Weekly #686 - Architecture Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 27/09/2020
Judge: johnriley

This week, actually a week and a bit because of delays, you are invited to enter a shot of a building. The brief is to select a building and give us your very best image of it, just as if it was going to be in a travel book. So we want to see the essence of the building so we'll want to go there. So, over to you, but please do be ready to set the next competition should you win. Pictures can be from your archives or newly shot, on Pentax equipment please. Have fun!
Competition Entries


Link Posted 28/09/2020 - 00:01
I've always liked good architectural photography, and in fact my son Mike is an architect. So, a great subject for me and also it seems for quite a few of us as this selction is really good. That doesn't make a judge's life any easier, but here goes:

JAK starts us off with High Beech Church, presented as a classic black and white image. The format fits, the tonal quality is great and the composition spot on. Brilliant in every respect.

NigelK and Oxborough Hall also fit the brief. It's an interesting building and the image shows it off well. The forground interest adds information regarding the control of the moat, the only thing being that maybe that foreground could be sharper. Just a bit more depth of field would clinch it.

Fodwick has Dunnotar Castle, and what a position! This has the drama, the location and again puts the building in the context of its surroundings. What it needs is light on the building, and that would lift it considerably. Another day perhaps, so worth going back until that light is perfect as well.

johnwnjnr with the Tibetan Buddhist Centre has gone for the close up, which is fine because we have all the colour and the detail and can imagine the rest up to a point. It wouldn't fit the brief of being the one definitive picture, which does need to show more of the whole, but it's a cracking shot in its own right.

Staines Station by Aitch53 is a good clean shot. It shows the building, all the detail and just enough of the surroundings.

Wells cathedral by tyronet2000 is a brilliant composition, a very stylish selective shot. It doesn't give us an overall imprssion, but the real drawback is the high level of noise. The rsolution in the more distant parts is not particularly good either. I'm not sure why this is, but it perhaps needed a lower ISO, a smaller aperture and a firm tripod to make sure that there was no camera shake.

Wells Cathedral by davidtrout has a much higher resolution and a more appropriate aperture. It is also a stylish interpretation and as each image is being judged on its own merits there's no problem with it being a similar idea to another.

MHOL190246 gives us Helmingham Hall, and when we were in Suffolk we missed this one completely. Perhaps a little bright, but a good viewpoint and an attractive building. It also does its job, because next time we are in that part of the world we will be looking it up.

The Scott Monument by perspicador has a lot of information in it regarding its situation and it rather looks as though getting a good shot of the monument is actually rather a difficult task. It seems to be crowded in by very busy surroundings, so well done in giving us as good a view as could be reasonably expected.

Kingswood Warren by GlynM is a marvellous building, and it leaves me wondering whatever were they thinking spoiling it with those huge satellite dishes. Perhaps they could have been sited soewhere relatively hidden either on the roof or further away from the building. The photographer has produced a lovely sharp and faithful image though and it gives us a very clear presentation of the building and its context.

vic cross shows us a sinking house, which is great if rather unfortunate for the poor owner. Just one detail I would attend to is that it's tilted. Yes, I know....but the water should be running out of that pool and I do believe that the pool should be straight, which makes the sinking house sink even further and faster.

Dunlewey Church by Antony looks as though it is in a desolate spot and incredibly vulnerable to the elements. I'm finding it a bit over processed and would have preferred a more realistic monochrom treatment. It's all a matter of taste though, so as always if that's what the photographer wanted to do, then that's it.

PRYorkshire gives us Bolsover Castle, and if I remember correctly that's where we have the “Little Castle” as well as the larger one around it. Anyway, this is a good interior detail, with careful lining up of the straight lines at the edges of the image. I have to say it's not quite what I anticipated when I set the brief as I was really looking for overall images of exteriors, but one of the wonderful things about these competitions is that entries push the boundaries with different interpretations.

Salisbury Spire by russellparker66 is the most distant shot on offer and solves any problems with converging verticals at a stroke. We don't have the whole building, but the featured tower is shown very well.

pipinmels's Library does have converging vertyicals and raiseds the point as to the different sppoaches we could take. It is geometrically correct and the convergence is obviously a decision, so as such we have an accirate record. And a very high quality one as well. The alternatives would be either a tilt/shift lens, which perhaps few of us can afford, or post processing in Photoshop. The choice the photographer has made is fine; I just wish the spire hadn't been clipped.

Noelcmn has produced a great image with a fascinating graphic look and brilliant reflections. So far so good, but in terms of the brief I think we need to know what it is and where it is. Nonetheless, it's a great picture.

So, on to the winners and awards!

Winner is the perfectly presented monochrome image High Beech Church by JAK. Hits the spot in every respect.

Second is the fine colour image of somewhere unknown by Noelcmn.

Third is Kingswood Warren by GlynM, even though the owners of the building should be ashamed of those satellite dishes!

Special mentions go to vic cross as he slowly sinks from sight.....Oxborough Hall by NigelK and Staines Station from Aitch23.

Loved seeing all your images, so many thanks to everyone who joined in and it's over to JAK to weave his magic.

vic cross

Link Posted 28/09/2020 - 00:20
Hi John. Thanks for the mention. It was just a bit of fun on my part. I was on a boat on the broads at the time so maybe it's a bit wonky but only just.
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 28/09/2020 - 07:00
Congratulations to the Winner and other places. An interesting subject with good critique from the judge and with rapid results.



Link Posted 28/09/2020 - 09:05
Thanks for the competition and critique John. It was a good subject which attracted some class entries. Congratulations to JAK on his fine winning mono and to the other occupants of the podium.
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 28/09/2020 - 09:07


Link Posted 28/09/2020 - 15:08
Thanks for the competition John and selecting my image. Well done too to Noelcmn, GlynM and the HMs too.

I'll come up with the theme this week's competition shortly.
John K


Link Posted 28/09/2020 - 16:31
Thanks for the competition and comments, John. Food for though and possibly tweakable. 🙂 Well done JAK and runners up!
Come and see the beautiful things I see in the ordinary world.


Link Posted 28/09/2020 - 17:40
Many thanks John for a great competition that attracted a very good number of outstanding images.

Thanks also for the third place .

Congratulations to JAK for an excellent B&W winning image, fellow podium member Noel, the special mentions and everyone else for grand set of pictures.



Link Posted 29/09/2020 - 14:47
How nice to come back from holiday and discover a coveted 2nd spot. Congrats JAK, Excellent winning shot. And extended to GlynM and not forgetting the HM's vic cross, Nigelk and Aitch23. Thanks to our host, not only for stepping in but also setting a super challenge, seemingly loved by all. I'm chuffed with my 2nd spot. It is a fairly new office block in Rosebank, Johannesburg, one of the fastest growing urban centers in South Africa, and currently vying with Sandton for that first spot. Actually quite a difficult building to capture, especially with the distortions that come with wide angle lenses.
Thanks johnriley!
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