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03-25-2020, 08:49 PM   #1
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Single in April 2020

Welcome everyone to the Single In April 2020 Challenge!

Theme days:

Monday, 6th April: BLUR/BOKEH

Monday, 13th April: REFLECTION

Tuesday, 21st April: B/SELFIES

Monday, 27th April: SHADOWS

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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03-25-2020, 11:13 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Those shooting March already know my April plan:

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It won't be an easy month, but I'm in. Lens to be chosen. It seems that from starting my participation in August last year I ... run out of primes...? Ok, there is a very decent M 50/1.7 but I use it on my ME Super and that is enough for me. Recently, I got a nice soviet 100/2.8 M42-mount lens but the aperture requires fixing which may take a while in present conditions. My Tamron 90 macro which I bought here in the Marketplace got stuck in the US for the whoever-knows-how-many weeks. So I might stick to zoom this month.
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I'll be sitting it out again.
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I might well be in for this one. Anticipating my camera to come back from repairs today/tomorrow! Couple that with the Super-Takumar 35mm f/3.5 and the Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 (formerly, Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith) that arrived yesterday and I'm spoilt for choice...

Unfortunately, I might still be as sporadic as ever. Work has not slowed down (in fact, quite the opposite) so I'm still as busy as can be. I'll try!

Edit: Ooh, I also received a DA-50mm f/1.8 last month which I'm yet to use on the K-1... The plot thickens...

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Very busy as well, I will follow and participate as time allows.
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in - it has to be a better month (photographically speaking) than March...

lens TBD....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I'll be sitting it out again.
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Thanks, and stay safe! I hope you'll join us back soon.

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I'm busy as ever, but am in for april, probably with that new 43, need to see if it's as good as my last one was.
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I'm in. I fancy a zoom. Maybe the stack of primes or F 35-70. Or M 28-50. Or something...
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I recently acquired the Pentax DFA 28-105 DC WR as a lazy carry about lens, so that's what will be on the camera. A month using it every day (I hope) should let me get to know it.
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I'm in with an indoor lens, a macro of some description 50, 90 or 100? pentax or tamron on *ist-D K3 or K1
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I'm thinking of a nifty- fifty (ish) month for me.....

Porst 55/1.4
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I've had a change of heart, and will saddle up with the DFA645 55/2.8 on the 645Z. Expect another participant using the same setup
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I've had a change of heart, and will saddle up with the DFA645 55/2.8 on the 645Z. Expect another participant using the same setup

another 55... sweet!
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