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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2022 at 08:09
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Despite feeling a touch of "why bother?", I'll plough on with some selective comments on Street Photography.
Hey, I like that you bother writing some comments, it is nice to get some feedback. Of course, I am bit ashamed that I haven't bothered to write some comments on my own...
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Day 2:
@Hezu - a rather sad and desolate piece of street, but the people give it human interest, and presumable when the work is done it will all have been worthwhile.
I'm not sure desolate is the best description for that part of street since it centrally located in empire style centre of Helsinki, but since the University of Helsinki Main Building renovation site has occupied large part of street and blocks most of it (there now only rather narrow path for pedestrians between the building site and National Libary wall on the other side), the shown part of street may look tad sad just now.
 



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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

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



I feel the same way about Street Photography most of the time. You should receive a special Dyxum patch for commentary, well thought out and inclusive
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 August 2022 at 02:30
Thanks @Hezu and @LAbernethy for your encouragement.
I do like to read comments and feedback that are a part of Dyxum challenges, so hopefully do others.

That said, following on from Joe's comments on Land/Sea/Cityscapes and Street Photography, I'll conclude with selective comments on Flashes/Artificial Light..

Day 1:
@mariuszlo - I like seeing these classic Minolta Rokkor lenses with their 'secret' green coating and the practical focus grip that unlike Sony's doesn't trap and hold dirt and grime. Why they didn't keep Minolta's design is an enigma.
@gregja - simple, effective, a touch nostalgic. Fine image.
@pegelli - most interesting lens, presumably detached from an old camera. Interestingly photographed.
@Robbie - fine 'Blue Hour' image enhanced by the motion blurred lights of the departing vehicles in contrast to the static ferry and its surroundings.

Day 2:
@mariuszlo - more MInolta nostalgia. Makes you weep that this excellent and innovative enterprise foundered, although its intellectual property and many of its talented creatives transferred to Sony to carry on.
@Hezu - the mystery selfie. Surprised it's not brighter, or was it exposure or flash compensated?
@gregja - even in B&W you can feel the harsh lighting. Pretty bleak, so hopefully there are a few occasional customers.
@LAbernethy - fine product shot, although the cut crystal is a bit lost in over exposure. Being saved for a special occasion?
@Robbie - nicely composed and presented. Where are the people?
@waldo_posth - love the gleam of the light off the different materials, and the overall aesthetic of the subject and the image.
@Addy Landzaat - interesting to me the way what seems to be natural light coming from the left transitions to the artificial light inside, with the colour temperature and exposure gradually changing as it goes deeper into the underpass..

Day 3:
@mariuszlo - beautiful studio portrait of your son. Fine, even lighting.
@pegelli - interesting to see what is regarded as one of the world's best concert halls. The classic 'shoe box' that generates excellent acoustics. I must say I'd prefer to see it full of people to block out those distracting swirly graphics on the seats.
@LAbernethy - fine shot of guitarist in performance. Captures the moment well.
@gregja - hard to get a bigger artificial light subject or source than that. Surprised at the digital noise in the sky at your stated ISO400 setting.
@waldo_posth - beautiful nature, beautifully set up and photographed.

Day 4:
@Hezu - lovely Macro. I wouldn't have thought there was any flash by the evenness of the lighting from subject to background.
@mariuszlo - wonderful to see. I was a proud and enthusiastic owner of an X-700 and several MD lenses as an upgrade from my SRT-303, a highly esteemed and awarded camera system of its time.
@gregja - interesting night shot and interesting to see the return of trams to Sydney.
@waldo_posth - like your previous day, beautifully set up and lit, and presented, highlighting the fine design and detailing of the camera.

Day 5:
@Tricky01 - exceptional Macro image. One of the Challenge's best.
@pegelli - lovely lustre brought out by your lighting.
@LAbernethy - attractive subject, attractively lit. Pity about the OOF blob (audience member?) in the bottom corner.
@mariuszlo - reminds me of 'Ebony and Ivory'.
@gregja - great candid piece of night photography. Makes me want to see what's the other side of the net.
@waldo_posth - what I said to your Day 5 entry.

Day 6:
@Hezu - again, beautifully lit without any of the harshness I would have expected from Macro flash.
@LAbernethy - another fine concert performance photo. With the uplight, this one reminds me a bit of those old Toulouse Lautrec paintings of performers on stage lit from below by limelights.
@waldo_posth - nice to appreciate the very fine detail, and that you left it a little imperfect. I think I would have smoothed the edges before taking the shot, but that would have made it less interesting.
@gregja - another creative signature photo from you. Very appealing in monochrome, and the headlights give it a theatrical feel.
@mariuszlo - looks like you enjoy getting out during 'Blue Hour', just as the sky deepens and the lights come up, and the results are very fine. Love the perspective of the lamps.

