Weekly Competition #66 Colour of Autumn Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 12/10/2008
Judge: lenscape

Regulars will know of my general indifference towards mono pictures so I'verndeliberately picked a subject which pretty much rules them out.rnrnI've also tried to pick something inclusive. In the northern hemisphere, atrnleast, if you don't have a suitable picture, you can probably go and take one.rnrnI'm looking for pictures which show off Autumn's colours.rnrnI'll be away on Sunday but I'll get my wife to fax me the entries.rnrnJust kidding.
Competition Entries

lenscape

Link Posted 06/10/2008 - 02:22
This web site seems to be scrambling my description. Maybe this will come out properly:

Regulars will know of my general indifference towards mono pictures so I've
deliberately picked a subject which pretty much rules them out.

I've also tried to pick something inclusive. In the northern hemisphere, at
least, if you don't have a suitable picture, you can probably go and take one.

I'm looking for pictures which show off Autumn's colours.

I'll be away on Sunday but I'll get my wife to fax me the entries.

Just kidding.
lenscape
K20D, K10D, K-m, MZ3, Metz 58-AF1, Optio MX4 & Linux.(No Windows)
(Gone: *istD, ME Super, Super-A)

johna

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 11:00
Hi Can you tell me how to upload a photo for entry in to a competition please?
There are three kinds of people in this world, those that can count and those that can't

pschlute

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 11:37
johna wrote:
Hi Can you tell me how to upload a photo for entry in to a competition please?

The latest competition finished yesterday, Sunday. When it has been judged the winner will set a new competition. Then you will be able to upload an entry.
Peter



My Flickr page

lenscape

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 12:07
Never have I had to study so many dried leaves and try to
write useful comments about them.

As usual, there are some wonderful and imaginative entries
and it has been a real pleasure going through them.

The comments are in order of entry with a summary at the
end.


Fall(en) leaf by Prieni
I've seen this before and loved it then. The way the surface
tension around the leaf catches the sky is lovely. The
background divided by the trunk reflection and filled by the
leaves works nicely. However, it doesn't meat the
requirements of the competition as well as others. Sorry.

Sheffield Park by chelseablue
A lovely selection of Autumn colours in this and the
reflections work well. It's a shame about the vapour trails
which we get again in the reflection and the people on
the far bank which are a slight distraction. Also I think
I'd be tempted to crop the foreground bank out as it might
improve the balance. Minor gripes aside, this is a lovely
picture.
Commended

Kingswood Autumn Leaves by GlynM
This certainly meets the requirements of the subject with
ample shades of greens and browns but it lacks a focal
point. It doesn't have enough to interest me, I'm afraid.

Morning Glow by Gordon Holmes
A nice show of Autumn colours but mostly from only about
halfway down. Most of the upper half of the picture is rather dark
and dull. There's not enough here to really grab me.

Epping Forest Beeches by Daniel Bridge
If we put out of our minds that it looks a bit like a nearby
baked beans river has burst its banks, this is a delightful
picture. The small aperture and use of a polariser has made
every feature crisp and sharp - almost eerily so. The long
exposure has allowed the scene to glow so that there is
barely a shadow anywhere. The picture grabs you on first
viewing because it's a familiar scene but presented in a
striking and unfamiliar way. You're almost bound to say
"Wow!".
First Place

autumn,fog,rain by PentaxAngel
A selection of Autumn colours in the foreground and lower
half of the picture but not enough to keep me interested
above. Overall there's a lack of sharpness and the foggy
background seems blurred maybe because the highlights are
blown. Sorry but this doesn't really work for me.

Autumnal Skipton by johnriley
A charming scene where the red on the narrowboat nicely
complements the red leaves on the side of the house and
along the wall. I'm distracted by the shadow in bottom right
corner (which I feel could benefit from a bit of
post-production burning) and the wall in the upper right
edge which suggests a big building just out of view. Shaving
the right edge would address both those problems to some
extent without losing anything of interest. Nice but not
quite a winner.

