Weekly Competition #81 - Flower Power! Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 25/01/2009
Judge: johnny_rino

Photos of flowers or photos were flowers are important part of the photo. Goodluck
Winner
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Competition Entries

ttk

Link Posted 24/01/2009 - 21:36
Johnny got your work cut out with this lot. Good luck.
Tel,

womble

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 00:09
49! Good luck! K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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johnny_rino

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 00:31
Hi all, thanks for allowing me this opportunity to judge this weeks competition. Please excuse my brief critique on each photo but I felt it important to get the results out quick. I apologise in advance for any errors as this is my first time judging. I think you will all agree with me that the standard has been very high.

Rob A good alternative interpretation of the theme. I like your composition with the base reflecting the bottom of the campervan. Good colour saturation and depth of field. Commended Sorry for the omission but I didn't want to get slated for adding after the time!!

womble Nice shot. Well composed with right depth of field. Exposure is spot on.

MarkD I think your flowers are poppies but it doesn't really matter as the capture is superb! This is a piece I wouldn't mind hanging on my wall. It's composition is great. The range of muted purple to bright is pleasing to look at! The depth of field has produced great bokeh. Second Place

scotjames Great use of equipment to a achieve this capture. When I first saw it I thought it was taken with off the camera flash. Commended

chelseablue Intriguing composition. Not sure what you have done in the post processing but I like the effect.

hasky Nice composition and I love the colour of these flowers. Background is distracting.

Puds52 Well exposed but I feel it's a bit cluttered. Maybe you could have framed for one or two of the blossoms only.

Ben76 Well thought out shot. The position of the steps and the flowers in the foreground.

hefty1 Well exposed shot but I would have liked to seen more of the people in the frame, maybe with their profile showing, possibly smelling a bloom.

Galoot Nice shot. Well composed, exposed and good choice of depth of field.

mikew Now this shot has got me thinking. It certainly took a bit more effort to shoot. It's well lit from the left but I'm not sure if the smoke adds to the picture.

Pentaxkid37 Your post processing techniques are well executed here but your flowers are a bit worn looking and this lets you down.

beebee Technically a great shot with smooth bokeh backdrop but the 'flower' is a bit grubby at the bottom and lacks something like a seed taking flight.

froggma Lovely lighting. Well exposed capturing range of colours and textures in this flower. Good choice of backdrop and the frame enhances this good still life. Highly Commended

cardiff_gareth Good framing and exposure. Unfortunately I don't think it's sharp enough and the top right of the frame has some distracting colours.

Dwight-Morton Well exposed, good choice of DoF, and I love the colours but the cutting off the top of the subject bush has let this down.

roon Lovely shot with a lot of thought into the outcome that the artist wanted. Post processing is great.

Father Ted A great shot showing the detail of a popular flower. I'd like to have seen this shot with the flash more diffused and evenly spread.

Bill_And A hard subject to get right with the band marching and a lot people about. I'd liked to have seen more of the orange lilies. Great effort!

josh I Like this shot. Technically it should be wrong but it works! Commended

neilr Lovely specimen of a lily. Composed and exposed well.

Dr. Mhuni I like this shot. It has all the right ingredients.

danb1005 I love these flowers and this is a well executed shot of them.

Malo1961 A really great example of the photo I would like to take. Pin sharp, spot on exposure and great composition. The Winner

spbatt Nice macro shot well composed and focused.

Streiflicht Another well lit and composed shot with great colours.

Daniel Bridge Great shot! I like the shallow depth of field and the silky bokeh. Highly Commended

johnriley Great flash control in this and I like the subject matter.

pentaxboyo A well exposed daffodil but i woul have liked to have seen this shot from a lower angle to see flower head straight on.

Coriander Composition is spot on and I like the backlight.

Tont-O Two photos here in one! I'd have gone for one shot and got in closer. Probably the butterfly first and then the bee if it was still about.

