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...and day 5

Jozioau - Repetition, selective focus and the warmth of the timber really make this shine.
Phil Wood - Something about the visual chaos works as a complete image. I really get a sense of atmosphere.
MiPr - I know you didn't but the composition of elements makes it look like you've assembled them in the frame. A delicate, beautiful image.
clk230 - I like the angly perspective and the pop of colour at foreground.
 



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Comments on day 4:

LAbernathy: That’s quite a subject!

Snegren: I like the contrast of the two curves – a well observed moment.

Jozioau: Lovely study of concentration with the attentive OoF listener in the background.

bigsi: Cute subject and very well executed – very good use of DoF.

bonneville: So much texture!

pegelli: I confess myself foxed by what it is , but it makes a good abstract.

GlassEye: Lovely splashes of colour from the pumpkins.

addy landzaat: Happy birthday young man! Wafer thin DoF..

alanfrombangor: A great shot that brings out the lush and verdant scenery – could maybe have benefitted from the moving water not blowing out quite as much..

minolta-mutley: I love thecolour contrasts, but the boke of the lens is a little fussy over on the left..

Kilkry: Lovely sunstar – would maybe have benefitted from concentrating a bit more on the chairs/shade and losing some of the stuff on the left.

gregja: a riot of rich colours!

Phil Wood: A rather excellent shot that provides so many of its own frames. I like the feeling of looking out.

MiPr: Absolutely stunning B&W daisy..

Tricky01: A sony theme? Great use of abstraction.

clk230: Pointy! – I love the angles and leading lines.

Alpha_in_exile: Another shot rich in textures – great use of the shadows.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 October 2019 at 11:01
Good to see you joining in, Bob.

Days 4 to 6, my favourite of the day marked with an asterisk.

4. Snegren : the rainbow almost make a circle with the water.
4. Jozioau : I like the oof teacher watching over her pupil.
4* bigsi : appealing piggy portrait, they seem happy to be close together.
4. gregja : nice streaks and condensation enlivened by the oof coloured lights reflect in the glass.
4. Bob J : well presented symmetry.

5* grega : intriguing and visually arresting.
5. pegelli : boat is in the optimum position for a photo!
5. Kilkry : the autumn harvest encapsulated.

6. Snegren : peaceful scene and reflection.
6. Kilkry : Eirlys has an appealing childrens story book type of face.
6* GlassEye : a fascinating image with its sad title and the shifty looking man escaping from the scene.
6. clk230 : nice lines and shadows.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 October 2019 at 12:08
I'll do a day here and there!

Day 5

Jozioau- I love the beautiful curves of violins, the narrow dof in this shows the magical bokeh qualities of this lens, I like the repeating patterns too.

bonneville- Super low angle shot of what retrievers do best!

minotla-mutley- Got it, a lightbox!

rovhazman- Not being a sun lover I find empty beaches are so much more evocative and photogenic than full ones, its good see how well they are looked after too. Also that CZ has superb flare control.

Snegren- Magical morning light with a classic dutch landscape, if only I had the discipline to get out that early! When I do, I feel that special feeling that I'm the only one seeing it, your photo will instill a bit of enthusiasm for an early start in me.

gregja- I feel a good photographer is one who can find an interesting and compelling photo opportunities in everyday subjects that most would pass by, I'd say most of yours fit the bill, this one especially.

Phil Wood- Super shot, the longer focal length compresses the scene well and you realy get the feel of the hussle and bussle of the fairground. I especially like the boy picking his nose!

MiPr- Tell me about it! The only reason I'm getting time to comment is because I've been rained off today! Well found macro, a good photographer is nver far from a photo with a macro lens.

clk230- You've made the most of the wide angle to push and pull those lines, the ladder and sign is an eye-catcher and really pops.

LAbernathy- I think I'd like to have a go, with a helmet as you suggest. Getting low got rid of a distracting background I bet.

pegelli- I like the way you filled the frame, and the fact that you waited for the gap in the trees before taking the shot, very tranquill.

Kilkry- Bags of autumnal atmoshpere, at first I thought it was a rotting fruit but checking on flickr its fungus emerging which just adds to the seasonal feeling, love it. I also need to check out the mfd of the voightlander, I'm using the same lens, it looks good in you photo with low distortion too.

alanfrombangor- A real feel good photo, the expression on the womans face sets the tone, then you are drawn to the bowler wearing fellow in the foreground with his slight smile, a good time had by all. A well caught moment.

alpha_in_exile- I've a thing for low key photos, this works very well with well controled flash, and glass can be so tricky. I hope you celebrated with the subject!

Fred_S- One lens that I've had my eye for a long time, I love its versatility with the mfd and focal length. Sharp where it needs to be and buttery bokeh, very autumninal.

Bob J- Love those receeding patterns and that staircase goes on and on and the curves just draw you in, a super shot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 October 2019 at 13:20
Following on Joe's comments days 1 to 4, here are same for days 5 to 8.

Day 5:
@bonneville - down and dirty with your pooch. Great shot.
@rovhazman - even so early in the day you can just feel the heat.
@Snegren - a classic Dutch painting. Beautifully done in every respect.
@gregja - WOW! Looks like a vegetarian rocket blasting off the launch pad. Explosive image.
@Phil Wood - truly captures the feeling of the fair with its bright lights, garish colours, no doubt the smells of cooking fats and sugars, and that glimpse of the old clock tower through it all.
@MiPr - simple perfection.
@alanfrombangor - wonderful character study, the moment perfectly caught.
@Fred_S - delicate backlit seasonal image. Maybe might benefit with a tweak upwards of the black point?
@Bob J - you are a master of beautiful period staircases, and here's another example.
@dena - simple, monochrome image, very appealingly composed and executed.

