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    Posted: 20 March 2018 at 18:48
April Foolishness
2018


The season of April Foolishness is almost upon us.
This thread is by way of inviting you to sign up to one of Dyxum's classic challenges.

INTRO

April Foolishness is a month-long photographic challenge that is part of the rich Dyxum Challenge tradition. Please read the guidelines below before you start.
If you do not understand the guidelines, do not worry. You will understand when you see - just sign up.

April Foolishness is definitely challenging. However the challenge is not from Dyxum to you. You challenge yourself! The objectives are: (i) to get you out shooting more pictures; (ii) to develop your photographic skills; (iii) to enjoy photography; (iv) to enjoy photography; v) to get to know the other photographers and fellow Dyxumers in the challenge.

This challenge is for everyone! It does not matter if you are a professional or a beginner. Everyone will learn something and everyone can enjoy it.

GUIDELINES
1) Take photographs every day and post one picture for each day in the thread. Pic-a-day (but 7/week or 5/week or 3/week is okay - see FAQ below).

2) Shoot for the whole month with one (or two), prime lens(es) (if you do not have a prime (=fixed focal length), you can use a zoom, fixed to one focal length; but you cannot change the focal length). Any lens is okay, but you should decide in advance.

3) Use only Sony/ Minolta “A-mount” or Sony E-mount bodies; but the old Minolta mount (SR-mount) bodies are allowed too because in a way that’s where we come from. Any brand/style/mount lens is allowed (directly mounted, via an adapter or even free-lensing if you're into that way of shooting)

4) Because the point is to shoot only one point of view, only minimal cropping is allowed to straighten, etc. However, you may crop ONE SIDE in order to present a picture in a square or other format planned when you took the shot (the point is that you compose in the viewfinder/LV and not on the computer).

5) You are expected to comment on the photographs posted by others – there will be a Talk Thread for this purpose.

6) State your challenge when you sign up. Add as many details and conditions as you want. You can change it up until the start date. A perfect challenge will be difficult but not impossible.

7) Read the Talk Thread every time you post in the Photo threads, so that you do not miss out on announcements or comments – please try to join in.

8) If you cannot post frequently due to problems with internet access that is okay. You can still join and catch up with posts when you can. If you do not have time to process your photos fully, don’t worry – post them with minimal processing. This is not a beauty contest.

Trust me, it is both a great learning experience and good fun...

FAQs
Please ask questions below - they are very welcome! But here are some answers to some common questions... numbers relate to the guidelines above.

1) If you cannot shoot every day (aka pic-a-day), you can choose to shoot 7 pics-a-week or even 5 or 3 pics-a-week instead. But challenge yourself to shoot much more than usual. If you need to use another lens for an event like a wedding or to make a living, or because the bear living in your toolshed has decided to cut the grass for you, you can claim an “event pass”. However, try to shoot with only one (or 2) lens(es) if you can – it is a good challenge (e.g. if you are not the paid photographer at the wedding try to do it with only your chosen lens first).

2) One or 2 lens(es) only – do not change. If you use a zoom, we suggest you tape it to fix it at the focal length you choose (but don’t use tape that will pull the paint off your 70-200G!).

3) If you need to crop more than a “minimal amount” you can post those pictures in the “Outtakes” thread with a notice “cropped”. For your daily picture, use your feet to zoom and compose more carefully. Cropping to straighten is fine. Cropping to remove distortion is okay sometimes – but don’t do it every day ; learn to include the distortion in the composition. If you want to post in a non-standard format do it in the Outtakes.

4) It is important to encourage other people during the challenge…. everybody benefits from a little help and positive feedback to get through it, and it is much more enjoyable when there is communication. If your English is not so good, don’t worry… nobody minds. This is an international forum and if you tell me “ I like your self-portrait very much but I think your bottom is underexposed “, I will know it is the fault of Google translator. If you do not like “chat” you can just post regular lists of your favorite pictures for the past few days.

