Weekly #681 - Extreme weather Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 16/08/2020
Judge: michaelblue

As we're currently experiencing heat and thunderstorms I'd like to see some extreme weather photos. Storms, clouds, effects of strong winds or drought etc.
Usual rules apply, winner to set and judge the next competition.
Competition Entries

michaelblue

Link Posted 17/08/2020 - 08:51
Thanks all for your entries, some very good shots so not an easy choice.

Stormy weather at Roker: A very dramatic shot. The top half of the picture is very strong but including the surf at the bottom makes it ever better.
Being picky I'd like to see a touch more detail in the lighthouse shadows but hat's really nitpicking. Perfect timing too.
Extremes: Well I may be missing something but I really can't see the connection to extreme weather apart from the cloud, sorry.
Loch Ness Rainstorm: A very unusual shot this, the rain seems to be coming down in sheets and moving across the image.
The line of light on the top of the water makes the image stand out for me. I like it.
Storm: I can't read the EXIF but I assume this was hand held as it seems to show some camera shake but it doesn't matter here. The colour and patterns work well.
I think a small crop from the top, right and bottom would improve it though.
Winter's embrace: A lovely atmospheric shot that screams 'COLD' . I'm glad you've not gone for the usual 'Lone Tree' here and that the second tree is less defined being further away. A person fighting against the wind and snow would have been nice but we can't have it all.
River Dochart: This is very similar to a shot I took of River Dee in Llangollen. Great composition, including the houses and people gives us a nice sense of scale and shows the power of the river. Fantastic light on the water, the exposure is spot on.
Storm Tide: Well caught! Another strong image and well done for including the sign. We can also see the rough sea in the background.
Mast in the storm: Clever use of a wide angle/fisheye lens. I like the image of a nice peaceful town with the threat of an approaching thunderstorm to disrupt their peace and quiet. Maybe a touch over saturated colours?

Anyway, those are my comments folks I hope I've not offended anyone.
1st: Stormy Weather at Roker by Tyronet2000
2nd: River Dochart in Spate by johnwnjr
3rd: Loch Ness Rainstorm by davidtrout
Regards,
Michael
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davidtrout

Link Posted 17/08/2020 - 09:18
Good choice of a subject Michael, pity it didn't attract more entries. Well done to Stan, in my mind I had that down as the winner when the entries were coming in. Congrats to johnwnjr on second place and thanks for 3rd place.
David.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout

drofmit

Link Posted 17/08/2020 - 09:59
Apologies, Michael, I thought today was Sunday....
Congratulations to Stan... that is a corker of a wave!
The other podia are great, too....
And congratulations to Stan, too for that POTW!
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.
Last Edited by drofmit on 17/08/2020 - 10:07

Noelcmn

Link Posted 17/08/2020 - 10:05
Cracking image, worthy winner. Congrats Tyronet2000. And extended to johnwnjr and davidtrout. As noted, pity there are so few entries, still wonderful submissions for this ever-so-interesting challenge. Thanks to our judge are in order, including C&C's.

tyronet2000

Link Posted 17/08/2020 - 10:51
Thank you for electing my image as 1st Place. Well Done to 2nd Place johnwnjr and 3rd Place davidtrout. Not so many entries this time but some cracking images. Thanks to Michael for an interesting subject, the judging and the comments.
Regards
Stan

PPG

Tiny2

Link Posted 22/08/2020 - 04:14
Some superb images here and useful comments from Michael. Congratulations to Stan the winner with a a very dramatic shot. It's always interesting to see how photographers interpret a theme.
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