Weekly #636 - Nostalgia Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 29/09/2019
Judge: michaelblue

Having recently attended a 1940's event with some amazing photo opportunities, I thought 'nostalgia' would make for a good competition subject.
Photos of people in costume, old vehicles, childhood memories (toys etc.) in fact anything that reminds you of 'The good old days'
Usual rules: Taken with Pentax or 'clones' and the winner to set and judge the next competition
Competition Entries


Link Posted 01/10/2019 - 10:23
Thanks for the entries folks, what a varied selection!
Here are my comments:
That's my Jack: A lovely shot which I first thought was taken at home. The lady is nicely placed between the two pictures which are perfectly out of focus.
A nice connection between her and the photo she's holding completes the image.
Steam Engine: A nice shot of the engine which made made more interesting by the man leaning out.
I think a crop of the left side to remove some of the over exposed trees would make the image even stronger.
British Railways: I like this shot, Nice eye contact with the two characters and you've managed to include the BR logo but for me the best is the steam.
We can see along the train and also some of the platform, great shot!
etype: I always find it difficult to get a good shot of a car when it's surrounded by others, What makes this one stand out are the patterns on the bonnet. It does look a little lacking in contrast though, maybe a 'curves' adjustment would improve it. By the way, this was my dream car when I was young.
Silly Old Bear: Oh yes! I had one of those green racing cars and my brother had a bear EXACTLY like this one so this brings back memories for me.
I like the layout and the lighting is spot on but my eye keeps going back to the bear who seems to be staring directly at you, well done.
Donkey: I've never seen a 'donkey derby' on a beach and I've never been to Western Super Mare so I need to do both. I like this shot but I tried a closer crop which I think makes it a much stronger image, cropping some of the sky and a little from the right, concentrating one's attention on the donkeys.
Punch and Judy: Another thing I've never seen, unfortunately. A great shot of a great British tradition. The only thing I would have done is to darken the out of focus child a little to make it less distracting
A wet Victorian Sunday: Here is another good train shot which has added interest with the rain, the connection between the two people and the greens of the train, the trees and the lady's outfit...wonderful.
Princess Elizabeth: How great to see these steam trains still running! I travelled on them all the time as a young boy. I'm glad you've included the steam but somehow it does look a bit 'static'. I've never tried this kind of shot so what do I know
Ploughing deep: I like this one, it really shouts 'Nostalgia' to me. Full of feeling and memories of warm sunny days in the field. The background trees are nicely out of focus concentrating attention on the plough. The dust rising from the white horse in the middle and the plough itself is perfect. In this case it doesn't matter that it's place centrally either and the treatment suits it well.
E Type: When I first saw this I didn't see the name plate until I scrolled down, then it all made sense. A clever shot well set up. The only criticism from me would be the top of the window is a bit close to the top.
33RPM: Ah yes, those were the days. Makes me wonder what happened to all my 33's. It certainly evokes a feeling of nostalgia although the record deck looks quite modern.
Entertainment before...: What a magnificent building! and good to see it still being used. I wonder though if a portrait view would have allowed us to see more of the building?
The masked swashbuckler: This is a great portrait even before you scroll down to see that he's about to draw his sword. Nicely done with good depth of field.
Those were the days: Real nostalgia here, I travelled on these but unfortunately always suffered from travel sickness. Perhaps a different viewpoint would have made the shot a little more interesting though.
For Kodak Moments: Unfortunately I'm also so old I actually had this very setup! and great it was too. Lovely detail in the flashgun and the background is nicely blurred. The slightly skew angle also adds something too
Well, those are my thoughts and I'd like to thank all for bringing back memories for me, some really good photos.

So I've chosen:
1st-Ploughing deep by dromfit
2nd-A wet Victorian Sunday by ericD1306
3rd-That's my Jack by Hazyj
HC's to Nigelk, and Simonmac
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Link Posted 01/10/2019 - 12:43
Thanks for the first place... and congratulations to the other podia and HCs... New comp on it's way....
Apologies for the delay, but I fell over yesterday and landed with my hand 'twixt rib cage and shopping!
I too have a model Vanwall... but without the badges and paintwork... mine is a Corgi, Glynn's looks like a Dinky.
[Sorry, I'll hang the anorak back up]... mine is sitting on the shelf in front of me!
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!!"


Link Posted 01/10/2019 - 16:39
Thanks for the second place and congratulations to the winner, 3rd place and HC's.


Link Posted 01/10/2019 - 21:42
Many thanks Michael for such a grand competition, including a great set of comments and what, given the diverse range of entries, was probably quite difficult judging.

Congratulations to Tim for the well deserved win (and Yes Tim, anoraks aside, you are correct my Vanwall is a Dinky from around 1960), the runners-up and everyone else for such an interesting set of well crafted images.



Link Posted 02/10/2019 - 12:52
Thank you for the great competition.

Been a while and I very much enjoyed seeing the photos and reading you helpful comments.

All the best



Link Posted 02/10/2019 - 19:16
I can move my hand properly today. so....
Thank you Michael for a really good, open subject competition...
Very varied, must have been a hard judge, great constructive comments...
mine was central, not because it worked... but to crop out modern stuff!
And Glynn... it was the tyres that gave the game away!! I wonder why we hang onto such things.... mine, I think is because my old man used to regularly take me bruvver and me to either Brands Hatch or Silverstone [year dependant] for the GP.... I might add, I used to cadge along in the days of the Lotus JPS, too....
Mallard is my ident picture for similar reasons.....
I look forward to seen many interpretations on the theme of Boxes.
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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