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Day 19 looks rather eye catching. I'll try to find something I like and something to improve for each (all to my own personal taste of course; there's no pleasing everyone
Jozioau - Lush greens and I like the bokeh. This picture is full of life!   The grass blades (?) on the left distract from the main plant a little.
gregja - Very eye catching pattern and expert composition. B&W suits it too. Maybe f8 or higher might have been better as F2.8 has left some of the vertical bars a little soft.
onsplekkie - Well composed and a good moment!   I think you used a fast shutter, perhaps to ged rid of motion blur. I think a slower, panning style shutter would have worked even better as at the moment the bike looks stationary (not even any wheel rotation). I suppose that makes the balancing even more extraordinary! Or perhaps he really *Was* not moving...
Fred_S - Great colour (very autumnal!) and the bokeh is as good as ever (I want that lens!). Nature sometimes makes life and composition difficult - the extra twigs at the edge distract a little.   It took me a moment to understand the title until I saw the little shoots - great spot!
Snegren - the contrast looks great and the detail in the gills makes an eye catching couterpoint to the swirling background. It's hard to find anything to improve on this one except to say perhaps the mushroom could be precisely central and my eye keeps drifting to the large dark area (bottom rightish) where the stem meets the ground. I suspect this is what nature dealt you with though.
pegelli - just the right DOF here; wonderful 3D effect. I also like the unexpected black and grey vertical bands. Maybe pull down the highlights a little on the handle?
ktrucke - A curious find! I wonder if they are saving up for a bigger wagon. It's a strange mix of objects too - I wonder what the owner is planning. It would benefit from taking a step back as it's a bit cropped at the top edge
Phil Wood - The square crop works and the punchy colours suit it well. So many leading lines, all leading the same part of the pic, so it works well. It might be my screen but perhaps lift the shadows a little and clone out the blue thing next to the tracks and the bag at bottom right?
MiPr - Wonderful! A nice twist on you classic portrait style. I wouldn't change a thing...


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You can see Joe's Oktoberfest 2020 comments for Days 8 to 14 via the link, and now I'll add selective comments for Days 15 to 21.

Day 15:
@onsplekkie - typical industrialised facade, repetitive, rather monotonous and unimaginative, but with glimpses of variation and interest through some of the windows.
@Snegren - obviously a bumper season for mushroom in the Northern Autumn. Pleasing image with the strange lens shaped Bokeh almost echoing the scalloped skin on the head of the subject.
@gregja - a nice bit of Pop Art found in the commonplace and delivered through the tight framing, selective focus and over saturated colours.
@Pegelli - interesting tour of these more than century old defences, and as noted, it's refreshing to see they are not despoiled by graffiti.
@mikey2000 - rather vicious looking metal stops. Presumably a selfie?
@Phil Wood - a very attractive image in terms of the geometry, the textures, the dramatic lighting and colours.

Day 16:
@gregja - great photo. I recall seeing another you took of the same subject (July Prime?) and again without your description I wouldn't have read it as a table tennis set-up.
@Snegren - a fine twist of colour and texture, against its OOF background.
@onsplekkie - great image, wonderful scale and crop, beautifully realised. Quite theatrical.
@wetapunga - lovely light on this seascape. I really like the textures - the fine grasses, the hard rocks, and the motion blurred soft flow of the sea.
@Jetsplace - brilliant grab. Wonderful composition and just the right shutter speed to catch the urgent movement as the subject strides out of the frame.

Day 17:
@MiPr - trust the snap of the shutter didn't disturb your unsuspecting subject.
@onsplekkie - great to see your most photogenic model with a classic Minolta 35mm in her hands. Both beautiful.
@Snegren - interesting to see hard rebar rendered softly by your lens.
@bigsi - looking far less threatening than that cow you met. Did you enhance the vignetting in PP?

Day 18:
@onsplekkie - a very fine image of a fine classical palace, enhanced by the glowering sky as well as the asymmetrical foliage framing the symmetrical building.
@Fred_S - as photogenic a rose hip as you'd ever see.
@MiPr - a very beautiful Art Deco lamp, beautifully photographed.
@AsD - got to love a classic 35mm Minolta.
@bigsi - the farmer who built the stone cottage and fence certainly had a good sense of design, and you've framed the scene to perfection.
@alpha_in_exile - a very simple subject and image, but aesthetically appealing as you've presented it. Lovely play of light and texture.

Day 19:
@onsplekkie - looks like pure madness, but nicely captured.
@Snegren - just when you think there cannot be many more variations on the mushroom theme, along comes this one. Great image.
@pegelli - very enjoyable to see inanimate subjects transformed through your interpretation.
@MiPr - a very fine portrait, and a very fine presentation of it as a picture within a picture.
@mikey2000 - either a failed cyclist pan, or it was cyclists travelling at warp speed....

Day 20:
@gregja - interesting interpretation of the classic Citroen chevron motif.
@pegelli - fine photo of this old fortification with every brick sharply defined.
@Fred_S - a luscious bunch of ripe berries set off by the round OOF highlights in the background.
@onsplekkie - a good piece of candid street photography, that I would have preferred if the subjects' feet hadn't been cropped.

