Weekly #667 - One, single kitchen utensil Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 10/05/2020
Judge: davidwozhere

There will be something in everyone's kitchen and you will likely have already photographed something. Whether a new or an archive image it must have been taken with a Pentax camera or accepted clone. The item can be in use, held by someone, a simple 'portrait' of it, however you would like to depict it. What is not wanted is a collection of stuff on the counter or in a kitchen drawer.
The winner will be expected to set and judge the following week's contest. Have fun and stay safe.
Winner
Competition Entries

davidwozhere

Link Posted 11/05/2020 - 01:18
It's quarter past one and I'm going to bed. Judging starts in the morning.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 11/05/2020 - 18:12
There is a lot of good photography in this small selection but several images coild have been hugely improved by more attention to detail. On the other hand, several others have paid a lot of attention to detail and these have found their way to the podium. I hope I haven't been too hard in my comments, especially as I recognise situations that have been pointed out to me in the past by other people judging my own pictures.

Plate by Persipcador
A very well exposed image with a lot of white in it where detail could so easily have been lost. The main lines within it are classically aligned on the thirds (the line of rasperries and the curvve of the table and curve of the plate). I do find the alignment jarring, as the composition is tilted; the plate is not level within the scene, needing to be rotated clockwise by maybe 15 degrees.

A kettle's view of the garden by johnwnjr
It probably is the most used item during the lockdown - ours certainly is It's a great idea and full marks for creative thinking. Focus is bang on the reflected material and the balance between the dark kettle and the bright reflection is well handled. It too is tilted heavily towards the left, however, which is slightly unsettling, given that this is a kettle. I think this image will repay some further work handsomely since the idea is a really good one.

Pestle and Mortar by NigelK
You answered my question. How did you get the detail inside the mortar? Most people would have gone for the standard three quarter frontal view of this but your overhead point of view makes a humble grinding device into something of a spectacle.

A "SINGLE" set of knives by vic cross
I'll let you off the plural Vic but in taking the 'absolute technical stance' (and underlining it - ELITE) you have to deliver it too. The actual photography is very nice. You have handled a heap of shiny surfaces almost perfectly but where is the implied precision in the alignment and organisation of the knives? For example, the handles should line up in military perfection; the organisation is almost random except for longest at the top and shortest at the bottom. You are clearly proud of both the knives and your hob but maybe the hob details could be sacrificed (i.e. covered up) to avoid having to decide between two strongly competing messages?

Spooning with a Spoon by johnriley
Another bit of pure creativity ! I'm trying to work out whether the duck egg dictated the background or if it was chance because the two complement each other perfectly. The spoon is by far the darkest element in the composition and it dictates the exposure necessitating an exquisite balance between light and shade - which the light lost, since the tiles above the egg got their highlights blown. I can't see a way out of it. Save the tiles, lose the egg and vice versa. Overall, I just want to keep looking at it though.

Apple Peeler by GlynM
This is an outright piece of 'product photography' in terms of its documentary and pictorial story telling. Its success can be measured by the "I want one of those!" responses it will be invoking. From a photographic point of view, it is very hard to find fault with it - but I will, just for the hell of it ..... Could we have the smallest bit more space above the apple please?

Flour Sieve by mr.mellow
Were it not for the explanation I would have been at a loss with this one and I'm still trying to ponder the connection? flower/ flour? The sieve is very well photographed and its nature and the black background is calling out for ................ flour? Does the verbal play carry over into the visual?

Smooth Operator by Noelcmn
It seems to have processed all the EXIF data as well as the contents of the fruit bowl ! I will assume it is a Pentax image. Being such a simple object, the choice of a black background makes the viewer examine it all the more. There is a surprising amount of detail to be gleaned from it too as a result of excellent focus, lighting and exposure right down to nicks and marks from past use.

Pizza Cutter Cutting Pizza by PRYorkshire
When I first popped this onto the screen my nose twitched with the smell that was there in the original ! It was fleeting but quite real. I guess that alone qualifies it as a good food picture? Do you focus on the pizza or the cutter? Ignoring the contest theme of a utensil, I think the emphasis on the cutter and the detail of it slicing the food acutally enhances the 'food' aspect of the image. Every detail of the act of cutting it is well portrayed and your brain does the rest.

1st place goes to GlynM for the generating so much utensil envy
2nd place goes to johnriley for an inspired piece of creativity
3rd place to NigelK for making a common object look anything but.

If a Kettle's view of the garden had been upright the list might have been been slightly different.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Last Edited by davidwozhere on 11/05/2020 - 18:13

Perspicador

Link Posted 11/05/2020 - 18:35
Plate by Persipcador
A very well exposed image with a lot of white in it where detail could so easily have been lost. The main lines within it are classically aligned on the thirds (the line of rasperries and the curvve of the table and curve of the plate). I do find the alignment jarring, as the composition is tilted; the plate is not level within the scene, needing to be rotated clockwise by maybe 15 degrees.

O shut up. It's a fucking plate with tarts on it. You are a nauseating nit-picker.

GlynM

Link Posted 11/05/2020 - 19:13
Wow, many thanks David for the win in what I felt was an interesting but perhaps a little harder than usual challenge. Certainly I found that in a search of my archive there was nothing that was just a single item. I guess I normally lean towards messaging that needs other items to create context. So, probably like all the other entries, I had to shoot something specifically for the competition.

I agree that my image was a bit tightly framed which was a compromise influenced by the difficulty of working in our narrow kitchen and not wanting to catch the far edge of the table. I started out using a D-FA 100 macro lens but it was too tight so ended using a D-FA 24-80 which I would not normally consider appropriate for this sort of shot. However it worked quite well so I learnt something new and valuable as too .

Congratulations to John and Nigel for the other placements and everyone else for rising to the challenge.

I will get something new up shortly.

Glyn
Last Edited by GlynM on 11/05/2020 - 19:16

johnriley

Link Posted 12/05/2020 - 00:16
Many thanks for the second place and congratulations to the other podium places and to those who also produced some excellent pictures.

As for Perspicador's comment, a little more self control would be appreciated by us all I'm sure. Hurling insults isn't the way forward. By entering a competition we invite the judge to comment and the judges opinion is the last word.
Best regards, John

Noelcmn

Link Posted 12/05/2020 - 17:35
Congrats GlynM, I like that shot, fine composition, given the limited space. Worthy winner. Have sold a more modern version of that, the electrical version. Nifty thing. Congrats extended to Johnriley and NigelK. the latter's image certainly invoked a few memories. Thanks to our Judge for the challenge and judging exercise, as always much appreciated.
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