Weekly #730 - Music Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 22/08/2021
Judge: johnriley

The theme is Music, and because we have been much delayed with the start of this competition there will be a week and a bit to enter. If you do enter, please be prepared to set the next competition! Music can be anything your imagination can wrest out of it, so have fun!
Competition Entries


Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 00:47
Many thanks for the fantastic turnout of “Music” images, spread over a week and a half unfortunately as our last judge wasn't around. So, hopefully, we are now back up to speed.

Gamelan Instruments by tyronet2000 are just really interesting, so thanks for posting. With a great subject we don't neeed anything fancy, just a sharp and well exposed image full of interest. Excellent.

Give us a song by perspicador shows us a lovely songbird in a lovely setting. I think I would have preferred to see the ribin with its beak open, in full song, but nonetheless we get the idea.

MHOL190246 – Swan Lake – Yes, a slightly different approach and a very nice idea. Swans are dreadful creatures to photograph because of all that white, especially in full sun, but here it's all been kept under control, or as nearly as makes no difference! A really good pose from your subject as well.

paulb531 – The Beatles – This is one of those subjects that just has to be shot, and it also fits well this competition.

retsoor – Pirates of near Penzance – A clever play on words and another must-have subject. There is just so much to photograph on our streets and this is a good example.

johnwnjr – Christmas mucsic at Ironbridge – There is lots of implied action here, even though the figures are frozen in action. The red adds a splash of interest and the dense crowds show that this event was buzzing.

JAK - Bears rock group – I don't believe it, I think they're miming.....you got the shot and I don't think any photographer could possibly walk past this and not do so.

PRYorkshire – Guitar – A change of pace here, for a very moody, dark still life. Very atmospheric and gorgeous tones.

Noelcmn – Retired from duty – After a very distinguished and long career hopefully. However, when the call comes and a new string found, who knows what is possible.

Flan – Parade – A well thought out street photograph, the players showing real passion for the music.

vic cross – Recording Studio – Well exposed, nice and sharp and interesting subject matter. Good photo journalism.

Snakey – Sax Player – More musical passion, something that the saxophone shows up very well. Fantastic stage lighting always adds to the mood as well.

takuman – Lil old wine drinker me – Everything a musician could want – a hat (you have to wear a hat), a guitar and some fine wine as lubricant for the muse within.

Jofford – Trumpet fanfare – And this will be some fanfare I think. I'd like to see some context, but this is working more as a pattern shot, which is fair enough.

HazyJ – Voice of the 1940s – A great Full Voice shot of this enactment, another great source of street portraits. Good one.

Drofmit – Just acoustic.....- What beatiful lighting, such rich colours and wonderful subject detail. This really hits the spot!

Simonmac – The Illuminations – Great idea, and I see why you like it. I would tighten up the composition by trimming the spare mike and lighter area on the left. More sharpness on the lead singer would be great, but even without that we have great atmosphere.

So without any fanfares, our winner is without doubt Drofmit. A great shot, with great technical quality as well.

Second place goes to snakey with the sax player, another great shot.

Third place goes to PRYorkshire for the brilliant still life.

Drofmit now has the baton, so let's wait a see what the next competition is!


Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 07:13
Congratulations to the Winner and other placings. Thanks to John for picking up the conductors baton and chosing an interesting subjec, the judging and the critique.



Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 11:58
Congratulations to the winner and podium places. Thanks to John for the competition




Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 12:12
Congrats to Dromfit and runners up Snakey and PRY
Thanks to the host, for the comments and competition


Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 12:28
Thanks for the "Uncoveted Tallest Box, I'll have something up for you to get your teeth into in a while.
Congrats to the other two podia places.... interestingly, all three of us entered pictures with "moody lighting"...
nice to see so many entries... perhaps the weekly should turn into a fortnightly?
Part of the reason I very rarely enter the weekly is the time needed to trawl the archives....
especially as it has been and is still difficult to deliberately go out and take pictures these last two years.
Stay safe everyone.....
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!!"
Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 15:06
Thanks to John for the competition with some excellent and interesting entries. Well done to Drofmit, snakey and PRYorkshire all great shots.


Link Posted 23/08/2021 - 16:50
From my viewpoint, I think that it would be a mistake to switch the weekly competition to fortnightly. The weekly competition has worked well up to now except on the odd occasion that the winner fails to set the next competition.



Link Posted 25/08/2021 - 01:28
MHOL190246 wrote:
From my viewpoint, I think that it would be a mistake to switch the weekly competition to fortnightly. The weekly competition has worked well up to now except on the odd occasion that the winner fails to set the next competition.


No offense MHOL , but I would personally prefer a 2 week period as Dromfit suggested
It would give about the right time to submit an entry that one was happy with.


Link Posted 28/08/2021 - 13:38
No offence taken, but the weekly competitions have been going since 2008, with the odd hiccup when winners failed to set the next comp, so if it ain't broke, why fix it Be interesting to hear other opinions though!
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