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    Posted: 05 August 2020 at 15:19
As usual my commenting is non-existent, for which I deeply appologise. I so much admire people who perform this valuable task.

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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Day 5:
@gregja - love this image of the rollers, and especially the ones in the OOF background. Looks like wood and perished rubber?

Rust and perished rubber..its a classic typical trailer for a tinny that you see in the streets around the place

That's all folks.....

Thanks Joe for all the effort in commenting. I enjoy reading your take on all the photos. May you be out of lockdown soon and stay safe and well until then.
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Following on from Joe's comments on Week C, here are selective comments on Week D's (focal length >106mm) offerings.

Day 1:
@gregja - a fine monochrome bench, framed to good effect.
@Fred_S - almost looks like those lily pads are leaping out of the pond.
@Snegren - that's one very relaxed cat you've got.
@alanfrombangor - a lovely telephoto of your subject artistically perched on the sinuous rod. Puzzled by the circular OOF artefacts in the background.
@mikey2000 - presumably this is wildlife? Well snapped.
@LAbernethy - today's model looks well loved and well used compared to some of its pristine, showroom condition companions. Well placed on the industrial steps.
@Phil Wood - lovely flowers, sharp main subject and smooth Bokeh. 135mm is deservedly a favourite.
@bigsi - a striking almost studio quality portrait of your attractive model.

Day 2:
@gregja - another super-saturated image that works. Love the way the subject is mirrored as the increasingly OOF background recedes.
@Snegren - a grumpy looking highland cow on a bad hair day - but that's every day - and the flies wouldn't have helped its mood.
@mikey2000 - mountain dog?? Does it get to be off-leash in the wild?
@mariuszlo - that seagull makes for an engaging snap that grabs one's attention. Well caught.
@bigsi - an archetypical image of the Devon countryside. Very picturesque.

Day 3:
@Dopol - nice snap of this (to me) exotic species of bird. Probably would have been a better photo if it had allowed you to take it from a lower viewpoint.
@pegelli - simple industrial tanks, but nicely composed, framed and presented.
@Snegren - that's a pretty spectacular bloom, and its reflection makes for a good photo.
@mikey2000 - lovely tendril standing out and looking full of life against the soft background.
@Hezu - that's a strange looking fly, but an interesting tele-macro.
@mariuszlo - a snapshot of street life in the pandemic with face-masked people in the cave.
@LAbernethy - a very elegant, minimalist, functional (Bauhaus design inspired?) piece, nicely showcased in this photo.
@Phil Wood - Like the way your subject and its snack are spotlit with the Pringle casting a shadow on the seagull's breast.
@bigsi - a very beautifully rendered, painterly image of these dreamy looking flowers.
@waldo_posth - shows that a piece of everyday urban structure can be made into an interesting photograph given the right viewpoint, framing and lighting - all down to the photographer of course.

Day 4:
@gregja - an interesting snap of street life in a theatrical setting.
@pegelli - beautiful image with the subject and background balancing against eachother.
@Fred_S - that's a very photogenic piece of natural architectural structure.
@Dopol - your recent birding images are a fine advertisement for your new lens. The subject pops.
@Snegren - lovely study of the zebra's tail end. The patterning is wonderful.
@mariuszlo - seems the liberty duck made the ultimate sacrifice here.
@Hezu - great macro showing the ants working their herd of aphids.
@Phil Wood - brilliant abstraction and great image.
@waldo_posth - lovely landscape that has a touch of the surreal about it. Perhaps it's the lolly-pop colouring?

Day 5:
@gregja - love this image of the rollers, and especially the ones in the OOF background. Looks like wood and perished rubber?
@addy landzaat - a poignant memorial. On my screen it looks a little bit washed out. Perhaps a tweak of black point or contrast?
@Fred_S - a nicely taken geometric progression.
@Snegren - a very handsome Golden Eagle specimen showing off its strong profile.
@mikey2000 - desperate times call for desperate measures when you're grounded and confined. Nice selfie, but almost time to get the whipper-snipper out.
@mariuszlo - a lovely piece of New York (or is it New Jersey) streetscape in the summer. Deserted due to Covid?
@pegelli - a stark and brutalist piece of modernist façade but the photo is enlivened by the parked motorbike.
@Hezu - a glorious macro of the bumblebee on its richly coloured food source.
@Phil Wood - a apropos of your quote, it seems the words have already 'spoken'.

