Weekly #655 - Public Transport Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 09/02/2020
Judge: johnriley

This could mean anything from a picture of a bus, train, ship, hovercraft, helicopter, plane......... to people using the transport, to ephemera in museums and indeed anything that relates to public transport. Pentax related kit only of course, and the winner sets and judges the next competition. Enjoy the competition and good luck to all!
Competition Entries


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 00:03
Public Transport could cover a multitude of things, although for me the essence would be something that transports the public from one place to another. I have a feeling that a few images this time fall a bit outside that remit, so let's have a look and see how the boundaries have been pushed back!

Perspicador Call the Fire Brigade A well exposed and sharp image showing this group of people off well. I'm not sure this is really public transport, but the image is a good one in any event. As a thought, if the shot were to be intended to be promotional then re-arranging the group so the logo and other details on the side of the vehicle could be read would be useful.

Nigelk Budget Getting the frame of the window as sharp as the wing and the mountains has proved to be a bit too much of a challenge, but that's not too surprising. I do like the bold colours and the way the distant mountains have been shot to give them suitable prominence in the composition.

davidtrout All aboard the Beamish bus The shot is made by the yellow caps and the kids all looking in the same direction, plus of course some nice framing. The driver looking in the opposite directions gives a cute bit of tension in the arrangement. Would it have been even stronger if the kids had been looking towards us? We'll never know, but as it is the moment has been caught and we have a satisfying bit of reportage.

JAK Mr Angry When shooting models of people it can be a good idea to disguise the details in some way, and here that has been achieved by adding a bit of noise, courtesy of a high ISO setting. Other ways of dealing with this can be monochrome or perhaps adding textures in Photoshop. This has been handled well and we get the story completely from the image, helped along by the title of course.

SteveF Hitching a ride in Odessa, Ukraine Pictures from far flung places have a head start because the different locations make them interesting. This bit of street photography also has an amusing tale to tell and it could make a great item for a newspaper or magazine. There's a lot of information in the image, for example, we can clearly see how the trams operate, using a system similar to the trolley buses that we used to have in England. Very interesting and well shot.

Chrism8 Full Steam Ahead A classic shot of a classic subject that will have the railway enthusiasts reaching for their cameras and log books. I do like the quirky tilt that has been introduced, giving the passing train a more dynamic line.

GlynM Hovertravel Yes, a great shot of a missed opportunity, that is, the UK probably squandered a bit of fine technology that could have been much more successful than it was. The shot was not missed though, and although it's a straightforward image it's been handled in a very accomplished manner. I like the slight blueness that is reminiscent of the look of fading colour film that could have been shot in the 1960s or 1970s.

PhilRatcliffe Semperoper tram Such yellow! This whacks us straight between the eyes with its bold colour. I do feel I would like to see more of where the tram contacts the rails, whereas it is somewhat hidden from us by the lie of the land.

ken2390 Up or down, it's a straight line - I can't argue with the title! The low viewpoint is, I think, much more powerful than the view from the top would have been. Excellent composition, a great viewpoint and sharp and accurate colour.

MHOL190246 The Surry to Scotland Ferry This is a very appealing subject and it's a pity that the lighting has not been kinder. Direct sunlight onto the ferry would have made for a much sharper, more dramatic image. Light is everything in photography. Nevertheless, the photographer has done all the right things with what was there at the time. Perhaps a letterbox format would help.

EricD1306 Union of South Africa Another excellent railway image, this time going for a much closer viewpoint that gives the engine much greater presence and gravitas. I can almost feel the rush of air as the train zooms by.

vic cross Sugar train on St Kitts It's a talent in itself to be able to nail the expressions of every one of a group of people, bit Vic has indeed nailed it. All this is much more important that the tilt or the over bright background. The expressions on everybodies faces is the key to this and it's spot on in that respect. Congratulations on your 54th by the way!

davidwozhere Brave new Brum Digital cameras love blue and Birmingham obviously knew this when they chose a colour for their new trams. It's bold but not overdone and it's sharp and tells us the story it sets out to do. I also like the contrast between the new, vibrant view and the drab colour of the background buildings.

Noewcmn Flysafair A very pleasing shot that gets away with cutting edges off the plane in all directions. The shot could only be improved by a person or a vehicle being in front of the plane for some reason. Lovely texture in the metal.

retsoor air ambulance Another one where I'm not convinced that this could really be classed as public transport. OK, members of the public could be transported in it, but on the other hand it's not a scheduled service or a service that we could normally hire for a trip. The picture is interesting though, and a small amount of movement in the rotors reassures us that it's not about to fall out of the sky.

drofmit Memories of a childhood Yes, I too remember the trolley buses, but only just! They were silent apart from a slight whirring noise,clean and had no emissions. They were generally replaced by stinking, polluting diesel buses. So thanks for the memories! The picture seems to me to have a bit too much saturation and/or contrast, so the red is devoid of detail or texture. It also means the sky is a bit weak. I would ease off the contrast and see if a bit more detail could not be brought out in the background.

It's great to see a good number of entries, so many thanks for that. Choosing the winners can be quite difficult, but it has to be done, do the result is:

WINNER: ken2390 with his very powerful viewpoint, great colour and excellent composition.

SECOND: GlynM Hovertravel has a lovely, almost vintage feel to it, which I think is perfect for the subject matter.

THIRD: SteveF An unusual and fascinating reportage shot.

Commended: vic cross, davidtrout, Chrism8, EricD1306

So time to hand over to the next judge, ken2390!


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 09:00
Congratulations to Ken2390 on his winning picture and many thanks to John for setting a interesting subject and casting an expert eye over the entries.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 09:31
Congratulations to ken2390 and his fellow podium places and the commended entries. Thanks to John for setting the competition and very prompt judging.


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 10:40
Many thanks John for another excellent competition.

Thanks also for awarding the coveted 2nd place to my hovercraft image .

Congratulations to Ken for a great winning image, fellow podium member Steve and everyone else for another fantastic set of well crafted images.



Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 12:17
Congratulations to Ken.

Thanks for the comment John and the third place.

vic cross

Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 13:01
Thanks for the comment John. My wife Sheila is front and centre. By the way our 54th. was in 2014. We've since had our 60th anniversary on the 16th Jan. this year.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 15:04
Ken sends his apologies but he has been hospitalised and is unable to set his competition. I need to sort out the continuity but I will be asking GlynM to step up and take over the task. Bear with me while I discuss the technical bit with IT.
Best regards, John
Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 18:16
Thanks for the competition and comments John. Congrats to Ken and hope all is well. congrats also to the other places and HC's


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 18:18
Congratulations to Ken and hope he's soon out of hospital. Congratulations also to the other podium places and thanks for the commendation for my photo..


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 18:44
GlynM has now been elevated to winner. Apologies to Ken that we had to do it this way, but it was the only way to preserve the continuity.


Link Posted 10/02/2020 - 19:19
With best wishes to Ken, who I felt deserved the win, The next competition, "Heritage", is up and running.



Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 07:11
Thanks Glyn, your help is much appreciated!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 10:37
Congrats to Ken2390, as noted, a well deserved 1st spot! And here's hoping you will be well soon.
Congrats to GlynM as well as SteveF and the HC's vic cross, davidtrout, Chrism8 and EricD1306. Lovely challenge so thanks are due to our judge John, and for the Comments and Critiques.

And a special CONGRATS TO VIC CROSS on 60 years of marriage! Awesome!
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