Fortnightly competition 92: Weather


JAK

Link Posted 25/04/2012 - 23:06
I see a similar theme was used some time ago but given we seem to have had so much weather of late it might give scope to put those WR bodies and lenses to good use! The photos just need to have a weather theme be it darkskies (oh, sorry ) or sun soaked beaches (some hope here but maybe elsewhere!) - Choose your own interpretation of the theme and whether your weather photo is in colour or black and white.

All entries to be taken between now and 18.00 BST Wed 9th May with Pentax or Samsung equivalents. Please supply EXIF data for your image.

As always, good luck!

John
John K

darlene

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 14:40
Rare Sunny Day

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date april 26, 12
k-5
ISO 200
flash not,
focal length 55mm
Last Edited by darlene on 01/05/2012 - 14:42

bforbes

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 16:49
It's Wet Out There.




Taken 29/04/2012
Optio I-10
f3.5 1/100sec. ISO80
Focal Length Equiv. 28mm
Barrie
Too Old To Die Young
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Pentax K1 K5-IIS K-01 K20D A50/2 A50/1.7 DA10-17 DA18-250 DA18-135 DA18-55 DA300 DA40 DA50-135 DA50-200 DA55-300 DA70 F35-70 DFA150-450 FA20-35 FA100 FA135 FA35 FA28 FA43 FA50 FA77 K55/1.8 M135/3.5 M200/4 M28/3.5 M28/2.8 M40/2.8 Q 01 02 MX-1 I-10 Sigma 15 24 105 180 8-16 10-20 17-35 17-50/2.8 24-70 400/5.6MF Tamron 70-200/2.8 17/3.5MF 24/2.5MF 28/2.5MF 90/2.5MF


http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/barrieforbes

WaypointCharlie

Link Posted 02/05/2012 - 14:34
Sorry, taken just too early to qualify. Ah well, for fun only...

Hail burst




Taken on: April 22, 2012
Camera: Pentax K-5
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 230 mm
ISO Speed: 800

milamber

Link Posted 05/05/2012 - 14:04
Taken today as the clouds rolled in for yet another storm. Rained every day since Anglian Water imposed a hosepipe ban Better large - some of the contrast seems to be lost in the reduced image

Another day, another drought




Pentax K-r with Pentax 18-250mm @ 18mm, f14, 1/200, ISO 200.
Last Edited by milamber on 05/05/2012 - 14:13

dougf8

Link Posted 06/05/2012 - 18:43
A light touch of alto cirrus or is it cirro cumulous and an up draft (I think)

"Light cloud and updrafts"



K5, DAL35, ISO400, f5.6, 1/4000s

damn pffffftotobucket
Lurking is shirking.!
Last Edited by dougf8 on 06/05/2012 - 19:06

TOZZA27

Link Posted 07/05/2012 - 18:23
A Spring day in April ?

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Taken last week with the K20D whilst trying to believe the weather forecasters - f13 @ 1/3000th second - hand held and spot metered - ISO 100
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 !

JAK

Link Posted 09/05/2012 - 20:47
I'm sure it's been said before but comparing photographs which all have their merits is never an easy task. I am sure we'd all place most of them in a different order of merit depending on out take of the subject. Normally anything blurry would get thrown out but with a weather photo the blur may show how strong the wind was or how wet it was perhaps. There might be a good excuse to ignore some of the rules that normally cause pictures to be rejected.

So here goes:


darlene - Rare Sunny Day

Certainly know the feeling about rare sunny days lately!
It's a lovely shot of a quayside with the local village across the estuary (so it appears, I could be totally wrong.)
It's a great record shot of the quay, sharp and well exposed. I'm not sure that it conveys a strong feeling of weather though; perhaps it might have had more atmosphere if it hadn't actually been shot on one of those rare sunny days?