Autumn by StrawberryBeret
Plenty of Autumn colours but spoiled by the road and the
blown sky. A bit of cropping might improve it a bit but
there isn't really a strong focal point.
However, not a contender for reasons stated in the comments.

Autumn in the Park by LiamD
An absolute corker. The variety of tree colours is captivating
and keeps you looking. The two prominent boughs divide the
picture neatly into thirds with the middle holding most of
the interesting colours. Nevertheless, the left has a plume
of red and the right has the yellow to keep the balance. The
bright colours also form a nice diagonal from bottom left to
top right. It's a shame the sky is blown out and I think I'd
be tempted to clone out the people - but leave the peacocks
- and try to do something about the fenced sapling in the
foreground. Nevertheless, I love it.
Second Place

That time of year is glorious by SPB
A bounty of Autumn colours but there isn't anything to keep
me interested. Sorry.

Colours and taste of Autumn by Gwyn
A nice arrangement with two crisply captured acorns in the
middle with the foreground and background bokeh giving a
pleasant depth. Technically perfect, I can imagine this
introducing an article in a magazine but I don't think it
has the staying power to keep my attention.

Crispy leaves by beebee
One tree's contribution to Autumn's colours and an image
that benefits from being viewed larger to see the detail in
the leaves. However, the dark corners and overall lack of
brightness stop this really working for me.

Crazed Window by karma mechanic
I confess that I don't really know what to make of this. It
looks like a jar of strawberry jam has hit a car windscreen.
Other than a red splodge, I can't see much of Autumn's
colours in it.

Colour of Autumn [Flower] by Deecy
A very bold picture from which the flower jumps out at you.
It's a beauty, although I think the petals could have been a
bit sharper and the colours a bit brighter. I've had a play
with it and it can be made quite a bit more lively by
boosting the midrange and sharpening it.

Falls in Fall by impotentspider
Beautiful colours in this one with enough red dotted about
to draw your eye around the picture. There's scope for
boosting the midrange to brighten it a bit and it benefits
from a little sharpening, I think, to bring out the texture
of the leafy areas. I think I'd also crop the bloke in the
bottom right corner out altogether. A good strong Autumn
scene.

Collecting Leaves by ganners
Not a strong contender, I'm afraid, mainly owing to the
general lack of Autumn colours.

Autumn Up Close by Malo1961
An Autumnal feel if not a wide range of Autumn colours. I
quite like these back-lit transparent leafy shots and have a
few of my own but this didn't really work for me. It just
wasn't interesting enough. I found it was improved if I
cropped it more tightly and sharpened it a bit - which
brought out more texture in the leaves.

Leaves by mikew
I'm not a big fan of the colour pop. It is, after all just
one step away from mono. Autumn's colours are warm but this
is mostly grey which is cold. I can't say it really works
for me.

Loch Droma by Galoot
A lovely picture from one of my favourite parts of our
island. The dead calm loch reflects the hills and trees
with just enough blur to make them silky. There are some of
Autumn's colours here but not a full range. We're have
browns and greens but we're a bit short of reds and yellows.
While it seems to have been taken in Autumn, the season
doesn't really appear to have struck the area yet.
Nevertheless, it's a beautiful scene.
Commended

A day in the woods by Nimitz
Although this is clearly an Autumnal scene, it lacks very
much Autumn colour. The upper half is mostly grey and it
doesn't really work for me.

The thirty nine steps by philstaff
A nicely composed picture but lacking in the principal
element of Autumn colours, I feel.

Autumn Colours + Autumn Fruit 2008 by Hyram
A lovely bright, sharp image with perfect highlights in the
berries and the red leaf. Technically, it's hard to fault
and, again, it's an image that could go with a magazine
article or book but, I'm sorry to say, doesn't hold long-term
interest.

Autumn Foliage by Belinda B
These leaves are just on the turn, I guess because the
variety of colours is somewhat limited. A little more
sharpening brings out the textures and separates the leaves
noticeably but there still isn't enough here to make it
interesting.

