Weekly #766 - Night Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 15/05/2022
Judge: jofford

Since I won the comp with a night shot, I would like to see what you do with your camera after dark. I am looking for a clear sense of 'night' whatever light source or exposure settings you use. Usual weekly comp rules; Pentax equipment only, no limits on when your shot was taken.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 00:08
Congratulations davidtrout on providing tHis week’s winner. Judging comments will follow tomorrow


Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 08:49
Thanks for the win: I'll post this coming week's topic later today.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 11:07
Well done everybody for submitting a varied and interesting set of night images. Here are my comments and please remember that these views are my personal response to the images you have submitted and shouldn't be taken as a definitive judgement on your photography.

1st. Night time on the Tyne, davidtrout. This had immediate impact for me because it was a personal, different and powerful interpretation of a well known scene. Going for an interesting, more close-up part of this overall scene works for me. There's good detail in the structures, the colours work well together and the composition gives a good sense of depth. You clearly have mastery of the techniques for night time photography. One small improvement, which isn't a deal breaker for me in what is a very good image, might be changing your position so that you haven't got the beginnings of the green arch in the top right corner - a bit of a distraction.

2nd. Bridge on the A14 Kettering, vic cross.Beautifully exposed to illustrate a busy road on a dark night,. I particularly like how you have shown a constant flow of traffic with a shutter speed that provides continuous streams of car lights in both directions. This is accentuated by the stillness of the road lights. The composition really works taking the eye from the bottom edge through the picture and round the corner. A picture with impact and great technical skill.

3rd, The Pier at Night, Noel cmn,The pier receding into the distance , the lighting on the pier and the red sky behind are stunning. I love the colour of the sky as well; clearly night but not black. For me, the picture would have had more impact if you had cropped in closer by taking away a little bit of sky, a bit more sea and a fair bit of the left hand side, while keeping the white light as a focal point. It is your image and you don't have to agree with me. Another point you might try and which would be pointed out by many judges, though I wouldn't go to the wall on it, is to flip the image so it goes from left to right, which, evidently is more in line with the natural way we look at things. Again, entirely your choice. Beautiful photographic technique and my points are just suggestions.

Commended, Landscape by moonlight, davidwozhere, Fantastic sky, very 'Turner-esque' and I can se why you wanted to photograph it. I think you were very ambitious in trying to make this a landscape. As there is no detail in the land you are left with a large black area at the bottom which doesn't add much to the pictureCropping most of it out would have helped a bit.

In order of entry:
Moon over the Solway, Johnwnjr - A lovely reflection, but I think the image needs more for me - perhaps more detail in the sea, a focal point etc. You've kept a good colour in the sky although, in the version I am looking at, there appears to be a lot of noised, possibly from a very high ISO setting. The moon has gone a funny shape as well?

Sundown, Perspicador. A lovely sundown shot, beautiful colours in the sky against the silhouette of bare trees. Not really the 'clear sense of night' I asked for in the brief for the comp.

The Night Mission, garethjmorgan. I have seen this image and ones very similar in many competitions and exhibitions in recent years. It is very atmospheric and gives a strong sense of the bombing raids in WW2. Your version is very well done technically, but its impact for me is reduced by how often I have seen it.

Neowise, drofmit, Well done for capturing this., Quite an achievement to be in the right place at the right time, with the right camera settings to get the shot the way you did. Definitely a strong sense of night sky, but perhaps too much of it around a single point of interest which is very small in the frame.

Thanks everybody for sharing your images with me and I hope my comments, intended to be constructive, are more helpful than discouraging. John


Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 11:17
Thanks for your detailed comments John. You obviously have good experience of photo judging.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout


Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 13:19
I echo those sentiments of davidtrout, and appreciate the comments, Especially of my surprising 3rd spot, and I'll work on those suggestions. Surprised because I thought some of the other images here were much better imho. In any event, I am chuffed with that 3rd spot. Congratulations davidtrout for an excellent , well deserved win. Such wonderful DOF in that shot. Congrats extended to vic cross and the HC. Thank you John (jofford) for the challenge and the C&C's. and the 3rd spot


Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 23:19
davidtrout wrote:
Thanks for your detailed comments John. You obviously have good experience of photo judging.

You’re right; I’ve had experience of judging but only on the receiving end and in receipt of plenty of ‘constructive’ comments.

vic cross

Link Posted 16/05/2022 - 23:55
Congrats to David. A good example of geordie engineering and my birth city. Also to Noel for his third place. Bust most of all thanks for my coveted second place. A lot of the kudos without the hassle of setting and judging next weeks comp.
Also you must teach us all how to do critique in such depth. You certainly have a way with words.
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.
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