Weekly #593 - Sweeties, candy, confectionery, bonbons - however your language describes it ! Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 25/11/2018
Judge: davidwozhere

My polo mint was recently honoured here, so let's see your interpretations of sugary, sweet things. This is accessible to everyone and it would be great to see not only a few more entries but entries from those who haven't done so before. Come on, unwrap a candy bar, humbug or whatever is your favourite.
Pictures for this weekly competition can come from your archives or be taken specially for the contest.
They must have been taken with a Pentax camera (or accepted clones)
Competition Entries

davidwozhere

Link Posted 20/11/2018 - 00:17
I shall only be able to pick a winner on Sunday - the write ups will need to await my return to a computer.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

My page on Photocrowd - link

johnriley

Link Posted 28/11/2018 - 09:48
It's now Wednesday, where is our judge? Please at least choose a winner for now, otherwise we will have to have an extra long week for the next competition.
Best regards, John

drofmit

Link Posted 29/11/2018 - 19:16
I think we need an extra long week as it is now Thursday evening.... I hope David is OK?
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!!"
Anon.

coker

Link Posted 29/11/2018 - 22:21
I think our initial collective concern should be for David's wellbeing.

Let's organize the next compo., to start asap, & await any news from this longstanding & respected member of our community.

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

johnriley

Link Posted 29/11/2018 - 22:52
We can wait now till weekend and see if he returns. If not, then it'll get sorted, perhaps with another judge.

I agree that all may not be well, so let's wait and see.
Best regards, John

drofmit

Link Posted 30/11/2018 - 14:14
David commented on a couple of photos of mine on Photocrowd this morning... so hopefully he's still with us!
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!!"
Anon.
Last Edited by drofmit on 30/11/2018 - 14:20

davidwozhere

Link Posted 01/12/2018 - 00:34
Please accept my abject apologies. I was a bit worried when I learned I had won the last contest because I knew I would be in Ireland and without a computer. That doesn't excuse me not setting a winner though. I can only plead 'work'. The write up will be done in the morning but in the meantime, Stan can be thinking about his short notice! Thank you all for your concern for my well being (which, in the circumstances makes me blush even redder).
On a brighter note, I did manage to get some nice pictures at Cork University and in the park opposite while I was there.

johnriley

Link Posted 01/12/2018 - 08:19
When our new judge has set the next competition I'll change the end date to be a week further on.
Best regards, John

tyronet2000

Link Posted 01/12/2018 - 09:22
Wow, I never expected to win this competition as there were some really good entries. I will have a think and set the new competition by tomorrow night.
Regards
Stan

PPG

davidwozhere

Link Posted 01/12/2018 - 18:06
Once more, I'm sorry for the delay here. That has been compounded further by my being out all day with the Rotary Christmas Santa's Sleigh! Anyway, here are my comments, starting with the first submission through to the final one....

Aniseed Balls by GlynM: Wonderful idea. Its sole strong colour, the regimented lines and sharp focus on the one object certainly make it stand out. The single colour does make the central item (slightly) merge into the background, however, despite its razor sharp focus. And how did it end up displaced to the left and a tad upwards in such a precise shot - in which one would expect it to be perfectly centered?

Raspberry rice cakes by Perspicador: Beautifully focused and well exposed, this subject has lots of potential for some closer compositions of the plate contents (and there are some fascinating random colours going on around the sides of each cake). Presenting the entirety of the scene, including the edge of the table and the table leg, was an unfortunate distraction from the main subject(s).

Chupa Chups by Smudge: Here is a counter example to this. The entire container and the surface it stood upon could have been included but restricting the shot to the mouth of the container and the essential subject matter enabled the background to disappear in a lovely, subtle pastel shade that emphasises a whopping great bowl of lollies. Gimme one!

You can never have enough Smarties by Aitch53: Smarties of various sorts are certainly favoured in this contest and they are used very successfully here in a humorous scene that must have taken a fair bit of assembly and adjustment. But why use flash when the scene will remain static no matter what the lighting and exposure time? Those stark shadows could so readily have been avoided (or indeed, purposely controlled).

The Candy Shop by JAK: This is a super, evocative scene that will appeal to many people of a certain age - me included. It largely relies upon geometry for its composition - that of a square, cut in half and bounded by the uprights. This is what my brain tells me and therefore the inclusion of the little bit above the top shelf jars (no pun intended) with my mental expectation. Deleting that bit and deliberately putting the remainder into a square format, making use of those strong uprights, might have produced an even nicer image ??

Christmas Biscuit Selection by Abe_ Normal: This is a nice piece of food product photography that makes you want to eat the various tasties. It's a very competent production but is it a sweetie picture or a Christmas picture?

Sweet Treats by John Riley: Definitely sweeties! And very colourful ones too. It isn't that easy to get so many colours to reproduce so evenly; some will look too dark or the highlights will get blown as one suffers to compensate for another. Also, the lighting is beautifully even with a near absence of shadows. It would be interesting to see the (missing) EXIF details for this one.

Sweetie Colour Splash by Nigelk: Lots and lots of colour here in a cleverly thought out composition that makes use of the cellophane wrappers. I'm not sure about the boundary created by the board they are set upon and I wonder if placing them on a pure white surface would work better since it would then rely solely on the colour attribute? .... That's a personal matter of taste perhaps?

Birthday cake by Paulb531: What a super cake that doubtless thrilled your grandson with its promse of sweetie heaven. I like the fact that it was taken with available light, thus avoiding sharp shadows. As a record of the moment it is absolute perfection. As a competition piece, perhaps it is trying to fulfill too many purposes at once?

It's raining Smarties by tyronet2000: I think the main purpose of this was to impress purely as an image rather than by the subject matter portrayed. It succeeded. Its three different layers of sweetiness combine into a wonderful kaleidoscope of colour to produce an overall abstract image that, nevertheless, does not sacrifice the underlying theme of Smarties. It looks as if there was a bit of agonising over where to make the final crop - which clearly turned out well, and I like the slight underexposure or p.p. darkening that gives considerable richness to it.

Liquorice all sorts by Noelcmn: You have made these look particularly appetising by controlling the exposure well and preserving the richness of the colours and textures. The very low ISO did restrict your depth of field somewhat. There was a lot more lattitude available here that would have got the pink one on the right into sharper focus and by choosing to portray these reflected, you have given yourself the problem of how to arrange the composition - include the whole refection or truncate it? Unless both halves are equally well defined, the real half will always dominate, as it does here, making it appear too high in the frame.

1st tyronet2000 for comprehensively nailing the brief to the floor.
2nd Smudge for a technically satisfying composition
3rd John Riley for a perfection of wine gums

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th etc.are so close that, had it not been for Stan, it would have been a hard task to separate them out.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

My page on Photocrowd - link
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