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    Posted: 8 hours 4 minutes ago at 18:58
Thanxs everybody for your comments.

Friday or so I'll try to keep up again with comments, still the most difficult part of this challenge .

After 3 weeks I noticed an important thing: I started using the A-priority on both camera's and I left (last sunday) all my zoom lenses at home when we were touring with our 2CV. I used to keep the Tamron 28-75 on a camera as a kind of safe "always useful" lens, but now I did leave it at home. Never expected both.
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Robbie : Striking architecture, the shadow nicely occupies the wall on the right, well composed.

Thank you Alan. I will not praise me to the skies but I think the building looks much more interesting on the picture than in nature.
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Originally posted by fennetje fennetje wrote:

@Robbie
day 12: very moody and futuristic picture, love those contrasting colors.
day 16: there's something peculiar going on with the shadows, probably the angle of the ground on which the shadows were cast ?


It is not a real desperation shot, but it is shown here because I have had no better one. It is this magic light behind our bathroom window that awakened my attention, so I got the picture.

There is nothing wrong with the shadows on the ground, I think it´s just the angle and – maybe – that we expect another shadow from a pillar between the first and third pillar but there is no.

Thanks for your comments.

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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

… I've still been foolishly hauling a 70-400G around. 7/week at 400mm is not so easy. …

Yeah, that´s quite a challenge In former challenges I´ve chosen a camera as small as possible and a fitting lens to get the pictures during lunch hour.
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Day 17
Phil Wood : The light isn't doing you any favours but I like the composition of the DRS Tesco delivery, they've been using rail to stock their northern Scotland stores for several years now.

Day 19
Phil Wood : Aesthetically pleasing.

Day 20
Phil Wood : I can't read the dedication plate, is it in memory of deceased aliens?

Thanks Alan,

The train is heading north on (I think) the West Coast Main Line - so it could well be on its way to northern Scotland.

The bench is one of a number at the summit of the Hartside Pass in the northern Pennines - I got the feeling that they were all dedicated to ex-bikers (it's a favoured road for two wheeled fun). The local churchyard also had a tablet dedicated to all those killed or injured on the road. Which reminds me of the old joke - What do transplant surgeons call bikers? Donors. But I still feel the temptation to get another bike!
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While I've not quite been online so much, I've still been foolishly hauling a 70-400G around. 7/week at 400mm is not so easy. Still, I've nearly caught up.   Making 17 thumbnails isn't fun either...
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


Day 17
Jozioau : Is the motorbike in a showroom? Looks too pristine to have been out on the road.

Day 20
Jozioau : The city blocks look so ominous.


Alan, thanks for the comments.
That Harley bike was parked in front of a 'dude' hair stylist called La Barberia Barbershop near my home, and I think that it might have been the owner sitting there having a smoke break. Certainly looks like it hasn't been hard ridden anytime.

The city skyline was hard to make out in the teeming rain, but it makes for an atmospheric photo opportunity, albeit a moisture hazard for the old Minolta lens. Fortunately I had an umbrella, and the Reflex is basically a solid barrel without any joints at focus and aperture rings like you get in an optical lens.
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Thanks Sven, I quite like my day 16 too, though I was initially annoyed I hadn't taken the 135. Some observations on the next quartet...

Day 17
Jozioau : Is the motorbike in a showroom? Looks too pristine to have been out on the road.
pegelli : That's an obscure sport, can't see it ever competing with football!
Robbie : Striking architecture, the shadow nicely occupies the wall on the right, well composed.
Phil Wood : The light isn't doing you any favours but I like the composition of the DRS Tesco delivery, they've been using rail to stock their northern Scotland stores for several years now.
fennetje : Interesting effect.
rovhazman : That's quite a solar farm!

Day 18
gregja : Perfectly aligned.
rovhazman : Interesting effect from the b/w conversion, could be mistaken for a cold November scene in Scotland.
AsD : Plenty to hold the attention here, with the road bridge beyond what looks like a rail bridge and the spire reflectd in the river.

Day 19
gregja : Another fine composition.
pegelli : Compelling texture and tones.
AsD : More reflections with the garish boat contrasting with the muted shades of tunnel and house.
Phil Wood : Aesthetically pleasing.