Day 6:
@Snegren - a fabulous study of the spectacularly marked Gelada ("Bleeding Heart") monkey. Excellent rim lighting.
@mikey2000 - good to see your pup wearing a face mask. Got to set a good example.
@mariuszlo - a classic 1970s British MG-B that could do with a bit of TLC.
@waldo_posth - nicely presented photo of Baroque splendour, with the bracket light playing on the bust and the architectural detailing around the openings.

Day 7:
@gregja - a real Aussie salute. Great shot.
@Snegren - another very fine tail end view of the Okapi. No less wondrous in its markings than its Zebra cousin.
@Fred_S - a very appealing flower, nicely focussed and composed.
@mariuszlo - a fitting salute to a legacy Minolta lens.
@pegelli - a classic image of Baroque symmetry.


That's all folks.....
Although I'll keep an eye out for any late posters and add any comments that they may inspire.

For me, as always, I enjoy Dyxum Challenges for their getting me out an about with my camera and often with lenses I wouldn't regularly use.

And this is particularly so during the Covid-19 Pandemic with its associated constraints, as it provides a connection to this world-wide community, so important while some of us are locally locked down.

In fact our Lock-down Mark 2 in response to a large second spike in community based infections was announced just after the challenge started, resulting in all my images having to be in and around the immediate vicinity of home.

Big thanks to the organisers without whom none of this would happen.





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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Day 2:
@alanfrombangor - a strong and simple image that conveys the solidity and functionality of the lighthouse in its coastal setting.

Day 4:
@alanfrombangor - a rather grim and forbidding edifice made more so in B&W and no sign of life. Nevertheless, the perspective is perfectly rendered with the tilt/shift lens.

Thanks for your commenting Joe. My Week A visit to the lighthouse was primarily to record the sound of the bell before it was silenced after tolling every 30 seconds for the past 97 years. The video is here

A4: The church played a big role in the establishment of the university, and the main building looks more like a cathedral than the city's actual cathedral which is more church sized. One day I was passing the cathedral when a tourist pointed to the university on the hill and asked for directions to the cathedral, an understandable mistake to make.

My challenge fizzled out, didn't shoot anything for the final week but will comment when the voting thread is up. It got me using three seldom used primes though, so a success in that respect.
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Joe, you're doing a fantastic job commenting.
Much appreciated and one of the reasons I like these challenges.
Too bad I didn't find the time to comment so far.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

But before reacting first my comments on the outtakes Page 4

Dopol, nice view, but I guess that's not the side where you're shooting the birds.
Dopol, interesting set-up. Are the birds you're shooting there in a large cage or are they free to fly in/out of the area


First of all: thanks for commenting on the outtakes.
Then, to answer your questions.
The first bird cabin looked over a small lake, where large birds (geese, herons, red kites) were nesting and flying around. I didn't use many of the shots I took there in Dyxum threads yet.
The cabin is in the middle of a small forest close to a small puddle.
Birds, squirrels, insects, are all freely visiting the pool for water and bathing.
They may or may not appear. We were hoping to see a yaffle (green woodpecker). It didn't show up, though, so we settled for small bathing birds.
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Following on from Joe's comments on Week B, here are selective comments on Week C's (focal length 60-105mm) offerings.

Day 1:
@Dopol - clever composition and image that reminds me a bit of the Coat of arms of Isle of Man.
@gregja - simple, geometric, monochrome,elegant.
@alanfrombangor - as commented on one of your previous images, I like the tactile contrast between the soft furry mosses and the hardness of the rock it has overgrown.
@bigsi - beautiful image of your sharply defined and colourful subject against the soft pastel like background.
@LAberbethy - another in your procession of themed subjects. I'm impressed by your collection, and enjoy seeing how they are set against or in different contexts each day.
@onsplekkie - looks like an aerial view of a mighty river delta taken from space.
@pegelli - magnificent metallic bodied fly Macro. Great shot.
@addy landzaat - a very cheering sunflower, brilliantly taken and presented.
@mikey2000 - an inventive Covid-19 lock-down inspired image?
@Fred_S - nice close-up of the calculator. Once a must have item on everybody's desk, now relegated by smart phone Apps. Nice OOF bubbles.

