Weekly #545 – Windows & Doors Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 24/12/2017
Judge: GlynM

We all tend to be rather busy at this time of year so I want to make this competition as easy as possible. We have done this subject before but not for a few years so I think it is worth trying again.

The competition is open to any interpretation but I will award extra brownie points to those that include a festive element .

The usual weekly competition rules apply. Entries can be shot for the competition or taken from your archives. It must though be shot using a Pentax camera or their closely related clones.

The winner is expected to set, comment on and judge the next competition.

The competition closes at midnight GMT on Sunday, 24th December. Good luck and I look forward, with anticipation, to seeing your entries.

Competition Entries


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 03:07
Many thanks to all of you that entered. At this time of year these competitions tend to lose out to other demands on our time so I was very pleased to see such a good number of entries. I thought it was a great mix of interpretations, think you have all done really well and your efforts are very much appreciated.

Just a reminder that I am no expert at this. Everything here is just my personal opinion and the results reflect my personal tastes. I have tried to make useful comments for each entry and hope that I have not upset anyone as this was definitely not my intention. As always it is an excellent and well-crafted collection of pictures and it has been fun and a privilege to review your work.

Distorting window – pipinmels
I think this is a nicely observed image to start off this competition. I like the way the lines of the window frame anchor the otherwise surreal distortion effect. I think the lighting and shadows have been well managed so it all comes together nicely.

Christmas every day – Perspicador
While it might be an all-year display this image certainly gains the extra brownie point for including something festive. I think it is a well observed and nice capture. The combination of the lighting in the windows and darker surround works well and I love the fantastic splash of colour.

Santa's Door – i-Berg
I think this is a brilliant piece of lateral thinking using the title to seed the viewer’s mind on something festive so defiantly earns a brownie point. I think it is a fantastic image, overflowing with beautiful sharp detail. The verticals are very well maintained and the lighting and shadows have also been well managed. Once they have had a well-deserved break I think Santa and his elves need to think about painting that door .

Abseiling window cleaners – davidtrout
I think this is a fantastic and original take on the window theme. I have always been impressed with David’s people shots and this well observed and excellently composed image, probably shot in quite challenging, short, time constraints is no exception. The picture immediately informs what is going on and there are some great extra little details to keep the viewer engaged. I love the combination of the vertical and diagonal elements. The dangling water bottle that is catching the light is also a nice extra bonus.

The Doors of Madeira – garethjmorgan
We had a Christmas show & tell session at my local photo club’s meeting last week and someone showed a sequence of these Madeira doors so it was good to see this nice montage presented here. Assuming that this is an original work by Gareth it is very well crafted. All the verticals have been beautifully maintained and it all fits together well. While I understand that the exif data was probably lost in the necessary edit needed to create this image I am just a little disappointed that we are not told what it was shot with. However it is Christmas so I will take this on trust .

Starry Windows – peterf
This is a nicely observed, composed and implemented close-up shot of illuminated Christmas decorations seen through the dividers of a leadlight window. So it definitely earns a festive brownie point. The window element is reinforced with some little soft lights reflected in the glass. I am really impressed with the sharpness of the details on the stars and the lovely combinations of the illuminations and dark background. I am sure that this image was no easy achievement and it is great to see.

Doors and bumps of Mahone Bay – nadonou
Wow, doors and windows in abundance and I like the story behind this image. I am just a little bit concerned that it is not clear that this is an original work by nadonou and not just a shot of a poster. If it is an original work then it has been very well crafted in both the individual images and how it has all been put together. It is certainly interesting to see.

Entrance to John Greenway's Almshouse and Chapel – MikeInDevon
This is a nice, well-crafted image. I like the warm colouring provided by the stone. The rendition has a good depth of field revealing a multitude of sharp detail including the wear & tear of the building, reinforcing its age. The composition works well with the offset door complimented by the window and statue. The verticals are also well maintained. For me it is just a shame that some idiot allowed the placement of a lamppost up against such an iconic building.

