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    Posted: 18 December 2023 at 14:01
It is the time of year to make resolutions Do you have any photography related resolutions?

I am contemplating a #7x52 project on Instagram - 7 shareable pictures a week. Anybody else contemplating something similar like a 365 or 150 challenge?

Anybody considering using a limited number of lenses for 2024 or maybe a few months with just a 50mm?

Anybody with a different resolution? I am curious!
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Mine`s is just to shoot more and get back into it again. I retired 18 months ago and was so tired and fatigued intially I spent a lot of time sleeping and messing around and just enjoying having no routine at all.

I live in a beautiful ( if wet) country and plan to get out for more landscapes and just to enjoy it, do more random things. I have the dog, kayak, a metal detector and a VW Caddy that I`ve managed to make a bed for so have no more excuses, when it`s warm enough to sleep out, I`ll be going.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2023 at 00:07
Good question @addy landzaat

Like @Macca 2023 hasn't been good for photography, but that was more due to my mother's death, an assault, cyclone and flooding damage, getting hit by a motorist in April when biking to work (didn't fully recover until early November), 2 months working in China and Covid19.

Photographic-wise, I really want to develop as a seascape photographer. So hope to be trying out a lot of new things on that front. And also avoid having any more tripods fall into the sea.

And I'm also hoping to get through 2024 without any outbreaks of GAS. So no new lens purchases (I'm at 4 months, coming up to 5...). And definitely no Sony α9iii's... Albeit at the rate I put my tripods into danger, I may need to buy more of these



Edited by Wētāpunga - 19 December 2023 at 07:36
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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Like @Macca 2023 hasn't been for photography, but that was more due to my mother's death, an assault (...)


An assault?!! I remember all the other misfortunes but this one sounds serious. I hope all is ok now.

2023 that was my coming back year and one that I used to complete my E mount lens stable. It was a somewhat failed attempt unfortunately so in 2024 what remains to be done, if funds will allow, is to cover the missing super wide angle focal length and possibly look at some of the primes. I miss some 50...

In 2023 I have finished a big project for my family, that took 2 years to complete. It is now time to make some more, one for my family again and one that will hold all my pictures from USA. I think if I will be able to do that and be able to make some tidying up my photos on the disk, it will be good achievement.

And of course I would like to make more new pictures too :)
I want to explore more some marshes close to me, there are some excellent macro opportunities there for round leaf sundew photography.
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I don't think I will limit my creativity with any strict equipment constraints, but I think I will at least continue my tradition that I will make some photo calendars for relatives (and occasionally for some good friends) and each calendar has different theme (eg. birds, nature, plants, landscapes or urban) and as I require that the photos for each month must be taken during that month, I am aiming to take at least one suitable photo for each themed calendar. And as the cheapest time to print these photo calendars seems to be in November (usually around Black Friday), the picture for December tends to be from the previous year. And as the calendar layout restricts a bit what aspect ratios works best, it bit limits the selection process and obviously you don't want too much repetition regarding the photo subjects.

Actually, maybe I should post my this year's calendar photo selections to Dyxum, although I think I may have shown many of those pictures already earlier.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2023 at 10:15
Originally posted by Macca Macca wrote:

Mine`s is just to shoot more and get back into it again.
This is the reason I am considering a 7 pictures a week challenge. I don't understand people doing a 356 challenge - I find the Week 50 challenge already difficult with life and such.

Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

2023 hasn't been good for photography, but that was more due to my mother's death, an assault, cyclone and flooding damage, getting hit by a motorist in April when biking to work (didn't fully recover until early November), 2 months working in China and Covid19.
All those things in one year.... 2024 must better, it hardly can get worse.

Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Photographic-wise, I really want to develop as a seascape photographer. So hope to be trying out a lot of new things on that front. And also avoid having any more tripods fall into the sea.
I am sure you will keep your tripods from falling into the sea. And if your tripod falls into the sea, make sure your camera is not on the tripod Looking forward to the results.

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in 2024 what remains to be done, if funds will allow, is to cover the missing super wide angle focal length and possibly look at some of the primes. I miss some 50...
What do you consider a super wide? 12-24? 14-24? 16-35? 17-28? I am tempted by the Sigma 14-24/2.8, but I feel the 14mm side is not wide enough compared to my Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4.

Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

In 2023 I have finished a big project for my family, that took 2 years to complete.
Nice, can you tell us what the project was? It might inspire someone.

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

I don't think I will limit my creativity with any strict equipment constraints
For some people limitations help creativity. Like Goethe said: “In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister.” ("in the limitation, the master is shown for the first time") - people differ!

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

I will at least continue my tradition that I will make some photo calendars for relatives
That is nice! Do share the pictures you haven't shared yet.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2023 at 13:32
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

What do you consider a super wide? 12-24? 14-24? 16-35? 17-28? I am tempted by the Sigma 14-24/2.8, but I feel the 14mm side is not wide enough compared to my Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4.


Right now my widest lens is 24-70/2.8. Anything wider than that has my attention. I already bought the 12-24 GM but it was bad and had to be returned. So maybe one of these days another copy of one? Or the f4 version, or 16-35 GM. 14GM + 20G is another possibility. Time will tell...

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

In 2023 I have finished a big project for my family, that took 2 years to complete.
Nice, can you tell us what the project was? It might inspire someone.


