Weekly Competition #86 - An Instrument of Time. Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 01/03/2009
Judge: Tony-O

This can be anything that regulates the passing of Time.As well well as the obvious watch/clock pic,other possibles would be sundial,a referee,Dr Who's Telephone box(Time Machine),if you can locate it! Tempus Fugit,if you pardon the expression.Tony............Tick tock tick tock tick tick.rnrnCompetition ends 1st March at midnight at the stroke of twelve....GMT
Competition Entries

Tony-O

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 05:58
The first thing to say is thanks to everyone for entrusting a virgin judge with your creations.Lots of great, and thought provoking entries.In view of recent discussions about the gallery, and related back slapping/soft critique.I will just say what I think when I look at each entry.And suggest what I think are pertinent adjustments if any.I’ve tried to keep it light with some humour.Please forgive any crude analysis.

NATHENEVER82: Great picture of probably the most photographed clock in England.I like the combination of dark sky,the motion of the traffic,and the timing of the Rush Hour.Lots of clock watching at that time!One small tweak I would make would be to straighten up the tower a bit,so that the top beam of light comes from top left corner.And clone out the top three light spots.

BEAKYNET: Good simple forms depicting a nice pic of the long finger of time.I like the abstract composition.The colours look a bit week on my monitor though,and I would remove the black shadow(top left qtr),and crop a bit from the right bringing the shadow dead centre.This makes a good picture better.And then if you have any more ‘’time’’on your hands try mono.

JOHNY_RINO: I’m wondering if you used 35macro Ltd for this Johny?I I feel a bit frustrated looking at this because I want to see more of the detail.I have the 35macro and it’s capable of super sharp images at this kind of distance.It means a tripod and more depth of field for best results. Then we could enjoy the shiny jewels and shock protection mechanism!I would also crop a chunk off the bottom,it tends to draw the eye off the main part of the composition.It ‘s only a few small adjustments,and they would make a big difference.

JOHN RILEY: Interesting picture to look at, lots of detail,texture and good composition.The Grandfather clock dial in a setting that looks pretty much like it would in its original case.I’m now going to wait till 4pm,I want to see the cuckoo come out of the top left door!Good fun.

DAVIDTROUT: Wonderful graphic image,great colours.The metal corrosion being the equivalent of the wrinkled skin of aged human beings. Gravity and oxidization get us all in the end!Fortunately we have the uplifting party colours of pink and yellow to relieve the heavy heart,we know there’s a party going on somewhere!Bit left of field David but I like it.

GlynM: Very impressive structure,the central part of which makes me think of Nathenever’s entry.And spookily you could have given it the same title.Both photo’s taken at the same time!! I like the strong lines of this image,it is let down a bit though with messy edges.The crane on the right.along with black triangle bottom right ,need to be cloned/cropped out.And a slight crop off the bottom.I you check out the levels histogram,there’s a fair bit adjustment required from the right,if you do this and tweak it a bit in curves,the light from the sunset brings the building more alive.

MALO1961: I like the dark ‘’Lost in Outer Space’’look,and the pink LED balanced by the blue CD,and the combined open/closed view of the CD tray. Lovely image. I just want to sit back now and push the play button….This picture judging lark is exausting!

JOSH: Great colours and detail,and interesting subject.But….wonky roof line kills it for me.It is improved when you sort that………and then I want to see more of the building…Zoom back,you lose the clocks!Mmmmm!,I see the problem.I think the choice here is,part building/clock shot,or lets see the whole building with that wonderful Italien sky,and forget the clocks.

DANIEL BRIDGE: Interesting subject,I was hoping for a few entries other than actual timepieces.The first problem though (and I’m sure you know what I’m going to say!),is the dirty great spike shape entering the frame stage left!....I guess you have two choices clone or crop.I would crop,just left of the guy’s earhole.This brings the attention back to that wonderful vibrating cymbal…….I can almost hear it!....Not much else to do. Great capture of a dynamic moment.

BEN76: Nice picture of a metronome in action. A bit too close of a crop on the bottom,and it requires a bit of levels/curves treatment.And possibly slight sharpening. It appears rather dull on my monitor….It needs a bit of va va voom! Plenty of that in France!!

AIKI: Good idea,and I like the subject. I do though feel a bit claustrophobic this close in. I think full shot with a pan of boiling water/egg, a plate with waiting eggcup and a piece of toast would remind the viewer how yummy a fresh boiled egg is!

