023 at 18:46
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Oxford dictionary: Tank: A heavy armoured fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a continuous articulated metal track.
To be complete:
Originally posted by Oxford dictionary Oxford dictionary wrote:

Tank, noun
A heavily armoured combat vehicle which moves on an articulated metal track designed for rough terrain, and is mounted with artillery, typically including a large-calibre gun on a rotating turret.
https://www.oed.com/dictionary/tank_n7?tab=meaning_and_use#19260353

The 35mm Oerlikons are not "large calibre" and the armour is "conventional steel" while the related Leopard MBT has "Rolled homogeneous armour" - for those two reasons and because it is intended to be used against air targets, the Gepard is not a tank.

Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

Right you are - now i'm obliged to post some real tank footage in the outtakes section.
Yep

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Posted By: Snegren
Date Posted: 12 October 2023 at 21:17
It does state "typically". But this is a photography site, so who cares?

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 13 October 2023 at 08:03
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

It does state "typically". But this is a photography site, so who cares?
Well, yeah. "what is a tank" is a complicated question and reasonable people can disagree. This indeed is photography site.

Thankfully Ivo promised more pictures

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 13 October 2023 at 08:06
Day 12:
Originally posted by fennetje fennetje wrote:

mural at night

Wow

Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

flower-X3.jpg

More wow

Both are really good

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Posted By: Dopol
Date Posted: 13 October 2023 at 09:05
^ What Addys says ^
Plus
Every day I like and wonder:
     'What will it be'
     Is there an end to the equipment of Lee

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Posted By: Jonas A-R
Date Posted: 14 October 2023 at 11:26
Half way point! Sorry for not being more active in this thread! I have really enjoined seeing all of the images throughout. Standouts for me is Snegren's under water series and I was pleased to see Pegelli doing a bit of stacking. I am really struggling on that as I have discovered that my Meike flashes will not work properly with manual lenses
Problem described
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/67303151 - here at dpreview if anybody is interested.

I will be going on vacation next week with no way to upload images so you will have to excuse my temporary absence. I will try to get images produced and retrospectively upload on the different days when I am back (at least that is my goal :))



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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 15 October 2023 at 05:25
Yes, we've reached the half way mark.

Thanks to the commentators, of which I'm not one this year.

Always interesting to see the images coming in from a wide range of participants located in various parts of the world and across the Southern Spring and Northern Autumn.

Many of which have rightfully been celebrated for their originality and artistry in our weekly exhibitions.

I've now finished with my 16mm focal length and must say it was rather difficult some days to come up with acceptable subjects and images. I naturally use it in tight spaces, for architecture, and occasionally for deliberate exaggerated perspective, but finding broader subject matter suitable for posting here across 15 consecutive days was really a bit of a challenge - as to be expected.

Now to the rest of the month at 200mm - bigger, heavier, bulkier, impossibly indiscrete, but more to my natural setting (I hope).

Keep up the good work, everyone.


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Posted By: minolta_mutley
Date Posted: 15 October 2023 at 20:46
Today i had some bad luck. I drove 170km's to the kemmel, where we wanted to visit the Kemmel secret atomic command centre bunker that was build in a secret. Nobody has ever known that this thing existed. It was built in the 50's - and is decommisioned due to not being that effective anymore.

It's a bit sad my battery gave up pretty quickly, and i had forgotten to put spares in my bag. The first time in many years that this happened to me. There always has to be a first time (and those responsible for this mess know i'm not happy with bookings in my agenda the day before going to shoot. I simply do need time to prepare).

Anyway for those that ever want to visit this special environment (museum), the Kemmel itself is also nice, and steep with 'kinderkopkes'. And there are lots of battlefields of WWI in the neighbourhood too. Of course there where bunkers - no bunkers, is no visit... (small ones but lots of them, if you have time - there are places more than a few - you can search for them, and send us the number).

