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Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:


Snegren - Seems like the strong horizontal subject wasn't as conducive to the swirl of the lens as usual.

Snegren - The sense of motion from the lens is perfect for this shot.

Thank you Karlen. Constructive criticism is indeed the way forward. Although it appears simple, obtaining the 'right' amount of swirl (whatever that may be) is actually difficult. If the background is too far out it becomes a busy blur without apparent swirl, if it is too close is may be out of focus but again little swirl. A no brainer are the mushrooms in the forest, you cannot go wrong here. Camera on the ground, mushroom at minimum focusing distance in the center of the image, the highlights in the trees bringing all the drama required. And all of this because the frame of 16 mm film, for which the lens is intended, is only 0.4x0.3" (10.3x7.5mm), tiny compared to the 24x16mm frame the camera uses in APSC mode. It is a miracle that such a tiny lens can cover so much frame!
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I'll pick up commenting with Day 16 (arbitrarily). I apologize for my failure to keep up.

Day 16
onsplekkie, I always enjoy a well-cultivated avenue of trees. The square crop works well here.

MiPr, I like the beautiful, smooth OOF areas -- perfect for the subject of the image (the angel).

wetapunga - This is a nice landscape, with the island mass placed in the top third 9f the image, it gives a sense of distance without losing the sense of mass - the darkness of the rocks and minimal vegetation may be part of the mood I read from it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 October 2020 at 18:49
Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

I'd like to see the top of the tree.
Arrgh, me too! I tried so many different versions of this but never quite got the shot. Thanks for feedback - it's really appreciated
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 October 2020 at 19:31
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.

Fred_S - Hmm, maybe orient the a little bit off the square?

Thanks Karlen, well done! Constructive critisism only can make us better.
I tried some other compositions, but liked this one best in the end.
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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

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?

Thanks for the comments, I have had a go at the cloning, not sure it is that successful, but I'll post it in the outtakes. The shadows wouldn't lift much before things became too wishy-washy for my taste, but I did lift them a bit.

Apart from my dodgy cloning ability, I'm not so sure about the result - I tend towards the 'as is' look, even if the blue thingy (something to do with the electrification) is a little dominant.

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 15:
@Phil Wood - a very attractive image in terms of the geometry, the textures, the dramatic lighting and colours.

Day 21:
@Phil Wood - brilliant autumnal foliage well set off against the white streetscape.

Thanks Joe, glad you liked them.

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Day 23
Phil Wood - I like the black and white but prefer your outtake of the entire sculpture.

Some days selection is difficult because I'm a bit embarrassed by the poor standard, some days I have too many to choose from - this was the latter case. Once I chose a detail of one sculpture, I felt I needed to give the context - I'm doubly glad that you like them both.

Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

10/24
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.

Not quite certain which black thing offends, but this was a day when I wasn't really happy with any shot - this, for instance, has too narrow DOF for what I really wanted. However, it was just a snapshot really, taken while sheltering from the rain outside the cafe I had just left.


Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

10/27
Phil Wood - Your title elevates the fun.

I noticed that people walking past this nicely lit building were casting good shadows, so I got the camera ready and waited for the next passer-by, and waited. My wife found me and asked me why I was hanging around, I explained. She promptly set off to walk past the building - the shadow was pure happenstance.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2020 at 03:55
Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

I seem to have started fast then suddenly slowed down over the last week or so. I've not even touched my camera since last Thursday!

I'll go and make a few comments in a moment. In the meantime, Thanks to Fred for the critical comments. I rather like good old fashioned constructive criticism, delivered in a friendly way. How better to improve eh?


I get that. I fell off the wagon so to speak when workloads intensified.
Might get something in before the challenge ends
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2020 at 15:21
High time for me to start some commenting, and as always I'll take the outtakes thread.

