Weekly competition # 647 Glass Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 15/12/2019
Judge: davidtrout

Glass in any form, My judgement will be based on both technical and artistic interpretation. Get both right and your on you're on the way to being a winner.
For instance bottles, ornaments, church stained glass, scientific or domestic utensils, broken glass etc…..., If you do windows remember the main topic is the window itself not the reflections which may also appear.
Entries must be taken on Pentax or related cameras.
Deadline for entries: Midnight Sunday December 15.
Please remember if you win you get to choose the following week's subject and to judge the entries, hopefully with a comments on each submission.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 16/12/2019 - 00:04
Weekly Comp GLASS
Not many entries this week but each of the submissions has merit and fulfils the requirement of the competition. I was a little disappointed not see see more variation, a large proportion of images rely on stained or painted glass and therefore owe much on the quality of the work of the original artists though I accept that successfully photographing stained glass takes a lot of skill on the part of the camera person.

Stained glass at Coventry Cathedral by Perspicador
Much stained glass in cathedrals and churches is very beautiful and rich in detail. With vibrant colours and natural back lit illumination it can be rewarding but there are challenges for the photographer. Getting the balance right between the deeper coloured panes is difficult. If you expose for the darker reds and blues there is a danger you will over expose the areas of light colour and burn out the highlights. This is a good effort with some very satisfying colour but detail has been blown in some of the lighter coloured panes of glass.

St Mary's Church Brownhill on Sea by MIKHOL 190246
Similar comments to the previous image with the exception that here, because the window occupies much of the frame there is less dark background to fool the meter into over exposing with the result that the lighter panes of glass are less blown. If you shoot several frames then bracketing exosures might help.

Shell shock by NigelK
A fine photograph of public art dedicated to ex servicemen suffering from shell shock. The warm colours in the glass sections of the memorial contrast nicely against he overcast sky and the green of the immediate background.

Glass Sun Catcher by GlynM
You can always rely on Glyn for meticulous care and attention to detail in creating this type of image. Here the triangles of colour and shade are delicious. It works very well with a black background with no distracting detail.

Drying by Benz5ine
A pleasing image dominated by rather restful shades of blue. Abstract shapes in the darker areas of the glass form interesting patterns pleasing to the eye. Are the highlights, while providing contrast, just a little too bright?

A glass and its shadows by Aitch53
A study in shades of grey with hints of refracted colour where the light has caught the glass. Its a well balanced image and the positioning has directed the shadow directly inside the glass rather than offering an alternative contrasting shape in the frame. Nice one.

Stained Glass Window by EricD1306
A fascinating example of stained glass window art. The principal panel appears to be early Tudor and is dated 1525 but some of the side panels are dated considerably later than this. Whatever, the photography is under control but perhaps the lack of blown highlights has been achieved by reducing the overall exposure which has rendered the vibrant colours a little on the dull side. But the window is well worth photographing and showing.

Broken by Noelcmn
I really like the originality of this entry by Noel, it has the feel of a 'modern' artwork and not only pleases the eye but also challenges the viewer's imaginaton. The colours work well some people might well enjoy hanging an image such as this a wall at home. Well seen Noel.

Picture on glass by Retsoor
Not so much stained glass but a painting on glass this time. The artwork has been expertly photographed and processed.

1 Broken by Noelcmn.
2, Glass suncather by GlynM.
3, Shell shock by NigelK
Last Edited by davidtrout on 16/12/2019 - 00:19


Link Posted 16/12/2019 - 07:22
Really like the winning shot, congratulations to Noelcmn and to GlynM and thank you for my third spot. Thank you for the Competition and critique David, shame we don't get many entries these days.


Link Posted 16/12/2019 - 10:19
Many thanks David for another great competition subject and your excellent reviews. I think the numbers of entries always drops at this time of year and your choice of a subject open to broad interpretation did well to attract a good number of excellent entries.

Thanks also for awarding my entry the coveted 2nd place .

Congratulations to Noel for the fantastic winning image, fellow podium member Nigel and everyone else for rising to the challenge with another grand set of pictures.

Last Edited by GlynM on 16/12/2019 - 10:21


Link Posted 16/12/2019 - 17:52
I was at the airport , when I logged into the Forum, saying goodbye to my son, who has been spending some time with me, and returned to the USA, so this win has lifted my spirits a bit. Thank you David, for the win, the challenge and C&C's. Congrats to GlynM and Nigelk for their 2nd and 3rd spots respectively. I'll have something up shortly.
Link Posted 17/12/2019 - 19:50
Thanks David for the competition and Judging/comments. Well done to Noelcmn, GlynM and NigelK


Link Posted 18/12/2019 - 00:42
You smashed it Noel - well done.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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