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01-26-2019, 12:23 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Single In - February 2019

Welcome everyone to the Single In February 2019 Challenge!

Theme days:

Tuesday, 5th February: CIRCLES

Tuesday, 12th February: CLOSE-UP

Thursday, 21st February: B/SELFIES

Tuesday, 26th February: MONOCHROME

Aim of the Game:To use the same lens each day for a month, posting one picture captured each day with that lens. The picture must be captured with a Pentax lens coupled to a camera body of your choice (including Pentax/Ricoh), a non-Pentax lens provided it is coupled only to a Pentax or Ricoh body, or a Pentax-Ricoh point&shoot camera. (Taking other pictures with other cameras/lenses is fine, but these wonít be eligible for this Challenge).

Commenting: Posting your pictures allows other participants to comment on them. Conversely, itís hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please donít be shy if you donít have much photographic experience or are a Forum newbie - your personal reactions to photographs are as valid as anyone elseís. Itís a very friendly group and with regular commenting, youíll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards: Itís great fun. Youíll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and youíll see what other members achieve with their selected lenses - sometimes the same one youíve chosen. In the comment banter youíll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing. As the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (itís a challenge, remember) but youíll always be encouraged by other participants. Worried about LBA? - this game doesnít help you fight it!

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post pictures; you only have to do this once. The groupís name is ďMonthly Photo ChallengesĒ. Youíll find a clickable link on that forum page to join.

2. Youíll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily picture thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, youíll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challengeís stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - itís on YouTube (Singlein.m4v)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, youíll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the photographerís parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others. When you post each dayís picture to the Pentax Forum, please specify the camera/lens combination underneath your picture eg K5 & DA15 Ltd - this makes it easy for others to note what combo youíre using.

The thread youíre painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).

This is separate to the picture posting thread referred to above and youíll probably want to subscribe to the Discussion one to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. Itís the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this monthís challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first. If you miss a day, donít worry. If you have any problems, please ask. Weíre a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here Ö. The FAQ - Monthly Photo Challenges - PentaxForums.com


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01-26-2019, 01:03 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Seriously considering joining again, after a long time. Have to think about a lens though.... Probably an old Soviet one, but not decided yet....
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I've been waiting for this thread. I'm in. It's dull without SIC

I'll go with M150/3.5 and K5.

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I've been out of the loop for a while, and have missed the discipline and cameraderie (intentional mis-spelling ).

The seller's remorse of parting with my FA135 before the K-1 was released has recently been redressed. I reckon I should give that a whirl, maybe with some comparisons to the K135/2.5 and DFA*70-200 @ 135

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Seriously considering joining again, after a long time.
It would be great to have you back Rense!
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The seller's remorse of parting with my FA135 before the K-1 was released has recently been redressed. I reckon I should give that a whirl ...
I like the idea of doing a 135mm this month - haven't done one in ages. I could join Rense with a Jupiter-37A Soviet lens, but I also have a Super-Takumar 135/2.5 that's been calling my name for a while.

Also, welcome back, Sandy - and, Rense, I hope you decide to join in!
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QuoteOriginally posted by babywriter Quote
I like the idea of doing a 135mm this month - haven't done one in ages. I could join Rense with a Jupiter-37A Soviet lens, but I also have a Super-Takumar 135/2.5 that's been calling my name for a while.

Also, welcome back, Sandy - and, Rense, I hope you decide to join in!
Could dust off my Jupiter-9, it's somewhere.... in a box, I suppose, for more than a year now....
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Not sure about this month. Weather still too cold to go outside for me unless we actually get some warm days. And I find out why my appetite disappeared, and I keep losing weight, I'm down to below 100lbs now.

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I'm in. Not sure what yet.
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I'd be interested in participating in a 135mm month if others are using that lens.

I just purchased a used K-1, and a used Takumar Bayonet 135mm, which I've been using quite a bit for Daily In. I'm still not sure how this 135mm compares to my M42 Takumar 135mm yet, but when it is properly focused, at the right aperture and shutter speed, it is very good. I'm also very glad for the Catch in Focus feature when using this lens. One thing I do know is that the Bayonet is very susceptible to PF, and I'm going to be trying it out with a longer hood, especially when shooting towards the sun.

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I've been absent for a long time now due to "stuff" at home and work.
There have been a lot of opportunities in the last year to get hold of some lenses I've had a lot of interest in, which I have done, and now I have finally settled on the ones I am happiest with (at least for the time being ;-) )
So I am more than willing to start again in February (just trying to convince my wife to as well now :-) )
Anyway if the interest is there in the 135 focal length; I have had an A series 135/2.8 for a long, long time now that deserves a run out and if I get enough time on some of the days I'll compare it to the F series 70-210 @ 135mm that I have found this very month.

All in all, I'm in
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All in all, I'm in
I'm looking forward to seeing your wonderful depictions of the Hampshire countryside again!
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I'm looking forward to seeing your wonderful depictions of the Hampshire countryside again!
Ha :-)
Thanks Sandy; we'll see if the February weather will oblige ;-)
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For February, I think I will stick with a manual lens, but will go a bit wider with the K35/f3.5. I'm ready to move on from the M85/f2.0 I'm using this month.
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Not sure about this month. Weather still too cold to go outside for me unless we actually get some warm days. And I find out why my appetite disappeared, and I keep losing weight, I'm down to below 100lbs now.
Take care of yourself.
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