Page 1

Jozioau, I like the second best because you can see his face and how much effort he's putting in. Only cutting off his feet is a bit distracting.
mikey2000, great concept and well executed. Did you actually accurately count the last square?
minolta_mutley, nice and vibrant red, looks yummie
mikey2000, it looks like the swan is going to attack you (or the dog), hopefully you got away in time because they have very strong wings and a hit can break your leg.
Jozioau, looks really COVID quiet
Jozioau, beautiful flower portrait
Jozioau, the first is a masterful, both light and focus on one book
Phil Wood, nice series, I really like the atmosphere in your day 2 outtake and day 5 is funny



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Snegren, do you all polish them regularly? My "silverware" looks a lot more weathered
Snegren, a great series of close-ups in that set, I like the hand from the grave and the High Voltage Switch I best, both a little out of the ordinary
Snegren, a nice reward that Tripel, and that first fly agaric looks as if it's in a spin dryer
Snegren, I love the whole enchanted forest series, but the second a bit more than the others
Snegren, the cadillac came out nice
Phil Wood, I hope you didn't get soaked, but if you did it was worth it
Phil wood, that sign must have been put on the wall three leaves ago (whatever length of time that is)
Phil Wood, well captured artwork, I like how people recycle scrap into something like this
Jozioau, my dad had a beomaster tuner that was a bit different (only tuner and not a tuner/amplifier) but it used the same slide-rule type sliders for tuning.
Phil Wood, I doubt they are still making candles there
ktrucke, nice set of close-ups, I probably like day 6 best but the subject in day 5 is not to be overlooked either

OK, more to come later
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I managed to take a few images today - i switched to the Tokina 11-16f2.8 - i used this lens in the past - but now with all the full-frame A7's - it stayed too long in the closet. 16mm is wide enough to have some fun.

The picture shows what's got me busy the last few weeks/months (day 29).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ktrucke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 October 2020 at 02:40
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Although it appears simple

Oh my no, it does not appear simple AT ALL.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


I noticed that people walking past this nicely lit building were casting good shadows, so I got the camera ready and waited for the next passer-by, and waited. My wife found me and asked me why I was hanging around, I explained. She promptly set off to walk past the building - the shadow was pure happenstance.

And the story makes it even better!
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Also Pegelli I really like your day 25 outtake
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Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

I seem to have started fast then suddenly slowed down over the last week or so. I've not even touched my camera since last Thursday!

I'll go and make a few comments in a moment. In the meantime, Thanks to Fred for the critical comments. I rather like good old fashioned constructive criticism, delivered in a friendly way. How better to improve eh?


I get that. I fell off the wagon so to speak when workloads intensified.
Might get something in before the challenge ends


Me Too add in Jozioau's high bar for commenting and the whole thing becomes rather daunting. I think this is the third challenge fail for me this year.
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:


add in Jozioau's high bar for commenting and the whole thing becomes rather daunting. I think this is the third challenge fail for me this year.


Lee, the commenting I've contributed has been done with pleasure, and is easily accommodated for me as a retiree.

I first dipped my toe in the Dyxum Challenge pond with a gentle introduction via the one week long Week 50 some years back, and have since come to enjoy the month long April Foolishness, July Prime, and Oktoberfest challenges. They are cleverly constructed around the solstices and the equinoxes, and I love seeing the contributions from around the world.

I'm sure we are all very grateful for the Mods and Admins who put them together, and the rules do allow part-time and intermittent contributions by anyone who can't manage daily photos.

For me the great thing about them is getting me shooting with a camera and lens combination I mightn't otherwise have ventured out with, and some of the images I've captured are amongst my favourites.

Any (optional) commentary and feedback/chat is icing on the cake.

Thanks to all members who have participated, at whatever level they have been able to manage.

Now we're at Day 31, I look forward to venturing out on this last day, and then rounding off my selective comments for days 22 to 31 inclusive, over the coming days. Then as a grand finale, hopefully there will be the voting and exhibition to celebrate the event.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2020 at 20:28
Just did my lost post for Day 31, and completed my thumbnails.
It was a pleasure to participate again, although sometimes a bot of a struggle.
Especially the last couple of days, with mostly poor weather and early darkness.
I will try to do some more commenting tomorrow.
Thanks all for organising, participating, commenting and sharing your great pics.
And as Joe, I am looking forward to the voting and exhibition
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You can see Joe's Oktoberfest 2020 comments for Days 15 to 21 via the link, and now I'll add selective comments for Days 22 to 31.

Day 22:
@Snegren - extremely shallow focus and unique Bokeh yielding a very interesting and abstracted image.
@Phil Wood - a piece of classic modernist curtain wall architecture reduced to its essentials via the B&W rendering.
@pegelli - love the patina and character of the old brick wall and stone trough. I would have liked it better if the trough had been weeded, was filled with water and the spout was running....
@gregja - in Melbourne we can only dream of venturing afar right now. Beautiful ground level view of the mystical and sacred Uluru. Great light.

