Weekly #620- A favoured subject Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 09/06/2019
Judge: Noelcmn

There are a couple of things that are common to all photographers, light, composition, technique etc And then there are favoured subjects, to which we apply all the above. We all have them, and may even arrange our special interests in an order of importance. For this challenge I am looking for your special interest and which may even in a sense be described as your default photographic subject. I for one, like macro work with insects, with portraits coming in there among the top. It may be architecture, motion and speed, sport, travel and transport, landscapes or B/W. Hopefully this will attract some more entries as it gives all and sundry an open subject.
Usual rules apply:
1. Only Pentax cameras and acceptable clones.
2.The winner is expected to set, judge and preferably offer some comments/critiques of submissions.
3. You are free to use images from your archives, or take something new.
4. The challenge closes on Sunday 9 June 2019 at midnight BST.

I look forward to your submissions and good luck.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 05/06/2019 - 06:08
The description quotes the closing date as Sunday 19th May. I assume that Sunday 9th May is meant as in the header.


Link Posted 07/06/2019 - 16:21
I've changed the closing date.


Link Posted 10/06/2019 - 18:58
Please pardon the lateness of this judging exercise, but it has been a busy day, with ministry matters demanding my time and attention, despite that it is supposed to be my day off. Thank you all that entered the challenge, I am gratified with the submissions, and despite the low number of entries, wonderful batch of images to review. It has been very tempting to go with that I like in this challenge, and had I done that, we would have a different winner, but i have opted to go the technical route and judge each photo on that basis.

Newbiek50user-Crosby Beach 03/06/2019. What a high standard you have set with the image, it’s simply beautiful. Stunning documentary shot, stunning composition, stunning details. I’m going to assume that is another statue between the first one and the ship, and not a surfer . It’s a rather nice touch! As some would say, what’s not to like about this shot! Shot for the Challenge? If so, what a great eye to see opportunity and make the most of it. I’m adding this place to my bucket list.

Hoyerman-Glasgow Little Planet – Another wonderful image, full of enigmas, with some buildings enjoying clarity, others suffering distortion. And then there is the complimentary colours of blue and yellow, I like that bit of geometry in centre, holds the rest of the image in fine balance. It sure goes down in my books as an enviable image. 35 Images! That is SOME PP skills you have there!

Noelm- Return of an icon – Excellent shot, with a suitable composition to give The Flying Scotsman the respect and attention it deserves. That pedestrian adds a dynamic juxtapose to the image. And wonderful details too. Green paint? Its looks just wonderful as is, but then again I guess tradition is tradition!

Johnriley – Charlotte – When I saw this, I said- I want to take portraits like that. There are so many appreciative elements to this photo, not just the eyes as John rightly points out, but the grittiness with all that coal dust on the face, the cap I could swear was made just for her, and compliments her features so well. And then of course the composition with the spade and hand on the handle. And glorious light too make this a stunning portrait. One for the wall John!

Mikeprotts- Puffin- Enviable image, for too many reasons to mention here. BIF is, besides the ambition of most photographers, also a skill to be mastered. Kudos on this one, I know they are small birds, and with a 300mm lens, you done exceptionally well with this. Focus and details are good, and no problems with the composition. Breeding season for this one!

Retsoor- Dragonfly-A favoured subject for me too, and yes, they are difficult to get close to. Wonderful image, beautifully detailed-you can count the hairs on those legs there- and lovely colour rendition. Usually, when viewing Dragonflies, I usually look for the “smile” that these critters seem to have permanently. This one seems to be sticking out it’s tongue. That’s so cool!

Perspicador-Flight – Apropos my comments on Mikeprotts image. I hope the ducks are the favoured subject and not BIF- if the latter, you will suffer a lot of frustration along the way. A fine image, though I think this could do with an upping of the contrast to bring out he details a bit more. Fab timing you got here. Fine composition and colours.

1st spot to Johnriley - Charlotte- simply stunning!
2nd spot to Newbyk50user –Crosby Beach 03/06/2019. Having worked in the art world for a few years, this one tugs at my aesthetics! Wonderful composition!
3rd Spot to noelm- The Flying Scotsman is very inviting, even if it not green yet!

And happy to give HC’s to all the other entries. Well done all!
Last Edited by Noelcmn on 10/06/2019 - 19:00
Link Posted 10/06/2019 - 19:36
Thanks to Noelcmn for the competition the HC and comments. Congratulations to Johnriley, Newbiek50user and noelm 3 excellent pictures.


Link Posted 10/06/2019 - 20:28
Thank you! I'm delighted to take on the new competiton and it's up and running right now!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 10/06/2019 - 22:20
Thank you noelcm for your encouraging comments - and yes, there was another statue between the first one and the sailing ship. Congratulations to johnriley as winner for his wonderful portrait.


Link Posted 11/06/2019 - 01:06
Congratulations to johnriley and newbiek50user for their 1st and 2nd places respectively and thanks for my 3rd place.(Well done the North west!!) Thanks to Noelcmn for a interesting subject which gave a wide range of submissions and thanks for the considered comments.
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