Weekly #607 - Vertical(s) Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 10/03/2019
Judge: Nigelk

I would like competition entries this week to contain primary content of a vertical nature. Natural or man made the main thrust needs to be up, or down of course. As usual for the weekly competition the photograph can have been taken at any time as long as it was captured with a Pentax camera. The winner will be expected to set and judge next weeks competition.
I look forward to see what you come up with.

Best of luck
Nigel
Competition Entries

Nigelk

Link Posted 11/03/2019 - 17:47
Thank you all for your entries. Sorry for the slight delay in picking a winner, a tough job, there's qualities in all the entries I can enjoy. I'm a bit under pressure this evening so I'll try and get back to the library for access to the internet to post my comments tomorrow morning. The library being my only access to the internet in my current location.

davidtrout

Link Posted 11/03/2019 - 19:45
Thanks for awarding me first place Nigel. As you say there was quality in all the images so I'm honoured. Now I'm looking forward to your comments on all the pictures. I shall post this next week's topic later this evening.
David
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout

Noelcmn

Link Posted 11/03/2019 - 20:25
In the meantime, a hearty congratulations David, what a fabulous image, ever so interesting, and those 3 yellow lamps are a touch of compositional genius imho. Reflections an added bonus to an already stunning comp. Worthy winner!
Link Posted 11/03/2019 - 21:35
A worthy winner amongst some great entries

MikeInDevon

Link Posted 11/03/2019 - 22:09
Excellent winning image, I love the 'broken' symmetry, Noelcmn is spot on about those three yellow lamps, they are just the right balancing element for the off centre composition.

Cheers
Mike

paulb531

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 15:37
Excellent photo _ worthy winner.

Regards

paul

Nigelk

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 19:16
I'm back! Remembering I'm no judge, below are my thoughts on this weeks entries.

Street Furniture
A picture about contrast. Between man made and the natural world. With the post cutting almost vertically through the frame and the branches hanging down the image fits the brief. The one unifying element between the two components, the colour of some of the leaves and the sign.

I am Tall
John you look worried. Made me smile this one, always enjoy the introduction of humour in photography. With the corner of the wall traveling from top to bottom plus the door frame set further back and John having grown up, keep this shot about verticals, the diagonals in the mirror are trying to steal the direction of thrust but that's diagonals for you.

The Burdett-Coutts drinking fountain
Well shot, well developed and presented, top notch! The inclusion of the refection giving this shot a very strong vertical, without it, it would struggle for vertical dominance. Not sure I need the bicycle, that's a nit pick. Got to put this one on the podium.

Wellington Monument
No arguing over the vertical qualities of this structure. Not sure what the IR filter has brought to this image that a standard capture and conversion to black and white would not have achieved. It has given quite a lot of grain due to the high ISO which does give the image a certain feel. I can't help but think you'd have got a better image without the IR filter. Always good to experiment though, it's how we learn.

Galaxy II
Wow, they look enormous. I'd call this a documentary shot. At the base we have a container and two floors of accommodation which help give scale. For me the image could be a bit wider and include more of the surrounding environment the legs would still dominate, fascinating.


Yarborough Monument
Really like your angle of approach(view) to this shot the foreground is nearly the only horizon we have, a foot lower and it would have been. Not the tallest monument but with this view point it holds its own vertically speaking. Is the image a bit too high contrast? No, I love a bit of drama, with that sky, and your treatment we have drama.


Power to the People
Surely this was captured because the contrast between the natural and the man made caught your eye? The trees and water contrasting with the monstrous pylons and cables The verticals not really coming out on top for me in this shot. I think for the verticals to dominate this shot you would have needed a tripod a ND filter and a long exposure to try and get the continuation of the vertical line through the reflection of the pylons.

Urban Design
I think folks have already summed up my thinking about this photograph. Its well executed, well corrected simplicity and composition making it the winner for me.


Stratum (201
Stripping away all but the lights has created a lovely abstract image which has maintained depth and perspective. I like the lights fading in from the bottom to finish with a definitive top. Works a treat.


Minaret at Sunset
I'm a sucker for sunsets however, what really captures my eye is what I am assuming is the sunlight traveling through the structure of the minaret. It looks as if the minaret is quite modern. On this occasion and for the purposes of this competition I wonder if a similar effect would have been captured if taken from a slightly different spot without the sun in the image. Nice shot of an interesting building any which way.

Stripes Half Way Up the Stairs
"Dutch Angles", a term I shall have to look up. This photograph is so similar compositionally to my winning image it is almost uncanny. I like that we have verticals on the right of the image that due to the angle of view and the nature of photography gradually fan out to the left. A master class in how to create an image from seemingly nothing, damn clever.

Island of Staffa, Scotland-Inspiration for the Hebrides Overture
What a fascinating place. These natural columns, incredible. I'm so glad that you have included the family group to give this amazing place scale. Photographically I find the image a little flat, maybe the light on your visit, maybe you lifting the shadows but, I think a little more contrast would really lift this image. I want to go there, so your photograph has worked.

Thank you all for entering and making me have to think. A lovely variety of images entered.

To the podium

1st Place Urban Design by davidtrout
2nd Place The Burdett-Coutts drinking fountain by smudge
3rd Place Stripes Half Way Up the Stairs by GlynM

Highly commended
Yarborough Monument by paulb531
Stratum (201 by Abe_Normal

davidtrout

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 19:27
Many thanks for the comments Nigel, they are always appreciated especially when a judge has problems accessing a computer. My congratulations to smudge and Glyn and also to the HCs Paul and Abe..
David
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout

GlynM

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 21:25
Many thanks Nigel for such a great competition and your excellent set of comments and judging.

Thanks also for for awarding my stripes the third place .

Congratulations to David for the fantastic winning image, Philip for the beautiful 2nd place image, our two HCs and everyone else for a wonderful and thought provoking set of images.

Glyn

Abe_Normal

Link Posted 12/03/2019 - 23:45
Clearly my submission was the only one so cool that it needed sunglasses

Thanks to judge Nigel for the comments and HC. Congratulations to winner David, and podium places smudge and Glyn. A hearty well done to fellow HC Paul, and all who entered.
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