We even went to the trenches today. And there is a consequence that makes one humble (i do feel sorry for those poor guys in Oekraine having to fight in such bad conditions harms not only the body but also the mind, even after a very short period).

So i had to fallback to my smartphone - and i'm not used to take images with this thing. So even though it's a sony with Sailfish on it, i won't post them here (maybe a few in the outtakes - i'll see).


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 17 October 2023 at 20:07
I forgot memory cards in the past It happens.
If those phone pics are nice, share them, Ivo!

I was in a lull photography wise - I took a few real pictures on the 8th and then again today, the 17th. It is a good thing I am on 7/week! Expect a lot of pics taken on day 17

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Posted By: Dopol
Date Posted: 17 October 2023 at 20:14
I forgot memory cards as well. And it ain't fun to find out your camera is 'empty'.
These days I have 35 cheap cards spread over all my belongings.
It works, but not against batteries-at-home iso in your bag

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Posted By: fennetje
Date Posted: 17 October 2023 at 21:14
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Day 12
Both are really good

Thanks Addy, glad you said so. I had at first doubts of posting it, but the shots without the filter just weren't as good.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 18 October 2023 at 19:43
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

the promissed extra pictures from the WHI site Gunfire (Brasschaat)
[...]
Addy, had to wait too long - the Tanks!
Ah, some propper tanks! TFS Time makes you hungry, so, the wait was fine

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Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 21 October 2023 at 17:32
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:


Every day I like and wonder:
     'What will it be'
     Is there an end to the equipment of Lee

Oh Yes, you see, there truly is an end to the equipment of Lee.


Posted By: minolta_mutley
Date Posted: 22 October 2023 at 11:23
Yesterdayevening i went to the last ever Nocturne at the Gunfire Brasschaat.

You can still visit that location during the opening hours during the week - or the week-ends. It closes down next year (a lot of the collection will be moved to Ypres - but it won't be as mobile as it used to be).

During those Nocturnes you also get a free visit into the airfield tower, nearby. They 'managed' to remake it into a disco show. If you like it - i can post some more psychedilic images for you (in red, blue, green whatever you like). We (me and André) managed to get some descent shots without that crap (putting every hat - and every piece of cover we had to get rid of that light too).

What you also missed where the tanks, artillery with search light demo's (and running motors - without the sound it looses lots of the attraction, it almost smells as good as a steam train - i must admit that)!

There was a us-made tank in the museum that consumed a little bit more than a car, 565 liters of petrol (no fuel for heating - called diesel in europe) for 100km! With a big V12 motor. You can still visit that site - to have a view of that little tank (it's a little bit bigger than that of lt. Grueber).

Be prepared that i'll warn you when the last tank ride will take place next year somewhere around April! If you like tanks/artillery - you need to give it a visit. (on the same site you can also have oldtimer events during the winter season - watch out for that on the Brasschaat event sites).


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 22 October 2023 at 14:02
I'm just back from a week vacation together with my wife, my sister and her husband in the Ober Engadin region of Switserland. We had beautiful weather the first 5 days (and some rain after that) and we made a lot of long hikes in the valleys and mountains. One of my oktoberfest lenses went along (the wide angle) and I managed to use it every day. So after just making my minimum target of 3/week in the first two weeks this week I can publish 7 photos, together with several outtakes and themed view contributions.

I have a lot of catching up tot do in this challenge, but also from my trip with Fred and Domien, but I hope it will all be published within the coming 2 or 3 weeks. I'll also try to do some commenting, but haven't really decided what and how I want to do that.

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Posted By: waldo_posth
Date Posted: 22 October 2023 at 23:23
Back from a three weeks' trip of biking and hiking - which started October 1. I will try to gradually catch up posting - just posted the four first days. My goal is 7/7 - this is my first monthlong challenge here. I am using the long end of the Sony E 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS APS lens and the Loxia 25mm lens for the challenge (very small kit that fitted into my bike bag).

