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Back from COVID. I will try to fill at least some day slots of the classical subjects during the last week.
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Harald,
Good to see you are back, and hopefully in full health.
With the flexibility of this challenge, the last week is plenty of time for you to catch up....
Looking forward to seeing your images.
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Good to see you back Harald, looking at the first results COVID hasn't impacted your eye for great compositions


I'm chugging along, it's day 22 of the challenge now and I'm still managing pic-a-day. But filling in the last single gaps this week will be the hardest, we'll see if I can keep it up.
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So, I finished scapes and street. Every day of those two themes are now filled. That leaves one artificial light tomorrow and one macro/MFD on sunday to complete the challenge and it also means I've done pic-a-day for a whole month. All photo's were taken and posted on the right weekday. In the beginning of the month that was relatively easy since you could still see what theme you came home with but as the month progressed only the themes that weren't done yet could be taken, which made it more challenging. But so far I've really enjoyed it and let me focus on picture taking rather than the use of a particular lens or focal length. So Harald, thanks for setting it up, there weren't that many participants but this customer got his full worth out of your effort    

Like Joe I'm going to comment some more after the challenge is over. I think that was the only downside for this format, posting of new photo's was so spread out over all the 28 threads that commenting during the challenge was very difficult.
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I have finished the challenge! Perhaps not with flying colours since I didn't quite manage to shoot suitable photos every day and I did abandon the original idea of publishing only pictures on one subject per week. Or macro I may have been able to do at that pace, but it was clearly the easiest subject for me. And the macro theme did overflow into artificial lighting subject as I did take number of macro flash photos. The remaining of my artificial lighting photos were perhaps not that polished. As expected I think the street photography subject was perhaps the hardest for me, I struggled to find suitable street scenes and I think I'm often bit of shy taking photos of strangers. Also, althought I thought 'scapes would be an easy subject for me, I had some trouble with that too. One reason might be that I didn't get into such photogenic locations during these weeks.

But I shot 28 reasonably decent photos during these four weeks for this challenge and then some extra that I may later post into outtakes thread (or maybe elsewhere in Dyxum).
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I have finished as well. As usual for me in month-long challenges I went for 3 pictures a week or more if it is possible. I didnīt take the pictures in a particular order but as it happened.
I planed to photograph on a theme not only the macros (Textile Foldings) but also the landscape section. This turned out as pretty difficult for me at the moment.
After a break I will try to comment on your contributions.

P.S.: Good to see you back Harald, hope you are alive and kicking again.
 



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Alive for sure, but full health is rather something on the horizon - thank you for the get-well wishes.

I managed to fill 19 of the 28 possible slots during the last 9 days of July (two images still have to be downloaded from the SD card) and even created almost all thumbnails for them. I really struggled with my project to use a bellows to tilt the lens for macro shooting. Sharpness was never as expected.

I have already thought about a possible exhibition. Would it make sense to nominate a favorite for each of the four categories?
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Harald,
Good to hear you've surfaced, and hopefully your recovery will be steady and complete.

Impressed you've managed to get your entries in despite your illness and isolation.

Thanks very much for orchestrating this challenge. It has been true to its name, and now that entries are reasonably populated across the genres and across the month, I'll start on some commenting.

I always enjoy seeing a curated exhibition representing what is voted as the best of the entries.
In this case, if it were to be votes on the best of each participant's images in each of the 4 categories, it would result in 4 images per person, but I think that's fitting, and with the relatively small numbers who joined, it's manageable.

