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I have to announce my withdrawal.
Unfortunately I find neither the time nor the commitment that I feel are necessary for a sensible participation in a challenge like this. Plus, while I had some ideas for upcoming shots I feel I lack a certain sense of inspiration overall. I thus will select, process and post the pictures that I have already taken and then move on, or rather move back to my film camera(s). That is a whole different approach* and workflow that suit my current frame of mind better.
All the best to you folks and hope you keep up to the end.


* it usually takes me a month or longer to finish a film of 12 exposures, and I often go back home without pressing that shutter button even a single time - just observing, composing, and then decide that it‘s not really worth to flush a buck or two down the drain for a given picture . Strangely, it is as much fun (or even more) as taking dozens of pictures a day.
 



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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.

I learned a lot from looking at Dyxum and Flickr. We've been looking through photo albums at past holidays during our confinement and noted how much my photography has improved. I'd shoot a beautiful empty sandy beach with a perfect blue sky and be disappointed at the ensuing photo, because what looks fantastic when you're in the scene doesn't always work as an image. I had lots of photos like your day 8, with the subject too small in the frame and surrounded by a flat sky and sea. Commenting helped me understand what works and what doesn't, and reading other people's comments makes me see what I may have missed.

It's essential to be self critical but don't be too hard on yourself, you've got some fine shots in there, such aas the abstract day 2 and the lovely day 4 portrait, not every entry over an intensive challenge will be successful. I'm happy if I get a couple of keepers out of such a month but it's fun and a good learning experience.
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Originally posted by Wilu Wilu wrote:

I have to announce my withdrawal.
Unfortunately I find neither the time nor the commitment that I feel are necessary for a sensible participation in a challenge like this. Plus, while I had some ideas for upcoming shots I feel I lack a certain sense of inspiration overall. I thus will select, process and post the pictures that I have already taken and then move on, or rather move back to my film camera(s). That is a whole different approach* and workflow that suit my current frame of mind better.
All the best to you folks and hope you keep up to the end.


* it usually takes me a month or longer to finish a film of 12 exposures, and I often go back home without pressing that shutter button even a single time - just observing, composing, and then decide that it‘s not really worth to flush a buck or two down the drain for a given picture . Strangely, it is as much fun (or even more) as taking dozens of pictures a day.
May I point you to our ongoing film challenge? That might suit you better

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 April 2021 at 09:28
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

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.

I learned a lot from looking at Dyxum and Flickr. We've been looking through photo albums at past holidays during our confinement and noted how much my photography has improved. I'd shoot a beautiful empty sandy beach with a perfect blue sky and be disappointed at the ensuing photo, because what looks fantastic when you're in the scene doesn't always work as an image. I had lots of photos like your day 8, with the subject too small in the frame and surrounded by a flat sky and sea. Commenting helped me understand what works and what doesn't, and reading other people's comments makes me see what I may have missed.

It's essential to be self critical but don't be too hard on yourself, you've got some fine shots in there, such aas the abstract day 2 and the lovely day 4 portrait, not every entry over an intensive challenge will be successful. I'm happy if I get a couple of keepers out of such a month but it's fun and a good learning experience.
I fully I agree. I learned a lot by looking at other peoples pictures and especially paintings.

I looked at your pictures Harm and there are several nice ones:
Day 1 is a strong opener. Better then mine.
Day 2 is a nice colourful abstract.
After that, you deserved the picture for day 3.
And like Alan said, day 4 is a nice portrait.
I also liked your day 6 picture - I understand why you feel that is might not be as sharp as it could be, that is partly because you used f/1.8 (making the field of focus really small) and maybe some shake due to the 1/50s shutter speed.
Day 10 is a good picture. Well seen that it works good in B&W.
Day 11 picture was funny
Yesterdays stroll was nice, though the picture is tilted!

All in all a decent set. We all have stronger days and days that we just post whatever picture we took....
Doing a course or watching some youtube videos, reading some photography books, go to a museum, all help. But the best training is going out and make pictures yourself and discover what works and what does not work.
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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.


When I got back into photography a few years back I did the Dyxum assignments - not a course as such, but it got me looking and thinking - two very important aspects of the process - as well as testing various techniques.

I am a member of a facebook group where a number of photographers of all standards post local pictures - if I see one I like I might try to recreate it, just to try to answer the question "Why didn't I see that?"

The challenge in April Foolishness is only partly to use only two primes, it's more to take pictures every day, to expose your work to the world - even on a bad day. We all have our ups and downs.   

