Weekly competition No. 755: Street photography Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 20/02/2022
Judge: davidtrout

An opportunity to showcase your candid shots taken of people in their natural habitat - the urban environment . Its not about getting people in towns and cities to pose but to capture them against contrasting backgrounds, creating interesting, amusing , dramatic or poignant images. Pentax cameras only please although the lens can be of a make of your choice. Deadline for entries: Sunday midnight February 19.
Competition Entries

davidtrout

Link Posted 21/02/2022 - 00:31
Weekly Competition #755 Street Photography

Old Man Resting by Nigelk
A street scene with a story to tell - as all street photography should do. The old man resting is in perfect harmony with his environment. The stark lines of the architecture and the unrelenting pattern of the cobbles to add authenticity to his apparent depression - an impression enhanced by presenting the image in mono. The retreating figure on a bicycle adds light relief to both the mood and the composition of the picture.

Matlock Bath by Perspicador
The human element in this scene dominated by traffic is minimal - the best street photography is generally expected to use the human form as the centre of attention. It might work as a record shot of Matlock or an urban landscape but not as a street photograph. The image would have more impact if the exposure was reduced slightly to enhance saturation and contrast. Easily done post process in Photoshop.

Conversation Grainger Market by Tyronet
Newcastle's Grainger Market is a terrific place for street photos - as well as other types of pictures. This close up study of ladies who appear to be resting during a shopping spree uses the available natural light, presumably sunlight through the overhead glass roof, to pick out facial expressions and tiny details, including the lady of the right, no longer a teenager, scanning her smart phone. Not precisely sharp Stan but still an interesting image.

Health and Safety at Work by Johnwnjr
A lovely well spotted and grabbed street photo with a well chosen humorous title and, for the observer, a high degree of anxious anticipation. The elusive 'decisive moment' has been achieved - the moment where the guy is scrambling from one ladder to another - the most dangerous moment in the drama. Its right up my street.

Herding cows in The Pyrenees by JAK
Interesting as travel photography, a record of rural life, or as general photography this delightful shot is difficult for me to class as street photography - a category which involves human reaction in an urban environment. Enjoyable to view none-the-less and a very creditable copy of a colour slide. My own attempts at slide copying have been very mixed, a few reasonably successful but mostly mediocre.

Venetian Taxi by RayW
Not a street but a waterway where you might expect the street to be. However this fulfills the brief of the competition and does it with an interesting story line. The streets of Venice, usually teeming with visitors, seem remarkably empty but this guy waits for customers to come along. His body language says 'I'm open for business.'

The times they are a changing by mcrtchly
This graphic and colourful photograph is pure delight. Martin has used the painted wall as a backdrop and waited until an appropriate subject walks on stage to complete the image. The figures too add to the vibrant colour palette.

In The Market by Vic Cross
This colourful Carribean scene is an eye catcher but is it really street photography? It shows people in a bustling market but its missing a specific focal point or a possible story line involving a person or persons to give it that 'decisive moment' factor. Worth looking at though but perhaps it should be classified as 'Travel Photography' or 'Documentary'. 'Street Photography' has a fairly narrow definition.

Paris Street Parking by PRYorkshire
Well spotted street scene with an interesting story line. While the human presence is not a dominant feature the crazy, or was it expert use of space? is a result of human activity.

The show off by Noelcmn
Great street photography showing human activity, in this case action, presumably taken as a candid grab from a high vantage point. It also shows the disregard for personal safey by youth, as the car on the right is having to serve to avoid the skateboard youth. A good entry.

Like father like son by retsoor
Another fine example of street photography and the title displays a fine sense of humour. The photgrapher has included all the right elements to creat a nice story line... the supported fishing rod, the stretched out resting dad and the baby in the buggy. I'm assuming this was captured candidly and not posed.

Beamish High Street by MackemGeorge
A lovely colourful picture taken at one the the North East's most popular attractions - Beamish Museum. Again though, despite the fact there is certainly a street in there, strictly speaking is can't be classed as a street photo. The people in shot are incidental and not a crucial part of the of the story. I would class this as documentary, record, urban landscape or perhaps travel photography.

RESULT:
1 Health and Safety at work by Johnnwjr
2 Like father like son by Retsoor
= 3 The times they are a changing by Mcrtchly
=3rd Old man resting by Nigelk
HC Venetian Taxi by RayW.
HC: The show off by Nigelcmn
PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/davidtrout
Last Edited by davidtrout on 21/02/2022 - 00:35

johnriley

Link Posted 21/02/2022 - 00:40
Well done to our winners and to our prompt and efficient judge!
Best regards, John

tyronet2000

Link Posted 21/02/2022 - 07:59
Congratulations to the Winner and other places. Thanks to David for the interesting subject the judging and the critique.
Regards
Stan

PPG

Johnwnjr

Link Posted 21/02/2022 - 08:49
Thanks very much for first place, and congratulations to everyone else. I can add a little to my story and have photos to prove it. The guy changed ladders safely but went up another floor (the 4th) to the window sticking out of the roof, and with a companion put a plank across two ladders on which he crouched and painted the window frame. I didn't stay to see if he got down safely! John.

Perspicador

Link Posted 21/02/2022 - 10:01
The human element in this scene dominated by traffic is minimal - the best street photography is generally expected to use the human form as the centre of attention. It might work as a record shot of Matlock or an urban landscape but not as a street photograph. The image would have more impact if the exposure was reduced slightly to enhance saturation and contrast. Easily done post process in Photoshop. Yes, I use Photoshop elements, but not as you use Photoshop elements. I do not intend to compromise my health and safety by being any further on the road, and yes, the cars are being driven by people. The way British roads fill up with traffic, all our street scenes will be cars. Ain't nothing you or I can do about that Trout! Your winning photo does not appear to have a street. Must be Christmas Eve.
Link Posted 21/02/2022 - 19:49
Thanks David for the competition and and 2nd place (had camera in hand and just happened to look behind and luckily there they were). Well done to John for a well timed shot and to the other placings

Noelcmn

Link Posted 23/02/2022 - 19:16
Congrats Johnwnjr, love the storyline in that shot! Worthy winner! And extended to Retsoor, Mcrtchly & Nigelk and my fellow HC RayW. As usual, a lovely batch of submissions for this challenge. Thanks then due to Davidtrout, for the challenge, C&C's. Always appreciated.
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