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The season of April Foolishness is almost upon us.
This thread is to invite 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 Jozioau - 01 April 2023 at 01:19
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Yes please! 7/week, Lens TBD
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2023 at 23:36
Me too. Lenses to be confirmed, but first thoughts are the Samyang 24mm f2.8 Tilt/Shift plus Sony 100mm f2.8 Macro, both a-mount, on a99ii or fitted to a7iv via LA-EA5 adapter.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2023 at 00:16
I'm in - considering 20mm & 85mm, two lenses I don't use enough (and share a filter size). Will decide for sure closer to the start.
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Sign me up, 7/week, lenses tbd.
You can see the April Foolishness 2023 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2023 at 09:37
Yes please, I'll go for 5 a week, more if I can. The first lens probably my samyang 14mm for a bit of fun and more sensible one like a 50mm.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2023 at 16:42
Doubts again, last year I made it, but in a struggle.

Ok, I'll give it a try for 3/week, more if I can.
Both camera's with either the macro, or one of the WA, which I will determine later.

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I'am in
7/week
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Post Options Post Options   Quote @Jetsplace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2023 at 18:50
That is great guys..
Gregja, Jozioau, Phil Wood, pegelli, bigsi, Harm vb, onsplekkie you are very welkom to the challenge.


If your subscription is a bit late on the list.. I am sorry. I am down with Covid-19. It is not that bad except from an exploding head(ace) fever and muscle pain. I will pick it up as soon as I feel a bit better.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2023 at 21:58
I'm in, Laowa FF S 20mm F4.0 C-Dreamer shift lens on A7M3. As April 1st will be spent suffering a 144 km cycling tour in Flanders (April 2nd the professionals cycle twice the distance) there are no expectations for the 1st week-end, but otherwise I aim at 7/week.   

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I am one of the foolish - better add me to that list!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2023 at 08:25
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

lenses tbd.
OK, I made my choice, it's going to be an M-Rokkor 28/2.8 and an OM Zuiko 85/2. So I will foolishly forego AF this time
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2023 at 09:21
Sign me up, 7/week, lenses tbd more or less.
thinking about 18mm (zeiss) and 105mm (sigma)
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Dear Jetspace,
I'd like to participate.
2 Lenses and bodies tbd.
numbers of images >= 3 a week (we do hope to get to 30 though).
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