Monthly #111 - Sinister Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 30/09/2021
Judge: Fodwick

Time to get in touch with your dark side and set it free.
Any interpretation of sinister you like, the darker the better.
Usual monthly competition rules apply. Shot in the month of September 2021, and with a pentax camera or acceptable clone. Please include exif data, or state date taken if the gremlins have chewed it .
Competition Entries


Link Posted 02/09/2021 - 08:18
Hi Folks,
For some reason, i can't set the finish date for this cometition. Can anyone help?
Come and see the beautiful things I see in the ordinary world.


Link Posted 02/09/2021 - 16:52
Try using the report problem link at the bottom?



Link Posted 03/09/2021 - 07:05
MHOL190246 wrote:
Try using the report problem link at the bottom?


Sorted. Thanks.
Come and see the beautiful things I see in the ordinary world.


Link Posted 01/10/2021 - 21:49
Thank you all for entering my competition.
Some entries fall outside the taken in September '21 rule (according to the EXIF), unfortunately that rules them out of winning, which is a pity because they are good images.
Please bear in mind I’m definitely an amateur when it comes to post prod etc., and these are my thoughts on the images.

The Woods of Dundurn – Dwight-Morton
An interesting use of high contrast, creating a lithographic feel to the composition. This turns what I presume was a peaceful woodland scene on its head, and certainly taking it to the dark side.

Evil Child. – HazyJ
Close framing and colour crank up the sinister appearance of this cherub, catching the eye from the outset. Degradation of the poster and the graffiti add the icing to the cake.

Sinister Sunflower – SteveCoburn
This is a great capture. The angle creates the sinister expression with the B&W + contrast pulling an innocent sunflower into the shadows. Very ‘Jack Skellington’.

Bear – PRYorkshire
Loved the use of limited colour in this image to enhance the halo effect. Giving the head the appearance of floating through the air, like in ‘Zardoz’. Or it could be a Layak from Balinese superstition.

Casing the Joint – Perspicador
Great capture of a squirrel on the rob. Nicely caught and framed; however, cheeky, opportunist and tealeaf are words that spring to mind rather than sinister (unless I were a nut, I suppose).

Nicely framed, drawing the eye into the structure. The colours and contrasting feel between the vegetation and stone bring to mind an abandoned temple in the jungle full of traps for the unwary.

Wrong Direction!! - MHOL190246
Superb image of a garden spider, capturing her colours and markings really well. Unfortunately, as someone who is fascinated by our eight legged friends, I’m more inclined to think pretty rather than sinister.

Nuclear Disaster or innocent Welsh tram ride? – RuthWhite
Well now. At first glance I just saw the tram ride, but then I saw that look in her eyes. The colours and the difference between the light side, and the dark side into which her eyes look in fear really do give this a dark quality. If you could have lost the person behind somehow, either by closer cropping or even swapping the background, and then retitled to something like “hiding”, this would have been bang on.

What Have I Done Now? – JAK
This is a nicely caught portrait of a somewhat elderly copper, who reminds me of the village bobby we had when I was a nipper. Sinister? I guess it depends what you’ve been up to...

The woman in the cellar – michaelblue
Nicely set up and executed. Great stairwell for the shot, just the right amount of decrepit.

Under the Boot – tomw
Good spot and capture, with the colour and grain flattening the image enough to look like the poster boy is putting the boot in. And it is the left boot, which is sinister, of course.

There’s summat odd going on here!! – drofmit
Definitely maxed out the ‘odd'. Fires from hell and random hands about to grapple, with an alarmed looking porcelain beastie looking on. Bonkers, but in a good way.

1st Bear – PRYorkshire, which just pipped
2nd Sinister Sunflower – SteveCoburn, followed very closely by
3rd The woman in the cellar - michealblue.
HC to RuthWhite for catching that look, and MHOL190246 because spiders are fab.
Thanks again everyone for joining in.
Come and see the beautiful things I see in the ordinary world.


Link Posted 01/10/2021 - 23:18
Thanks for the competition.... Congratulations to PRYorkshire and the other podia....
"Definitely maxed out the ‘odd'. ...... Bonkers, but in a good way."
I am in a "bonkers" mood at the moment......
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 02/10/2021 - 07:01
Thou shalt not steal. That includes Robbin Robin!
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats


Link Posted 02/10/2021 - 14:04
Thanks for an interesting competition and for the HC. Congratulations to PRYorkshire - a worthy winner and to the other podia.




Link Posted 02/10/2021 - 21:10
Many thanks to Fodwick for the first place and well done to SteveCoburn, michaelblue, RuthWhite and MHOL190246. I'll get my thinking cap on for a subject for October's competition.

K1000, Espio 140, ist, istD, K70, K3iii and numerous lenses, just don't tell my wife.
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