Fortnightly competition 88 entries: vignette in mono


Link Posted 29/02/2012 - 19:26
"In photography, Definition: A vignette is a photograph whose edges fade out gradually to white or black. In photography, vignetting can be an unintentional result caused by optical limitations in the camera lens. As an effect, it is frequently used for portrait photos, usually in an oval or other shape. A vignette effect is easy to apply to a digital photo in most photo-editing programs." Wikipedia

Your subject matter is wide open, not just portraits a lot of documentary style images use the vignette.... all I ask is that it is in mono as my passion is mono and the vignette enhances the subject with effect. There are a lot of tutorials on-line to get the idea. It is a useful effect that really does focus the eye on the image created. So for those of you who have not yet tried mono or vignette there will be two challenges!

Anyone still wishing to enter should do so abiding by the usual rules. Although I have put a link to the rules, could I please clarify that all images should be taken during the period of the competition and not before.

All to be taken with Pentax or Samsung clone cameras.
The competition closes 18.00 GMT Wednesday 14 March.

Best of luck everybody!

Pentax: K20D; FA50mm 1.4; FA135mm 2.8; FA 17-28mm; FA 80-320mm; AF360FGZ
Sigma: 30mm F1.4EXDC; 10-20mmEXDC ..... LENSBABY 'Composer' ,


Link Posted 01/03/2012 - 21:53
Neck on the line

Uploaded with

Taken 01/03/2012
Pentax K5
Pentax A 50mm 1.7
ISO 1600
Vignette and grain added in Lightroom.

My first picture in a competition here


Link Posted 02/03/2012 - 14:30
Portrait of a dunnock - an oft underated 'star' of the (not so) silent (foliage) screen

Caught in the spotlight... by Dr 'B ', on Flickr

From an original JPEG captureed using a Pentax K20D with Sigma 400mm f/5.6 and EX DG 1.4x TC. Post processed and enhanced () in PSE 9.0, with the mono-conversion acheived manually after much experimentation


Link Posted 02/03/2012 - 16:38
My Lady Chatterly...................

IMGP7876 by Tozza27, on Flickr">[img]" class="comment_image" />

IMGP7876 by Tozza27, on Flickr" class="comment_image" />

Taken today 02/03/12 with Pentax *istD,M42 Super Tak 1.4 50mm,Cokin filter and natural sunlight.Hand held 1/350th ISO 200 and spot metered.
Little tiddling with Picassa and Picnik
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !


Link Posted 04/03/2012 - 17:30
Life In The Dark:

3rd March
K5, DFA100WR
ISO100, f16 2sec.
You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined


Link Posted 05/03/2012 - 19:33
To the point

A Triangulation Point on The Roaches

Taken Sun4th March

ExposureTime - 1/50 seconds
FNumber - 18
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 500
DateTimeOriginal - 2012:03:04 15:58:53
DateTimeDigitized - 2012:03:04 15:58:53
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 16.00 mm
Great simplicity is only won by an intense moment or by years of intelligent effort. T.S Eliot

Gear Not enough!!

My not so new website


Link Posted 07/03/2012 - 10:57

This might have worked much better had there been any classic motorcycles competing, but there weren't. Quite the opposite, in fact: the snap shows a round of the Aprilia Superteen series, in which most of the riders seem to be about 14. This is race winner Lewis Rollo leading Sam Smith and Milo Ward.

Taken at Druids Bend, Brands Hatch, UK, on March 3 (16.16 according to exif data, although I think that's still on BST)
Pentax K-5 with Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3
400 ISO


Link Posted 08/03/2012 - 12:31

Fishing Boat at Plymouth Barbican. Taken on 26/02/12 and digitised on 8/3/12.
K5 with 18-135mm lens
ISO 200, F5.6, 1/125 sec exposure.
K5 + 18-135mm kit lens


Link Posted 08/03/2012 - 14:26

The Parish Church of St Peter's
Taken 8th March 2012 10:04
K10D with kit lens
focal length=28mm
f/8: 1/250sec; ISO 800
Spot mtering
Normal Exposure program

Modified in Photoshop7



Link Posted 08/03/2012 - 15:45

Children on a ski lift in Switzerland

K-x + DL 55-300
Taken 1st March 2010

ISO 200
f/7.1 1/3200 sec
Focal length 210mm


Link Posted 10/03/2012 - 20:12
Les Monts de Blond

3 shot HDR,

8th March, 2012
Pentax 17-70mm @17mm
ISO 200
1/25s, 1/60s, 1/125s.
This space deliberately left blank.