Day 21:
@Snegren - lovely image, attractively composed and focused on the rusting iron piece in the foreground.
@pegelli - another fine bunch of ripe autumn berries. Lovely Bokeh.
@Fred_S - yet another variation on the mushroom in Autumn, this time quite painterly, almost abstract and impressionistic.
@MiPr - you haven't aged a bit....
@Phil Wood - brilliant autumnal foliage well set off against the white streetscape.
@AsD - a very soft, calm, and appealing low-key image.
@mikey2000 - this picture a surprise visually as well as and a disappointment gastronomically, but presumably 'someone' did get to enjoy those delicious choc-orange wedges.


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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

Day 19 looks rather eye catching. I'll try to find something I like and something to improve for each (all to my own personal taste of course; there's no pleasing everyone
Jozioau - Lush greens and I like the bokeh. This picture is full of life!   The grass blades (?) on the left distract from the main plant a little.


Mike,
Thanks for your comment. I think I agree because the flowers look like they are floating and the sharply focus leaves of the same plant are a bit at odds with that. My f4.0 version out-take with more of the image in focus might be a little more harmonious.
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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

Day 19 looks rather eye catching.
Snegren - the contrast looks great and the detail in the gills makes an eye catching couterpoint to the swirling background. It's hard to find anything to improve on this one except to say perhaps the mushroom could be precisely central and my eye keeps drifting to the large dark area (bottom rightish) where the stem meets the ground. I suspect this is what nature dealt you with though.

I tried every angle. But excluding the blob that is the foot of the shroom means lifting the camera and loosing the swirly highlights and centralizing the shroom means placing a big dark tree directly behind it. So indeed, it is what nature deals you...
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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

Day 19 looks rather eye catching. I'll try to find something I like and something to improve for each (all to my own personal taste of course; there's no pleasing everyone

Fred_S - Great colour (very autumnal!) and the bokeh is as good as ever (I want that lens!). Nature sometimes makes life and composition difficult - the extra twigs at the edge distract a little.   It took me a moment to understand the title until I saw the little shoots - great spot!


Thanks Mike! Fair point about the twigs (especially after my own critical remarks on Day 15 ). That lens is great indeed, I am sure you will love it too, so just get one
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Day 18:
@Fred_S - as photogenic a rose hip as you'd ever see.

Day 20:
@Fred_S - a luscious bunch of ripe berries set off by the round OOF highlights in the background.


Day 21:
@Fred_S - yet another variation on the mushroom in Autumn, this time quite painterly, almost abstract and impressionistic.


Thanks Joe! Yeah, it's all about autumn here for me at the moment.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ktrucke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2020 at 04:12
@Mikey2000 - That's my wagon. Poorly packed after a hard day building sandcastles. Mostly shovels and (big) buckets. The plastic things are called sand screws. They dig into the sand to securely hold umbrellas or the like. Plus a couple of empty refreshment cans. :)

Day 19
AsD - Glad to see you jumping in.

Day 21
MiPr - Happy Birthday?
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Not birthday (not yet) - just regular autumn spleen
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Day 23
I know more people will post but I wanted to get something out here while I have a moment.

Jozioau - The moult is fascinating AND I like your photo of it.
Snegren and Fred_s - Your photos belong together. How fortuitous they ended up that way in the post!
pegelli - How lucky.
MiPr - Cheers! Clearly taken before imbibing since your subject is in focus.
Phil Wood - I like the black and white but prefer your outtake of the entire sculpture.
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@Jozioau Thanks for the kind words, they're much appreciated. The Minolta arrived that afternoon, it's for my daughter to use on her college course. It's a nice little combination, I'm a bit jealous.

@Fred-S The trains on that line are not too pretty, best at least partially hidden.

@ktrucke Certainly had to be careful not to fall in.
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10/24
Trying my hand at constructive criticism. I like it when people give feedback to help me improve.
Jozioau - I'm wondering if perhaps a vertical shot would have added more drama. More of the spiky effect.
Snegren - Seems like the strong horizontal subject wasn't as conducive to the swirl of the lens as usual.
pegelli - I really like this one the way it is. Perhaps if the top edge of the central apple was also sharp.
Fred_S - Hmm, maybe orient the leaf a little bit off the square?
MiPr - The top of the leaf gets a little lost in the dark edge. Perhaps centered more with a square crop.
Phil Wood - Too bad the black thing goes across the top. The chain would be even more striking if it weren't there. Not sure what could be done given the constraints of the challenge.
AsD - A smidge dark for my taste.
onsplekkie - I got nothing.
gregja - I love the color and contrast but I'd like to see the top of the tree.

10/27
OK, this group takes great photos. It's too hard to come up with "criticism". Going back to selected comments. :)
Jozioau - Your souvenir ink well puts my little glass bottle to shame.
Snegren - The sense of motion from the lens is perfect for this shot.
MiPr - The orchid really pops from the page. I feel like I could touch it.
Phil Wood - Your title elevates the fun.

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Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

10/24
Trying my hand at constructive criticism. I like it when people give feedback to help me improve.
Jozioau - I'm wondering if perhaps a vertical shot would have added more drama. More of the spiky effect.


Karlen,
Thanks for your comment.
See my Day 24 out-takes: I had a lot of trouble selecting my daily entry from between the portrait and landscape versions of the fresh tree-fern spike.
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