DRMHUNI: Aaaaaaaahh! Hot days,blue sea,warm breeze,cool drink. Gives me that feeling of a long hot summer,(its been a long winter here in Germany). Lovely colours and has a sense of stillness about it. I feel it would benefit from a little adjustment in levels/curves. And I would crop out the spaces each side of the balcony,and a bottom crop up to the light edge of same.This tightens up the whole image,and prevents the gaze leaking out the bottom of the pic. You would then have to decide whether you want the loudspeaker or not. Good entry.

BFORBES: Great little clock,reminds me of the models that the RAF prisoners of war would make.Its also nice to see that your clock and camera are synchronised for take off! I think the image is a bit top heavy, I know you probably cropped to keep the reflection,but I would crop it up to the level of that tiny white spot,right hand corner.And then a little bit off each side. In memory of the boys in blue I tried a touch of sepia toning,I liked it but that’s a matter of taste…..Chocks Away!!

HYRAM: First thing to say is your definatley getting your money’s worth out of that clock,these last couple of competitions! That been said I like this picture,lovely colour,sharp on the angle DOF.But that’s not distortion,that’s the blur of time!One fly in the orange ointment though is the squiggly mark right of the 50,hair on lens/sensor? Don’t know but,needs to be expunged! Was that lazy or brain fade? Only blemish on a great image.Strong entry.


PRIENI: Are you winding me up?( lol) Did you push the wrong button and send this to the wrong competition? Anyway very intriguing,first thing that strikes me is the unbalanced black area. Now why would an experienced photographer do that I ask myself? Vertical lines important, and irregular curve make this tricky to balance.Mmmm.
Also strange combination of textures,looks like basketweave & gold leaf/paint………….And then my wife(the bookworm)came along and rescued me.
It’s a book she cried! Problem solved. Love the colours and textures and the idea Prieni, but that black space keeps distracting me from enjoying it.I tried it flipped 180% and that looked better to my eye.What do you think?


GIVINGTREE: The sloping line on the timer, the letter box crop, combine to let this picture down. I love the vibrant red of the timer,beautifully sharp focus. I would like a more complete picture of it though,perhaps with some evidence of cooking(Don’t mention the word,Knife!)And five minute’s to go before dinner, might add a bit more tension. What was for dinner by the way?................Mmmmmmm!( After a review like that Tony I don,t think you’ll be getting any. )


FATHERTED: Like this one,great neon colours,good black background.Subject is a good one. A couple of adjustments would tighten up/balance the picture. Crop to position that thin red line,which is almost central.Dead centre. And then a bit off the bottom to take out those little red spots,and make the whole thing symmetrical.Strong entry.


GWYN: Well interesting clock Gwyn,never seen one before.The problem is,although I’m interested in the clock techy bit,I find the image itself a bit sterile.Also is the right hand side really curved,or is it distortion? And image presentation suffers because of smudgy/dusty fingermarks at the top edge.It’s a nice sharp lens you have there,by the
way!


MIKEW: Well exposed shadows and sky,good DOF and colour, and pin sharp detail showing off that lovely DA 70 Ltd(nice to see it out and about).The only thing that’s not right for me would be the angle of shot.I like the twin aspect clock clock face,but seeing a bit more of the horse would be nice.I’m guessing from the other side all I might get is the rear end! Nice picture though.


PENTAXKID37: Goood composition,three qtr shot with curves touching frame(back a fraction perhaps).The digital art bit leaves me a cold I’m afraid.On this occasion I think some colour would be better.

GALOOT: I like this very much,creative interpretation of the theme.Good b/w tones.Composition great.All those different shapes look great.Convincing PP .The bit I’m not keen on is the mirror bracket that seems to be entering your throat.Could it not be removed? Lovely picture.


ROB: Nice picture of a waxing moon.Looks like he might be smiling at us.I like that.
Great blacks and moon placement.Not terrifically sharp craters,but I know how tricky that can be.Very poetic timing as you are the last entry to this weeks competition,and I’m off to bed! Nice picture Rob.

