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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


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.

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


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



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!


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.



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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