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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 October 2021 at 19:47
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

I'll start commenting on the even days (to complement Fred_S)
Day 4
Fred_S, nice door, but I'm not so sure the green frame fully fits

Day 6
Fred_S, great view and I missed that, but I'll try again the 24th

Day 8
Fred_S, I missed that one too, well seen


Thanks Pieter!
Regarding the door and frame, well, at least the colours were aligned with the plant

Day 8 was a stack of chairs at our pizzeria
 



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3 weeks in and time to add a comment or three on the first half from days 1 to 16.

As always, it's interesting to see contrasting images being posted in the Northern Autumn and Southern Spring, and particularly from lockdown, it's been a pleasure to be coming along on virtual armchair rides to places around the world.

Just limiting it to a few here and there that really grab me.

Day 1:
@gregja - that brilliantly coloured, tightly framed and selectively focussed image is a work of abstract art in itself, possibly more so than the object itself?
@AsD - just a candid snap, but such an appealing and gently lit image enhanced by the people by the shore walking out of the frame.

Day 2:
@LAbernethy - wonderfully spotted aesthetic grouping of common objects in primary colours.
@AsD - spectacular coastal scene, theatrically lit, and enhanced by that rainbow in the dark sky.

Day 4:
@Dopol - wonderful rickety handrails on that ancient bridge, really grab the viewer's attention.
@AsD - love this monochrome study. Beautiful composition and play of light reflecting off the water, rocks and wet sand.

Day 5:
@gregja - a signature image of yours, finding/creating geometric or abstract patterns in the everyday.
@Snegren - lovely study of material patina and various surface textures in this tight composition.

Day 6:
@LAbernethy - beautiful tightly cropped portrait of a handsomel Husky.
@onsplekkie - such a tranquil bucolic scene beautifully rendered in sunrise glow. The softness of the misty meadow set against the sharpness of the ripples in the canal.

Day 7:
@Snegren - master of the Bokeh bubbles in an image that really draws the viewer into it.

Day 8:
@gregja - love the literal contrast between the hard, shiny, brightly painted railing and the soft, worn, decaying timber post, and the finely rendered Bokeh.
@Dopol - impressive stitched monochrome image with it's strong composition, interesting structure, leading lines and dramatic stormy sky. Presumably a fair bit of PP to help it along?

Day 9:
@Dopol - attention grabbing design, well rendered, and made look like an old postcard with the vignetted edge treatment.

Day 10:
@Phil Wood - that road to the gibbet looks suitably miserable and forlorn despite its grim past being well behind it. Very well rendered, emphasising the big sky

Day 11:
@onsplekkie - lovely flowers, beautiful Bokeh. Interesting to see the Autumn blooms against the Spring ones I'd been taking.
@alpha_in_exile - what would Oktoberfest be without a Halloween image? A fine example.

Day 12:
@onsplekkie - strong architectural forms, interesting sunburst lighting effect, and lots of various glimpses and details to find.
@Fred_S - fine image of that solitary leaf, and what unusual artefacts created by this exotic lens.

Day 13:
@Dopol - a great advertisement for animal eye autofocus, and your model is very photogenic as well.
@Snegren - a very appealing image in warm tones, showing off that finely hand crafted wooden block and tackle hanging from its ropes, the ironwork, and the OOF clogs under the distant window.

Day 14:
@gregja - love the repetitive geometry rendered in various states of focus.
@Dopol - this picture really tells its story of a well deserved pick-me-up for the bike rider.

Day 15:
@pegelli - again, what would Oktoberfest be without its Northern fungi? This one very strange and dangerous looking. With that mosquito in the picture, presumably you put your body on the line to get this shot.
@Snegren - a real attention grabber of an image. Well composed and presented. I only wonder how on earth you manage to keep any part of yourself out of it with such a hemi-spherical field of view? I really have to watch for my feet when using my 15mm f2.8 linear fisheye.
@onsplekkie - powerful image of a powerful subject, beautifully reflected in the wet dockside.
@Dopol - great catch and candid study.

Day 16:
@Snegren - a ripper of an image capturing the strong and unusual geometry of the architecture from this unique perspective. A propos of my comment on your Day 15 image, I can only imagine you must have set your camera and lens on the ground, facing up, in the middle of these buildings, and remotely fired the shutter so as to avoid making it a selfie?
@gregja - lovely summery image reminds me of those posters I used to see at train stations or in railway carriages promoting beachside holidays long, long ago. The oversaturated colours help create that memory.
@BearairCactus - great image in B&W featuring the organic gnarled tree framing the aerodynamic industrial structures of the wind turbines.