So there we have it,end of competition.The top three places go to images which I thought were complete,or near as dammit.With good colour,balance and visual impact that pushed my aesthetic buttons.Well done to those.
The next five images could easily have taken the smiles off the above three musketeers,with only some small adjustments.
Everyone else,thanks for entering and better ‘’luck?’’next time. Tony-O

FIRST PLACE= DAVID TROUT. Time Ravaged.
SECOND = GALOOT Looking back in Time
THIRD = MALO1961 Time-machine

COMMENDED=
DANIEL BRIDGE A Drummer
HYRAM AKA DUSTYONE( Dust in both competition entries!) The Distortion of Time.
DR MHUNI Belltower.
FATHER TED Times Repository.
NATHANEVER Six-sixteen

N.B. For VIEWFINDER: I decided not to comment/review on your entry as parentage was of a non Pentax origin.I also used to be a sinner,i have now seen the light!

OK David the baton passes to you,good luck. Tony-O
Last Edited by Tony-O on 02/03/2009 - 06:24

Galoot

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 06:51
Thanks for the second place Tony.

You can see from the exif data that it was taken a few hours from closing time !!!

I was traveling a lot last week and will be doing the same this week, so I wasn't sure if I should enter, but I thought, 'what the hell' it's won't win anyway, so I'm very happy with 2nd.

p.s. the younger 'me' probably wasn't taken on a Pentax, and it was about 40 years ago, ( very 'about' )

John.
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Father Ted

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 08:53
Oh! Thanks for the commended!

Points taken on board about tightening up the composition

Thanks also for the thorough and swift judging!.

Congratulations to David. We await your challenge!
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

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davidtrout

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 09:26
Just logged in and am surprised but delighted. Thanks Tony and well done to the other podium finishers and the people who were commended.
Be with you soon with the next topic.
david
PS Just revisited the site Tony and have enjoyed studying your comments right through. You kept it light hearted but your remarks were spot on.
I might be a little delayed announcing the next subject as we are waiting the call to the hospital where my new grandson is about to be born. The grandfather clocks in this competition were a timely reminder.
david
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 02/03/2009 - 10:17

Gwyn

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 09:31
Thanks for the comments Tony - it really was only a quick snapshot, I should have spent more time on it it's true.

Congratulations David, I knew you had the winner there as soon as I saw it! A great photo.

josh

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 09:57
Well deserved David, powerful. Great job on judging Tony.
JOSH.

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 11:11
Tony-O wrote:
The first problem though (and I’m sure you know what I’m going to say!),is the dirty great spike shape entering the frame stage left!....

Ha ha! Thought you were going to say about the messy background.

Thanks for the commended, and well done on the thorough judging. Congratulations to David (again), both for winning the comp, and for the impending arrival.

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

Tony-O

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 11:18
Daniel Bridge wrote:
Tony-O wrote:
The first problem though (and I’m sure you know what I’m going to say!),is the dirty great spike shape entering the frame stage left!....

Ha ha! Thought you were going to say about the messy background.

Thanks for the commended, and well done on the thorough judging. Congratulations to David (again), both for winning the comp, and for the impending arrival.

Dan

Hi Dan,No i thought the background worked as Good Good Good good Vibraaatioonnss)))))))))))).
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davidtrout

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 11:22
Still waiting for that phone call but here's the next subject, which I've also posted in the Forum/Competitions. Its This Modern World, anything that demonstrates the way we live now and the environment in which we live.
david
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 02/03/2009 - 11:22

Malo1961

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 12:47
Thanks Tony, for the much appreciated third place. To be honest I didn't expect it. seeing a lot of other entries I would have been very pleased with a nearly commended. Anyway, a good piece of judging on your side.
So congrats for that. And of course for David, which entrie I really loved.(Decay and dereliction are favourite subjects for me)

Now....can anyone explain the word lark for me???
Quote:
This picture judging lark is exausting!

In this context (or any) I can't figure it out

Martin.
Best regards,

Martin.


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Hyram

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 13:09
Congratulations to David T. and thank you Tony-O for your judging and my commended.

I shall investigate the mark / hair you mention, later when I am back home.

With regard to the dust on my entry for the Fortnightly Competition, I could not possibly comment, given the nature of the competition, until it has ended
Hyram

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Hyram

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 13:12
Malo1961 wrote:

Now....can anyone explain the word lark for me??? Martin.

Lark = a bit of a game.

'Larking around' = messing about.

Colloquial English
Hyram

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Malo1961

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 13:37
Thanks, another thing learnt, today.
Best regards,

Martin.


