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    Posted: 08 February 2021 at 18:04
Was talking to a friend a mine about my challenge last weekend during a winter-walk. Told him I was very happy with some of the results, expecialy the anything creative. It forces me to go out and try things I otherwise would not.

I do like to visit other 3x50 projects along the way. I've seen some great stuff throughout the treads, keep it up

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It's been a challenge for me, fun but definitely a kick in the butt to clean stuff up, and to take photos.

Although we don't have a "real lockdown" here in Southern California, my wife and I just stay put, we don't mess around and we don't go out except for essentials. This year, luckily coinciding with this challenge, we'd started to go out on the weekends on off road 4x4 road trips which has been a welcome reprieve. We are very outdoor people so the staying in has sucked.

That being said, because I'm driving and focusing on the trail, my vehicle, safety, etc, it's been a challenge to take a keeper. My thought of using a prime was a focus to get more use of my lovely CZ 55mm but now I'm thinking I should have left that open and I could have shot the a700 with a tele while in the car to get some mobile shots.

Also, thanks to some discussion here, the challenge, and a gifted go pro, I've started to shoot some video. That was not intended :-)


Finally, getting back on dyxum and seeing everyone shoot and post, has been to say the least, amazingly inspiring!

Hope everyone keeps up and keeps going!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2021 at 13:08
guess this might be helpful as we progress

week 5 = Mo 01 Feb - Su 07 Feb
week 6 = Mo 08 Feb - Su 14 Feb
week 7 = Mo 15 Feb - Su 21 Feb
week 8 = Mo 22 Feb - Su 28 Feb
Walk out if it doesn't feel right
I can tell you're only lying
If you've got something better tonight
Then don't mess up my mind with your crying
Just Walk Out In The Rain
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2021 at 12:40
Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

10% in. All good for me so far. I definitely decided to take the easy route -- pick a topic Sunday night, take shots the following week. I have "cheated" in the sense that I will see something I will want to shoot for the following week in the current week, in one case grabbing that pic in the current week, finishing up my shots in the following week. For me, that's all good. I get some fresh air, keep using my gear. Pic-a-day shooting is just too much pressure for me, so I'm glad I crafted my Photo 150 the way I did. Flexible, and can be a little challenging at times. One goal, do not make this project a big chore.

For the archive shots, it feels like I have an infinite supply of these shots that have never seen the light of day on the Internet. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to organize, catalog and keyword all of my images though. We just wrapped the Super Bowl here and I am always amazed that they can pull up highlights from other years so quickly. A team of people have basically cataloged every player and play out there. It's pretty incredible, actually.

Keep going guys ... my theme for next week, boats!


Day 7 of the CYC got into the chore zone for me ... I couldn't NOT take the photo as I'm a purist and commit to these projects (and had already done 6/7 of the days). I challenged myself with one/two ideas and both failed. I don't agree with posting to the outtakes (as that is what the trash can is for) but I very very nearly did post two of my failed efforts there. So, after reviewing my 7th day shot on my production machine, I then picked the camera up again and made a new photo. In the end the 7th day shot is far better than the best of my failed earlier efforts. I pushed myself.

- - - - - why am I posting about the CYC in here - - - - -

ADub's point about the chore factor. That is a classic '365 quirk'. And crossing the line from fun and enjoyment and hobby into the commitment of the project. It is that point that will make people quit, stop, fail their 365. It also shows how a mini 365 (a 7-day project) is a nice trial for a 365. A good test to see if you can do it. But also, a 365 isn't about making 365 images fit to grace an art gallery wall. It is about seeing those weak days in the project. And for some even seeing the missed days.

Once you go through multiple days like this you get a little embarrassed by how poor your images are and you step up your game. For me 365s have always been about ONE image per day. And that selection process is part of the 'art'. Part of the challenge.

I've seen people enjoy 365s even while missing 10-20 frames through the year.
Percentage wise they are still living it. Life does after all get in the way sometimes. Making it non-kit specific also means you can grab your smart phone and shoot anything to cover that one day. I'm comfortable with posting snaps from my new-to-me iPhone.

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But Photo150 is a more rounded project than a 365. It isn't just about today (which a 365 is). I like the idea of a non-fixed theme. It pays to put some solid thinking into the topics to make up the 150.

