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  1. Dave70D

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    Another fine catch up from you Nigel, my pic would be pleasurable as a good way to cool down in the heat, and a nice idea too take the shot from behind :)
     
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    Good work Nick

    I see what you're aiming for with Minimalist but I think it needs more empty space.

    The kids bike shot is a beaut with activity included and I can see why you went B&W.

    Pleasurable ... you caught the water beautifully.

    Tiny ... I think I like most if just for its pinkness. :D

    (y)
     
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    Thanks for the comments @Dark Knight @granddad john @Dave70D @d00d

    I thought 'Pleasurable' was maybe the weakest of the four but apparently it's most popular! I knew the pink would be divisive and the flare in Progress was pretty much unaviodable given the time of day. Minimalist, I'm still just glad to have taken something!

    Anyway, why are we still talking about "minimalist"? So last month. On to weeks 26 and(would you believe it I'm up to date) 27!
     
  4. nickbee

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    26 Face

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    This is a sort of mask thing from Peru. I can't tell you much more about it. The background is a piece of fabric - I did have to do a bit of photoshop jiggery pokery to make some of the wrinkles less obvious.

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    I've been off work the last couple of days with a chest infection, so I took the chance to sling a bag of lenses on the back seat of the car and head out into the countryside to find something agricultural. What I found was fields. I don't take many landscapes. I thought my wide lens would be the obvious choice but I couldn't compose anything I liked. For the final shot I ended up using my 85mm at F10. I struggled with processing; as it was the wheat looked very dull but I couldn't bring out much colour without the sky going crazy blue. This was the best balance I could strike.
     
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  5. Dave70D

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    Face, now that is a really nice mask Nick. Lovely BG really does set it off nicely.
    Argriculture, like the tractor wheel marks in the field, good lighting too.
     
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    Interesting object for face though it does look like it's floating a little, for agriculture could you not alter individual colours, now I have said it I am not sure if you can, a very pleasant rural scene either way
     
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    Hi, Agriculture, on theme, a little under exposed, maybe. Main thing for me, thought, is it doesn't grab me. Maybe some FG interest, or using the lines on the field to add a but on geometry.

    Get well soon (y)

    Cheers.
     
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    Face is a nice prop! But have to agree with Allan, it floats, the BG has that 'shopped look.

    I like the rolling hills but it might benefit from a WB or Curves tweek.
     
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    Really interesting mask for Face, good take on the theme.
    That is certainly agriculture, I've been struggling with composition for this theme, does the job though.
     
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    Hi Nick

    Quite a catch up there... Don't worry about posting out of order (I think my worst last year was 13 weeks out of date)

    Minimalist - Not sure what to make of this...
    Progress -Definitely tells the story. I think the motion blur works, freezing the motion would have looked a bit odd without a foot on the ground.
    Pleasurable - Not quite the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it looks like they were enjoying themselves. The pink against the green works well and the droplets are nicely frozen in space.
    Tiny - Cool bit of colour matching, nicely done.
    Face - Nice and sharp, but it feels a bit floaty. A shadow or something would anchor it to the background.
    Agriculture - The struggle paid off, the image feel coherent and it is bang on theme.
     
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    Thanks for the comments @Dave70D @Allan.H @posiview @d00d @sirch @LC2

    Annoyingly I put effort into making the mask float - even to the point of using a glass to rise it off the ground without causing any shadows. Lesson learned! I have many lessons to learn with landscapes, so thanks for the tips.

    And with that, on to the next week...
     
  12. nickbee

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    28 Graceful

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    Where's a ballerina when you need one? Usually you're tripping over the damn things and then 'graceful' crops up and there's not one to be seen. I gave up looking after a while and had to come up with a new idea. I went on to Auto Trader to find the nearest Rolls Royce for sale. I went along to Saxton 4x4 with the intention of persuading them that I wasn't a nutter and that it was safe to let me and my camera loose amongst all their lovely cars. Somehow they fell for it and I managed to get the shot I wanted. Obviously just me and a camera with no control over lighting so I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.
     
