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C: Prime /2


In the edge of the wood | A7 III | LA-EA4 | SAL 50mm F1.4 | f/2.8 | 1/125 s | ISO 100 | duotoned

I got out with a camera and a Prime 50 today, so here's a top-up to this week's set with a photo taken on Challenge-approved gear. I was in a corner of Oxford I hadn't been to before and this derelict building, boarded up, was almost engulfed by foliage.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 August 2022 at 04:09
A good set of shots for Week 34 Howard.

I think the standout is your creative shot- the use of the reflection in the composition, plus the work with post-processing, has produced a great looking image.

Your mobile phone shot reminded me of some of the lanes near Merton (and St John's College). I've not however, ventured as far as Cuckoos Lane before.

The other really nice looking shot is your second prime. The way the building is disappearing under the vegetation, plus your choice to use strong shadows and duotone, is very effective.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2022 at 08:41
That last shot you posted is a winner Howard, I wouldn't be surprised if Count Dracula lived there . The PP mood fits the scene very well.
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Thank you both - your comments are always appreciated. I must catch up with my own too, before I go away for a few days. I also ought to get another week under my belt, so ... on to week 35.
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Week 35

A: Creative


University of East Anglia | A7 III and Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 | f/10.0 | 1/320 s | ISO 100

I posted this last week in the Architecture thread, one of three. The ziggurats in the foreground were built in the late 60s and were designed by Denis Lasdun, architect for the South Bank centre in London.

Apologies for the sensor dust marks that survived this B&W conversion!
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B: This week in 2013


Garden | NEX-7 and Sigma E 30mm F 2.8 | f/6.3 | 1/160 s | ISO 100

This photo of Iford Manor Gardens in Wiltshire was selected for an open air exhibition on gardens in Landerneau, Brittany. In fact they took two or three of my photos, and here's me with one of them at the exhibition in 2014 ...


Photo of Oxford geese exhibited in France (!)

Unlike the duck, it didn't go to my head.
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Seals in the surf A7 III and Minolta Reflex AF 500mm F8 | 1/2000 s | ISO 320

I had brought the wrong LA-EA adaptor for this lens with me to Norfolk last week, and so I had to use manual focus for this picture. At least two of the three seals are acceptably sharp, and I like the way the light sparkles in the surf are rendered as small rings behind the animals. What a lovely thing the Reflex lens is! (YMMV.)

I used the camera's Clear View x2 digital zoom to make the lens 1000mm equivalent, and to enable me to stay the advised 10m away from the animals. I'll be posting more photos at some points, but there were about 150-200 seals in this colony, all just a kilometre or so from the cottage we rented.
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Some excellent shots there Howard.

The Week 35 University of anglia (Back and White) is superb . I like the angle of the composition, the way the black and white emphasises the structure's shapes, and the wide angle that brings out the environment the buildings are set in.

The garden shot is also very picturesque. Good use of the natural (top) frame provided by the tree.

The seals cavorting in the surf are also very appealing . It was interesting to learn how you took that shot. I also approve of the measures you took to avoid disturbing them
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Thanks, Kai!

Taking the seals shot was fairly simple (handheld) and focus was caught using focus peaking. The Clear View Zoom is an option on Menu 5/9 on the Camera 2 menu in my camera (A7M3). Use Zoom Setting to select from the options (Clear View is the better) and Zoom to set the magnification. (You have to select JPG for the options to be available.) I also used the JPG Artefact Removal neural filter in Photoshop.

The seals seem pretty unconcerned by the humans gawping at them and 500-1000mm gave me enough reach to get decent shots.
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Week 36

A: Creative


Dodgems /3 | A7 III and FE 24-70 F4 | f/11.0 | 70.0 mm | 0.4 s | ISO 100

St Giles' Fair was in town, as ever, for the first Monday and Tuesday of September. This was the first time I had been since before the pandemic and I wanted to try and get some different shots, but I seemed to come away with more of the things you expect to see. Here we have the Dodgems on long exposure; perhaps I should have made it longer, but then there is the risk of losing some of the spectators. It was difficult finding a spot to use the tripod as the surround to the attraction carried all the vibrations of the music and people stomping around, but I found a spot of solid ground nott too far away and with a clear view.
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B: This week in 2012


Oxford garden flower | NEX-7 and Minolta Auto Rokkor PF 58mm f/1.4 | 1/250 s | ISO 125

On the crop sensor body this lens becomes 87mm equivalent and with a wide open aperture renders the scene nicely.
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C: Prime


Oxford Photographers A5000 and Sigma E 30mm F2.8 | f/4.5 | 1/160 s | ISO 100

Back to the fair for the Prime shot this week, and here are two fellow photographers from the Oxford Flickr group waiting at the agreed rendezvous point, the Martyrs' Memorial.
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Week 37

A: Creative

Swanage railway train passes Corfe Castle |A7 III and FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS | 17 frames | merged to animated GIF in Photoshop

In this week of the challenge I was mostly in Dorset, staying near Wareham. One of the trips was to Corfe Castle, and I knew from a visit a couple of years ago that the Swanage Railway would be running trains that pass right by the castle. My photo of the full train steaming along (described as 'Battle of Britain class 34072, designed by Oliver Bulleid, [it] was built in 1948 and withdrawn from BR service in 1964. This type was notable for its flat sides, to become known as ‘Span Cans’, and unique chain driven valve gear') is one of my postcards in this year's Dyxum Postcard Exchange.

But that is hardly creative, being a straight record of some nostalgic engineering ... So I tried to hit the right note by rendering the scene in a retro style and animating a 17-shot sequence to give the look of a vintage movie. The jerkiness of the animation and the joins from two or three distinct sequences in the complete set combine to help make the illusion work. Except for the modern cars going under the bridge!

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B: This week in 2011


Apples |NEX-3 and Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 | 1/160 s | ISO 800

Eleven years ago I was using a NEX-3 and here pairing it with a Rokkor MD 45mm F2, and what a lovely job the lens does.
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