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The season of April Foolishness is almost upon us.
This thread is by way of inviting you to sign up to one of Dyxum's classic challenges.

INTRO

April Foolishness is a month-long photographic challenge that is part of the rich Dyxum Challenge tradition. Please read the guidelines below before you start.
If you do not understand the guidelines, do not worry. You will understand when you see - just sign up.

April Foolishness is definitely challenging. However the challenge is not from Dyxum to you. You challenge yourself! The objectives are: (i) to get you out shooting more pictures; (ii) to develop your photographic skills; (iii) to enjoy photography; (iv) to enjoy photography; v) to get to know the other photographers and fellow Dyxumers in the challenge.

This challenge is for everyone! It does not matter if you are a professional or a beginner. Everyone will learn something and everyone can enjoy it.

GUIDELINES
1) Take photographs every day and post one picture for each day in the thread. Pic-a-day (but 7/week or 5/week or 3/week is okay - see FAQ below).

2) Shoot for the whole month with one (or two), prime lens(es) (if you do not have a prime (=fixed focal length), you can use a zoom, fixed to one focal length; but you cannot change the focal length). Any lens is okay, but you should decide in advance.

3) Use only Sony/ Minolta “A-mount” or Sony E-mount bodies; but the old Minolta mount (SR-mount) bodies are allowed too because in a way that’s where we come from. Any brand/style/mount lens is allowed (directly mounted, via an adapter or even free-lensing if you're into that way of shooting)

4) Because the point is to shoot only one point of view, only minimal cropping is allowed to straighten, etc. However, you may crop ONE SIDE in order to present a picture in a square or other format planned when you took the shot (the point is that you compose in the viewfinder/LV and not on the computer).

5) You are expected to comment on the photographs posted by others – there will be a Talk Thread for this purpose.

6) State your challenge when you sign up. Add as many details and conditions as you want. You can change it up until the start date. A perfect challenge will be difficult but not impossible.

7) Read the Talk Thread every time you post in the Photo threads, so that you do not miss out on announcements or comments – please try to join in.

8) If you cannot post frequently due to problems with internet access that is okay. You can still join and catch up with posts when you can. If you do not have time to process your photos fully, don’t worry – post them with minimal processing. This is not a beauty contest.

Trust me, it is both a great learning experience and good fun...

FAQs
Please ask questions below - they are very welcome! But here are some answers to some common questions... numbers relate to the guidelines above.

1) If you cannot shoot every day (aka pic-a-day), you can choose to shoot 7 pics-a-week or even 5 or 3 pics-a-week instead. But challenge yourself to shoot much more than usual. If you need to use another lens for an event like a wedding or to make a living, or because the bear living in your toolshed has decided to cut the grass for you, you can claim an “event pass”. However, try to shoot with only one (or 2) lens(es) if you can – it is a good challenge (e.g. if you are not the paid photographer at the wedding try to do it with only your chosen lens first).

2) One or 2 lens(es) only – do not change. If you use a zoom, we suggest you tape it to fix it at the focal length you choose (but don’t use tape that will pull the paint off your 70-200G!).

3) If you need to crop more than a “minimal amount” you can post those pictures in the “Outtakes” thread with a notice “cropped”. For your daily picture, use your feet to zoom and compose more carefully. Cropping to straighten is fine. Cropping to remove distortion is okay sometimes – but don’t do it every day ; learn to include the distortion in the composition. If you want to post in a non-standard format do it in the Outtakes.

4) It is important to encourage other people during the challenge…. everybody benefits from a little help and positive feedback to get through it, and it is much more enjoyable when there is communication. If your English is not so good, don’t worry… nobody minds. This is an international forum and if you tell me “ I like your self-portrait very much but I think your bottom is underexposed “, I will know it is the fault of Google translator. If you do not like “chat” you can just post regular lists of your favorite pictures for the past few days.

5) For special events (eg. family gatherings, one-prime days, parties, weddings, DPC's etc.) that you have during the month and need to use other lenses you can give yourself an "event pass" and use any lens you need to cover that event. However you are encouraged to use your chosen prime(s) for all shooting that is not covered by an "event pass" for a special occasion.


Your challenge can be anything! Express it like this:
“I’ll do pic--a-day with the Minolta 16mm fish. Restrictions are no crops at all and at least 3 night-time shots a week taken without flash.
“I’ll use the Sony 50/1.8 and go 3 pics-a-week (I will try to shoot more if I can). Restrictions are minimal or square crop and that all pictures will be composed using the LV.”
“I’ll try 7 pic-a-week with the Minolta 500/8, but I will try to shoot every day. No restrictions.”[/QUOTE]

Note that these are Guidelines - participation is key and the main thing is to challenge yourself and take part.

Sign-up below with your challenge to yourself!


Edited by @Jetsplace - 14 March 2019 at 16:48
Jet
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2019 at 21:12
I am in, how can I not. Lenses (2 primes) to be determined. 7/week avoiding the frustrations of pic-a-day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2019 at 21:32
I'm in, 7 per week, shooting at least 3 days per week, don't use shots older than 1 week.

Lenses will be the Voigtländer APO Lanthar 65/2 and Samyang FE 35/2.8. A good opportunity to test these newbies in my bag
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2019 at 21:59
Busy times ahead with film challenge still to do, DM this Sunday, but hey, why not joining April Foolishness as well? So I am in, 7/week, one or two lenses tbd.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ktrucke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2019 at 17:34
Definitely in. I'll choose 35mm and 50mm as my lenses. Minimum 3 times a week.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2019 at 19:15
I’m in too! A7 with Pentacon 135/2.8 and Sony FE 85/1.8, 7/week. Foolish mini-challenge to comment on 3 pics/day.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote @Jetsplace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2019 at 16:50
Welcome, great you can join Snegren, pegelli, Fred_S, ktrucke and gregja.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2019 at 19:17
I am busy and don't have much time for photography... It will be foolish to sign in for this challenge

So...

Sign me in!!!

Lens will be decided later.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 hours 6 minutes ago at 21:49
Me too! Not sure what to use, I dont own many primes, maybe I deserve a present soon...
You win or you learn, I seem to be doing a lot of learning....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 9 hours 41 minutes ago at 11:14
I'm in, will try for pic-a-day, but will still do 7 a week if I miss a day for some reason. Not sure about lenses yet but am tempted to plump for the Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro and the Minolta 135mm f2.8 - a classic combo.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 1 hour 38 minutes ago at 19:17
how silly would it be to ask if I can join you?
minimum amount. planned some foolish macro experiments.





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