Weekly #753 - The Power of the Sea Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 06/02/2022
Judge: johnriley

The sea in all its glory, in any way that fits your imagination. Lateral thinking is fine, let's see the imagination soar, but images should be Pentax cameras only and the winner needs to set and judge the next competition. Have fun!
Competition Entries


Link Posted 07/02/2022 - 00:23
The power of the sea, basically an unstoppable force that brings down cliffs, buildings, reduces rock to sand and contains the teeming life that sustains the planet in so many ways. There are some splendid entries, so let's dip our toes in the water and see what we have.

Amazing Todos Santos Mexico by JudithAnn: We always see some beautiful photography from JudithAnn and here we see it again. The colours and textures are exquisite! I would have preferred the horizon to be straight, but otherwise a gorgeous image.

Battered vessel by Perspicador: Here we see another aspect of the power of the sea, the gradual and relentless battering of a ship that has seen much better days. A strong entry, technically a little light, so darkening it down would I think make it more powerful.

A re-arranged Beach!! by MHOL190246: A bit of lateral thinking, no sign directly of the sea, just the aftermath. Sharp and colourful, and I always like to see different approaches to a subject.

Lone Fisherman by vic cross: Very well arranged in terms of composition, could just do with being a little sharper. I suspect this fisherman will end up being caught out by a larger wave at some point.

Norfolk Coast by RayW: Norfolk is a magnificent county and the shoreline offers some great photographic possibilities. I like the differential focus, putting the boat well out of focus, and the shape of the incoming waves. The foreground adds something solid and sharp to anchor us in the picture.

Stormy Weather by tyronet2000: Whatever man builds, it will always ultimately be dwarfed by the action of the sea. Eventually even this fine lighthouse will crumble away, and with the mighty wave shown that is no surprise. A very nice comparison between the lighthouse and the reach of the waves.

Slate is hard but so is the sea! by davidwozhere: This image relies absolutely on the sharpness, texture and tonal quality of the foreground. Splendid. The mistiness of the spray has beautifully reduced that background to a distant but persistant roar of power.

The last storm by michaelblue For those who thought Aberystwyth as a peaceful seaside town, this reminds us of how the tide can turn and how the sea can break down all barriers and flood and destroy anything in its path. It may not happen as badly every year, but in the end the sea will win.

Agitation by mcrytchly: This is truly magnificent. It reminds me of similar scenes in Whitby, but Cornwall has all the sea power it could wish for. I really hope nobody was unwise enough to try and walk out along there because the power of those waves must be really something.

Angry sea by Flan: The broiling sea and dark backdrop show the relentlessness of water. This is quite an understated image, but it does heavily suggest that those waves are actually pretty tall.

Hidden Power! by drofmit: A blunt instrument to plough the way through the worst of storms, this speaks of man building the tools to take on the sea's power. There will be limits to this no doubt, but we can see where it is coming from and the image is showing us something interesting as well as being relevant to the subject.

Rolling power by Noelcmn: I can feel the weight of that water as it surges towards us. The picture achieves the effect very successfully.

Energy by Nigelk: I like this because it relates the size of humans to the sea very nicely, it shows a sense of scale and it is also a well designed and composed image. Excellent photography.

The Great Britain by Johnwnjr: Perhaps more of a ship detail than the power of the sea, but it reminds us that this is something that we need to go and see at some point. The body of the ship is well reproduced but the railings are a bit washed out. I think this may be a deficiency in the 750Z lens, suffering from flare.

Many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to enter, it's been a pleasure to look them over and offer a judging! Now to the results:

The WINNER is Agitation by mcrytchly, I just love that water cascading off the stone, and of course the terrific waves! Well done and we'll look forward to your competition as soon as you can post it.

SECOND place goes to Energy by NigelK, just a cracking good image that fulfills the criteria absolutely, giving a great sense of scale compared to the humble human being.

THIRD place is Stormy weather by tyronet2000, another image that shows a meaningful sense of scale.

Commended images are those by: JudithAnn, davidwozhere and michaelblue.

Well done everyone!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 07/02/2022 - 14:49
well done to the winner , it is a striking photograph in every sense and deserved winner
also to the runners up who had equally impressive photographs .
thank you host for the detailed summary of all the entries
best of luck Flan


Link Posted 07/02/2022 - 16:39
Congratulations to the Winner and well done everyone who entered. Thanks to John for the interesting subject the judging and the critique, thanks also for my third place


vic cross

Link Posted 07/02/2022 - 18:52
Hi John. You said my lone fisherman could be a little sharper. Didn't you read my notes. As I said I'd had a few rum punches.
Nice turnout. Congrats to the first three.
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 07/02/2022 - 21:38
Lovely set of entries and a cracker of a winning shot, chuffed to have gained second place.
Good competition John thank you.


Link Posted 08/02/2022 - 18:19
Lovely comp, thanks John.... made me realise that I haven't been to the seaside proper with a digital Pentax camera....
nor with the previous Fujis either... so I have bought a scanner... everything post '81 was Pentax and I have some lovely pix there....
some that I have sold Cibachrome prints of!!

Great winning shot...each drop of spray seemingly leaving its own trace!! Congratulations.... and that extends to the runners up and the HCs...
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 09/02/2022 - 08:00
Thanks to the judge for such a great job. Congrats to all our winners too!

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