Weekly #656 - Heritage Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 16/02/2020
Judge: GlynM

The winner of the previous competition, ken2390 , has unfortunately been hospitalised and is unable to set and manage the next competition. As the runner-up I have been asked to step in, which I am very happy to do and wish Ken a fast recovery.

So this competition subject is “Heritage”, which can include languages, traditions, practises, or any objects, including buildings, that were created in the past and still have historical importance. I am hoping this is open to a broad interpretation.

The usual weekly competition rules apply. Entries can be shot for the competition or taken from your archives. It must though be shot using a Pentax camera or their closely related clones.

The winner is expected to set, comment on and judge the next competition.

The competition closes at midnight GMT on Sunday, 16th February. Good luck and I look forward, with anticipation, to seeing your entries.

Competition Entries


Link Posted 17/02/2020 - 00:30
Many thanks to all of you that entered this competition. It was great to see such a good broad and individually unique set of interpretations. It has certainly been fun and a privilege to review your work.

Anbangbang Gallery – Nigelk
What a fantastic image to start off this competition and many thanks for the detailed explanation. I think it is a well captured subject that maintains good context with the explanation. The camera management works really well and I am impressed by the excellent use of the shadow & reflection free lightning which I think helps to reinforce the subject.

St Paul's Cathedral. London UK – newbiek50user
I think this is a beautiful image. The early morning sunlight and partial cloud cover work really well. The composition is excellent and there is a good depth of field providing lots of detail. I particularly like the how the statues are highlighted against the sky. The only thing I found slightly disappointing are the sensor dust spots, of which I can see at least three, the most prominent being in the lower left of the sky. While I appreciate these were probably not obvious at the time the shot was taken they could have been easily removed in post processing. However they really do not detract from an otherwise excellently crafted picture.

Merddin Emrys at Tangrisiau – davidtrout
I think David, who I have found to be a skilled photographer of trains, has surpassed himself with this fabulous image. The camera settings and the framing of the shot provide very good context of this beautifully preserved engine and its working environment. I am also impressed by the terrific depth of field providing close up detail of the locomotive and the sharp edge of the mountains against the sky. I think it is an inspiring shot and I need to get out my DA* 16-50 and practice a lot more to get anywhere close to the quality of this picture.

Piper– Perspicador
I love the element of fun captured in this image. The camera has been well managed providing good subject and foreground detail and there is a grand collection of knock-out colours. I think this is a well observed and captured opportunistic shot.

Windmill – MHOL190246
I think this is an excellent shot of this old windmill. The composition with a clear view towards an off-set subject works really well. It has been shot in bright sunshine which can often cause complications but here the lighting has been well managed. Personally I think I would have just cropped it very slightly to avoid the little bit of foliage that just creeps into the sky on the right-hand side but it remains an excellent capture.

The Basket Weaver – mr.mellow
It is good to see an image capturing someone practising traditional skills in this competition. I think it is a nicely observed and crafted shot. I like the way we are looking through the surrounding baskets to see a clear depiction of this lady at work which I think creates excellent context. The depth of field has been well managed providing good detail and there are some nice touches of red to help lift the otherwise overcast lighting.

Saddleworth Rushcart – SteveF
It is good to see an image from a Pentax Q-S1 in this competition which I think has demonstrated how well these little cameras perform. Many thanks for the explanation of what is going on in this image which I would not otherwise have understood. I think it is a good capture in what must have been a busy environment over which the photographer had little control. The lighting and colours work really well to create impact and I love the way the effort involved has been captured. A good tradition to see depicted in this competition.

Donnington Castle – EricD1306
It is good to see an image of this old castle. I lived for many years not too far away in Reading but unfortunately never got to visit this site. I think the composition works with the trees and foreground branches on the right helping to offset the otherwise central position of the subject. The position of the horizon works well and I certainly get a feeling that this is an exposed site. Shot on a bright day against a largely blue sky where I think the shadows help to create a good feeling of depth. I love the three little birds forming a straight line from the tower.

Rufford Abbey – paulb531
I think this is a well-crafted image making best use of the lighting to create such an interesting picture. The brown and orange colours of the stone and brick wall are nicely complemented by the blue sky and green trees. The light also creates some fantastic shadows and the lines of floor-tiles add a good feeling of depth. There is excellent camera management maintaining good detail across the shot. It is certainly a well observed opportunity to capture such a good image of this Nottinghamshire place.

Viking Heritage – JAK
I think this is an excellent shot of these reenactors against some sort of castle wall. The image appears to capture a sort of pre-event feeling before battle commences and the foreground subject, for me, looks a little apprehensive while his, perhaps more experienced and better armed, colleagues are just waiting to get on with the job. I think it is a nicely composed and implemented shot. The lighting is well managed and the colours and level of detail also work well. A very nicely observed and well-captured image.

