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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 22:
@Phil Wood - a piece of classic modernist curtain wall architecture reduced to its essentials via the B&W rendering.

Day 24:
@Phil Wood - although it's an unremarkable detail on the corner of a building, it certainly tells the viewer the story of the day.

Day 26:
@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:
@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 31:
@Phil Wood - a snapshot of the village pub before the severe shut-down that's coming to the UK.


Thanks for all the comments Joe - you put me to shame.

The plough sits on an old headstone (laid flat) outside a village church and is labelled as a tribute to all from the village who worked the land.

The village pub is two of several pubs and eateries around my local town (pop 40,000) square. But the main/nearest one has been there since the 18th century at least - when the town was village sized by modern standards.

And I wish I could take credit for the swagger, but I didn't know it was so good until I opened the image up on my laptop, I just shot for a nice, well defined shadow.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2020 at 13:36
So, high time for some further comments on the outtakes

Page 3

Phil wood, nice scene, not only the paddle boarders but also the barges add a lot
Phil wood, great color of that thread on the spool and nice extraction of an interesting detail
ktrucke, wow, I'm impressed
Phil wood, beautiful barges and reflections
Jozioau, Nice park and fountain, unfortunately the light wasn't really cooperating
alpha in exile, I really like the composition of the drill bits, a bit more tension vs. your main shot
Phil wood, were they checking COVID compliance?
Jozioau, works quite well that shift to keep buildings straight, were these handheld or on a tripod? I bet doing it handheld is not easy.
Phil Wood, just the right aperture to add an interesting background and good detail on the fence and shields
Jozioau, nice flowers, makes me long for spring again



Page 4

Phil wood, well seen this event, with the yellow triangles and "faceless" men
Phil Wood, looks yummie and I bet the looks aren't deceiving
Jozioau, nice demo on the lens possibilities
Phil Wood, nice abstract combo and if you hadn't told I would not have recognised it as a platform nor as a desperation shot
Jozioau, indeed a nice movie
Phil Wood, nice composition of patterns and textures
Jozioau, I like this slightly larger dof as well, maybe even better than the main shot
Jozioau, I like the second one (zoomed in), nice texture in the wood of the ukulele
Snegren (two posts), really enchanted , Great swirls, but I'm especially taken with the bubbles of the first.


Page 5

Snegren (3 posts), that Kite Surfer MIA doesn't look like an f1.5 shot at all, nice sharpness across the field which works well for this photo. All the others have nice character, especially the rebar (amazing to see it so clean without rust
Phil Wood, the expression on the face of the guy on the left expresses exactly how I feel about fishing Boring.......
ktrucke, nice "Beach" and reflection, also this one may be better than the main shot
Jozioau, great use of limited dof
@Jetsplace, what a nice building, and you made good use of all the architectural details to show it to us
Phil Wood (2 posts), looking down and looking up, both very familiar to me from walking our doggie, nice fall colours in the last two
Jozioau, what a beautiful animal and well captured

More to follow later
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2020 at 14:05
Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

pegelli - The tank canals are so interesting! Both that they exist and the photo.
Thanks Karlen, I've seen pictures from the WO2 period, no bushes or shrubs, just a canal and bare land. I like it much better like this.

Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

pegelli Ė A fine cluster, the shallow DOF creating depth.

Thanks Paul, having a leaky roof on the firewood storage has its advantages

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 1:@pegelli - obviously the onset of a wet autumn and these slimy capped fungi are evidence. Lovely textures and selective focus.
Day 2:@pegelli - we read all about the exceptionally heavy rains in the northern hemisphere and this proves it.
Day 3:@pegelli - quintessentially autumnal.
Day 4:@pegelli - interesting that an anti-tank trench, built for war, has become such a serene setting.
Day 5:@pegelli - a very strong piece of abstract artwork.
Day 7:@pegelli - great example of the leading line. Amazing to think such a recent piece of infrastructure it about to be trashed.

Thanks for the extensive commenting Joe, much appreciated

Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

Day 7 - pegelli - This shot makes a mundane object into an interesting one
Thanks Karlen, I've shot this bridge multiple times and this is one of the better results.

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

pegelli: Fortunately it looks much more peaceful now than the original purpose.
Thanks Fred, See comment above on this canal, now it's a wonderful wooded area, great for nice walks with the dog.