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As for the wonders of the archive. The dreaded archive. The massive archive. Tagging - however you do it. It could lock you into an app that will later seek a rental payment from you for the rest of your life without discussing and agreeing to the terms. Or you can go off-line and use a notebook or a spreadsheet. But I think tagging is key. Having been burned by 3 web design tools that have gone out of business and the obvious and well known devil of former market leading photo apps rental program, I've voted to take back control. Spreadsheet and filing and website will replace the programs and cost me next to nothing (per month). I'll spend the devil's $10/mo on something enjoyable instead, something I can stop at any time without losing access to my catalog.

I used to 2-3-4-5 star my images. For example:
2 = a reminder, a note, something to re-try, to re-shoot
3 = might be good enough for a non-photo blog post
4 = edit it see if I like it
5 = publish it
After a shoot maybe a few images got to 4 star ... then one would get to 5 star and I'd delete the other 4-stars once done. So I'd end up with a bunch of 2/3/5 starred images. This is of course just one way to manage this.

My archive project is now about something else. It is publish or delete.
Walk out if it doesn't feel right
I can tell you're only lying
If you've got something better tonight
Then don't mess up my mind with your crying
Just Walk Out In The Rain
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10% in. All good for me so far. I definitely decided to take the easy route -- pick a topic Sunday night, take shots the following week. I have "cheated" in the sense that I will see something I will want to shoot for the following week in the current week, in one case grabbing that pic in the current week, finishing up my shots in the following week. For me, that's all good. I get some fresh air, keep using my gear. Pic-a-day shooting is just too much pressure for me, so I'm glad I crafted my Photo 150 the way I did. Flexible, and can be a little challenging at times. One goal, do not make this project a big chore.

For the archive shots, it feels like I have an infinite supply of these shots that have never seen the light of day on the Internet. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to organize, catalog and keyword all of my images though. We just wrapped the Super Bowl here and I am always amazed that they can pull up highlights from other years so quickly. A team of people have basically cataloged every player and play out there. It's pretty incredible, actually.

Keep going guys ... my theme for next week, boats!
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I found this colliding with the CYC challenge, well, challenging. I'll be glad to have the daily thing out of the way.

The archive holiday photos theme is fine and is easy when cooped up in lockdown. I think the ultra-wide aspect ratios might be more difficult, and using what I might call a vintage camera is normally straightforward, at least until I reacquainted myself with the RD-175.
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

Today is the end of week 5 ... so we are 10% through this project.
Any thoughts on progress so far?


It's a fairly relaxed challenge - three shots a week, but the current lockdown is a bit limiting. I have limited my picture taking to my daily long dog walk. This limits me to a few miles from home. So my choices for landscapes are a bit limited - but I'm sure I can cope for a few months yet. The forecast for the coming week looks dry, probably frozen, which would be nice as I'm getting fed up of trudging/sliding through mud.

The Lens Extravaganza is easy enough, the challenge is in getting a postable shot out of the lesser lenses (and there are plenty of those). Having worked my way through the 1988 lenses, which was triggered by the decision to start with the lens with the lowest Dyxum rating, I now have to select a lens for next week. I'm torn between carrying on with lesser lenses (to get them out of the way) or to use a decent lens for a few days. So tomorrow I will set out with either, the 2nd worst rated lens (70-210 II) or the 24-85 RS I was using for CYC today.

The Try Something Creative has been the most interesting and there are many ideas for future episodes - quite a few seem to need a tripod and reading the RPS recommendations Howard posted makes me less inclined to do that sort of set-up.

Away from photography we have a new lodger, a tiny dachsund whose 88 year-old owner fell and broke her leg - having to house train a 4 year-old was a bit of a shock, but she seems to have worked it out now. Then there is cricket to watch and a military historian friend has sent me his latest book for proof reading - my incredibly unbusy life suddenly has more happening.
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@dCap and @pegelli

I think it is going fine. I've been liking the creative efforts people are coming up with. And it has motivated me to take more pics more regularly.

Unfortunately Week 5 for me will have to count as one of my 2 missed weeks. I've actually spent a lot of time with camera, taking video and learning FinalCut Pro but there's not really anything to show for it.

Weekend also is my birthday so abandoning family to take photos is not prudent...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 21:04
I think It's going fine.