Solid Gold – Noelcmn
What a fabulous item to have included in this collection. I think it certainly makes a tremendous statement. There is quite a small depth of field but I suspect that the photographer had to accept this as a compromise to obtain the shot. Certainly the EXIF data indicates that thought has been put into to keeping the shutter speed up to possibly avoid the risk of camera shake and for me suggests that the object was in difficult to photograph circumstances. However the shot was achieved it is fantastic to see and hear about.

York Minster – retsoor
This is a fabulous shot of the inside this iconic cathedral. I think the quality of this shot can be really difficult to achieve. Particularly the balancing of the light coming through the windows with the darker interior lighting, which can be very challenging, has been very well managed in this image. The verticals have been well maintained and there is also a fantastic depth of field providing excellent detail across the shot. A fantastic image.

Wartime message from France – drofmit
Wow, what an interesting piece of history. Here in the UK it is difficult to appreciate the impact of invasion although I wonder how many of these hundred actually got to return to their homes and families. It is a well captured and thought provoking image.

Manchester Town Hall – johnriley
John has provided an excellent closing image for our competition. It is certainly an impressive shot. I like that he has chosen the staircase which creates a great combination of both curving and straight lines for the eye to follow. As with restoor’s York Minster image care has been taken to balance the light coming through the window with the internal lighting. Here though, probably because it is a more contained shot, we see the light of two different colour temperatures coming together to enhance the warmth of the stone and highlight the stairway structure. Again there is lots of sharp detail to explore and the prominent verticals are well maintained.

The wonderful diverse and unique nature of the interpretations makes it really difficult to choose the winners. All of the entries have excellent attributes so my judging becomes mainly subjective, more my personal taste. So after some careful consideration this is it:

1st – paulb531 for “Rufford Abbey” – Because it made such excellent use of the lighting to provide such a wonderful combination of colour, shadows and lines.

2nd – davidtrout for “Merddin Emrys at Tangrisiau ” – For a brilliantly executed shot that is for me an object lesson on photographing this iconic working steam locomotive.

3rd –retsoor for “York Minster” – Because I felt this was a brilliantly well observed and executed shot.

Highly Commended to: everyone else.

I think this completes my responsibilities here and hand over to Paul for the next round.

Last Edited by GlynM on 17/02/2020 - 00:48


Link Posted 17/02/2020 - 08:32
Many thanks Glyn for your excellent choice of subject, constructive comments and for my 2nd place - surely the most coveted spot in these weekly competitions. Congratulations to Paul and restsoor on their podium results.

PS I do quite a wide range of photography subjects but photographing steam locomotives at work is one of my favourite pastimes - non more so than my annual expedition from Durham to North Wales, generally in May, to record images at lines like the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland, Talyllyn and Vale of Rheidol railways
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout
Last Edited by davidtrout on 17/02/2020 - 08:38


Link Posted 17/02/2020 - 09:04
Thank you for the competition and judging Glyn. I'm pleased to see your call for entries worked, a quite fascinating and eclectic mix of entries. Bravo to all especially to Paulb531 and his fellow podium places.


Link Posted 17/02/2020 - 11:28
Congratulations Paul and the other podia.... David and retsor....
and great shots from everyone... I wouldn't have liked to judge it!!

Thanks for the comment about mine... yes, I felt that an alternative heritage shot was worth doing.... we have a lot around here...
Our house started in German occupied France.... then, after 5 months, the line was moved closer to Descartes and we were then in Vichy France until the Germans took over everything towards the end of 1942... the property where this stone sits was in Vichy France the whole time and apparently, such messages were used to document troop movements and pass them back to the Allies.
Everwhere you drive around here there are memorials to those who were shot for resistance... usually at the roadside near their village.... and we have a local town, Maille, where almost everyone was massacred by an SS troop... except for a handful of villagers who were elsewhere... we used to know one of them who was a 13yr-old lass working weekdays in a neighbouring village.
So, there is a lot of recent heritage around the Loire... not just the chateaux!
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 17/02/2020 - 13:52
Some great images on show. Thanks Glyn for a great effort in doing the business. I haven't posted in a bit - I'm retired now so very busy! Hopefully, I will try and get a subject going for this week either tonight or tomorrow morning.


Link Posted 17/02/2020 - 19:19
Thank you Glyn for stepping in with an interesting competition and for 3rd place and some nice comments. Well done to paulb531 and to davidtrout. So many good photos this week.


Link Posted 17/02/2020 - 20:06
Excellent challenge, excellent images, and a worthy winner! Composition, light and shadows and colors are superb! Congrats Paul. Congrats extended to Davidtrout and Retsoor.

You are quite right, difficult subject to shoot- in a museum, surrounded by glass that was quite close to that piece of gold and that shot was about the best I could get, having shot a few from different angles, with/without flash. Security guard present, just in case I moved it , or snatched it .
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