Weekly Competition #83 - For Sale Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 08/02/2009
Judge: lenscape

Something for sale or someone obviously selling.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 11:19
A very low number of entries by recent standards - for which
I'm grateful as I've had a busy week.

Patisseries by mr.mellow

No one does bakeries like the French and this shot shows it
off beautifully. I think it is slightly spoiled by the
yellow cast and suspect it would have been improved with an
adjusted white balance.

Catch of the Day by johnny_rino

Technically good shot with the fish's eye casting a steely
stare. I could imagine this being used with a news story or
publicity brochure but there isn't a lot here to hold my

Street Market by bforbes

A lovely scene with bright, vibrant colours. Lots for sale
here, even if you can't really see any of it. Although it's
a busy scene, there's nothing really to catch your

Sardinian street market by garmore

Nice opportunistic snap with a point-and-shoot. You can't
fault the lighting or colours but the - what ever it is - in
the top right corner is an unfortunate distraction and
spoils an otherwise great picture. Nevertheless, it's like a
kaleidoscope with lots to keep you looking. 3rd Place

"I would like some of those please" by Hyram

Beautiful picture with the shaded foreground contrasted by
the bright background. Also, it happens to be my favourite
market produce - olives, garlic, sun dried tomato, ginger,
etc. Wonderful stuff. I like the composition with the bowls
of olives, the bottles and the variety of expressions on
faces. I can't fault it. Commended

Grainger Market Butchers by davidtrout

I like a nice joint and these look very tempting. It's a
nice candid shot but it's missing something. I think the
indoor lighting leaves it a bit flat. Again, a nice shot for
a stock library but not especially pleasing to the eye.

Hot chips by Tony-O

Street photography taken with available light and captures
the scene well. Unfortunately you can't really see any faces
clearly so there are no expressions to draw you in and the
scene just isn't interesting enough to keep you looking.

Night Vendors Fruit for Sale by josh

With all the colours available here, I'm not sure that the
low light really does the scene justice. I can imagine that
this looked attractive to the eye but I don't think the
camera has caught it. I wonder if a longer exposure might
have improved it.

Greens for Sale by Coriander

Another pleasing market shot with a pleasing depth of field.
The veg in the foreground looks crisp and fresh but there is
a dismembered arm just beyond wielding some leaks which
spoils the shot. An interesting picture but unfortunately

Let's have a butchers by bigcog

Hello bigcog and daughter (I presume). A simple posed shot
but the action occupies a fairly small area and there's
nothing here really to grab my attention.

A slow day at the shop by chelseablue

An interesting impression of life on the other side of the
world but it's a gray scene and doesn't hold my interest.

Haunted ... but waiting by Malo1961

A great picture. A run-down house set in front of a menacing
sky. The low sun lighting the side of the building. The slight
over sharpening adds to the unusual look. I'd have this on
the wall in a corner. I love the light in this picture. 2nd

Boil-in-the-bag fish by Prieni

This is a great shot for its abstract value. The flashes of
colour quickly get your interest but unfortunately that
interest seems to quickly wear off for me and there isn't a
lot to keep me looking.

Nut seller by pschlute

I really like this. The seller's arm neatly divides the
picture into browns on one side and brighter yellows and
orange on the other. The light on the foreground produce is
subdued but balanced by the brighter background. The
seller's reach and angle adds a bit of action to the
picture. I'm not sure I'd put it on the wall but it would be
a great asset to a coffee table book of the area. Commended.

Sold in the snow by GlynM

A beautiful scene which, ironically, is probably slightly
spoiled by the sold sign - I can't decide. There's lots of
foreground and background interest with the snow stacked up
on the tiny branches and giving an olde worlde look to the
houses in the distance. A real Christmas card scene.

Basket Seller by nathanever82

Not being a fan of mono, this has a struggle to start with.
I love the old guy with his trousers up under his ribs and
his bored expression but the rest of the picture doesn't
have much of interest. A lot of the background has blown
highlights making it difficult to pick out any details.

The Shopkeeper by johnriley

Did you actually take this, John? I'd guess that was a scene
from the 30s. That looks like a flue from an oil lamp in his
hand. Presumably this is a scan from a print. It has a cute
historical charm but not something I'd dwell on.

New York News seller by SteveF

A nicely observed and captured scene but one that most
people are too familiar with for it to hold much interest. I
think there might be ways to make this more interesting but
I'm not sure you have quite got it here.

Kalamata Fish Market by Dr.Mhuni

Fishy subjects are surprisingly popular this week. There are
lots of people in this but we can't see many faces. The
focus of the picture is the fish display but it's too small
to see any detail.