Wilf200D The texture of the outer petals are well captured but maybe more depth of field is required for the center petals of the poppy.

jackitec Lovely vivid colours. Well composed and pin sharp. Top left hand corner is a bit distracting.

kacsoisti A well exposed photograph but I think if you had framed for the flowers only and got in closer it would be a far better shot.

davidtrout A great piece of digital art. Sometimes I really don't like too much Photoshoping but this is a good example.

taluca An exotic flower that is well captured. I love the range of colours.

ericp I miss the sun too! What I like most about this photograph is the compsition, the drooping flower and wispy clouds with blue sky. Well exposed too.

Hyram Great example of wild rose and buds! Well exposed.

Yve Great composition, pin sharp, bokeh to die for, and the the flower is exposed to achieve maximum colour and the butterfly 'tops' it all. Third Place

Belinda B. Fantastic shot with great subject matter. F8 was a good choice as the DoF is what makes this photograph for me. Commended

GlynMTechnically a great shot but because there are so many blooms the same with no other point of interest it is this that doesn't make this a great shot. I'd have gone in close if it was possible and showed more detail of an individual flower.

djl Great composition. I like the shadow in the background. It balances the photograph. I would have bunched the flowers closer together.

Prieni A great macro shot. Well composed and focusing is sharp in the right areas. Colour saturation is amazing! Commended

beatnikbertie I like the idea in 'Hands of Nature' but I think the top or back of the photograph is in focus where more of the flower at the middle should be in focus.

mr.mellow I feel the background is what lets this photograph down. A shallower DoF and if the top end of the zoom was used(135mm) this would have blurred it out more.

GivingTree Good example of selective colouring but it leaves me thinking what it would have been like in full colour.

gartmore I like the idea of this photograph giving us two views of the one flower. Well executed lighting.

bigcog This photograph captures the character of the flower seller. I like the movement in the bunch of flowers which suggests to me he's on a hard sell. It's composition is great and the esxposure is spot on. Highly Commended

bforbes The main problem I have with this photograph is that the light is a bit flat. I see from the catchlights on some water that possibly you have tried a burst of fill-in but maybe your too far from the subject to make a lot of difference. A closer crop would improve this shot a lot for me. It's well focused and the composition is fine.
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Last Edited by johnny_rino on 26/01/2009 - 11:51

womble

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 00:50
Stunningly quick judging and a massive entry this week. Well done!

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

mikew

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 07:16
Very quick judging of a very large number of entries. I too offer congratulations!

Well done to Malo who might feel inclined to be mote cautious in his choice of subject!

Mike

gartmore

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 08:23
Quote: gartmore I like the idea of this photograph giving us two views of the one flower. Well executed lighting.

This is not two views of one flower as you have erroneously observed. It is a view of two flowers, carefully arranged.
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

Hyram

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 08:38
Congratulations to Martin and a big thank you to johnny_rino for a daunting judging exercise.
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
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Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

Malo1961

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 09:29
Thanks Johnny, for this very unexpected first place
To be honest, I had a couple of others picked as the favorite.
Could it be you forgot to judge Rob's entrie? The Volkswagen Flower power? Is it possible for a moderater to mark this weeks winner? I think it has been forgotten, so it doesn't show in the gallery.( as I didn't receive a PM)
I'll will post next weeks subject early this evening.

Martin.
Best regards,

Martin.


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Last Edited by Malo1961 on 26/01/2009 - 09:30

johnny_rino

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 09:46
Hi Martin,

I refreshed the page just after midnight and nothing else new was there. I then started to edit my post and it wasn't till after I posted that I noticed the extra photo. I checked the photo information and it states it was added 4 minutes after the close. See below or check out his photo page. What should I do? I can only operate as judge within the rules.

By: R o b
Added: 26/01/2009 - 00:04
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Father Ted

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 09:58
Thanks for the stunningly quick judging and comments Johnny!!