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    That's a beautifully composed shot Nick with the elegant lines of the car and the reflection of the spirit of ecstasy caught so well - I like the way the Rolls Royce symbol is included too. I really like your progress shot too - a very clever take on the theme!
     
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    A good catch-up, Nick - keep plugging away! My favourites are Progress, which is a clever idea and well-executed by you and your daughter, Pleasurable, which is easy to understand once you know how hot the weather has been and you've captured the water well, and Graceful, which is another good idea and spot on with those lovely lines of the mascot and the car itself.
     
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    I was going to do the same, saw loads of Bentleys but no Roller, then forgot the idea. A thing that's harder than it looks to get right, and I this looks good to me. As Emma says ... symbol included. (y)
     
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    Nice shot, and I really like the reflection of the spirit of ecstasy in the top of the radiator cowl..
     
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    I think it works Nick. It could almost be a product shot (detail shot for the advert).
     
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    Thanks for the comments @Emja @Manxmaid @d00d @Hertsman @LC2 . I think that Graceful is one of my favoruite shots so far (of my own, that is).

    Anyway, before it looks like I'm "failing to proceed", on to weeks 29 and 30...
     
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    29 Fruit

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    I took several 'fruit' photos over the last couple of weeks and wasn't particularly happy with any of them. Then yesterday I opened the fridge to find an entire punnet of strawberries on the turn. "Brilliant," I thought, which shows exactly what the 52 does to you. Just a simple shot with a flash bounced off the ceiling and a tiny bit of cloning as the white surface didn;t quite stretch to the top-right.

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    I was at a car show a couple of weeks back, so plenty of opportunities and for once I was spoilt for choice about which photo to use. There were three, very different candidates and this is the one I picked, but here are the other two:

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    Fruit is a good shot Nick, goes well with the white. Vehicle, anyone of those shots, but I do like the bath tub car :)
     
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    Fruit - when I first looked I thought it was a shame some of them are going bad but then read your description and realised it was intentional, it does make a change from the very fresh fruit shots we are used to seeing. Nice clean background on it as well.
    Vehicle - Interesting vehicle, my favourite of the three shots is the hubcap one as it's something a bit different.
     
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    Hi Nick,

    Fruit - Strawberries, what's not to like. I doubt I'd ever find a whole tub turning in the fridge here.
    Vehicle - I agree with your choice of the (I assume) Pedal Rod. Interesting shot with the Ford towering over it. B&W suits it well.
     
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    Excellent white background on those strawberries, hope you ate them before they all went 'off' :)
    It's definite the hubcap photo for me for Vehicle, love the composition, an excellent choice for the theme
     
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    Nice tones in them strawberries even if some are rotten.

    I like the pov on that little B&W car, the movement in the monster, shiny hubcap photo op. .... all good stuff. (y)
     
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    Some good shots there, Nick. Fruit works very well with the bold contrast between the bright reds of the fruit and the white background, and all of the images for Vehicle meet the theme but I particularly like the third one with the great reflection in the shiny hubcap and the bright red of the tyre wall and paintwork (y)
     
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    Thanks @Dave70D @SteveSc @LC2 @susiejb @d00d @Manxmaid Maybe I should have waited until the strawberries were properly mouldy, just so there was no doubt! I think the hubcap photo was the most popular but I'm glad to see there was a decent split of opinion.

    Edited to add: I realise I haven't commented on anybody's thread in a long time so I'm extra grateful that you took the time.
     
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    Weeks 31/32/33

    I had actually completely given up on the 52 but a pep talk form a colleague who's been followingn my progress spurred me on a bit. I'm not entirely sure I'd do it again but it would be good to get to the end of the year. I have a lot of catching up to do so I'm going to keep it all nice and simple.

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    In case you wondered, these are Haribo Dragibus. I hope I never have reason to recreate this shot as the subjects have mysteriously disappeared...

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    Good to see you still hanging on in there Nick, it would be a shame not to finish.

    Stand out shot of the three for me is Piece, excellent :clap:
     
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    Some great catch up images Nick, I especially like the Hub-cap image, love the bright colours and the cool reflection (y)

    I also really like your image for Piece, a super DoF and that king stands out a treat !!!

    Another great batch for your catch up (y)
     

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