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Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

One of the members here has, as his signature, a quote that goes something like "Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst."
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He (Henri, HCB) was mentioned already in the same message.

I guess I have to pass the 1.000.000 mark, which will take another 90 years
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2021 at 21:12
Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:


I shudder to think how I am going to manage tomorrow with the final Batis; the 135mm f2.8 . Hey Ho
Hand-held panos work pretty well as long as you provide sufficient overlap (I use ~1/2 frame)

You can either do it directly in Lightroom (if that's what you use) or alternatively Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) is free software that works quite well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2021 at 22:42
Thanks to Joe, Brian, Paul and Sashi for your commenting, I appreciate how much time and effort it requires!

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Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

He (Henri, HCB) was mentioned already in the same message.

I guess I have to pass the 1.000.000 mark, which will take another 90 years


In a slightly different tack, when I lose my enthusiasm for whatever reason (mainly because the more I progress the more I realise how much I have to learn) I go out with a camera trying to get the feeling I remember when I first picked one up and like you mentioned earlier, back to basics.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 02:35
Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:


In a slightly different tack, when I lose my enthusiasm for whatever reason (mainly because the more I progress the more I realise how much I have to learn) I go out with a camera trying to get the feeling I remember when I first picked one up and like you mentioned earlier, back to basics.


Must say that I most feel like my first experiences in 35mm SLR photography when I 'replicate' that kit by fitting a 50mm prime, and turning off most if not all of the automation. Something that I learned when I did an on-line photography course, and then again when participating in Dyxum challenges like week 50, April Foolishness, July Prime, Oktoberfest, or indeed this B&W challenge.

I'm sure many of us are grateful to Dyxum in motivating us to get out and about with particular combinations of camera settings and lenses to test ourselves against.

As mentioned previously by me, and by several others, B&W is something we'd not done since our 35mm negative days.

I'm really enjoying this challenge, seeing the posted images and comments, and think it should definitely become part of the annual fixture.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 10:58
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:


I shudder to think how I am going to manage tomorrow with the final Batis; the 135mm f2.8 . Hey Ho
Hand-held panos work pretty well as long as you provide sufficient overlap (I use ~1/2 frame)

You can either do it directly in Lightroom (if that's what you use) or alternatively Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) is free software that works quite well.

Thank you Pieter, I hadn't thought of that and yes I do use LR Classic and am familiar with the pano facility. I'll try that, but today, the final day, is continuous torrential rain and if it doesn't let up I am either going to have to take a drive-by glimpse of my final church, or delay for a day or so!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 11:55
Ok, I'll quote my own thumbnails and try to tell you why I took this one.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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Comment: I like the chaotic but structured view of these leaves of a fern. Nothing more, nothing less.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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Here I was focused on the shadows of the plant. They are in focus, not the plant. Tried to create some repetition.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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Here I like the play between sun and shadow on the structured wall. The fading from sun to shade is interrupted by the structure.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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Midday on a cemetary, near my work. Driving daily past it, never walked into it. Bit in a hurry as it was very hot. I tried to catch a grim atmosphere, but I guess it is hard to do so mid day.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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Just a shot directed to a setting sun, standing in the shade. I cursed the car, but was too lazy to walk another 50 mtrs to get it out of view.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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As mentioned: back to basics: a sieve on my working blade in the kitchen, reflected in the cooking plate.
Reason: frustrated by all these better/more beautifull/nicer pictures in this challenge. And, frustrated to the deepest bottom of my motivation. Since then not touched my camera's

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

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Another try for back to basics. Made, camera on tripod, a pichture of some stairs in my home. The stairs are painted in white, but the light falls from right below from the front door. Acyually, I liked the different tones.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 14:21
Harm, I'm (certainly) not claiming to be the B&W Master.
But what I learned is that B&W gives the ability/flexibility to add a feeling to a photo, that is more difficult so in color.
I did gather some examples here

Edited by Dopol - 18 June 2021 at 14:35
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 14:31
Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

I'm a fan of the Outtakes thread in challenges, so I'm going to start there:

skm.sa100 okay the third one, ugly door of a bland apartment building, that is an excellent photo. In part because it's so bland and you made a well-composed frame (especially the black but angled mat!); also because I'm sure in color it's not pretty, so B&W is the only way to present it and make it look better than it did in real life. So it may be the best photo to represent this challenge !


