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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 Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2020 at 09:36
Joe, you're doing a fantastic job commenting.
Much appreciated and one of the reasons I like these challenges.
Too bad I didn't find the time to comment so far.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 2:
@alanfrombangor - a strong and simple image that conveys the solidity and functionality of the lighthouse in its coastal setting.

Day 4:
@alanfrombangor - a rather grim and forbidding edifice made more so in B&W and no sign of life. Nevertheless, the perspective is perfectly rendered with the tilt/shift lens.

Thanks for your commenting Joe. My Week A visit to the lighthouse was primarily to record the sound of the bell before it was silenced after tolling every 30 seconds for the past 97 years. The video is here

A4: The church played a big role in the establishment of the university, and the main building looks more like a cathedral than the city's actual cathedral which is more church sized. One day I was passing the cathedral when a tourist pointed to the university on the hill and asked for directions to the cathedral, an understandable mistake to make.

My challenge fizzled out, didn't shoot anything for the final week but will comment when the voting thread is up. It got me using three seldom used primes though, so a success in that respect.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2020 at 04:47
Following on from Joe's comments on Week C, here are selective comments on Week D's (focal length >106mm) offerings.

Day 1:
@gregja - a fine monochrome bench, framed to good effect.
@Fred_S - almost looks like those lily pads are leaping out of the pond.
@Snegren - that's one very relaxed cat you've got.
@alanfrombangor - a lovely telephoto of your subject artistically perched on the sinuous rod. Puzzled by the circular OOF artefacts in the background.
@mikey2000 - presumably this is wildlife? Well snapped.
@LAbernethy - today's model looks well loved and well used compared to some of its pristine, showroom condition companions. Well placed on the industrial steps.
@Phil Wood - lovely flowers, sharp main subject and smooth Bokeh. 135mm is deservedly a favourite.
@bigsi - a striking almost studio quality portrait of your attractive model.

Day 2:
@gregja - another super-saturated image that works. Love the way the subject is mirrored as the increasingly OOF background recedes.
@Snegren - a grumpy looking highland cow on a bad hair day - but that's every day - and the flies wouldn't have helped its mood.
@mikey2000 - mountain dog?? Does it get to be off-leash in the wild?
@mariuszlo - that seagull makes for an engaging snap that grabs one's attention. Well caught.
@bigsi - an archetypical image of the Devon countryside. Very picturesque.

Day 3:
@Dopol - nice snap of this (to me) exotic species of bird. Probably would have been a better photo if it had allowed you to take it from a lower viewpoint.
@pegelli - simple industrial tanks, but nicely composed, framed and presented.
@Snegren - that's a pretty spectacular bloom, and its reflection makes for a good photo.
@mikey2000 - lovely tendril standing out and looking full of life against the soft background.
@Hezu - that's a strange looking fly, but an interesting tele-macro.
@mariuszlo - a snapshot of street life in the pandemic with face-masked people in the cave.
@LAbernethy - a very elegant, minimalist, functional (Bauhaus design inspired?) piece, nicely showcased in this photo.
@Phil Wood - Like the way your subject and its snack are spotlit with the Pringle casting a shadow on the seagull's breast.
@bigsi - a very beautifully rendered, painterly image of these dreamy looking flowers.
@waldo_posth - shows that a piece of everyday urban structure can be made into an interesting photograph given the right viewpoint, framing and lighting - all down to the photographer of course.

Day 4:
@gregja - an interesting snap of street life in a theatrical setting.
@pegelli - beautiful image with the subject and background balancing against eachother.
@Fred_S - that's a very photogenic piece of natural architectural structure.
@Dopol - your recent birding images are a fine advertisement for your new lens. The subject pops.
@Snegren - lovely study of the zebra's tail end. The patterning is wonderful.
@mariuszlo - seems the liberty duck made the ultimate sacrifice here.
@Hezu - great macro showing the ants working their herd of aphids.
@Phil Wood - brilliant abstraction and great image.
@waldo_posth - lovely landscape that has a touch of the surreal about it. Perhaps it's the lolly-pop colouring?

Day 5:
@gregja - love this image of the rollers, and especially the ones in the OOF background. Looks like wood and perished rubber?
@addy landzaat - a poignant memorial. On my screen it looks a little bit washed out. Perhaps a tweak of black point or contrast?
@Fred_S - a nicely taken geometric progression.
@Snegren - a very handsome Golden Eagle specimen showing off its strong profile.
@mikey2000 - desperate times call for desperate measures when you're grounded and confined. Nice selfie, but almost time to get the whipper-snipper out.
@mariuszlo - a lovely piece of New York (or is it New Jersey) streetscape in the summer. Deserted due to Covid?
@pegelli - a stark and brutalist piece of modernist façade but the photo is enlivened by the parked motorbike.
@Hezu - a glorious macro of the bumblebee on its richly coloured food source.
@Phil Wood - a apropos of your quote, it seems the words have already 'spoken'.

Day 6:
@Snegren - a fabulous study of the spectacularly marked Gelada ("Bleeding Heart") monkey. Excellent rim lighting.
@mikey2000 - good to see your pup wearing a face mask. Got to set a good example.
@mariuszlo - a classic 1970s British MG-B that could do with a bit of TLC.
@waldo_posth - nicely presented photo of Baroque splendour, with the bracket light playing on the bust and the architectural detailing around the openings.

Day 7:
@gregja - a real Aussie salute. Great shot.
@Snegren - another very fine tail end view of the Okapi. No less wondrous in its markings than its Zebra cousin.
@Fred_S - a very appealing flower, nicely focussed and composed.
@mariuszlo - a fitting salute to a legacy Minolta lens.
@pegelli - a classic image of Baroque symmetry.

That's all folks.....
Although I'll keep an eye out for any late posters and add any comments that they may inspire.

For me, as always, I enjoy Dyxum Challenges for their getting me out an about with my camera and often with lenses I wouldn't regularly use.

And this is particularly so during the Covid-19 Pandemic with its associated constraints, as it provides a connection to this world-wide community, so important while some of us are locally locked down.

In fact our Lock-down Mark 2 in response to a large second spike in community based infections was announced just after the challenge started, resulting in all my images having to be in and around the immediate vicinity of home.

Big thanks to the organisers without whom none of this would happen.

Edited by Jozioau - 05 August 2020 at 06:21
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2020 at 12:42
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 5:
@gregja - love this image of the rollers, and especially the ones in the OOF background. Looks like wood and perished rubber?

Rust and perished rubber..its a classic typical trailer for a tinny that you see in the streets around the place

That's all folks.....

Thanks Joe for all the effort in commenting. I enjoy reading your take on all the photos. May you be out of lockdown soon and stay safe and well until then.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2020 at 15:19
As usual my commenting is non-existent, for which I deeply appologise. I so much admire people who perform this valuable task.

Edited by Snegren - 05 August 2020 at 18:01
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