The biking trip led me from Passau to Vienna along the Danube river - late summer weather except one day when I ended up soaked by the rain. After some days in Vienna (there is currently an impressive exhibition of the photography of https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/joel-sternfeld/ - Joel Sternfeld at the Albertina) I continued to Rhineland-Palatinate for some days of hiking.

So please accept my apologies for not commenting so far.



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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 23 October 2023 at 05:15
Pieter, Harald,
Good to see both of you back, and posting to the Oktoberfest daily threads.
Lots to like, and to look forward to. Wonderful locations you both travelled through, and a source of some really excellent and picturesque subject matter.


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Posted By: Jonas A-R
Date Posted: 26 October 2023 at 15:58
Today's shot was an attempt at using my newly hacked Nisi focusing rail. I have attached a small pin which helps rotate the knob using the notches as guide. A rotation from one notch to the next is 25µm. The image was obtained at 2:1 with a step size of 250µm at f/8. My setup is clearly not stable enough, but I have some ideas on how to improve.



This hack was suggested by Allan Walls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxA-h4zLYRA&t=1532s - here, youtube link

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Posted By: Dopol
Date Posted: 26 October 2023 at 19:37
It looks pretty good to me, Jonas. And a little scary too
How many shots did you actually use to get this picture?

(ps Your picture in the Talk Thread isn't showing')

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Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 26 October 2023 at 20:26
It always seems to happen that I start off commenting but then get caught up in other stuff. This time I've been having to drive my wife to hospital appointments after she broke her collarbone but she's now been passed fit to swim and is getting a list to the pool so I have a spare evening. I'll skip week 2 which now seems ancient history.

DAY 15
Gregja: I really like the contrast of light and shade and between the horizontals and diagonals.
LAbernethy: Nice idea to use the chequerboard as a base. I've concluded you must own a camera shop
Dopol: Dutch cycling culture, much admired by some of us in UK.
waldo_posth: Pleasing still life in autumnal brown.

DAY 16
Jozioau: The essence of hallowe'en, i.e. not at all scary!
Jonas A-R: Interesting to see the cross section, like from a biology textbook.
pegelli: Took me a while to spot them, nature at its bleak and formidable best.

DAY 17
fennetje: Lovely softness.
Phil Wood: Rich tones accentuated by sunlight,interesting mix of brick sizes.

DAY 18
Snegren: I'm marvelling at the effort that the design and construction must have taken.
Jozioau: Nice little urban cameo.
pegelli: Beautiful view, how did you get up there?

DAY 19
onsplekkie: Nice catch
pegelli: The blurring from the glass creates an unsettling sense of movement, the colour pop is effective here (I don't normally like the technique).

DAY 20
Jozioau: The leaves nicely echo the stamens.
Snegren: Beautiful structure.
onsplekkie: A striking collision of shapes and hues.
addy landzaat: What a great building, focus is off but makes a fine backdrop.
Phil Wood: Elegant terrace, are we also seeing effects of the bizarre 18th century window tax? And is that a dead body on the grass?

DAY 21
Snegren: Great perspective.
onsplekkie: That grabbed my attention, the wet street adding to the show.
minolta_mutley: Another nice dose of colour.
Robbie: Peaceful sylvan scene, I'm impressed by your choice of portrait orientation, which I rarely use.


Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 27 October 2023 at 01:33
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:



DAY 15

LAbernethy: Nice idea to use the chequerboard as a base. I've concluded you must own a camera shop

Thanks. I don't say anything about my wife's shoes, she doesn't say anything about the cameras; at some point I think something should have been said.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 27 October 2023 at 11:57
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:



DAY 15

LAbernethy: Nice idea to use the chequerboard as a base. I've concluded you must own a camera shop

Thanks. I don't say anything about my wife's shoes, she doesn't say anything about the cameras; at some point I think something should have been said.
nah, just get a bigger house

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Posted By: Mestari
Date Posted: 28 October 2023 at 20:26
From day 23, that misty morning picture is beautiful


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 28 October 2023 at 23:29
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


DAY 17
Phil Wood: Rich tones accentuated by sunlight,interesting mix of brick sizes.

