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    Posted: 12 March 2021 at 10:56
Have you heard? The signup for April Foolishness just opened


I'll sign up, waiting for you to do the same

Participants:
1) Snegren
2) Jozioau
3) pegelli
4) addy landzaat
5) mikey2000
6) Phil Wood
7) QuietOC
8) onsplekkie
9) gregja
10) alanfrombangor
11) rovhazman
12) AsD
13) Harm vb
14) Fred_S
15) Wilu
16) alpha_in_exile
17) @Jetsplace
18) Robbie
19) C_N_RED_AGAIN
20) fennetje
21) Cav
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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: (1) to get you out shooting more pictures; (2) to develop your photographic skills; (3) to enjoy photography; (4) 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 experienced 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.

9) There will be an "outtakes thread" in case you shoot more than one "worthy" photo for a day, or want to show a shot that you like but is cropped too much to fit the main guideline #4 above.

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 pegelli - 01 April 2021 at 07:49
Pls. all vote for the April Foolishness exhibition here All members can vote!!!
 



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How can I not sign up for this!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 11:28
In looking at my choices of primes in last year's April Foolishness, Oktoberfest and July Prime challenges not to mention the annual Week 50, I'm running out of options and choices.
So you'll have to forgive some deja vu in lens choice, but hopefully not images.
So for April Foolishness 2021, I'm going to use the primes at the extreme ends of my collection:
The Sigma 15mm f2.8 AF diagonal fisheye, and the Minolta 500mm f8 AF Reflex.

Pic a day, and perhaps alternating lenses?

Hopefully we'll be able to free range for the whole month.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 11:49
Welcome Paul and Joe, and I will obviously join you

My choice of lenses is a new (to me) MIR 37/2.8 and a Leica M-Elmarit 90/2.8 which is already in our family since 1958 and was recently CLA'd by Wil van Manen in Zoetermeer.

I'll post a photo every day, go out shooting at least 3 times a week and never post photo's that are more than a week old.
Pls. all vote for the April Foolishness exhibition here All members can vote!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 14:24
I'm considering a two in one challenge. LAOWA D-Dreamer with shift converter (17mm f/4) and without (12mm F/2.8). As this lens is a lot of work (subject finding, framing, adjusting) I have some doubt. There is still time to decide....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 16:06
If you promise we'll have a week-long challenge late May/early June I'll join the April Foolishness

What about B&W week?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 16:34
Addy,   It's a deal.    I will run a one-week B&W challenge in early June.

Also, I'm in for April. I'll do One Prime (to be chosen, but hopefully something foolish) I'll try 7/week.   I'll also likely need a few passes to allow me to meet my continuing Photo150 commitments....
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I love that photo at the top of the Sign Up post
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 16:52
I'm in - two Minolta primes to tie in with my Photo150 lens extravaganza. Probably a 100 macro and a nifty - perhaps a 28.2.8 if I get round to cleaning the iris before April.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 17:57
Yay for spring!

I will try 7-a-week with the Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO HSM Tele Macro.
Sony A7RIV NEX-5T HVL-F45RM LA-EA3 LA-EA4r MB-IV MC-11 EF-E II TLT ROKR MD-NEX KR-NEX DA-NEX
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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 18:36
count me in

challenge to be decided. Foolish lens of choice: TTartisan 1.4/50
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I'm in too! 7/week, maybe CZ FE 35mm f/2.8 and Sony 24-240mm @240mm?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2021 at 20:36
Welcome Addy, Mike, Phil, Matthew, Maarten and Greg, your names have been added to the list


Plenty room to add more
Pls. all vote for the April Foolishness exhibition here All members can vote!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2021 at 07:18
Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

Addy,   It's a deal.    I will run a one-week B&W challenge in early June.


In April I'll most likely will use my 20/1.8G and 85/1.8, 7 pic/week.
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