Weekly competition #630 - One colour Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 11/08/2019
Judge: davidtrout

Mono, but not black and white. I'm looking for vibrant colour pictures where one colour is dominant and occupies most of the image although there may be others taking 'bit parts.' I'm leaving the subject wide open to the photographers' choice so it could be landscape, portrait, abstract, sport, architectural or whatever. I hope that attracts a wide range of photographs from some of the many talented photographers on PUF. Usual rules apply, Pentax or related cameras only, you can take something new or dig into your archives.
Deadline Sunday Midnight August 11, British summer time.
Just to show the sort of thing I have in mind I'll post one two of my pictures in the Forum to give you an idea, later this evening.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 00:32
Thank you all for entering some really attractive and imaginative photographs with a wide range of subject matter within the overall theme of a single colour. A high standard throughout with some of the entries exceptionally good,, particularly the top placed pictures were which were hard to split into 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Bonnie in beige by Perspicador
Rodney is often the first to enter the weekly competitions and this week, fresh from the success of his recent win, he's done it again. The duck seems a strange colour, well captured here, but not being a duck expert I don't know if its a rare breed or just feeling off colour. You reckon its outraged. I think if you'd cropped in really tight to fill the frame with the duck and get rid of most of the background water this picture would have had even more impact.

Big red skip by Aitch53
It certainly lives up to its title. Vibrant red and spot on target for the competition. . As in the previous picture though I think some serious cropping here to get rid of much of the background where details clutter up the scene would have added more punch. Perhaps even cropped in close to some of the detail in the skip.

322A by pschulte
You can't go wrong with a camera in Havana, I've never been but I've seen some stunning images traken by other photographers in recent years and this one lives up to the high standard. The colour is gorgeous with the brown of the window grill and the girl's skin somehow complimenting the dominat shades of the wall and painting's background. Compositionally its nigh on perfect with the window frame and portrait pushed off centre up towards the top left corner in a nod to the rule of thirds.

T is for tomato by Pipinmels
Juicy or what? Nicely photographed, tightly composed and the reflections in the stainless steel tray add to the impact. Some might say the tomato skin highlights tend towards being blown but to me they add appeal to this bright and tasty picture

Verdant symphony by Swarf
For a moment I thought Bill Ward had stepped into the competition but no, this excellent ICM image is all Phil's own work and what an abstract delight it is. Bosham Harbour eh? I would never have guessed. The colour is not only dominant, its exclusively so. Detail and texture in the water is well worth close scuitiny as there is a lot of subtle texture there.

Eggs by HazyJ
I notice they're hard boiled otherwise this might have been a very messy shot considering so many eggs are broken. I like that, the cracked shells break up the symmetry of the egg shapes and add interest to the composition. Simple, but well seen and served up expertly to this competition.

Rhapsody in Green by Stephen Hampshire
Gershwin would have been green with envy if he saw this one. Rhapsody in green is also a symphony in light and shade. The diagonal lines striking through the semi-silhouette of the musician and his trumpet add visual power to this well composed shot. The only minor key distraction is the shadow on the left which is presumably another musician's shoulder but this is only a very slight niggle.

Crab spider on a Lantana flower by Mannesty
Gorgeous colour and amazing detail. The tiny creature has a neutral sort of colour which sits comfortably with the powerful red-orangyness of the flower. I'm always in awe of good macro photography, something I've never done but find totally fascinating. Its an alien world which for me is just as fascinating as viewing pictures from the distant universe.

Lily Pollen by davidwozhere
Similar feel to this wonderful picture. This time the dominant colour is a yellowy-orange dusted with pollen which is apparent in this crystal clear photo. Above all I love the composition of the stamens all curving in unison as they reach for the sun light.

Spiral by NigelK
This is a terrific architectural abstract. Spiral staircases seem to inspire many photographers and the magic has worked well here. The dominant colour is exclusive to all others with the variations in shades and tones avoiding monotony. Nigel has worked on the composition so that its perfectly balanced. With this sort of photo the dividing line between success and failure is very narrow, it can often be down to the slightest shift in positioning. I like the tiny detail of an iron handrail which gives the picture context.

Morning has purpled by wozfromcov
This is a great idea for a 'one colour' competition, so simple and direct. The challenge for the photogrpaher would appear to be over the positioning of the marker bouy. Should it be dead centre as here or moved to one of the four intersection of the thirds points? Answers on the back of a postage stamp please but I don't think there is a definitive solution. To my eyes this particulasr shade of purple is not the most effective.

Not one to argue by Ken 2390
Muddy brown wouldn't be my choice of colour if were buying a new car but with rhinoceri choice isn't generally available. Its an impressive image, beautifully captured but the muddy brown is having to compete with the smaller area of green grass for dominance. I hope there was a substantial fence beween you and the beast at Longleat Ken .