Congrats to Martin.
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.

josh

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 10:08
Well done Martin, worthy winner. A superb effort from johnny-rino to judge a fantastic take up of a poplar theme this week.
JOSH.

davidtrout

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 10:56
Well done Johnny for a quick and efficient judgement and congrats to Malo for the winner. This would have been one of my choices along with Prieni, Gartmore,, EricP and MikeW. There were also many others I liked a lot.
david
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Malo1961

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 11:30
johnny_rino wrote:
Hi Martin,

I refreshed the page just after midnight and nothing else new was there. I then started to edit my post and it wasn't till after I posted that I noticed the extra photo. I checked the photo information and it states it was added 4 minutes after the close. See below or check out his photo page. What should I do? I can only operate as judge within the rules.

By: R o b
Added: 26/01/2009 - 00:04

Hi Johnny,
A 4 minute delay should not be punished so severe. At least IMO. If you can give Rob the judgement on his picture. Even if it means he is going to be this weeks winner.

Your call !
Best regards,

Martin.


Curious about my photography?? Just Follow the Light.

johnny_rino

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 12:05
Hi All,

Updated my original post to include Rob, please excuse the novice judge. The power had gone to my head.
K-5, 2 K10D's, 16-45mm SMC DA,35mm DA Macro Limited, SMC 18-55mm WR, Sigma 135-400mm, 43mm SMC FA f1.9 Limited, 15mm SMC Limited, AF540FGZ, D-BG2

Prieni

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 12:22
Is this a first? Winning the double, chapeau!
Martin, that will keep you busy!

Johnny, swift judging, well done. You have been thrown in at the deep end (but with this theme you were asking for it) and did well.

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

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 13:07
Johnny, thanks for the HC and the very swift judging, and congratulations to Malo for the win!

Johnny, when you look at the gallery, there should be 'radio buttons' below each picture for you to click in and select the winning shot, and a button below all the pictures that says something like 'Select Winner'. Malo won't be able to set a new topic without the baton being passed to him in this way, so to speak (unless Matt or John step in and do it for you).

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

johnny_rino

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 13:44
Cheers Daniel thanks for the tip!

hefty1

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 13:52
Nice judging Johnny, that was some task this week with so many entries! And congratulations to Martin for winning - do you get a special prize for coming top in both the weekly and fortnightly competitions in the same week?
Joining the Q

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 13:55
You're welcome!

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

bigcog

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 14:11
a worthy winner, one I would have been very proud of.

My entry was on the basis of thinking I've not done many flower shots, I like them but the pentax forum regulars will have many more better ones. So I figured go for broke and have a totally different picture with a bit of tongue in cheek. Very happy to get a Highly Commended for it.

And yes he was doing the hard sell, a real good character he is. Catch the end of our yearly Horticultural Show and you get major bargains, when they sell off the produce for coppers.
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johnriley

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 16:30
Well done and I mean judge and photographers alike!

That was a fantastic turnout and well worth it as the quality was excellent.
Best regards, John

GivingTree

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 17:42
Congratulations to Martin! Lovely comp this week.
"Just put your eye to the camera and push the button-thingy."
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Belinda B.

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 20:02
Congratulations to Malo1961 and thank you to johnny_rino for my commended and for judging such a huge netry.
Belinda B.

Malo1961

Link Posted 26/01/2009 - 20:47
hefty1 wrote:
And congratulations to Martin for winning - do you get a special prize for coming top in both the weekly and fortnightly competitions in the same week?

I don't know,Hefty
Maybe you can check it out with SRS

Martin.
Best regards,

Martin.


Curious about my photography?? Just Follow the Light.

R o b

Link Posted 27/01/2009 - 13:02
Thanks for including me - it was a bit of a grey area. I clicked on submit at 23:59 but it didn't finish until after midnight, hence the date and time. Thanks for speaking up for me Martin.

Anyway, well done to Martin, another excellent photo, and particularly for doing the double. And equally well done to the judge for being willing to pick a popular subject and get through the judging. I should point out the photo was an inspired suggestion from my other half.

Did anyone notice I hadn't finished adding the flower reflections at 23:59? I've finished them now, so I should probably post the final picture for comparison.

Robert.
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