Leaves by haydnw
A nice brown leafy carpet and perfectly exposed. Each leaf
looks freshly laid. Not much here to grab my attention,
however.

Colour of Autumn by pschlute
A lovely back-illuminated, red leaf - almost too red. I
wonder if the colour has had a little help from Photoshop. Also,
the shadows look a little unnatural suggesting excessive use
of the levels curves tool. I could be wrong. While we're in
Photoshop, I think this could have been improved by masking
off the grass and dulling the highlights a bit. Not
interesting enough to hit the leader board, I'm afraid.

Autmn Gold
This ivy leaf looks made of creme brule. The texture of the
leaf is almost tangible. The featureless dark background is
a bit too heavy but the shine on the leaf and the blurred
highlights below it almost balances it out. It's a shame the
leaf seems to have lost its top edge. This rather spoils it
for me.

autumnkaleidoscope by Coriander
I quite like this. Although it's a fairly simple shot,
theres a good variety of colours and shades and it's bright.
The sky isn't blown out so there's a pleasant light blue
background. Again, this picture is improved with just a
little bit more sharpening to bring out the texture of the
leaves. Not really strong enough for a finalist, though.

red, gold and green by hefty1
All our Autumn colours in one, slightly munched, leaf. A
nicely observed macro shot showing the structure of the leaf
and its veins. The green parts look like aerial maps of the
UK showing patchwork fields. I think this nearly works well
but the blown highlights in the bottom right corner are too
distracting.

Colour of Autumn by josh
There's lots going on here, in this lovely formal garden, to
keep us interested and a strong hint of the beginning of
Autumn. But it's a very green picture and it still looks
very lush, lacking the reds and yellows that make up our
Autumn colours. It misses the mark by too much to qualify, I
feel.

Autumn Leaves by pnjmcc
It's hard to tell if this was a chance find or an
arrangement. The highlights and shadows suggest a camera
mounted flash but I don't think it suffers for that. It
certainly has a good set of Autumn colours with reds, browns
and greens but there isn't enough interesting here to keep
my attention.

Pumpkin Patch by GivingTree
A great picture. Half bright orange with hints of green and
half rustic shack with evidence of a once brown exterior.
The foreground is full of life and interest from the colours
and number of pumpkins. There's just enough variety of
colour to qualify, I think.
Third place

Grass shoots and leaves by R o b
A small selection of leaves showing off Autumn's colours but
the picture lacks punch and has little to retain my
interest.

Autmn in New York by garmore
No lack of ingenuity here. We have red, green, brown and
yellow, albeit not from an Autumn scene. It took me a moment
to realise it was a dead bird on the hydrant and not a leaf,
which adds a bit of weight to the image. An imaginative
submission but not a winner.


Winners
1. Epping Forest Beeches by Daniel Bridge
2. Autumn in the Park by LiamD
3. Pumpkin Patch by GivingTree
Commended
Sheffield Park by chelseablue
Loch Droma by Galoot
lenscape
K20D, K10D, K-m, MZ3, Metz 58-AF1, Optio MX4 & Linux.(No Windows)
(Gone: *istD, ME Super, Super-A)

terje-l

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 12:14
Well done, lenscape! A lot of beautiful autumn scenes to choose from. I soon realised that my own autumn pictures would not stand up to the standard, so I refrained from joining this week.

And congratulations to Daniel. Looking forward to your new subject!
Best regards
Terry

K20D, Optio I10, DA 18-55 1:3.5-5.6 AL II, A 1:1.7/50, D FA 1:2.8/100 Macro, Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Pentax AF 360FGZ

Prieni

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 12:34
lenscape wrote:


Fall(en) leaf by Prieni
I've seen this before and loved it then. The way the surface
tension around the leaf catches the sky is lovely. The
background divided by the trunk reflection and filled by the
leaves works nicely. However, it doesn't meat the
requirements of the competition as well as others. Sorry.