Technically it's hard to fault it. It's naturally sharp without any obvious extra help from you and it's well exposed. But somehow I feel it doesn't do full justice to the competition theme.



bforbes - It's Wet Out There

That certainly shows how the weather has felt like in the UK for the last month and sums up Apri 29th nicely.
Clearly it was taken with that special water effect filter otherwise known as a windscreen!?
Compostion is traditional with strong use of the rule of thirds with the water line and fence in the horizontal plane and the roundhouse on the horizontal. I feel it is just missing one thing; that is some brave soul being swept off their feet down on the sands in the middle of that vast expanse of emptiness! That would have made it special. I seem to rememeber seeing another similar photo from you where you had just that. However it is still a strong candidate for the competition as it clearly has weather for its subject matter.



WaypointCharlie - Hail burst

A terrific capture. Can see the actual rain drops coming down and the clear disdain of the runners.
It's a shame, as you say, that it is inelgible as taken outside the time frame allowed but thank you very much you for showing it. It would have been a real contender!


milamber - Another day, another drought

Well you wouldn't know there's a drought on in that image! A lovely well rendered capture of the dark approaching storm clouds set against the field of oil-seed rape and the skyline broken up by the trees. I like the composition, the colours, everything about it!


dougf8 - Light cloud and updrafts

A good capture. I really like this one too. Spot on for theme - a sport that needs the right weather for it to happen. I'm sure some would say the image is too central but in this instance I feel it works. If the parachute was more oblique to the camera, then the position of it might have needed adjusting so that it was coming into the picture. But it's square on so is fine by me!
Technically it looks to be sharp and well exposed but there does seem to be some extra sharpening of the image leading to a clear white outline to the parachute and person but that's nitpicking. Well done.


TOZZA27 - A Spring day in April

Perhaps it's my monitor but this looks to be considerably underexposed. Unfortunately full exif hasn't been given. There's mention of it being spot metered and perhaps that is the reason; ie the meter has taken the reading off the bright cloud and used that for it's average when the white is at the end of the curve, not the middle, so hence underexposed it. This might have metered better using the matrix rather than spot but even then some positive compensation would in all probablility have been required. I'm also puzzled as to why I am seeing some magenta and cyan fringes to the clouds. Despite those strange issues (and I'm curious to know if thoese were for real) I feel what the picture really lacks is a point of interest. The photograph would work well for a windows backdrop or screensaver but is not strong enough in itself in comparison the the other entries.

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Some of the entries didn't give the full exif so I had to do a bit of exif seraching to check the photos were eligible! dougf8's entry somewhat surprised me as he found a gap in the clouds! I felt that the entries needed something weather related rather than be just a general photograph, so the order this time:

1st: milamber - Another day, another drought
2nd: dougf8 - Light cloud and updrafts
3rd: bforbes - It's Wet Out There

Also a commendation to WaypointCharlie - Hail burst for a super weather shot.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted entries during a fortnight when the weather has not been kind and well done to you all!

To dougf8: "Alto" are middle level clouds that have bases between 2000 and 7000 m (6500 to 23,000 ft.)
Cirrus clouds are thin, wispy clouds blown by high winds into long streamers. They are considered "high clouds" forming above 6000 m (20,000 ft.) so it is not possible to have alto cirrus clouds! Cumulus relates to the type of cloud (a heaped cloud) and I think that is how I would have described those in your shot. Those clouds in your shot do not appear to be particularly high! But you knew that anyway!

John
John K

dougf8

Link Posted 09/05/2012 - 21:37
Congrats milamber, thanks John, you're dead right about the over sharpening. And clouds are not my specialty which is why my feet were planted on terra firma.

Its a funny thing why we chose to do certain things with images. I thought about centering, straightening and symmetry and then I liked the V in the clouds and how the pilot was just at the bottom of a clear bit and decided not to manipulate beyond resize and a light touch of over-sharpening

Anyway, I'm happy and if I want an HC when I enter one of the 200 odd others I'll need to spend a bit more time. The DAL35 was good on the K-5, I was thinking of selling it.