You're in the right place, since getting involved with Dyxum I (like Alan) have seen a marked improvement in my pictures - I get more keepers (though I still take plenty of dross).
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And, @Phil Wood, @addy landzaat, @alanfrombangor and @Fred_S, thank you all for your wise and positive words.

Makes me going on, watching and trying.

However, I made since 2001 some 100.000 digital pics, but only recently trying to improve and getting better.

Let's go on!


However, commenting is the hardest thing here... difficult to watch and write in one. When I type here, can't see all pictures. Have to work out a proper way.
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More observations

Day 9
Jozioau: Nice bendy composition and reflections.
pegelli: Did you use it?
rovhazman: Lovely pose which seems to be asking what do I do, the ground is cracking aaround me!
fennetje: Well presented.
addy landzaat: Just enough motion blur as the cyclists are swallowed by the underpass.

Day 10
rovhazman: Good to see.
Harm vb: Wow, competing with the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Phil Wood: Dog has the "I've been naughty" look!
AsD: Track pump?

Day 11
Harm vb: Unusual time of year, we're normally plagued with them in the autumn.
onsplekkie: Super cloudscape and atmosphere of loneliness.

Day 12
gregja: Photogenic layering, good blend of tones and textures.
pegelli: Comprehensively graffitied!
C_N_RED_AGAIN: Super detail in the feathers.
onsplekkie: Nice study of absorption, risky so close to water.
Phil Wood: Good to see normality returning, lets hope it doesn't rebound on us.
Fred_S: Attractive lighthouse, the circular windows break up the wall elegantly.
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Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

However, I made since 2001 some 100.000 digital pics, but only recently trying to improve and getting better.
"Your first 100,000 photographs are your worst.”
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Time for selective comments on week 2 of April Foolishness, picking up from my Joe's April Foolishness Week 1 comments.

Day 8:
@gregja - a nice worm's eye view of a soccer corner. Rather oversaturated colours, but who am I to say how a worm sees colour?
@Fred_S - a true harbinger of Spring, a beautiful daffodil.
@addy landzaat - an appealing photo in the 'blue hour' with a fine blending of natural and artificial lighting.
@fennetje - your favourite canine model never lets you down. Most photogenic and sympathetic, perfectly focussed.
@C_N_RED_AGAIN - a nice change from your super tele nature studies, lovely sunset light, and a candid study of this solitary fisherman.
@rovhazman - the caption says he's still sick but looking well and truly on the road to recovery, if he's happy to pose like this.

Day 9:
@gregja - an appealingly composed and focussed abstraction.
@rovhazman - an interesting and unusual bit of desert landscape that forms your stage. Strange how the channels have been created between the large cakes, presumably by the rare rains.
@alanfrombangor - what a fabulous selfie. One of my favourite images in the challenge so far. Perfect in B&W and with the pinhole treatment.
@onsplekkie - a great piece of street photography showing the isolation of lockdown against the backdrop of city life, architecture and engineering. I would have preferred if the top of the building hadn't been cropped.
@fennetje - an otherwise unremarkable pine cone has been enhanced by your clever placement on its weathered metal background.
@addy landzaat - perfectly timed snap of the motion blurred cyclists about to disappear into the underpass. B&W is just right.

Day 10:
@rovhazman - great to see your boy looking bright eyed and back in good health. Lovely portrait.
@Harm vb - a very interesting leaning tower that I'd not previously seen. Going by the lack of any structural steel props and buttresses, I assume it's safe and stable?
@onsplekkie - another fine piece of street photography with the B&W look and relative emptiness very evocative of bygone classics of this genre.
@AsD - an aesthetic piece of industrial functional design, beautifully photographed.

Day 11:
@gregja - only comment I can come up with is that you've done it again. And well.
@onsplekkie - great shot, great title. Right place, right moment.
@fennetje - really like this image with its sharply focussed and gently curved reeds framing the eye leading OOF track and fence that run into the distance.

Day 12:
@gregja - the strong geometry, contrasty black and white treatment and repetitive patterns make this a very powerful image.
@alanfrombangor - that pinhole camera effect rendered in soft de-focus and in monochrome looks like something from the dawn of photography.
@C_N_RED_AGAIN - you're really capturing some magnificent telephoto images that are truly magazine quality.
@Harm vb - a simple shot of a Dutch canal city, but very nicely captured and presented.
@addy landzaat - a really appealing image of those almost identical Spring lambs. And definitely cute.
@Phil Wood - you've captured a bit of history here, with the end of lockdown in the UK. Here's hoping it will last.
@Fred_S - a very attractive lighthouse (with their simplistic functionality, aren't they all?) with a great, dramatic sky as a backdrop.
@alpha_in_exile - a very attractive, mysterious and original image with the sheer curtain providing a diffused softness.

