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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

So here's some comments on the outtakes

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Dopol: Were you inpired by this song from the Manhattan Transfer: My cat fell in the well


It was just a well in my sons new garden. He wants to get rid of it, the cats decided otherwise
A great song by the way , I think it wouldn't sell much these days, or would it?
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

So here's some comments on the outtakes
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Jozioau (2 posts): more beautiful flowers and all are well captured. I thought it was winter down under


Of course there are winter flowering plants here, and you need to know that in Melbourne a cold winter's night gets down to around 3 degrees C, and a cold day would be around 10 degrees C.

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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

Phil, that looks excessively soft, even in the middle. Your day 1 with this lens looks pretty good to me however.

It's not too bad in the centre and much of the frame is OOF - but I would normally take shots like the day 1 image using MF and peaking, so it may need some AF micro-adjusting. From f2.8 on it blows away my 28/2.8 so it isn't all bad news. I'd certainly like to try another copy, but I'm loathe to buy another one at a FL I don't really enjoy.
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High time to further comment on the outtakes

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Jozioau, more beautiful winter flowers from down south , aperture and dof is always a toss up with these type of shots. I like the more creamy background of the first but the flowers in the second one are sharper all over but at the expense of a busier background.
Jozioau, I like all these shots of the little chinese figurine, dof and background all work together well in these
Jozioau, great subject for limited dof shots. It seems the strings are a bit rusty, is it a little used piano?
Jozioau, nice and luminous flower macro
Hezu, I like how all the diagonal lines get broken by the insect
Jozioau, same comment as the chinese figurine, well done
Jozioau, great reportage of the sign of these times, both the outtake and the main shot
Hezu, beautiful rendering in all these, I like what you're doing with this new lens. All the wasps are great and the birch leaves have something special.
Dopol, the lines in your main shot make it but I like this one as well, next time try this technique with your bird shots, you can really make them stand out that way
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Now that we're nearing the end of the July Prime challenge, and the postings are filling up, it's time for some comments on selected images that have caught my eye.

Starting with Week A, focal length less than 29mm.

Day 1:
@onsplekkie - I like your take on this as a square crop with the vastness of sea and sky against scale of the semi-silhouetted solitary person walking the shoreline.
@bigsi - a very appealing capture of this gnarled oak. Nicely framed and composed.
@snegren - of course from this viewpoint and with this focal length, the building is 'falling over', but an attractive image of an interesting building and its setting.
@Dopol - a fine brooding monochrome that leads the viewer into the picture.
@Robbie - well spotted and well captured. Like the reflected sky in the broken glass.
@gregja - a strong 'pop' image in its composition and super saturated colours.

Day 2:
@onsplekkie - a fine architectural image of a most interesting fašade and the even more interesting reflections in it.
@LAbernethy - an idiosyncratic theme you've chosen, making the viewer wonder what late 20th C portable radio or listening device might be featured next? This image made more interesting for the OOF cyclist in the background.
@bigsi - a fine animal study from ground level and with this focal length, it would have to have been from very close up. No doubt the photographer would have experienced the pigs in full 'smell-a-vision'.
@mikey2000 - a relaxed portrait of your fast growing puppy camouflaged on the couch. I would have preferred it with a little more DOF to have it sharp from nose tip to eyes.
@alanfrombangor - a strong and simple image that conveys the solidity and functionality of the lighthouse in its coastal setting.
@addy landzaat - Dutch windmills are always appealing and photogenic subjects, and this image is made the more interesting with the running man.
@gregja - an appealing image with its strong backlighting, the contrast of light and patterned shadow and narrow DOF focussed on the dew drops in the foreground. At first viewing it looked to me like some large scale engineered structure.
@waldo_posth - an aesthetically very pleasing image in its composition, colouring and presentation.

