Weekly #642 - Rust Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 10/11/2019
Judge: JAK

I believe I've thought of a competition theme we haven't had before - Rust.

By rust I mean that flaking coating of iron oxide that is formed on iron or steel by oxidation. Rust can produce interesting colours and textures so that's what I'm after. I appreciate there is a video game and a programming language also named Rust but not those!

You can either choose something from your archives or go out and photograph something new. Your image is to be shot on a Pentax or related camera and the winner will be expected to set and judge next week's competition. This competition closes at midnight Sunday 10th November GMT. Good luck with your entries which I look forward to seeing.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 11/11/2019 - 12:48
Many thanks for all your great submissions. An almost impossible task given there weren't any 'bad' pictures entered which makes the job of selecting the winner extremely tricky.

Old iron stairway (Perspicador)

An interesting item of railway infrastructure taken from inside a carriage I guess with the stairs coming out of the bushes. It doesn't seem particularly rusty though.

Spikes AND barbed wire (davidwozhere)

The fencing may have have been left to rot but seems to be doing its job still. You've captured the texture really well with the spikes contrasting against the greenery behind. The nearest spike does seem somewhat detached from the fence rail, maybe you go in too close or over-cropped the image. Not withstanding a great photo.

Fishplates (MHOL190246)

This has captured the detail very well. I reckon many folk would pass by this without a glance or thought yet well worth capturing what is now becoming a piece of railway history given the present trend of welding tracks. I do find it interesting looking at railway lines to determine if the line is in regular use or not by the amount of rust on top of the track.

Incinerator (grahamcoad)

A photo of two contrasting textures The rusty roof over that textured concrete wall works well. Well seen.

Nuts and bolts (davidtrout)

How many of us have a bundle of old bits like this rusting away on the shed or garage window ledge? This too provides a strong texture contrast with the sacking and flaking window frame. Significantly the image has been carefully cropped to provide a perfect natural frame for the subject matter. Well seen and processed.

rust (bertlk)

An old Ford pickup truck that's certainly seen better days. I wonder how long it has been laying there rusting away. You weren't tempted to put in an offer for it to do a restoration job then? A great photo of it.

Just a door handle (Aitch53)

Looks like you took this specially for the competition, thanks. I like the way the rusted screw-heads match the tone of the wooden door giving basically a two tone image.

Poppy Heads (Nigelk)

You've caught the rusty texture really well with this. Personally I'd have liked to see the whole of the front 'poppy' in preference to the emphasis on the out of focus ones behind where the highlights on those prove (in my opinion) a little distracting.

Serrurerie d'Art (drofmit)

Well done for finding a very rusty photograph from deep in your archives. I'm sure this gate could tell a tale or two. Great capture.

It would be sore driving (ken2390)

Another restoration project! Can't argue it isn't rusty! I feel there must be some family history associated with this shot, especially with it being displayed by the lady.

Risky rusty razor wire (Noelcmn)

Quite a poignant photograph given it's Armistice Day. Can't think why a nature reserve requires razor wire (sounds dangerous to any wildlife that happens to reside there.) I can imagine the western front must have looked similar to troops in the trenches. The out of focus wire on an opposite diagonal gives the impression of the wire retreating into the distance.

Old Rusty Lock (johnriley)

Super detail and texture. An excellent capture of the ancient lock.

Quite a number of these could be the worthy winner, with each having their own merits. Perhaps because of today's context the winner is:

1. Risky rusty razor wire (Noelcmn)

2. Nuts and bolts (davidtrout) - A carefully crafted image.

Old Rusty Lock (johnriley)
Serrurerie d'Art (drofmit)
Spikes AND barbed wire (davidwozhere) -

HM to the rest.

Thank you all for your worthy entries. So over to Noelcmn for the coming week.


Link Posted 11/11/2019 - 15:20
Thanks JAK, this was a good subject and attracted some fine entries. Thanks for my 2nd place and congratulations to Noel, his was an image that I thought would be a worthy winner. Congrats also to the rest of a crowded podium.
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Link Posted 11/11/2019 - 17:41
Oh Dear me! Thank you JAK, wonderful competition, and I'm honoured to be the winner in a strong field of competitors. Congrats to Davidtrout, johnriley, drofmit and Davidwozhere, and the HM's. I like shooting rust, and its all over SA. The Barbed wire is used to protect the bird hides at Delta Park, now long since discontinued and left to rust. I'll have a new challenge up shortly


Link Posted 11/11/2019 - 20:19
Thank you for the third placing!
Yes, I like that gate... the photo was from the archives... but not deeeep!
I have been using it elsewhere....

Congratulations to Noel for the win... it has all the airs of being really nasty rust!
And perfect for Remembrance, and congrats too to the 2nd placee and my two co-podia.
And thanks JAK for an interesting subject, speedily judged.
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 12/11/2019 - 00:00
Why "Oh dear me!" Noel. That is a stunning shot. Well done. Lots of goodies in this collection. Thank you JAK.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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