As usual, there are some great images posted in the out-takes, but that's the way in every challenge.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 August 2022 at 04:57
I have to say I was just not feeling "it" on this challenge. "Street" in a suburban environment is iffy at best. "Landscape" ran a foul with a bad stretch of hard light, bland skies with a uniform green. I opted for minimum focus rather than macro, my choice but uninspired. I tried to stay away from product shots for artificial light but succumbed in the end.
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OK.
The challenge was certainly challenging, and now that the themes are well populated, I'll make a start by commenting on them in turn, starting with selective comments on Macro/Close Up/Minimum Focal Distance:

Day 1:
@mariuszlo - fine specimen of a Monarch butterfly, well photographed. I read recently that this species is suffering environmental impacts and is in danger of becoming threatened.
@pegelli - a lovely juxtaposition of the man-made and the organic, beautifully entwined.
@addy landzaat - appealing burst of colour, but I'm a bit bothered that focus is on the bud behind the central flower.
@Robbie - a mundane piece of woven fabric rendered appealing through your composition and selective focus.

Day 2:
@LAbernethy - a most unusual (to me) flower blooming from the budding head of this plant. beautifully composed and presented.
@Hezu - from the name, presumably a local native insect clambering across the top of the flower. Interesting and appealing.
@mariuszlo - extreme macro close-up capturing amazing detail, great shot.
@gregja - always fun seeing what unique and singular images you present through Dyxum challenges, and this one's well up to standard.
@addy landzaat - another extreme macro close-up revealing fine details. Most appealing to see.
@Robbie - continuation of your fabric themes. Love the image and the point of focus on the stamped Wrangler Jeans copper stud.
@pegelli - a sublime image of this Iris about to burst into full bloom.

Day 3:
@mariuszlo - a real fiery blaze of colour bursting from the centre of this flower. great image.
@pegelli - a variation on yesterday's Iris theme, although I prefer the original for its colours and form.
@gregja - you have a great eye for things others might miss. A real pleasure seeing things through your lenses.
@LAbernethy - perhaps a rather mundane souvenir, but engagingly rendered with the OOF blue light blobs setting it off.

Day 4:
@Hezu - rather aggressive looking spiked caterpillars, interesting enough, but would have preferred a little more DOF.
@LAbernethy - succulent berry looking just ripe and ready to be plucked and eaten, set against its ripening neighbours. Fine image, beautiful Bokeh.
@addy landzaat - wonderful what Macro brings in turning the commonplace into interesting subject matter. Finely presented in all its colour, patina and texture.
@pegelli - lovely feather in all its macro detail.
@gregja - thank goodness for the rear flip screen.

Day 5:
@LAbernethy - again, a tight Macro makes an appealing subject of the commonplace. Selective focus, tight crop, OOF background all work.
@addy landzaat - lovely image, colours, composition. If only the point of focus had been on the insect's eyes...
@mariuszlo - fine beetle, and the iridescence is well captured.
@gregja - well spotted (again). Nicely taken and presented.

Day 6:
@Robbie - although presented in black and white, this wool fabric looks very appealing and tactile. The sharp focus fold against its OOF background folds works well.
@gregja - interesting image that would have had us guessing but for your providing the title.
@mariuszlo - obviously there's a proliferation of beetles in the Jersey City summer. This one's another fine specimen, well photographed.
@waldod_posth - interesting medallion, but I feel perhaps the lens isn't quite up to the task of doing it justice.

Day 7:
@LAbernethy - the archetypical sleeping cat, well presented. Love the OOF lights in the background as an offset.
@Robbie - ditto my Day 6 comment.
@Hezu - amazingly detailed macro of this bee on the hairy flower head. Well done.
@mariuszlo - perfect macro of your subject in its setting. Great shot.
@gregja - you've done it again. Hum-drum subject made interesting through focus and composition.
@pegelli - lovely orchid. I'm a little puzzled that these are flowering here in our winter and also there in your summer, but I guess being indoors it's all pretty artificial.

To be followed by Joe's Land/Sea/Cityscapes comments.

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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 2:
@Hezu - from the name, presumably a local native insect clambering across the top of the flower. Interesting and appealing.
Local native indeed, although despite the Norway-pointing scientific name Closterotomus norwegicus, potato capsid (which is the common name) has fairly wide distribution from Northern Europe to Siberia.
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My next instalment of selective comments, following from Joe's Macro comments, is Land/Sea/Cityscapes.