Day 3:
@LAbernethy - another in your themed series. The chequerboard top and the OOF barriers add interest. Just wondering whether you are the collector and owner, or do you simply know a whole lot of enthusiasts?
@pegelli - a simple canal scene, but attractively framed and presented.
@onsplekkie - an outstanding image with its square format, repetitive patterns, leading lines, and selective focus.
@mariuszlo - a cheerful 'almost macro' to brighten things up for the viewer.
@Phil Wood - interesting shot of this historic setting nicely framed through the portal.
@alanfrombangor - a fine fašade image of this historic building, rendered in true perspective with your tilt/shift lens. Sad it's all boarded up and abandoned - surely it would be a sought after location for conversion to studios, apartments, cafes, theatres?
@Snegren - a very attractive delicate mushroom against its bubbly rendered background. I'm surprised by how ridiculously shallow the DOF is at f4.0.
@mikey2000 - a lovely piece of woodland with the person in it adding interest.
@Dopol - another attractive historic windmill in the Dutch landscape with the road leading the eye into the scene, and through to the strip of sunlight towards the horizon.
@bigsi - a beautiful monochrome image. Love the spot-lit ears in the foreground against the darker field.
@gregja - a fine piece of abstraction through the use of very shallow DOF. Strong composition and image.

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.
@LAbernethy - this sleek model is evocative of the 1970s Jet-Set against the OOF luxury boat.
@mikey2000 - a real visual 'Cri de Couer' from a locked-in schoolkid.
@Snegren - a most unusual rendering (for me anyway) with this legacy idiosyncratic lens. Great outcome.
@Dopol - a simple bucolic scene, but attractively captured and presented.
@Gregja - a lovely bit of Australiana. Unique and photogenic.
@waldo_posth - gigantic 'roll your own'. Nice snap.

Day 5:
@mariuszlo - a very interesting image with its foreground dominated by what might otherwise be regarded as a boring bit of paving, but made interesting the way it's framed and its context.
@Robbie - for me it's the anglers on the bank that create the interest. Nice shot.
@Phil Wood - interesting image, not least (for me) in that Bath and Oxford are that close to one-another.
@Dopol - an interesting glimpse of the inside of the observatory shelter. Is that your big lens the other 'tog is looking through?
@gregja - this rendering is a tad too 'psychedelic' for me.

Day 6:
@mariuszlo - nicely taken group shot of these town bikes.
@Robbie - fine shot taken from near pavement level leading the eye towards the tower on the bridge.
@Fred_S - a very fine Macro taken with this lens. Beautiful Bokeh.
@mikey2000 - I guess just a snap out of your office window - unremarkable but for the fact you are back in the cockpit. My nephew who is a first officer with Jetstar International remains grounded together with the fleet for the foreseeable future.
@Dopol - an interesting look into the wild from the hide. Fascinating amount of clutter arranged along the shelf.
@gregja - a very beautiful architectural image. Perfectly composed, lit and processed.
@waldo_posth - I like this dark and rather brooding image for its low viewpoint, its wide angle perspective, and the way the eye is drawn through the arch to the light and colour of the distant palace.

Day 7:
@pegelli - a nice slice of equestrian life that tells its story well.
@mariuszlo - obviously there's no tiring of this magnificent view to Manhattan. Great shot at a great time to be taking it.
@Hezu - wonderful Macro of this attractive flowering plant with the giant bumble bee homing in on its food source.
@Robbie - another fine worm's eye view focussed on the flowering weed.
@mikey2000 - I described yesterday's offering from you as unremarkable. Well today's makes up for it in spades!!! What a sensational image. I'm very envious that Comet Neowise isn't visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
@Dopol - I guess in order to get your fabulous kingfisher shots this is what you spend a lot of time looking at, with not one in sight...
@gregja - beautifully constructed image. Love the curved structures, the low light, dramatic shadows and flare. Well done.
@waldo_posth - an attractively composed and presented view of this modern sculpture.

I'll work my way through Weeks B, C and D over the next little while.





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Jozioau, your two latest pictures show the street scenes with unusually little traffic, any chance you would have picture of the same street from the days before the pandemic for comparison?
 



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Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Jozioau, your two latest pictures show the street scenes with unusually little traffic, any chance you would have picture of the same street from the days before the pandemic for comparison?


Just so happens I do.
This street and others like it are very heavily congested, and because our trams run in the middle of the street with tram stops on the pavement and cars running between, each time the tram stops, the traffic has to stop. To help the flow, there is a clearway with no parking allowed for the length of the street in the city bound direction from 7:30 to 9:00am, and in the outbound direction from 4:00 to 6:30pm. Any cars parked in the clearway are towed away and impounded.
And as can be seen in my current photos, there are signs saying tram lines must be clear of cars from 7:00am to 9:00am Monday to Friday.
All of which helps a little bit in normal times, but with our Covid-19 lock-down it's rather academic right now.

