Weekly #675 - Rainbow Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 05/07/2020
Judge: JAK

We've seen a lot of rainbows recently (in more ways than one.) Who can't resist taking a photograph of a rainbow when they see one? So Rainbow is the theme for this week's competition.

The usual weekly competition rules apply ( link ) . The photo can have been taken at any time, however it has to have been shot with a Pentax or closely related camera. Ask if in doubt. The winner will then set and judge the competition next week.
Good luck with your entry which I look forward to seeing.
Competition Entries

JAK

Link Posted 06/07/2020 - 00:46
First a thank you to all who entered. Sadly I wasn't able to make judgement on two of the entries. If ever the exif is missing please give a few details to confirm eligibility of the photo.
As is often said here, the judging is purely my personal thoughts on the photos submitted. There is no committee to discuss them!

Rainbow by Nigelk
Quite a stunning image to start things off. The white cottage forms a useful focal point and I like the uncluttered landscape. Great shot.

Balcary Bay (Solway) Rainbow by Johnwnjr
A superb rainbow capture which even points to the spot whee the gold is buried. This also has a useful focal point in the white yacht and again an uncluttered scene. Well done.

Sunshine and showers by davidtrout
As you say the rainbow is more incidental to the photgraph. Even if you'd thought of it I doubt you could have found a vantage point to make better use of the rainbow. The atmospheric conditions have certainly helped produce a good head of steam from the loco which has ben well captured.

After the Rain by PRYorkshire
A strongly defined rainbow which has been well captured but the general subject matter is less appealing to me than some of the other entries.

L'Arc du Noyer by drofmit
When an opportunity places itself in front of you, you just have to take advantage of it. And you have done. A superb capture and composition. Well done.

Rainbow over Brittany by Grodgeman
A super (double) rainbow capture. My eye is drawn to that building on the left but I feel it could do with some space to the left of it, it's a focal point, but in the wrong place! If you didn't have a wide enough lens it may have been an idea to take two shots and join them afterwards.

Rainbow to the north of Sully by Diamide
I feel there's a really good photograph here. As it is it's a bit cluttered especially with those odd white things on the right hand side which catch the eye. I think I'd loose the two sides and make it a vertical composition which would leave the tree and rainbow, the major elements of the photo, intact, in a much stronger composition. Having done that I'd then attempt to clone out that wire going across the centre.

Storm over the Cuillins by johnriley
A moody shot of a rainbow in the mist which has created an unusual and subtle image. Nicely captured.

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland by halfdanomar
Not withstading the image has loaded sidewaays, I'm advised by the author that this is an iphone photo so sadly it can't be included in the judging.

Oslo AirPort by Janic1
Super rainbow and reflection but I haven't been able to obtain confirmation that this was taken with a Pentax so again sadly it can't be included in the judging.

Double rainbow by Noelcmn
A very good street scene capture with the rainbow and it's double. It's good that the rainbow is complete. Main issue for me though is that the eye follows the road but it doesn't lead to anything interesting. I know it's just the way it was!

After the storm by TREVORBRADFORD
Shame the exif is missing as I was intrigued about the overall colour of this to see what time of day and month this was taken. I presume it was taken quite late in the day given the overall orange cast. I quite like the more or less symmetrical composition.
The colour cast I find disturbing, like a poorly processed colour print just back from the chemist. I've just tried removing the cast in Photoshop and for me it makes for a much better overall image with the rainbow colours restored and more sense can be made the foreground and no doubt looking more like the image you saw when you took it. Credit for the truly horizntal horizon. I'll happily post my version if you wish to see it for comparison.

As to selecting the winner, as there aren't any bad photos it is down to which I prefer the composition and mood of. We've big and bold and subtle offerings.

These four make the final selection (in order of submission) and any could be the winner:
Rainbow by Nigelk
Balcary Bay (Solway) Rainbow by Johnwnjr
L'Arc du Noyer by drofmit
Storm over the Cuillins by johnriley

You've no doubt already spotted that I chose Balcary Bay (Solway) Rainbow by Johnwnjr as the winner (it had to be just one of them after all) and I'm off there right now with spade in hand to dig up that buried gold (lockdown rules permitting.)

I'm a little surprised there weren't any NHS inspired rainbow photos given the quantity of artwork seen in windows wherever you go at the moment (I did say rainbows, 'in more ways than one' in the brief.) But I guess simply entering a photograph of the kids' artwork might be seen as cheating!

So congrats and thanks to everyone who entered with some super images.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 06/07/2020 - 00:56

davidtrout

Link Posted 06/07/2020 - 10:47
Thanks for the competition John and congrats to johnwnjr on his fine winner. My favourite was the very moody Isle of Sky scene by John Riley but then I'm a great lover of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
David
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout

Johnwnjr

Link Posted 06/07/2020 - 15:39
Thank you JAK for placing me as the winner. I gather I now have to propose the next weekly competition and judge it, but perhaps someone will contact me with how to go about this? My suggestion for the competition is "A little bit of red". My idea is that a small spot of red in a photograph draws the eye, and sometimes it may be very small, so I will be looking for this in the overall good composition and lighting.

davidtrout

Link Posted 06/07/2020 - 15:55
Johnwnjr wrote:
Thank you JAK for placing me as the winner. I gather I now have to propose the next weekly competition and judge it, but perhaps someone will contact me with how to go about this? My suggestion for the competition is "A little bit of red". My idea is that a small spot of red in a photograph draws the eye, and sometimes it may be very small, so I will be looking for this in the overall good composition and lighting.

John, you should have received a personal message from John Riley notifying you of your win and including a link to click on so you can set the next competition.
David
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout

JAK

Link Posted 06/07/2020 - 16:33
John,
As David said or just click on the 'Add A Competition' link in red on the competitions page:
https://www.pentaxuser.com/competitions
John K

Noelcmn

Link Posted 06/07/2020 - 19:36
Awesome winning image, congrats Johnwnjr. And extended to NigelK, Drofmit and johnriley. Fantastic challenge, well worth a revisit from time to time. Thanks JAK, for the challenge, C&C's- always appreciated.

drofmit

Link Posted 09/07/2020 - 06:38
Thanks John.... good job that I wasn't top of the podium, I've only just checked this.... the garden has had me preoccupied!!
Great comp, fab images.... love Balcary Bay...
As it had stopped raining, I went outside [L'Arc du Noyer was taken from the open back door!].... taking a few pces to the left allowed me to take some pictures with the rainbow shooting out of the top of our poor old walnut.... strangely, they just dont work as well??
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.
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