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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2019 at 10:46
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 8:
@rovhazman - more blazing sun, sea and sand. Looks inviting. I guess you'd need to visit the north occasionally to see some greenery?

While there are some "green islands" (parks, gardens, plantations of palm trees etc.), for real greenery scenes I do have to visit the north... I don't do it enough...
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

I fully agree that kids don't need much. My youngest could play for hours with simple things, using her own phantasy. For many kids it would be good if they had a bit less than they do have now,

Yes, kids are very good in that... Our 2 younger kids do use their imagination a lot. The big one, on the other side, doesn't use his imagination too much - he is more into numbers and rules and he can busy himself with calculating things for hours (he always amazes us with the level of math he understands and solves and he is only 6.5 years old).
Anyways, don't get me wrong - we are not spartan at all... Our house is full of toys and we do take the kids to the beach very often and we do take them to other attractions. But they also enjoy the desolated landscape around...
And there are some advantages in living in an isolated small town - kids are walking around without fears and worries (while we still don't allow it, you can see 5 years old kids going to play out side without a parent supervision), many do not lock their houses and cars, kids leave bicycles unlocked all over and generally life is more relaxed than in the 'big city'. I think kids do enjoy this aspects as well.
But maybe I took this discussion too far for a challenge talk thread...
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

rovhazman - day 8 is just what i needed today - a nice sofa, and lots of sleep (or good company).

Ivo, you are welcome to come over. The beer is on me...
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2019 at 13:58
Okay. First two photos for week two up and now to catch up on some comments acknowledgments. Thank you to everyone that did and I am sorry if I miss you out this time:

Originally posted by GlassEye GlassEye wrote:

Day 5
Bonneville -- Ollie: Sure love the 8mm. The low point of view (and Ollie) make this memorable.

I thank you and Ollie thanks you

Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:

A few that caught my eye on day 4...bonneville - I'm drawn into this by the composition and oodles of information everywhere in the frame.

Thanks. The village is full of old barns, some converted to modern properties, with walls just like this.

Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Comments on day 4:bonneville: So much texture!

Thanks Bob

Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

Day 5 bonneville- Super low angle shot of what retrievers do best!

You are so right. Goldens will eat virtually anything!

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 5:@bonneville - down and dirty with your pooch. Great shot.

I had hoped to capture that oh so mobile mouth crunching a carrot.

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

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

It is a difficult thing to get a clear shot of with trees and shrubs blocking the view so the morning sun was just catching it. There are several "Buttercrosses" in Rutland but this is one of the oldest I understand.

Originally posted by alpha_in_exile alpha_in_exile wrote:

Day 3:
Bonneville- I have often tried to make a photo out of such patterns in electrical lines, and never succeeded at it. You have with this shot. You can visualize the Phi effect in it. Well done.
Day 4
Bonneville- I think the same person did the pointing on my chimney! But I like the elements here - texture, juxtaposition of the vine/branch against the round metal thing.

Thank you. The overloaded telegraph poles in the village are crying out to be shot like that, and although the "pointing" is rubbish they did make the effort to use a straight edge at least.

Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

Bonneville - a carrot for a dog, that'll be fine for his eyes.

It is his teeth that it does the best good. Saves me trying to brush them!



I'll catch-up with my own commenting later.



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I've decided that I'll do comments on all (currently) posted photographs every third day.. so this is day 7...

Jozioau: A full-scale fibreglass Rhino isn’t something you see every day! Interesting how my eye keeps getting tricked into thinking that the lady in the glasses is leading him, rather than just flicking her ash..

gregja: Electric in all senses of the word..

clk230: Great use of leading lines.

pegelli: Lovely subtle colours – I’m surprised at how much differential focus there is between the bark at the top of the shot and the lichen itself.

alanfrombangor: Remarkable textures in that wood – the fungus itself seems to have almost oozed out.

Fred_S: a classic depiction of the magic mushroom with amazing differential focus – love the sharpness in the gills.