The archive dive is fun, it's not an archive organisation or culling exercise, for me it's just trying to find more post worthy shots and trying alternative processing options to try and make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

The vintage digital macro is a blast, I really like using these old DSLR's. Especially the rendering of the old 6MP KM5D keeps surprising me and with the latest PP technology (and probably some further developed skills) both the A700 and KM5D perform better than they ever did in the past . I'm enjoying them even so much that I did my whole week CYC 2021 with them. Only thing I'm missing is the articulated screen and focus magnification (vs. my A7's) but on the other hand I like the extra challenge this gives me for these photos.

And the third topic is going fine as long as there are primes in the week (plenty of shots to choose from), it will probably become more difficult later in the year in weeks that I have no prime for, we'll see.

Currently the lockdown here in Belgium is not giving me any problems, we're encouraged to go out and as long as we don't group together and stay within the country we can move around and do as much photography as we like. So I consider myself very lucky as compared to our friends in the UK. COVID Infections, hospital admissions and fatalities are relatively constant allthough at a too high level, let's hope we can avoid a third peak here and keep the current level of freedom.

Bottom line, the first 10% went fine, looking forward to the next.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2021 at 12:59
Today is the end of week 5 ... so we are 10% through this project.
Any thoughts on progress so far?

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The current UK covid situation (full national lockdown until at least 22-Feb) means I have a little more time than I'd like to mess with my archive. But at the same time my archive needs a really really good go through.

Having my 'main' external drive fail was a worry and I'm still re-building the other dupes I have to get back to three copies. It was annoying but also timely and part of the driver for my focus on my archive. Gosh, driver and focus in one sentence with no pun! I'm also now changing my filing system a little so that I swap main drive every month. That I run 6x drives instead of 3x due to the number of files is part of my 'must delete more' process. I have plans for those 'spare' 3x drives that cannot start until cleared (2022?)

Looking forward to things hopefully being different in April with a potential change in my 3x topics but I might just retain my: Archive567 (2005-2007), Archive8 (2008), and 2021 iPhone shots theme.

Sort of wishing this was 'just' an archive project for me though as I could certainly pick three archive themes and not run out of images by year end. I would probably add 2019+2020 flush as my third theme.

The trick now will be to keep going until year end (with the archives) ... and then continue until resolved. And being smarter with my 2021 shots.

Learning Affinity Photo and having a different workflow is also interesting. I'm liking it but haven't re-edited many of the older shots. That is the next part as I'm wanting to tinker with a few colors and maybe even re-crop some of the shots a little.

Overall - I'm really enjoying it. The 'this week on iPhone' is a novel almost bonus part. Next up will be building a website to put these image on.
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Nice to see the continued energy with everyone's Photo150 projects! I'll try to comment later this weekend.
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I was searching high and low for that 'last 10 topics' list, thanks for referring to its location.

My experience of Dyxum (through habit) is mostly through email alerts for topics or forums I have already visited. The drawback is that I don't always see new things as they happen!

When Firefox had a handy RSS reader built in it was a good way to follow new posts on Dyxum, but since they took that away I haven't found anything that suits my needs. The RSS subscription options presented on Dyxum are mostly dead now. Perhaps one day I'll train myself to visit the Forum more efficiently in future.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 17:59
I also favor this page (last 200 posts):
https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/xlastposts.asp
shows me a simpler list (not in categories)
... and I can easily tell there is a conversation going on in one thread
... or if someone is thread bombing and having a 5-8 thread comment session
... if someone who's talent impresses me posts to the image threads and I go looksee

Edited by dCap - 18 January 2021 at 18:02
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I can tell you're only lying
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Then don't mess up my mind with your crying
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 16:43
Originally posted by eddyizm eddyizm wrote:

I would say it boils down to this. Maybe the forum software could just filter those posts out or ?
I wouldn't worry too much, it's only a problem on the Dyxum home page where it might flood the "last 10 forum topics", but as soon as you move one level down to the Forum homepage there's 4 categories of "latest posts", two long ones (Latest photographs topics and Latest equipment/community topics) and two short ones (Latest challenges topics and Latest sales topics) which is probably where most people go first anyway and members not interested in the Challenges find two separate lists of latest other topics there.
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