Steel and old gold – davidwozhere
I love this image. It feels like a gateway between a cold, industrial environment into a different world. I like the way the gold reflective surface reinforces this by creating an element of warmth in the alternate world. A well observed then excellently crafted image. The camera has been well managed to maintain a great level of detail in both the window and reflections. Beautifully done!

they were there last time I looked – ken2390
A nicely captured detail of Newark Castle displaying a door and lots of window surrounds. I like the composition with the path creating some good leading lines. Good management of the camera settings have provided a well-balanced exposure and an excellent depth of field. The title also adds a great element of fun.

Merry Christmas – Mag07
This is a lovely capture of some small colourful cabins with decorative windows and doors at Kew Gardens illuminated at night. It displays Magdalena’s usual perfect craft and skill at obtaining an excellent result in what I, and possibly others, would consider to be challenging lighting conditions. It also, of course, earns a festive brownie point .

Window of St Faith's Anglican Church, Rotorua, New Zealand – newbiek50user
An interesting and unusual window image and I like the story about the picture. I guess this was shot in quite challenging lighting conditions and a good balance has been achieved between the bright outside and darker inside lighting. Composition wise there is good management of both the horizontal and vertical lines although, perhaps, it would have been nice if the very top of the window had not been cropped out. However for a hand-held shot I think you have done really well.

Waiting for Santa – Puffacake
I think this image works really well and love the combination of detail in the warm stone work and the reflected structure of the trees. The two little hanging Christmas stockings provide a very nice splash of colour and win a well-deserved festive brownie point. I think it is a great piece of observation with excellent management of the camera settings used to provide such a good level of detail.

Autumnal Light – Nigelk
Wow, what a fantastic window and doorway image. The bright lighting through the leadlight windows produces some fantastic shadows and the composition, looking along the windows and through the arch, provides an excellent feeling of depth. The verticals are well maintained and the challenging lighting conditions and camera settings have been very well managed to achieve an excellent depth of field maintaining a terrific level of detail.

Reflections – paulb531
Living near a canal I understand how good the still water of a canal can be for reflections but this is an outstanding example. There are just a few little disturbances that indicate what is going on and for me adds authenticity to the image. The lighting obviously works really well and I love the combination of both the modern and old architecture. It is certainly a lovely collection of windows. I think it is a very well observed and well-crafted image that along with the inversion and slight distortions of the water all come together well to capture and hold the attention of the viewer.

Decor – Noelcmn
I really like this image which has used both the high contrast of the external and internal lighting along with the distortions of the fish-eye lens to create an image that I think boarders on the abstract. I love the impact of the coloured bottles and think patterns of the opaque windows also add a striking element. I think it is an impressive, skilful, image and I imagine that it was quite a challenge to visualise the resulting picture. Even if I could visualise the result , which is doubtful, It would have still certainly taken me many attempts and a lot of work in post editing to get anywhere near to achieving an image like this.

That black cat from No 75! – drofmit
I like how this picture contains a combination of features to create a good story telling image. I have to wonder if it was staged, an opportunistic shot or, as I suspect, a combination of the two because from experience it is almost impossible to stage a shot with a cat . I am also impressed by the age and quality of the image having being shot in 2006 on a *ist D. It contains loads of sharp and well composed detail. A great fun image for the closing stages of this competition.

Leeds Corn Exchange – JAK
What a fantastic image to close this competition. A beautifully composed feature packed picture of the insides of this iconic building with a multitude of doors and windows. I love the leading lines effect of the roof structure and that we get to see multiple levels. The camera has done well to manage the exposure to balance the multiple light sources, maintain a good depth of field with lots of sharp detail and I love that there is so much of this detail to explore.

I really enjoyed reviewing these images and love many of the interpretations. Ordering and picking the winners has been quite hard. I am pulled between some beautiful traditional window and door images, other clever interpretations and those that have a festive element. However after some careful consideration here are my results:

1st – Nigelk for “Autumnal Light” – For such a wonderful well-crafted and multi-dimensional image.

2nd – davidwozhere for “Steel and old gold” – For such a well observed and implemented image that captured my imagination.

3rd – Puffacake for “Waiting for Santa” – Being my favourite image that contained a festive element.