Day 1:
@pegelli - a snapshot epitomising the Northern summer. Very evocative.
@gregja - nice, gritty B&W street snap partly through the rain spattered bus shelter, and including some motion blur. This one could have equally been posted to Street Photography.
@mariuszlo - what I said in response to @pegelli above.
@LAbernethy - at first glance, nothing much to see here, but closer inspection is rewarded in the distant detail and I like the look of the overall image.
@Robbie - looks almost as though the dome fountain is generating the clouds hanging over it.
@waldo_posth - a very appealing glimpse of this lovely setting, with the eyes drawn by the reflections to the lights of the distant shore.

Day 2:
@pegelli - you can feel the power of the barge in the turbulent wake it's carving though the water. Nicely composed and lovely golden light.
@mariuszlo - thanks to you and your photography it feels like the Dyxum community is becoming very familiar with Jersey City. Nice shot, made by those red chairs.
@LAbernethy - the essence of tranquility.
@addy landzaat - eerily empty, bright lit and coloured, this looks like some kind of Toy Town.
@waldo_posth - nice shot but feeling rather sad and forlorn.

Day 3:
@pegelli - despite the lack of sunshine, there's plenty to enjoy in this shot, made better by the still water reflections.
@LAbernethy - atmospheric, so you can almost smell the setting - lush grasses, wildflowers, summer rain.
@gregja - what a dramatic sky and image. I wonder what it looks like in colour?
@waldo_posth - I love these late afternoon photos, partly lit by the last golden light of the setting sun, and offset by the deepening shadows. Beautifully done.

Day 4:
@gregja - excellent rim-lit shot of the cows in the golden hour.
@pegelli - a classic shot of a person framed by the woodland setting they are passing though. Very appealing.
@Affes.photo - beautiful composition with the blooming wildflowers, the raindrops on the grasses, the lichen covered rocks, the grey sea and stormy sky.
@addy landzaat - a rather grim looking piece of urban built environment, reminding me a bit of pre-unification East Berlin.
@waldo_posth - a shot made interesting by the silhouetted figure on the top floor.
@Robbie - attractive Blue Hour shot of this grand hotel and its park setting.

Day 5:
@mariuszlo - that's quite a slalom course. Can't imaging any rail line could have followed that path.
@gregja - I presume you must have whistled to get your model to prick up its ears. Nice shot.
@waldo_posth - very attractive piece of riverfront. Hopefully those grand homes don't suffer occasional flooding.
@pegelli - amazed that such an elaborate sheep shelter would have been built. Here they'd be luck to get a corrugated iron roof on a frame.
@addy landzaat - an appealing glimpse of the town centre, quite a contrast to the previous posts in the aesthetic streetscape, the bustle, the textures, and the colour.
@Hezu - great image. Love the blazing lights, the Blue Hour colour, the light trails of the traffic, and the overall effect.

Day 6:
@pegelli - the main interest for me is the industrial building in the right foreground. Is it abandoned, in use, recycled, preserved? What was it for? My guess is some sort of power or pumping station on a small scale.
@LAbernethy - a lovely contrast between the living, blossoming flowers and the dead stump or is it driftwood, and beautifully composed against the distant sea and sky
@addy landzaat - presumably taken very late in the day, there being so few people. With the rather uninspired mid-century modern architecture as a backdrop, looks a bit gloomy.
@Hezu - very appealing shot that draws the eye through and past the silhouetted tree trunks to the delicate detail of the waterlilies and reeds in the water, and the fountain beyond.
@waldo_posth - a monument to 20th century modernist 'ideal city' thinking. Beautifully shot and made half attractive by the golden light and reflections. Not so sure the residential reality quite lived up to the ideal.

Day 7:
@gregja - interesting shot, particularly with the diagonal lines running through it defined by the barbed wire fence, the distant road, and the light on the ridge.
@mariuszlo - we just had to expect such a shot from you to round out your cityscapes, and you've delivered. A view you (and we) never tire of.
@pegelli - interesting panorama crop of this rural scene. Very typical of the countryside in your part of the world.
@addy landzaat - this appealing shot could equally be one of your street photography entries.
@Hezu - a fine image, beautifully composed and presented with the leading lines, the sweeping curves and the back light.
@waldo_posth - love this long tele shot with its compression.