Day 20
Jozioau : The city blocks look so ominous.
gregja : Nice mix of corrosion pattern and focus.
onsplekkie : That face would have scared me from parking there!
Phil Wood : I can't read the dedication plate, is it in memory of deceased aliens?
Fred_S : The colours and big letters grab the aattention.
alpha_in_exile : An under appreciated flower, unfortunately my wife insists on digging them up.
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Thanks for comments on my photos to those who've made them. A few responses:

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Time for the next four
Day 16
Jozioau : From one extreme to the other, Joe! Excellent candid with just a hint of donut between the two women on the right.

Thanks Alan. Very pleased with this sneaky shot from afar, and I have had fun making the transition from my widest to my longest primes.

Pieter, I'm sure we all enjoy your off-centre comments on the out-takes. In each Dyxum Challenge there are many gems amongst them.
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:


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Jozioau: great subject for the fish-eye perspective, I like the closest the best but the selfie is also a fun shot
Jozioau: Impressive statue and well captured with such a wide lens, the background gets more critical as the angle of view increases
Jozioau: that place was built for capturing with a fish-eye
Jozioau: beautiful instrument, I always love the warm wood colours of such instruments

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Jozioau: I have a similar Beomaster, it was the graduation present from my parents when getting my degree. Used to "digitise" all my vinyl and now it's in the attick and inneed of a new drive belt
Jozioau: nice warm tones, works well with the subject
Jozioau: I like the context this shot gives
Jozioau: another car that benefitted from your fish-eye perspective

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Jozioau: are you the amateur "Hawk-eye" for these tennis matches
Jozioau: another example where the fish-eye gave a nice subject as well as context
Jozioau: I don't mind the cut-offs at all, great shot!


The best thing about Dyxum Challenges as far as I'm concerned is that it gets you out and about with camera and lens combinations that mightn't otherwise have been thought of, let alone used. I've had fun the first 15 days with the fisheye.
Great for streamlined cars, free-form spaces within modern buildings, and other more everyday objects to which it can lend new and rather surreal perspectives.
As well as with the 500mm Reflex that's at the opposite end of the focal spectrum. Here it's sometimes a bit difficult to fit the subject into the frame.
The Ferrari on day 1 was a serendipitous find as I was driving. Very rare to see, so had to take the opportunity.
The statues in the local town square have been one of my 'regular' subjects at all sorts of focal lengths over the years, and I liked the way the fisheye took in the entirety of the setting.
The Chadstone Shopping complex is quite an architectural statement, and is something I hadn't thought of photographing with fisheye until this challenge. A perfect match!
That beautiful instrument played by my late wife and now my daughter has a special place in our lives.
My 1975 Beogram 2000, Beomaster 1500 and Beovox speakers are all in functional condition and regularly used and enjoyed. The Beogram very rarely now in the age of Spotify and iTunes via streaming. And even unused they are beautiful to look at...
The Orrefors decanters are similarly not often served from, but always nice to see.
That Himalayan Strawberry in fruit is something I'd not seen before. It's in a suburban front garden where I go on my daily dog walks.
The Citroen DS is perfect for fisheye. I still remember the excitement bordering on disbelief when it was first launched. So futuristic and beautiful.
The snapshots with fisheye at my weekly tennis had a touch of 'desperation' about them. Not the ideal lens to capture the sport. And with clay courts no need for hawk-eye - you simply look at the ball mark on the court!
The biker on his bike was line ball for my daily entry, and the cut-offs decided it for me. But it was very close, and perhaps this is the more interesting with the human subject.

Originally posted by fennetje fennetje wrote:

took some time to go through the pictures from day 9 onwards:
@Jozioau
day 11: I like the subject, a Citroën DS on fisheye is perfect. I have a sweet spot for this car. Wondering what the picture would have looked like if it was taken closer, but probably you would end up with one big headlight, right ?
day 16: very nice light, in the background it looks like someone called the car when its owner put it on silent mode.

Yes, the Citroën DS was a perfect subject, as was the exotic Ferrari on day 1.
I did try some very closeup shots that simply took in very distorted bits of head or tail light, so I didn't think they were as good.

That parked car in the background of the candid subjects is a little distracting, with the typical Reflex Bokeh, but overall not too much so.


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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

.. fennetje: these old cameras look so much more elegant and simple vs. most of what you buy today ..

Couldn't resist saving this old camera and lens a while a go from a shoddy shop. To my surprise it is still mechanically ok. No built-in lightmeter though. I use it to remind myself and my kids how real (consumer) camera's looked like, these are really nice to handle.
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took some time to go through the pictures from day 9 onwards:

@Jozioau
day 11: I like the subject, a Citroën DS on fisheye is perfect. I have a sweet spot for this car. Wondering what the picture would have looked like if it was taken closer, but probably you would end up with one big headlight, right ?
day 16: very nice light, in the background it looks like someone called the car when its owner put it on silent mode.