Highly Commended, in no particular order, to davidtrout, peterf, i-Berg, paulb531, Noelcmn and JAK.

I think this completes my responsibilities here and hand over to Nigel for the next round.

A Merry Christmas to you all.

Last Edited by GlynM on 25/12/2017 - 03:17


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 03:32
And a Merry Christmas to you all also, and thank you Glyn for the HC.

I too thought the numbers may have been down given where we are in the year - a pleasant surprise to see a great crop (pardon the pun).

Congrats Nigel, David and Yvonne, as well as the HCs.

Now where's the Santa icon when you need it...


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 07:17
Merry Christmas and congratulations to all. Thanks for a fun challenge and great comments! Beautiful winning choice
'Photography...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten....' (Aaron Siskind)


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 08:47
Wow what a great entry for a really good subject especially as its Christmas and many people have other things on their minds. Thanks Glyn not only for the completion but also the speedy results and comments. Congratulations to Nigel, David and Puffacake Thanks for my HC and congrats also to peterf, I-Berg, Paul, Noel and JAK.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 09:17
Thanks for a great competition Glynn.... and congratulations for completing everything on the night before Christmas, or in the wee small hours of the day itself!
Congratulations to Nigel and the other podia, the HCs and everyone!!

Merry Christmas and for 2018 may all your exposures be spot on... and your focus be tight.... enough wealth for “THAT” lens.... and your health be right!!

Glynn... the shot was pure chance.... my Mum had sent me out to photograph the doorway of one of her village friends.... for a gift of embroidery she was making.
I got totally entranced by the variety of doorways, so didn’t stop after the commissioned portal.... I had taken the shot of the cat and the doorway and was about to move on.... when the woman appeared at the side window.... so, it was pure serendipity!! And I only got one chance...
As for the *istD.... it has only just been displaced by the arrival of the K1.... and is now in the hands of a very capable photographer.... and at the moment on holiday in Australia!!
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!!"


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 11:24
Well done Glyn on running such a successful competition. Thank you for my top spot, with so many great images a tough one to judge. Well done to all, what a great selection of entries. I hope you all feel able to enter this weeks open competition.


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 17:53
Hearty congrats to NigelK, fabulous shot, glorious light and wonderful composition! Worthy winner there! And extended to Davidwozhere and Puffacake. Not forgetting my fellow HC's Davidtrout, peterf, i-Berg, paulb531 and JAK. Gratifying to see so many entries at this time of the year, and top quality too, due thanks must go to GlynM for the challenge, comments and critiques!

Merry Christmas all- albeit somewhat late in the day!


Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 20:56
Congratulations to Nigel for a superb winning shot amongst some great entries this week. A very well done to Glyn for the competition and comments - especially turning it around so quickly this time of year.

Merry Christmas to all and looking forward to seeing all your pictures in the New Year.



Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 22:28
Great winners and HCs, thanks Glyn for your very speedy and comprehensive critiques.

Re that lamp post, I agree completely, it could easily been put on the opposite pavement but no doubt some idiotic rule meant it had to be placed just there!

Best Christmas wishes to you all.



Link Posted 25/12/2017 - 22:55
Well done Nigel and David, David, Peter, i-Berg, Paul, Noel and John. Thank you Glyn for such a good competition and comments and for my 3rd place. Happy Christmas to all! 🎅🏼
Kind regards, Yvonne


Link Posted 26/12/2017 - 19:46
Well done to Nigel, the other places and other HMs. Also thanks to Glyn for the for the judging and comments.
John K


Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 23:31
Well that's a nice surprise to come back to. Thank you Glynn and well done to Nigel and Puffacake. It's amazing the variety of takes there were on this topic, all contributing to a fascinating whole.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 28/12/2017 - 22:49
Well done to the winner - very nicely done - and thanks for the nice comments on my poster "Doors and Bumps of Mahone Bay". Just to confirm it is a poster I have made 2 years ago.
A very interesting competition subject and Merry Xmas to all and a Happy New Year from Mahone Bay, Canada.
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