Monthly #93 - Things that roll Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/03/2020
Judge: davidwozhere

All sorts of things roll: eggs, wheels, stones, snowballs, marbles, balls, rolling pins, tubes. If you can roll it then it's in play but:
(i) must be taken during March 2020
(ii) with a Pentax camera (or accepted clone)
(iii) the winner must set and judge the following month's contest.

Roll on !
Competition Entries


Link Posted 09/03/2020 - 06:58
Judging already. Interesting


Link Posted 10/03/2020 - 10:03
Bah, frustrating that my camera is currently out for repair! I feel lost without it, ha.


Link Posted 10/03/2020 - 16:06
Perspicador wrote:
Judging already. Interesting

Presumably you won!
John K


Link Posted 11/03/2020 - 22:35
Perspicador wrote:
Judging already. Interesting

The closing date needs fixing as it always does with the monthly competition.


Link Posted 12/03/2020 - 12:44
A quick PM would have reminded me, so apologies for missing this and it's now been put right.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 01/04/2020 - 12:44
Not a huge response here but what quality! Each time I thought a winner had appeared another one topped it or competed. What a shame we can't put three together and squeeze them on the top step.

Ball by Perspicador
It rolls and I like the slightly off center composition. I suspect it was taken with autofocus since the sharpest spot appears to be the foreground in the bottom left area. A golf ball doesn't give AF much contrast to seize upon which, coupled with the overall whiteness and the compression of perspective from a 300mm lens tends to wash out the detail on the ball itself.

The way it rolls by Nigelk
A lot of thought went into this one resulting in a fascinating combination of physics, composition, optics and skill. Beautifully set up and really well executed. That table must be worth a few bob to a collector too !

Ready to roll by mr.mellow
Nice tight composition and wasn't that a bright sunny day! Bottom ISO, tiny aperture and it still gets sun blasted. You did well to avoid any of the highlights being blown. It shows off their business very well. I find the crop just a bit too tight however, especially on the left edge.

Rock 'n Roll by johnriley
Very clever title and interpretation. As one might expect from John, it is technically just so. The blast of bright colours against the (not exactly) black background demands that one pays attention to it. Hard to fault this one.

Trying to keep up by paulb531
My first reaction was, 'how did you mange that at 1/60th?' Good panning I suppose and it has produced a super action shot giving the impression she is going a lot faster that she actually is. Colour would have presented distractions from this overall goal of 'motion' so the choice of B&W is a good one.

Wooden Rollin-pin by Aitch53
Perhaps a rolling pin would have been 'obvious' as you put it, but the presentation is anything but. The perfect fit of it across that roasting pan coupled with a pin sharp, contrasty exposure makes a striking diagonal composition. I so wish the sides hadn't been trimmed off by the crop.

Prang by Benz3ne
For a test shot through the window this didn't come out half bad at all. I bet she loves you for taking it !

Dinky Roller by GlynM
Well, some people did keep all their Dinky Toys in the boxes - not me I fear. You have done a magnificent job melding this one with the background photograph. The thumbnail would easily pass as a genuine picture. It reminds me of a similar, highly realistic one from Meccano Magazine of a farm tractor and trailer transporting a gigantic potato! It takes skill to do this sort of thing well.

Oopa-it rolled the wrong way by Noelcmn
Great opportunistic shot - having noticed it in the first place. It is a very successful breach of the rule about having a vertical line divide the frame in two. The seed in question negates the rule by drawing attention to itself, aided by the vertical fronds on the right. A very satisfying composition.

A Rolling Stone...(gathers no moss) by JAK
And indeed, that stone really stands out from its fellows. I suppose it IS something that could roll were it released from its bondage This is a nice diagonal composition with a very crisp presentation (HDR?). It also makes you stop to think about it - a positive attribute of any picture - like, how is it the moss hasn't encroached on this particular stone? for example.

So here I am, with a lot of contenders, having to choose just one when I want to choose three. OK, so rank them.
I want to rank them 1st, 1st and 1st.
Nigel for his technical thinking, Paul for his panning and careful choices and Glyn for his pseudo-realism and the remainder are not very far behind.

Paul gets 1st place because he has lifted the potentially mundane to a higher level
Nigel and Glyn 2nd equal for producing excellence from two totally different directions
and that allows me to cheat slightly and award John a place too (I did say it was hard to fault).
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Link Posted 01/04/2020 - 17:23
Many thanks David, a great competition, a great set of comments and I guess quite a challenge to judge.

Thanks too for my joint second place with Nigel .

Congratulations to Paul for the winning image, my fellow runners-up and everyone else for rising to the challenge.


PS - I have put a picture of how my entry was shot into the thread for this competition in the forum just to show that it was not too difficult to achieve although I have to admit that I had done something similar before where I learnt most of the pitfalls.
Last Edited by GlynM on 01/04/2020 - 17:37


Link Posted 01/04/2020 - 21:24
Many thanks David for the competition and the judging. Thanks for the win and congratulations to the other podium places.

I will have a think and post a competition later tonight.




Link Posted 01/04/2020 - 22:07
Congrats Paul, what a wonderful motion shot, and spt for the times we are living in. Feel good shot! And extended to Glyn, Nigel, and Johnriley. Super challenge, super judging- thanks David.


Link Posted 01/04/2020 - 22:13
Thank you for the competition and judging davidwozhere.
Congratulations to Paul for his winning shot,well done to the other podium places and thank you for my joint second.


Link Posted 02/04/2020 - 09:34
Thanks for that, super collection of images and well judged!
Best regards, John
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