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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 July 2022 at 16:41
Thanks for the clarification and I hope you will recover fast and fully.

The first week of the challenge is behind me, allthough not a set goal I managed pic-a-day this week and posted something for all four subjects on the day the shot was taken

I hope to keep my shooting/posting on this schedule but I already know that due to different things planned the coming three weeks it will for sure not be achieved fully.

Sofar contributions are limited so probably it's too early to start commenting, hopefully next week there will be enough there to get started, we'll see.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Leica M246 monochrom
Ah, you've got a Leica, a monochrome nonetheless!
Yes Addy, well spotted. I must say it's an insane purchase but also addictive to use. Since I already had an (almost) complete set of M-lenses (for use on my A7's and my film M2) I only had to buy a body to be in business and since my full colour Sony's work well with these lenses anyway the only way to get something unique is to go for a monochrom. And since the organiser of this challenge allows other cameras to be used I obviously want to show off this new addiction

But I'll try to not use it for more than half of my challenge shots.
Well, the Monochom's offer superior B&W pictures compared to converting colour pictures. But then, the colour pictures somebody like Thorston von Overgaard shares are also insane! There is a reason these cameras keep there value.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2022 at 14:05
Well, I finished the first week - Macro at MFD. A couple of months ago I picked up a Sigma 105/2.8 OS to digitize film. I never had a (true) macro before and this week was the first time I really used it as a macro lens. Boy oh boy, it was a challenge. But I feel I have enough pictures to share....
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Without the consistency of other month long challenges that tend to specify what participants photograph and with what gear over the course of the event, this one is a bit all over the place in terms of entries.

I find that makes it rather more difficult to put useful commentary to.
I think I'll review things 2 weeks in where hopefully there will be more clustering of entries across subject matter.

In the meantime, as usual there are some impressive images being posted.

I'm progressing along quickly in the 'Scapes category, followed by the Macros, and I suppose once I've entered 7 each of those, it will force me to get out into street photography (in the depths of our winter), and then last of all, into artificial light.
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Really enjoying my Ricoh GR III for street this week
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Thanks to the flexibility of this contest, I can still participate in it, even though I haven't left the house for three days (COVID). I hope to have fresh pictures in two or three days. Greetings to all!
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OK, I have 15 shots in now and so far I've managed pic-a-day but by using the flexibility to mix the subjects/themes of the four weeks. But choices are getting more limited as the month progresses and filling the remaining holes will probably start seeing photo's taken on other days then the indicated ones.

Commenting is also difficult, but I'll give it a go now based on the thumbnails posted sofar

gregja, less "abstracts" as we tend to see from you in challenges but some top shots sofar. I especially like the Cranes Newsagency and the (nighttime) restaurant scene.

Jozioau, I like your macros but probably would like to see a little more dof. Day 5 and 6 from your scapes are really good, you wouldn't guess it's winter now down-under. And I might steal your "neon" artificial light idea, I'm struggling with that theme and this is a really good idea to explore.

mariuszlo, very nice and varied set, you found some nice beetles for the macro (especially the Japanese one). Your scapes are all interesting, is the swamp the big one between Chatham and Basking Ridge? And your Urban Cowboy streetshot gave me a big smile

Hezu, kudos for your wide angle macro shots, I tried some with my Tamron 20 which goes to 1:2 and I found it very hard, you're doing much better. From your street shots I wonder how the cathedral stairs would look if you would give it a perspective correction? As it is now it looks a bit weird with the cathedral falling over.

LAbernethy, the rising smog and sleeping cat are my favourites in your submissions. And you even bring a lot of variety in subjects/objects between the shots of the same week/theme. I would have never thought of a fishing line or a vase with marbles as you did.

Robbie, glad your thumbnails are now showing. I'm intrigued by your study of folded fabric, nice theme. Also fountains seems to be a popular subject for you where the street shot version is very recognisable.

addy landzaat, RonnieJ and Tricky01, I hope to see your thumbnails soon
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mariuszlo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 July 2022 at 19:45
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:


is the swamp the big one between Chatham and Basking Ridge?

   


Thanks for your comment, pegelli :) This swamp is located in upstate New York, along the Maybrook Trailway - my new bicycle discovery :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 July 2022 at 21:21
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

OK, I have 15 shots in now and so far I've managed pic-a-day but by using the flexibility to mix the subjects/themes of the four weeks. But choices are getting more limited as the month progresses and filling the remaining holes will probably start seeing photo's taken on other days then the indicated ones.
I have sadly fallen behind the pic-a-day pace due to couple days of photographic inactivity and did abandon my original idea of tacking one subject per week and have now posted pictures from three different subjects so far. Macros I did finish today, but haven't yet posted any 'scapes, although I do have couple potential photos for that subject, which I haven't posted yet, but may use if this and next week don't offer decent opportunities for landscape photography. I'm also slightly surprised, I have already have posted three photos for artificial lighting and street photography, although these are not necessary the easiest subjects for me. I remain confident that by end of this month I have filled the slots for all 28 challenge photos and hopefully with decent pictures.

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Hezu, kudos for your wide angle macro shots, I tried some with my Tamron 20 which goes to 1:2 and I found it very hard, you're doing much better.
Wide angle macro photography sure isn't the easiest thing to do and my LAOWA 15 mm isn't the easiest tool for that. But practice helps a bit.
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

From your street shots I wonder how the cathedral stairs would look if you would give it a perspective correction? As it is now it looks a bit weird with the cathedral falling over.
Yes, somehow I hate myself for shooting that scene with the zoom at its widest, but perhaps it was too fast situation that I kinda forgot the existince of zoom ring in the lens. Idea of perspective correction is interesting, but I am not sure if I have any suitable tools (and skills!) to test that and it might be possible that the scene is tad too busy for such editing.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

addy landzaat, RonnieJ and Tricky01, I hope to see your thumbnails soon
I find the thumbnail post a chore.... but will do it at one point.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 July 2022 at 04:08
With the challenge sitting at 75%, the entries are starting to fill up across the categories, and there are some very interesting images being posted.
I appreciate Pieter's comments, but have decided that since there are relatively few participants, I will wait for the end of the month to chime in, as by then I'll have the ability to comment across each of the categories in turn and that appeals to my sense of order and commonality.
So I'll be able to comment in a series of 4 posts on Macros, on 'Scapes, on Street, and on Artificially Lit.
Others, of course, can chose to comment how, and as and when they feel inspired to do so.
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Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

This view could not be missing :)
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

This view could not be missing :)
Testing the MC Rokkor 50/1.4 lens. Sony A7R
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Personally, I prefer MD. And I tested the MC before selling;)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 July 2022 at 11:55
Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

This view could not be missing :)
Testing the MC Rokkor 50/1.4 lens. Sony A7R
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Personally, I prefer MD. And I tested the MC before selling;)
As The Rokkorfiles said: "Overall I rate the 50mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PG and the 50mm f/1.4 MD Rokkor-X as equally as good as each other." In fact, all those 1970's 50mm lenses are comparable and the differences are small. Enjoy your MD - my MC PG 50/1.4 unfortunately suffers from oily aperture
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