This photo which doesn't look down the length of the street was taken with a Minolta 200mm f2.8 APO G on my then a700, so the cropped equivalent of 300mm, compared to my entry and out-take taken with the Minolta 500mm f8 Reflex on my a99ii.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Day 5:
@Phil Wood - interesting image, not least (for me) in that Bath and Oxford are that close to one-another.

They aren't far apart, but they are not as close as one might assume from the sign. the road forks a few hundred yards west. Oxford is 27 miles north, Bath 51 miles west - they are not 24 miles apart on the same road.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Now that we're nearing the end of the July Prime challenge, and the postings are filling up, it's time for some comments on selected images that have caught my eye.

Starting with Week A, focal length less than 29mm.

Day 6:
@Fred_S - a very fine Macro taken with this lens. Beautiful Bokeh.


Thanks Joe!
I am done with posting now. As mentioned before this July Prime Weeks challenge was a bigger struggle than other challenges. Maybe I just don't like the 'must do' feeling in the holiday season .
I will pick up some commenting in the coming days too. Overall I have kept an eye on and enjoyed all the contributions so far! Thanks all for participating.
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Following on from Joe's comments on Week A, here are selective comments on Week B's (focal length 30-49mm) offerings.

Day 1:
@alanfrombangor - a simple but appealing shot of this stretch of road wending away through the arch.
@snegren - interesting image with its circular field, shallow focus and patterned shadows.
@Dopol - a fine monochrome cat portrait. Lovely tones and lighting.
@mariuszlo - never tire of greater New York's cityscape.
@Phil Wood - nicely taken with the eyes following the railway lines into the distance. Looks pretty well abandoned.
@onsplekkie - a comment on our times - a solitary pedestrian in an empty of people setting.
@mikey2000 - another fine photo of this spectacular comet, but after the one taken from the cockpit over London, it pales.
@Hezu - an appealing photo of this purple flower in its OOF lakeside setting.
@LAbernethy - I'm enjoying (and looking forward to) your themed series, wondering what the next day will bring. That's an impressive collection of period devices, and set against various interesting backdrops.
@gregja - this take on the corner flag is made more interesting with the OOF field of players in the background. To my taste the saturation cranked up to 11 is a bit over the top, but you're the creative so it's your call.
@pegelli - a lovely and relaxing bit of narrative.
@bigsi - getting really close up to those photogenic porkers. Great shot.

Day 2:
@addy - lovely to see this classic Zenza Bronica, but surprised it's OK to be spattered with rain. Presumably it's well weatherproof?
@Snegren - again a fine circular field to this engaging selectively focussed image.
@mariuszlo - a very familiar scene for Dyxum members who follow your posts, but it never fails to enchant and delight. And all of them different in their lighting, their atmospherics and your creative settings.
@Phil Wood - a simple environmental statement, well made.
@onsplekkie - a wonderful monochrome study, beautifully composed and exposed.
@mikey2000 - sheer exuberance.
@Hezu - fine composition with the horizon so low in the frame and the big sky dominating.
@alanfrombangor - presumably taken after a huge mountain bike climb. Fine view with the ruin in the foreground adding interest.
@gregja - a creative take on common chain mesh, enhanced by the blazing sunlight.
@pegelli - amazingly shallow DOF and smooth Bokeh but I guess that comes with f1.2. Great photo.

Day 3:
@alanfrombangor - what a remarkable scene. Love the juxtaposition of the soft mosses overgrowing the hardness of the rocks and trees.
@Robbie - Beautiful flowers and prickles, beautifully taken.
@onsplekkie - a very fine photo of this most picturesque of canal-side 'streetscapes', very well suited to monochrome and much enhanced by the reflections.
@LAbernethy - another most enjoyable shot in the series, with a particularly interesting backdrop.
@bigsi - wonderful dog portrait that looks like it could have been shot in a studio.


Day 4:
@Snegren - hope you enjoyed taking your circular field series as much as we've enjoyed seeing the results. Another fine image, beautifully de-saturated.
@onsplekkie - strong composition and monochrome image. Looking like it might if it had been taken using a red or orange filter, and printed on high contrast paper.
@Phil Wood - a fine array of shapes and textures.
@Hezu - no doubt a super model in the making.
@mikey2000 - how can you resist?
@pegelli - another commentary of the perilous times we're all living through. Good to put a smile on things.
@Dopol - the distorted and selectively focussed lens baby view of things, but through it all, a nowadays familiar scene of a solitary person in an empty setting.