Phil Wood: Lovely subtle colours and some great leading lines.

bigsi: Lovely 'preparing for takeoff', shot. I love the colours and the quality of the boke is great – and then there is that plane of focus coming down from the top across the wood grain, and then branching right to the ‘main’ bee as well as continuing down in steps out of the bottom of the picture.

Snegren: Lovely misty view – like the way the canal reaches out to the windmill and the way it and the other items on the horizon fade.

MiPr: Love the sharpness of the main subject and the deamy boke of the background… I’m figuring thet you are getting up very early to catch the dew, or you are using an atomizer to get the water droplets – either way, it makes for a great picture.

minolta_mutley: Autumn is obviously the season of mists and mellow mushrooms – tasty ones in this case!

alpha_in_exile: A great example of how something doesn’t have to be pretty to be interesting - so skeletal that it is difficult to believe it still stands..

mikey2000: Incredibly sharp and quite stunning when you see the higher peak shrouded in cloud – I would have suspected that it was taken from the air, other than I don’t think it could look that sharp if taken through glass (maybe you get specially clean glass up front?)

LAbernethy: Nice use if symmetry and that sky makes a terrific background.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2019 at 20:05
I'm still shooting every day but away from home until very late Tuesday so no posting or comments from me for a few days.
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Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

I've decided that I'll do comments on all (currently) posted photographs every third day.. so this is day 7...
Fred_S: a classic depiction of the magic mushroom with amazing differential focus – love the sharpness in the gills.

Thanks Bob!
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Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:


Fred_S - a strong series - ok few fungi - lots of flowers, but tons of colors.

Thanks Ivo! If the weather is a bit more cooperative this weekend, some more fungi may follow.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2019 at 23:46
Some from day 8


clk230 - I like the angles and lines - really strong composition.
alpha_in_exile - Clever selective focus and framing.
Bob J - Also a well composed shot. Plenty to see and the eye is led through. Night time colour highlights add to the quality of the shot!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2019 at 00:01
And from day 9

Snegren - The framing really gives a sense of melancholy isolation to the scene, enanced by the fog and the muted colour and contrast. I'm enjoying seeing these mills documented like some strange grazing wildlife across the Dutch plains.
Jozioau - Perfect execution on this shot. How much contortion did you need to do to get the focus right?
Fred_S - If it is the last one, I've really enjoyed seeing this series (no arguments from me of you keep 'em coming though)
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Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:

And from day 9

Jozioau - Perfect execution on this shot. How much contortion did you need to do to get the focus right?



No contortion, really. Just walked around the plant composing and shooting with the lens wide open at f1.8, and of course with the SLT you have a WYSIWYG real time preview of your shot as you're composing and shooting. This was my favourite of about 5 images, and I've not uploaded or posted the 'rejects' although they were not bad images either.

Thanks for your comment (and also to others who have commented on my images so far).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2019 at 06:48
I'm random-ish-ly picking day 6 to comment on.