@Alanfrombangor
day 13: lovely and mysterious. I would probably have lifted the shadows, but in doing so the nice layering would be reduced.
day 16: i like it, the ruins look fabulous with the pinhole.

@rovhazman
day 9: very funny picture, with or without the additional info. The info adds an interesting story, i like the day 13 and day 17 for the same reasons.

@onsplekkie
day 11: great picture, the clouds are perfect for a dramatic scene.
day 18: i like the different directions in this picture.

@AsD
day 15 : i like the sharp looking camera and the bright contrasting background, works nicely together
day 18 : a very nice landscape. wondering if it would have been better if the horizon was straight in the middle, as to have fully symmetry.

@Harm vb
day 14: i like the picture. The focus on the background gives the illusion the person in front is moving.
day 18: nice character shot of the duck. When i was born, my parents drove one of these.

@Robbie
day 12: very moody and futuristic picture, love those contrasting colors.
day 16: there's something peculiar going on with the shadows, probably the angle of the ground on which the shadows were cast ?

@Pegelli
day 12: paint everywhere !
day 19: i like the texture, it looks very natural, even if it is manmade.

@Phil wood
day 12: lovely to see normal life in the UK taking shape once more.
day 13: nice capture, the expression is great.

@Fred_S
day 12: this is really nice, soft colors and sharp lines, very pleasing to the eye.
day 15: nice industrial/rural combination. I like that contrast a lot.

Gregja
day 12: the circles are very dynamically presented, the black & white contrast binds the picture toghether.
day 18: The pattern is really lovely. if you squeeze your eyes you can see lines of triangular party flags going diagonally.


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Time to start commenting on the outtakes, been too busy with other things


Page 1
Jozioau: great subject for the fish-eye perspective, I like the closest the best but the selfie is also a fun shot
rovhazman: nice desolate place, any particular meaning of the cross your son is standing on? Amazing these "lone trees" can still survive there
AsD: nice scene, only seems tilted a smidgen clockwise, but if you straighten it the tractor will probably get cut off
mikey2000: funny kid project I assume? Are these little birds colour blind so they don't object to this colour scheme of their house
Jozioau: Impressive statue and well captured with such a wide lens, the background gets more critical as the angle of view increases
Jozioau: that place was built for capturing with a fish-eye
rovhazman: I really like the second portrait!
mikey2000: You don't gain much with an A77 vs. A99ii APS-C crop, only 24 vs 18 MP
Harm vb: nice tranquil place and worthwhile view
Jozioau: beautiful instrument, I always love the warm wood colours of such instruments
Harm vb: great bunch of "Dutch pride", the backlighting works well and for me you could have brightened the flowers a bit more.



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Jozioau: I have a similar Beomaster, it was the graduation present from my parents when getting my degree. Used to "digitise" all my vinyl and now it's in the attick and inneed of a new drive belt
alpha_in_exile: indeed quite curly and intrigueing
Jozioau: nice war tones, works well with the subject
fennetje: these old cameras look so much more elegant and simple vs. most of what you buy today
C_N_RED_AGAIN: beautiful colours and scene
rovhazman: interesting "minilandscape"
Harm vb: well seen abstract
Jozioau: I like the context this shot gives
Harm vb: nice try but as you already pointed out a few imperfections, as well as a slight slant clockwise
C_N_RED_AGAIN: excellent shot, cropped or not
Jozioau: another car that benefitted from your fish-eye perspective



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C_N_RED_AGAIN: at first blush it seemed the bird was spitting something out, nice catch
Harm vb: to be honest I liked this outtake better than your chosen shot for the day
Jozioau: are you the amateur "Hawk-eye" for these tennis matches
Harm-vb: nice shot and nice car, the daughter of my wife's brother got married in a parade of 5 ofl DAF's, her husband is also a big DAF fanatic.
C_N_RED_AGAIN: It's really an eveil eye looking at you, hope there's a fence inbetween and/or you are far enough away
Jozioau: another example where the fish-eye gave a nice subject as well as context
Harm vb: I fully agree, better lines in this one
Jozioau: I don't mind the cut-offs at all, great shot!

I'll comment more as further pages fill up with more outtakes
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I'll do some more commenting on work from others tomorrow
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Time for the next four

Day 14

Fred_S : Pastel loveliness.

Thanks! It it hadn't started to rain I would have tried some other views..
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