Day 2:
@Dopol - theatrical natural backlighting makes this image.
@alanfrombangor - stark, harsh, desolate and broody in the fog, Love it.
@bigsi - lovely Macro of the grasshopper on the blade of grass.
@LAbernethy - another interesting curio of a receiver, with the OOF pavilion lending a different sense of things.
@mariuszlo - a lovely candid kids shot, capturing the moment.
@onsplekkie - a flamboyant backlit flower dramatically captured from beneath. An attention grabber.
@waldo_posth - fine image showing the generations of growth as expressed by the green tones from vibrant and fresh to dark and mature.

Day 3:
@gregja - an appealing abstraction of which I had to read the caption to make sense of what it was.
@Hezu - a lovely succulent blueberry that looks so mouthwatering through your lens.
@LAbernethy - if only you'd tied it down with rope it would have been reminiscent of the silent movie scene where the heroine is being held to ransom by the dastardly moustache-twirling villain as the train approaches.
@Dopol - a beautiful study of interestingly coloured and textured bark - nature's artistry on display.
@addy landzaat - a peaceful Dutch bucolic scene of rural tranquility.
@waldo_posth - a nicely spotted piece of naive urban streetscape art.

Day 4:
@gregja - a finely captured slice of suburban night-life. I like the contrast between the colour and life on the left and the inanimate monochrome on the right.
@bigsi - a wonderfully framed and focussed macro of this ear of barley.
@Snegren - the epitome of 'contented cows'.
@LAbernethy - if I'm correct and you have a different model for every day of the Challenge, that's quite a collection you have! Nice placement and composition.
@Hezu - an appealing splash of floral colour.
@onsplekkie - a fine Macro focussed in on the pollen laden stamens. I like their shadows on the petals.
@alanfrombangor - an impressive sweep of scenery and even more impressive hillclimb by you to have reached that vantage point.

Day 5:
@pegelli - I like the simplicity and functional geometry of your subject. An uncomplicated but effective photo.
@mariuszlo - you've captured this scene in great weather and lighting conditions that really make the shot.
@Phil Wood - a pleasing photo of this partial façade, made the more interesting through your background story.
@alanfrombangor - very attractive image of these colourful bells.
@Fred_S - lovely dahlia against its interestingly rendered backdrop.

Day 6:
@pegelli - an interesting shot of this cycling ditch. Couldn't help thinking how complicated and expensive this solution is compared to having a continuous body of water without the structural retaining walls either side of the path, and enabling the cyclists to get across on a floating cycleway. But that wouldn't provide the surface level view.
@Snegren - a lovely shot of these always photogenic Giant Waterlilies.
@mariuszlo - quite a contrast to yesterday's storm approaching scene.
@waldo_posth - an interesting distorted reflection of the gas-lamp in the presumably hand-blown glass of the old window. Those boarded up openings in the brickwork on the left seem to indicate the building has seen better days.

Day 7:
@gregja - so very much a sign of our Covid-raddled times.
@Snegren - very appealing image, beautifully composed and made the more interesting through the distinctive and busy Bokeh.
@mariuszlo - at first glance this image reminded me of something you'd see in a stage or film set. Looks almost too perfectly composed and lit.


Will add comments on Week D over the coming days.







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As usual, I am truly impressed with your dedication to commenting in the challenge.

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:



@LAbernethy - another in your themed series. Just wondering whether you are the collector and owner, or do you simply know a whole lot of enthusiasts?



