Weekly #485 - Trick or Treat Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 30/10/2016
Judge: JAK

This competition is to produce a photograph that fits the theme 'Trick or Treat.' While the photograph can certainly be based on the Halloween event coming up next Monday, it doesn't have to be. The clue is in the title!
The treat for the winner will be setting next week's competition and the trick will be judging it! I look forward to seeing your entry.

Usual rules-
Entries can be shot for the competition or taken from your archives.
Pentax cameras only apart from the exceptions as usual which include Ricoh and some Samsung clones.
The winner will be expected to set and judge the next weekly competition.
Closing date midnight (GMT) Sunday October 30th (the clocks will have gone back that very morning!)
Competition Entries

JAK

Link Posted 31/10/2016 - 10:15
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry this week. I thought we were only going to have five up until Saturday night but Sunday saw the number more than double (just!)
Certainly a varied selection but all valid entries and as usual difficult (read impossible) to judge. I can only click on one winner button when several entries might warrant that for different reasons, shame we can't announce a tie.
Several of the entries this time are of homely personal family photos and it is hard to judge those against contrived photos taken with a view for entering them into a competition. I guess this is just the nature of the theme.

1. Trick? I'll go for the treat! by peterf
Ah, what a start. I want one too!! Obviously posed but it doesn't look too unnatural. Sometimes 'bunches' of fingers can ruin a shot but here it holds the photo together nicely. A really lovely photo which your family and daughter in particular will treasure in the years to come. Definitely a treat featured here and a lovely portrait!

2. Trick or Treat! by John Riley
A great fun impromptu image of the two youngsters presumably having just got ready for the evening. What not to like? Great expressions but seemingly not very scary, though one can easily be deceived. Techinically the photo achieves what it set out to do, great!

3. Gimme a lolly! by Perspicador
Perspicador, you're slipping - only third one uploaded this time and no ducks!! In fact this is a really likeable image with only really one slight reservation regarding it in that the boy has had his feet chopped off! Poor lad. Otherwise the composition is good. The boy's position in the frame is ideal, the fountains are cropped at just the right height and there's nothing overly distracting (though the fish and chips might make a nice treat) but all in all it's made a really nice photo. The water fountains have created some quite interesting patterns to look at too. I love the expression on the boy's face, trust you got him his lolly!

4. Rooms to Let - 15 cents by tyronet2000
Just imagine booking your holiday accommodation and getting to that front door!
Out of interest I found this property was sold leasehold in July 2015 for 27,000. Think they were done!
As to whether I Would knock on that door? Think I'd pass on that. Just imagine calling there for a Bob-A-Job! AS to Trick or Treat... scary thoughts!
And as to the photo, it's one of those ironic images portraying decay in a well loved seaside town. A sign of the times I guess. I wonder if the devaluing of the pound will start a resurgance in UK holidays and help places like this get revitalized. A fascinating record well taken with interesting textures of the decaying paint and bricks. I do hope that wasn't your holiday accommodation Stan!

5. Waiting witch by michaelblue
Oo-err. Be careful when you go out after dark there! Very halloweeny. Not sure that you need all the upper part of the tree though, a more or less square format using just the lower part of the photo looks to work well and gives more prominence to the... w-w-w-waiting witch which would put the witch more or less on the lower right intersection of the thirds which (witch!) makes for a stronger image (in my opinion.) That got me tongue tied!
10 out of 10 for topicalness and originality, but a point off for the slight loss of impact! All in all it's very Well taken.

6. Kirsty at Halloween by LancashireLad
Knowing it's Kirsty we're all feeling safe now! I think she needs some mits or gloves on to hide the fingers (and keep them warm) and she hasn't got much meat on her, she's all bone, and err, no skin! Ah, that was intentional!
It's a well taken scary shot for the family album and I suspect Kirsty cringes when she sees it now, six years on!
Taken on an ist DL2 it still stands the test of time and shows what could be achieved with the cameras back then. It would actually be harder to take it now on some of the current breed of Pentax's as there's no pop up flash any more. To sum up, delightful!

7. Ready for use by davidwozhere
I'm not sure why, but this one really appeals to me. Taken only in the last few days it has proved good timing to enter it for the competition. Absolutely topical and if that's the school's garden it looks to be a wonderful place. Good on the youngsters green fingers too.
Having seven of something in a picture is one of those quantities that makes a balanced photo, albeit unconsciously. I think that is what it must be with this. It's nothing pretentious, just a good photo. In fact it's almost another 10/10 and it would have been if it wasn't for the intrusive bisected cloche on the right hand side. It would spoil the balance to crop it out but cloning it out would be simple and effective (at least for a competition photo.) Non the less, great photo.

