Weekly #746 - Curls, twists and spirals Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 19/12/2021
Judge: Noelcmn

The challenge for this week-anything curled, twisted or spiralled, and which I hope will attract a good bunch of entries. These can be found in so many places such as architecture, nature, and technology. Even my hair is curling these days, but seeing that I am far away, that is out of bounds

The Rules as usual:
1. Only Pentax cameras and acceptable clones.
2.The winner is expected to set, judge and preferably offer some comments/critiques of submissions.
3. You are free to use images from your archives or opt to shoot something specific for this challenge.
4. The challenge closes on Sunday 19 December 2021 at midnight BST.

Good luck!
Competition Entries

Noelcmn

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 06:24
Hi everyone, my day is going to be rather busy, and I will only be able to give comments thhis evening. In the meantime I have set the winner, congrats Retsoor!

drofmit

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 10:51
Congratulations to Retsoor....
I know that sculpture well but, even having walked around it many times....
I have never "seen" that shot.... absolutely wonderful....
now I need another pint of Adnams....
[autosugestion made me have one last night when I saw it, too!]
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.

newbiek50user

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 14:58
Congratulations from me also, though I'd half-expected that drofmit's excellent photo would win.

drofmit

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 17:28
newbiek50user wrote:
Congratulations from me also, though I'd half-expected that drofmit's excellent photo would win.

That is not an excellent photo.... it is an excellent subject for the brief, but to begin with, the tail of the bird is cut off...
then, I didn't look at the background as I composed.... I could have had a complete white wall... sorry, should.....
there is nothing that can be done about the cage it was in, but the move to the right that would have altered the angle for removing the bar of wood....
would also have allowed me to position the head better......
I could go on............. and on............. and....
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.

Noelcmn

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 18:51
Well, the pork chops are properly cooked and I can sit down to dinner, having just completed my duties for this challenge. My apologies for this late submission of comments and Critiques, as mentioned earlier, I have had a busy day. Thank you all for your submissions. As usual, quality, range of interpretations and compositions are the order of the day! Delighted with the submissions, inspiring stuff!

Perspicador-Spiral Shell- As usual, quick off the mark, with an appealing piece of minimalism, and no issues with composition, colors. Could be sharper though!

RPLSF- Copper curls- Love this, the tones are wonderful, suitable smooth background, just right for an abstract! Good comp, good DOF, and top note of mystery and intrigue. I would be interested to see a picture of the whole sculpture, and others from your portfolio.

PRYorkshire-Impala horns- Lovely portrait of this most common of antelopes of Kruger Park. I like the angle you have chosen to highlight those twisted horns. Lovey details, DOF so good and accurate color rendition.

Johnwnjr- Lord Leycester Gardens- Well that Lord must have been a happy chappie to live here! Itís a delightful piece of juxtaposed scenery, on so many fronts! Solid composition, with that dominant fountain centered for added weight to its prominence. Postcard worthy!

MHOL190246-Ah the ubiquitous snail was sure to make an appearance, and it is a beauty! Love the complimentary colors, sharp as a tack. Good one!

Newbiek50user- Twisted groynes at New Brighton Beach- Excellent, landscape and added bonuses of a vanishing point, reflections, textures and not forgetting that moss that adds some color to this almost monochrome image. But my eye is drawn to that intriguing figure to the left of the picture on the horizon! What is it? Human? Tree? Lighthouse? Whatever, I am glad you left it there, makes for a great bit of mystery! Well worth looking at this large scale!

Nigelk-Festive Stairs- What an interesting image, out of the box thinking here with that comp. Unusual color combination. Exudes a lovely atmosphere.

Davidtrout-The Water of Tyne- Abstracts are my thing as some would say, so this would pique my interest, as far removed from a bridge as can be. I keep saying ďthat is so coolĒ! Love the colors and the twists and curls are a treat!
The angle chosen for the comp is spot on!

Johnriley-art for artís sake Ė and another out of the box thinking image, cranking my neck here to absorb all that is here. What a stunning composition! More akin to a studio than an art gallery, but then again, what do I know about these things! The pop of purple against all that pink is fabulous! And the details! And that fellow in the corner! Iím happy to add this gallery to the bucket list of places I want to visit!

Drofmit- Hi, I think I fit your brief- And so you do! What a pigeon, never seen anything like it before, so I thank you for increasing my knowledge somewhat! Excellent tight crop, composition and oh the details to this is just fantastic! Lovely colors. Great shot!

Retsoor-Beach Sculpture - Fabulous! My choice of the winner, though I should disqualify this on 2 grounds- the horizon should be straightened, and the chopping off the top of the corrugated sheeting. On the other hand, the composition is fantastic, the details are fantastic, as is the color. And loads of texture. Fine balance between the art piece and the landscape. I also like that you have included some passing cars, adding some context and documentary elements to the scene. The artist would appreciate that- while others may bypass the piece, others like yourself will stop, take the time to photograph it, and so add value to it. (And I gather others on the Forum have been here too).

1st - Retsoor, a fabulous composition!
2nd - Newbiek50user- A very close 2nd spot for a wonderful landscape.
3rd Ė RPLSF- an intriguing abstract.

HMís to johnwnjr and johnriley!

Over to you Retsoor!

RPLSF

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 19:50
Congratulations Retsoor on the win. Lovely capture! And to everyone who placed. Not easy picks.
And thank you Noelcmn for the wonderful and in-depth adjudication, it is very much appreciated... and the third placement . I have posted a picture in the gallery of the sculpture in complete form.
Cheers all.
I look forward to your challenge Retsoor.
....to capture with my K-x what my eye beholds and my imagination seeks...
Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 20:09
Thanks to Noel for the competition and judging and for my 1st spot. Congrats to Newbiek50user for 2nd and RPLSF for 3rd. well done also to the two Johns for their HM's.
A good variety of entries.
Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 20:13
drofmit wrote:
Congratulations to Retsoor....
I know that sculpture well but, even having walked around it many times....
I have never "seen" that shot.... absolutely wonderful....
now I need another pint of Adnams....
[autosugestion made me have one last night when I saw it, too!]

I did indeed have a pint of Adnams that day - a pint very hard to better.

davidtrout

Link Posted 20/12/2021 - 20:22
Well done all, Noel for the subject matter and excellent comments and to the three occupants of the podium.
David
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout
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