Weekly #548 - Metal Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 14/01/2018
Judge: Nigelk

As some may know I work with metal, so I have quite an interest.
Different metals are all around us, in the home on our bodies, in buildings, on the street, hey! You might be travelling in a metal box as I type this, public or private.
So another very loose brief, anything where metal is the primary subject in your photograph.
I look forward to seeing your shots.
Good luck
Competition Entries


Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 11:49
Thank you all for your entries this week. The variety of images really does display the importance and diverse uses of amazing metals, wonderful material.
Again it has been a real challenge to select a winner and runner ups.

And so to my observations.

An Old Screw by tyronet2000
Of to a good heavy metal start with a large old ships propeller. This shot certainly gives us a sense of scale with the house behind. I can see a bit of slightly crude editing where you have had a go at bringing your highlights under control, a good start to the competition.

Street Furniture, Bulwell by Perspicador
A cast bulls head in a bulls eye shot, with the muted off focus background keeping our eye on the subject.

Ready to Roll by mudge
For me this is a lovely study of light and form. Totally filling the frame with a single subject showing us great high tech metal forms and the patterns they describe, it's not just the metal its the shapes it defines combined with their interaction with the light.

Shiny, gleaming metal..... by i-Berg
Another frame filler, good control of exposure and depth of field keeping all the important bits in focus, lots of wonderful chrome and shine. Maybe a bit busy but, that's the subject matter. Good shot.

Snowdon Railway Crank Pin by JAK
Four out of five of the first photographs relating to transport! Four very different forms of transport. Did I mention how important metals are to us all? From bright and shiny to worn and oily. A very nice well framed and composed study, nicely handled.

Woodscrews by davidwozhere
Keeping things nice and simple, to good effect. If I where to find fault, which I am because it's part of the job description. As it is just three screws and their reflection, my way of thinking would say we should have the whole reflection. Exposure and lighting bang on and a very appropriate use of thirds.

Mytek the Mighty Breaks Free by johnriley
And now for something completely different! You succeeded in making me and my wife laugh out loud John. I'm still smiling as I type, I'll say no more.

Brass and steel by davidtrout
Another great study, developed to bring out the detail and give a great metalic brassiness in this well worn lubrication reservoir. Simple but bang on composition, and exposure suits the subject well.

World in our hands by ken2390
An interesting shot of an interesting sculpture with great panoramic reflection. The busy background is slightly troublesome, I don't know if it would have been possible to throw it out of focus by careful use of aperture and focal length whilst keeping the reflection in focus? I like the way the horizon in the reflection lines up with the horizon, gives us that landscape within a landscape.

Brass Screws by GlynM
Another technical tour de force from Glyn. Great clarity and depth of field combined with a wonderful brassy lustre. I like the inclusion of dome and counter sunk screw heads.

Under Pressure by Noelcmn
Really like this shot. The rusty old tap having to share the attention with the leaking water. Well handled depth of field, pushing the background out of focus so as not to interfere with your well captured subject.

Copper with Copper Oxides by MikeInDevon
Another lovely study, this time those wonderful colourful copper oxides. The oxides have the appearance of lichen colonising a surface. A rewarding composition.

The Hubs by paulb531
From transport, fixings and sculpture we come to buildings and cladding. Very well composed shot, it gives a good idea of these structures but leaves room for questions from us that don't know them. I also like the treatment given to the capture. Top notch.

Heavy Metal....Light as a feather by drofmit
Another very metal piece of humour. A great idea with an additional unexpected kind of heavy metal. Whilst I like your thinking here and original idea I do feel that more could be made of it to bring us a more sophisticated photograph. Great lateral thinking!

Big old rusty spanners by womble
By heck, These haven't been touched in a while. Another good study, nice angle the single light source giving a good contrasty shot, which suits the subject. Well judged focal plain and good texture highlighted by the single low light source.

In case you can't tell, I've really enjoyed the entries and once again it's been tough choosing the top three, but I have to do it, the rules say so. I will say that the places and HC's are pretty much interchangeable.

The Podium.

1st Place Ready to Roll Mudge
2nd Place Mytek the Mighty Breaks Free johnriley
3rd Place The Hubs paulb531

Highly commended
Brass and steel by davidtrout,
Under Pressure by Noelcmn
Copper with Copper Oxides by MikeInDevon
Big old rusty spanners by womble

Well done to all for giving me a great entry to judge.


Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 13:57
That is a wonderful winning shot, very arty, and lovely composition. I do have somewhat against Mudge-stirring the wanderlust . Congrats Mudge, well deserved in a challenging competition. Extended to Johnriley and Paulb531, and my fellow HC's Davidtrout, MikeInDevon and Womble. Wonderful challenge, once again revealing high standards of creativity and skill on PU. Thanks are due to Nigel for the challenge, comments and critiques.


Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 14:28
Congratulations to Mudge and many thanks to Nigel for the judging and feedback.



Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 16:38
Thanks to Nigel the Judge for a great challenge and well considered comments.
Congratulations to Mudge for an eye catching winning image and to John and Paul for their excellent podium pictures. Thanks for my HC and a well done to my fellow HCs Noel, Mike and Kris.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 17:18
Congratulations to the winner and other places. Thanks to Nigel for the interesting subject the judging and comprehensive comments



Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 20:36
Good comp Nigel - thank you. Well done to Mudge, John, Paul and the HCs. An impressive field of entries again.


Link Posted 15/01/2018 - 23:44
Sorry for in delay in responding, but family matters have kept me away from my computer for a while!
Thanks for the first place Nigel, and congratulations for your challenging topic and excellent feedback
Congratulations also to all other podium placed participants, and in fact all participants in a very interesting and varied set of images


Link Posted 16/01/2018 - 00:42
Well done podiums. Very succinct and penetrating judges comments too. Thank you for an interesting contest.
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Link Posted 16/01/2018 - 07:05
Many thanks Nigel for another of your excellent competitions.

Congratulations to mudge for the really well observed and shot winning image, runners-up John and Paul, the HCs, and everyone else for a great set of pictures.



Link Posted 16/01/2018 - 10:03
Hi Nigel, many thanks for the HC, congratulations to the podium winners and HCs, great winning shot and judging/comments.



Link Posted 17/01/2018 - 08:38
Thank you Nigel for the competition... great winning shot... and carefully considered comments.

Nigel, you wrote " more could be made of it to bring us a more sophisticated photograph"
I don't do sophisticated!!
Especially not in the middle of the afternoon of the deadline for submission....
unless, though, you stop to consider that the ivy the scales were placed on is there to represent the start of it all....
the Ivy League were the original backing vocalists for the Who... and two carried on to manage groups such as Whitesnake!!
To me, the contents of the photo are where the meaning lies... not the absolute of visual perfection.... though one needs to make the composition look right.
Someone, some time back now, submitted a photo of a kettle on a range.... all items were metal... but the picture said something intangible to me...
as well as being a nicely composed picture. Possibly I was thirsty? Or just liked the warmth suggested... who knows... but the image has stuck with me.
A photograph needs to say something.... even if you are not sure exactly what point the photographer is trying to capture...????
When you have just visual perfection, despite the quality... something is lost....such shots leave me bored to tears, despite the obvious quality of them.

But that is what makes these competitions such fun.... we have a wide range of interests, which shows in the photos that get submitted...
long may we continue!!
Although I won't be submitting anything for next weeks.... haven't had a holiday for eleven years... and it is beginning to tell...
it isn't all wine and cheese this French lifestyle!!
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!!"
Last Edited by drofmit on 17/01/2018 - 08:41
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