Challenge in April: Who's in?

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
With most of us living in a physically shrinking world I will be attempting macro photography during this challenge. I'm very very lucky in a major respect, I live in an isolated cottage at the start of a private farm track from which I can access a few fields and a section of woodland where no one else but myself and my landlord and his immediate family might be venturing, and mostly it will just be me, hence physical distancing from other people is easy and where the police won't be inquiring as to what I'm doing out and about. I will still be within a few hundreds yards of home, and often much closer.

I hesitate to speculate how I'd survive if I lived on a sewered suburban block, not very well I venture.

My equipment of choice - Panasonic GX8 with Olympus 60mm f/2.8 lens. I might even be crazy enough to try using it with extension tubes.

I can't promise to post every day, shelter from the wind will be a big factor in that. Likewise it's a little early in the season for a lot of variety in subject matter, whatever we'll see how it goes.

I can see two tractors out in the orchard, but I guess 30 days of pictures of one of two tractors wouldn't go down to well, so macro it is!

Barrie
 
Dec 31, 2013
Louisville, Ky
I can see two tractors out in the orchard, but I guess 30 days of pictures of one of two tractors wouldn't go down to well, so macro it is!

Barrie
That could be a good challenge for coming up with different compositions each day. And a great learning experience. Wide, close up, details, macros, different angles, different sides, changing weather.
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
That could be a good challenge for coming up with different compositions each day. And a great learning experience. Wide, close up, details, macros, different angles, different sides, changing weather.
That's very true, but I'm not sure how my landlord would react to me getting up close and personal with his tractors every day for thirty days :laugh:
 
I hadn't picked a lens for this challenge yet, but for now I intend to use a 28mm lens, most probably the Carl Zeiss Contax Distagon 2.8/28; if its size starts to bother me, I'll switch to the Pentax K 3.5/28. It seems 28mm is an excellent wide-angle companion to the Voigtländer 1.2/40 and I want to know if I can get along well enough with a 28 to buy a Loxia 28mm if and when Zeiss gives in to pressure from my side to finally come up with one; I've seen at least 2 other photographers complain about the missing Loxia 28mm, so I don't know what's holding them back :).
 
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grebeman

Old Codgers Group
It's tractor time!!🚜🚜🚜🚜🚜🚜🚜
My biggest challenge might be how long can I resist taking a tractor picture. I missed out round here as farmers have been very active with their ploughing making up for lost time following on from our very wet winter and early spring. They've now ploughed, seed and rolled fields immediately round me, so opportunity lost :doh:
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, VA
Steve
My biggest challenge might be how long can I resist taking a tractor picture. I missed out round here as farmers have been very active with their ploughing making up for lost time following on from our very wet winter and early spring. They've now ploughed, seed and rolled fields immediately round me, so opportunity lost :doh:
I haven't seen much yet either, and 35 mme lens on the X100 isn't going to be the best option for a big field.
 

theoldsmithy

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2013
Cheshire, England
Martin Connolly
Again, just my little paranoia there - nothing wrong with your post ... :thumbsup:

A big thank you to Karen who just turned the whole situation around - great presence of mind, superb :)

Milan, I'm looking very much forward to seeing your images with that lens. I have one here as well ... I'll mount it on the M10 one of these days to see what I can get from it (I've tested it on film and adapted to Sony bodies and liked it quite a bit - but never used it natively).

M.
I had a Jupiter 8 which I used on a Sony a6000, and later on a Zorki 4. On the Zorki I actually preferred the Industar 61, strangely. But on the Sony it was very sharp indeed.
 

rayvonn

Hall of Famer
Jan 19, 2015
I was going to use a macro lens, after all what could be more useful stuck indoors at a time like this? Thing is, I might have to be doing that for the next 6 months, so instead for the challenge, I'll be using the most uncool cheapest lens out there of which loads of copies were made but which I don't think is that bad at all. The aim over the next month will be to prove it. Step forward, the Nikon 50mm F1.8D.
 

MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
I had a Jupiter 8 which I used on a Sony a6000, and later on a Zorki 4. On the Zorki I actually preferred the Industar 61, strangely. But on the Sony it was very sharp indeed.
I actually concur that the Industar-61L/D is the better lens - but I really like what the Jupiter-8 gives me. Just to prevent GAS ... Oh. Too late.

M.
 

gordo

Veteran
Jul 6, 2017
Arizona
Gordon
I guess I'll use the Z6 + 50/1.8S, and the X-H1 + 100-400 @ 400.

I guess this will be a month of product/ tabletop/ stuff around the apartment, with the occasional bird outside the patio door when I can catch one.

(edited after reading the challenge opening thread.)
 

Hageneth

Veteran
Jan 8, 2017
Suffolk.UK
Ian
Count me in Matt. I'll be using the Canon G7x as I need something small I can put in my pocket if I go out. Cannot promise to post everyday because of the restrictions in place.
 

MiguelATF

Hall of Famer
Aug 27, 2013
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
With most of us living in a physically shrinking world I will be attempting macro photography during this challenge. I'm very very lucky in a major respect, I live in an isolated cottage at the start of a private farm track from which I can access a few fields and a section of woodland where no one else but myself and my landlord and his immediate family might be venturing, and mostly it will just be me, hence physical distancing from other people is easy and where the police won't be inquiring as to what I'm doing out and about. I will still be within a few hundreds yards of home, and often much closer.

I hesitate to speculate how I'd survive if I lived on a sewered suburban block, not very well I venture.

My equipment of choice - Panasonic GX8 with Olympus 60mm f/2.8 lens. I might even be crazy enough to try using it with extension tubes.

I can't promise to post every day, shelter from the wind will be a big factor in that. Likewise it's a little early in the season for a lot of variety in subject matter, whatever we'll see how it goes.

I can see two tractors out in the orchard, but I guess 30 days of pictures of one of two tractors wouldn't go down to well, so macro it is!

Barrie
The GX8 plus the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 is a great combo, I think. A fine camera + an exceptional lens - which although most people think of it as a 'macro' lens, does double and triple duty both as a portrait lens, a light telephoto, and really a fine piece of glass.
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, VA
Steve
My biggest challenge might be how long can I resist taking a tractor picture. I missed out round here as farmers have been very active with their ploughing making up for lost time following on from our very wet winter and early spring. They've now ploughed, seed and rolled fields immediately round me, so opportunity lost :doh:
You may have to set a trap. Make a small patch of ground look untouched and weedy. They can’t resist that.
 

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