Single in January 2016, days 11-20 - How are you finding it??

Discussion in 'Photo Challenges' started by Lightmancer, Jan 10, 2016.

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  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    ...this is a continuation of the thread for participants to SiJ '16 to share, discuss, vent, rant, sympathise, cajole, consult, air, opine, appeal, declaim, chat and otherwise wibble about their SiJ journey.

    We are a third of the way through - how is it working out for you?

    It is NOT the place to post your picture-a-day; that's here.
     
  2. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva SC Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2014
    Porto, Portugal
    José
    Firstly, let me start by thanking all the feedback on my images.

    Secondly, this year I've gone with a theme and it is making it easy to deliver one image per day, by having a specific thing to look for, instead of starting from scratch every single day.

    My main challenge was to move away from focal distances I'm more used to, my mostly used lens is a 35mm equiv. So I've selected a 80-300mm zoom, but the balance of first 10 days is that I'm always close to the 80mm. Now I'll try to go further out of the comfort zone.
     
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  3. rayvonn

    rayvonn SC Veteran

    309
    Jan 19, 2015
    Well I've cracked to some extent in that I shot outside of my self imposed SIJ challenge restrictions today. Doesn't mean I won't keep posting under my set conditions but I was hoping to discipline myself to shooting with the same gear for the whole month.
     
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  4. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Made it to day 10. Last year I only made it to day 9, after having missed day 8. Still enthusiastic and hopeful that I will last the entire month.
     
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  5. MoonMind

    MoonMind SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    As I expected, I'm not exactly happy with all of my output, but my "discipline" is okay so far. But I think that my main fear was rather justified: The 12mm is a nice lens with lots of potential, but essentially too wide for me. That doesn't mean I can't really use it - I just don't feel comfortable doing so. But it has been interesting, and I will try to get through the challenge; anyway, lots of good moments so far ... though I'm still not sure if I'll keep the lens in the end.

    I'll also try to learn to shoot the E-PL7 a little differently - mainly, I want to find out the ideal viewing distance for the screen because I think I'm holding it too far away and generally handling it rather clumsily whenever I try to actually do things slowly and deliberately. I've got shooting from the hip (or in a quick sweep) with the 17mm f/1.8 pretty much down, but the 12mm is definitely a more demanding lens as far as framing and composition is concerned. I think I'll also do more manual focusing (with focus peaking) over the next couple of days. So, still a lot to try out and learn :)

    M.
     
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  6. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Couldn't help myself. Had to post the "making of the chocolate pie".
     
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  7. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    I missed day 10. Don't know if I can keep up now. But it was good to do those days even if that's the end, since I found this process more involving and rewarding than yet another flower or bird contest etc.
     
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  8. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I've missed a couple of days, I generally tend not to pick up the camera unless there's some nice light of which there simply isn't at the moment. I really can't bring myself to keep posting dog pictures! Will try to come up with something else of the domestic nature later!
     
  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Could be worse... I am on a fitness drive, and have tried to "embed" SiJ into my "new habits". Problem is, there is not a lot that is photogenic on my 07:00 walk... That's why you are seeing a lot of cemetery action at the moment.
     
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  10. muzee

    muzee SC Veteran

    246
    Apr 30, 2013
    Haven't posted anything since Friday. I did take a few over the weekend, so hopefully will have one each to past for days 9 and 10. I forgot the camera home again today - so will be another night shot or 'staged' one today.

    Regarding the equipment - this is my first real go with the x10. I love it's portability (when I do remember to pick it up), and the fact there is virtually no 'lag' between shots. I had taken this for granted until picking up a Sony Dsc-something compact over the weekend - the 1 or 2 seconds drove me insane. I'm mostly in EXR (S/N or auto) mode, so most of the shots are ~6 MPs. The macro mode has also proven useful - used in days 4 and 6 shots.
     
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  11. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Marlof
    Since I try to take a walk outdoors each day, my shootings are "stroll" based. Running out of subjects, so did a reprise today. Still having fun though!
     
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  12. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Hanging in there. But I am leaving town for business mid-week and it is difficult to find time and light while working.
     
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  13. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Just keeps raining here - torrential - and I need to get outside with my long lens and "bird" friend

    Have a new portable hide, (blind), waiting to be used, but I wood get washed away
     
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  14. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Sorry for the block post - just uploaded Cosina images to date : Conclusion the X10 holds up very nicely
     
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  15. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It does. The images have that Fuji look to them but that's a good thing. It's also a slightly odd but very satisfying camera to use.
     
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  16. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    I have been an epic failure at keeping the letter of the law, ie., rules, for this challenge. First I changed equipment after several days shooting. Then, I just quit, ...for one day. Restarted with the OM 50, but decided that I did not want to shoot with it, ...or maybe nothing. So stuck the "broken" 14-42 back on, ...and just kept shooting. A lifetime of "seeing" something that needs to be recorded, just won't let me alone. So, I pick up the camera and, .... Feel free to ignore me.
    It,s just contrary to who I am. Maybe I'm having an old life crisis! :hmmm:
     
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  17. rayvonn

    rayvonn SC Veteran

    309
    Jan 19, 2015
    I've taken my shots today however, there's been a power outage from 3pm and it seems most of Sydney is without power (having to use my phone to post this right now). Expected to be back on at some point tomorrow, so they'll be a block posting from me over the weekend. Hey, at least there's some charge left over in the camera battery for me to take some shots tomorrow.
     
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  18. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    At least you're keeping a consistent theme.
     
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  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    from someone who is not doing the challenge, just a quick shout of "keep going" from me. It may seem hard or you may seem like it is pointless. But most often any growth comes from pushing oneself. Now, if I can just put down the remote control and get off the couch.
     
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  20. Matero

    Matero SC Veteran

    277
    Dec 25, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Difficult, very difficult, to find time to think this challenge. However, I'm not going to give up :cool:
     
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