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Oktoberfest 2022 - Signup and Guidelines - Event Date: 01 October 2022 - 31 October 2022

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    Posted: 12 September 2022 at 21:44


What better motivation than Micholand's winning image from DPC #124 above to sign up for the Dyxum Oktoberfest 2022

we're really waiting for you to
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The main threads are:
- Talk Thread for the social interactions and comments
- Outtakes for the other photo's worth sharing
- Oktoberfest Thumbnail thread lets you create a little gallery of your shots and keeps links in one place


Participants:

1: Snegren
2: pegelli
3: gregja
4: Harm vb
5: onsplekkie
6: Fred_S
7: minolta_mutley
8: Biggator
9: LAbernethy
10: alanfrombangor
11: Phil Wood
12: addy landzaat
13: Jozioau
14: QuietOC
15: Dopol
16: rovhazman
17: ADub128
18: Robbie
19: AsD
20: mariuszlo
21: ....

INTRO

Oktoberfest 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.

Oktoberfest can be challenging. However the challenge is not from Dyxum to you. You challenge yourself! The objectives are: (1) to get you out shooting more pictures; (2) to develop your photographic skills; (3) to enjoy photography; (4) to get to know the other photographers and fellow Dyxumers in the challenge and comment on their photo's.

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 elongated format but it needs to be 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). But family gatherings, DPC's, day Prime, full wedding reportages, professional engagements etc. will certainly qualify for an “event pass”

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.

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.




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!

And of course if you don't live in Munchen you don't have to only produce photo's of beer, girls in traditional costumes or partying people, there's plenty more subjects that fit october

A Northern hemisphere autumn example:


And a southern hemisphere spring example:


But don't let these examples limit your creativity and show us what you can deliver with your own one or two primes, just sign up below:

Edited by pegelli - 9 hours 50 minutes ago at 08:24
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2022 at 10:13
How can I not join? Gear to be determined, but Carpe Diem (pluck the day, sound better than Pic-a-day) it is.

Pity I have to wait for my Vectis adapter, otherwise I could have made it a Vectis challenge.

Edited by Snegren - 13 September 2022 at 10:17
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2022 at 10:35
Welcome Paul, glad at least somebody signed up

Of course I'm in as well, lenses still tbd and for the rest the normal recipy:
take photo's at least 3 days every week, post a photo every day but never older than 7 days
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In too...7/week, gear tbd
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The usual suspects so far!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2022 at 16:32
In doubt: I know for myself these long term challenges are really challenging. It is hard for me to run this to the end, due to work, private life and yet again a holiday to France (yes, again).

On the other hand: when you don't start, you'll never arrive at the finish.

I'll try for at least 3 per week, gear tbd.
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Whoop, October yet again!

CZ Loxia 2.8/21
Voigtlander 1.5/75 Nokton

6-a-week will do
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I'll give it a try with at least 3 a week!
Equipment tbd
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I'm feeling the need for pressing that button...
Don't know yet how much, with what lens, and what camera - but i'd like to join the party (not Peter Sellers though).
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Welcome Greg, Harm, Maarten, Fred and Ivo. You're all on the list now
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Count me in, I'll be using my brand new Toys:
Sony 35mm FE 1.8
Sony 85mm FE 1.8
With my new Sony A7lll
Lets say 5 per week   
Sony A7lll & A77ll, A6300 + FE-mounts 24-105mm F4,35mm & 85mm f1.8, A-mounts Mino 80-200mm/F2.8 HS,16-50mm/F2.8, Tamron 70-300 Di LD, E-mounts 18-105 G,Sigma 19mm & 30mm/f2.8,55-210mm F4.5-6.3
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Let's go crazy. Two lenses (one not too crazy, you decide which one):

1: A6100 with Meyer Plasmat f:1.5 F=20mm D.R.P. 401630 (being the German Patent for the f/1.5 KinoPlasmat), the fixed lens of the Siemens C 16 mm film camera (early 1930s). I have to crop the APSC frame square as the image circle is very small.
2: A7iii with Carl Zeiss Jena DDR MC Flektogon 2.8/20 (M42)

I hope for the best.

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I will sign up with the best of intentions.
A700 + SAL35F18 + SAL50M28

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Please add me to the list.
A77 with Sony 35/1.8 and A99 with Minolta 200/2.8
7 per week but pic-a-day is the aspiration.

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