5) For special events (eg. family gatherings, one-prime days, parties, weddings, DPC's etc.) that you have during the month and need to use other lenses you can give yourself an "event pass" and use any lens you need to cover that event. However you are encouraged to use your chosen prime(s) for all shooting that is not covered by an "event pass" for a special occasion.


Your challenge can be anything! Express it like this:
“I’ll do pic--a-day with the Minolta 16mm fish. Restrictions are no crops at all and at least 3 night-time shots a week taken without flash.
“I’ll use the Sony 50/1.8 and go 3 pics-a-week (I will try to shoot more if I can). Restrictions are minimal or square crop and that all pictures will be composed using the LV.”
“I’ll try 7 pic-a-week with the Minolta 500/8, but I will try to shoot every day. No restrictions.”[/QUOTE]

Note that these are Guidelines - participation is key and the main thing is to challenge yourself and take part.

Sign-up below with your challenge to yourself!




Edited by MiPr - 02 April 2018 at 20:29
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2018 at 18:49
    The Bold Participants (in alphabetical order):
    1. addy landzaat - Sigma ART 35/1.4
    2. alpha_in_exile - A900 and Tamron 90mm/2.8 macr, 5/week,
    3. angora - minimum 3/week. Lens TBA. Meyer???
    4. Atom Ant Oz - 28mm 3/week. Numbers theme
    5. Biggator - Mino 80-200 HS APO & 16-50mm/2.8. 5/week
    6. bigsi - A77, 35mm 1.8 and Samyang 85mm 1.4, 7/week
    7. bonneville - NEX-6 with E 16-50 f3.5-5.6 OSS - 3/wk, Every picture will incorporate the number 70
    8. cschubert - Leica Summicron-R 50mm, pic-a-day
    9. Dopol - 200mm end of the SEL70200F4 (+ext tubes for macro shots) - 7/week
    10. Fred_S - pic a day (posted, not shot), Trioplan 100 and Orestegon 4/200
    11. gregja - pentacon 135/f2.8 and tamron 28-200@200mm. 7/week
    12. ktrucke - 3-5 shots a week with my SAL30M28 on a77m2
    13. LAbernethy - lens TBA
    14. maewpa - A7RII and Sony 55/1.8, 7/week shooting at least 5 days a week
    15. mariuszlo - A99I and Minolta 35/2.0 + Sigma 105/2.8 HSM Macro OS, pic-a-day posted exactly in the day it was taken,
    16. Mark Twain - Minolta MC 24/2.8 and 135/1.8ZA, 4/week
    17. mikey2000 - 7/week. No pics more than 7 days old. Lens TBA
    18. minolta_mutley - Minolta 80-200 f2.8 HS (used at 80 + 200mm), 3/week,
    19. onsplekkie - Loxia 2.8/21 + Voigtlander 1.7/35 Ultron 6/week
    20. pegelli - Minolta 35/2 and 85/1.4 RS 3/week min. No pics more than 7 days old
    21. QuietOC - Minolta AF 100 F2.8 RS - 7-a-week
    22. rovhazman - Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F2.8 - 28/month
    23. skm.sa100 - Rokinon 8mm/f3.5
    24. snegren Taylor, Taylor & Hobson Cooke Kinic 1 Inch f/1.5 on A7Rii APS-C mode + something else. A modest 3/w but will try 7/w
    25. stresskiller - Jupiter-9 85mm
    26. Wilu - Sony a100 and Dukane 3" f2.5, 4/week, no crop (except to square if planned), fall back on the a900 and Rokkor 58mm f1.2 occasionally, Passes for night photography

    And now Those Crazy Participants (in fuzzy order):
    1. MiPr (aka mikre oddball): NEX-6 with Vivitar 100/2.8 Macro (Kiron version), pic-a-day, square crop (so my thumbs will look better), tongue out when taking photo (this time I have to remember this). Did I mention, I'm dead-serious? Just call me The Stone Face. Ha!




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    Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2018 at 18:54
    Sign me up Mike, I'll do a "foolish" test of two A-mount primes on an E-mount body (with an LA-EA4 inbetween).

