Monthly #104 - A Seasonal Landscape Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 28/02/2021
Judge: paulb531

I woke up this morning to several inches of snow and I thought it would make a good theme for this months competition. I haven't called it winter landscapes because I didn't want to exclude Noel one of our regular contributors. For the most of us its winter so I look forward to judging your winter themes.

Usual conditions apply;
Use only Pentax (or clones) equipment and the photograph is to be taken this month.
Also the winner is expected to judge and comment on next months entries

Regards

paul
Competition Entries

JAK

Link Posted 25/02/2021 - 12:31
Have we exceptionally changed the rules to allow photographs from the archives this month?
John K

johnriley

Link Posted 28/02/2021 - 21:38
The info is only checked now and again. A couple of out of date images have been removed. There are two with no EXIF info re the date, but I'll leave those to the judge to decide what to do.
Best regards, John

paulb531

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 08:49
Monthly #104 Ė A Seasonal Landscape Competition
Thanks for everybody that entered. Of the eight that entered two have been discounted because I donít know when they were taken. The usual disclaimer, photography is a subjective art and not everyone will agree with my views and opinions. So here goes:

Drama over Johannesburg by Noelcmn
What a sky! Plenty of drama going off. It looks like the rain is happening in the distance. Good capture.

Sun Down by NigelK
A great shot. Great colours and clever use of the long focal length. Whether it depicts winter is debatable but a spectacular shot all the same.

Winter starling landscape by PRYorkshire
Iíve been to Potteric Carr nature reserve but never managed to capture anything as unique as that. Very dramatic shot Ė great capture.

Streetlife at Dawn by Perscicador
Definitely a snow seen but lacks a focal point to give the shot any impact in my opinion.

Man the Battlements by Davidwozhere
A bit of a strange one. Iím sorry it doesnít do anything for me in the artistic sense.

My Back yard by JudithAnn
Wow thatís some shot. I went to Iceland some years ago and got some very similar photos of the Northern Lights. It must be special to have all that activity in your back yard.

A close-run competition but the order is:
First: Winter starling landscape by PRYorkshire
Second: My Back yard by JudithAnn
Joint Third: Sun Down by NigelK & Drama over Johannesburg by Noelcmn

Perspicador

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 09:26
treetlife at Dawn by Perscicador
Definitely a snow seen but lacks a focal point to give the shot any impact in my opinion

Try looking at the man in the dead-centre of the picture. that is the subject: Streetlife, Yet again we have judge looking for things that are not in the picture. Do snow scenes Impact? You tell me.

jofford

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 10:47
Sincere apologies for entering a photo I took in December - and announced in the additional notes that I had done this. Clearly, not trying to deceive; I just hadn't read the rules properly. I get into trouble with flatpack furniture as well!!

paulb531

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 11:28
Perspicador wrote:
treetlife at Dawn by Perscicador
Definitely a snow seen but lacks a focal point to give the shot any impact in my opinion

Try looking at the man in the dead-centre of the picture. that is the subject: Streetlife, Yet again we have judge looking for things that are not in the picture. Do snow scenes Impact? You tell me.

Rodney I am sorry if I offended you but it is just my opinion. Perhaps the car in the foreground distracted the eye. Also, the colours aren't great - the snow looks light blue or is that me being too critical. Perhaps its the job of the judge to sugar coat all comments you tell me?

Regards

Paul

paulb531

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 11:32
jofford wrote:
Sincere apologies for entering a photo I took in December - and announced in the additional notes that I had done this. Clearly, not trying to deceive; I just hadn't read the rules properly. I get into trouble with flatpack furniture as well!!

No problem John,

I once sent in a photo in by mistake that i took with my Sony!

Regards

Paul

jofford

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 11:45
paulb531 wrote:
jofford wrote:
Sincere apologies for entering a photo I took in December - and announced in the additional notes that I had done this. Clearly, not trying to deceive; I just hadn't read the rules properly. I get into trouble with flatpack furniture as well!!

No problem John,

I once sent in a photo in by mistake that i took with my Sony!

Regards

Paul

Thanks Paul

PRYorkshire

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 14:23
Thank you Paul for the 1st place and well done to Judith, Nigel and Noel. There were some excellent photos and I would have found it difficult to choose a winner. I will now get my thinking cap on for what will be March's competition subject.
Paul

K1000, istD, K70

Noelcmn

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 18:28
That is a cracking winning image, worthy winner. I would hang it on the wall. Congrats PRYorkshire. And extended to JudithAnn (Some people have envy inducing backyard hey) and my fellow placed 3rd spot Nigelk. Thanks to our host and Judge Paulb53, super challenge and s always, appreciate the C&C's.

JudithAnn

Link Posted 02/03/2021 - 07:40
Hey.... Thanks for the ever coveted "second" place, especially when you just finished judging a comp, Thank you to the judge for his work and time to share his opinions and thoughts on a form of art that is often subjective, at best. I always find the reviews on each photo so educational. Even if I disagree, I love to see why the judge feels or views the piece the way he does. back in the day when I started doing these comps, they were brutal to contributor especially if you sloppy and just grabbing snap shots. Every week, I took what they said and I improved...until one day, wow, I won. These comps were the beginning of me becoming a serious photographer...understanding the need to have great photos, sharp, rule of the third, great lighting, and something of true interest. I now have expanded into a great artist, with many clients and many wins and exhibitions of my work. Imagine ....it all started here, on this site, in these comps. You Never Know Where Something Might Lead!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to First and our two third place winners also. I loved the winning photo...it was stunning!

JA
https://www.jastandringphotos.com

davidwozhere

Link Posted 03/03/2021 - 01:15
Absolutely stunning 1st place. Well deserved win. Judith deserves a medal for living in those wild, cold climes and well done Nigel and Noel. Well done for standing your ground Paul. I too have been there and received a similar T shirt.
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