Weekly #706 - The Joy of Colour Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 28/02/2021
Judge: johnriley

We've had a few monochrome competitions, so this week let's go back to the sheer joy of colour. This can be subtle, or it can be bold. It can be realistic or it can be total fantasy. It can be any subject. But it should rely on its use of colour to make it work. Pentax cameras (plus usual exemptions) only please, images can be any age, so let the colour sing!
Competition Entries


Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 00:10
When I set the competition I had in mind everything from bold, brash splashes of colour to warm Tuscan sunsets to subtle monochromatic colour. But what I had in mind is not what others may, and one of the exciting things about our competitions is how people stretch the ideas and come up with all sorts of interesting things that the judge may never have thought of.

So, without further preamble, let's see what you can amaze me with!

Yet again, perspicador is first off at the starting gate and certainly has the right idea regarding colour. What could be better than a brightly coloured, presumably tropical bird? Unfortunately, the bird is not sharp and the point of focus has fallen on the tail. I think for this to work we do need that sharpness to make the colour “sing”.

johnwnjnr offers Autumn Colours, another good choice of subject. The sihouetted branches are fine, if a little heavy, but I do wonder if the lighting has proven to be a bit severe. The point of focus has also landed on the foreground trees, leaving the coloured leaves a bit on the soft side.

Light on water and the green shoots of spring from Nigelk is moving towards the subtle, and it is very effective. I do like the abstract nature of the shot, leaving us to concentrate on the overall colour effect rather than on detail.

Vic Cross's ladies are terrific, a splendid cacophany of riotous colour. Enough said.

Colourful Caribbean Conga by jofford also brings us a splash of exotic colour. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the conga line, which might have added more colours to the mix.

A Bright Daisy by davidwozhere is well composed, with the flower placed firmly in a good place within the frame. The colours are not particularly realistic though and I think in particular the colour of the sky is a bit odd.

RobL's socks add a splash of colour on a dull day, and here we do have colour that looks realistic, without losing any of its impact. I'm not sure what our socks reveal about ourselves, but thanks Rob for sharing!

Flowers with butterfly by PRYorkshire is another very attractive subject. The lighting is very strong and this does tend to result in blown out areas within the petals. It also somewhat overwhelmes the butterfly, which hardly stands a chance against that brilliant backdrop. A bright overcast day would have been better I think, and certainly kinder to the butterfly.

Peeking Through the Cold by JudithAnn is utterly charming, contrasting the blue, cold background with the warm, alert look of the cat. There is clearly a certain sensitivity and understanding towards the subject that allows the photographer to empathise and bring out the emotional content in an image. Very nice indeed.

Dumbo by JAK is very interesting, and very unusual. There is no doubt that this needed photographing as it is one of those quirky things that just has to be recorded for posterity.

Rainbow Lorikeet by noelcmn is a delightful and colourful bird. Focus is correctly aimed on the eye, as in any portrait. Perhaps there is a bit too much of the out of focus shoulder in the foreground?

Relax and have a drink by retsoor is my kind of image. The colour is brilliant and the subject really interesting, but I would suggest that, as this is such a precise subject, then a bit of tidying up could be helpful. By this I mean tidying up where the edge crop is, making sure converging verticals are corrected (Transform tool in Photohsop) and perhaps cropping out the notice on the right. Then I would look at the title, as I don't think the title given reflects what the image is about. The image is a fantastic splash of colour, and that for me is its point. The people enjoying a drink are in the shadows and ancillary to the main purpose of the shot. If your title reinforces what we see then a judge will have the meaning of the shot reinforced as well.

Hope the comments are helpful! Now to the winners.

The WINNER is without doubt by Vic Cross; it has humanity and it has colour and it shouts out the theme of the competition. Well done Vic!

SECOND goes to JudithAnn who constantly produces fine, sensitive photography. Truly impressive and achieving the theme of the competition in a more subtle way.

THIRD is awarded to RobL for his lesson in washing socks. Good solid colour, a nice idea and a well executed image.

Nigelk with the green shoots, a wonderful abstract effect.
retsoor with an amazingly colourful building that with a little tweaking could have been in the top three.

So thanks to everyone for entering and I pass the baton to Vic!

vic cross

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 01:25
Thanks for the win john. I'll have a good think in the morning for this weeks comp.
Congrats to all who entered. It's a bit of fun each week.
Watch this space.
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.

vic cross

Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 09:31
OK Folks here we go. Title. "INTERIORS" This can be anything from an igloo to a tent or a cupboard to a cathedral or a castle. It must show the "inside" of a "structure" or part thereof.
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 01/03/2021 - 18:19
Viva Africa! What a lovely cheerful and colorful winning shot! Congrats Vic. Your visit to Africa paid some dividends. Congrats extended to JudithAnn and RobL, and not forgetting the HC's Nigelk and Retsoor, Thanks to our host and judge-as always appreciate the C&C's.
Link Posted 01/03/2021 - 19:02
Thanks John for the competition and judging. Well done to Vic. JudithAnn and Robi for the top 3 places-good photos. Also to NigelK for the other HC. Thanks also for my HC and very constructive comments-agree with them all. It always helps seeing things through someone else's eyes.


Link Posted 02/03/2021 - 07:46
Thank You John, again the wonderful coveted second place...passing on the work, but basking in the glory none the less.

Congrats to vic...my choice also, and to third, and our hounerables.

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