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08-25-2020, 08:47 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Single in September 2020

Welcome everyone to the Single In September 2020 Challenge!

Theme days:

Friday, 4th September: CHAOS

Friday, 11th September: SOMETHING HIDDEN

Monday, 21st September: B/SELFIES

Friday, 25th September: BOKEH/BLUR

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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no idea what lens yet .. but I am in...
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I think I'll take the DA* 50-135 for a spin. I haven't had that lens out in ages.
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So I'm asking myself again...do I really want to do another month? Don't know, 6 days to decide...

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I'm in. There was talk of a zoom month... DA 55-300 PLM is looking promising.
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I'm in, with the 55-300 PLM as well. I'm curious how it will turn out. I hope to explore the lower focal lengths of this lens.
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I'm out. No more M primes left to shoot and I need a brake. My motivation has been low this summer.
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I'm in, DA 70mm, M 75-150 or A 50mm 2.8 macro are the current options
Enjoy the rest Ismo

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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
no idea what lens yet .. but I am in...
probably/possibly the new lens that isn't here yet, an Olympus 50/1.4, on the K-S1a....
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I'm out. No more M primes left to shoot and I need a brake. My motivation has been low this summer.
You will be missed, but I completely understand. I burned out several months ago (for a variety of reasons, not just photography) and am just now working my way back in. Starting to rediscover the joy again.
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Initial plan was the Plastic Fantastic. Then some dastardly individual suggested the 50-200 crew represent.

If thatís going to be a thing then I will bow to peer pressure and go with the DA 50-200. Otherwise, Iím thinking Plastic Fantastic
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I'll be watching from afar, September will be too busy to take new pix. What little free time I have is used learning post-processing, RAWTHerapee, GIMP, and the Topaz software for DeNoise, Sharpen, and JPEG to RAW conversion. I'm using those for both digital pix, as well as revisiting old scanned film images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robgski Quote
I'll be watching from afar, September will be too busy to take new pix. What little free time I have is used learning post-processing, RAWTHerapee, GIMP, and the Topaz software for DeNoise, Sharpen, and JPEG to RAW conversion. I'm using those for both digital pix, as well as revisiting old scanned film images.
Wow, I don't think I'd have any time either if I was trying to learn and do all of those in a month.
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Wow, I don't think I'd have any time either if I was trying to learn and do all of those in a month.
Oh, it's work and other things that keep me from devoting time to photography, but it needs to be done, and now is the time to do it.
Somewhere between November and the New Year, I expect to have time to devote to making images worth sharing.
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change in plans for me - this month will be the Mamiya Sekor 58/1.7, thoriated glass and all....
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