Day 7:
@waldo_posth - as the old joke goes, it's correct time twice every 24 hours. Lovely patina and reflections.
@Hezu - as makers of horror movies have known from the very start, hard uplight creates a sense of the bizarre and scary. This shot testifies to it. Well done, putting your body on the line by your eyes going through the assault.
@gregja - I guess it just qualifies in this category, but whatever, it's an appealing geometric image.










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Post Options Post Options   Quote mariuszlo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 August 2022 at 11:55
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:



Day 3:
@mariuszlo - beautiful studio portrait of your son. Fine, even lighting.



Thanks for your comments, they are an integral part of every contest here.
For the record, it is my grandson, not my son :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 August 2022 at 23:53
Thank you, Joe, for all the comments which you have prepared - I very much appreciate that. It's certainly a "best practice" which not everybody can match in its detailedness.

To make it a bit easier to give feedback I have now opened the Voting Thread. There is also a template for the voting/the choices in the four categories. This also will provide an opportunity to enter comments.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 August 2022 at 19:55
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

starting with selective comments on Macro/Close Up/Minimum Focal Distance:

Day 1:
@pegelli - a lovely juxtaposition of the man-made and the organic, beautifully entwined.
Day 2:
@pegelli - a sublime image of this Iris about to burst into full bloom.
Day 3:
@pegelli - a variation on yesterday's Iris theme, although I prefer the original for its colours and form.
Day 4:
@pegelli - lovely feather in all its macro detail.
Day 7:
@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.


Thanks for the comments Joe, and indeed the focus stacking on the feather worked well to bring out the full details. And the orchid is indeed inside.
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All add my thumbnails tomorrow
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

My next instalment of selective comments is Land/Sea/Cityscapes.

Day 1:
@pegelli - a snapshot epitomising the Northern summer. Very evocative.
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.
Day 3:
@pegelli - despite the lack of sunshine, there's plenty to enjoy in this shot, made better by the still water reflections.
Day 4:
@pegelli - a classic shot of a person framed by the woodland setting they are passing though. Very appealing.
Day 5:
@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.
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.
Day 7:
@pegelli - interesting panorama crop of this rural scene. Very typical of the countryside in your part of the world.
Great comments again Joe, thanks for taking the effort. I will also start soon but I won't be as elaborate as you.
On day 2 I just had a split second when the barge suddenly appeared underneath, so composition was a lot of luck.
The day 5 sheep shelter is a real folly, built by the historic owner of the castle to impress visitors and the poor village people.
The industrial building in the day 6 shot is a former yeast factory, but these days it's a collection of small businesses and some artist spaces.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Despite feeling a touch of "why bother?", I'll plough straight on with some selective comments on Street Photography.
Day 1:
@pegelli - looks like it's as impossible as herding cats....
Day 2:
@pegelli - nice bit of panning. Happy passenger.
Day 3:
@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.
Day 6:
@pegelli - even dogs have to be patient with their smart phone obsessed owners.
Day 7:
@pegelli - this scene captures summer perfectly, and perhaps the pandemic times as well, with the waiting customers keeping a respectful distance.
Thanks again and I agree, 3 and 5 are borderline "street" but I think "wood trail" and "beach" were the best I could do those days, even though they're not as classical as "street" B.t.w. Day 7 is on the same wood trail as day 3
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

I'll conclude with selective comments on Flashes/Artificial Light..
Day 1:
@pegelli - most interesting lens, presumably detached from an old camera. Interestingly photographed.
Day 3:
@pegelli - interesting to see what is regarded as one of the world's best concert halls. The classic 'shoe box' that generates excellent acoustics. I must say I'd prefer to see it full of people to block out those distracting swirly graphics on the seats.
Day 5:
@pegelli - lovely lustre brought out by your lighting.
The lens that's the subject in day 1 has an official M39 mount and can still be used on Leica rangefinders and other mirrorless cameras through an adapter, and I still use it regularly.
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I'll do my commenting "by day" and see how far I get, but here's "day 1"

Macro/Closeup/MFD
@gregja, interesting texture in the small in focus sliver
@Jozioau, probably a little more dof would have worked better for me
@Hezu, nice "creepy-crawley" and the wide angle really puts it in context
@mariuszlo, great shot with lots of detail to be admired
@addy landzaat, I would probably have put the prime sharpness at the core of the flower in the right/lower corner
@QuietOC, I see it, around 7 o'clock in the middle flowers
@Robbie, interesting bokeh echo, but the creases in the sharp fabric distravct me a bit


Flash/Artificial light
@mariuszlo, what a beaty, you really lighted it well
@Hezu, you can't see the fill-in flash in this shot, which for this subject is a good thing
@gregja, my first thought when I saw this photo was "would he have a version where the focus is on the front rim?"
@Jozioau, great find, good artificial light with lots of festive atmosphere
@Robbie, the blue hour background really adds to the atmosphere in this shot
@addy landzaat, very fitting text for this challenge subject, great find (or did you bring your own chalk?)