Originally posted by ktrucke ktrucke wrote:

Day 11 - pegelli - Looks like an interesting place. I really like your outtake too.
Thanks Karlen, some people even liked the outtake better

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Day 10:pegelli: Nice shroom family
Thanks Fred

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Day 10: @pegelli - a very attractive and aesthetically pleasing cluster.
Day 11: @pegelli - interesting image with the receding doorways disappearing to the perspective point, and the painting showing it as it once was.
Thanks Joe, it's exactly the painting why I chose this one as my main contribution, but the outtake is probably a better photo just concentrating on one aspect (the perspective)

Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

Day 19 : 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?
Thanks Mike, I already worked quite a lot on the highlights of the handle in lightroom (overall highlights reduction and then selective brushing on the handle as well. If I do more it starts becoming a bit drab which is why I stopped here, but thanks for the suggestion which made me go back once more.

So, I'll respond to some later comments later, first have to go back to some other tasks
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 November 2020 at 00:31
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

So, high time for some further comments on the outtakes

Page 3
Jozioau, Nice park and fountain, unfortunately the light wasn't really cooperating
Jozioau, works quite well that shift to keep buildings straight, were these handheld or on a tripod? I bet doing it handheld is not easy.
Jozioau, nice flowers, makes me long for spring again

Page 4
Jozioau, nice demo on the lens possibilities
Jozioau, indeed a nice movie
Jozioau, I like this slightly larger dof as well, maybe even better than the main shot
Jozioau, I like the second one (zoomed in), nice texture in the wood of the ukulele

Page 5
Jozioau, great use of limited dof
Jozioau, what a beautiful animal and well captured


Pieter - thanks for your out-take commentary. Often I'm sure we all find the out-takes as much if not more interesting then the entries, and I'm sure we all wrestle with which image to select as our daily entry.

In reply to some of the above:
On page 3 - the photos of the modern high-rise were all taken with the tilt/shift mounted on a tripod. It's really the only way of accurately setting things up so they are truly vertical and horizontal, using the viewfinder grid as guide. Having said that, I have also used it hand held.
As for the seasonal shift north to south hemisphere, the tables are turned in April Foolishness! And even more dramatic in Week 50 and July Prime. All part of the fun of being a worldwide community.

On page 4 - as I've said, the main motivation I had for buying the Tilt/Shift was for architectural work, but I've been delighted to explore the creative selective focus effects that it offers using the Tilt.
The photos of the Mediterranean Spurge at f1.4 and f4.0 were a very difficult choice for daily entry and out-take. For me it was line ball between them.
The ukulele on the keyboard photos were similarly a difficult choice for me.

On page 5 - close-up of the Foxtail Lily flowers really appealed to me but I felt I needed to make the distant overall photo of the flower spike the main entry to properly demonstrate how impressive the whole thing looks.
And what can I say about out beautiful "Summer" the super-model border collie? She has brought such joy to all the extended family.

Thanks Pieter, and looking forward to more on the remaining out-takes.

Edited by Jozioau - 02 November 2020 at 00:41
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:



Day 23:
@Fred_S - it's always interesting to see commonplace subjects rendered interesting by the photographers' ingenuity.

Day 24:
@Fred_S - Ditto - see my comment on your Day 23 entry.

Day 25:
@Fred_S - I like this wide view, and the soft gleaming light illuminating it,

Day 26:
@Fred_S - such a delicately rendered and painterly image. A thing of beauty.


Day 27:
@Fred_S - although it's yet another mushroom, this rendering (like your photo from yesterday) is very delicate and appealing.


Thanks for the kind comments Joe!
I was a bit confused from the Day 25 comments onwards but just found out I messed up my thumbnail. Corrected now!
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

So, high time for some further comments on the outtakes


I didn't post any in the offical Outtakes, but thanks fo taking me to this thread with some real gems!
 