I am the collector. Since the '70's I've been listening to English language short wave radio (Radio Deutsche Welle, BBC World Service) and DX AM broadcasts. The radios don't see as much use anymore with national broadcasters discontinuing their shortwave offerings and radio station consolidation. I'm still hoping for a resurgence in pirate radio but for right now they make for a convenient subject for this focal length challenge.
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Doing a great job commenting Joe

But before reacting first my comments on the outtakes Page 4


Dopol, nice view, but I guess that's not the side where you're shooting the birds
Jozioau, playful dogs and balls, always a fun combination
Dopol, interesting set-up. Are the birds you're shooting there in a large cage or are they free to fly in/out of the area
Phil Wood, I like both the flower balls and the bokeh balls. I assume this last one is shot full open.
LAbernethy, somtimes the most common objects can be very good subjects. The worn look makes it all the more interesting
Jozioau, nice "tunnel effect" with that long lens and the restictions on the left and right side of the image
Jozioau, it looks like those birds are also having a ball (next to a bath), amazing colours
Hezu, I like the curved petals but the "last remains of the morning fog" really take the cake in this series.
Jozioau, interesting statue (also the other parts you showed)
Jozioau, the girl and her reflection is a very nice shot, lots to imagine what stories are going through her mind
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Following on from Joe's comments on Week A, here are selective comments on Week B's (focal length 30-49mm) offerings.

Day 1:
@alanfrombangor - a simple but appealing shot of this stretch of road wending away through the arch.
@snegren - interesting image with its circular field, shallow focus and patterned shadows.
@Dopol - a fine monochrome cat portrait. Lovely tones and lighting.
@mariuszlo - never tire of greater New York's cityscape.
@Phil Wood - nicely taken with the eyes following the railway lines into the distance. Looks pretty well abandoned.
@onsplekkie - a comment on our times - a solitary pedestrian in an empty of people setting.
@mikey2000 - another fine photo of this spectacular comet, but after the one taken from the cockpit over London, it pales.
@Hezu - an appealing photo of this purple flower in its OOF lakeside setting.
@LAbernethy - I'm enjoying (and looking forward to) your themed series, wondering what the next day will bring. That's an impressive collection of period devices, and set against various interesting backdrops.
@gregja - this take on the corner flag is made more interesting with the OOF field of players in the background. To my taste the saturation cranked up to 11 is a bit over the top, but you're the creative so it's your call.
@pegelli - a lovely and relaxing bit of narrative.
@bigsi - getting really close up to those photogenic porkers. Great shot.

Day 2:
@addy - lovely to see this classic Zenza Bronica, but surprised it's OK to be spattered with rain. Presumably it's well weatherproof?
@Snegren - again a fine circular field to this engaging selectively focussed image.
@mariuszlo - a very familiar scene for Dyxum members who follow your posts, but it never fails to enchant and delight. And all of them different in their lighting, their atmospherics and your creative settings.
@Phil Wood - a simple environmental statement, well made.
@onsplekkie - a wonderful monochrome study, beautifully composed and exposed.
@mikey2000 - sheer exuberance.
@Hezu - fine composition with the horizon so low in the frame and the big sky dominating.
@alanfrombangor - presumably taken after a huge mountain bike climb. Fine view with the ruin in the foreground adding interest.
@gregja - a creative take on common chain mesh, enhanced by the blazing sunlight.
@pegelli - amazingly shallow DOF and smooth Bokeh but I guess that comes with f1.2. Great photo.

Day 3:
@alanfrombangor - what a remarkable scene. Love the juxtaposition of the soft mosses overgrowing the hardness of the rocks and trees.
@Robbie - Beautiful flowers and prickles, beautifully taken.
@onsplekkie - a very fine photo of this most picturesque of canal-side 'streetscapes', very well suited to monochrome and much enhanced by the reflections.
@LAbernethy - another most enjoyable shot in the series, with a particularly interesting backdrop.
@bigsi - wonderful dog portrait that looks like it could have been shot in a studio.


Day 4:
@Snegren - hope you enjoyed taking your circular field series as much as we've enjoyed seeing the results. Another fine image, beautifully de-saturated.
@onsplekkie - strong composition and monochrome image. Looking like it might if it had been taken using a red or orange filter, and printed on high contrast paper.
@Phil Wood - a fine array of shapes and textures.
@Hezu - no doubt a super model in the making.
@mikey2000 - how can you resist?
@pegelli - another commentary of the perilous times we're all living through. Good to put a smile on things.
@Dopol - the distorted and selectively focussed lens baby view of things, but through it all, a nowadays familiar scene of a solitary person in an empty setting.

