Weekly #671 - Drips, drops and droplets! Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 07/06/2020
Judge: drofmit

Any interpretation you want to make of Drips, drops and droplets will be fine.....
but NO running taps, fountains, waterfalls or large sources of water....
I want to see close-up drips, drops and/or droplets... almost macro shots.
The usual weekly competition rules apply - the photo can have been taken at any time....
trawl the archives.... or you can set something up for the competition...
however it has to have been shot with a Pentax or closely related camera.
The winner will then set and judge the competition next week.
Good luck with your entries.
Winner
Competition Entries

drofmit

Link Posted 08/06/2020 - 00:01
What a wonderful selection.... I will undertake the judging duties tomorrow when I am fresh!
Thanks for the entries....
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!!"
Anon.

drofmit

Link Posted 08/06/2020 - 18:22
And I am almost halfway through... the selection had gone from wonderful to excellent and ghastly to judge!
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!!"
Anon.

drofmit

Link Posted 08/06/2020 - 23:14
Winner chosen... very nice picture, Stan... it has been a very difficult job to judge this excellent selection...
observations, notes etcetera I will finish tomorrow morning...
I'm now hitting the cask.... sorry, sack!

tyronet2000

Link Posted 09/06/2020 - 08:07
Wow! Didn't expect to win this competition so Thanks for the 1st Place. Well done everyone who entered and I look forward to the judges comments and critique.
Regards
Stan

PPG

drofmit

Link Posted 09/06/2020 - 13:00
Wow! What a task... thank you everyone for putting up a picture...
it has taken a bit longer than my normal judging because of the difficulty of splitting such a diverse response...
but here are my observations, comments and critques:

Foxglove in Rain Shower by JAK
What an opener, I hope this doesn't put people off....
[postscript: it didn't appear to, I think people saw it as a challenge!]
This is lovely... not just from the colour and brightness... but from the sharpness of the subject area with a nice tail off to the base of the 'glove'... making sure that there is no sharpeness to distract from the droplets.... I particularly like the lowest acting as a lens and showing the brick wall it is growing in front of.

Drip drip drip by Nigelk
Pasting for this, no... this was one of the front runners initially... a totally different viewpoint.
I like the abstract nature of this and the time taken to create the the original concept. It is part of what photography is about. No... no pasting for this imaginative shot

Tree through Raindrop by PRYorkshire
Nice, clever idea to rotate... changes the aspect totally.
The subject.. the tree and what lies "within" the drip need brightening....
to lift what is rather a dark, sombre picture.

Rain Droplets on Spiders Web by Johnwnjr
A lovely set of droplets with some great catchlights...
I feel this picture would be strengthened with some cropping...
personally, I would remove the very dark bottom fifth making it letterboxey...
which also removes two brightspots that I am finding rather a distraction from the subject.

Baikal rain by kingvar
This shot makes a lovely abstract... whatever is in the background is so oof as to become brushstrokes of artists wash, leaving the droplets as the isolated subject.
There is a strange streakiness to the righthand sixth of the picture which keeps pulling my eye... cropping the picture to remove that distraction would leave the picture stronger.

Potshot by Perspicador
A lovely blue ceramic pot feeding liquid into another...
unfortunately I can't see any drips, drops or droplets of liquid...
just a very out of focus stream of what might be water... ... ...
The red object or cloth that is reflected works very well to enhance the blue glaze of the pots.

Blue Drip by snakey
Wonderful DoF on this drop suspended on the upwash from the previous drop.
And the clarity of the top drop.. all that detail from beyond...
to me the whole looks like a clown with his arms folded or holding something.
Very good submission!

Dewdrop by tyronet2000
Whoooo... I love this... it is the abstract sort of picture I like to have hanging on my walls....
slight old-fashioned graininess... did you give it the lovely grey-blue cyanotype tone or is that the original colour?
And, because the main reflection in the water droplet looks very like the "USA", with "Russia" to the left and an "Ireland" on the right with "South America" below... the droplet becomes a globe in miniature, reminding me of the delicate nature of our blue planet..

Dripping Tap by GlynM
A wow of a shot... from the damaged chrome and polished but scratched brass of the tap.... to the bright highlights reflected in the clean crisp water drop waiting to fall! A corker of a shot!! A good reason NOT to mend a washer!!

Grapes by mr.mellow
"...Left out after BBQ" So my assumption is early morning dew... and I bet they tasted lovely!
Very nice capture... just says eat me, dew and all...
nice assumed diagonal on the bunch which looks to be hanging from the side of a glass or jug... lovely shot

Ring of bright water by SteveF
A Holcus mollis leaf with splashes all over... like Noel's shot below, this is a leaf that photographers love to do droplets on!
Nice square crop to hold the leaf in the middle... the main blobs off centre...
and the "ring" of tiny droplets all round the edge of the leaf... brilliantly observed!

Drop Macro by Noelcmn
Lovely macro shot of a water drop in the centre of what looks like a nasturtium leaf...
using the drop as an extra lens... the shot is full of luminosity...
I would've cropped it square to emphasise the circle of the blob, but that's just personal preference.

So Stan just gets the task of setting this weeks challenge with
Dewdrop by tyronet2000 being the winner...
Then for this weekly comp, no less than three 2nd equal places:
Foxglove in Rain Shower by JAK
Blue Drip by snakey
Dripping Tap by GlynM

I would have liked to have given four firsts and these are placed in appearance order!
What has taken me so long was trying to split four cracking shots and in the end, it came down to pure personal preference... I could live with Dewdrop on the wall...better, slightly, than the other three [viz: Dripping Tap would sit nicely in our kitchen]

Highly commended are Drip drip drip by Nigelk and Grapes by mr.mellow

And, as you can see above, the other shots excelled, too, in their own ways...
because I had to "nit pick"!
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!!"
Anon.

Noelcmn

Link Posted 09/06/2020 - 19:20
Congrats Tyronet2000, beautiful shot, love the blue tones on that. And extended to JAK Snakey and GlynM for the joint 2nd spots. And not forgetting the HM's Nigelk and mr.mellow. Fab challenge, thanks Dromfit, and for the judging exercise, C&C's. As always, this is appreciated.

GlynM

Link Posted 09/06/2020 - 19:42
Many thanks Tim for another interesting and unique competition. Definitely a difficult one to judge but it certainly produced some fabulous entries.

Thanks also for the joint 2nd place .

Congratulations to Stan, my fellow runners up and everyone else for rising to the challenge.

Glyn

JAK

Link Posted 09/06/2020 - 20:39
Just to echo Glyn's thoughts entirely.

Thanks Tim.
John K
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