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  1. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - day 5

    Now, I have gone out for the challenge today but it's a shot from inside that's made today's post as it reflects how I feel atm. Sitting on this chair as opposed to spending time out today just seems more appealing. Very sharp windy spitty rain out there as I type this. Image hasn't been...
  2. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - outtakes day 1-8

    This $100 Nikon pancake is sharper and focuses closer than all my other 50mm 'exotic' lenses. I know a lot of people on this forum have one but to any Nikon user who hasn't, it's a no brainer.
  3. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - day 4

    I'm choosing this one from today's shots because of the lighting challenges presented - very aggressive sun and shade in this image, none of which was blown out by the lens.
  4. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - discussion

    I was somewhat sidetracked anyway as today was the day of the London Marathon which always breezes though my area so I had to focus my camera on that, probably where all my picture taking energies went today.
  5. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - day 3

    Ah, the intricacies of these Single In challenges - the more time you spend shooting for the challenge, the more issues arise :laugh1: I took literally 2 shots yesterday in a 5 minute spell and it was my best day so far!
  6. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - outtakes day 1-8

    Day 3 efforts. I'm finding this Nikkor Pancake too sharp, these are with sharpness and contrast reduced.
  7. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - day 3

    Today wasn't a day where I went out shooting and thought to myself "that's the one" and it was hard deciding what to put forward but here it is, today's best effort. Shouldn't have gone wide open for this shot but I did and, well, can't uncook the turkey now.
  8. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - outtakes day 1-8

    Just two shots today and a slow start to SIO for me. The first image below I thought was going to be today's entry until the car photo, below it in B&W replaced it as today's entry.
  9. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - day 2

    Well I took my gear out with me but any members in the London area will know that today, with windy rain coming down all day at all angles, was very difficult for taking pictures, especially with one hand having to be taken up with an umbrella. Not a problem if using one of the compacts which...
  10. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021 - discussion

    Well here’s my representative for the coming month, limbering up (😂), needs a blow to make the sure the dust’s off the glass. Better remember to input the non cpu lens data into the camera too. In previous years, I’ve had a strategy for getting through the month but not this time, it’s going to...
  11. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021: It's coming!

    There you go, a challenge in itself right there!
  12. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021: It's coming!

    I don't know for sure what camera yet; I might be getting a body to use for adapted lenses before the end of this month. If that doesn't happen, the fallback will be the Nikon D800E. I'd say macro lenses are perfect for the challenge and for that matter any covid lockdown, as they have the...
  13. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021: It's coming!

    First change of mind - I’ve now decided to use the manual focus Nikon Pancake 50mm AI-S. Pretty sure I haven’t used it in over 18 months so it’s time to rectify that.
  14. rayvonn

    Single In Single in October (SiO) 2021: It's coming!

    That’s a good idea, I’ll go on the back of that and do a month’s worth Ricoh GR III entries limited to square crop mode.
  15. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: discussion

    It was interesting in that, for me, looking at your KP images, they were identical to the GRIII renderings.
  16. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: discussion

    So what have we learned as a result of the challenge? For me, it merely confirmed what we already know, in that: Most, but not all of the time, one can still get ok images out of a not so good lens. However this means spending a lot of time in PP. We (alright, I) don't want to spend a lot of...
  17. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 31

    It does feel good to get to this stage and I've been thinking of getting to this stage for at least the last few days now. I did momentarily veer off track a couple of times, spending one morning with a rangefinder and wide angle lens as well as a few shots during the month with the GRIII, but...
  18. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 30

    Quite a bit of cleaning and house maintenence to be done today. Wasn't looking forward to it yesterday and don't fancy it now. Need to be kicked out of this slump, hopefully this will do it. Btw, is it me or is IMO age stabilisation less required when using a dslr? I never seem to use or even...
  19. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 25-31

    This is how you can tell you're in Sydney, the can't do this, can't do that signs.
  20. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 29

    Spent a bit of time working to do PP on this image taken this rainy foggy day. Then decided not to bother. As is, apart from just a switch from colour to B&W, although honestly that wouldn't have made much difference to how it was when the shot was taken.
  21. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: discussion