Jozioau - Lovely background bokeh from the CZ at f/1.8!
LAbernethy - I like how the golden light falling on the right hand side of the structure complements the blue high the sky, nice
gregja - very effective use of repetition and shallow depth of field
Snegren - not sure of the physics behind it but the golden sky colours in the reflection really make this image for me
pegelli -gorgeous autumn colours in the these leaves and nicely framed
Kilkry - this image isn't showing up in the dyxum thread for me but the flickr link works and it's a nice portrait of Eirlys (to me she looks surprised?)
alanfrombangor - an interesting but mysterious animal, something from folklore?
Fred_S - even more beautiful on flickr where for my old eyes I could discern more of the detail in the dew drop
Tricky01 - super macro and your outtake with cropping takes it to another level
bigsi - love the mood in this one and the almost sense of expectation that something is about to appear/happen in the sunlit foreground area
GlassEye - Nicely measured reportage on someone who is no longer with us but clearly not forgotten
Phil Wood - Very striking colours and composition - this really catches my eye!
mikey2000 - beautiful in its simplicity and portraying a sense of journey just begun
Dena - wonderful cloud formations - I don't think I've seen any like that before
Bob J - a very engaging image, you're getting good value from the slinky!
C & C always welcome
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Day 10 comments
mikey2000 - Kudos for the concept and for making it work. Apart from a clever concept I'm drawn to the colours in the image, with pops of bronze blue and red jumoing out from the monotone background.
Bob J - Very effective set up and execution. I feel like I'm falling into the void
rovhazman - I love the contrast and composition of the subject tree in its surroundings, looking like it's been a struggle for it to even survive
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2019 at 22:06
On my day 12 image (it's in fact a challenge but not a beauty this time)
I've been a bit lazy - i bought a 70€ filter and wanted to compare that to the 3200/3300K trick with those 'not so nice' yellow lights. I planned to do this test in the neighbourhood of the Leuven Railroad station - there's that yellow light in the tunnel - some mercury lights in the neighbourhood - and a few places with LED-light. But a family-event (my mother's birthday celebration) prevented that from happening. So i had to stick to a shorter test instead.
In fact the difference between the filter and the trick are tiny. The filter being a tiny bit better, but not enough to justify the cost of an expensive one. At least it didn't harm the image (the white-balance is set on AWB).
Is it a good buy? I'll still have to test it from a hill in the forrest - to see whether it can take out a lot of the light polution. The first conclusion is it didn't hurt too much the performance of the system. Further testing will be needed.
And yes on the A7RII - the AF didn't fail - even in the dark around 21:00 GMT+2 - even with the filter on the system (it can slow down up to 1+2/3 stop when there's lots of streetlight compared to no filter).
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Following on from Joe's comments Days 5 to 8, here are my comments on Days 9 to 12.

Day 9:
@Snegren - outstanding addition to your wonderful series of historic Dutch windmills. One of my favourites so far.
@bigsi - shows that you can create a strong image regardless of the subject. It's all about the photographer's eye.
@MiPr - wonderful macro defining late autumn, beautifully composed and presented. Lovely Bokeh.
@LAbernethy - love this image, with the shadows as an almost straight extension of the lines of the beams at the right end, and turning into fish-bone pattern at the left.
@mikey2000 - back down to earth - desperate times call for desperate measures....
@alpha_in_exile - a common-or-garden rose shot, lovely to look at.

Day 10:
@Snegren - interesting shot. The Bokeh looks almost like that from a Reflex lens??
@pegelli - a nice vignette of nature, focusing on your attractive subject in its OOF setting.
@mikey2000 - love this 'trademark' selfie shot of yours. Very original.
@Phil Wood - a commonplace wall with a light mounted on it. Who'd have thought it would work as a photo?
@clk230 - lovely glimpse into a well preserved Victorian era library.
@Bob J - fantastic photo that really conveys the speed, movement and setting.

Day 11:
@pegelli - they look very good, but are they edible?? Really conveys the atmosphere of the setting.
@rovhazman - sorry, despite that tree, still looks harsh and desolate to me. Reminds me of when my late wife's Israeli cousin and her husband visited us when we were living in London in 1975, on their first trip abroad, and they couldn't help commenting every day how green everything was.
@gregja - another mundane piece of rusty mesh turned into a lovely image by an imaginative photographer.
@Phil Wood - great illustration of the title. Beautifully exposed with just enough detail in the partial silhouettes.
@minolta_mutley - an aesthetically pleasing image with the sharp focus in the foreground fading off into the OOF background.

Day 12:
@Fred_S - really like this photo with its ultra shallow DOF just picking up the edge of the fungus gills. Magnificent Bokeh.
@rovhazman - a relief for our eyes to see some blue, some water, some coolness. And no doubt for you and your kids too.


Will add comments here as more day 9 to 12 images are added, and separately post comments on later groups of days.
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Originally posted by gregja gregja wrote:

And from day 9
Fred_S - If it is the last one, I've really enjoyed seeing this series (no arguments from me of you keep 'em coming though)

Thanks Greg! Depending on the weather, there may be more flower shots, although I need to bring a fresh bouquet
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