    Lenses will be the Minolta 35/2 and 85/1.4 RS, body most of the time A7, but I might try an A6000 as well once in a while.

    I'll shoot at least 3 days a week, post a picture every day but never one which is more than a week old.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2018 at 19:46
    I'll play with the A77m2 (and if it is returned the A99m2) and the Sigma ART 35/1.4.

    I just hope I'll end this one
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2018 at 20:30
    Welcome Pieter and Addy!      That Art 35/1.4 is a real gem - you will certainly be inspired to finish
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2018 at 22:32
    How can I not join. I hope I fare better than in the CYC challenge. I will not finish, going to America end of April.

    I'll pledge a modest 3/w but will try 7/w.

    Taylor, Taylor & Hobson Cooke Kinic 1 Inch f/1.5 on A7Rii APS-C mode
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 01:46
    Time goes by too quickly. I did actually want to do the creativity challenge too.

    I will try for 7-a-week with the Minolta AF 100 F2.8 RS.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 05:00
    I must.

    I think it'll be an A7RII and Sony 55/1.8, although I would love to try another lens I use less, so that is tentative.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 07:08
    Hmmm....

    Really want to join, but April is still a little mystery for me...

    First week of April is Passover, which means my three musketeers are at home - probably no time to play with the camera.

    Then immediately after the holiday I am supposed to start a new job in Eilat, which is 3 hours drive away from my current place. I expect that new job, with long time on the roads, would not leave too much time to play. But, on the other hand, I have an agreement with my new employer that until the summer (when we are expected to move to Eilat) I will work mainly from home, so I may have some free time to take pictures. And also there is an option (very unlikely, but still an option) that I eventually will get a job offer from the university here and then I will start working there in October...

    So to make a long story short, I will try to post as much as I manage, maybe as a guest participant. Hopefully, I will eventually manage to have a 28/month challenge... I know it is against the rules, but hey, we are dealing with April foolishness - isn't it all about being foolish and breaking the rules???


    I will use the fooliest lens I have - the Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F2.8 (really stupid idea of having M-mount lens without focus mechanism to be used on E-mount bodies with macro adapter). 28/month...
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 08:30
    Can't miss this of course
    7 days/wk.

    Must decide on what lens(es) to use
    Too many choices I'm afraid.
    Tamron90 seems attractive, but I used that 2 April's ago,
    135mm is great but used that last October
    MF & TechArt (35mm and 90mm)
    choices choices choices
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 10:53
    I love April foolishness and I'm in again Mike.

    April is a bit special for me as Monday 2nd April is my seventieth birthday I'm not too sure how that happened, the life I've led, so my challenge is at least 3/wk using my carry everywhere NEX-6 with E 16-50 f3.5-5.6 OSS. And my challenge?

    Every picture will incorporate the number 70 (with a lot of luck).

    Also, April is our Dyxum London Meet on Wednesday 18th so I will have to include a shot from that day.
    Plug.....if you haven't signed up to join us there is still lots of time to arrange it.



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    Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 20:41
    Me too please, undecided on the lens but probably my very unfoolish 35 1.8, I'll try for 7/week.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 22:11
    Welcome all!

    Snegren - 1st Prize for the longest lens name. you can maybe finish in america than post when you get back?
    QuietOC - I'm sure there will be more CYC challenges!
    Maewpa - I challenge you to complete the challenge in a One Prime Old Fashioned Sort of Way.
    rovhazman - difficulties noted! I've signed you up anyway. Good luck!
    Dopol- good luck with the lens choice! I noticed your challenge was "7 Days/week". This is a challenge we all face. If you can make 8Days/Week, I will award you the April Beatles Badge
    Bigsi - foolish enough. I presume 35/1.8 E mount on Aps-C?
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2018 at 22:13
    Bonneville - A special reply here!


    I propose that 2nd April be made a special day within the challenge where we all try to get "70" into our photos somehow.

    All those in favour, quote and reply to this post!
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