Weekly #615 - Spring is busting out all over! Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 05/05/2019
Judge: Perspicador

Please submit your favourite Signs of Spring - the brighter the better to represent a favourite Season and the rarer the sightings the more eligible for honours in this competition - but Pentax and related equipment only if you please, taken any time. Judging a week today. Good Luck!
Winner
Competition Entries

Perspicador

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 06:31
Very Impressive!
I love all of these images, so my challenge is to give a pecking order to your submissions.

Gold: JAK - Hungry Bee

Silver: johnriley - Spring Tulips

Bronze: PRYorkshire - Springtime in Woods


Highly Commended: All other Entries

Perspicador

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 06:56
At the edge of the path
Illumination for a mysterious verge

Spring Tulips
Spring is under way in a blaze of glory

Wild Primroses in April
Spring looms from the darkness

Hungry Bee
Witnessing a champion Pollinator in Action

Daffodils
The residents may have left, but a heritage of blooms survives

Tree Peony
The engraved stamp of a strong Spring imprint

spring buds
The source of the blaze of colour that is Spring

Peach blossoms
A beautiful woven tapestry of spring

Springtime in Woods
A magical meander through the mysterious shades of woodland


That concludes the adjudication of the Pentax Panel. I shall now pass the baton into the capable hands of JAK, for our next weekly competition. Thank you.

Noelcmn

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 08:08
Congrats JAK, Excellent shot, worthy winner in a tough challenge. And extended to Johnriley and PRYorkshire. Thanks Perspicador, for the challenge and the judging exercise, always appreciated.

JAK

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 10:57
Thanks for the Gold Perspicador and well done too to John Riley and PRYorkshire for your podium spots. There really were some super entries so agree all the entries deserved a commendation of some sort. Also thanks to you for the prompt judging and actually commenting on all of them which hasn't always been the case of late.
I thought you had an aversion to these flying things so I'd be spared the top spot! Ah well, seems I need to get my thinking cap out to come up with a theme for this week.
John K

Perspicador

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 12:09
JAK wrote:
Thanks for the Gold Perspicador and well done too to John Riley and PRYorkshire for your podium spots. There really were some super entries so agree all the entries deserved a commendation of some sort. Also thanks to you for the prompt judging and actually commenting on all of them which hasn't always been the case of late.
I thought you had an aversion to these flying things so I'd be spared the top spot! Ah well, seems I need to get my thinking cap out to come up with a theme for this week.

My personal prejudices don't come into it because you have delivered a truly superb capture - well worthy of the top spot! In an ideal world, the delivery of a new competition might be traded according to people's readiness to deliver. John Riley's thoughts on this would be of special interest - but frequently John steps up to provide a contest when things have gone awry, so I guess we would usually have to conform to things as they stand. Room for discussion to be sure.
Quote:
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats

johnriley

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 15:59
Not everybody does what is expected, but we do get long runs where everything goes smoothly. Then we get a few that don't and sometimes it falls apart for one reason or another. Perhaps sometimes people don't realise what is expected of them.

The system is largely automated so it does depend on following the procedure through to keep things smooth. Otherwise it can create a lot of work for IT when they are busy enough with other things.

Meanwhile, many thanks for this competition, the prompt judging and for the second prize!
Best regards, John

JAK

Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 17:35
Perspicador wrote:
My personal prejudices don't come into it because you have delivered a truly superb capture - well worthy of the top spot!

Thanks. Don't worry, I was kidding; always pleased to come first but coming second means I can enter the next one which the 'judge' cannot do and someone else gets the task of doing the judging (which if done conscientiously does take a bit of time.)
Really pleased to see you get the top spot last week, just a shame that some entries didn't get commented on at all that week. When one drives to a scene, sets up a shot, processes it ready for the competition and then have it apparently ignored doesn't encourage one to bother again (perhaps subconsciously.) This might be why the number of entries has fallen off of late as for several weeks comments have been conspicuous by their absence. If someone's chosen one photo over others there must be a reason so while daunting the first time saying one's thoughts as to why is truly appreciated and encourages further attempts. Just don't expect everyone to agree with you! We all have personal opinions on different types of images such as an ICM image will be raved over by one person and blasted as camera shake by another.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 06/05/2019 - 17:38
Link Posted 06/05/2019 - 19:22
Thanks to Perspicador for a very good competition and judging/comments. Congratulations to JAK for worthy Ist place with a superb photo and to John and PRYorkshire for the podiums.
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