Monthly #86 - Idyllic pastoral scenes! A landscape competition... Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/08/2019
Judge: drofmit

August is the second "holiday" month... but I don't want holiday scenes....
I want to see....
gentle, calm, warm, idyllic pastoral scenes...
flowing landscapes, pastel shades, calm waters if lakes are included....
no brash architecture... soft buildings... old brick, thatch, warm tiles, visible timbers...
nothing hot [had enough of that... all our veg is dead!]....
nothing that looks too cold**... capture the warmth.

**Those leaving the cold of their winter can't capture the warmth, so....
For those in the Southern Hemisphere who are now in the grip of "February"...
your pastoral scenes will obviously be different...
You need to show the countryside awakening from the slumbers of winter...
so I expect you will be taking pictures nearer the end of the month...
and please say where you are from, so I don't get it wrong!!

Usual rules apply...
The Exif data must show that...
[A] it is taken during this month - August 2019
[B] a Pentax or Ricoh camera was used...
no iPhones, no rival makes, no tablets....
Just Pentax family...
(it would also be nice to see what lens was used...)

Finish date: 31st August 2019 at Midnight GMT
Competition Entries

drofmit

Link Posted 05/08/2019 - 06:15
The competition is not yet closed...
keep taking those pastoral SCENES.... THERE'S A WHOLE MONTH TO GO....
we are still in August and as per normal we need someone to reset the finish date....
worry knot...'twill be done today or tomorrow...
certainly this week.... or perhaps next.... whenever?
Just take nice, calm, gentle pastoral SCENES....
all will be well, all will be well!
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!!"
Anon.

johnriley

Link Posted 05/08/2019 - 09:21
End date has been corrected.
Best regards, John

drofmit

Link Posted 01/09/2019 - 22:46
Firstly, thank you for your eleven entries... apologies for taking so long, but we are expecting guests tomorrow and I was rather occupied.

The subject was "Idyllic pastoral scenes! A landscape competition", which brings me nicely to picture number one:

Lepidopter by Perspicador
Rodney, did you read the brief?
Not a landscape, not idyllic... sorry, not wasting my time on this...
Nice sharp picture / wrong competition.


Summer by davidwozhere
Now this is what I call a landscape... horizon not at the midpoint... everything sharp from front to back... the clouds echoed in the thistledown in the foreground. Love it!


Thorpe cloud by speedbird2064
Unfortunately, despite my request for a date as there was none in the Exif... it remains undated so I cannot judge it, nor is it particularly pastoral... I will pass on to the next...


tea break by pipinmels
Love this one... given where pipinmels now lives, there is a total contrast with David's... mountains and undulations... the hay has been cut and those curved lines add to the picture.
Very nice...


After the harvest by ken2390
A nice shape to this picture of stubble the tree and hedge lines create a reversed-Z shape... and the stubble is in two different directions, nicely spotted.
Even the two buildings are opposites.
It was taken at almost 7pm and the long shadows match that... however, as much as I like this picture, my eyes are contantly dragged to the middle the picture by that signpost.
I think that bringing up the mid-tones in "Levels" (Photoshop) would improve this considerably...you could also use the white slider and brighten those clouds... you are not going to alter that signpost.. but the second, shorter signpost and the window frames on the top property, when lightened, will also act to balance that central one.


Gold Spun Harvest by Kree
This is pastoral... and is really how ken2390's picture should look when lightened. The composition is perfect i.m.o.... the foreground lines of stubble pull your eye to the horizon and the vanishing tree line leeds you across the picture to the distant copse... and my eye falls naturally then to the bottom right and back around.
Lovely picture.


Cows May Safely Graze by MikeInDevon
Absolute cracker of a shot... this is exactly what I was envisaging when I set the brief...
it is only lacking little fluffy clouds, but everything else makes up for that in spades.


Northern Farm by Noelcmn
No date... in fact no Exif data at all... so I cannot judge this.
As a picture, it really needs the foreground lightening...
I can make out some cattle, but it really is too dark at the bottom.


Harvest Bails by JAK
Blue sky, golden corn, a green copse... to me idyllic. Dappled shade in the foreground, bales of straw as far as the eye can see,
There is a lovely leading line, just right of centre, that John has spotted and used... it leads you to the horizon and over...
five bales, four in a straight line and one tipping you over the horizon.
These had to be done by John positioning himself...
those bales are impossible to move without a forklift or grab...
one metric tonne each! Well spotted and used.


Jerseys by Nigelk
Green grass, Jersey cows, fluffy clouds.... what's not to like... a nice, gentle picture. A slight crop in on the left is needed to get rid of the two distractions halfway up the picture... that is all, no more.


cutacre park view by johnjm
Last but by no means least... but it doesn't grab... the foreground of tree and building are blocking my view of the view.... you should've braved those thistles and gone closer to the tree... moving the building much more to the right, it is the old timber there that is of foreground interest... and frame much more of the view between the brickwork and timber of the building and the trunk of the tree... the view looks as though it goes forever.


So, who gets to set this month's competition...

HC's to tea break by pipinmels, Jerseys by Nigelk and Gold spun harvest by Kree
Third spot: Summer by davidwozhere
Second on the podium: Harvest Bails by JAK
and the winner this week with a picture that has almost everything...
Cows May Safely Graze by MikeInDevon

So... over to you Mike!
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!!"
Anon.

Noelcmn

Link Posted 02/09/2019 - 12:42
Congrats MikeinDevon, lovely pastoral scene indeed! And extended to JAK and davidwoshere. Not forgettting the HC's pipinmels, Nigelk and Kree. Thanks Dromfit, for the challenge and C&C's- always appreciated. Not sure how I got to lose the EXIF data, but them again computers and editing programs do funny things

MikeInDevon

Link Posted 02/09/2019 - 14:54
Many thanks for the win Tim, a nice surprise! I hadn't figured on winning so must now put on my thinking cap .... and also congratulations to the JAK, davidwoshere and the HC's pipinmels, Nigelk and Kree.

Cheers
Mike

JAK

Link Posted 02/09/2019 - 15:44
Thank you dromit (Tim) for second place, Don't think I was counting the bails, just trying to get it to look right after negotiating a ditch to get into the field! Also congrats to MikeinDevon & Davidwoz here for their podium spots.
I had a photo of cows too but they all had their backs to me so a bit of a failure.
My initial working of Harvest Bails was in mono but the brief really called for a colour version, then to get the colours looking right in the late afternoon sun. I've uploaded the mono version to the gallery here for comparison: https://www.pentaxuser.com/photo/harvest-bails--mono-version--110118
John K

davidwozhere

Link Posted 04/09/2019 - 00:23
Well done Mike - that's about as pastoral as you'd get - and John. Thank you for the third: for me, getting praise for a landscape, I'm delighted to even have been placed ! Concise and perceptive comments. Thanks Tim.
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