Weekly #696 - COLD Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 13/12/2020
Judge: sbh

We've had 'heat' as a before, but here in the UK it's turned COLD this week. So we're looking for images that give a feeling of cold, sending shivers....
Competition Entries


Link Posted 15/12/2020 - 21:43
I was looking for images that send a shiver, and was pleased to see some images that certainly hit the mark.

Cold rails and teasels by Drofmit I found this a very intriguing image, particularly for the glow effect you have around the central post and the wires of the fence. Im left wondering whether this was all done in camera or in post-processing, but the tricks that light could play on the frosty outline make it believable. I also particularly enjoy the top left ghostly effect. The horizontal rails work well to harness the teasels. This is the sort of image I try flipping just to see if it looks better reversed, particularly as the teasels would be upwards from bottom left. An image with a lot to enjoy.

Icicles by Noelcmn is a minimalist macro image, instantly recognisable as an effect that only appears in the cold, so very much on topic. The detail is there throughout the image, with the fine hair-like structure of the icicles well captured. I enjoy the layering effect and the noise between the layers. I think youve captured a very interesting portion of the surface

Winter Sea by Tiny 2 feels like a cold winter scene with no colour in the rocks and sea. The two photographers are certainly wrapped up against the elements. Id love to know what they are photographing.

Ice three ways by Davidwozhere is the sort of image I love to try to take. The blue paint just serves to make the image feels colder, and the colour variations work exceptionally well. I particularly enjoy the ice crystal effect in the bottom right. Compositionally, taking the line corner to corner has resulted in a strong, dynamic image

One Early Frosty Morn by Nigelk certainly evokes the feeling of cold. I particular enjoy the snow-covered tree on the left and the steam or mist around the cupola, which I would have liked to have seen more of.

I found Ice bow by Michaelblue a highly unusual image weve all seen countless rainbows but this is something Ive not encountered before. The exposure is spot on, with the play of light on the snow very well rendered. The person in the red jacket positioned on the third, with a leading line ticks all the boxes. If you were to crop out the barrier at the base of the image this would be a winner.

Iron grip by Perspicador is an apt title, with the robins claws taking a strong grip of what looks like cold metal. His plumage is nicely detailed and the background bokeh works well.

We had a few inches of snow by Vic Cross takes us into a winter wonderland. The texture in the layers of snow is very well captured as is the damp road surface. I like the composition, with the width of the road going corner to corner, and the cropping of the top of the snow wall on the left serves to highlight its height.

Ice lake, Norway by John Riley certainly made me shiver, with what looks like a very cold mist on the mountainside and frozen pools in the foreground. I particularly enjoy the lighter areas in the mist and the play of light on the ground. To my mind these elements really make the image, and Id be tempted to see whether making it a really minimalist image by cropping out the foreground adds or detracts. Perhaps a matter of personal taste.

Seeing the guy in Urgent Repairs by Johnwnjr, dont you just think youre lucky not to be out in those freezing temperatures trying to make an urgent repair. With snow continuing to fall on the barrow and its tools, the confined space in which hes working, and low light, all just serve to highlight the uncomfortable working conditions.

That was a very varied and interesting selection, so many thanks to everybody who joined in.

The WINNER is Cold rails and teasels by Drofmit, for a fascinating image

2nd is Ice three ways by Davidwozhere, because its right up my street.

3rd is Urgent Repairs by Johnwnjr because Im glad hes out there and not me.

And Highly Commended awards go to Icicles by Noelcmn and Ice bow by Michaelblue.


Link Posted 15/12/2020 - 23:16
Thanks for setting a great competition and also for taking the trouble to make detailed comments. Very useful to have your constructive thoughts.

Well done winners and looking forward to seeing what Drofmit sets for the next competition!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 16/12/2020 - 02:31
A good variety of images this week and some constructive comments from Stephen. Congratulations to Tim for the winner and to the runners up.


Link Posted 16/12/2020 - 17:06
Only just scene this.... I went upstairs early last night.... thank you for the win.
I have just asked John for an extension to the 27th for finishing....
I'll be Bach!
In the meantime.... I'll thinking my put hat on!
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!!"
Last Edited by drofmit on 16/12/2020 - 17:09


Link Posted 16/12/2020 - 20:12
Fantastic winning shot, worthy winner. Congrats drofmit. And extended to Davidwozhere and Johnwnjr, and not forgetting my fellow HC michaelblue. An honor to have a HC. Thanks to our judge for the challenge, C&C's -always appreciated.


Link Posted 17/12/2020 - 00:11
Some cold ones in that lot. Thank you for the 2nd place. Mine doesn't make you shiver half as much as those teasels or making repairs like those outside! Congratulations on your placings! Nice, concise critiques too - thank you Stephen for an interesting contest.
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Link Posted 21/12/2020 - 09:27
Thanx sbh for a lovely competition and congratulations to everyone else....
apologies for the tardiness of this, but I have been really very distracted for the past few weeks....
but the brain is now clearer!!

sbh you asked about the glow.... yes it was post-processing that created that....
I have a programme called Fractilius [by a little independent producer called Redfield] which I use infrequently....
but sometimes a picture cries out for something else.
This is the original, overlaying the fractalized version and the transparency of the original adjusted to allow the glow to appear but not dominate!
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!!"
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