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11-23-2019, 06:57 PM   #1
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Single in December 2019

Welcome everyone to the Single In December 2019 Challenge!

Theme days:

Friday, 6th December: MONOCHROME

Friday, 13th December: DECORATIONS

Saturday, 21st December: B/SELFIES

Friday, 27th December: GOLDEN HOUR

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 Nokton 58/1.4
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I'll give it my best shot, however few there may be.
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The new Laowa 12/2.8 Zero-D needs a thorough working over.

As the old song (almost) goes - I'm D-dreaming of a W I D E Christmas


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Golden Hour theme on 27th. In rare case of bright weather that would be midday Can't promise that theme.

I'm in with M85/2. I decided this already long a go. I have interesting month coming and want to have good glass to capture it. I'll be on vacation for most of the month. only 4 work days , and I'll have two weeks trip to Italy to Deaflympics before Xmas. So high hopes of seeing the sun more than I have this month. Weather typically takes turn for a bit better during December also in Finland which make things photographycally more interesting.
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I'm in. I've been saving the FA 100/2.8 macro for the darkest month as I'm anticipating lots of indoor shots.
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I'm in. My silver aluminium preset Zeiss tessar 50mm f2.8 hasn't really been tested, so its about time
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I'm in, not decided about the lens, though. My F50/1.4 is on the way from the US but it might not arrive before the end of the month. If not this one, I might go for A 50/1.7 or A 28/2.8. I was thinking of DA15 some time ago but I'm not sure if I want to go that wide for the whole month.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris_K Quote
I was thinking of DA15 some time ago but I'm not sure if I want to go that wide for the whole month.
You don't know for sure until you try
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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
You don't know for sure until you try
You might be right After I wrote it, I thought "actually, why not?"
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris_K Quote
You might be right After I wrote it, I thought "actually, why not?"
I'd guess that a month with DA15 is easier than month with 300mm lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
I'd guess that a month with DA15 is easier than month with 300mm lens.
I guess so - for me, 135 on APSC was sometimes too narrow.
So I think I can narrow my choice to either F50/1.4 (cannot wait for it to arrive!) or DA15.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris_K Quote
I guess so - for me, 135 on APSC was sometimes too narrow.
My first SIC was M*300 on APSC. You just need to think long and take your distance from the target. Go to wide open places to shoot.

There were some shots I still like a lot:

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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
My first SIC was M*300 on APSC. You just need to think long and take your distance from the target. Go to wide open places to shoot.

There were some shots I still like a lot:
Yes, I think it is a matter of having a bit more time to shoot and you can do many things even with less versatile lenses. Very nice shot, indeed.
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Iím going to try not to flake out as I did this month. I think I made 5 days.

Yesterday I picked up a couple of film cameras. An SPF II with an F 35-70 and a K-1000 with a Vivitar Series 1 28-105mm F2.8-3.8. The Vivitar lens is quite clean. I think Iíll use it for December and see how it compares to the D-FA HD 28-105mm. I wonít attempt to use the film cameras for this as i wouldnít post any until February.

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...As the old song (almost) goes - I'm D-dreaming of a W I D E Christmas
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