Day 13:
@pegelli - the photo might not be exceptional, but the message behind it is very poignant and powerful.
@onsplekkie - an intriguing image with that rather strange geometric structure that must have a functional purpose, the people lending scale, and the interesting scalloped shadows of the foreground.
@alanfrombangor - wonderful landscape with its bare mountains, middle distant lake and small village in the foreground rendered in graduated receding monochrome tones.
@Harm vb - another glimpse of Dutch countryside - flat landscape, expanse of water, big sky and the vintage DAF looking to be in pristine condition if a bit lonely.
@Phil Wood - a lovely portrait of your lovely dog. Strange that it's going grey on the crown rather than around the muzzle, or is it a youngster with odd hair colouring?
@rovhazman - a rather desolate picture of an even more desolate tale. Remarkable that a building permit could have been issued for such an incompetent project.

Day 14:
@Phil Wood - that underpass looks very threatening and ominous.
@fennetje - a simple image that's nevertheless appealing in its composition and selective focus.
@Harm vb - fascinating to read what you posted about this severely leaning tower base, and in this image the lean is accentuated by the passing upright pedestrian.
@alanfrombangor - mind boggling sticker. Presumably Darwinian natural selection will take care of this in time....
@Fred_S - colourful, seasonal, nicely rendered.
@rovhazman - an interesting and nostalgic object. Tthe carriage would have to move from right to left.
@mikey2000 - probably the best view I've had of your dog against the grassy background, compared with earlier photos where it was well camouflaged against carpet or upholstery.

Continued in Joe's April Foolishness Week 3 comments.

Edited by Jozioau - 22 April 2021 at 04:37
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 12:
@Phil Wood - you've captured a bit of history here, with the end of lockdown in the UK. Here's hoping it will last.

At least there is some hope that vaccination will lower the impact to something bearable (like flu), but I suspect Covid 19 is with us for ever.

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 13:
@Phil Wood - a lovely portrait of your lovely dog. Strange that it's going grey on the crown rather than around the muzzle, or is it a youngster with odd hair colouring?

She's only five - no gray yet. The weird colouring is highly prized (or so we are informed) and is referred to as a dapple. Looked odd to me too, but we've got used to it.
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Day 10
Phil Wood: Dog has the "I've been naughty" look!


She's been with us for three months now (fostering) and there are occasional signs of trained behaviour appearing but, in general, she has had virtually no training - "I've been naughty" is her catchphrase.

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Day 12
Phil Wood: Good to see normality returning, lets hope it doesn't rebound on us.

One can but hope.
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Thanks Jozioau, this tower is standing out of verticality since 1263, it is leaning since the first part was built. The higher parts were built on top of the first and were placed vertical again, but again it started leaning more, without falling...

Today I'm posting another view on the entrance door.


Thanks everybody for any comment.


My comments (but, maybe I skipped/forgot a few days. Sorry fort hat).

Jozioau:
#11 Nice Citroën, one of not so many DS with the 3rd nose. Nice object fort he fisheye.
#12 Nothing is straight on this straight house.
#14 Strange fruits? Edible?

Alanfrombangor:
#10 The Yeti?
#12 Looks like one of the early 19th century photographs. Nice!
#13 Beautiful fading of the landscape.

Rovhazman:
In general: awful dry landscape with a recovering son.

Onsplekkie:
#11 Love the landscape and the clouds in B&W.
#14 Single ship on a vast sea. Dutch coast, adorable.

AsD:
#12 Spring blossom, love it.

Harm vb:
Oh, that’s me

Pegelli:
#10 Spring!
#13 Impressive view of the shoes, symbol of the victims.

Fennetje:
#09 and #10: nice cone, love the Fibonacci numbers of #10.
#13 We need spring!

Phil Wood:
#11 Nice abstract.
#12 We nee dit too, getting outside and being among other people.
#10 and #13 Nice portraits of this characteristic dog

Fred_S:
Love the #12 with its clouds and your lucky sunset in #13.

Gregja:
Nice collection of abstracts.

C_N_RED_AGAIN
Nice collection of birds. I want them in my area.

So far, so good.


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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

However, I made since 2001 some 100.000 digital pics, but only recently trying to improve and getting better.
"Your first 100,000 photographs are your worst.”

A HDD-crash made me loose some 75000 of them. No need to look at them anymore.
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