Monthly # 52 - Seasonal Colours Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/10/2016
Judge: paulb531

We are now well into Autumn and the landscape colours will be changing. For this months competition I'm looking for your photographs that show that change. It doesn't have to be a landscape as long it depicts the season. As for people elsewhere in the world a seasonal photograph of your part of the globe is acceptable.

Usual monthly conditions apply - the photograph must be taken during October. The competition closes at midnight on the last day of the month.

Best of luck


Competition Entries


Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 18:56
Monthly # 52 Ė Seasonal Colours competition

Thank you for entering the competition. The theme of this monthís competition is to submit a photo that depicts Seasonal Colours. Itís the first time Iíve judged a monthly competition. I do prefer the idea of going out and taking photos over a month. If you donít get it right first time you have a few weeks to improve on what youíve got. Itís got to make us better at what we do. I picked a subject that was aimed at increasing numbers and I havenít been disappointed.

The usual disclaimer; Judging other peopleís effort honestly is not is easy and Iím no expert. I never mean to offend but if I do I apologize in advance.

I suppose you can look on Autumn two ways things dying off or summer giving way to richer colours. It looks as though your hydrangea has seen better days. You have a good composition here. The main body of the plant is in focus but the shadows I find a bit distracting.

The leaves are turning.
A good shot with Autumn colours. I think the picture suffers from not having a focal point. Also, perhaps the colours look a little dull. You can always try equalise in PS and it gives the colours a bit of a lift. Doesnít always work Ė it sometimes produces a bit too much contrast but worth a try.

I like this photo. A lot to admire in this shot - the colours are good, the light and shadows. The photo would be greatly improved by a focal point. A figure in the distance would make this a contender.

Autumn leaves Sutton Park
You have captured some nice autumn colours here. The tree in the background has captured the light. I think your photo may be a tad out of focus slightly which spoils it a bit. Sorry if this sounds a bit picky Ė only trying to be constructive.

A nice sharp image you have captured with good bokeh. You are right everything seems to be summer looking where you are. How strange?

Lí automne est arrive
An excellent photo that meets the remit and I like very much. You have captured some wonderful colours here and a really nice bokeh. Perhaps flash for the underneath parts would have helped but that is being picky.

Fall colours
Another excellent photo that meets the remit and I like. The same comments could be applied as the previous photo. I notice there isnít any recording of the date in the exif. Perhaps for your next competition you should include the date to ensure you donít fall foul of the Pentax Police.

Autumn at Croome Park court.
A pleasant enough photo that fits the remit but not a contender Iím afraid. I would have liked to seen more golden browns and perhaps a focal point to pull it together.

Pentland park walk
A nicely composed shot Ė the path leads the eye into the picture. You have some great autumn colours here and some nice use of shadow and light.

Automn Colours in Quebec
Wow a fabulous photo let down badly by the spelling of autumn. Seriously, this is in my opinion a stunning photo. The composition, the colours and the reflection in the water is spot on. All the ingredients have come together to produce a winning shot. An outstanding photograph.

Maple at the Guelph Arboretum
What a fabulous tree Ė so rich in colour. You have produced a very well-crafted photo with good composition in my opinion.

The Many Colours of Autumn
Plenty of colours here but the photo looks a tad on the drab side. Not a photo with a lot of impact but it does fit the remit.

Horse-chestnut leaf
A good macro shot with plenty of detail. Looks like you have fifty shades of brown. The lens is an old K series - very sharp image. A clever use of PS to achieve the deep colours.

Maple leaves in Newport South wales
I see what you mean. The yellow leaf in the middle becomes the feature. A scene that fits the remit but not a winner Iím afraid.

River Wharfe Grassington
Your composition is good - using the river leading the eye into the photo. The walkers add context but I feel the colours look a bit drab - perhaps a typical autumn day.

I like what you have done here by having a low level view of the river bed. A good composition aided by the boulder in the foreground and the water in the background. Nice photo.

