Weekly Competition #119 - Quirky Small Buildings Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 18/10/2009
Judge: johnriley

Some interesting quality shots of sheds, follies, huts, shelters, greenhouses, ice houses and any other form of small building that you can find. No other restrictions, other than the usual request that all entries are made on Pentax cameras (or Samsung clones of the DSLRs).

Good luck!
Competition Entries


Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 00:47
A great selection of images and some very quirky small buildings, so let’s have a closer look at each image:

Galoot – Off to a good start with this one. A nice formal composition and a quirky relationship between the promise of hi-tech and the reality of very low-tech.

Daniel Bridge – Good colour, good sharpness and an image that raises our curiosity. Just where can this gate lead to? I think I might be inclined to crop out the sky to concentrate the eye more on the essential parts of the image.

Davidoff – The incongruous nature of the fare on offer and the less familiar and makeshift building work very effectively. Nice control of what could have been an excessively contrasty scene.

Nathanever82 – Unfortunately neither quirky nor small, but a grand building nonetheless. The sky is somewhat bland and the image seems tilted to the right, so a few things to attend to that could lift the image.

ceowens – This does fit the bill of small and quirky. Nice idea. May I suggest a slight crop at the top to remove a little more of the bald sky? Bright areas catch our attention and where these are at the edge of an image it tends to let our eye wander outwards.

Dr. Mhuni – Excellent shot, combining the brief with a well designed piece of graphic imagery. Good colour, good sky and plenty of interest.

Jyrikira – Another graphic design. Blue recedes and red seems to move towards us, so an ideal combination of colours to catch our attention. I might think about cropping the bottom edge to get rid of the greenery and a bit off the right edge then to rebalance the shot.

TOZZA27 – We get our sense of scale from the birds in the image, and these are essential to the shot. Excellent colour and a very nice idea. I feel there may be too much space around the buildings and that we could get the same message from a tighter crop.

Draken – This is unusual but attractive. The odd colour gives a dream like effect and that certainly adds to the quirkiness. The panoramic format is also very appropriate.

TonyM – This is the right idea and composition but the black and white conversion is a little weak. I think more contrast and “bite” is needed to grab our attention. If this was a greyscale conversion then looking at the alternative methods to get black and white would be beneficial.

Hyram – A very curious building and a good choice of monochrome. The bland sky lets it down a bit, so a better day would have lifted the image.

Gartmore – I like the composition of this and the unusual viewpoint. Not quite as much contrast as I would have done, but that’s a matter of individual taste. Impeccably thought out just as it is.

Prieni – A wonderful texture to this one. The dimly lit building in the background distracts slightly I think, so for me a tighter crop on the left or a bit of cloning would cure that. Good, beautifully drab colour in keeping with the subject.

JudithAnn – On its last legs this one! Another good choice of panoramic format and again interesting colour. I’d like to see more images in and around that right hand barn.

cbdavey – Hand built and a very personal small building that makes a fine subject. I would crop the right to make the image more square and this would take the building a bit off centre. This would, I think, make the composition stronger.

escaladieu – We get a great sense of confined space here and I can imagine a warren of small passageways in the centre of this small town. Are the buildings small and quirky? This is less clear. However, the image is a good one, well composed, interesting and with good colour and sharpness.

oldgaj – In photography, light is so important. And here the light is superb. Gorgeous warm colour reveals the textures and details of this old barn to excellent effect. Whether it is a small and quirky building is one thing, but it is a super image.

Belinda B. – We are almost peeking round a corner at this one, presumably because getting a view of the building is impeded by whatever surrounds it. The building fits the brief well and the treatment is very sympathetic to it. A crop of the sky would help to remove some of the fairly blank area top left and I’m sure that would strengthen the composition.

darlene – Small and definitely quirky! A difficult shot to make as the details are confusing so in this instance a slightly wider view putting the building in context with its surroundings might help. Interesting one though. I wish I’d had a tree house…..

bforbes – I like the shot very much and it’s a great subject in its own right. These are not really small buildings though, more fully sized houses. Nonetheless, a very good well executed shot.

timcx500e – What a lovely old shed. I can’t resist photographing these and you’ve done a good job here. You’ve also managed to isolate it from any distracting surroundings as well, so well done for that.

mikew – This one fits the bill as well. Very curious and an interesting and effective monochrome conversion. You have kept the sense of mistiness and the lower contrast is an inevitable consequence of that.

sandy – This does look odd considering its location and you’ve given us an excellent record of this building. I like the colour, the sharpness and the inclusion of a figure that confirms the scale.