Day 5:
@addy landzaat - a poignant image of a casualty of war who fell so very close to the end of hostilities.
@onsplekkie - an interesting shot of intense concentration and creativity.
@Phil Wood - nicely taken with the fastening ring and rope sharp against the OOF boats stranded by the low tide.
@gregja - a very pleasing repetitive pattern, well created and presented.
@Dopol - another lens baby image, but the central part of this antique tram is very naturally rendered. Couldn't spot any 'selfie' in the windscreen.

Day 6:
@Hezu - most appetising. Hopefully didn't get too cold while being photographed.
@mikey2000 - great worm's eye view of the frog. If you hadn't described it in the title, the dog wouldn't have been recognised. Did you take any with sufficient DOF to make both of them out better? Hopefully this all ended well.
@pegelli - Interesting how humans anthropomorphise inanimate objects. Well spotted.
@Dopol - a beautifully rendered and iconic mural with the lone pedestrian lending scale.
@Fred_S - appealing image with the bright anchor and the increasingly OOF coiled wire leading into the distance.
@waldo_posth - an explosion of bright yellow. A very cheering image, beautifully framed, focussed and presented.

Day 7:
@alanfrombangor - a rather stark image that would probably have been softened in colour with the distant valley floor providing relief from the harshness of the road and its immediate surroundings.
@onsplekkie - an interesting action shot from ground level and within its structured framework.
@Snegren - a very interesting view of a bench. If it hadn't been labeled, it would have kept me guessing.
@gregja - dramatic sunburst through the trees, back-lighting the ears of grass. Great shot.
@pegelli - lovely glade with its tortured, overgrown tree trunks and reflections. Who needs birds?
@Robbie - beautiful painterly rendering of this attractive bouquet.

Will add comments on Weeks C and D over the coming days.






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Doing a great job commenting Joe

But before reacting first my comments on the outtakes Page 4


Dopol, nice view, but I guess that's not the side where you're shooting the birds
Jozioau, playful dogs and balls, always a fun combination
Dopol, interesting set-up. Are the birds you're shooting there in a large cage or are they free to fly in/out of the area
Phil Wood, I like both the flower balls and the bokeh balls. I assume this last one is shot full open.
LAbernethy, somtimes the most common objects can be very good subjects. The worn look makes it all the more interesting
Jozioau, nice "tunnel effect" with that long lens and the restictions on the left and right side of the image
Jozioau, it looks like those birds are also having a ball (next to a bath), amazing colours
Hezu, I like the curved petals but the "last remains of the morning fog" really take the cake in this series.
Jozioau, interesting statue (also the other parts you showed)
Jozioau, the girl and her reflection is a very nice shot, lots to imagine what stories are going through her mind
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As usual, I am truly impressed with your dedication to commenting in the challenge.

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:



@LAbernethy - another in your themed series. Just wondering whether you are the collector and owner, or do you simply know a whole lot of enthusiasts?



I am the collector. Since the '70's I've been listening to English language short wave radio (Radio Deutsche Welle, BBC World Service) and DX AM broadcasts. The radios don't see as much use anymore with national broadcasters discontinuing their shortwave offerings and radio station consolidation. I'm still hoping for a resurgence in pirate radio but for right now they make for a convenient subject for this focal length challenge.
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Following on from Joe's comments on Week B, here are selective comments on Week C's (focal length 60-105mm) offerings.

Day 1:
@Dopol - clever composition and image that reminds me a bit of the Coat of arms of Isle of Man.
@gregja - simple, geometric, monochrome,elegant.
@alanfrombangor - as commented on one of your previous images, I like the tactile contrast between the soft furry mosses and the hardness of the rock it has overgrown.
@bigsi - beautiful image of your sharply defined and colourful subject against the soft pastel like background.
@LAberbethy - another in your procession of themed subjects. I'm impressed by your collection, and enjoy seeing how they are set against or in different contexts each day.
@onsplekkie - looks like an aerial view of a mighty river delta taken from space.
@pegelli - magnificent metallic bodied fly Macro. Great shot.
@addy landzaat - a very cheering sunflower, brilliantly taken and presented.
@mikey2000 - an inventive Covid-19 lock-down inspired image?
@Fred_S - nice close-up of the calculator. Once a must have item on everybody's desk, now relegated by smart phone Apps. Nice OOF bubbles.

