Weekly #654 - Ornaments and decorative objects around the house Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 02/02/2020
Judge: davidwozhere

We all have these. Some are prized, some just gather dust. Whatever they are inside in the warm and readily photographable (Is that a word?)
Either a new image or one from the archives. But is must be taken with a Pentax camera or accepted clone.
The winner will be expected to set and to judge the next contest.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 02:06
Thanks for a truly eclectic collection of 'things', some of which, like the final one are intensely personal. The results are, of course my own, equally personal opinion.

Nymph by Perspicador
First to post as usual - we would worry if it were not so! This is very closely cropped. Not only does it not give the subject room to breath it has, in this case, shoved the figure right over to the left, thus spoiling the composition by the need to accomodate her foot in the tight frame.

Axminster cat by GlynM
What a wonderfully smug thing he is (all gingers are he) sitting in the middle of a carefully arranged group of three. The lighting is good too considering how shiny he is.

Yellow by Chrism8
Minimalism rules! I don't know if the angle of the vase is an error or deliberate. Anyway, it provides a super jauntiness to a much needed 'spring' image. Also, yellow isn't the easiest colour to photograph and it has been managed really well both the flower and its appearance on the backdrop.

hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil by pipinmels
Are these of two colours or is the left one in shade? I think there is a lot more potential impact to be gained with these three by means of appropriate lighting. More shadows are needed to bring out the features which are otherwise lost in the overall greyness f the models.

Kurer K4 Anchor by johnriley
Impact in every direction: the object itself, the point of view, the clinical precision of the picture and its placement on a black ground. This has clearly been set up to impress and it does so.

Mugs by Benz3ne
This has a lovely 'comfortable' , homely feel to it. Great use of a wide open lens and a very narrow DoF. The overall peachy colour helps with the feeling too. A nice, well considered shot.

An old camera by NewbieK50user
Nice for it to get a bit of exposure once again (sorry!). Lovely crisp, classic 3/4 view of an interesting item. Was f11 needed to get the whole in focus? It has caused the garden to be in sufficiently good focus as to compete with the subject. A larger aperture would have blurred it somewhat?

Birdlight by StephenHampshire
I can only think that neither the bird nor the background light could be readily moved? It's a very well executed classic telephoto shot of a close subject against a distant lightsource with a wide aperture but the composition seems (to me) unbalanced with either the bird too far left or the light too far right - hence the opening question.

Precious hand by Noelcmn
What a lovely memento! I can see that it would be hard to photograph indoors. The outdoors has provided the most amazing colours for it. It's a pity about that green bar across the background. It competes with the green bar of the base. I would have been nicer if the whole had been raised above the level of the distant horizon with a PoV looking directly AT it rather than downwards onto it. Then nothing at all could have competed, giving the ornament center stage.

1st .... Kurer K4 Anchor by johnriley. It's just stunning in so many ways (including its nature).
2nd ... Axminster cat by GlynM. I think a lot of care went into the production of that simple scene.
3rd ....Yellow by Chrism8. Just two colours and a hint of humour.

Over to John for next week.
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Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 08:33
Many thanks David for a great and well managed competition.

Thanks also for awarding my Axminster Cat the coveted 2nd place ,

Congratulations to John for the beatifully crafted winning image, fellow podium member Chris and everyone else for another excellent set of images.



Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 08:53
What a novelty! A sculpture that breathes!


Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 10:04
Thank you for the win! Congratulations also to all the other podium places as well as the generally fascinating collection of interesting pieces.

Now, thinking cap on......I think a cup of strong coffee first and then I'll post a new competition......
Best regards, John


Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 12:07
Thanks to David for hosting superbly and giving considered breakdowns of the images submitted! (Also for the kind words towards my submission)
Congratulations to the podium trio, too!
Last Edited by Benz3ne on 03/02/2020 - 12:09


Link Posted 04/02/2020 - 19:16
Congrats Johnriley- cracking image, so crisp with a fab composition! And extended to GlynM and Chrism8. Nice challenge, interesting to see what we have in the home. Thanks to our Judge Davidwozhere, for the challenge and the C&C's-always appreciated.
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