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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-25-2017, 10:23 PM  
Game Single in February 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 167
Views: 5,824
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-25-2017, 10:16 PM  
Game Single In March 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 178
Views: 5,923
Welcome everyone to the Single in March 2017 Challenge

Theme days:

Saturday 4th March: BACKLIT

Saturday 11th March: BLUR

Tuesday 21st March: B/SELFIES

Saturday 25th March: 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 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


Video below was created by patjp
















Youtu.be



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-07-2017, 01:11 PM  
Game Single in February 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 167
Views: 5,824
I need someone to take on the role of posting the monthly threads for the Single In challenge.

Please PM me. I'll make sure I check in on those messages before the end of the month gets too close
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-03-2017, 04:31 PM  
Game Single in February 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 167
Views: 5,824
:( Sorry to hear that, man. Always very sad
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-02-2017, 01:44 PM  
Game Single in February 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 167
Views: 5,824
Not a great morning so far.

Damn camera came off my Black Rapid sling strap thus morning; bounced on the road. O_O No external damage, still working - except overexposing (sometimes a little, sometimes a lot) when I use the viewfinder (but not if I usethe LCD screen). So annoyed - specially because I have a habit of checking that strap is screwed in tightly, multiple times a day, so I have no idea how it could've happened.

Much angers.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-28-2017, 01:36 AM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-28-2017, 01:35 AM  
Game Single in February 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 167
Views: 5,824
Welcome everyone to the Single in February 2017 Challenge

Theme days:

Saturday 4th February: BACKLIT

Saturday 11th February: BLUR

Tuesday 21st February: B/SELFIES

Saturday 25th February: 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 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


Video below was created by patjp
















Youtu.be



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-22-2017, 01:40 AM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Oh hell that's no good. O_O Well, I suppose it was good the doctor was on hand, but otherwise...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-15-2017, 02:52 AM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Oh gawd I still remember that feeling. The lad woke four to five times every night until he was two or so. I. Felt. Dead.

It's why I began drinking coffee. Srsly.

Do what you can and what you must. If you can find time for yourself to snap the shutter, go do so, but if it gets to the point of stressing about it, it's become counter-productive and needs to be let go for a time.

(And I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that, really.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-10-2017, 02:57 AM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Well, well ... I was about to add the theme days to the calendar (having failed dismally to get round to it last month), and I find the calendar isn't allowing anything past 2016, which seems most odd. I can't see anything I need to change - help, anyone?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2017, 01:50 PM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Theme day looming - Saturday 7th January is BACKLIT
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2017, 06:37 PM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Sorry to hear that, mate. Look after yourself, and her.

---------- Post added 2nd Jan 2017 at 12:37 PM ----------





We all need to be told initially ;) Welcome
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2017, 03:43 AM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
A wee reminder: chat should be confined to this thread, not the daily photo threads; they get big enough without additional posts. Please leave comments wherever the photo is hosted.

Cheers
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2016, 06:51 PM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DCóagain again again.

Nothing new to say about it really; it's still big, heavy, clunky, slow at AF, but stupidly-sharp when stopped down a little, with a monstrous wide aperture enabling teensy DoF and lowish-noise shots in low light. It has rather a lot of blades (8 maybe?óI did count, but I forgot), so the bokeh can be pretty smooth. MFD is annoyingly-long for the FoV.

Fave shot of the month is probably this one:


Blooming Drops by -Occasionally Focused-

Overall, if it weren't for the f1.4 max aperture, I'd have ditched it once I experienced the Plastic Fantastic, but that is a pretty good thing to have. I wouldn't buy it just for that though.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-27-2016, 02:24 AM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
I'm itching to get it back on the camera; it's just such a great lens (at least, I find it so)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-27-2016, 02:23 AM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Freaky thing!! Cool
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2016, 11:42 PM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 191
Views: 6,658
Welcome everyone to the Single in January 2017 Challenge

Theme days:

Saturday 7th January: BACKLIT

Saturday 14th January: BLUR

Saturday 21st January: B/SELFIES

Saturday 28th January: 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 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. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/groups/102-monthly-photo-challenges/711-faq.html


Video below was created by patjp
















Youtu.be



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2016, 11:11 PM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
And to you. 8)

That was a good photo.

Bizarrely, I had photos nudge into Explore (neither is Exploring bigly) on two consecutive days: Christmas and Boxing. I didn't think that happened any more.

---------- Post added 27th Dec 2016 at 05:14 PM ----------





My lens for January through December will be the Plastic Fantastic DA 35/2.4. I'm going to do a "single in 2017" sort of thing with Sara, if she's still keen.

I'll still be posting in the monthly threads though. Because because.

(And I'll make a January one soonishly)

---------- Post added 27th Dec 2016 at 05:43 PM ----------

And January Thread is UP.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-11-2016, 10:07 PM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
Likewise fire-lacking, but I just can't allow myself to stop xP
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-07-2016, 02:08 AM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
I noticed that! Took me a while to figure out how it had happened ;)

I think it's brilliant, and I will add the others - and do that each month, now I know about the feature

---------- Post added 7th Dec 2016 at 08:11 PM ----------

And Sara, fwiw 35mm (on crop sensor) could be my only choice for the one lens to rule them all for an entire year
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-06-2016, 02:32 AM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
I'll join you. I keep saying the Plastic Fantastic suits me down to the ground; I could put my money where my mouth is ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-03-2016, 02:04 AM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
yay! 8)

---------- Post added 3rd Dec 2016 at 08:05 PM ----------





Cool! 8)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-30-2016, 01:43 PM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
Ok, sigma 30/1.4 is strapped on for bokehcember duties. Damn it's a huge beast
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-29-2016, 01:33 AM  
Game Single in December 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 364
Views: 10,264
Really nice lens, that one. Does a beautiful job on my Linux DMC-G10
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-24-2016, 03:18 AM  
Game Single in November 2016
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 257
Views: 8,207
Okilly-dokilly. December thread is UP.

Thoughts on doing Bokehcember again??
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