Weekly #664 - Creative Photography Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 19/04/2020
Judge: johnriley

This week's competition is for those who like to play with images, perhaps in Photoshop, perhaps in-camera. Don't be put off by not being a master of Photoshop, this can include anything from making an image Sepia to a creation that takes weeks to put together. If the end result is the most striking image it will win, regardless of how much or how little work has been done to it. But you need to do something to make it more than just a straight photograph. If you need more clarification, please ask, but the interpreatation from me will be as wide as possible to included all levels and all styles.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 20/04/2020 - 00:11
Creative photography, what a minefield and that starts with what we define as creative photography. However, in this competition we know that we mean creating something beyond what we actually record with the camera. This can be done in Photoshop and similar programs, and can also be done in the camera. I have a feeling it's not going to be easy to judge, so let's get on with it and see what we have.

Dazzling Lift-Off by perspicador An image that relies on masses of movement. This is not about sharpness or realism, but instead gives us a feeling for the mad flutter of a small bird taking to the air.

Rainbow Falls by tyronet2000 There's a good choice of shutter speed for the underlying image of water cascading, and the colouring adds to the feel, which is great. One of the questions I ask about all creative adjustments is whether or not it is valid and actually improves the image, or whether it's done just for the sake of it. I feel this improves the image.

Shades of grey and a burst of colour by GlynM This is moving into the realm of Pop Art and although it's not my personal favourite area I can see that it's an approach that can have merit. My only question mark is about the tiny guard at the door, which I feel is a step too far. It seems out of synch with the rest of what is basically an apocalyptic image.

Black and white no grey scale by vic cross Sorry Vic, but your image is sideways! I think I might have quite liked it though; it reminds me of one of those scratched images onto a black card.

Holly Berries by mr.mellow The posterisation is fine for the subject, but I would suggest putting a thin black keyline around it. This would stop the white areas on the edge of the image bleeding into the white background. I think that would hold the image in better.

Scary Sparky by mikeprotts The normal way for a picture to hold our attention is for a slighly darker outer area, to concentrate out eyes on the central parts. Of course if we reverse the colours or tones then this reverses that effect and puts the brightest parts of the image at the edges, allowing our eyes to wander outwards. So perhaps a black keyline would help to hold things in, but most of all I would like to see a sharper image.

Time Traveller by JAK Now that's a nice idea and also one that's been executed cleanly and designed well. Very well thought out.

The eyes have it by michaelblue There's no reason why photography can't be fun and here we have one that challenges all the excessive efforts our teenage familuy members put in with their iPhones. These days people video call and suddenly will acquire centurion helmets whilst they chat and all sorts of things. But you're right that the eyes have it and that was worth doing for sure.

Abstract relections by johnwnjnr Another good idea, using reflections is a straightforward way to create a different look to an image. I think I would like the reflecxtions to be sharper though if possible.

Floating forks by davidwozhere I do enjoy an image which is executed with panache and this one does that. It is a very impressive and perfectly presented idea.

Infrared effect tree by PRYorkshire Infrared photography can be very powerful, either in monochrome, as here, or in colour. I like the isolated tree and just wish the bench wasn't there as I feel it distracts slightly from the overall effect.

Pink Moon by russellparker66 More of an abstract and one that certainly drags us into the image. OK, so there's no real sign of the moon, but that doesn't really matter as the overall impression of the whole is what is important. It's striking.

Catching a rain maker by NigelK This made me smile, it's so overtly wild in its concept. I think you were having lots of fun with this, and that shines through.

Abandoned by jofford A very moody and powerful image. I like the low viewpoint, the intense colours and the sense of isolation.

Painterly Hiker by johnjm We're into the realm of fantasy here, with strange colours that place us in some other world. But that is effective and it would go nicely withy some more, similar images, perhaps as book illustrations.

Levitation by paulb531 Yes, of course we believe you! It works and depends upon us suspending our disbelief....

Dog in Frame by retsoor Interesting, a great idea, and I could see that as a painting on some art gallery wall. All except for the hat. Not so much perhaps the hat in itself, but it doesn't look as thoiugh it could be realistically on the dog's head. I would ditch the hat and then you are left with a nicely arranged image that is also convincing.

Man on the moon by noelcmn I like the idea, but the moon needs to be a whole lot sharper. Perhaps there has been an excessive amount of cropping as there is quite a lot of pixellation present. Worth approaching again?

Many thanks to everyone for joining in, I'm pleased there were a good crop of entries.

The WINNER is going to be The Time Traveller by JAK. It totally fulfils the brief and is well thought out and executed. Well done!

SECOND is the impeccable Floating Forks by davidwozhere. Super shot.

THIRD goes to Catching a Rain maker by NigelK it's still making me smile.

Honourable mentions for the following:
Dog in frame by retsoor
Rainbow falls by tyronet2000

And now over to JAK to set our challenge for the next 7 days!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 20/04/2020 - 00:29
I had both The Time Traveler and Catching a rain maker in mind for the winner so congratulations to both of you and thank you John for the second place and for your concise comments. There were some really wonderful shots in that lot so well done everyone else.
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Link Posted 20/04/2020 - 00:30
Thanks for the top spot this week John and for the comp and judging. A fair crop of entries this week Well done too to davidwozhere and Nigel K and the HMs. I was fortunate to get that shot without someone nipping in front of me and blockng the view as often happens. Social distancing hadn't been invented then!
So thinking cap time for a theme for the coming week.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 20/04/2020 - 00:30


Link Posted 20/04/2020 - 07:23
Congratulations to the Winner and other places. Thanks for the honorable mention.



Link Posted 20/04/2020 - 13:40
Missed it.... thought today was Sunday! I think I'll have to start emulating Rodney!
Great winning shot... congratulations to everyone... lovely set of pictures.
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 20/04/2020 - 15:10
Congrats JAK, that is awesome-apt title too! Worthy winner. An extended to davidwozhere and Nigelk, and not forgetting the Hms retsoor and Tyronet2000. Fab challenge, fab judging- thanks John!
Link Posted 21/04/2020 - 19:36
Thank you John for an excellent theme and some good constructive comments along with the Hm. Congratulations to JAK for a well deserved winning entry. Well done to davidwozhere and Nigelk for 2nd and 3rd respectively and to Tyronet2000 for the other Hm
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