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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 October 2020 at 21:05
Today we had more luck with the weather - around noon things started getting better.

I went to Heverlee forrest - where you can spot the first signs of coloring leaves - and the first mushrooms. There aren't a lot - but i still found some small ones - even tiny ones.

I'm still thinking about the other lens for the other half of the month - and while it's a long time ago we used the 11-16 f2.8 from Tokina - i might be tempted to use that one at 16mm.
 



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Ok, some feedback on Day 1.
My top 3 picks for the day (excluding my own from the ranking) would be

Snegren's Autumn Rose - the swirly bokeh and the way the flowers stand out make are a creative variation on the standard flower pic.

Bigsi's River Tamar- I like photos with water and this has plenty- the mist rising in the background along with the foreground pier makes for a great landscape composition with different elements.

Phil Wood's Pomegranates- it has vivid colour and texture and the image looks good enough to eat
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 October 2020 at 21:50
wetapunga's given their take on Day 1 so I'll look at my three highlights from Day 2 (no need exclude my own, which certainly wouldn't make it).

In order of appearance:

gregja's Tree fern. Love the different bokehs and the sharp spot.

Mikey2000's Homemade - I can guess what it is, the struggle is to work out how it was photographed and processed. Maybe not that great an image, but it's different and I like a picture that makes me think.

Snegren's Chained - the swirly bokeh round the crisp subject. By the end of the month I may have had enough swirl, but right now this hits the spot.

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Catch up commenting:
gregja - Love the succulent photo. The bench is so classicly your style.
Jozioau - I'd enjoy seeing more of the non-tilt/shift photos in your outtakes. It's interesting to see the difference.
Snegren - Mushroom photos may be my favorite part about Octoberfest. I like the wavy edges of day 4 but my favorite is day 5.
pegelli - The tank canals are so interesting! Both that they exist and the photo.
onsplekkie - Nice variety of subject matter. I think "soul" is my favorite.
bigsi - Love both of your shots so far. Perhaps slight favor to day 2 as the cloud movement is nice.
Phil Wood - Lovely portrait and the rain on the window works for me. Captures what you experienced for sure.
minolta_mutley - I think I like the tomato outtake better than the one you chose for your photo of the day.
alpha_in_exile - Nice start to the challeng.
Fred_S - That first mushroom has almost a ghost-like quality. Is that an effect of that specific lens?
LAbernethy - I like how the light coming through the slats mimics the lines in the equipment.

I have actually been taking photos every day. Today's the first chance I've had to sit at the computer. Thought I'd better spend a little time commenting. I'm afraid my photos will be posted in a flurry toward the end.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 October 2020 at 08:21
Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:


Snegren - Mushroom photos may be my favorite part about Octoberfest. I like the wavy edges of day 4 but my favorite is day 5.

I have actually been taking photos every day. Today's the first chance I've had to sit at the computer. Thought I'd better spend a little time commenting. I'm afraid my photos will be posted in a flurry toward the end.

Thank you Karlen. You are in for a treat, as I spent two days in the woods and have a ton of mushrooms to show. Most have to go to the outtakes I think, not to overload my regular threads with only mushrooms (I try to be at least a two trick pony).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote T Snijder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 October 2020 at 10:37
@ onsplekkie Beautiful red is not ugly. Great shot.

Edited by T Snijder - 06 October 2020 at 10:59
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 October 2020 at 13:44
Originally posted by T Snijder T Snijder wrote:

@ onsplekkie Beautiful red is not ugly. Great shot.

Red hair, green eyes, freckles. Irish heritage? Great portrait of this lovely young lady!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 October 2020 at 14:04
Bored stiff (Teams meeting of narcoleptic proportions) so better get some commenting done to keep me awake. Day 1:

gregja – Lovely layered image full of beautiful greens.
Jozioau – Bulging strong man certainly bends the rod.
wetapunga – Very beautiful minimalism.
pegelli – A fine cluster, the shallow DOF creating depth.
onsplekkie – Lovely flower, not much to add to that.
bigsi – Nice atmosphere with flat water and mist.
mikey2000 – Good use of shallow DOF and matching explanation of the theme (although I think you are a couple of billion rice grains short).
Phil Wood – A great still with vibrant colours.
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Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

Catch up commenting:

Fred_S - That first mushroom has almost a ghost-like quality. Is that an effect of that specific lens?


Hi Karlen good to see you back in this challenge!
Indeed the bokeh is a relevant part of the charme of this lens (and its bigger brother).
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Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:


Snegren - Mushroom photos may be my favorite part about Octoberfest. I like the wavy edges of day 4 but my favorite is day 5.

I have actually been taking photos every day. Today's the first chance I've had to sit at the computer. Thought I'd better spend a little time commenting. I'm afraid my photos will be posted in a flurry toward the end.

Thank you Karlen. You are in for a treat, as I spent two days in the woods and have a ton of mushrooms to show. Most have to go to the outtakes I think, not to overload my regular threads with only mushrooms (I try to be at least a two trick pony).


Sounds like me , although I spent less time (so far). Nevertheless enough mushroom shots for a while.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 October 2020 at 18:32
Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

Ok, some feedback on Day 1.

Bigsi's River Tamar- I like photos with water and this has plenty- the mist rising in the background along with the foreground pier makes for a great landscape composition with different elements.



Thanks, the unusually high tide was quite late in the evening, so (shock) I had to dust off my tripod, something I want to get into the habit of more often.
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Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

Catch up commenting:

bigsi - Love both of your shots so far. Perhaps slight favor to day 2 as the cloud movement is nice.


Thanks, I had forgotten how much an ultra wide distorts the reality in front of you, its a lot of fun.
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Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Bored stiff (Teams meeting of narcoleptic proportions) so better get some commenting done to keep me awake. Day 1:


bigsi – Nice atmosphere with flat water and mist.



Glad to see that you are using your time well
Thanks, wasn't planning on getting the fog, a lucky catch.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2020 at 01:52
Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

Catch up commenting:
Jozioau - I'd enjoy seeing more of the non-tilt/shift photos in your outtakes. It's interesting to see the difference.


Karlen,
The Tilt/Shift is a novelty for me. I knew all about perspective correction using the shift function for architectural work, and that's really the main motivation I had for buying the lens.
However, I've really enjoyed learning about the selective focus options that the tilt function provides. Very early days, but this for me is one of the most enjoyable of creative tools I've had the pleasure of working with.
Using the lens on my a99ii, makes it very user friendly because the focus peaking shows precisely what part of the image is in focus as the tilt is adjusted.
Similarly, the fact it's a fully manual lens is no problem, because with the EVF once shutter speed is set appropriate to the shot, there's the WYSIWYG preview of exactly the exposure you're getting as the f-stop is adjusted, and auto ISO takes care of itself.
With Covid shut-down, my physical horizons are limited, but I'm planning to use this lens as often as possible, and to eventually range around re-photographing my favourite architecture around Melbourne.
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