No need to be sorry, it's your decision... and you have to live with it
Seriously, this was a great competition, lots of winner shots (including mine, of course ). You did a great job with it.

Prieni
How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. - Arthur C. Clarke
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Father Ted

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 12:57
Well done to Daniel and thanks to Lenscape for the work you put in on the judging.
I still haven't managed to get an autumnal shot as the only break in the rain over the weekend was whilst I was helping my daughter with homework yesterday. Was a tough choice though...daughter's education or get out and get the shot....Mmmm. Wonder if I made the wrong decision
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

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Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 13:07
Aw, thanks Lenscape! Have to say I was quite confident when I posted this photo, but as the week went on I thought there were many excellent shots that could have easily taken top spot.

With regard to your comment "The long exposure has allowed the scene to glow so that there is barely a shadow anywhere", the lack of shadows and the long exposure is due to the overcast sky, which I carefully cropped out so that it didn't draw the eye away from the colour. Perfect day for this photo though, no wind, no sun.

Those baked beans tasted delicious by the way, took ages to eat them all.

Will get my thinking cap on regarding a new theme.

Dan
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

Hyram

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 13:10
Congratulations to Dan - it is good to have you back as a winner again.

Many thanks to 'lenscape' for the very onerous judging task.
Hyram

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

pschlute

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 13:16
Congratulations to Daniel for a great picture. Thanks too to lenscape for an excellent critique.
Peter



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Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 13:17
Hyram wrote:
Congratulations to Dan - it is good to have you back as a winner again.


K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

Nimitz

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 13:43
lenscape wrote:


A day in the woods by Nimitz
Although this is clearly an Autumnal scene, it lacks very
much Autumn colour. The upper half is mostly grey and it
doesn't really work for me.


Hehe - lack of colour - I know, this is autum

Excellent critique - except the one you did on mine

Well done Dan...
www.mieritz.net

hefty1

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 13:49
Excellent judging Lenscape and congratulations Dan - a very worthy winner in a field of excellent photos!
Joining the Q

gartmore

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 14:46
Great pictures and excellent critique

Mine was taken in Autumn - October - honest
Ken
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Malo1961

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 14:59
Excellent judging, and an excellent winner. One remark about my own entrie;
It is sharp on my monitor, but the use of a very small DOF prevents every leaf to be in focus. And the reason for not cropping further is simple.
I am just to happy with the colored bokeh top right.

Martin.
Best regards,

Martin.


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johnriley

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 16:45
Another great round and a great judging. Well done everyone!
Best regards, John

GivingTree

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 16:50
Well done, judge and winner!
And thanks for the third place spot, I'm glad you liked it.
"Just put your eye to the camera and push the button-thingy."
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LiamD

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 18:27
Well done Dan.. lovely beans..

Thanks for the second place Lenscape, my highest finish here ever.. Yay for me..

I have to say I was surprised though, seeing the very high quality of entries up to Friday..

Well done to everyone else as well,

Cheers

Liam
Liam


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pnjmcc

Link Posted 13/10/2008 - 22:18
lenscape wrote:
It's hard to tell if this was a chance find or an
arrangement. The highlights and shadows suggest a camera
mounted flash but I don't think it suffers for that. It
certainly has a good set of Autumn colours with reds, browns
and greens but there isn't enough interesting here to keep
my attention.

Unfortunately not a chance find, it was an arrangement of sorts. I think the highlights came from the sun as I didn't use a flash.

Anyway, thanks for the critique and well done for judging all the entries.

Congratulations to Dan for great shot.

Regards
PaulM
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Some are more equal than others

Darkmunk

Link Posted 14/10/2008 - 09:52
As soon as I saw Prieni's entry I gave up! I think it totally fulfils the brief and is quite faultless. Mind you, when I saw Dan's sublime forest scene I realised we still had a competition on our hands. Beautiful, Well done everyone.
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