“Back to the 50s 2014″ at Dyxum


The 50th week of the year is always special at Dyxum. Its a week when many photographers participate in annual “Back to the 50s” challenge. Idea is to take one picture a day for whole week and share them all with fellow dyxumers (and whole world ;-) ). There is only one rule to follow: focal length of lens used must be between 50 and 59mm. Its also quite a challenge to come out with something interesting for people living on northern hemisphere. Short days and usually dull sky means that light conditions are far from being good, especially when you work from sunrise to sunset. Not to mention that this time of year is very busy for most people. But that makes things more interesting. So… Lets summarize my 50th week of the year 2014.

Day 1

On my way to work I had heavy fog and icy road. While I was in work it was raining and snowing. I was cursing the weather because I was hoping to take a walk through park after work looking for some subject for my first entry. When I got back home it stopped raining but it was already dark. I’ve spotted interesting reflection during evening walk with my dogs. It looked like this:

Concrete reflection


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
5 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 50 mm


Day 2

I completly had no time for photography this day. I decided to shoot quick portrait of my sleeping yorkie Lynx. He wasn’t happy about that :-)

Leave me alone, I’m trying to sleep


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/50 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

And here is one outtake, a little experiment with OOF light and some post processing:

Solarized OOF light


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/13 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)


Day 3

Like in day two I hadn’t much time for shooting and ended up with just few quick snaps on my way home from which I’ve chosen my entry.

Misty field


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

Here ar the outtakes. Actually its just one and three quick B&W conversions of main entry. Great suggestion from Dyxum forum member, they work well. I especially like high key one.

Misty mount


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

Misty field in high key


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

Misty field in plain B&W


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

Misty field in dark sepia


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)


Day 4

I had day off and time for a little trip. It was very relaxing to wander around with my camera. My dogs had great too time playing in clean snow. From all shots taken on this day I liked this one best (although I was considering two of the outtakes for a while):

Root


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
1/640 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400, 50 mm

And here are the outtakes.

Trunk


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
1/400 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200, 50 mm

Moss


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
1/800 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200, 50 mm

Trunk & root


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
1/640 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400, 50 mm

Path


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 50 mm

Mount


SONY DSLR-A900, Minolta 50mm F1.7 RS
1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 50 mm


Day 5

On day five I felt obligated to include my westie in this challenge too :-) So here he is:

Dewey – bad hair day


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

And one outtake…

I love lying in bed


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)


Day 6

This image has many flaws, but I just had to post it. I simply love it – the moment, the feelings, the happines, the expression on our faces… It was a great day. Image taken by my dad.

Me, my yorkie Lynx and my westie Dewey


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)


Day 7

Another great day! Yeah, I’ve lots of them nowadays :-) This time I got a quick snap of my dad and our dogs and few sunset shots (of which I’ve chosen one). I let my dad decide which one should go as entry and which one as outtake. He liked sunset shot more so here it is:

Last rays of sun


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)

And of course mentioned image with my dad.

My dad, and our dogs


SONY NEX-3, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm F1.4
1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800, 58 mm (87 mm equivalent)


Well thats all. We already have week 51 now so see you next year in December :-) Oh, allright, I’ll try to post something earlier but no promises ;-) And I have to admit: these challenges are great way take some photos if you don’t have time to do so.