Weekly #541 - Carpe Noctem Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 26/11/2017
Judge: i-Berg

Seize the Night! Post your best night-time image, usual rules about Pentax / Ricoh gear etc. Winner must set the next competition and judge it with reasons. Closing this Sunday at pumpkin time...
Competition Entries


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 06:47
The Pentax User Assizes

In the Photography Division


In the Matter of Weekly Competition #541 – Carpe Noctem

Before: i-Berg, J.

Date: On the 21st day of November, in the year 2017


For the Pentax User Forum:

Mr J Riley, Esq. (as amicus curiae), with Messrs Page, Burleson & Bargh


For the Applicants:

Perspicador – Applicant-in-Person
JAK – Applicant-in-Person
Johnriley – Applicant-in-Person
Nigelk – Applicant-in-Person
Davidtrout – Applicant-in-Person
Derek897 – Applicant-in-Person
Vic Cross – Applicant-in-Person
Tyronet2000 – Applicant-in-Person
Pipinmels – Applicant-in-Person
Davidwozhere – Applicant-in-Person
Smudge – Applicant-in-Person
Paulb531 – Applicant-in-Person
Noelcmn – Applicant-in-Person
GlynM – Applicant-in-Person
Drofmit – Applicant-in-Person
Stephen-s – Applicant-in-Person

(21st day of November, 2017)

i-Berg, J.: The theme for the competition being Carpe Noctem, I am required to determine the best night-time image. To do so, I will have regard to content, lighting and composition, amongst other considerations. I have also heard Mr Riley on the conditions established for the Weekly Competitions, and the custom and practice surrounding their discharge.

Until such time as all entries have been duly received and this competition closes, I will adjourn this court.

cur. adv. vult

(27th day of November, 2017)

i-Berg, J.: Each of the Applicants-in-Person appears here, laying claim to the Pentax User Weekly Competition numbered #541. In arriving at this judgment, I have carefully considered (as in previous such matters before my learned colleagues in this Honourable Court), whether each of the 16 submissions firstly meets the competition brief; and second, the combination of content, lighting and composition in each of them.

Perspicador – All the fun of the fair. One of the advantages of night shooting is that the colours are just that much brighter against a night sky. This image reveals that in spades – well done.

JAK – Circling the Square. Whichever camera it was, you’ve caught the trails well. It’s interesting how they transition from heads to tails too! What a blast – I was shooting with a Miranda EE2 back then, nearly 40 years ago…

Johnriley – Day’s End. I’ll take this as a night shot, it’s a very pleasant scene. ISO1600 and one 2,500th of a second – a bit of push in the post John? Shows the quality of the K5 sensor nicely.

Nigelk – V&A. That’s a lovely exposure, and on the K5 II would be 12mm equivalent. Lovely symmetry in the building, brought out well.

Davidtrout – Evening Train. An effective perspective, and the ‘evening glow’ captured superbly, along with the lines leading to the vanishing point.

Derek897 – Samuel Beckett Bridge. Some interesting (and bold) diagonals here. The 10 second exposure has turned the water silky smooth, and that for me really suits the support wires of the bridge.

Vic Cross – Light Trails on the A14. Lots of light trails recorded from a busy road, and I sense you’ve had either wind vibrate your tripod, or the bridge itself was shaking? The light poles and road markings / lines all appear to be in duplicate or triplicate here…

Tyronet2000 – Queen Elizabeth II Park. Good timing to capture a sky when it’s almost winter. It’s so much easier to do the dusk and dawn shots, when you don’t have to get up early, or stay up late!

Pipinmels – Mels at night. The fog has added significant amount of atmosphere here. This has the feel of the Festive Season already!

Davidwozhere – Full Moon. That’s a bright one, and to my mind almost overshadows the other elements in the image. The sky appears to have a hint of smoke close to the horizon, and that adds some intrigue and foreboding.

Smudge – Carnaby Street. Take your pick - Sanitisation, commercialisation, gentrification… The image makes that point very clearly indeed.

Paulb531 – Sheffield by Night. A busy skyline, although the rooves in the foreground are almost a distinct element demanding separate treatment?

Noelcmn – Pier into the dark. Great subject matter – stark, bold, and isolated. The tint treatment (if that’s what it is) works for me.