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Some selective comments for the last couple of days

Day 28
@ Gregja: Why donít they clean these aircraft windows before each flight?
@ Pegelli: How delicate!
@ bigsi: Somehow my brain doesnít connect alpacaís to rain, but itís a nice portrait

Day 29
@snegren: Letís hope for the best, but the stacked chairs are a good subject and well captured.
@ Jozioau: I really like the scene (but wished the clouds had a bit more detail).
@ pegelli: You are right, just look at my set
@ minolta_mutley: I like how the building is framed between the trees and the leading line to it on the foreground
@ MiPr: What a nice light an colours!
@ ktrucke: Curious about it! Stopping down a bit might have worked better here imho

Day 30
@ gregja: Nice abstract
@s negren: You make the whole world swirl, but I like it ! (you warned us
@ Jozioau: Nice colours in this typical tilt shot, making it look like a miniature world
@ LAbernethy: : Curious about the story behind this memorial
@ Phil_Wood: Intriguing artwork

Day 31: Congrats to all who made it to the end!
@ pegelli: Very nice autumn scene. The branch in the foreground doesnít bother me at all
@ MiPr: Just wonderful!
@AsD: Great! Didnít have those available here
@ Phil Wood: Great night scene. The title makes me think of a song from Herman Brood & his Wild Romance, a Dutch band (1978), which was not so quiet and peaceful as this picture
@ krtrucke: Another finish in style!

That's it (apart from the afterparty for the die hards of course). Looking forward to the voting!

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Day 17

gregja - Bunch of fives - geometrical, and I like it. Interesting textures and repeating shapes.
onsplekkie - Oogappel - the exposure is excellent, great detail and clarity in her eye and hair, nice crop.
mikey2000 - Jolly Birdhouse - nice job keeping the fence OOF but the birdhouse front in focus, great colors!

Day 18
MiPr - That lamp - the ethereal look of this fits the flower-like design of the pole and shade.
bigsi - Nuns Cross Farm - a very convincing photo of an English moor - gets the mood just right.

Day 19
Jozioau - I quite like this "Mediterranean Spurge"
gregja - Balconies - geometric again, well spotted and framed
Snegren - Big Parasol - possibly the ultimate swirly mushroom image
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Ladies and gentlemen, now that the challenge is behind us I have a request for all participants to get their thumbnail thread completed. Somewhere next week I'll start a voting thread for an exhibition where everybody who participated with 10 or more shots and put these in the thumbnails is included. TIA
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Thanks for organising that great finale of theis challenge Pieter! Looking forward to it.
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Thanks to everyone for participating. In the midst of these crazy times it was comforting to "see" some familiar faces in the community. Also thank you to the organizers for making it happen.
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Fred_S 3 pts: 10
Fred_S 1 pt: 20
comment: A fine autumn harvest.


Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

ant...
Fred_S 3 pts:20
Fred_S 1 pt:6
comment: Nice use of the bubbles in #20. Your set urges dilligence, beautiful


Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


Fred_S 3 pts: 25
Fred_S 1 pt: 10
comment: Great range of images from a pair of trioplans - old or new?


Thanks guys!
@ Phil: Both are old ones, the real stuff
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AsD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2020 at 20:23
I really enjoyed this challenge and no doubt learned a fair bit along the way. Thanks to Pieter for his organisation and well done to everyone on some super photos. Also to Joe for his extensive comments, retired or not, a top effort.

A couple of replies to comments:

@Jozioau

Day 21: @AsD - a very soft, calm, and appealing low-key image.

This is actually my bannister rail, with the camera resting against the post at the bottom. Not the only unexpected subject to make an appearance. Glad you liked it.

@ktrucke

Day 24: AsD - A smidge dark for my taste.

I appreciate the feedback. This was taken late at night and I was trying to convey that. I had the kitchen light on behind the camera and my phone torch to the right to get rid of some shadows. SOOC the yellow of the centre had a bright glow caused by the torch, which I didn't like, so I desaturated the image quite a lot to get rid of it. This was the only RAW file I used for this challenge.

@Jozioau

Day 25: @AsD - a very attractive natural composition in form and colour.

Another garden shot but this time at my mum's when I took her some shopping. If it wasn't for Oktoberfest, I wouldn't have taken a camera with me.

Day 26: @AsD - interesting for its monochrome treatment, and the juxtaposition of the organic looking barges against the reflected geometry of the modern glass cube building.

I had always planned to try and get a picture of the cinema but time and the weather meant this was my only chance, even though it's only a ten minute walk from home. After struggling to find an angle I liked and with the light fading, I decided that the reflection was the best I was going to get at the time.

Thanks again for the comments.

@Fred-S

Day 31: Congrats to all who made it to the end!

@AsD: Great! Didnít have those available here

No pumpkins in the Netherlands? My daughter takes the credit here for carving them. This shot was actually taken on the 29th when they were carved, the only photo not taken on the actual day it was posted for.

I had hoped to comment more (actually during October!) but never got much of a chance.

Cheers

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