DAY 20
Phil Wood: Elegant terrace, are we also seeing effects of the bizarre 18th century window tax? And is that a dead body on the grass?


Thanks for the comments Alan.

The church was built in the 1920s featuring local bricks in a variety of patterns - sadly all the brickworks are gone now.

I suspect The terraced houses are too small to have been subject to the window tax (10+ windows) - the use of the double windows would be insane if not. The dead body is a bike and some coats dumped there by some lads playing football just out of shot.


Posted By: Robbie
Date Posted: 29 October 2023 at 17:29
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Robbie: Peaceful sylvan scene, I'm impressed by your choice of portrait orientation, which I rarely use.

Thanks Alan. In September I visited the photo exhibition Secret of Light with photographs by Ralph Gibson in Hamburg. One of the photo series exhibited was entitled "The Vertical Horizon" in which only photos taken in portrait format were presented.
From the text accompanying the exhibition "Secret of Light":

"The Vertical Horizon (2016-2021)
Gibson clearly prefers the portrait format. “When I abandoned the narrative structure of photojournalism decades ago, I was driven away from the horizontal frame […]; 99 percent of my photographs are seen and taken vertically.” Many of the motifs can be found in urban spaces. The recordings radiate a strange, almost irritating energy. Individual motifs seem to break out of their flat spatial structure and conquer the pictorial space. This surreal quality is also due to the use of the 135mm focal length lens. The deliberate optical compression used here condenses the carefully worked out relationship of shapes, volumes and proportions. This is further supported by the overly sharp clarity and the emphasis on linear aspects."

I wanted to try that out. It's a real challenge. Some of the pictures I took I would normally have taken in landscape format, which would have done the pictures more justice. Sometimes I forgot that I only wanted to take pictures in portrait format and then I couldn't use them.

I will definitely try this again.

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Posted By: Snegren
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 10:34
And so another Dyxum Challenge comes to an end. 31 images, 12 at 300 mm and 19 at 14 mm. The 31 images came from 14 sessions. I have done one month of Pic-a-Day in the past but I found out I hate it, it is too hard to go out and shoot something decent everyday of the week, particularly as most of the daylight is lost to office hours.

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Posted By: Jonas A-R
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 10:59
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

And so another Dyxum Challenge comes to an end. 31 images, 12 at 300 mm and 19 at 14 mm. The 31 images came from 14 sessions. I have done one month of Pic-a-Day in the past but I found out I hate it, it is too hard to go out and shoot something decent everyday of the week, particularly as most of the daylight is lost to office hours.


Congratulations for completing this! I really enjoyed your series

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Posted By: alanfrombangor
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 20:02
Pic-a-day achieved with 15 images at 24mm and 16 at 200mm, Variable quality, as is inevitable with pic-a-day as Pieter says but it got me out on days where I might otherwise have stayed in. I'll be glad to get back to the zoom option, I found 24mm generally too wide and 200mm too long


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 20:13
I've seen many great shot from all you fellow Octoberfest-gangers. TFS!


I've not finished just yet, pics from last 2 days are still on my cam. Travelling now, so it will have to wait.

I love the concept of a 31 pic-a-day straight. I do not realy care if images work out nicely, the daily practice keeps me sharp for the moment I realy need to get out the cam quickly to capture a streetshot

I like the Zeiss Loxia 35 over the Sigma 90i. Mainly beacause I of my prefrence of 35 mm angle over longer lenses. Makes me go closer to my subjects.

Looking forward to mount up some of my other lenses now. Week 50 anyone ?


Posted By: Snegren
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 20:25
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Pic-a-day achieved with 15 images at 24mm and 16 at 200mm, Variable quality, as is inevitable with pic-a-day as Pieter says but it got me out on days where I might otherwise have stayed in. I'll be glad to get back to the zoom option, I found 24mm generally too wide and 200mm too long


Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

I've seen many great shot from all you fellow Octoberfest-gangers. TFS!