GlynM – Ash Wharf at Christmas. This could almost be a miniature. And what a whopper of a starburst – you’d be well happy with that lens.

Drofmit – After the fireworks. Looks like a few of them may not be capable of dancing! A decade hence, I would imagine you’re glad you caught this. Would a slight crop have brought the viewer in a little closer to the action?

Stephen-s – Light painting Hexham Abbey. Fascinating – is it [a] torch/es, given there are also light trails on the ground? Very colourful, and complements the background colours also.

cur. adv. vult

(27th day of November, 2017)

Having carefully considered all of the above matters, this Court now finds THAT:

The submission of Nigelk, namely V&A shall be awarded Third Place; and
The submission of Pipinmels, namely Mels at Night shall be awarded Second Place; and
The submission of Noelcmn, namely Pier into the Dark shall be awarded First Place.

AND FURTHER: This Court DOTH ORDER that the Applicant Noelcmn is hereby commanded forthwith and without delay to now set and establish Weekly Competition numbered #542, and thereafter to proceed in judgment of all entries to such competition until the said competition is hereinafter fully and finally determined with reasons provided.

AND I further order that all parties to this competition other than the above party subject to the further order of this court are hereby Honourably Discharged.

Righto – enough of this silliness – I’m orf to have a pint!

Thank you again for participating – I’ve enjoyed thinking about what you’ve provided and in turn offering you my thoughts.


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 08:09

Thank you for the competition your honour.
Well done to Noelcmn on your winning shot and my fellow podium entries.
A lovely varied selection this week.
I would have to say that I particularly like "All the Fun of the Fair" the point of view the angles, the abstract nature of the shot keeps me coming back to it. It does for me capture the energy of the fair.


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 08:16
Congratulations to the Wnner and other places. Thanks to i-berg for the interesting subject the judging and comprehensive comments.



Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 09:46
The duty has been honourably discharged. A nice bit if fun Your Honour and congratulations to those brought up before said Beak.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 09:51
I put it to the Jury that His Hon. Mr Justice I-Berg QC has achieved a fair and wise outcome to this trial with a ruling that will not require the scrutiny of any Appeal to a Higher Court;
and that the said persons Noelcmn, Pippinmels and NigelK are fully acquitted without blemish on their characters.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 10:14
Thank you for my Second placing. Congratulations to the winner, and all participants. Thank you for an amusing and interesting presentation to judging the competition..


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 13:42
Your Honour, (forgive me as I attempt to suppress an erupting laugh), I am honoured by this honourable institution, among so many honourable members with obvious honourable submissions, to be honoured with first place. I shall duly comply with your Order your Honour and submit and set a new challenge, though I do request a pause to allow me to give the matter some thought, and compliance to be affected later this evening allowing me to consider the matter as I do my 9km daily exercise walk.
Due honour extended to Messrs. Pipinmels and NigelK for their testimony to this honourable court!
Due thanks to our honourable Judge for the smooth ordering of procedures and judging exercise. A wonderful challenge, so varied, and just when I choose one, look at another submission, I'm having to change my mind too often. Methinks I may join Your Honour with a pint, which I do hope was enjoyed after such a marathon court proceedings.
A note on the PP and tones, which others have also commented about. Bandicoot setting in Photoscape,, which I use quite a lot for B/W images. and which I find not as harsh as B/W and Grayscale. I thought it added some interesting tones on this tripod 2 sec exposure.


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 13:59
I am indebted to the court - the Jury, for finding me not guilty of said charges of bringing Pentax users into good repute, and said Fairground is considered Foul ground by this hearing, so feet go back up onto the mantel-piece pending the next case. Anticipation builds pending the deliberations of Noelcmn and the impending show trial resumes its sessions once more. I endeavour to keep a clean nose till then.
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats


Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 23:44
I'm not even going to make the attempt! I enjoyed the banter AND the pictures.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

My page on Photocrowd - link


Link Posted 28/11/2017 - 07:05
Many thanks i-Berg for a great competition with a fantastic fun element in the reviews and judging.

Congratulations to Noelcmn for the excellent winning image, runners up Pipinmels and Nigelk plus everyone else for a great demonstration of how to shoot in the dark.



Link Posted 28/11/2017 - 19:23
What a excellent winning shot by Noel. Great work from I-berg with the competition.

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