Day 6:
@gregja - great image, turning a mundane subject into a thing of aesthetic beauty.
@Snegren - continuing your wonderful themed series of antique windmills, with another fine study. The colour in the reflected sky is glorious.
@pegelli - strong and vibrant counterpoint to the springtime in the Southern hemisphere.
@alanfrombangor - very interesting medieval plasterwork, and remarkable it has withstood the ravages of the centuries.
@Fred_S - macro minimalism at its essence.
@Tricky01 - fine macro indeed.
@bigsi - a very appealing and well presented image.
@mikey2000 - spectacular sky, and fine minimalistic image.
@dena - what an amazing looking cloudscape! That upper part with the repetitive bilows almost looks as though it was created somehow in PP.
@Bob J - this slinky with shadow looks decidedly more ominous.

Day 7:
@Fred_S - looking so lovely but perfectly poisonous.
@bigsi - great shot of the beehive in full flight. Great use of selective focus.
@Snegren - loving your series, and this one in the fog is very atmospheric.
@MiPr - that lens is yielding some wonderful images, this one no exception. The colour is so vivid.
@alpha_in_exile - low key monochrome that defines the loss of life and decay of autumn.
@mikey2000 - wow! what a spectacular view looking out of your office window. One of the perks of the job.
@Bob J - great B&W rendered macro of the music box cylinder.

Day 8:
@gregja - a strong piece of abstract composition which is very appealing despite nothing being in sharp focus.
@bigsi - a calm reflective image, lovely light, curved leading lines, pleasing to the eye.
@rovhazman - more blazing sun, sea and sand. Looks inviting. I guess you'd need to visit the north occasionally to see some greenery?
@alanfrombangor - your image aroused interest, and then your narrative 'blew me away' (pardon the pun). What a shocking event. It certainly lends such significance to that simple inscribed 'X' on the lichen covered rock.
@Bob J - wonderful image via your fisheye. The tightly clustered rowboats almost petal like. Pity about the noise at ISO 6400, but the overall effect is worth it.


Will add comments here as more day 5 to 8 images are added, and separately post comments on later groups of days.



Edited by Jozioau - 12 October 2019 at 02:05
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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

I'll do a day here and there!
Day 5

Fred_S- One lens that I've had my eye for a long time, I love its versatility with the mfd and focal length. Sharp where it needs to be and buttery bokeh, very autumninal.

It's a fine lens indeed Simon. Bought it cheap, focus is a but wobbly, but all functional. Bokeh with this lens is not always buttery BTW, it can be pretty "characterful" as well
 



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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Following on Joe's comments days 1 to 4, here are same for days 5 to 8.

Day 5:

@Fred_S - delicate backlit seasonal image. Maybe might benefit with a tweak upwards of the black point?


Thanks Joe, but do you mean more or less blacks (depends on how your slider is oriented )
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Time to pick up some commenting. I will pick 3 random shots per day.

DAY 1
Joziau: lovely blossom shot, a pleasant contrast to the dark and wet autumn days here

GlassEye: I love the light efefct on the fountain

Tricky01: Good use of DOF. Who would have expected Superman here?


DAY 2
bonneville: I had to look up 'buttercross', but well captured in a good composistion. The highligts seem to be at the edge?

bigsi: A puzzling perspective at first sight, but the horizon seems te be levelled. Nice find!

MIPr: Close to my own subjects in the first days, so I have to like the shallow DOF


DAY 3
gregja: Lovely abstract with a good balance of contrast and softness

pegelli: A fine shallow DOF and a good variation from the usual nature shots in autumn

rovhazman: I am really caught by this scene. Hard to imagine how kids would live and enjoy themselves in such an environment which seems so desolate if you are not used to that.

Bob J: Well done with the distortion of the wide angle in combination with the perspective of the corridor.


DAY 4
Snegren: The pano crop works very well here.

addy landzaat: Happy Birthday (again!). Did you buy yourself any nice new toys?

alanfrombangor: Impressive scenery. The 1 sec is just enough to have thr right water flow.

DAY 5
Bonneville: Just love this shot!

LABernethy: Did you try it?

Kilkry: Does the lens have such a sliky bokeh, or is that a tough of PP?


So far for now. Later days to follow.
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Day 6 comments

Fred_S - Higly controlled concept and execution with a strunning result
Tricky01 - So much detail and intrigue in this shot
bigsi - A great companion to your day 3 image drawing out the character of the fog and the structure of the forest itself
Phil Wood - Bold colour and crystal clear focus enhance the dynamic composition
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2019 at 17:33
I start to understand why the 50mm f1.8 FE is so often seen on 2nd-hand sites. The a6000 + FE 50mm f1.8 isn't the best combo available, that's for sure. I'm going out now with the a7RII - let's hope this one does a better job.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2019 at 19:17
Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:

Day 6 comments
Fred_S - Higly controlled concept and execution with a strunning result

Thanks Greg!
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Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

I start to understand why the 50mm f1.8 FE is so often seen on 2nd-hand sites. The a6000 + FE 50mm f1.8 isn't the best combo available, that's for sure. I'm going out now with the a7RII - let's hope this one does a better job.

What's wrong with it?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2019 at 19:37
It's hunting like hell - and missing focus. I only got one more or less sharp image. Today with the A7RII at +/- the same moment - i managed to take only a few mushrooms (there are right more in my garden than on the street-side where i normally have tons of fungi...).
Tests last week-end gave me AF troubles from f11 - it kept hunting like crazy - at noon. Never have seen that on my A7II. At f8 or below everything was fine.
Today there is a mushroom (two in fact to prove my story).
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Good to know. Just bought an as new used A6000 kit set (+16-50 and 55-210) for my daughter who is starting to show an interest in photography, and was thinking of a 1.8/50mm as well. I'll try before I buy.
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