Day 5:
@addy landzaat - a poignant image of a casualty of war who fell so very close to the end of hostilities.
@onsplekkie - an interesting shot of intense concentration and creativity.
@Phil Wood - nicely taken with the fastening ring and rope sharp against the OOF boats stranded by the low tide.
@gregja - a very pleasing repetitive pattern, well created and presented.
@Dopol - another lens baby image, but the central part of this antique tram is very naturally rendered. Couldn't spot any 'selfie' in the windscreen.

Day 6:
@Hezu - most appetising. Hopefully didn't get too cold while being photographed.
@mikey2000 - great worm's eye view of the frog. If you hadn't described it in the title, the dog wouldn't have been recognised. Did you take any with sufficient DOF to make both of them out better? Hopefully this all ended well.
@pegelli - Interesting how humans anthropomorphise inanimate objects. Well spotted.
@Dopol - a beautifully rendered and iconic mural with the lone pedestrian lending scale.
@Fred_S - appealing image with the bright anchor and the increasingly OOF coiled wire leading into the distance.
@waldo_posth - an explosion of bright yellow. A very cheering image, beautifully framed, focussed and presented.

Day 7:
@alanfrombangor - a rather stark image that would probably have been softened in colour with the distant valley floor providing relief from the harshness of the road and its immediate surroundings.
@onsplekkie - an interesting action shot from ground level and within its structured framework.
@Snegren - a very interesting view of a bench. If it hadn't been labeled, it would have kept me guessing.
@gregja - dramatic sunburst through the trees, back-lighting the ears of grass. Great shot.
@pegelli - lovely glade with its tortured, overgrown tree trunks and reflections. Who needs birds?
@Robbie - beautiful painterly rendering of this attractive bouquet.

Will add comments on Weeks C and D over the coming days.






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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Now that we're nearing the end of the July Prime challenge, and the postings are filling up, it's time for some comments on selected images that have caught my eye.

Starting with Week A, focal length less than 29mm.

Day 6:
@Fred_S - a very fine Macro taken with this lens. Beautiful Bokeh.


Thanks Joe!
I am done with posting now. As mentioned before this July Prime Weeks challenge was a bigger struggle than other challenges. Maybe I just don't like the 'must do' feeling in the holiday season .
I will pick up some commenting in the coming days too. Overall I have kept an eye on and enjoyed all the contributions so far! Thanks all for participating.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


Day 5:
@Phil Wood - interesting image, not least (for me) in that Bath and Oxford are that close to one-another.

They aren't far apart, but they are not as close as one might assume from the sign. the road forks a few hundred yards west. Oxford is 27 miles north, Bath 51 miles west - they are not 24 miles apart on the same road.
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Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Jozioau, your two latest pictures show the street scenes with unusually little traffic, any chance you would have picture of the same street from the days before the pandemic for comparison?


Just so happens I do.
This street and others like it are very heavily congested, and because our trams run in the middle of the street with tram stops on the pavement and cars running between, each time the tram stops, the traffic has to stop. To help the flow, there is a clearway with no parking allowed for the length of the street in the city bound direction from 7:30 to 9:00am, and in the outbound direction from 4:00 to 6:30pm. Any cars parked in the clearway are towed away and impounded.
And as can be seen in my current photos, there are signs saying tram lines must be clear of cars from 7:00am to 9:00am Monday to Friday.
All of which helps a little bit in normal times, but with our Covid-19 lock-down it's rather academic right now.

This photo which doesn't look down the length of the street was taken with a Minolta 200mm f2.8 APO G on my then a700, so the cropped equivalent of 300mm, compared to my entry and out-take taken with the Minolta 500mm f8 Reflex on my a99ii.
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Jozioau, your two latest pictures show the street scenes with unusually little traffic, any chance you would have picture of the same street from the days before the pandemic for comparison?
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