Again, thanks to all the participants and the commentators for a great job so far.

Continuation can be seen in Joe's comments for select images on days 17 to 31.

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I got confirmation for the extra vaccination next week (this may not be called a booster-shot though, and not a 3th vaccine).

To celebrate i'll let you join the preparation party! This is a real needle, but no vaccine though... /

Tomorrow i'll get into town and we'll shoot some real buildings...
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:



Day 15:

@Snegren - a real attention grabber of an image. Well composed and presented. I only wonder how on earth you manage to keep any part of yourself out of it with such a hemi-spherical field of view? I really have to watch for my feet when using my 15mm f2.8 linear fisheye.

Day 16:
@Snegren - a ripper of an image capturing the strong and unusual geometry of the architecture from this unique perspective. A propos of my comment on your Day 15 image, I can only imagine you must have set your camera and lens on the ground, facing up, in the middle of these buildings, and remotely fired the shutter so as to avoid making it a selfie?

It is impossible to hold the A6100 in any conventional way without getting fingers in the image, so I have the camera mounted on a focussing rail and hold it by the rail. Avoiding feet has resulted in partial head shots. Shooting using 2 second delay timer and with extended arm seems to work best. 16 was made rather conventional, just holding the camera at shoulder hight and pointing the lens slightly up to avoid feet.
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Yesterday you got a station in bad shape - +/- 3km from where i live. Today i wanted to fotograph an answer to Fred_S's question about the wooden fish - some kind of Art (i have no idea what the intend may have been though).

I took some images to stich too (i'll post that one in the outtakes - unless hugin can't make nothing good out of it).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2021 at 20:14
Just finished Day 31
I've enjoyed it again, This time just one lens, although APC mode or a tube gave a bit more flexibilty.
Towards the end, the inspiration slowed down a bit, but the Dordrecht DM was a good opportunity to collect some for the next days thereafter.

Throughout the challenge, I have seesn great and inspiring work from others.
Thanks all for that and for the comments on my work so far.
I'll do some more commenting on the second half of this challenge tomorrow.

I hope we will have a voting thread again to create another gallery with the best (or most liked) pics from everybody
 



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I also just finished posting images for this challenge.

I kept all my challenge limitations but later in the month no more than that.

In the beginning I always think I should have challenged myself more but at the end of the month I'm glad I didn't because I barely met them, and it took some real effort to do that.

Great work from everyone and yes there will be a voting thread and subsequent gallery of the most liked shots.

So a request to all participants to get their thumbnail galleries in order by november 7 latest (if you haven't done so yet) and I'll include every participant with more than 10 shots in the thumbnails in the voting thread.
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And like that, it's done.

Huge thanks to @pegelli for organising the challenge and well done to all those who took part.

Thanks to those who have commented, I shall reply and hopefully post some of my own over the next couple of days.

Cheers

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Just posted my Day 31 shot - it's been a very mixed month felt a bit desperate on a couple of days, and the weather hasn't been so helpful.

Most of my shots ended up being taken with the 50/1.4, which is a bit of a surprise, I didn't think I'd enjoy it quite so much, the 35/2 was an old friend to fall back on, but was little needed.

And, as ever, there was the delight in seeing what others are doing.




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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

3 weeks in and time to add a comment or three on the first half from days 1 to 16....

Day 11: ....
@alpha_in_exile - what would Oktoberfest be without a Halloween image? A fine example.


Thanks, Joe. For a simple image, I was pleased with it as well.
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Now we've hit the finishing line, I'll add to my Joe's selective comments days 1 to 16 with some more for days 17 to 31.

Day 17:
@Snegren - endless fascination in your hemispherical fields of view, especially when photographing well structured subjects like this. Again I have a sense of amazement that you manage to keep yourself out of the frame.
@pegelli - never a shortage of fungi in the Northern Autumn, but this is a particularly photogenic and appealing cluster.
@Lbernethy - beautifully set up and realised image of such a commonplace subject, rendered beautifully. The ember glow and the undisturbed wisp of smoke are perfect.

Day 18:
@gregja - really intriguing image, mainly as to how you managed to create this effect using that camera and lens combo.
@BearairCactus - an attention grabbing and gritty looking bit of reportage. The Merc looks remarkably well maintained for being abandoned.
@alpha_in_exile - pure, simple, minimalist, and beautiful.