Woolies by Darkmunk

If I was going to be really picky, I could point out
that there's nothing for sale here. It's not an intensely
interesting picture but it's exactly the sort of thing the
press would use to highlight the state of poor Woolies. I
actually quite like it and the way the poster at the end of
the isle is framed but it's not a picture I'd stare at for

Waiting for fame by Father Ted

A colourful picture but it suffers a bit from the slow
shutter. There is enough blurring to mar the detail
and be distracting.

Reflections of dreams by PentaxKid37

The reflection has produced some fun effects in this
picture, like the fleet of UFOs in the sky and the trees
growing in the showroom. However, for sustained interest, I
don't think this really works.

Exotic fruit by Ben76

A striking picture but it depends on the bright yellow
and blue canopy to carry it. The foreground fruit is a
sideshow because it isn't bright enough. The stall holder is
barely visible in the shadows. I think this so nearly works
but maybe there's a better time of day.

Sausage Sale by Galoot

A corker. The foreground beige thing (what is it? Bread?)
really stands out with the overhead light; and the texture
is delightful. The background reds and greens balance it
beautifully. A great picture. 1st place.


1. Sausage Sale by Galoot
2. Haunted ... but waiting by Malo1961
3. Sardinian street market by garmore

Other goodies:

Nut seller by pschlute
Sold in the snow by GlynM
"I would like some of those please" by Hyram

Father Ted

Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 11:22
Thanks for the judging Lenscape!
Congratulations Galoot!!!

Yep, you are right...I should have taken my tripod
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Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 11:30
Congratulations Galoot, fairly atypical for you to submit a shot NOT taken with the fisheye.
Two questions remain: Did you buy all of them and how were they?

Lenscape, fairly swift judging, considering that you were busy over the week. Well done!

Good variety of entries again.

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Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 11:34
Thanks for the judging Lenscape, and congratulations to Galoot.

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Dr. Mhuni

Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 12:24
Thanks for the judging Lenscape and congrats to Galoot and the other winners - though his shot unfortunately reminds me how much I miss good sausages here in Addis.

Only halfheartedly entered mine just to put something in - so I'm not surprised you weren't taken by it.



Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 12:42
Wow....Lenscape, Thanks for the much appreciated 2nd place. And an excellent piece of judging. There were a lot of good entries, this week.
Congrats to the other Winners, especially Galoot, who now knows:
" GOOD ", sometimes get's beaten by: Better/Best!

Best regards,


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Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 13:15
Congratulations to Galoot.

Many thanks to lenscape for the judging and for my 'commended'.

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Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 13:54
Top marks to Lenscape for swift and incisive piece of judging and congrats to Galoot on his win.
Lenscape, despite your publically stated dislike of mono, a couple of brave souls still entered black and white pictures. Good on 'em.
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Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 13:55
Well Done Galoot,Good appraisal Lenscape, agree mine was slightly dark, however when I tried to lift the brightness it kept blowing out the flourescent light.


Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 14:12
I would also like to congratulate Lenscape on the quality of his judging and his winning choice. I would also like to add my thanks for the unexpected commendation.

This weeks subject produced a similar set of entries, and at least one the same, as competition 43 which I had not entered as I could not find anything to submit. I did start off this week feeling the same but was inspired by Malo1961's submission so slightly tongue-in-cheek put up my snowy sold sign. I'm therefore also very pleased to see that Malo1961 got a well deserved 2nd place.

Well done everyone.

Last Edited by GlynM on 09/02/2009 - 14:12


Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 14:36
Thanks lenscape,
I agree with your judgement of my picture - I wouldn't look at it either but it had to be taken

Well done Galoot
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Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 16:54
Thanks for the vote of confidence and speedy judging !!!!

And yes, "The foreground beige thing (what is it? Bread?)
really stands out with the overhead light; and the texture
is delightful"
is also a sausage

Taken at the German Market in Edinburgh at Christmas.

Prieni, decided to give the FA50 some exercise that day, I did feel the withdrawal symptoms when I left the fisheye at home

Martin, I like, GOOD !!!

I'll have a coffee and a think, and set this weeks comp shortly.


Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 21:28
Did you actually take this, John?

Of course. It's an image from the Black Country Museum, posed by a model in costume and treated to look old.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 09/02/2009 - 23:33
johnriley wrote:
Did you actually take this, John?

Of course. It's an image from the Black Country Museum, posed by a model in costume and treated to look old.

That's pretty effective and convincing. What's the solid contraption on the bench to the left of the shopkeeper?
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Link Posted 10/02/2009 - 11:55
What's the solid contraption on the bench to the left of the shopkeeper?

It's a glass topped display case. Can't remember offhand what was in it!
Best regards, John
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