I hadn't thought about commenting on the outtakes thread but that's a good idea. I'll have a go at it later. One man's trash could be another man's treasure so it's quite possible I'll like some of the outtakes better than the submissions.

As for the photo of the door, it was even more boring than you could imagine in the original. I did see some potential so shot it and converted it. I myself am a fan of how it came out with the shades and tones. The white archway does give some highlights that I like. I too like the shadows from the dark mat that's at a skewed angle.
The rug does really tie the photo together! (Fans of The Big Lebowski will get it).

Thanks for calling it perhaps the best shot of the challenge. I like it for the same reasons that you do and while there are some very strong contenders, I'm also happy at having taken something bland and having managed to turn it into an interesting pic.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 15:54
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

Harm, I'm (certainly) not claiming to be the B&W Master.
But what I learned is that B&W gives the ability/flexibility to add a feeling to a photo, that is more difficult so in color.
I did gather some examples here


Thanks, indeed, very difficult to put the tone to the feeling you (and I) want.

Actually, I don't feel capable of commenting the pictures from who ever. I fall back to personal taste, which is a bad medium for commenting, imho.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 19:01
Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Actually, I don't feel capable of commenting the pictures from who ever. I fall back to personal taste, which is a bad medium for commenting, imho.

I think that's inevitable, objectivity is an illusion. I don't like dogs so pooch pictures rarely win my favour.
I was hoping to end with a bang rather than a whimper but had to stay in all day waiting for a phone call that never came so had to settle for a desperation shot from the garden.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 20:03
I browsed through this week's results. Some remarks

First, it was fun. I did go out every day and took lots of photos
Thanks for comments and commenting

Day 1
LAbernethy lovely shot. Maybe a bit on the dark side, but nonetheless...
alanfrombangor A bit of architecture shot, that keeps the attention
skm.sa100 interesting and good looking sign, Keeping it just within the frame adds to the composition
onsplekkie super catch with the setting sun
nandbytes it doesn't get much better, now does it?
QuietOC: remember that car and its successors, since I worked for Nissan around that time.

Day 2
gregja intruiging shot. I would never have thought of it.
pegelli: good, that you didn't use the auto-transform here. Would have given a strange horse.
bonneville: In general, I like the English village skylines. The churches seems to have standing there forever. A good subject choice for this week.
addy landzaat The sunstar makes the shot.
mariuszlo: THe even skyline emphasizes the contrary ferry. It makes for a nice shot
Phil Wood : a peaceful shot, My pick for day 2
mikey2000: wilted roses, always a good subject.
skm.sa100: this kind of shots makes me wanna drive around there
4paul BOth a good shot and a an excellent caption
Robbie: A bit lighter would have kept my attention better

Day 3
Jozioau A good one. Again both photo and caption (I'm a sucker for good captions)
harmvb: this is a good one harm. It takes a moment to see whether there are dents or bumps. And the shadow works well.
Fred_S: the shopping lady works well in IR (while I'm not a big fan of this technique)
Howard-S: my shot of the day. How did you manage to take this selfie
waldo_posth: A shot that can easily keep my attention for some time. There is little and much to see
mariuszlo: High-heel city?
addy landzaat: I wondered whether the bicycle path stopped at the wall
bigsi: enough stuff in Rick and Sues garden. A difficult subject to turn to B/W. But it worked out well


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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 22:22
I liked this short run of work in B&W. Although I've been shooting on daily basis since january, the focus on B&W made me concentrate on contrast more. Also the boost so much great&inspirational work displyed here was great

Best of (sort of, too me)
day 1 - Fred_S - stunning cloud formations behind well alligned architecture
day 2 - Bigsi - you've made excellent work of the lines, light & centre subject; picture perfect
day 3 - Snegren - Swirly stuff works a treat around the Allium
day 4 - Bigsi - such a stunning & capturing image. truely staring it the the dogs soull
day 5 - Gregja - special effects, but not over the top, seems I am glaring into a deep dark sky(line)
day 6 - Pegelli - light, contrast, composition, only the smell of the rose missing...
day 7 - Alanfrombangor - made me look twice, the circles draw me in

Keep it up people, thnx for your contributions, love it   
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