Monthly #100 Electric Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/10/2020
Judge: GlynM

While various forms of the pandemic lock-down are still affecting us I have chosen a subject that is hopefully open to a broad interpretation making it more viable for these times.

I want to see images of anything electric. This can, for example, include household appliances, gadgets, toys, tools, components, wires, pylons, trains and other vehicles through to anything you could describe as electrifying to even something abstract with an electric slant.

As usual I will be looking for well-crafted images that capture the viewer’s attention.

The usual monthly competition rules apply. Entries must be shot during the month of the competition, October 2020, using a Pentax or the re-badged Samsung & Ricoh equivalent cameras.

The winner is expected to set, comment on and judge the next competition.

The competition closes at midnight GMT on 31st October. Good luck and I look forward, with some anticipation, to seeing your entries.

Competition Entries


Link Posted 01/11/2020 - 09:20
I would like to thank everyone that entered. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Just a reminder that I am no expert at this. Everything here is just my personal opinion and the results reflect my personal tastes. As always it is an excellent and well-crafted collection of pictures and it has been fun and a privilege to review your work.

Mains to Battery Pentax Connection – Johnwnjr
John has given us a nice modern image with a good Pentax connection to start off this competition. I like that the phone is posed at an angle which with its surroundings helps to create some depth. The combination of lighting was probably a challenge but has been very well managed and helps give an excellent sharp and punchy rendition of the phone’s screen.

Radio circuit underconstruction – jrutle
I love this image and think it works really well. The back lighting definitely adds a terrific element creating a great splash of colour enhanced with some fantastic star flares. I particularly like the way the coils reflect the light. Superb.

Solar Panels – Perspicador
A nice capture of a set of modern solar panels on a tiled roof creating a good combination of patterns. I also like the inclusion of the TV aerial which helps to create a good offset composition. A well observed and captured image.

On Fire! – rhephotography
I think this is a fantastic combination of a brilliant sunset image with our electrical subject. I have to agree that the colours work really well with the orange sky being complimented by the purple tones of the foreground. The composition is also excellent with a sharp rendition of details from the foreground tower to the distant buildings and power lines. An excellent well observed and crafted image.

This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us – Fodwick
This is my sort of image and think it is great. A tight close-up macro capture of a pair of igniter sparks on a kitchen hob burner. A really well thought-out and crafted image which not only complies with the subject requirement but has a fun title and certainly demonstrates what can be achieved in our current lockdown conditions. Brilliant, well done.

Delays Ahead! – JAK
Having just had our road and pavements dug up to lay fibre I have some empathy with this picture. I also think the grey and rather bleak look to the image dose well to portray a feeling of our current restrictive circumstances. It is a well composed shot and I like the way it includes the curve in the road. Capturing these sort of signs, which often use sequential and scanned illumination, can be a challenge but has been well managed here. An interesting and fully subject compliant image.

Nature overpowers electricity – Snappyhoffy
I think this image includes many of the things that make the best autumn shots, like leaf colour, bright sunlight and a blue sky. It also has the electric element required for this competition. The only thing that for me spoils the image is that both the foreground and distant poles, which in this instance form an important part of the composition, are leaning into the picture. I would have been tempted to adjust this with some post shot editing.

Keeping an eye on! – ken2390
This is an image of a device which is very relevant in our current circumstances. From my direction it does feel more of a product shot than a competition entry. It is rather tightly framed and I feel it should have been presented in a portrait format to make the device’s writing horizontal. I think perhaps it would have been nicer to have seen the device in action. The device is though set against a nice backdrop indicating that some thought and preparation have gone into the shot.

Grid Lines – Tiny2
I think this is an interesting shot that works well in black & white particularly with the cloudy sky. It was also good to get an explanation of where it is and that it is the last of its kind on this site. I am no expert on black and white images but I always feel that they should contain a full tonal range and while this one is pretty good I think it would possibly benefit from a tweak of the contrast and/or tone curves to reinforce the blacks. It remains though a well observed and nicely captured image.

Oops Something went wrong – Noelcmn
Noel has given us a nicely composed detail of some sort electrical illumination panel that has obviously seen better days. I love the way the image title creates an element of fun. I also like the way edge of the glass and conduit lay level with the bottom of the image and the way the twisting wires are working their way towards a corner of the frame. I can imagine that this image probably includes a good story telling element particularly if, say, someone is expecting it to be fixed .

Cut the red wire Mr Bond! Err, yesh.... well!! – drofmit
A good fun tribute to raise sprits for an otherwise rather sad event. It certainly made me smile. I was pleased to see it obviously includes some manipulation and leans towards being an electrical abstract. It reminded me of days, long past, when I was involved in the testing and acceptance of bays and cabinets of broadcast equipment. Once again from Tim a nicely observed and executed shot with the compact WG-6.

I was pleased to see a good number of entries and was impressed by the diversity and the quality of the submissions. Having a subject open to a broad interpretation invariably makes it harder to judge but after some thought here are my winners:

1st – jrutle for “Radio circuit underconstruction” – For using back illumination to create a fantastic colourful image with terrific impact.

2nd – rhephotography for “On Fire” – For such a wonderful combination of a sunset image and power distribution pylon.

3rd – Fodwick for “This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us” – For a brilliant close-up interpretation.

Highly Commended to Noelcmn and drofmit because in these difficult times both images made me smile.

I think this completes my responsibilities here and hand over to Joe for the next round.



Link Posted 01/11/2020 - 14:28
Thanks for the HC.... yes, the WG6 because although I am obviously at home and have all the other gear close to hand.... the WG6 was the only one small enough to get the shots.... the importance of having a small camera to hand.
Congratulations to the winner... I thought it might be! And congrats too to the other two on the podium... and Noelcmn for his HC.
Yes, there was a crackin' set of pix this month Glynn, thanks for setting an enjoyable subject for us and speedy judging.
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!!"


Link Posted 01/11/2020 - 17:20
Thanks for the podium spot, Glyn, am very chuffed.
Congrats to Top two and HCs too.well done everyone. 😁
Come and see the beautiful things I see in the ordinary world.


Link Posted 02/11/2020 - 00:03
Thanks Glyn for all your comments. A worthy and an interesting variety of interpretations on this months theme. Congratulations to the winner and to the runners up.
Last Edited by Tiny2 on 02/11/2020 - 00:03


Link Posted 02/11/2020 - 09:35
Thanks for your detailed comments on all of the entries, Glyn. I don't enter many competitions so was very pleased to get on the podium. Congrats to the winner!


Link Posted 03/11/2020 - 02:51
I apologize if this is a duplicate comment. Thanks for the likes of my unfinished project. I put a string of Christmas in a plexiglass box with the circuit board on top. I experimented with the room lights to give a balanced between the backlighting and the components on the board which consumed about 75 shots telling you it was trial and error. The starburst through the holes was unplanned, but welcomed. Joe in Seattle
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