Weekly #591 - Spheres Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 11/11/2018
Judge: retsoor

Anything to do with a sphere or a ball - good luck
Competition Entries
Link Posted 12/11/2018 - 21:57
Thanks to all the entries and congratulations to the winner. Once again it was very difficult to separate some of the entries which underlines the consistent quality of pictures in these competitions.

1st place-The Moon by John Riley
There were so many aspects of this picture which make it the winner. Many photos of the Moon are shown as bright full Moons including the few attempts I've tried myself. The balance between the shadow areas and the highlights both on the Moon and the rest of the sky are excellent and very atmospheric. This has made me want to try something similar. Well done!

Equal 2nd place-Sunrise with anti-gravity spheres by dromfit
This is a photo that I want to keep looking at. The composition is great with what looks like lots of silver ball bearings joined together by the thinnest silver threads. It is amazing that there probably not two drops the same size all with the same picture reflecting from them pin sharp. A great picture

Equal 2nd place-Drip Drip Drip by NigelK
Another strong contender and probably the most difficult of the photos to achieve technically. Everything about it looks right. I love the colour with again the perfect balance of highlights and shadows. The freezing of the drops mid flight and the smooth ripple of the waves and everything so sharp. Well done.

I would like to award all the other photos a highly commended starting with

Glass Paperweight by Noelcmn
Lovely colouring with the various shades of blue and the dark background make the paperweight stand out. I like the effect of many spheres within spheres. could almost be a scene on a Christmas card.

Sphere in Town Square by Noelm
I like that this picture shows part of the town square giving it some character and history rather than just filling the frame. I would imagine that when you first see it you would be compelled to go and have a closer look. The detail in the markings on the stone have been kept with a good exposure. I feel like I want to wander around to the other side to look at the rest.

Balls by Aitch53
A very good composition using polystyrene balls on a black tee shirt. The choice of the three different size balls and the way they have been arranged rather than in a straight line make it look like something from the solar system with the texture of the polystyrene giving them an almost Lunar effect. I also like the way the small ball has cast a bit of a shadow on the large one.

Marbles by GlynM
I've always liked marbles since I was very young and wondered if we might get an entry using some. I like that they all vary slightly in colour and pattern and good use of focus stacking has paid off with sharpness from front to back.

Raindrops on Foxglove by JAK
Foxgloves always draw me to photograph them when I'm walking in the country. None of mine have any raindrops on them and I can see from this photo it adds an extra dimension. The colour and composition are very good with the exposure and sharpness excellent I particularly like the reflection of the brickwork in the drop hanging from the petal.

Solar Chronometer by Perspicador
Good use of two circles at different angles to make this photo and it's interesting that it uses the biggest sphere -the sun for its use.

Steel ball on legs thingy by smudge
A really good photo showing a picture within a picture Great positioning with the curves of the velodrome complementing the curves of the reflection on the steel ball. I like the fact the intensity and colours of the sky on the ball are stronger than the background. I'm going to have a look next time I am in that area. Lovely photo


Link Posted 12/11/2018 - 23:12
Thank you for the win!

Well done to everyone as well, a small but excellent selection of images. I'll sort out the new competition in a few moments, and I'll look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 13/11/2018 - 08:26
Many thanks Kevin for an excellent competition.

Congratulations to John for the winning image, Tim & Nigel as runners-up and everyone else for another grand set of images.



Link Posted 13/11/2018 - 08:30
Thank you for my joint second, well done John with his lovely atmospheric moon shot and to drofmit with his anti-gravity spheres, I like it a lot. Well done all.


Link Posted 13/11/2018 - 10:31
Congrats Johnriley, excellent shot! And extended to NigelK and Dromfit. And a hearty thanks to Retsoor, excellent challenge that produced some exquisite interpretations of the theme, and of course the judging and CC's exercise! Great stuff all!


Link Posted 13/11/2018 - 18:18
Thanks for a good comp... and comments...
Thanks for the coveted second spot....
the anti-gravity was brought about because the right way up, the drops of dew looked as if they had goatee beards!!
Congrats, too, to John and to Nigel... whose picture I thought we'd all be chasing!!
And I loved Rodney's lateral thinking.... ye gods that is a complicated sundial!!
Now to trawl the archives for canal pictures....
none within 200 miles from us... lakes everywhere... but not connected.
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!!"
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