Monthly #68 - Long Exposure Photography Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 28/02/2018
Judge: paulb531

Winter with the lack of light lends itself to slow or long shutter speeds. This can mean a few seconds exposure to several minutes. It is a technique I have tried with mixed results. For this month I want Pentax Users to show me how its done. The subject matter is down to your preference. I look forward to see your entries. Please include how your shot was achieved - filters used for example.

Usual rules apply; the photo to be taken this month with a Pentax camera. The winner to judge and set next months competition.
Competition Entries

paulb531

Link Posted 05/02/2018 - 15:55
The Closing date needs changing to 28/02/2018

Regards

paul

paulb531

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 08:50
Monthly #68 - Long Exposure Photography Results and Feedback

A bit of a low entry level in numbers but it did produce some excellent contributions. The following are my thoughts on your efforts. I am no expert and the comments are only meant to be constructive.

The Scoop –by WaypointCharlie
The first to post a photo and even my wife was impressed and she isn’t usually interested in photography. I must confess to not being a lover of HDR but having said that this is excellent. You have used a good angle to get the desired perspective. The Pentax 12-24 is my favored lens for this type of work – it works well here. There is also plenty of foreground interest to make the composition work – every bit a winner.

Night – perspiscador
Unfortunately this isn’t a long exposure as specified in the remit. The photo is also overexposed thus losing any detail of the moon surface. I could have contacted you and given you opportunity to submit again but after last week’s controversy I decided against it. Ideally, you would have needed to have a low (100) ISO with a filter plus a tripod to achieve the desired result.

Lily – Davidwozhere
This an excellent macro shot. The detail and the exposure are spot on. I didn’t have macro on my mind when thinking about this competition but with the narrow depth of field it makes sense.

Light Painting by Nigelk
Wow what a great piece of work. It could easily be found on somebody’s wall or on the front of an album cover. Another use of slow shutter speed that doesn’t spring to mind but one expertly executed.

The boat @ Zoo Lake by Noelcmn
The benefits of a slow shutter speed is that it gives water that silky look due to blurring. I would have liked to have seen a wider angle view to get more of that effect but nevertheless this is an excellent capture. A good composition with good detail.

A tough decision between three excellent photos.

Winner: The Scoop –by WaypointCharlie
Joint second: Lily – Davidwozhere and Light Painting by Nigelk

Nigelk

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 11:36
Well done WaywardCharlie an excellent winner. Well done to David and thank you from me for our joint 2nd.
Thank you Paul for setting and judging. I'm also surprised you didn't get a few more entries, however "The Scoop" is an excellent winning image.

WaypointCharlie

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 11:53
Well I'm chuffed. Thank you. It's a pity there weren't a few more entries though. I'd have thought it was a good time of year for long exposures, with the darker days and longer nights.

It's a long time since I've entered one of these competitions and certainly the first I've ever won. I'll now need to learn how to setup the next one. It just happened that your competition coincided with my night walk around London at the beginning of the month and I spotted your theme just after I'd uploaded 'The Scoop' to the Gallery.

I can't say I'm a big lover of HDR either, but I'm getting more aggressive with my processing and tolerating it more these days (provided it doesn't have those horrible halos). Perhaps that's partly because high-impact seems to be in vogue for club competitions, but I'm wary of trying too hard to please other people's tastes. I think there are some subjects that can benefit from HDR and this may be an example. Otherwise the choice would have been crushed shadows and/or blown highlights. Given HDR or straight-out-of-the-camera, HDR would win for me....at least on this one.

Noelcmn

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 14:18
Had little doubt in my mind that that shot would be the winner, its excellent, wonderfully composed, and I like the range of colors and tones, not to mention some fine details. Congratulations WaypointCharlie. And extended to Davidwozhere and NigelK, also excellent shots! And a hearty thanks to Paulb531, great job judging. Pity so few entries. But these things happen.
And wishing all the UK forumites well over the next couple of days with that terrific storms that has hit the UK.

JAK

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 14:39
That was a super winning shot and would be a contender for any suitable competition. Well done.
John K

davidwozhere

Link Posted 02/03/2018 - 00:30
As soon as I saw it, I thought, "there's the winner then!" Well done. Great work and super result. A pity there were not more entries.
Hey Nigel - 2nd is the best place. You don't have to judge the next one !
Thanks for the comprehensive critique Paul.
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