Weekly #553 - Iron Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 18/02/2018
Judge: Aitch53

There are obvious and more obscure interpretations of the word, especially in combination with others.
I am looking to see imaginative representations of either.

Edit to add: plural irons are acceptable.

The usual rules apply.
Competition Entries

Aitch53

Link Posted 19/02/2018 - 07:06
I was beginning to think I had set a dud subject, but the last couple of days has brought in a veritable flood of images – documentary, still-life and, landscape and even one that’s nearly an abstract.

I’ve looked at the entries, had a think and made my decision. Please be aware that I’ve never had to criticise people’s pictures in a formal(ish) way like this before, so I'll keep them short - apologies if they seem a bit terse. My criticisms will be primarily based on gut-feel, and may seem a bit vague. And, of course, it’s MY gut, so feel free to ignore any suggestions I may make.

Cast Iron – Tyronet2000

A nice detail, that would probably work well as part of a collection.

Among Table Legs – Perspicador
Not sure about this one. A play on words - “Nor iron bars a cage”? I think, in that case, it would work better if the squirrel were surrounded by the legs. But getting the little blighters to pose to order is not that easy. Otherwise, a bit confusing.

Ironworking – johnriley
A good piece of documentary work, would work well as part of a photo-essay.

Without Rhyme or Reason - Nigelk
Oh, I like this still life, it appeals to my weird surreal tastes.

Drain Cover – paulb531
Another nice detail that would work well as part of a collection.

An(y) Old Iron – AbeNormal
A simple still-life, nicely done. A bit more space around it would improve it, I think.

Rusty Relics – johnjm
Again, an effective simple capture. If I had any complaint (too strong a word), I would like a bit more background/context.

Red Hot Poker - JAK

Same comment as for John’s Ironworking. A shame about the slightly intrusive biscuit tin.

Ironbridge – MikeInDevon
I have a weakness for bridges (even though I also hate heights!), so I will be more severe with this one. Er… Well, a couple of steps to the right and the white building wouldn’t have been chopped in half. Probably.

GWR Paper Weight - GlynM
Like Abe’s image, a nice simple and effective shot. And, again, I would have liked a bit more background around it. Possibly an old GWR map?

The Covering - Noelcmn
Interesting, almost abstract.

Two Versions – ken2390
My apologies to Ken, but this just doesn’t say anything to me.

Iron Prominent – drofmit
Not your standard butterfly shot, but interesting all the same.

Choosing a winner is not as easy as I'd hoped, there are several that appeal to me, too many to choose a second-place winner, but the one that really stands out is An(y) Old Iron, so I declare Abe_Normal the winner.
SteveH!

Some people call me 'strange'.
I prefer 'unconventional'.
But I'm willing to compromise and accept 'eccentric'.

tyronet2000

Link Posted 19/02/2018 - 08:46
Congratulations to the winner. Thanks to Aitch53 for the interesting subject, the judging and the comments,
Regards
Stan

PPG

Abe_Normal

Link Posted 19/02/2018 - 13:10
Many thanks to SteveH for favouring me with my first competition win.

Prepare yourselves for more first-time judging in seven days time!

GlynM

Link Posted 19/02/2018 - 21:11
Many thanks Steve for a nice, well managed competition with an interesting and original subject.

Congratulations to Lyric for an excellent winning image and everyone else for another great set of interpretations.

Glyn

Noelcmn

Link Posted 20/02/2018 - 10:02
Congrats Abe_normal, love the simplicity of that image, with notes of nostalgia thrown in for good measure, conjuring up an image of me mother, grabbing that iron, complete with a piece of cloth to prevent the hand burning. Worthy winner! Thanks to Steve, for the comments and critiques, a well done job!
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