Weekly Competition #62 A touch of red Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 14/09/2008
Judge: davidtrout

The use of red in just the right position in a picture can be a powerful compositional tool - or merely an old photographic cliche. This most dominant of colours can be a tiny eyecatching point in the picture or a massive in-your-face splash. It's up to the photographer to be creative and show us what can be done. rnBest of luck everyone - David.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 01:39
Thank you all for entering such a fantastic selection of pictures. There were more than 40 of them and it gave me a hard time picking the top ones. I found the wide range of interpretation very interesting. Obviously all the pictures had red in them but my favourites were those that used the colour as an essential part of the composition or to make a statement. I felt some were pictures that just happened to have red in them. Yet many of these were excellent shots which would have done very well in a different context.
I had prepared comments on every single picture but its now gone 1am and I've just lost the lot from the comment box when I scrolled to the next page of pictures. Perhaps I'll add the comments to the individual pictures later this week when I go back to them. In the meantime can someone at Pentax User give me technical advice on how not to loose comments when you go out of the page.
For now here are my winners with comments on them:
1: Bare Knuckle by Darkmunk.
Its got just about everything, action, a dynamic angle, colour, technique and excitement. And of course the touch of red, there it is down in the bottom right hand corner.
2: The Postbox by Nimitz
This has the most gorgeous rich colours, and of course the red is the richest of them all. Its a good example of graphic composition. The texture in the old door and wall is excellent. Perhaps a slight crop down the left side would remove the slightly confusing detail on the edge of the picture.
3: Ready to Go by Pschulte
This a really powerful image and you certainly made the red work hard for its living. Love it.
Highly commended (not in any order, these are all equal):

All in a spin by Beaky Net
What a cracker. This picture is a perfect match of imagination and good technique.

The Touch of Red by John Riley.
A very strong image and one which leaves a a lasting impression on me. The quality is excellent and the lighting superb. You, or she, chose to shoot with her eyes closed and that works for me.

Woolworths by Galoot
It was brave to defy photographic convention and slap the point of the picture plumb in the centre - but it works. The fish eye gives the building an attractive curve. A very good original image. What about a guy who goes around photographing Woolies everywhere? Is there an analyst in the house?

Red by Dr Mhuni
A very high quality photogrpah and an imaginative way to present a portrait. The red garment certainly leads the eye up to the face while at the same providing a very strong element in the picture.

The Red Banner by Coriander.
Another strong graphic image. There is lovely texture in the wall and the corner of banner makes a great splash of colour.

I could have picked another half dozen highly commendeds but you have to draw the line somehwere.
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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 05:45
Congratulations Darkmunk, and thanks judges davidtrout!
Good luck next competitions all!


Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 06:43
Thanks alot for the second place - The sweet spot

Excellent set of pictures this round - wonderfull to see all those entries. Must have been very hard to judge this week - well done.

Congrats to Darkmunk.


Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 07:10
Well done Darkmunk and also to David for judging a very tough competition! This was clearly a subject we all warmed to.



Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 08:00
Many thanks for the judging and sorry to hear you lost some of your comments. Generally when posting on forums before I leave the current page I highlight all my text and press Ctrl+C to copy it. If it gets lost then it can be pasted back in with Ctrl+V

Alternatively, put the comment under each image like I did in the test competition "JR's Competition" and then a general comment in this overall thread.

It was a great set of entries, so an extra special congratlation to Darkmunk for being top of the top pictures. Over to you for #63, what will it be?
Best regards, John


Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 09:41
Thanks to David for judging and especially for awarding me 3rd place ! I feel honoured to have come anywhere in what was possibly the strongest field I have seen in these competitions.

Congratulations to Darkmunk for his winner which was a stunning capture.


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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 10:09
Well done to David for judging and to Darkmunk for winning - really good standard all round this week!
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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 11:35
I can only concur to all the nice words spoken above. It must have been a hard round to judge, considering the high quality and quantity of entries last week. Very well done Darkmunk and a job well done David

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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 11:40
Wow thanks David. And thanks for the kind comments guys.
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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 12:39
Congratulations to the winner, and to the judge for getting through all the entries. Having tried to take a similar picture to Darkmunk's last year with a relatively cheap point and shoot camera, I admire his bravery with a much more expensive digital SLR. The result was worth it though.



Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 12:59
Congratulations to Darkmunk and thanks to 'davidtrout' for his judging.

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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 17:47
Wonderful dynamic picture, Darkmunk, congrats. Seems David should be a forum contributor, with his thoughtful comments.
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Link Posted 15/09/2008 - 21:14
Many thanks for taking the trouble to re-post your comments. I know how soul-destroying it can be when you have to start from the beginning again!
Best regards, John

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Link Posted 16/09/2008 - 12:56
Belated (my laptop crashed shortly after posting the image on Sunday!) thanks Darkmunk for the HC, and for the judging. As others observed, from both a quality and quantity point of view it can't have been easy.

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