Street
@gregja, great use of the person's motion blur as a contrast with the sharp environment
@Jozioau, the kid should get his priorities straight, 1 skateboarding, 2 social interaction with the guy standing next to him and only 3 would be texting
@mariuszlo, nice scene, the statue makes it special. Do we miss a lot not having the music that goes with the photo?
@Hezu, I've been there in November, a very different atmosphere from what I see here
@addy landzaat, nice shot, the environment the guy is sitting in being essential for the overall composition
Robbie, Taken at the perfect moment


Land/sea/cityscapes
@Jozioau, beautiful low winter light and a nice composition with the curved shoreline
@gregja, nice use of the moving as well as stll cars to give a nice daynamic
@mariuszlo, a nice area to cycle through I bet
@LAbernethy, using B&W brings out the different structures between water, horizon and sky nicely, probably better than when it would be in colour
@Robbie, nice symmetrical composition, a very pleasing and quiet photo
@adyy landzaat, nice cityscape but I think a letterbox crop (losing some of the foreground) might improve it (as well as rotating it a bit CCW)
@Hezu, beautiful colours in that threatening sky
@waldo_posth, nice scene and the yellow tungsten light tell us it's twilight. Maybe making the photo overall a bit darker will bring out more of the late twilight/blue hour atmosphere.


Hopefully I have time to pick another day tomorrow.


Edited by pegelli - 09 August 2022 at 20:01
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2022 at 19:14
I have finished my Thumbnail thread for those interested
Also added some pictures to the flash week - they needed a little more work that is why they are a bit late.
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Let's take a look at day 4

Macro/MFD/Closeup
@Hezu, looks like an alien from outer space, well captured
@LAbernethy, that dark one looks delicious, the red ones probably need a little more time. Good use of selective focus
@addy landzaat, I would have chosen a focus point a bit closer (or focus stacked if I had a tripod with me) but a great subject: "Rust is Art"
@Jozioau, great detail on the petal rims, but the large oof area at the top distracts a bit
@Robbie, same comments on the focus as for addy above, but also a mundane subject brought well
@mariuszlo, nice capture, looks like it's horseback riding on a green horse
@gregja, nice limited dof, but the large light patch near the top keeps pulling my eye away from the more interesting part of the photo (the lower half)


Flash/Artificial light
@Hezu, nice portrait and the square crop fits very well
@mariuszlo, nice product shot but the shadow underneath looks a bit heavy
@Jozioau, nice still life, combination of two hobbies it seems, collecting tin utensils and then enjoying them with a glass of good wine
@gregja, fantastic shot, the high contrast PP really brings it to life
@waldo_posth, very well lighted product shot and the camera really looks absolutely new/mint
@addy landzaat, not easy taming a flash on these reflecting signs, very well done!


Street
@gregja, a bokeh/selective focus shot with a 20 mm , and a nice scene, good colours and well composed
@addy landzaat, I bet they had no idea they were photographed, too absorbed in their "things", well spotted and taken
@LAbernethy, an absolutely great shot but not really "street photography" for me
@Jozioau, nice scene but the 500 mm makes it look a bit flat and detached for a street shot
@mariuszlo, nice shot and the runner in the background gives it an extra dynamic
@Hezu, indeed not a classical street shot, but at least you got your ducks in a row
Robbie, great scene, lots going on all around


Land/sea/cityscapes
@Jozioau, nice cityscape with the highriser, tram and cars. Maybe do a slight keystone correction so all the highrisers point straight up
@mariuszlo, a magical summer scene
@gregja, good use of the backlight to capture a rim around the cows
@Hezu, a much friendlier sky as your day 1 shot butnice colours again
@Affes.photo, the foreground flowers really bring the overall dull light back to life
@LAbernethy, almost ready for takeoff by the looks of it
@addy landzaat, nice busy cityscape, but also a good candidate for a keystone correction
@waldo_posth, nice mixed light scene and you were lucky with the person standing in the doorway, that really adds another layer to the atmosphere
@Robbie, beautiful blue hour scene and the reflection adds more interest.


We'll see what day I'll pick tomorrow (if any )
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