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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 12:43
Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:


Oh, I think I've seen these little stereo systems - was looking for a new one about a year ago - if it is the one I'm thinking of they come in a range of colors (like bright red, yellow, orange, green, dark blue). Couldn't find the color I wanted in stock so got something different.

Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:


Brilliant shot - and respect for your post processing skills!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 16:01
Day 7 done! I ended up with a few that I didn't have in mind at all before.
In hat way the challenge was a succes, it challenged my creativity underway
I have really enjoyed all the contributions and will pick up some commenting.
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A most enjoyable week is almost over, my last picture is posted, along with a matching set of outtakes. I also give more details of the work in the outtake post.

The two mile walk to take the photos has helped keep me fit, but I failed miserably in the task of posting a picture taken on the day - usually because I preferred a shot I took a day or two earlier to any I captured on the day.

@dcap - I measured the head today, the metallic structure is bigger than I estimated - 1.7m high (from the top of the plinth), but still not in the same ballpark as a double decker bus.

Congratulations to all for your excellent series - and especially to Mikey2000 for organising it all.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 17:25
Some comments based on the thumbnails:

@ Gregja: I like the way you slowly revealed your subject, although the typical audio device screw in Day 1 gave it away a bit already for me
All good DOF shots, nicely converted in BW (with the red wire in Day 5 a a nice colour accent). For me #6 is the favourite, but the graphical style of the whole subject in the last one appeals to me too.

@pegelli: Good subject with nice variations. The first four in BW are very strong, with Day 4 as a highlight of creativity, but Day 7 is great and creative too!

@LAbernethy: Orange always appeals to the Dutch . I like the healthy breakfast approach. Day one is my favourite with the mimimalistic approach just orange and white.

@onsplekkie: A high quality set with an interesting subject (the unchained bike). A very diverse set from macro to to street, but with the blue tone as common theme. Day 3 is my pick of this set.

@mikey2000: A good start, a shame that sparks came out of your computer. Curious about the rest.

@Phil Wood: Another slow but fine reveal of the subject. Interesting sculpture(s). Day 4 works very well for me with the blue sky, but I also like Day 5 and how you have disclosed the full scene with the two heads in Day 7.

@Howard_S: A good subject, captured in various ways, from detailed macro to an outside shot with the crocusses in the foregrond bokeh. I like how you've lighted the subject in Day 4, and am curious about your Day 7.

@Addy Landzaat: You didn't make it easy for yourself! Not an easy subject to capture. Nevertheless a nice set, with the blue hour as my favourite. Good you went out in the snow today! (I did, dut with the hard wind and snow, I didn't go out too far with the camera).

@DCap: A creative approach here. The Trip 35 is nicely combined with some vintage decors (Tue and Sat), shown outside and inside (Mon and Thu), put in historical perspective of your photography (Wed and Fri) and subtilly hidden in the nice box for Saturday. So what's next for Sunday?

@alanformbangor: Maybe the most creative set of the whole bunch. After some more 'traditional' (but well captured!) shower details, a few very strong 'portraits' from the shower expericence. Well done!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 18:44
Day 6 comments
LAbernethy - Bada-bing!
pegelli - More comedy, cleverly executed.
Phil Wood - Good reveal shot, well composed.
onsplekkie - I like how the text glows white against the blue surrounds.
dCap - Nice take on the slow reveal theme.
Howard_S - Still life composition of subjects works well.
alanfrombangor - Great next step in this series!
Fred_S - Cave-like quality of this image brings the weye into the centre.
addy landzaat - I like how you've captured the way the nature of the subject changes with the snow on it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 20:17
Thanks Fred and Greg, and Mike for organising it. It's been fun and good to be prompted to try something different while tethered.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 20:45
Well, Day 7 was a re-shot. My original plan was a photo of my RX100 IV as seen through the viewfinder of the Olympus Trip 35 ... but I tried a selfie like that first. Pretty much a fail and then a fail. Got a fairly okay, bit blurred, shot of the RX100 and the top plate of the Trip 35. But when editing saw an eye-lash on my desk in the photo! Half in and half out of the bokeh!! Getting the shot involved two tripods and a lot of huffin' and puffin'. So I just tried something else.

Using my 50/1.8 at f2 and putting the ISO up to the very top of the scale, lit by a desk/reading light pointed at a wall above the shot.

I'd submitted to today being a weak shot (day 1 was weak, I peaked somewhere in the middle). But I actually quite like it now I've edited it. Tried a few at f2.8 but I preferred the natural vignette of f2.

ISO 25,600 seems ridiculous (I grew up on film and ISO 6400 was what happened to most my rolls of Tmax 3200). This is two stops higher and considerably cleaner! Modern technology huh!

A wordy end to an enjoyable week. Had been fun playing along while others have been posting too. That is how my 365 happened in 2008 - example, y'all were doing 'reveal' shots. So I made my Trip 35 in a box photo (which I otherwise would not have shot).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 20:48
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

@dcap - I measured the head today, the metallic structure is bigger than I estimated - 1.7m high (from the top of the plinth), but still not in the same ballpark as a double decker bus.

Now even smaller than I imagined - the first 5 shots gave no idea of the scale (and I like that). Fun to see there is another week's worth of images just next to it!
Walk out if it doesn't feel right
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If you've got something better tonight
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 23:32
I'm not happy with my Day 7, but it was the best the RD-175 could give me .. even then the focus was out :-( I like the OOF rendering of the colour, if not the texture of the vessel.

Still, the camera is working and it gave me some results for my vintage digital theme in the Photo 150 project. More of that later.

