Weekly #546 - Open Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/12/2017
Judge: Nigelk

Merry Christmas all. We have open competitions at club so I thought lets have one this week and see what you good folks can come up with. Play to your strength or go wild experimenting, whatever you like, this weeks competition is "OPEN"
By "open" I mean that any subject matter can be entered.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 13:17
Thank you all for your entries. I'm at friends at the moment so my critique will follower later. Happy New Year.


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 17:34
Just popped home between family visits and seen the result. Thanks for the win Nigel, much appreciated. I have to go out again but I'll post this week's competition later tonight. Best wishes everyone.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 20:33
Well done David.


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 21:26
Very nice picture David... the little group of three people at the far end give immense scale!
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 01/01/2018 - 21:51
Back home and down to business!

Autumnal Fire, Perspicador
To be honest at first glance I didn't take to this photograph. It's a good job it was first in and I've had plenty of time to consider it.
With the two flames and the mist creating the smoke + the obvious colour makes for a clever abstract. However it maybe deliberate it may not be, the author does not tell us but I still struggle with the front two tree flames being just out of focus. Clever observation and title.

Trunks, i-Berg
High contrast, good composition, a very nice study with good treatment. I like it a lot. Maybe you could crop the left most background tree but, I like it lots as is.

Christmas Selfie, davidwozhere
A great use of festive colour with great pop thanks to the muted background, a fun image.

The Visitor, Noelcmn
A good use of your Fisheye, great leading lines, you could have entered this in either competition. Well lit, good strong composition, the lines leading us through the photograph, well handled exposure.

Spital Hill-Not The Spice of Life, Paulb531
I like what you are showing us here. I feel you have not quite pulled it off as strongly as you might have. I feel that you have given us more than we need and the colours of the derelict buildings could be muted to emphasise the contrast. Just the left billboard and the house behind it would have done for me. There is a story here that is worth telling, a well spotted contrast between the real world and the adverts.

Pillars of the Temple, davidtrout
Love the lighting, love the angle, the composition and treatment. That's enough love. Great detail, sharp from front to back, go on have first place..........but it was close, very close between you and the second placed.

Corgi Aston Martin DB4, GlynM
A lovely restoration with a lot of work putting it to creating a backdrop for it, great fun. It could be a shot from a Bond movie. Well done on creating a lovely scene in which to photograph your restoration project.

Portrait in the Setting Sun, johnriley
This is in my opinion a great portrait, I can't tell you how tough it was deciding top spot between this and David's. I can't find fault. Great model, well posed, making maximum use of the low sunlight my second 10/10 shot

Parked and Forgotten, MikeInDevon
The kind of subject matter that draws us photographers in. It tells a story and has lots of visual detail and interest. You've filled the frame with the important stuff.

Tree City, ken2390
If this is your first I think we can expect great things. I like your original thinking, not the strongest image from a technical point of view in my opinion but a very interesting starting point.

Les Verres. drofmit
I really like this graphic image, I feel the top line and a half of glass are too bright and as they are also going out of focus I would crop them just leaving the bottom two lines of glasses which would be a still stronger image.

Birmingham Council House, Simonmac
You've chosen your time of capture well with the sunlight striking the building to show it to us at its best. I would call it a postcard type image, a very good one at that. Not intended as a slight or put down. It is a cracking shot beautifully presented.

And so to the podium..........

1st Place Pillars of the Temple, davidtrout
2nd Place Portrait in the Setting Sun, johnriley If I could give joint first I would have.
3rd Place Trunks, i-Berg

Thank you all for giving me a great set of photographs to judge. I was at one stage worried it was going to be a one photo competition. Bravo my comrades.


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 22:14
Thank you Nigel, nicely done. Cheers to David and JR also.


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 22:31
Thanks for the results and helpful comments Nigel. My congratulations to John Riley and I-Berg for their excellent entries. I particular I thought the lighting and colour of John's picture were top class.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 01/01/2018 - 22:50
Congratulations David nice work. Many thanks to Nigel for the competition and judging.



Link Posted 02/01/2018 - 06:48
Liked that winning shot from the start, beautiful composition, lovely note of mystery to it, some great texture and the human silhouette, though a small part of the image,, holds the attention! Congrats David. And extended to JohnRiley for that enviable portrait, and i-Berg for their placings. Thanks Nigel, great challenge, and critiques, always appreciated.
Happy and Blessed 2018 to all.


Link Posted 02/01/2018 - 08:04
Many thanks Nigel for another grand competition.

Congratulations to David for the excellent winning image, runners-up John plus i-Berg and everyone else for rising to the challenge.



Link Posted 02/01/2018 - 09:23
Hi Nigel, brilliant winning shots! Thanks for all the comments, here's to 2018.



Link Posted 02/01/2018 - 18:25
Thank you for the competition.

I really enjoyed the entries and your great comments.

I love the winning photograph!

All the best

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