Weekly #782 Pareidolia Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 04/09/2022
Judge: garethjmorgan

This is the ability to see shapes or make pictures out of random images - Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, seeing faces in inanimate objects or vegetables that appear to have human attributes
Winner
Competition Entries

garethjmorgan

Link Posted 05/09/2022 - 07:49
Apologies for the obscure title – glad that you all entered into the spirit of the thing though.

• Hippy Hippy Shake by Noelcmn – what a bright and breezy picture. A very clever arrangement of the feathers to create this strong and colourful image. The eyes are beautifully positioned – brings the picture to life.
• Hippo by Simonmac – quite a graphic image , divided into 3 elements – the sky; the ”fence” and the road. As Simon says there is actually more than one image in the markings on the fence – with the hippo being most prominent. Exposure is excellent given the range of light and dark in the subject and it is a good case of finding interest in the seemingly mundane.
• The Ghost of Pacman by MHOL190246 – Good use of ultra-wide angle here with the vast expanse of the sky anchored by the trees and bushes at the bottom – making a great playground for Pacman to “do his thing”. Exposure has been well handled with very little burn out in the white of the clouds but still good detail in the shadows – and a lovely blue sky to boot.
• Two faces in the clouds by vic cross – cloud watching is an endlessly entertaining hobby and it must be nice to be able to do it from the comfort of your own chair. It almost looks like the two faces are interacting – although neither of them look particularly happy. Interesting sky well captured – I wonder if a tighter crop might have emphasized the subject matter i.e. the faces in this case.
• Portrait of a chain smoker by drofmit – superb capture of the texture of the peeling paint; positioning of the “eyes” (bolts) is spot on and the colour range is very good. Another excellent example of the genre.
• Can’t seem to face up to the fact by Flan – I love the feel of the fingers coering the face good story telling. The detail in the main trunk is great and the out of focus background is just right although the very bright bit in the centre is slightly distracting.
• Split by perspicador – a fabulous image – the anthropomorphic qualities of the coconut shell give this picture a very emotional feel. The tight crop and diagonal positioning of the “face” work really well for me.
• Ow! You're standing on my roots! By Nigelk – the mono treatment works really well here brings out loads of detail and texture. In fact if you look rellu closely you can see more than one “face” in the trunk – well seen and well exposed – a great example of pareidolia
And so to the winner – rather than analysing the pros and cons of each image in forensic detail I’m just going to go with the one that had the greatest impact on me – and that is SPLIT by perspicador. I found this image to be very evocative and it generated an emotional response – which is what good photography should do.

1. Split by Perspicador
2. Portrait of a chain smoker by drofmit
3. Can’t seem to face up to the fact by Flan

Flan

Link Posted 05/09/2022 - 13:29
Well done to Perspiador , great photo and runner up Drofmit.
Thanks to the host Gareth also for critique and placing, good call

MHOL190246

Link Posted 05/09/2022 - 16:08
Congratulations to Perspicador a worthy winner. Also, to the podium places. Thanks, Gareth, for an interesting competition; quirky title; and excellent critique

drofmit

Link Posted 05/09/2022 - 18:02
Thanks for the 'coveted' second place. Fun competition and speedy judging...
Congratulations to Perspicador for a wonderful entry... I could see an orangutang resting its head on a pillow when I saw that.
And congratulations, too to Flan for the peeking, cowering face .... with bags under the eyes like that, he needs a rest.
And Noel's hippy.... yes, met him in the late '60s!!
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.
Link Posted 05/09/2022 - 20:02
Well done Gareth for something completely different- some good humour this week. Congrats to Perspicador, drofmit and Flan.

Perspicador

Link Posted 05/09/2022 - 22:00
Gobsmacked to have an accolade for my grotesque coconut folly! And well done to the other contestants. I have set to it to give out a competition by Monday evening.
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