Bluejohn – As has been pointed out elsewhere, it seems you have a very odd Pentax camera! You have also found a very odd building, just the sort of thing that I hoped would turn up. I’d love to live in it! The lighting and the shadows are all quite surreal and it has to be one of the most odd things that this competition has found.

Oppenheimer45 – This highlights a debate that sometimes occurs with camera club competition entries. If someone submits an image wrongly labelled so that it obviously isn’t the right way up then we do judge it as presented, not as we think it should be. I think your image is on its side, so it does need altering to make sense. As it stands, all the water will run out of the bottom…..It’s a pity because it’s sharp and well exposed and also an interesting small building.

MarjutL – My son is an architect too, and I’m sure he would appreciate this building. You have taken a very classic, formal composition and this is very appropriate for the subject. Excellent camera skills and nothing in the image that doesn’t make part of the story.

simonarthurs – This is a really great subject and excellent photography. I would have preferred to see all of the door in, but I suspect that would have also included distracting background details. A very effective tilt makes the image more dynamic.

DRM098 – I agree, it had to be photographed. A fairly weak sky so early morning or late afternoon might provide more drama, but in all other respects a well produced image of an interesting subject.

And now for the awards!

First: Dr. Mhuni
Second: Davidoff
Third: gartmore

Very Highly Commended: Bluejohn

Highly Commended: MarjutL

Commended: simonarthurs and draken

Many thanks to all who entered – I’ve enjoyed all your images very much indeed. Congratulkations to all our winners and over to you Dr. Mhuni…..


Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 00:54
Congratulations to Dr.Mhuni and the other winners. Thank you John for your kind comments, and very fast work
Too Old To Die Young



Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 02:05
congrades to Dr.Mhuni and the others....Great judging John...Well done!!!


Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 05:51
Excellent winning shot from Dr. Mhuni, congratulations! And swift and competent judging from John again.

How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. - Arthur C. Clarke
Prieni's PPG page

Dr. Mhuni

Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 06:24
What a pleasant surprise. Many thanks for the judging, John, and top spot on the rostrum. Alongside others you've singled out, I really liked Prieni's decaying research cabin.

Right, will put my thinking hat on, check past subjects and set the new round later today. I'm not sure I'll be able to match your exemplary promptness in judging (and David's in the last round). In fact, due to time differences, I almost certainly won't - but participants should be able to log on on Monday to a result.

Last Edited by Dr. Mhuni on 19/10/2009 - 06:25


Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 07:03
Lovely winning shot,thanks for the comments on my photo



Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 07:05
An excellent winner and good judging!

Well done both!


You can see some of my shots at my Flickr account.


Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 08:29
A great winning shot from Dr. Mhuni, very clever composition - my first choice as well.

Many thanks to JR for the interesting competition and the speedy judging.

With regards to my entry, I agree the sky is non-existent but I thought the building was worth showing. If I had better PS skills I could have grafted in a new sky

p.s. Don't any of you sleep

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T
Last Edited by Hyram on 19/10/2009 - 08:30


Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 10:15
I watched this from the terraces so I'm coming at this from the spectator's point of view. I would also have chosen Dr Mhuni as winner but there were some other first class shots. John, what kept you - it was 0.47 before you got round to posting the results. Check my last two times, you're going to have to get a move on.
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout
Last Edited by davidtrout on 19/10/2009 - 10:15

Father Ted

Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 12:47
Congrats to Dr Mhuni and thanks to John for yet another fine example of how to judge

I had an entry, although it was just for fun, but I didn't get around to uploading it
But, as John says; a great selection of images.
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.

Belinda B.

Link Posted 19/10/2009 - 13:29
Congratulations to Dr. Mhuni for a very impressive winning entry.

Thank you to John Riley for the competition and the speedy judging.

My little building was difficult to photograph without getting run over or including lots of modern street clutter, cars tec. etc.
Belinda B.


Link Posted 20/10/2009 - 00:08
Thanks John for providing encouraging feedback to everyone and what a great selection of entries

Well doen Dr.Mhuni


Link Posted 20/10/2009 - 03:02
Congrats Dr. Mhuni.
Thanks for your diligent work John. I'm currently using GIMP and am not very proficient yet. Will be working on those blown out highlights.
On a positive note, my image is displayed between the first and second place winners. A fortunate timing accident on my part.
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