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    Posted: 01 January 2021 at 13:33
I have decided to stick with my earlier thoughts on this:

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.

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.

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.

In summary

1 Archive photos from past trips
2 Ultrawide photos, aspect ratio 2:1 and wider
3 Vintage digital

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Project 150

So, here's my Week 0 photo, which brings all three themes together in one shot, taken on a NEX-3 with 16mm E F2.8 lens in a market in Lima in April 2012 and cropped to the ultra wide 64:27 aspect ratio.

My plan is to update this thread on the Sunday of each week, so Week 1 will be on Sunday 10 January.

Index

Theme 1: Peru 2012

1: 2:

3: 4:

5: 6:

Theme 2: Ultrawide aspect ratios

1: 2:

3: 4:

5: 6:

Theme 3: Vintage digital

1: 2:

3: 4:

5: 6:

And here I gave up on the index - scroll on please!



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Week 0 - cunning!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2021 at 18:26
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Week 0 - cunning!
It's an old (Oxford) university thing - the week before term starts is week 0 (my old job used to have procedures that followed the University timetable).
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How refreshing to see people mixing in a (small) crowd without protection!
'a thing of the past' huh!

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Week 1 Theme 1 Peru trip April/May 2012


On the cathedral steps
Date Taken: 2012-04-21 17:39:51 | Camera Model: NEX-3 | Lens: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS | Focal Length: 55 mm | Mode: Aperture-priority AE | Aperture: f/5.6 | Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100) | ISO: 500 | 35mm Equivalent: 82 mm | Location: Lima, Lima, Peru

In this theme I'm revisiting photos I took in 2012 during a trip to Peru. I never got round to properly reviewing these pictures and the imposition of another lockdown now means I really ought to take the time to do this - better late than never!

Here we are in the Plaza de Armas in central Lima, looking at the steps of the cathedral and a frieze of people hanging loose with just one eyeing the photographer ...

An album on Flickr (link) collects together photos I short-listed for this week (and all weeks as we go forward) in chronological order. Beware: includes mediocre snaps taken with an iPhone 4
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Week 1 Theme 2 ultrawide aspect ratio


King's Mill
Date Taken: 2021-01-07 15:30:35 | Camera Model: ILCE-7M3 | Lens: FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS | Focal Length: 24 mm | Mode: Shutter speed priority AE | Aperture: f/4.0 | Exposure Time: 0.25 sec (1/4) | ISO: 100 | 35mm Equivalent: 36 mm

King's Mill is at one end of Mesopotamia, a part of the University Parks here in Oxford that lies between two branches of the Cherwell river. This photograph was taken with the camera set to a crop-sensor setting (unintentionally!), but managed to catch the main flow of the weir one wintry afternoon. The aspect ratio crop is 64:27 this week.

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Week 1 Theme 3: Vintage digital


Chinnor Hill
Date Taken: 2021-01-03 14:52:03 | Camera Model: DSLR-A900 | Lens: 35-200mm F4.5-5.6 | Focal Length: 35 mm | Mode: Program AE | Aperture: f/10.0 | Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100) | ISO: 200 | 35mm Equivalent: 35 mm

This theme is presenting new photographs with 'vintage' digital equipment. I'm giving myself a lot of leeway here with at least one camera just a half-dozen years old, but the Sony A900 used here dates from 2008. A single-minded camera designed to do one thing: take photos.

Chinnor Hill is near where the M40 from London breaches the Chilterns escarpment to reveal Oxfordshire (and here also Buckinghamshire) as far as the eye can see.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2021 at 21:05
Great foreground/background mix on the Chinnor Hill shot and a nice B&W conversion on top.

And don't be bashful about using an A900 for "vintage digital". It's a DSLR which Sony don't make anymore for already a long time and now they even seem to have retired the A-mount (except for a few adapters). Given the digital era isn't that long it's "vintage" no doubt and just very slightly younger than the "vintage" A700 that I'm using for a similar purpose in this Photo - 150 challenge
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2021 at 21:13
Wow, Kings Mill looks really good. It rather suits the wide aspect.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2021 at 23:25
Really liking the Chinnor Hill shot.

Holding the detail in the fields in the distance while balancing the black trees and some texture to the clouds is all pretty impressive - works well in mono.
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Thanks all, much appreciated.

Pieter, yes a digital camera's age in years is like dog years compared to humans' - say sevenfold? That would make the A700/A900 around 90-100 years in analogue terms. Perhaps an exaggeration - the Dynax 9 and A900 are a dozen years apart, I think. The thing is to keep the devices working and to make photos.

Mikey, until a day or two before this shot, the whole area was closed because of flooding, no access possible. It was draining as fast as possible through this sluice.
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Week 2 Theme 3 Vintage Digital

Weirs Lane
Date Taken: 2021-01-11 15:01:15 | Camera Model: ILCE-7 | Lens: FE 28mm F2 | Focal Length: 28 mm | Mode: Aperture-priority AE | Aperture: f/11.0 | Exposure Time: 0.033 sec (1/30) | ISO: 100 | 35mm Equivalent: 28 mm

This is vintage in the sense that the technology used here is no longer actively promoted by Sony, the ill-named Playmemories Camera Apps. Here installed on an A7 mark 1, the Smooth Reflections app's Water Flow function is used. Some 30 exposures are taken and mashed together so that 'the camera averages the water splashing to reproduce a soft, smooth effect of water flowing.' I softened it a bit further with some negative Dehaze in Lightroom, the aim being to achieve a light dreamy effect.
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That vintage digital shot of Weirs Lane is really quite something Howard. I like it. I have to say I also miss that Smooth Reflections App as well. It's gotten me some very nice "long exposure" style shots without needing to carry any ND filters.

Enjoyed the Peru shot too- the people and the large building was a nice juxtaposition.
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