Stocking up for winter
Great shot, you have managed to capture the subject pin sharp. The quality looks good even at a very high ISO. The colours are good Ė spot on.

Autumn Woodland
A typically good clear Autumn day. You have captured great colours here and even a blue sky. A well taken and processed shot.

Southern Red Bishop
Youíve thrown me here Noel, I wasnít expecting a brightly coloured bird. Now you have explained it does make sense. You have captured him / her well. A pin sharp image of an usual creature.

Forever Autumn
A good shot and a clever title as well. Youíve captured plenty of detail in the foreground grave stone giving, if it is possible, a pleasing image of a graveyard. Your colours are spot on. What images I have seen of the MX-1 have been excellent from this little camera and this is no exception.

A Catherine wheel of Autumn Leaves
Wow what an outstanding effort. A great idea and well executed. The colours are great and you have captured Autumn. Top marks for enthusiasm and presentation.

A very unusual and simplistic take on the theme. I like this a lot you have captured all the colours in the reflection - a very clever and well-crafted photo. The photo shows flair and imagination. You have just made the judging that much more difficult.

The Heath
A good composition with pleasant warm autumn colours. The steeple adds to the feel but not a winner in my opinion it doesnít have the punch Iím looking for.

Decision time - so many photos to admire but Iíve decided on six to assemble in some order.

Third place: autumn Woodland by GlynM

Second Place: Pond by mago7

Winner: Autumn Colours in Quebec by ramiot

HCís to: A Catherine wheel of Autumn leaves by drofmit, Lí automne est arrive by francisbd and Maple at the Guelph Arboretum by Arrondee

Last Edited by paulb531 on 01/11/2016 - 18:59


Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 22:36
So many beautiful entries. My camera never shows EXIF and I totally forgot. Congratulations to the winners, well deserved!


Link Posted 02/11/2016 - 01:48
Colour, birds, ponds and woodlands. What a super collection. Well done the podiums 'cos the rest of the field look to have been right on your heels
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Link Posted 02/11/2016 - 10:31
Congrats Ramiot, what a fantastic image, on the dot for this challenge. A bonus of reflections and great composition. And extended to Mag07 and GlynM for the other podium places, and the HM's Dromfit (what an interesting shot), francisbd and Arrondee. Fabulous challenge, wonderful display of seasonal change. Thanks Paul for the challenge, and the judging exercise-as usual appreciated. Great stuff all!


Link Posted 02/11/2016 - 11:20
Congrats, as per usual to the podia, and my fellow HCs....
and thanks for an enjoyable and challenging subject... great fun!

We've plenty of Autumn colour around here, now, but it took its time coming!!
Everywhere was totally green for the first three weeks... and you would have had another take on "Rosehips" from me...

Then, within three days, following a frost that wiped out what was left from our still productive pumpkin patch, all changed!
But I still couldn't find a really attractively grouped set of colours... so decided to go for some ephemera instead.

Having posted it... and not before, dammit ... I noticed that one of the Sumac leaves that created the catherine wheel effect is running the wrong way!!
Only three of the four go clockwise!!
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Last Edited by drofmit on 02/11/2016 - 11:21


Link Posted 02/11/2016 - 11:52
Many thanks Paul for for a great, well managed competition and excellent challenge.

Thanks also for awarding 3rd place to my Autumn Woodland picture .

Congratulation to ramiot for the winning image, Magdalena for 2nd, the HCs and everyone else for another grand set of pictures.



Link Posted 02/11/2016 - 13:24
Great competition and great winning image.

Last Edited by MikeInDevon on 02/11/2016 - 13:25


Link Posted 03/11/2016 - 11:53
Congratulations to the winner and thank you for your kind comments and the 2nd place. Well done everyone
' remembers little things, long after you have forgotten....' (Aaron Siskind)


Link Posted 04/11/2016 - 03:12
Thank you so much for your positive comments. There was so much beautyful photos that I was very surprised when I was informed. Congratulations to all the participants and especially to the runners up. Good luck for our next competition.

Robert Amiot
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