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INTRO

Oktoberfest is a month-long photographic challenge that is part of the rich Dyxum Challenge tradition. Please read the guidelines below before you start.
If you do not understand the guidelines, do not worry. You will understand when you see - just sign up.

Oktoberfest can be challenging. However the challenge is not from Dyxum to you. You challenge yourself! The objectives are: (1) to get you out shooting more pictures; (2) to develop your photographic skills; (3) to enjoy photography; (4) to get to know the other photographers and fellow Dyxumers in the challenge and comment on their photo's.

This challenge is for everyone! It does not matter if you are a professional or a beginner. Everyone will learn something and everyone can enjoy it.

GUIDELINES
1) Take photographs every day and post one picture for each day in the thread. Pic-a-day (but 7/week or 5/week or 3/week is okay - see FAQ below).

2) Shoot for the whole month with one (or two), prime lens(es) (if you do not have a prime (=fixed focal length), you can use a zoom, fixed to one focal length; but you cannot change the focal length). Any lens is okay, but you should decide in advance.

3) Use only Sony/ Minolta “A-mount” or Sony E-mount bodies; but the old Minolta mount (SR-mount) bodies are allowed too because in a way that’s where we come from. Any brand/style/mount lens is allowed (directly mounted, via an adapter or even free-lensing if you're into that way of shooting)

4) Because the point is to shoot only one point of view, only minimal cropping is allowed to straighten, etc. However, you may crop ONE SIDE in order to present a picture in a square or other format planned when you took the shot (the point is that you compose in the viewfinder/LV and not on the computer).

5) You are expected to comment on the photographs posted by others – there will be a Talk Thread for this purpose.

6) State your challenge when you sign up. Add as many details and conditions as you want. You can change it up until the start date. A perfect challenge will be difficult but not impossible.

7) Read the Talk Thread every time you post in the Photo threads, so that you do not miss out on announcements or comments – please try to join in.

8) If you cannot post frequently due to problems with internet access that is okay. You can still join and catch up with posts when you can. If you do not have time to process your photos fully, don’t worry – post them with minimal processing. This is not a beauty contest.

Trust me, it is both a great learning experience and good fun...

FAQs
Please ask questions below - they are very welcome! But here are some answers to some common questions... numbers relate to the guidelines above.

1) If you cannot shoot every day (aka pic-a-day), you can choose to shoot 7 pics-a-week or even 5 or 3 pics-a-week instead. But challenge yourself to shoot much more than usual. If you need to use another lens for an event like a wedding or to make a living, or because the bear living in your toolshed has decided to cut the grass for you, you can claim an “event pass”. However, try to shoot with only one (or 2) lens(es) if you can – it is a good challenge (e.g. if you are not the paid photographer at the wedding try to do it with only your chosen lens first). But family gatherings, DPC's, day Prime, full wedding reportages, professional engagements etc. will certainly qualify for an “event pass”

2) One or 2 lens(es) only – do not change. If you use a zoom, we suggest you tape it to fix it at the focal length you choose (but don’t use tape that will pull the paint off your 70-200G!).

3) If you need to crop more than a “minimal amount” you can post those pictures in the “Outtakes” thread with a notice “cropped”. For your daily picture, use your feet to zoom and compose more carefully. Cropping to straighten is fine. Cropping to remove distortion is okay sometimes – but don’t do it every day ; learn to include the distortion in the composition. If you want to post in a non-standard format do it in the Outtakes.

4) It is important to encourage other people during the challenge…. everybody benefits from a little help and positive feedback to get through it, and it is much more enjoyable when there is communication. If your English is not so good, don’t worry… nobody minds. This is an international forum and if you tell me “ I like your self-portrait very much but I think your bottom is underexposed “, I will know it is the fault of Google translator. If you do not like “chat” you can just post regular lists of your favorite pictures for the past few days.




Your challenge can be anything! Express it like this:
“I’ll do pic--a-day with the Minolta 16mm fish. Restrictions are no crops at all and at least 3 night-time shots a week taken without flash.
“I’ll use the Sony 50/1.8 and go 3 pics-a-week (I will try to shoot more if I can). Restrictions are minimal or square crop and that all pictures will be composed using the LV.”
“I’ll try 7 pic-a-week with the Minolta 500/8, but I will try to shoot every day. No restrictions.”[/QUOTE]

Note that these are Guidelines - participation is key and the main thing is to challenge yourself and take part.

Sign-up below with your challenge to yourself!


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I would like to participate. Realisticly, I will probably not be able to do more than 3/week, but I will strive to do more.

Lenses: 90/2.8G macro, Laowa 100/2.8 2x macro (assuming it arrives in time)

At least 1x magnification on the sensor, flash and stacking allowed
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Naturally I'll participate. Given my current state of mind I fear for the mental health of my fellow challengers as lenses will be as follows:

Meyer Plasmat f:1.5 F=20mm D.R.P. 401630
Taylor, Taylor & Hobson Cooke Kinic 1 Inch f/1.5

Both are 16 mm film lenses, so it will be an APSC challenge and it will be swirly to the extreme.
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I'm in. Will now consider lens choice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 September 2020 at 16:33
Welcome Jonas, Paul and Phil. Great to already have so many "early signer up-ers".

Obviously I'm in as well, given my preferences for manual focus I'll do two lenses I haven't used before in a challenge, the MC Wide Rokkor 17/4 OM Zuiko 21/3.5 and the SMC Takumar 55/2. Probably both on my A7ii (and I'll keep the A7Rii for the "event passes" which will need to happen a few times during the month (1 day prime and a few special projects).

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Thanks for organizing!
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Oktoberfest 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID.
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Originally posted by mike77 mike77 wrote:

Oktoberfest 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID.
, not on Dyxum
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Covid gives us a bonus - plenty of time to take images!
I'd like to join the oktoberfest.
Lenses to be determined.
I'm going to keep it on 3 images a week (i'll try to take more).
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Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Naturally I'll participate. Given my current state of mind I fear for the mental health of my fellow challengers as lenses will be as follows:

Meyer Plasmat f:1.5 F=20mm D.R.P. 401630
Taylor, Taylor & Hobson Cooke Kinic 1 Inch f/1.5

Both are 16 mm film lenses, so it will be an APSC challenge and it will be swirly to the extreme.

Looking forward to that Paul! I think I can handle it
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Count me in and thanks for organising Pieter.
Lenses to be decided later.
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Hopefully by October we'll be out of stage 4 lock-down and able to venture a bit further from home????
If so, I'll be in - lenses to be decided on later.
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I have had fun doing these before, but it’s likely to be a 5 pic a week goal.
Will have to decide lenses later...I feel a bit spoiled for choice this year
a77ii- and some Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses.
a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21mm, Loxia 35mm Loxia 50mm, Loxia 85mm, Voightlander 110mm Macro, Sony 24-105mm, Sigma 100-400mm.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 07:58
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Hopefully by October we'll be out of stage 4 lock-down and able to venture a bit further from home????
If so, I'll be in - lenses to be decided on later.


Alternatively there’s possibly options with selfies, cats and still-life’s to explore
a77ii- and some Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses.
a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21mm, Loxia 35mm Loxia 50mm, Loxia 85mm, Voightlander 110mm Macro, Sony 24-105mm, Sigma 100-400mm.
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