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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

It is high time I made some comments!

Let's look at Day 5...

Fred_S - Nice contrasting colours. I'm not 100% sure but I think it could do with an exposure boost (or is it just my screen?)
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Thanks Mike! It was an overcast day, which made the background a bit darker. boosting exposure would blow out the leafs of the magnolia :-(.
 



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I'll start commenting from Day 6 onwards, with a few randomly selected pics to comment per day.


Day 6:
@ pegelli: My favourite snow pic of this Day
@ alanfrombangor: I like the scenery with the cloured houses and the low tide. I probably would have cloned a few of the branche ends at the top right corner myself.
@ onsplekkie: The face of the youngest girl is priceless!
@ C_N_RED_AGAIN: That's a beatiful capture!


Day 7:
@ Gregja: Nice boleh abstract. MAkes me wonder how it looks in color with this light.
@ Joziaou: Cheers! Enough for some foolishness in April
@ Phil Wood: Somehow we're always attracted to rusty stuff as photographers isn't it?
@ Harm vb: I can ammost smelel it . How do you like that Viltrox 85?
@ fennetje: Well captured and lit.

Day 8:
@ addy landzeet: Nice colourful scene
@ pegelli: I like the MIR bokeh!
@ C_N_RED_AGAIN: Beautiful capture Chris!
@ alpha_in_exile: Well focussed on the right spot


Day 9:
@ Jozioau: Seems hard to play that bended keyboard . Do you play the piano Joe?
@ rovhazeman: That's a good foolish one Shay! And interestong location, thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to more of that place
@ alanfrombangor: I like that grumpy old man. The picture has a special character with the light and grain.
@ onsplekkie: Great capture Maarten! You have a god eye for those street scenes.
@ AsD: Greetings back Andy

I'll move one with Day 10 and onwards after these daily threads ar filled a bit more.

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Thanks for comments on my postings. In reply:

Originally posted by fennetje fennetje wrote:

browsing thru for the past 7 days, some comments:
@Jozioau :
day 1: lovely picture to open the series, good find too
day 3: I really liked the outtakes as well, you somehow really can feel the space of the shopping mall.
day 5: great subject, funny lines for a record player.


Day 1: Yes, that exotic Ferrari was a fortuitous and lucky find. Don't see these every day.
Day 3: The Chadstone shopping mall is huge, having started modestly in 1960 and grown ever since, with ever more spectacular architecture and spaces. Great to see it buzzing with people after Covid has been suppressed and our lockdowns have been lifted.
Day 5: The B&O sound equipment of the 1970s (and to this day) was built to high acoustic standards, matched with minimalist, modern Danish functional design that makes it a pleasure to see and use. The fisheye has distorted the purity of the lines a little.

Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

It is high time I made some comments!
Let's look at Day 5...
Jozioau - This pic is full of weird angles, odd shapes and strange highlights. I love it! My second ever job was in a TV/hifi shop and we sold B&O kit. It was always so beautiful and so expensive, but felt like it would always Just Work. That's why I especially like the way the lines all make me read "BEOGRAM 2000".

My B&O kit was bought in London during my posting there in 1975/76 when the AU$ was strong against the GBP, and when as a foreigner I was able to claim back the VAT on export, and all that made it affordable for me. I bought the Beogram, a Beomaster tuner/amplifier, and two sets of good B&O speakers, and have enjoyed them ever since. Both to look at and to listen to.

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Thanxs everyone for your comment. Makes me going on in a higher pulse than promised.
My new comment is here:
Jozioau: A nicely distorted world, making me sometimes dizzy.

Yes, the fisheye image can be rather disorienting with its distortion, but I think it's fun to see the world through that lens on occasion, and it brings a degree of creative opportunity with it.

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

I'll start commenting from Day 6 onwards, with a few randomly selected pics to comment per day.
Day 7:
@ Joziaou: Cheers! Enough for some foolishness in April
Day 9:
@ Jozioau: Seems hard to play that bended keyboard . Do you play the piano Joe?


Day 7:
The decanters are lovely to look at but the contents are pretty safe from me and my wife. Mainly offered to guests...

Day 9:
Yes, the bendy keyboard would be impossible, but I like the look of it. I did formally learn classical piano from ages 7 to 14 and then played jazz and rock by ear into my early 20s. Then I was without a piano and it all lapsed. I can still play a bit by ear, but this magnificent instrument belongs to my wife who is a fine pianist.


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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:


Day 6:
@ alanfrombangor: I like the scenery with the cloured houses and the low tide. I probably would have cloned a few of the branche ends at the top right corner myself.

Day 9:
@ alanfrombangor: I like that grumpy old man. The picture has a special character with the light and grain.

I found a cleaner view of the scene yesterday but the tide was in. Too bogged down with household chores to venture out on day 9 so tried a pinhole selfie, glad you like it, I was pleased how it turned out.
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I'm still maintaing my pic-a-day aspiration and the weather has been mainly dry and sunny, though rather cold. On with my days 5 to 8 selections.

