January online results in!

John Bickerdike has finished his judging and, having spoken to him, it took some time to sort out the winners. He has provided an excellent set of judging notes covering all the images submitted so everyone has a comment on their entry. Thank you very much for that John, and I’m sure it will be much appreciated by the entrants. As the places were quite close, John has given three highly commended and these are shown in the gallery below. I’m sure you all want to see who submitted what and how they got on so I’ll leave it at that (except to say I’ll have to try harder next time. Remember the February subject is TOYS. Below are John’s comments and the gallery of all of the entries are below them.

Overall  –  A good range of images with some interesting and innovative treatments.  Generally the technical issues of colour and exposure have been well handled but, in some cases, focusing might have been handled better, in particular, separation from the background/principal object.

Bellerophon on Pegasus  –  Good Lighting, well positioned in frame, good control of sky, some detail lost in horse’s head and body of figure.
Sherlock  –  Straight forward shot of figure, good exposure, fussy background should be out of focus, better with lower angle of shot and move to left to avoid distortion of leg.
Meeting Place St Pancras  –  Good exposure but lights a little distracting, I like the distortion of the background but it would be better somewhat out of focus.  Maybe a tighter crop to remove sign on right and ‘ghost’ on left.  A little more contrast on the statue to make it stand out from the background.  I still like it!   ?? Copyright on LLC.
Sunset Statue  –  Much too contrasty background.  Lack of detail/detail of figure.
Joanna  –  Not sure whether this is within the terms of the competition.  I like the pose but it’s over exposed and the model’s ‘derriere’ and hands are cut off ( painful!!).
Durham Maim Street Statue  –  Well executed cut out.  Well exposed with good detail of clothing.  May be better with a street background (out of focus).
Static Motion  –  Background distracting.  Figure underexposed.
Blind Jack  –  Quite well separated from background. Not sure about the vignetting.  Need to enhance detail to face and maybe remove ‘17’ from LLC.
Together Alone  –  Good crop.  Good out of focus background with retained figure.  Well exposed.  Maybe a little more detail in eyes?
The Seated Lady  –  Well exposed.  More of a landscape shot.  I think a much tighter crop would have been better with an out of focus background.
The Lock-out  –  A difficult shot to take with the strong shadow but generally well handled.  I think a stronger crop would be better with some work on the figure to lessen the effect of the shadow.
Looking at the end of the world  –  A good low viewpoint although I might have moved a little more to the left to show more of the face.  I like the background.  The head a touch brighter?
Stan  –  Very good exposure and crop.  Maybe ‘burn’ the highlights on the chest and hat a little.
Iconic Figure  –  Good exposure and angle of shot.  Well positioned in frame.  Somewhat spoilt by in-focus background.
Diving Belle  –  Good choice of monochrome.  Innovative angle of crop.  Well controlled exposure.  Maybe a touch less contrast on figure to preserve detail.
Tryptich of Statue of Liberty  –  An interesting approach to providing enlarged view of details.  Well presented.  Spoilt a little by distortion.
Balancing  –  Leaves  questions?  Is it live?  Is it outdoors?  Has the background been inserted?  Whatever, it has been very well done.  I think the upper torso ought to be a little more separated from the background as the eyes are drawn more to the white ‘belt’.
Carlos III Amongst the Placards  –  Exposure and details OK but I suggest it would be better with a tighter crop and the removal of the distraction wires.
Statue of Slave Girl  –  Exposure and focus good but the bright highlights on the shiny surface of the figure spoil view of details.  (Not sure what could be done; maybe diffuse flash or block window!?)  Why crop feet?
Mozart – Vienna  –  More of a landscape shot than record of statue.  Not level.  Not quite sharp.  Exposure OK but needs a severe crop.
Out of the Woods  –  Exposure OK but needs a crop on RHS and sky.  Needs a touch of vibrance
Priestley  –  Innovative treatment.  Might be better without mast/lamp-standard on left?  Good for a poster competition.
Messenger Bird  –  Good viewpoint.  Well exposed.  Figure need a little more contrast/vibrance.
Statue  –  (Head of?)  Good crop but lacks a little contrast.
Thinking –  Needs more contrast on figure and reduction of brightness of sky. Some dodging and burning on figure.  Maybe a little wider crop on left.
Overall  –  A good range of images with some interesting and innovative treatments.  Generally the technical issues of colour and exposure have been well handled but, in some cases, focusing might have been handled better, in particular, separation from the background/principal object.

I particularly liked the following:

The Meeting Place St Pancras, Blind Jack, Together Alone, Stan
Diving Belle, Tryptich Statue of Liberty, Balancing. Priestley

The Winner is:   Diving Bell
Second Place
  Together Alone
Third Place
   Stan
Highly Commended   Balancing ,  The Meeting Place St Pancras,  Priestley

 

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