Falmouth was pretty good Sunday but we can get funny micro-climates here, foggy north coast and sun on the south, vice versa, it's a funny thing, weather!
Lurking is shirking.!
Last Edited by dougf8 on 09/05/2012 - 22:03

bforbes

Link Posted 09/05/2012 - 23:20
Congratulations milamber. Thank you John for your competition and my podium spot John the figures were moving so fast to get out of the rain I only had one chance at them.
Barrie
Too Old To Die Young
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Pentax K1 K5-IIS K-01 K20D A50/2 A50/1.7 DA10-17 DA18-250 DA18-135 DA18-55 DA300 DA40 DA50-135 DA50-200 DA55-300 DA70 F35-70 DFA150-450 FA20-35 FA100 FA135 FA35 FA28 FA43 FA50 FA77 K55/1.8 M135/3.5 M200/4 M28/3.5 M28/2.8 M40/2.8 Q 01 02 MX-1 I-10 Sigma 15 24 105 180 8-16 10-20 17-35 17-50/2.8 24-70 400/5.6MF Tamron 70-200/2.8 17/3.5MF 24/2.5MF 28/2.5MF 90/2.5MF


http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/barrieforbes

milamber

Link Posted 09/05/2012 - 23:29
Thanks John. It's a shame that there weren't more entries, but the weather hasn't given much scope for variation during the last month or so.

I thought waypointcharlie's was the best by a long way and would probably have been tempted to let the slight time difference slip, given the lack of entries

Just in from the theatre so I'll have to leave the next theme until the morning.

JAK

Link Posted 10/05/2012 - 01:16
milamber wrote:
Thanks John. It's a shame that there weren't more entries, but the weather hasn't given much scope for variation during the last month or so.

I thought waypointcharlie's was the best by a long way and would probably have been tempted to let the slight time difference slip, given the lack of entries

Just in from the theatre so I'll have to leave the next theme until the morning.

Agree it was a shame there weren't more entries. It hasn't been the weather for going out on family day trips though which is probably the usual stimulus for people to take photos.
Your entry was still a deserved winner, but as to allowing the slight time slip for waypointcharlie's photograph, I'm not sure how much discretion there is to break the 'rules' given this is my first competition critique here. There was all that fuss over whether it finished at 6pm or 7pm recently! Missing EXIF could have been another issue - I even had to look on hosting sites to find some of it!
The lens stipulation in the last weekly competition seemed to attract more attention to the competition than usual so perhaps they both need a daily 'bump' to remind folks they're on and they're eligible to enter if it isn't being done automatically with new entries. For a time I thought entries were limited to PU subscribers so guess I might not have been alone thinking that.

John
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 10/05/2012 - 01:17

WaypointCharlie

Link Posted 10/05/2012 - 10:13
JAK wrote:

I'm not sure how much discretion there is to break the 'rules' given this is my first competition critique here. There was all that fuss over whether it finished at 6pm or 7pm recently! Missing EXIF could have been another issue - I even had to look on hosting sites to find some of it!
John

Thanks guys for your kind comments to encourage an SLR novice's first photo submission! Well done milamber, that photo looks like the field at the back of our garden.

I'm sorry if my EXIF data wasn't easy to obtain, although it was academic in this case. In order that I get it right in the future please could you advise on how to provide it when hosted on flickr. Eg, would this be okay?

EXIF link

bforbes

Link Posted 10/05/2012 - 10:25
WaypointCharlie wrote:
I'm sorry if my EXIF data wasn't easy to obtain, although it was academic in this case. In order that I get it right in the future please could you advise on how to provide it when hosted on flickr. Eg, would this be okay?

EXIF link

My understanding was, in the case of the fortnightly Comp., all you had to do was type the Date taken, Equipment used and Exposure settings along side your entry.
Barrie
Too Old To Die Young
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Pentax K1 K5-IIS K-01 K20D A50/2 A50/1.7 DA10-17 DA18-250 DA18-135 DA18-55 DA300 DA40 DA50-135 DA50-200 DA55-300 DA70 F35-70 DFA150-450 FA20-35 FA100 FA135 FA35 FA28 FA43 FA50 FA77 K55/1.8 M135/3.5 M200/4 M28/3.5 M28/2.8 M40/2.8 Q 01 02 MX-1 I-10 Sigma 15 24 105 180 8-16 10-20 17-35 17-50/2.8 24-70 400/5.6MF Tamron 70-200/2.8 17/3.5MF 24/2.5MF 28/2.5MF 90/2.5MF


http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/barrieforbes

dougf8

Link Posted 10/05/2012 - 10:52
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