Day 5
Jozioau: We used to lust over B&O kit at university in the seventies but it was way out of reach, after graduating there were more practical demands on my salary. If the Beogram is still working then you certainly got your money's worth!
onsplekkie: A very striking mural
mikey2000: The Final Frontier, beautiful.
fennetje: The single bloom isolated by the narrow dof is very effective with others just discernible in the background. Intriguing base, is it seaweed?
Phil Wood: Nice scene of nocturnal urban emptiness. At amuses me when companies add the town name, as if people may have forgotten where they are.

Day 6
Jozioau: The fisheye treatment makes for a dslightly disturbing scene.
Harm vb: Two cups, you must love your coffee!
onsplekkie: Lovely domestic scene with the apprentice noting how it's done.
AsD: Nice mix of industry and tranquility.
C_N_RED_AGAIN: Well caught.

Day 7
gregja: Classic gregja.
fennetje: Well executed product shot.

Day 8
Phil Wood: Wow, that is garish! The bus stop signs would have stood out better if they'd been old style black on white!
Fred_S: Beautifully resented.
pegelli: Weird looking fungus, the scene looks autumnal.
rovhazman: Great pose.


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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Day 5
Jozioau: We used to lust over B&O kit at university in the seventies but it was way out of reach, after graduating there were more practical demands on my salary. If the Beogram is still working then you certainly got your money's worth!

Day 6
Jozioau: The fisheye treatment makes for a slightly disturbing scene.


Day 5 - see my reply to Mike's comment on B&O a couple of posts above. I too fell in love with the gear when I first saw it as an architecture student in the 60s. It epitomised the best of Danish design, was technically at hi-fi's high end, and totally unaffordable here in Australia. When living in London in the mid-70s on my Australian Government posting, the then favourable exchange rate plus getting VAT refunded on export back home made it affordable, so I bought my gear at Heals in Tottenham Court Road and have enjoyed it ever since. That's coming up to nearly 50 years of stereo pleasure with the price long forgotten.

Day 6 - with the fisheye I'm always having to check to see whether I've inadvertently included my feet in the lower foreground, and this time decided to make a feature of this field of view. I think of it as a fun pic, and not the least disturbing.
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Joe, yes I saw your earlier reply. The disturbing reaction comes from watching tv crime dramas where the legs or feet of the murderer are shown, keeping the viewer guessing as to his identity, coupled with the distortion of the lens. I like the photo, it's good to be safely disturbed
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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:



Day 7:

@ Harm vb: I can ammost smelel it . How do you like that Viltrox 85?


Thanxs Fred, actually I love it. I'm not very well used to primes, but this one is quite fine, thnxs to f1,8. Most of my lenses aren't faster than f2,8 or even less. But, again, I have to get used to zoom with my feet. However, for portraits it's very nice.


Another thing that has jumped into my mind: do I need some education/course or so in photografy? I guess all other pictures are finer, better, sharper, more creative, etc. than my shots. Makes me feel disappointed on my self-education in this field
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:


Jozioau: A nicely distorted world, making me sometimes dizzy.

Yes, the fisheye image can be rather disorienting with its distortion, but I think it's fun to see the world through that lens on occasion, and it brings a degree of creative opportunity with it.




I had been considering my 14mm Samyang, even more dizzynes possible.
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Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:



Day 7:

@ Harm vb: I can ammost smelel it . How do you like that Viltrox 85?


Thanxs Fred, actually I love it. I'm not very well used to primes, but this one is quite fine, thnxs to f1,8. Most of my lenses aren't faster than f2,8 or even less. But, again, I have to get used to zoom with my feet. However, for portraits it's very nice.

Thanks Harm, good to know. Recently saw a used one for an attractive price, but was a bit in doubt. I was very much a zoom shooter too, but the challenges here helped me to learn working with and appreciate primes much better.


Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:


Another thing that has jumped into my mind: do I need some education/course or so in photografy? I guess all other pictures are finer, better, sharper, more creative, etc. than my shots. Makes me feel disappointed on my self-education in this field

Don't be too hard on yourself Harm. Looking at your posts so far I certainly see creativity and a good eye for subjects. However I recongnize your feelings from my early days here. Practicing a lot and getting inspired by others here helped me a lot, but having fun with your shooting is the most important!
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Day 8
Fred_S: Beautifully resented.

Thanks Alan!
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Whoops, should have read "presented" of course!
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Day 5
The single bloom isolated by the narrow dof is very effective with others just discernible in the background. Intriguing base, is it seaweed?

it's an aquatic sort of buttercup, living in fresh water. I spotted these last year in a pond pretty close to home. What you see under water is actually the plant itself. the flowers are really tiny, a little smaller than a regular 'land' buttercup

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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Whoops, should have read "presented" of course!

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