This is simply a family album that starts the moment my parents met, then few shots from their wedding and then family photos all the way till mid 90's. The steps to go through were several:
- collect all the negatives, slides and prints
- scan all of it
- catalogue the photos, make sure to know which were done where and when, who is who etc.
- decide on what to focus in the album (there were pictures from much earlier available too, student years of my parents etc. that were all excluded from the project at some point)
- do the selection on what to show from available material
- clean selected photos (it was a nightmare due to very bad condition of the films)
- choose photobook provider
- put it all in the album and design it first

It was still not given to my parents and siblings, I'll do it on Christmas.

Each step took some time, but nothing took as much as cleaning the negatives. This was more than a year easily. Of course I had to do it in the evening and not each evening too, but still, very exhausting. I don't want to do it again... But the results are superb. I was using Affinity Photo and mostly inpainting tool.
Second most time consuming part was scanning, third - creating the album, fourth - the selection process.
I'm glad it is over ;)
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Just having fun and using the equipment I am carrying at the moment...That's my goal for 2024.

Oh yes, some more healing from GAS
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Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

What do you consider a super wide? 12-24? 14-24? 16-35? 17-28? I am tempted by the Sigma 14-24/2.8, but I feel the 14mm side is not wide enough compared to my Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4.


Right now my widest lens is 24-70/2.8. Anything wider than that has my attention. I already bought the 12-24 GM but it was bad and had to be returned. So maybe one of these days another copy of one? Or the f4 version, or 16-35 GM. 14GM + 20G is another possibility. Time will tell...


I am also interested in a wide zoom (E-mount) - probably one of the 16-35s. I have a Sigma 12-24 in A-mount and it's a nice lens, but it doesn't get a lot of use so I shall stick with it (adapted) for a while yet. The range of my KM 17-35 is far more useful so I'm currently leaning towards the older FE 16-35/4 as the cheapest decent option.

As for projects/resolutions - another year means another internal debate over a 365 project - which usually ends on Jan 2nd with the realisation I forgot to take a shot on the 1st. I think a more prectical idea is more resolution than project - committing to shooting only primes for at least one day a week. And, in general, to make more use of my APS kit - the A&Riv is one hell of an APS body and I have some pretty good lenses that deserve more use.
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The resolution for 2024 was already 'set' in 2023 and that was to retire from full-time work.

Secondary 'resolutions' are to exchange one of the A-mount cameras - probably the a99 - for an a-series e-mount bodiy and an LEA adapter (I'm too much in love with the 135/1.8 ZA to lose that!) to try and reduce travel weight a little - torn between an a9, a7IV, a7RIV and a7RV at the moment but would love to handle each one at the same time to see what really suits me; and add the 200-600 to the list just to slim the a-mount 'set' down.

Otherwise more of the same subject-wise and, potentially, investigate a year-long project locally for doing in 2025 around a 'through the seasons' with a local Country House type of project. And take lots of images around the South East!

Let's see how that changes by this time next year!

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@Mestari-
Yeah, 2023 really has not been a good year. Your plan to complete your shift to the E-mount sounds good. I use a Voigtländer 15mm f4 as my UWA, but I guess you're not looking for a prime. I do like your photo album projects, that's a great way to restore memories. And I look forward to seeing your photos of sundews. They're a great subject to specialise in.

@Hezu-
Calendars are also a good idea. I used to do that also, but it wasn't really possible with the extended lockdown in Auckland last year, and the events of this year. Maybe 2024 will be the return of the photo calendar too.

@addy landzaat-
I like the idea of the 7 photos a week challenge. What I found with the Photo150 challenge, is it did force me to go out more often and I did get some good pictures with them. But it is really hard to keep doing each week.

I also hope that 2024 will be better, I'd rather not experience a year like this again.

@Harm vb -
good luck with that recovery from the GAS. I seem to be avoiding it for the time being. The α1 has crippled any camera-envy I had. The Gitzo tripod I picked up this year is proving a marvellous tool. And the 100-400mm GM suits my photography better than the Tamron 150-500 it replaced.

@owenn01 -
taking a lot of photos is a great aspiration for 2024 Neil!

Edited by Wētāpunga - 20 December 2023 at 08:36
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 December 2023 at 09:58
@Mestari, Phil
I have the Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4 and it is a nice lens. Not stellar, but good enough. At times I want wider and the Sony 12-24/2.8 GM is much wider and about the best wide angle you can get - but EXPENSIVE - therefore I am looking at the Sigma 14-24/2.8. But I am unsure it is wide enough.

I have the 20/1.8G and it is a wonderful lens. I don't use it that much, but when I do, I love using it.

re. your project, Mestari, that is a wonderful but labour intensive project! I can understand you're glad it is over

@Phil, Wētāpunga
I know I will not finish (or even start) a 356 project, that is why I will do a 7x52 project. I have still to decide on the rules, but I guess I won't be to strict - but seven shareable pictures every will be the minimum.
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I agree, a 365 project would be very challenging, you only need to miss one day and it's over.
A 7x52 sounds more practical. I think the advantage of any challenge based on a quota (like the 365 or 150 etc) is it does motivate you to keep shooting regularly. It's easier to find a reason not to venture out to photograph scenes when you're not 'compelled' to meet a 'quota'.

I know I want to do more with seascapes in 2024, but I'm also aware that I do have 3-4 extra work contracts booked (2 of which will be in Nanjing) so a numerical challenge is impractical. Nanjing isn't the place to do 'seascape' photography . Also it's tough this time of the year. The beaches have lots of people enjoying their summer Sun. It's hot, heat haze abounds. There's fewer opportunities for a decent seascape.
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