8. Royal family by paulb531
A self professed fun shot. Not the normal trick or treat masks! What would you say if these turned up on your doorstep?! ... No champers here please!
We're not told what the event is or what is going on. There's the edge of a sign but not enough to understand. It might be a treat for someone but it isn't obvious. No complaints technically about the shot, just wish I knew a bit more as to what it is all about; as it is it only tells half a story and I'd like to know more. I do like the shot very much but it isn't particularly trick or treaty or halloweeny as some of the other entries, it's more for a theme featuring a celebration perhaps. If it did happen to be a treat, it doesn't come across as to why. Non the less it was well taken and captured the mood of the event perfectly.

9. The Soul catcher by conexus
A very powerful Halloween / goth image. It's superbly taken though I would like to know a little more about it.
I'm presuming the church and graveyard is a backdrop and the 'Soul Catcher' is standing in front of it. But it could also be a composite image with layers for the moon, church and the Soul catcher all cleverly put together by the author, We're not told. There's no exif either to give a clue about it. Quite a lot of the impact here is coming from that backdrop and that may or may not be the author's original work. However the figure is well taken. If it is all the author's original work it would have to be an 11 out of 10 but as we're not sure I've taken a couple of points off for that as I suspect it isn't (sorry if it was.) Certainly an attention grabbing picture.

10. Sugar coated jelly by Noelcmn
There was I about to have my tea and these treats turned up! Yum. Spoilt my tea now. So you bought them for a toddler and ate them yourself. Poor toddler. A point off for that!!
As to the photo, the taste is gorgeous and I'm still licking them off the screen. (Perhaps you had better have your point back.) A little more depth of field should have got them all sharp all over, f/3.5 was being a bit hopeful (I guess you didn't really think about it at the time.) With hindsight you could have put the ISO up to at least 400 and got an extra couple of stops to f/5.6 or even f/8 without significient definition loss. Notwithstanding, a tasty photo with nice textures!

11. The trick is to pretend you dont want a treat by ken2390
All the swans queuing up hoping to get something, they can be quite insistant. I reckon it's pretty unusual to have that many swans in the same place as often there's only one or two pairs amongst dozens of ducks, but I can't see any ducks or geese there at all. Having the food source wearing red certainly lifts the photo and makes for a good contrast against the green background. Being hyper critical I might say some of the swans are 'burnt out' (exposure wise, not over-cooked for lunch!) but I'm sure it wasn't intended to be anything other than a reminder of the time and place and it has proved to be good record for that purpose. You've supplied the regualar avian connection normally provided by Perspicador! Thanks for sharing it.


So we've ended with effectively a dead heat with several images getting 9's, they are nos. 5, 7 and 9 so the choice will be between those.
Do I have to pick just one winner. Well I guess so, so....

1st Ready for use by davidwozhere
The spirit of the event in a well spotted natural scene.

2nd= Waiting witch by michaelblue
2nd= The Soul catcher by conexus (If only the exif was viewable or explained it may have answered some of those questions and won the outright top spot.)

3rd= Gimme a lolly! by Perspicador
3rd= Trick? I'll go for the treat! by peterf

Then well deserved HCs to ALL the rest. Really they were all fabulous and thank you for sharing them.

Sorry to cheat on the placings, I know five into three doesn't normlly fit! It just happens the two third places are my preferences from the non Halloweeny entries and I wish that to be recorded. Hope it makes sense now!

Thank you to all who took part and to others who have followed this competition without entering, why not try in the next one?
David Will be Here... next (I hope), all yours!
John K

Perspicador

Link Posted 31/10/2016 - 12:59
Enjoyable contest, which just missed the deadline for submissions from this year - so the topic is still hot! Thank you for the placement. My confession is that the boy burst in upon my photo as I was taking it, so just cutting his legs off is the least of my worries! Well done everyone.
Quote:
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats

tyronet2000

Link Posted 31/10/2016 - 14:44
Congratulations to the Winner and other places. Thanks to John for the interesting subject the judging and comprehensive comments.
Regards
Stan

To My Snaps...

PPG

Noelcmn

Link Posted 31/10/2016 - 17:29
I agree, enjoyable challenge. Thanks John for that, and the detailed comments. Great choice of a winner there, lovely colors and tones, beautifully composed shot. Congrats Davidwozhere. And congrats extended to Michaelblue, Conexus, Perpicador and peterf. So, it seems I can be forgiven for eating the poor toddler's sweets, seeing that our Judge ended up licking the screen.
Last Edited by Noelcmn on 31/10/2016 - 17:29

michaelblue

Link Posted 31/10/2016 - 19:45
Thanks for a fun competition John and my second place!, I did contemplate chopping off (not literally) some of the top of the tree but I'd already uploaded it by then.
Well done to davidwozhere and the other places,
Bring on the next one...................
Regards,
Michael
My new website:link
Last Edited by michaelblue on 31/10/2016 - 19:46

conexus

Link Posted 31/10/2016 - 22:52
erm the title of the competition was trick or treat, a Halloween film, of course. the backdrop was added it took me about two hours to add the background and the original picture , well it was taken in a pub, the background was not great!
So I was really pleased with the image but not so pleased with the background.
So are we saying the images are now totally original, or can we be creative, dodge and burn, multi-layer double exposure.
Congrats to the winner for a great technical exposure.
But I was concerned about the limitations on creativity
This was definitely and unashamedly a ' trick' exposure
Mike Court
K3, K7, 12 Pentax-17 pentax18-250, pentax50-135 2.8, tamron 16 - 70 2.8 18-55, pentaxc 50-200,pentax 50mm1.7,metz flash bowens 500 and studio stuff