    I nearly slipped up in the last third of this challenge and it was my own fault as I broke rule no.1 - take my camera with me to work so I have it all day. When that doesn’t happen, things become very very hard.
  22. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 28

    Ooh er, could it be the first very early signs of autumn? Or are these leaves that were burnt in the midday sun last weekend?
  23. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 25-31

    Day 28. The amount of times this month I've thought to myself wouldn't it be handy if I had a quality long zoom for the challenge. But I haven't so when before a scene such as the one below I am consigned to thoughts of 'what if'. Imagine being able to get in close here with a detail...
  24. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 27

    This was a 12.01am effort to get in for today's entry, but it's not till now, 10.01pm that I'm posting it. Image not that good, but it's the best I can do with this lens at night. What's particularly not good is that the lens was focusing on the "Keep Left" sign and look how that was rendered...
  25. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 26

    Thanks, I did see that, had a look and it seems to be the lens (which I'll likely never use again after the challenge:laugh:). That blower worked like a charm on my rangefinder.
  26. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 26

    There *is* a point to this image. Getting up early in the morning and seeing the sky like this sinks the heart. You know in the middle of summer that you won't be able to leave the house, and so it proved today. Hottest day of the year so far. It's the lack of wind making outside akin to the...
  27. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 25

    I have been refusing to spend time outside with this awful oppressive heat and today's no different, so time for a safest of safety shots. I knew this one was here all along so am quite pleased it took till day 25 to use it up.
  28. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 24

    Not a very good effort. But in terms of capturing a moving lizard this, with the avialable gear and PP at my disposal, is the best I could do.
  29. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 23

    Much appreciated. I was quite fed up seeing him/ her, not so much now in light of your comment.
  30. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 19-24

    You were commenting earlier this week on the challenge of doing this but when you look back (and we’re approaching the end), I bet you’ll be pleased at your output and the images made.
  31. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 23

    This guy, treating my house as his home. Still sleeping, hasn't woken up yet. Another example of living under sweltering heat every day.
  32. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 21

    Apologies for such a short post after that detailed one but I have to say, the older I get, the less buttons and features I want. If that means having to own 10 year old gear, I'd do that.
  33. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 22

    Can't be arsed going out, as Sue has often said, Australia is often so hot it's just uninhabitable at times. So I'm making something out of the aggressive light coming through the blinds, why not.
  34. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 19-24

    Remnants of Sydney's 2000 Olympic Village:
  35. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 19-24

    All shot from a ferry out of Sydney Harbour.
  36. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 21

    As usual, I got the ferry to and from work so as to lighten the load of this challenge however I won't be going back to work till next Wednesday so getting that shot will be a bit more difficult till then. Anyway, this building, always a source of bemusement to any English person arriving in...
  37. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 19-24

    Some of these Sydney harbourside mansions as examplified behind the boat here sail dangerously close to the Bad Architecture thread on this forum.
  38. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: discussion

    The first one is by far the hardest, I’d go so far as to say not pleasant. And you’ve made it past the half way point. But it is a challenge.
  39. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 19

    Phew, that was a close one - was wondering whether I'd make today's entry.
  40. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: discussion

    Hang on in there/ don't let the buggers get you down.
  41. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: discussion

    Pretty sure that's where the Italians played a couple of nail biting knockout matches in the 1994 soccer world cup too.
  42. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 18

    No, an AF-D Nikkor, so had reasonable expectations of it reacting as desired.
  43. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 18

    Damn, had these guys lined up in focus in a decent composition in quick time but the lens didn't respond, this is one of the shots I got as they were flying away.
  44. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021: outtakes day 13-18

    An early morning Day 17 outtake, so early the Day 17 thread hasn't even been set up yet. Everyone's had their coffee. And then left their cups. Don't worry, I'll wash it up.
  45. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 16

    I know what you mean. None of my current cameras have a flip out screen so I know and accept that gymnastics are part of the deal.
  46. rayvonn

    Single In Single in January (SiJ) 2021 - day 16

    There’s something about the images from those Fuji cameras, when shot at night at high iso, it’s really effective, I love the atmosphere rendered. Must be that sensor nobody likes.
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