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Despite feeling a touch of "why bother?", I'll plough straight on with some selective comments on Street Photography.

Day 1:
@gregja - I think that street photography feels most natural and connected to its roots in grainy black and white. This is a fine example. The motion blur captures the movement through the bollards.
@mariuszlo - very nice to see this summery image from the cold and dark of the Southern winter.
@addy landzaat - such an archetypical image of our times. Total self absorption in the phone and IR earpieces, oblivious to the surroundings.
@pegelli - looks like it's as impossible as herding cats....

Day 2:
@gregja - another classic of its type. Wonder about the need to have the umbrella in the underpass, unless the self absorption got in the way of awareness.
@Hezu - a rather sad and desolate piece of street, but the people give it human interest, and presumably when the work is done it will all have been worthwhile.
@addy landzaat - an interesting snap of city life. The image works well for me being so de-saturated and grainy.
@pegelli - nice bit of panning. Happy passenger.

Day 3:
@LAbernethy - good study of a street musician, but to me it's not really a 'street photography' image, rather a candid portrait.
@gregja - another fine shot in the style of classics of the genre in the past.
@mariuszlo - interesting to see the re-emergence of trams/light rail in cities where they had been abandoned.
@Robbie - I like the presentation of this image with the heavy engineered structures, the people giving scale, and the way the eye is drawn through the view under the bridges to the greenery of the park in the distance.
@pegelli - lovely B&W snap of man walking his dogs through the forest, but to me this isn't street photography.

Day 4:
@pegelli - this is more like it. A candid snap of a street scene in B&W, with people chatting on the bench, and some interesting shopfronts.
@gregja - a colourful departure that works well with the focus on those juicy navel oranges.
@addy landzaat - a timely picture of conversations versus smart phones.
@Robbie - wonderful scene full of colour and movement generated by the bubble blower and his enthusiastic audience in a beautiful and interesting town square as a backdrop.

Day 5:
@addy landzaat - at first glance it looks like a person walking past a designed film set rather than a piece of urban street, then it becomes apparent it is a poster image. Well spotted and taken.
@waldo_posth - interesting shot with thee mobile van parked in front of its home base, and the customer in the street chair enjoying the product. Works well.
@Robbie - colour, movement, music, summer. A happy street scene.

Day 6:
@pegelli - even dogs have to be patient with their smart phone obsessed owners.
@addy landzaat - don't know whether this is really street photography but its a great image. Love it.
@gregja - back to monochrome for the classic look. And back to our Southern winter. Well framed.
@mariuszlo - street photography? Probably more Cityscape but an interesting image.
@LAbernethy - love the counterpoint of the humans and the bronze statue. Well spotted, great shot.
@waldo_posth - terrific candid shot of your attractive subjects. Like you I love the 500mm f8 AF Reflex for such work.

Day 7:
@addy landzaat - although the street seems almost peripheral, I like this shot, featuring the classic old Volvo, and catching and engaging with the smiling cyclist.
@pegelli - this scene captures summer perfectly, and perhaps the pandemic times as well, with the waiting customers keeping a respectful distance.
@Hezu - grabs the attention with the silhouetted figure in the shadows of the gloomy underpass. A bit of a sense of foreboding.
@gregja - a nicely caught candid moment, made the more interesting from its low viewpoint. The child in a pusher's perspective?
@waldo_posth - see my comments to your Day 6, as they equally apply here, although as a photo I prefer the earlier one for its cleaner background and less contrasty light.

To be concluded by Joe's comments on Flashs/Artificial Light.

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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

@Hezu - great image. Love the blazing lights, the Blue Hour colour, the light trails of the traffic, and the overall effect.
I have to mention that this photo was taken already early July middle of night (01:38) and that time of year in these latitudes the blue hour lasts almost the whole short night between dusk and dawn.
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