Day 19:
@Snegren - again, it's interesting to see this view, with the upper half reminiscent of images of earth from space, and to the left the familiar architecture of your previous shots but this time in its setting of the small harbour.
@darosa - fine composition in dark tones, with the mannequin nicely set within the reflection of the world outside.

Day 20:
@Fred_S - love the soft warm light and how it defines every strand of the cobweb, against the dappled OOF background.
@addy landzaat - a rather bleak dystopian image that's so typical of the locked down world most of us have been experiencing over the past year and more.

Day 21:
@AsD - presumably this is the new EU flag post Brexit???
@LAbernethy - that's one powerful and muscular looking locomotive. Nice bit of reflection in the puddle.
@addy landzaat - whoever this graffiti artist is, he/she's got a real talent to have created such a fine, pleasing and expressive piece with such sparing lines.

Day 22:
@minolta_mutley - excellent image of the tip of the needle with the drop of medication. Perfect use of the Tilt focus effect.
@BearairCactus - lovely and engaging portrait that make the viewer smile back.
@dopol - fine night shot that draws the viewer in towards the lights in the distance. Really makes you appreciate how far technology has come to allow such low light images to be taken.

Day 23:
@gregja - a powerful architectural image strongly composed and rendered in high contrast B&W. Love the juxtaposition of the hard elements against the wispy clouded sky.
@Fred_S - a perfect backlit apple in an attractive setting. Lovely image.
@BearairCactus - beautiful tri-colour Border Collie that could almost be mistaken for my own grand-dog that was my model on Day 1 and Day 8.

Day 24:
@LAbernethy - an attention grabber that draws the viewer into the glimpses of light and Autumn foliage through the silhouetted weatherboards.
@AsD - a strong image for its simplicity, its symmetry, its precision engineered subject and its monochrome rendering.

Day 25:
@Phil Wood - the way this is lit and presented, it looks like it could almost have been a stage set for a play or in the movies. Almost too perfect for real life.
@Dopol - a very original chess set, presumably for looking at rather than playing with.

Day 26:
@pegelli - a brilliant modern sculptural casting, wonderfully lit and presented though your image.
@Dopol - for me this original image has a real DaDa-esqueness about it.

Day 27:
@BearairCactus - so cute, so photogenic, so cooperative.

Day 28:
@Snegren - who'd have though the inside of a waste basket could look so other worldly?
@addy landzaat - despite being inspired by another of this day's images, this one grabs my attention. Great work.

Day 29:
@Phil Wood - looks like the natural world's interpretation of a Black Hole.

Day 30:
@gregja - another trademark Gregja abstraction based on commonplace objects, this time enlivened by the OOF passing pedestrian and the distant lawn sprinklers.
@alpha_in_exile - wonderful rendering of this characterful door handle.

Day 31:
@pegelli - a delicate and appealing forest glade. Surprised there;'s so much green foliage on the trees in your Autumn, although there's plenty of fallen brown leaves on the ground as well.

As Oktoberfest has just finished, I'll watch for additions to the latter days and add any comments that spring to mind.

Again, big thanks to the organisers, the participants and commenters.
Very appreciative to have had this Dyxum motivation to get out there with camera and specific lenses throughout the month, and to have had the pleasure of seeing a little of the world from home.













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Thanks for the comments on my shots:

Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

Pegelli: Only 3 a week - we're not used to that low rate. But quality matters, and we see both nice images on days 1+2

Thanks Ivo, it’s shooting minimum 3 days per week but posting every day (never more than a week old shot), so you can still enjoy 31 jewels from me

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Day 3
Pegelli: Make me think of an anchor with the blue paint as water.
Day 5:
Pegelli: Impresssive facade indeed, looks best with wide angles
Day 7:
Pegelli: I took a shot from this guy from behind, but hadn't noticed what he was doing. Did you see his drone?
Day 11:
Pegelli: Rural models?
Day 15:
Pegelli: I haven't seen these in yellow before!

Thanks Fred, day 5 was an obvious abstract in which you can see lots of things, glad you found an anchor, day 11 were indeed rural and very quiet models and day 15 was new to me as well, even other colours.

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Day 15:
@pegelli - again, what would Oktoberfest be without its Northern fungi? This one very strange and dangerous looking. With that mosquito in the picture, presumably you put your body on the line to get this shot.
Day 17:
@pegelli - never a shortage of fungi in the Northern Autumn, but this is a particularly photogenic and appealing cluster.
Day 26:
@pegelli - a brilliant modern sculptural casting, wonderfully lit and presented though your image.
Day 31:
@pegelli - a delicate and appealing forest glade. Surprised there;'s so much green foliage on the trees in your Autumn, although there's plenty of fallen brown leaves on the ground as well.

