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07-24-2019, 06:26 PM   #1
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Single In - August 2019

Welcome everyone to the Single In August 2019 Challenge!

Theme days:

Wednesday, 7th August: OPPOSITES

Wednesday, 14th August: HOT

Wednesday, 21st August: B/SELFIES

Wednesday, 28th August: MULTIPLE EXPOSURE

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 won’t be eligible for this Challenge).

Commenting: Posting your pictures allows other participants to comment on them. Conversely, it’s hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please don’t be shy if you don’t have much photographic experience or are a Forum newbie - your personal reactions to photographs are as valid as anyone else’s. It’s a very friendly group and with regular commenting, you’ll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards: It’s great fun. You’ll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and you’ll see what other members achieve with their selected lenses - sometimes the same one you’ve chosen. In the comment banter you’ll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing. As the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (it’s a challenge, remember) but you’ll always be encouraged by other participants. Worried about LBA? - this game doesn’t 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 group’s name is “Monthly Photo Challenges”. You’ll find a clickable link on that forum page to join.

2. You’ll 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, you’ll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challenge’s stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - it’s 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, you’ll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the photographer’s parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others. When you post each day’s 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 you’re using.

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

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

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first. If you miss a day, don’t worry. If you have any problems, please ask. We’re a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

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


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in... probably with the Cosina 55mm f1.2
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I’m in.....in an effort to get motivated I have simplified somewhat. For this month I’ll be using my M50 f/1.7 and all photo editing in capture one with Mastin labs Kodak Tri-X 400. Preset.
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In. I have a chinon 35mm f2.8 made by Sun that needs testing. I also want to try green button exposure on the K3

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I'm in, this month the smc Pentax FA Macro 100mm 2.8 has been so much fun, easy to come home to a dark cold home and find some macro subjects, I might try this lens next month to up the challenge, who needs to focus anyway

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I'm in with the Pentax Q and the 04 Toy Lens Wide.
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I'm in. August is a bit complicated with holidays so need to give it a bit of thought.
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I guess I'm in. Haven't thought about it yet, but what else I would do?

Lens is a mystery at the moment, but something tele I think after two fifties.

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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
I guess I'm in. Haven't thought about it yet, but what else I would do?

Lens is a mystery at the moment, but something tele I think after two fifties.
Your pictures have been superb this month. I think you need a handicap I have a nasty little steinheil munchen cassar that would challenge the best of us
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Your pictures have been superb this month. I think you need a handicap I have a nasty little steinheil munchen cassar that would challenge the best of us
or that hazed Vivitar macro I'm about to send back to the seller....
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Hand up and waving ... Iíll be in.

I might or might not be as sporadic as this month with actual posting - but even if I am, Iíll get there in the end.

Lens Iím not sure of yet. Maybe my borked baby Tak (28/2.8); the focus ring is sodded, but if you squeeze it really tightly it moves xP

And it is a great lens (or was when the focus ring wasnít borked)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
Your pictures have been superb this month. I think you need a handicap I have a nasty little steinheil munchen cassar that would challenge the best of us
But... but... but that's not an M series prime! How could I do such thing? Maybe M135. Not sharp, but plenty of 3D effect.

And thanks. M50/1.7 is a superb and versatile lens. In crop body it was a bit long, but with K1 it's perfect.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tsuken Quote
Lens Iím not sure of yet. Maybe my borked baby Tak (28/2.8); the focus ring is sodded, but if you squeeze it really tightly it moves xP
A month with fixed focus prime. That sounds like a real challenge.
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Choices, choices....

With my poor participation in recent months I have waaaay too many lenses which are yet to endure the Single In crucible:

In three weeks time I'll be heading to North America (for the first time!), to cruise from Seattle to Alaska and back. So one of the DA* telezooms would be a logical starting point. Or the DA 20-40 Limited.

If all goes to plan, September should see me trying out the mythical K 28/2.0
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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
M50/1.7 is a superb and versatile lens. In crop body it was a bit long, but with K1 it's perfect.
I agree, even though I'm using the F 50 this month. It took me a while to like 50mm on cropped cameras but on the K1 they are fantastic. In fact, all the focal lengths seem to be more natural on ff which shouldn't be a surprise as that's what they were designed for. I even like 135 which I really don't like on cropped.
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