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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

The 'anything creative' idea is interesting, but not 50 different things!


It sounds like you have a few good ideas. For what it is worth, I'm not planning on making my creative theme 50 'different' techniques, as I hope to come back to some of them and refine them/get better at them. So yes, I'm intending to explore quite a few options here. But I am perfectly willing to come back and have another go at some of them, to benefit from the prior experience.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 December 2020 at 17:19
@mikey - welcome aboard player #7

Having dipped into my archive a little bit earlier this year (like for 1-2 days) I saw shots that I have no memory of ever taking or seeing before ... quite looking forward to finding out what I used to shoot! I will probably start with my 2005 shots (when the Dynax 7D was the latest camera!).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 December 2020 at 16:38
Sounds v. interesting. I think I'll have to join in!

My first thoughts for the three themes for me:
1) One macro at 1:2 or closer
2) One dog pic
3) one from the archive (I've got a pleny of 1year+ stuff to get through.)
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

The 'anything creative' idea is interesting, but not 50 different things!


It sounds like you have a few good ideas. For what it is worth, I'm not planning on making my creative theme 50 'different' techniques, as I hope to come back to some of them and refine them/get better at them. So yes, I'm intending to explore quite a few options here. But I am perfectly willing to come back and have another go at some of them, to benefit from the prior experience.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2020 at 22:33
@Peg - very neat to see this work in combination with the prime days and other ongoing challenges. 

And yeah, my archive will also be 12+ months old first.  I will probably start with my Jan 2020 images (fujifilm), pretty sure I shot most of Jan daily ... and then stopped in Feb when covid happened.

At some point Feb/March I'd like to get ahead and see if I can post the images on the day they were shot!?  So, I'd work on my old March files in Feb and have them at the ready to post on their anniversary.  (I will hopefully forget this mad idea once I get engrossed though).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2020 at 22:17
@Phil ... a perfect post to show that once you set to thinking about this 'just 3x' channels of 50 might not be enough! You're welcome to bolt on a couple of extras (Photo 200, Photo 250)

Some of these topics you mention, and others I've considered myself, also might not lend themselves to a full once-a-week for a year set. So I've been wondering if we need a mid-year (01-Jul) rotation of ideas option ... if any idea dries up or a new idea pop into mind.

Or we could call 01-Apr, 01-Jul, and 01-Oct (start of each new quarter) a chance to rotate in/out one of your topics. 13 weeks of macro followed by 39 weeks of portraits via a 01-Apr rotation. Over complicates though.

Your 50x lenses could be fun to see (don't have to be all Minolta, body is Sony ... right!)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2020 at 21:17
The 'anything creative' idea is interesting, but not 50 different things!

I also like the idea of revisiting the archive - in my case a box of slides in the attic. Are there 50 worthwhile images there?

Vintage digital is also interesting, mixing archive stuff pre-Sony and newly shot stuff with my KM5D & A100 (bought as curiosities a year or two back and little used). Mind you, any A-Mount is heading towards vintage these days.

Shooting primes is what I do almost daily, so not much of a challenge, but I would want to fit the various Dyxum challenges in to the mix, so it would certainly fit in well.

I also have a lot of Minolta AF lenses, shooting a different one a week would see some very little used glass get an outing. I need to count them, but I might need to include a few other brands to hit the 50.

Landscapes is another tempter, I certainly don't do enough of them. I often find myself wandering around the countryside failing to find a shot, with luck forcing myself to shoot more might help my eye.

Streetscapes with people are great, I shoot them quite often, but by happenstance rather than design - I do wonder what it would be like to feel I have to get a shot.

Different aspect ratios might be a challenge - after all my favourite is 1:1.

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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

@dCap, of course in the time of APS film the 'HDTV' format was 16:9 and Panoarama was 3:1 (cropped from the HDTV picture area). I quite like 16:9, but I wanted to move beyond that and so >2:1 seemed a simple label.

As for IG, I use Photoshop's Slice command to make the 1:1 tiles and upload them with the multiple post option, so no extra IG app, AFAIK. I'm not sure, but you may have to keep to 1:1 for each tile, but there's no harm in trying two 32x27!


And I'm sure I'll upload them in the wrong order when I first try too
... yeah, would need to 'picture it' and frame it perhaps with a white border as a set of 1:1s. More maths.

I've seen a couple of brands fail at this and upload the wrong image which is fun to see! Oddly they leave it there (too many comments to see that 'everyone' is shouting 'um, wrong third image'). I have a feeling Sony did this (wrong) with their ads for the Xperia 10 (21:9 phone screen).
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@dCap, of course in the time of APS film the 'HDTV' format was 16:9 and Panoarama was 3:1 (cropped from the HDTV picture area). I quite like 16:9, but I wanted to move beyond that and so >2:1 seemed a simple label.