For those that are curious the vessel was made by Cornwall-based studio potter Jack Doherty. On his website it says, 'Irish Potter Jack Doherty lives and works from his home and studio in Newlyn, Cornwall over looking the sea. He makes porcelain vessel forms that are thrown on the potter's wheel then carved and shaped when the clay is soft to reflect the fluidity of the material and physicality of making. The elemental colour and surface texture are created by the fusion of fire and soda in the intense heat of the kiln, leaving behind a subtle palette of smokey grey, lemon, russet and turquoise.'


CYC2021 - 6a

(You can see Doherty's maker's mark in the indentation on the left of the vessel.)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2021 at 18:24
Day 7/Overall Comments
onsplekkie - I've really enjoyed the blue toning/consistency to the set, and the slow reveal. An enjoyable week with day 2 a standout.
pegelli - Lots of humour and different approaches in your set. To be honest I wondered how anyone could take a golf ball over a week and do something different with it each day but you've pulled it off.
addy landzaat - I think you need the intrepid award, for heading out in the snow in the middle of a pandemic just to capture the subject. Well done!
Fred_S - A real combination of creativity and technical prowess with lenses and lighting over the course of the week in an impressive set.
Phil Wood - Surprise ending with the second head appearing. Again, a slow reveal which I've enjoyed seeing develop over the week.
LAbernethy - Real commitment to investigating a number of techniques gives a sense of consistency-with-variety over the week. My favourite is day 3 for the lighting, toning and detail.
alanfrombangor - The fun you've had in doing this really comes through. It's translated into a strong series, with the B&W/square crop bringing the set together.
dCap - Looking at this set on your thumbnail post, I like seeing how day 1 and 7 front shots bookend the other views. The mix of B&W and muted tones also brings consistency to the set.
Howard_S - 2 challenges in one for you, with the RD-175 bringing its own sense of drama. I think your subject is particularly beautiful, and day 3 is a cracker to show it off.
mikey2000 - Special nod for setting this up and for a strong start which was unfortunately sidelined. I hope both your friend and your laptop have speedy recoveries.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2021 at 00:19
Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:

Day 1 Phil Wood - Selective focus and framing are strong here.
Day 2 Phil Wood - I like the combination of sharp foreground and blurred bacground textures.
Day 3 Phil Wood - I'm liking seeing how your slowly revealing the subject.
Day 4 Phil Wood - Great choice of viewpoint to nail the composition
Day 5 Phil Wood - I can see a form emerging....
Day 6 Phil Wood - Good reveal shot, well composed.
Day 7/Overall Comments Phil Wood - Surprise ending with the second head appearing. Again, a slow reveal which I've enjoyed seeing develop over the week.


Thanks Greg - for all the commentary and for your own excellently shot gradual reveal series.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2021 at 13:16
Some comments (based on the thumbnails and clicking through to several full-size images)


@gregja: I knew from day 1 it was some kind of electronics apparatus and on day 5 you revealed it was a sound system. Great eye for detail, lines and shapes, as we are used to in your challenges
@LAbernethy: great "Orange" theme, even though 2 is a nice shot it feels a bit out of place in the whole series and 7 is a nice wink between the "healthy" fruit and the "unhealthy" candy
@onsplekkie: nice unity with the blue theme, all well executed with for me 3 and 6 a notch above the others
@mikey2000: nice effort the first three days and unfortunate you had to break it off, great promise in there, especially after #3
@Phil Wood: great subject and nice piece of art, I probably like the two "blue sky" shots best (both the main and the outtake)
@Howard_S: Kudos for trying the RD-175 and figuring out the problem with #3 wasn't the camera but a card. Nice subject and well presented and revealed, from the first few days I had no idea what it was.
@addy landzaat: you picked a difficult subject, the statue itself is nice but the environment provided some challenges and you did well providing good variety and the snow the last two days was a bonus
@Fred_S: flexible subject and you did well with it despite the apparent simplicity. The two abstracts provided a change and allthough 5 in itself looks nice in B&W when presented as a series you might leave it in colour (and blue)
@dCap: Clean series, all well executed and composed. The muted tonses in some combined with B&W works well as a series. Are you planning to put a roll through it and see if it still works?
@alanfrombangor: great imagination, as of 4 I had a hunch there was going to be a Hitchcock later on and you didn't dissapoint. The consistent B&W treatment and square cropping worked well and 7 is a hoot
@alpha_in_exile: well executed series with a nice dark/warm tone and accentuating the lines and delicate grain in the wood.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2021 at 13:30
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

pegelli : Nicely lit with the subtle shadows in the first two and stronger in the third. My eye is drawn to the dimple with the highlights in #3, is this a water drop, and was it intentional? #4 is great, thanks for the explanation.
Thanks Alan, the reflection is not a water drop but a reflection of the light on the smooth/shiny surface (it's a new and never used golfball) and I tried a long time to avoid it (but failed) and after looking at it I'm glad it's still there



Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:

pegelli - Lots of humour and different approaches in your set. To be honest I wondered how anyone could take a golf ball over a week and do something different with it each day but you've pulled it off.
Thanks for the extensive commenting on all shots all days . Regarding my subject I only had 1, 3, 4 and 7 "in my head" when I started, the rest was made up along the way. 4 gave me the most trouble since none of the techniques I tried to get it in one shot worked and doing something like this in photoshop alse provided some headaches but in the end it worked. Obviously 7 is also a photoshop job, but that was much simpler than 4.


Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

@pegelli: Good subject with nice variations. The first four in BW are very strong, with Day 4 as a highlight of creativity, but Day 7 is great and creative too!
Thanks Fred

Edited by pegelli - 10 February 2021 at 13:40
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Well done all for completing the challenge!

My spare part arrived and my laptop is working again!   Homeschool today was mostly online lessons via iPad so I had a chance to get some PP done.   Iíll get my pics uploaded this evening :-)


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