Day 2:
@Dopol - theatrical natural backlighting makes this image.
@alanfrombangor - stark, harsh, desolate and broody in the fog, Love it.
@bigsi - lovely Macro of the grasshopper on the blade of grass.
@LAbernethy - another interesting curio of a receiver, with the OOF pavilion lending a different sense of things.
@mariuszlo - a lovely candid kids shot, capturing the moment.
@onsplekkie - a flamboyant backlit flower dramatically captured from beneath. An attention grabber.
@waldo_posth - fine image showing the generations of growth as expressed by the green tones from vibrant and fresh to dark and mature.

Day 3:
@gregja - an appealing abstraction of which I had to read the caption to make sense of what it was.
@Hezu - a lovely succulent blueberry that looks so mouthwatering through your lens.
@LAbernethy - if only you'd tied it down with rope it would have been reminiscent of the silent movie scene where the heroine is being held to ransom by the dastardly moustache-twirling villain as the train approaches.
@Dopol - a beautiful study of interestingly coloured and textured bark - nature's artistry on display.
@addy landzaat - a peaceful Dutch bucolic scene of rural tranquility.
@waldo_posth - a nicely spotted piece of naive urban streetscape art.

Day 4:
@gregja - a finely captured slice of suburban night-life. I like the contrast between the colour and life on the left and the inanimate monochrome on the right.
@bigsi - a wonderfully framed and focussed macro of this ear of barley.
@Snegren - the epitome of 'contented cows'.
@LAbernethy - if I'm correct and you have a different model for every day of the Challenge, that's quite a collection you have! Nice placement and composition.
@Hezu - an appealing splash of floral colour.
@onsplekkie - a fine Macro focussed in on the pollen laden stamens. I like their shadows on the petals.
@alanfrombangor - an impressive sweep of scenery and even more impressive hillclimb by you to have reached that vantage point.

Day 5:
@pegelli - I like the simplicity and functional geometry of your subject. An uncomplicated but effective photo.
@mariuszlo - you've captured this scene in great weather and lighting conditions that really make the shot.
@Phil Wood - a pleasing photo of this partial fašade, made the more interesting through your background story.
@alanfrombangor - very attractive image of these colourful bells.
@Fred_S - lovely dahlia against its interestingly rendered backdrop.

Day 6:
@pegelli - an interesting shot of this cycling ditch. Couldn't help thinking how complicated and expensive this solution is compared to having a continuous body of water without the structural retaining walls either side of the path, and enabling the cyclists to get across on a floating cycleway. But that wouldn't provide the surface level view.
@Snegren - a lovely shot of these always photogenic Giant Waterlilies.
@mariuszlo - quite a contrast to yesterday's storm approaching scene.
@waldo_posth - an interesting distorted reflection of the gas-lamp in the presumably hand-blown glass of the old window. Those boarded up openings in the brickwork on the left seem to indicate the building has seen better days.

Day 7:
@gregja - so very much a sign of our Covid-raddled times.
@Snegren - very appealing image, beautifully composed and made the more interesting through the distinctive and busy Bokeh.
@mariuszlo - at first glance this image reminded me of something you'd see in a stage or film set. Looks almost too perfectly composed and lit.


Will add comments on Week D over the coming days.







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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

But before reacting first my comments on the outtakes Page 4

Dopol, nice view, but I guess that's not the side where you're shooting the birds.
Dopol, interesting set-up. Are the birds you're shooting there in a large cage or are they free to fly in/out of the area


First of all: thanks for commenting on the outtakes.
Then, to answer your questions.
The first bird cabin looked over a small lake, where large birds (geese, herons, red kites) were nesting and flying around. I didn't use many of the shots I took there in Dyxum threads yet.
The cabin is in the middle of a small forest close to a small puddle.
Birds, squirrels, insects, are all freely visiting the pool for water and bathing.
They may or may not appear. We were hoping to see a yaffle (green woodpecker). It didn't show up, though, so we settled for small bathing birds.
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