Weekly #680 - Framed Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 09/08/2020
Judge: davidwozhere

Something with an additional element that frames the main subject. You can dig it out of your archive, take a picture expressly for the contest but the camera used must be a Pentax or accepted clone of a Pentax. I've left the topic wide open for a broad interpretation.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 10/08/2020 - 14:52
Setting a topic that could be interpreted so widely has produced a bumper crop of images, some predictable and some in no way predictable. As with all judging, these are my own opinions and won't necessarily mirror those of others. I don't think there will be much argument about the winner though!

Framed in the mirror by Retsoor
I don't know if this was set up or candid - it certainly capitalizes on a clever opportunity and succeeds. The lighting is well balanced and the composition is crack on.

Friends by Noelcmn
A classic idea that was doubtless perfectly composed (from the official photographer's point of view). As you say, you were using the existing situation and so were not able to get that composition. It's still a great shot for the family album, nevertheless.

Balletic Swan by Perspicador
I accept your demands from last time .... Yes, it IS a ( ) swan.

Light at the end of the tunnel by vic cross
The lights IN the tunnel weren't very kind to the photograph but the photographer still squeezes every compositional nuance out of this situalion, from the various curved shapes and lines right up to his own personal 'light' waiting for him.

Modern woman by johnriley
The elevation of the classic 'framed' idea to a philosophical level along with a degree of technical perfection that we would all like to achieve. I do find myelf continually returning to the top of the frame where it (just) obscures the top of her head. It is distracting and her upward gaze seems to emphasise it.

Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight by JAK
A classic 'framing' of a different kind that works very well and has been beautifully composed. If there was a new book on windmills, here is a ready made cover picture (and I thought self-destruct lenses were a modern gimmick!).

The Shard by Tiny2
I can't see the colour version having half the drama you have crammed into this shot. Lots of difficult choices have been really well handled here.

Departure gate by mr.mellow
You wouldn't think that a mundane situation like this could be so full of intrigue and mystery. The blue tint of the main subject hints at some futuristic 'departure' point and, had the scene been cropped to include just the dark frame of the doorway and part of the pink floor it would have forcibly made the viewer consider just what was going on here, especially with the airbridge twisting out of sight into the unknown. This one is worth playing with!

Bolsover Castle by PRYorkshire
Clever view point that captures one's attention and, once again, a good choice of black and white to focus attention where it is wanted (the stonework). I am distracted, however, by the slight slant of the roof to the right. If the eye is presented with a powerful horizontal even a slight misalignment can be troubling.

Peace on Earth by tyronet2000
Impact! That's what this one has in spades: from the deep, rich colours to the various messages conveyed by the picture. I don't think it would have worked without the highly unfriendly lack of light which has been handled superbly and turned to such great efect.

Bridging the Tweed by NigelK
What a good idea to get the height needed for this composition. I was most surprised that it was a British scene when I first saw those terracotta roofs and bright facades! I expected somewhere Continental. Perfectly taken and perfectly assembled into a very satisfying composition.

Venice Carnival Framed by michaelblue
It's that picture frame idea again but with a significant twist - the blotting out of everything external to the frame that the central portrait is holding up for us to view. Normally, with the whole scene available, one's gaze could leave the image borders but this clever device absolutely traps it inside where there is a distillation of a carnival scene on the right and normality (?) to our left of the presenter - who manages to appear quite separated from what is going on behind while clearly being a key part of it. For me, this is a standout image. And you can't ignore the gloved and ringed hand that demands you look at what it is holding!

Fun and Games by NGBIRL
As you point out, very amusing but a bit more of its environmental context would have helped. Without your written explanation we would have been left looking at just a cartoon.

*** by kingvar
An image that showcases the attention to every detail you see in all of kingvar's images. He has chosen to portray a whole range of lighting problems here and has balanced them all out to perfection.

Youth and Ancient by Charasse.
A beautifully exposed image that should perhaps have chosen either youth or ancient rather than attempting to merge them? The cameo beneath the arch, for example, has the most wonderful contrasts between the darkness and the figures and also would have made a feature of the 'frame' provided by the single arch. Concentrating on that would have made a nice image even better.

Framed at The Fringe by davidtrout
Wow. That grabs your attention. And the ladies have made a wonderful job of caricaturing themselves that is borne out perfectly by the style and pose of the portraits. The colour pop just adds to it. But why was the picture frame cropped off so unevenly round the outside?

Framed by Johnwnjr
You've got to grin at this one. It was possibly (?) a one-off opportunistic shot of the cat 'invading' the wrong territory and that very incongruity makes the shot. Would it have had more impact as 'framed' if it had been cropped just to include the cat standing in the doorway, which would have presented an equally odd scene? The Pentax 100mm macro ought to sustain such a big crop.

St Paul's Cathedral framed by newbiek50user
(who now seems to be newbiek1user - great upgrade). And a nice photo too. It's unusual and it's attention grabbing with nice bright and clean colours. Beautifully exposed, especially given the 'canyon' where the photographer was standing. The billboard thing at the end was not in his control but the gold triangle on the very left is so. It strongly distracts and could possibly have been excluded? (it's a very wide lens).

Venice Carnival Framed by michaelblue
The Shard by Tiny2
Peace on Earth by tyronet2000

and hard behind
Framed in the mirror by Retsoor
Modern woman by johnriley
St Paul's Cathedral framed by newbiek50user
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 10/08/2020 - 16:23
I accept your demands from last time .... Yes, it IS a ( ) swan.

On a need to know basis, thank you for this priceless information - well done, Sherlock!


Link Posted 10/08/2020 - 20:23
Congratulations to the Winner and Thanks to David for the interesting subject which attracted quite a few entries. Was surprised to achieve 3rd place against the other entries so thanks for that. Well done everyone else.,



Link Posted 10/08/2020 - 21:51
From me too, congratulations to the winner and runners up. Thank you, David, for your comments. Your point about the gold triangle is well taken.


Link Posted 11/08/2020 - 00:00
Another interesting competition and this time well supported with some classy images. Thanks to David for setting the subject and commenting on the submissions. Well done to the podium occupants and HCs..
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Link Posted 11/08/2020 - 11:19
Congratulations to Michael on an excellent winning shot. Thank you David for a good competition theme, some excellent entries that must have been hard to judge. Point taken on the roofline sloping on my entry, I had concentrated on getting the framing and contrast right that I never spotted it. Note to myself take a step back and look at horizon.

K1000, istD, K70

vic cross

Link Posted 11/08/2020 - 13:04
Thanks for the comments David. She sure is my light at the end of the tunnel. Did you notice in the Exif the camera the shot was taken with. Not bad detail for 2.25Mg pixels.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.
Link Posted 11/08/2020 - 19:13
Thanks David, for the competition, judging and comments. Well done to michaelblue for the win and to Tiny2 for 2nd and tyronet200 for 3rd. a nice lot of entries this week


Link Posted 12/08/2020 - 02:11
Hi Vic.
I have to confess I didn't look at the camera details in the EXIF. I was considering how the photos had been taken - and given the situation, yours showed how much you had screwed out of a difficult situation irrespective of the camera used. Seems the camera itself needs complementing too.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 12/08/2020 - 09:06
Wow! I really did not expect to win, thank you David.
Apologies for the late response I've had an internet problem. A new competition will be up and running today.
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Link Posted 13/08/2020 - 10:13
Thanks to David for all his comments and judging. Michael is a worthy winner with an excellent photograph. Its always good to see how others interpret a theme and it was nice to see the variety entered in this competition.
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