Fungi and Oktoberfest are well connected for me for years, maybe April foolishness is your fungi season? The jury on the William of Orange casting is still out, some like it and some think it looks like a zombie. Good observation on the leaves, apparently they remain light green until they drop and become brown. Or it may be the backlight which gives them more colour than they actually have.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Now we've hit the finishing line, I'll add to my

Day 22:
@minolta_mutely - excellent image of the tip of the needle with the drop of medication. Perfect use of the Tilt focus effect.



The liquid into the syringe was of a type that helped a bit - a little bit less liquid than water - i glued the top to a piece of paper with some scotch-tape - and used my computer screen as a backdrop.
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I'll finally have a go at replying to some comments.

@Fred_S

Day 5: AsD: Nice sea scape with a good cloudy sky

Thanks, Fred. We had good skies all week, not always as blue as this one though!

Day9: AsD: I like it with the wood structure and the shallow DOF

I took a similar shot of this post a couple of months ago for my 365 and just happened to be passing on my walk that day and thought it would work with the a58/30mm macro combo. Glad you like it.

Day 24: @AsD Good symetry, but what am I looking at Andy?

That's the back of my daughter's ukulele, Fred.

Day 30: @AsD: Good to see some colours and blue sky from you Andy! All the BW's made me think you were in a dark mood , although I liked them!

The blue sky seemed very unlikely from the forecast, Friday's was very short lived but Saturday turned out to be a beautiful, warm day. I'm always prone to a 'dark mood' post holiday but I was just trying to mix things up a bit really.

Appreciate your comments, Fred.

@pegelli

Day 2: AsD, a top shot, grat light and rainbow, I'm glad it made the weekly exhibition

Thanks, Pieter. Making my debut in the weekly exhibition was a very pleasant surprise. A case of right place, right time, there were quite a few others taking this shot but I was the only one using a 'proper', if old, camera. I'm pretty sure I also took this in b&w with the dynax 5, haven't sent the film off yet, though.

Day 4: AsD, nice conversion and the sky was very helpful for you in this shot

As I said to Fred above, the skies were good all week. I had no choice but to take the colour out of this, as the cheap lens didn't seem to have handled things too well. I think I also just lifted the shadows slightly to help with the seaweed on the right hand side.

Day 6: AsD, interesting sand drawing, never seen something like that, who or what made it?

That's no sand drawing, it's an actual Starfish emerging from the sand. My daughter noticed it and we then found quite a few others also surfacing. this one was the biggest at around 60mm max across. It's the first time I've ever seen this and it was fascinating to watch.

Day 8: AsD, I like the minimalistic approach of this shot

This was a quick one, just as we were setting off for home. To be honest, if it wasn't for the fact I could just make out the Gower Peninsula on the horizon, I might have left it and had no photo for the day. This probably spurred me on to do a photo a day for the month after only setting out to do three a week.

Thanks for commenting, Pieter.

@Jozioau

Day 1: @AsD - just a candid snap, but such an appealing and gently lit image enhanced by the people by the shore walking out of the frame.

Thanks, Joe. After a 6+ hour drive down to the South West of Wales, I needed to stretch my legs and luckily this couple just happened to be in the right place.

Day 2: @AsD - spectacular coastal scene, theatrically lit, and enhanced by that rainbow in the dark sky.

Another piece of good fortune really. As I said to @pegelli I was far from alone when taking this.

Day 4: @AsD - love this monochrome study. Beautiful composition and play of light reflecting off the water, rocks and wet sand.

I was a little disappointed when I saw the colour version of this, there were some strange 'effects' possibly due to the cheap lens. So mainly out of desperation I totally desaturated it and suddenly it looked a lot better. Quite possibly my favourite of the month.

Day 21: @AsD - presumably this is the new EU flag post Brexit???

As far as I am aware the EU flag has remained unchanged. I noticed this flying a few days earlier but there was no breeze, so returned when the wind was up. I took a handful of shots but had to use this one with one of the stars almost completely obscured.

Day 24: @AsD - a strong image for its simplicity, its symmetry, its precision engineered subject and its monochrome rendering.

I was quite pleased with the way this one came out. This is my daughter's Ukelele, which she hasn't played in a fair while. I really should have a go myself.

Thanks for the comments, Joe


Cheers

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