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GivingTree

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 17:14
Good judging, Tony. A great pick for winner, I love those colors! (of course)

But ugh, your comments on mine are so true. The timer was wonky out of the box, the letterbox crop was to hide the salt and pepper spilled on the stovetop -- I didn't like much about this one. Better effort next time!
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Prieni

Link Posted 02/03/2009 - 19:41
Congratulations David, this is a deserving winner shot!
So well done to Tony-O as well for the judging.

Shame on you, though, that you wouldn't see the book for the pages. Living in the land of Johannes Gutenberg you should have figured it out without the help of your better half!

Tony-O wrote:

PRIENI: Are you winding me up?( lol) Did you push the wrong button and send this to the wrong competition?

Well, I did my best. I thought of submitting this one in both competitions but then decided against it. Of course it was shot for the fortnightly comp, then I was looking for something fitting this one. And then I thought of the perfect time machine that has worked it's magic so often on me... e voila.

Tony-O wrote:
Anyway very intriguing,first thing that strikes me is the unbalanced black area. Now why would an experienced photographer do that I ask myself? Vertical lines important, and irregular curve make this tricky to balance.Mmmm.

The back of the book cover didn't contribute too much and the black area would have been even bigger (this being a volume of an encyclopedia, i.e. a big volume with a big void between spine and cover). To be honest, the black area didn't bother me much...

Tony-O wrote:
Love the colours and textures and the idea Prieni, but that black space keeps distracting me from enjoying it.I tried it flipped 180% and that looked better to my eye.What do you think?

Now that leaves me a bit puzzled. Rotating by 180 degrees doesn't balance the black area any different. What should have been balanced at the top now should be balanced at the bottom.
I have to admit, though, that it does look a bit different when you turn it (be it 90, 180 or 270 degrees).
I thought it was a strong entry and I'm a bit disappointed that it didn't make it in your top seven Now I'm really happy about my decision not to submit the same shot to the fortnightly comp...

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

Link Posted 03/03/2009 - 09:01
Hi Prieni,Thanks for your feedback on my feedback,so to speak! I was aware of the name Johannes Gutenberg and the printing press story. It’s not on my regular reading list though,and it’s a very long time since I heard the name.
Now! If your entry had been a lovely picture of the J.G. Bible that would have been great.
As it was I received an untitled Abstract.of something I knew not what! If my lovely wife had not shone a light into the ever dimming corners of my tiny brain,I would have still been looking at it today!
So consider this. If I could not identify what it was,I would be unable to judge whether it fell into the competition theme.And therefore impossible to form an opinion in relation to the other entries.
My feeling is that you entered a slightly provocative/mischievous picture. Now nothing wrong with that,it’s the sort of thing I might do myself. But you took the risk of the stupid Judge not knowing what you had entered and therefore Banishing it from the contest. OK that’s that bit.


The image itself was fine,nicely executed.It’s just that in comparison with a few others it just did not push my aesthetic appreciation buttons.Simple as that.
The bit about the 180% try out was really just me experimenting on trying to understand my own bias towards different form/composition,and how that affected the feeling of ‘’rightness’’. This is a topic I could go on for hours about but I will stop here! To be continued another time perhaps.

Thanks again for your response and I apologise for for not getting back to you earlier,but I’m suffering from Competition Brainfade Syndrome. Tony-O.
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Dr. Mhuni

Link Posted 03/03/2009 - 11:41
Belated (have been having connection problems) congrats to the winners, and many thanks Tony for the detailed judging and my commended.
Mhuni

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Prieni

Link Posted 03/03/2009 - 18:59
Hi Tony-O,

no need to justify your critique of that entry.
I tried the Joey-Gutenberg-Bible that I had hidden in a desk drawer but it crumbled to dust (goes to show that it wasn't a better investment than shares, after all).

I thought that I gave a strong hint of the subject with my comments to the entry but as this thread showed, it wasn't all that easy. I thought that you might have seen that thread and therefore knew already what it was.

I have no problem with "not pushing your buttons", I have that myself sometimes that some people go on about how they like a particular shot that does nothing for me. Much better than all of us having the same taste, really.

I know that responses to this thread are not announced via email, so I will pm you this as well.

The disappointment I voiced above was just the "pretend-sulking" mode. No reason for taking that serious. If I was offended I would have said so (I'm one of these straight talking Northern Germans). But then, I'm not easily offended anyway (unless someone (like e.g. Basil Fawlty) mentions the war, of course).

All hunky dory,
Prieni
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