Red Lips by johnriley
John can always be relied on to produce a fine portrait as with this lovely lady at Bury station (I've been there a few times myself with Barrie Forbes) but all I came away with were grimy faced loco drivers and firemen and fire breathing engines. I Iove the girl's red hair and lips but do they dominate the whole picture? I find there is a lot of other interesting detail in the picture to compete with it.

The boy can JUMP by Vic Cross
A fine example of travel photography with dramatic colour. The young dancers appear to be proudly lined up specifically for their photo to be taken but Its a shame the one on the left has been cropped so tightly, or perhaps miss-composed, as it unbalances the picture. The red however does what it says on the tin, the surrounding vegetation is completely subdued by it.

GWR Class 165 DMU by EricD1306
The yellow works very well, completely upstaging the subdued darker tones in the rest of the image and it can't be faulted for the way it accurately sums up the theme of 'One Colour' but overall the picture lacks the impact some of the rival entries in this competition which combine subject accuracy with superb detail.

Glow in the dark doornob by GlynM
Well done Glyn on coming up with one of your very original ideas despite dealing with important domestic matters. The concept of luminous knobs, door or otherwise, gave me immense amusement . It fits the competition theme perfectly and there's nothing else in the frame to compete with it.

Iris by Coker
From the hilarious to the sublime. This is one of two superb floral offerings in the competition which I've enjoyed viewing. But while davidwozhere's lily pollen was dramatically direct with its impact this is delicate and subtle in its appeal. Two quite different beautiful flower pictures which are difficult to separate in the ratings.

Red by Noelm
Here we have beauty of a different kind with a red theme running throughout, The tones range from the deep red of the chaise long and the model's hair to the pinkiness of the studio wall. Strictly speakng perhaps, pink could be classed as a seperate colour although in my book its a shade of red. Actually you missed a bit, her nails are blue but lets not be pedantic over that. Its an attractive picture of an attractive woman, whats not to like about it?

Bed headboard by Noelcmn
Repetitive patterns can sometimes worm their way into your brain like an irritatingly banal pop tune or they can grip your attention by introducing subtle changes in shape and tone, rather like a piece of minimalist classical music. Visually for the magic to work the pattern
needs to include some contrasting feature placed at a strategic point in the image. Noel's red bed headboard has the repetitive pattern in the fabric studs and fine shade of red but to lift it into a higher category it really needs something to break up the monotonous pattern with a visual hook placed at a strategic point in the composition.

Golden Sunset by Retsoor
A lovely warm golden glow bathes this simple uncluttered seascape in a warm light. No lighthouse or passing ships to interrupt the peace but compositionally the rock in a strong position and the horizon placed well below the picture's centre line work very well. Some fine cloud detail also add interest.

Grasswaves by Drofmit
The wind has played its part in adding interest to this fine pattern picture in such a way you can imagine the waves of grass swaying gently in the breeze. A nice one to finish off the collection.

1 Lily Pollen by davidwozhere.
2 Iris by Coker
3 Spiral by Nigelk

HCs, Rhapsody in green by StephenHampshire, 322A by pschlute,,Red by Noelm.
Now its over to David for next week's competition.


Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 01:19
Good heavens, I get first go at commenting too! Thank you David for the 1st place and for your comprehensive critiques. Congratulations to Roger and to Nigel too. That was a wonderful collection of images across the board with a raft of strong contenders.
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Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 07:20
Thanks David for a great competition subject and quick, constructive judging.
I always have a freshened eye after relooking at pictures through your eyes.
Congrats to to David for that stonker of a macro... and the other podia and HCs....
I had my money on Stephen's Rhapsody.... but possibly because I'd like it on the wall... never noticed the shoulder.
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!!"


Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 09:44
Well done everyone that entered.

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Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 10:05
Many thanks David for an excellent competition. It felt like old times .

Congratulations all round.



Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 11:16
GlynM wrote:
It felt like old times

It was a nice open subject.... often difficult to judge, but leaves a lot of scope for the entrants....
Perhaps, and I know I am guilty of this,.... perhaps we can be too restricting in our choice of competition subject.
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!!"
Last Edited by drofmit on 12/08/2019 - 11:20


Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 14:38
Congrats Davidwozhere- awesome image, worthy winner in what has proven to be quite competative entries. And extended to Coker and NigelK and not forgeting the HC's Stephen Hampshire, pschlute and Noelm. Thanks to our judge, wonderful challenge, and like Dromfit, always learn and see something from your comments and critiques. And gratifying to see so many entries. Well done all!
Link Posted 12/08/2019 - 20:52
Great competition David, lots of great and varied entrants - glad I didn't have to judge this one. Congratulations to the top three, all excellent photos and to the HC's


Link Posted 13/08/2019 - 07:22
Thanks David for a real quality competition.
Congratulations to David, Nigel & everyone who took part.
Thanks for my second place.
Now that's what you call a comp.!

The more I look, the more there is to see!
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