As for IG, I use Photoshop's Slice command to make the 1:1 tiles and upload them with the multiple post option, so no extra IG app, AFAIK. I'm not sure, but you may have to keep to 1:1 for each tile, but there's no harm in trying two 32x27!
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@Howard - there are a bunch of 'widescreen' formats from the classic 16:9 (really not very wide at all!) to silly wide. And then free-form as your own 5:1. Perhaps a looser title of just widescreen would still be neat but freer.

I've seen a few 3x/4x image wide panoramics on instagram (I think you need a 2nd IG made app for this?). And it is usually quite obvious from the first shot that there is more to see to the screen right ... love how that is interactive.

I'd kinda dismissed IG as a place to put my 64:27 shape as it tends to favor square or even portrait way up. Thank you for the reminder that this can be done on the gram!
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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

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3. Anything creative (inspired by Wetapunga's Novel technique) - Longshutter speeds, multiple shots/stitches, extention tubes, filters, lens-wacking, anything realy that gets the brain working outside the box

Not 100% cemented ideas, but should be close enough to give my commitment for a 150 challenge.


Really interested to see how this and @Wētā challenging channel goes ... and looking forward to borrowing your ideas

Having done my 366x on flickr, I did that with a big bunch of people and seeing their images and be inspired by their ideas certainly helped - quite a few of us did 'copycat shots' that we'd not normally have thought of - was super fun! Especially as we'd see one person's technique repeated in the wrong persons stream.

I was tempted to just call TWO topics and decide on my third next week (could still go and edit as I have one other idea which I'm kinda saving for week50mm 2021!).
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I'm coming a bit late to this discussion/challenge, but I am intrigued. I need to bring a bit more focus (ha ha) to my photography and Project 150 seems more manageable than a 365; breaking it down into three themes for each week's posting is another way to make it achievable.

I want to dive into my archive as there are photos from trips in the last few years that I haven't properly reviewed yet, so that's one theme.

The recent discussion about the 21:9 or 64:27 aspect ratio has interested me, but I don't know if I can sustain it for a year. However, I do like making panoramas, so I might broaden the theme to 2:1 and wider. The problem for me is that my panoramas can go as high as 5:1 and the limitations to presentation here on Dyxum (1024p max long side) perhaps doesn't do them justice (though I can link to external sources). Instagram has a good ability to show panoramas if you break the picture up into 1:1 squares and load them into a multiple post. Viewers can then swipe to and fro across the view at a much better resolution than would otherwise be possible.

Finally, I do enjoy using old tech and as I tend to hang on to cameras when I upgrade I think I can pursue things a little there. For example, it's more than 10 years since the NEX-3 and -5 were launched. In a few weeks I'm receiving the Monster LA-VE1 adapter that will let me use some Vectis lenses on E-mount bodies.

So my initial thoughts are

1 Archive photos from past trips
2 Panoramic photos 2:1 and wider
3 Vintage digital
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@phil/@ons - daunting is sort of the theme too (if it was easy everyone would do it) ... I'm a forward planner but love how reality is rarely what I was expecting. I've picked a shooting format (21:9) that I've never done before, to be shot on a camera that is still in a camera store. And I'm also a bit rubbish at landscapes. This year I've played with 16:9 but not cropped a single image down to 21:9 (yet). Saving that for next week. I have no idea if this is gonna work or not, I have about 3 shots in mind so far ... so will report back in 50 weeks time on that!

For anyone "stuck at home" a lot or "restricted" in their opportunity to venture far outdoors, this could be a time to focus on and develop some home shooting. Set-up cost can be near zero from household objects to create a mini studio. My first home studio was one empty row of a book shelf which I taped white printer paper to to create a 5-sided box of white.

Kitchen/food photography LOOKS real simple - until you try it and realize it is super difficult to do well. 50x different meals, one a week ... will get you shopping for new food stuff! Or 50x ingredients +/- tools. Your belly might even thank you for this one.

You might be surprized how much you can see in one local walk route - I'm lucky to be so close to a chunk of beach which is where I usually do my daily walk/exercise. But even the 10 min walk to the local food shop has things to shoot en route. This is from a one-camera-one-lens easy-carry perspective though.

@Dena - if you are real short on spare time or short on daylight outdoor camera time then maybe this isn't for you? Have you considered "a blog" (open topic, maybe not even photography). 50x movies I watched. My 50x fave albums.
Wordpress offer a variety of tools from free to paid. Does anyone wish they'd kept a once-a-week covid diary starting Feb/Mar 2020? What we've known, how we've adapted, what old routines have had to change.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2020 at 10:30
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

I am tempted, but selecting three themes to live with for a year is daunting.


This idea also scares me most....
Still, my curiosity wins
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