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2020 July Prime Weeks - Talk Thread - Event Date: 06 July 2020 - 02 August 2020

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 00:09
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


@bigsi - nice tree, nice light, nice photo - you have a way with light in your shots that I envy.



Thanks Phil, very kind words, luckily its a local tree so it was just of case of waiting
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Hope all goes well for you Alan and your treatment goes smoothly!

I'm taking it easy on this challenge, just posting 3 per week and more if I get the chance. I didn't finish my last couple of challenges so I thought I'd lessen the pressure this time round.
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I'll have a go at commenting, looking at the thumbnails-

Jozioau- Considering the limitations of your lockdown well done for staying motivated! You seem to be lucky in Oz with many plants flowering well in your winter but B5 ticks the box for me, you cant beat moody atmosphere in my book.

gregja- I've always enjoyed your take on everyday subjects, getting low and close and using light to make the viewer see the mundane in a whole new light. I especially like D2 as its something I've often tried myself but never managed to pull off.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 11:51
@Jozioau - Apologies, somehow I skipped over your Week A Day 1 shot and commented on everyone else's. I was particularly interested in the concept of a 'linear fisheye'? And I like the choice of almond croissants as the centrepiece, I love almond croissants.

@Snegren - thanks for sorting the image, and a very nice one too.

And a couple more added after I commented.

@addy landzaat - the title says it all.
@gregja - like your close-up wide-open shots, but always interested when you take a step back - love the light on this one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 12:54
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

@Jozioau - Apologies, somehow I skipped over your Week A Day 1 shot and commented on everyone else's. I was particularly interested in the concept of a 'linear fisheye'? And I like the choice of almond croissants as the centrepiece, I love almond croissants.


Phil, thanks for your comments. I share your love of almond croissants, preferably accompanied by a long macchiato, and I deliberately made them my centre-piece.
As for the linear fisheye, it's a fisheye lens that renders its images corner to corner without vignetting. The lines get bendy but the frame is filled. The other sort, the circular fisheye lens, creates a circle, leaving blacked out corners.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 19:33
Ended the <29mm week. But I had my A99m2 for the biggest part at APS-C and did not know....

The 28/2 is a great lens from wide open. At least my copy is. Extreme corners could be better on full frame, but that is about it for faults. Now I'll continue with another great lens for the last week: Sony FE 85/1.8.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 20:15
As usual I'll start commenting on the outtakes. Since there aren't too many I'll see if I have time for some commenting on the main posts as well. But give all the flexibilities that is not as straight forward as with the April and Oktober challenges.

I'd appreciate input if we should maybe reduce the flexibility next year and for instance mandate the weeks in order of focal length used such that every day of the month basically only has one thread. Other input/ideas to make the month more interactive are welcome as well.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


The 28/2 is a great lens from wide open. At least my copy is. Extreme corners could be better on full frame, but that is about it for faults. Now I'll continue with another great lens for the last week: Sony FE 85/1.8.


My 28/2 takes great photos stopped down it is well sharp and wide open you get great selective focus. My problem is that selective focus - as I am viewing any scene through a wide open lens, even if it will stop down and give corner to corner sharpness while taking the shot.

So I see something like this, which I find disconcerting:


I don't find any other fast lens so confuddling.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 20:42
So here's some comments on the outtakes

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Jozioau: I think you picked the right one looking down, but I also like the one looking up, it has a bit more mistery because you can see less of where the stairs are leading to
Hezu: at least the way you framed the squirrel it's still an important part of the photo
Hezu: congrats on these lenses. I also have the 65 mm and it's stellar, I don't have the 40 mm since I already own an M-mount 35/1.2 and that would be too close to have both.
Jozioau, given the round pond it's hardly visible that you used a fish-eye. It's a nice scene/composition but the contrast between fore and background seems a little too much (or at least I would have probably tried some graduated filters in PP to reduce it)
Phil Wood: For me the more or less dof is a toss-up, both are nice, but I would have liked to see the tower in its entirety
Dopol: Were you inpired by this song from the Manhattan Transfer: My cat fell in the well
Hezu: the framing again helped the small subjects still stand out
Jozioau: Nice light and colours, but the composition seems a bit confusing to me
Dopol: the wheel of fortune? Nice processing!


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Jozioau: beautiful flower!
mikey2000: what a line up, still gves a strange feeling, I think we'll take a long time to recover
Jozioau: the fog really adds a lot to this series, nice compositions and a special mood
Snegren: Nice and quiet scene with a speckled leading line helping the viewer through it
Hezu: auch, hope you can get the Laowa fixed, and the rendering of that 1.2 Nokton works well in the other shots
Jozioau (2 posts): more beautiful flowers and all are well captured. I thought it was winter down under
Hezu: beautiful sunset, and the little island and clouds add a lot to the overall mood
Jozioau: Great subject for a still life and the perfect background for it. I like how you brought out all the weathered aspects
Snegren: Great series, even though some are not at the "challenge focal length", my favourites are 8 and 10.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 20:50
Phil, that looks excessively soft, even in the middle. Your day 1 with this lens looks pretty good to me however.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 21:40
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:


I'd appreciate input if we should maybe reduce the flexibility next year and for instance mandate the weeks in order of focal length used such that every day of the month basically only has one thread. Other input/ideas to make the month more interactive are welcome as well.


From my perspective, removing some flexibility and having a rule that all participants progress together from widest to longest lens together through weeks A to B to C to D would make commenting so much easier. We then have a consistent block of related photos by the end of each week as the challenge progresses.

It is hardly a brake on creativity since everyone still gets to choose their own gear, and everyone still gets to shoot all four focal lengths.

I would think it’s worth doing this way.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 22:10
At least with this challenge I feel I can read the interesting talk without being inundated with comments about pictures that are not worth comments. But i think I am in a minority.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2020 at 23:18
I updated my backlog partially
I can easily blame the flexibility, but that would be unfair.
It was merely my lack of diligence and time.
I have been birding intensively this month, producing many 100's of photos.
They needed to be edited along with the challenge shots.

As for the flexibility discussion, I think I'm not in addy's minority.
Slightly more rigidity would be a good thing I think.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 09:37
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Hezu: congrats on these lenses. I also have the 65 mm and it's stellar, I don't have the 40 mm since I already own an M-mount 35/1.2 and that would be too close to have both.
Thanks, I'm still feeling quite happy about this purchase after using both these Voigtländers for this challenge. Still, with Nokton 40 mm there were times when I was thinking that I would love to have better magnification and shorter minimum focus distance and also I didn't yet have proper opportunity to try shooting wide open at f/1.2. With 65 mm Macro APO-Lanthar it was then bit easier to find subjects to photograph, although few times I was thinking that AF would be nice to have...
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