I've not finished just yet, pics from last 2 days are still on my cam. Travelling now, so it will have to wait.

I love the concept of a 31 pic-a-day straight. I do not realy care if images work out nicely, the daily practice keeps me sharp for the moment I realy need to get out the cam quickly to capture a streetshot

I like the Zeiss Loxia 35 over the Sigma 90i. Mainly beacause I of my prefrence of 35 mm angle over longer lenses. Makes me go closer to my subjects.

Looking forward to mount up some of my other lenses now. Week 50 anyone ?


Pic-a-Day

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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 02:08
Another Oktoberfest done and dusted, this time using set ends of zooms after having used all my primes over past years. 16mm end of CZ 16-35mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar for days 1 to 15, and 200mm end of SEL70200GM2 for the second half.
Challenges are by their nature challenging, especially pic a day for 31 days straight, but it does get the participants out and about with their photographic gear to capture images that wouldn't have seen the light of day.
Very enjoyable to see the entries posted from around the globe and in the opposite seasons North and South.
Although I've left commentary to others this year I'll add something to my voting thread when that's up and ready.
Thanks to all participants, and as testimony to the undoubted quality, there's been a good representation of Oktoberfest images in the weekly exhibitions over the month.

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Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 19:11
Congratulations to all who managed to make it to the end. Sadly, I did not.
Some great images, with a few standouts I would like to mention:
onsplekkie - Day 24 Excellent Portrait worthy of the cover of that Hemingway novel "The Old Man and the Sea"
Snegren - Day 29 Graphic geometry at it's finest!!!
alanfrombangor - Day 27 Another outstanding silhouette
Robbie - Day 31 catchy, well executed editorial piece

As for me. I tried to keep it interesting and was planning a "Team Sony" "Team Olympus" group shot but life got in the way.


Posted By: Phil Wood
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 19:15
A bit of a struggle this year, but I managed to get a shot every day, albeit of varying quality. I used the 35mm far too much, but I do like that lens. While I like the challenge of shooting every day there was a lot going on this October and there were days when I sat down at the computer to review the day's shots fully expecting to find nothing vaguely suitable.

As ever I have enjoyed seeing everyone else's efforts with the usual envy at the quality of many of the images (and the Antipodean weather).

And so to Week 50 ...


Posted By: Dopol
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 20:07
I made it to the finish with a little belated end sprint.
Thanks for all the encouragement required at the end of a Challenge month.

A few photos/photographers stood out for me.
Jonas's makro effort, and in general his well-prepared shots of flowers and insects. (I remember having seen a selfie of you, but that didn't make it to the thumbnails?)

snegren with an impossible lens, even making it to PotW

Alanfrombangor who always manages to take beautiful and varied photos of his 'backyard' in the old slate industry and train stuff

gregja who sees an abstract/subject in every nail he passes.

onsplekkie who once again surprised me with several intimate and warm photos. The 35mm certainly suits you

pegelli with a great variety of topics. Always in striking photos

phil wood with funny shots and good captions

LAbernathy: you did make it to almost the last day. Run out of cameras or out time?

It's not that others didn't do very well, but I couldn't catch them under one umbrella

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Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 10 November 2023 at 01:42
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:



LAbernathy: you did make it to almost the last day. Run out of cameras or out time?



I have actually downsized my "collection". I sold off the Minolta 7D, Sony a100, Sony a500, Sony a580, Sony a37, Sony a57, Sony a68, Olympus E-410, Olympus E-510, Olympus E-620 and Minolta Maxxum 7.
I was looking to right-size further but there were no takers. The idea was to have only two mounts and two or three battery lines.
It was time that I was short on.


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 12 November 2023 at 19:28
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:



onsplekkie who once again surprised me with several intimate and warm photos. The 35mm certainly suits you



THNX for you kind words, much appriciated



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