JAK

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 00:57
conexus wrote:
erm the title of the competition was trick or treat, a Halloween film, of course. the backdrop was added it took me about two hours to add the background and the original picture , well it was taken in a pub, the background was not great!
So I was really pleased with the image but not so pleased with the background.
So are we saying the images are now totally original, or can we be creative, dodge and burn, multi-layer double exposure.
Congrats to the winner for a great technical exposure.
But I was concerned about the limitations on creativity
This was definitely and unashamedly a ' trick' exposure

Reckon I explained my thoughts above and what may have helped the decision process. Sorry if you feel hard done by. Each 'judge' does their own thing and have their own preferences as I'm sure you appreciate and only one winner can be selected. Some like contrived photos, some like strong HDR images, some like a photo to be as real as possible and hate the other two types because they have been made to look more like graphic art works. Everyone's different hence why some upload family shots of the kids and sometimes they win. I'm sure everyone thinks their photo should have won on occasion and not appreciated the whys and the wherefores of the one chosen but a shrewd competition entrant gets to know what the judge's preferences are and submits accordingly, but even then surprises happen!
It's also useful to have it confirmed for our competitions that the photo was taken on a Pentax camera should the exif data not be present. That seems to be a sort of unwritten rule, especially where a photograph has been scanned from a film camera original so wouldn't have any exif in any event or its just got lost in the processing such as saving images as a TIF. Should the entry exif indicate the photo wasn't taken on a Pentax the image gets removed; lack of exif can give rise to subconscious doubts.
It's normal to have to accept that the judge's decision is final provided the rules have been complied with even if you don't agree with the decision made. If I was entering a competition set by yourself I would have to accept your result whether I agreed with it or not.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 01/11/2016 - 01:08

davidwozhere

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 01:08
However one views it, I think we are all in accord that Soul Catcher is a cor-blimey attention grabber of a good image. I'd hate him anywhere near my pumpkins. I never even noticed that offending half cloche - you are bang on right about it. So Thank You for the podium and thanks guys for the close competition. Also, I never realised Stan was so fussy about where he stayed
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JAK

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 01:16
davidwozhere wrote:
However one views it, I think we are all in accord that Soul Catcher is a cor-blimey attention grabber of a good image.

Indeed it was and it could quite easily have won too. As I said, all the photos were enjoyable for different reasons. How do you compare a superb piece of chalk to fine cheese? That's the sort of decision that's required! It just has to be one's personal preference.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 01/11/2016 - 01:20

paulb531

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 08:20
Congratulations to the winner and a very well done to JAK for setting the competition and judging.

It's hard enough doing the judging with out having debates on the decision. I'm with JAK on the is one its a photographic competition and down to the judges decision, opinion or personal preference. The Soul Catcher is a collage - clever as it is. Its down to the question when is a photograph not a photograph? Perhaps another judge might view it differently but that will be again down to the individual judge.

Regards

Paul

johnriley

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 08:44
The judges decision is always final. Magazine rules tend to follow with "and no correspondence will be entered into"! Although there is no such restriction here!

Just a thought though about similar images. The one thing about it that slightly jars is the wrong progression of the depth of field. The fingers and hand are crisply sharp, the face is not and the background is. DOF doesn't wander in and out, it's a progression, and the discrepancy is possibly noticed on a subconscious level. Something to watch perhaps, but a great image anyway.

An interesting subject and some interesting results!
Best regards, John

conexus

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 09:42
I Love a debate
Mike Court
K3, K7, 12 Pentax-17 pentax18-250, pentax50-135 2.8, tamron 16 - 70 2.8 18-55, pentaxc 50-200,pentax 50mm1.7,metz flash bowens 500 and studio stuff

Simonmac

Link Posted 01/11/2016 - 15:24
Some lovely entries here.

One of the joys about this weekly (or indeed monthly) competition is being able to appreciate the entries even if you don't enter.

I think that John's comments were fair and just.

I really don't understand why a debate has begun!

As they say 'All work and no play make Jack a dull boy'.

Spooky!

Simon

ps- If it was a 'borrowed' background, then perhaps we need some guidance on this? Personally, I love the photograph. Coming from the West Midlands that is surely Roy Wood!
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Last Edited by Simonmac on 01/11/2016 - 15:28
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