Link Posted 11/03/2012 - 21:37

fence post vig resize by dannyhinczech, on Flickr

Shot at my Svaty Trojice near Trhove Sviny Czech Rep just before sunset

Exif data
Camera Pentax K-r
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 210 mm
ISO Speed 800
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire
X-Resolution 96 dpi
Y-Resolution 96 dpi
Software PhotoScape
Date and Time (Modified) 2012:03:04 14:21:39
YCbCr Positioning Co-sited
Padding (Binary data 2060 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Exposure Program Aperture-priority AE
Date and Time (Original) 2012:03:03 17:05:02
Date and Time (Digitized) 2012:03:03 17:05:02
Metering Mode Multi-segment
Color Space sRGB
Sensing Method One-chip color area
Custom Rendered Normal
Exposure Mode Auto
White Balance Auto
Focal Length (35mm format) 315 mm


Link Posted 13/03/2012 - 12:55
My post-operative and slightly grumpy cat, hence the slightly evil look.....

Pentax K-r with M 50mm 1.7 @ f1.7, 1/40sec, ISO 500. Processed with Corel PSP X2 (no vignette option!!).


Link Posted 13/03/2012 - 19:25
milamber wrote:

Processed with Corel PSP X2 (no vignette option!!).

Current version(x4) of PhotoShopPro certainly provides for vignette effect


Link Posted 14/03/2012 - 21:16
It has been a long time since I have done this so bear with me! Well done all for having a go at this, some of you may have been out of your comfort zone but that is good, I hope it has inspired you to further experiment in the mono world and you enjoyed the ride.

I have based my judging on Albert Watson's mantra (now mine!) …Memorabilty, Charisma and Artistic Intent, so here goes…..


A very good start with this image, vignette is subtle as it should be and the eye focuses right on the strings, I would have applied a bit more contrast but DOF is very good. The little blob puzzles me though?


A lovely subject, but the vignette is not subtle and natural greater feathering (pardon the pun!) should have been applied. Again more contrast is needed be brave with mono it lends itself to drama to focus the eye and interest. A liitle dodging and burning on the bird would have brought out the textures of the plumage.


This made me smile immediately, its very cheeky and has charisma, a great portrait, natural and speaks volumes of the lady. Vignette here is just a little heavy handed, apply more feathering and it will be spot on, contrast good.


Oh Dr, what a great image very clever indeed, I wonder how you managed this. Not so much a vignette as suspended in a black hole but very well executed and memorable.


Fabulous landscape full of drama and interest which leads you in and around, the mono conversion is superb a wide range of tones to hold the eye and vignette very complimentary as it should be.


I am sure this was a difficult image to capture but forgive me if it is the size of image but is it quite sharp? Vignette is applied well but again lacking in contrast, you could have really bumped it up to give more drama and focus it seems a little flat in tonal range. I opened it up in Levels and moved the right slider bar left to edge of histogram and it was much improved.


Tranquil Barbican scene ( I was there on Sunday!) the vignette is well applied with subtle soft focus at the edges which suits the subject well.


A very high key image that needed gentler vignette feathering, I feel I have been denied so much of the image. View point for subject good and I am sure the vicar would love this for the church.


A candid shot that has emotion well caught. The fading to white vignette actually suits this subject quite well because of the snow as it has been very subtly applied. Nice mono conversion as well.


What a dark brooding atmospheric image. Firstly, the black border IMHO does not compliment the image, image has enough presence by itself. I wanted some lighter highlights, higher notes at the centre at the source of light on the leaves and rocks, when I tried this it really added direction and heightened the tonal range, with a little more burning in at the edges of frame.


Pastoral scene depicted in a split tone I think that suits it, but not sure why the focus in the narrow DOF is on the uninteresting fence post? A darker vignette would have suited it better.


This is a whacky image to be sure, you had a great subject, pity the eyes are not in focus and the vignette is more a cut out. Not sure about your Corel SW but thanks for trying. Hope cat is less grumpy now.

Winners of Fortnightly Competition 88 - vignette in mono

1st Place: SANDINISTA – To The Point
2nd Place: BLAZE - Ski Lift
3rd Place: TOZZA27 – Lady Chatterley

Congratulations to Sandinista over to you to choose the next subject and judge in a fortnight. Well Done everyone Lilly

Pentax: K20D; FA50mm 1.4; FA135mm 2.8; FA 17-28mm; FA 80-320mm; AF360FGZ
Sigma: 30mm F1.4EXDC; 10-20mmEXDC ..... LENSBABY 'Composer' ,
Add a Comment
You must be registered or logged-in to comment.