Day 23:
@Fred_S - it's always interesting to see commonplace subjects rendered interesting by the photographers' ingenuity.
@pegelli - a brilliant botanical specimen, brilliantly presented.
@MiPr - such a beautiful image - could almost be a professional advertisement for Scotch. Presumably natural colour, and not rendered Sepia in PP?
@onsplekkie - a magnificent photograph, capturing the subject riding toward to viewer in the starburst sunlight streaming through the forest foliage. A real piece of art.
@Jetsplace - what an exuberant and natural capture of these delightful children. Love the low viewpoint. Perfectly timed.
@gregja - more from Central Australia with that incredible star filled sky offsetting the field of light. Hope to see this one day.

Day 24:
@Snegren - a very attractive display of autumn leaves and colours, looking almost like brightly coloured feathers.
@pegelli - these home grown apples are so realistically rendered. But of course there's a centuries old tradition of rendering realistic still life in Dutch fine art.
@ktrucke - great to get a glimpse of your vintage fountain pens collection nested in the velvet lined presentation case.
@Fred_S - Ditto - see my comment on your Day 23 entry.
@Phil Wood - although it's an unremarkable detail on the corner of a building, it certainly tells the viewer the story of the day.
@onsplekkie - amongst an almost overload of fungi, this one is certainly one attractive rendering. Love the selective focus and Bokeh.
@gregja - very delicate silhouettes of the desert oaks in the twilight. Beautiful image.

Day 25:
@Snegren - a very pleasing repetitive patterned image, well framed, focused and presented.
@ktrucke - lovely to let the eye wander over these beautiful collectible fountain pens, evocative of their era, especially the Sheaffer on the bottom of the rack looking very much like the pen equivalent of the space-age, streamlined and finned US cars of that era. The total assembly very much enhanced by the blotter, the integrated inkwell.
@MiPr - this has to be the epitome autumn leaf image. Absolute perfection.
@AsD - a very attractive natural composition in form and colour.
@onsplekkie - a very beautiful window into the beauty of autumn.
@Fred_S - I like this wide view, and the soft gleaming light illuminating it, and giving that lustrous sheen to the backlit grass.
@LAbernethy - despite what I just said about MiPr's photograph, I could equally describe this as being the epitome of autumn foliage, very much enhanced by the surface tension of the water surface it's floating on. Super artistic.
@gregja - one of the natural wonders of the world. The sacred and mystical Kata Tjuta rising out of the desert sand under a big sky.

Day 26:
@MiPr - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness".
@Fred_S - such a delicately rendered and painterly image. A thing of beauty.
@AsD - interesting for its monochrome treatment, and the juxtaposition of the organic looking barges against the reflected geometry of the modern glass cube building.
@Phil Wood - an interesting and colourful plough, and although I see the practicality, having it set in a concrete slab detracts a bit for me.

Day 27:
@Snegren - a fine image taking a common subject and enhancing it through the use of selective focus, cropping and the unique Bokeh.
@Fred_S - although it's yet another mushroom, this rendering (like your photo from yesterday) is very delicate and appealing.
@Phil Wood - when I first read this image, I wondered whether you had done something extraordinary in PP to create the swaggering shadow from the strolling subject. Then on careful re-reading, I realised it's au natural! Well spotted, well taken, and a great piece of photography (and titling).

Day 28:
@bigsi - a great portrait of your alpaca in the rain. Shutter speed is perfect to pick up the streaks of rain.

Day 29:
@Snegren - almost a variation on Day 25's theme, and very much a sign of our times.
@pegelli - is there such a thing as too much fungus? Probably not in the Autumn. This one's a very appealing shot.
@minolta_mutley - an interesting glimpse, and probably not too many know about Christo, the wrapped large objects installation artist.

Day 30:
@gregja - presumably back from Central Australia. A fine abstraction.
@pegelli - leaving the best til last?
@LAbernethy - a lovely and poignant image, presumably a memorial to a beloved pet?
@MiPr - this bloom simply leaps off the screen in its vibrancy.

Day 31:
@Gregja - a fine close-up selectively focused and conveying contrasting textures, materials and functions of the ropes and simple metal slip connections.
@Snegren - another finely presented piece of bicycle gear.
@Phil Wood - a snapshot of the village pub before the severe shut-down that's coming to the UK.



Will add comments as more images are posted.





Edited by Jozioau - 01 November 2020 at 07:16
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