Weekly #764 - My best ever Birthday present! Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 01/05/2022
Judge: drofmit

Open to your interpretation... and being a weekly, you are allowed to enter from the archives, too...
Usual rules apply....
Competition Entries


Link Posted 25/04/2022 - 22:03
A leaf out of the archives
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats


Link Posted 02/05/2022 - 06:31
Obviously nobody has any favourite presents….. 

or it was too big a call!
Mine was in 1964 when I opened a parcel that contained a Practika Nova A camera and two lenses…. 50mm and 200mm…. M42 screw back then…. I had to be sure what I wanted to photograph on the day and zooming in or out meant walking forwards or backwards!
But, that simple present started me on a lifelong, semi-professional, more than a…. hobby! 

Fifteen years later, when the shutter blinds gave up the ghost, I became a Pentaxian…. simply because they were the only manufacturers who offered Aperture Priority… Canik#n both were Shutter…. but, I needed control over DoF!

PRYorkshire - Donnington Park Racing

This is full of movement, but the tyres have been lost….. they really need to be selectively lightened.

Almost an occasion to “doctor” a picture and add a little touch of “spray”… it is obvious from the reflection that it was wet! So a little bit of over-lightening at the back of the wheel would give that effect.

Noelcmn - Big Bull

What a specimen… whatever is stuck on his back…. possibly dung, and associated vegetation , gives the effect of having erupted from the ground…. yes, selfie-presents are important for ones personal morale at times!!

I had a two month holiday in Kenya in ’68, so am aware of the size of these beasts…. but as a photo, there is nothing here to give scale.
Lovely info about the study of the bulls…. everything relating to African elephants that I have read seems to have concentrated on the matriarchal side of their lifestyle.

vic cross - Look at my white stockings. (Rothchild's Giraffe)

I need to dig out my 1968 set of slides from Kenya…. I had never heard of Rothchild’s Giraffe… and I will have marked this as a Reticulated …. but it is clearly not!
This is a lovely shot, the “White Stockings” making an already tall creature look even taller.
The light in this is very effective and because it is so green, the vegetation and overall green feel really throws the giraffe forward.

So, out of the three shots submitted, Vic takes top slot…
no other podia positions, too few photos!
Over to you Vic....

vic cross

Link Posted 02/05/2022 - 09:01
Mornin'. I just got up so will be back after I've had a cup of tea to set a new comp.
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 02/05/2022 - 10:27
OK folks, I'm on my 2nd pint of tea so I'm now awake.
Thanks for the win Tim. You and I have a good thing going between us. You me you me. ALL JOKING ASIDE. Well done to Paul and Noel for entering. The comp was more weird than mine last time.
Anyway to this weeks comp.
CITYSCAPES. Morning Noon or Night. B&W or Colour. Big and Bold. Usual rules apply.
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 02/05/2022 - 17:18
Congrats for a great shot Vic! Love those white socks. None of those around here in South Africa. Thanks Tim, unusual challenge, perhaps we are more averse to such personal matters as birthday presents.


Link Posted 03/05/2022 - 13:25
My best ever birthday present was received quite some time before I could have considered owning an SLR, let alone a Pentax, to take it on. So the photo of the present, taken on a Halina 35x, wouldn't have complied with the competition rules. The present was a Ford Popular car when four gallons of petrol cost less than £1.
John K
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