August Competition: Results: Statues & Sculptures
Thank you for asking me to judge this months entries. Please bear in mind that any comments or judgements are merely and expression of an opinion based upon experience and my own interpretation as to what makes a photograph stand out.
I was impressed by some of the work, especially in the beginner category. To see some beginners with an eye for creativity is refreshing.
I would have loved to have seen some intermediate submissions and perhaps some of this months beginners will now see that they are ready to be considered intermediate. The experienced section seemed quite sparse which is to be expected as many photographers tend to play down their ability.
To stand out in an experienced section also takes that extra something, so I apologise in advance if any of my comments seem harsh. In each category I have awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd and where I feel a photographer was brave, pushed out the stops but didn’t quite gain a place, I have awarded a commendation.
I have included some tips for taking shot of statues or sculptures which I hope some will find helpful.
My tips for capturing a statue or sculpture.
Think out the weather and time of day, if a sky is included it needs to be correctly exposed, and to add interest. Take you time to look at the statue from different angles, is this a profile, a portrait, a study in perspective? Check and double check the background. If the background doesn’t add anything then it will detract from the image. Try standing back, using a zoom and maybe finding something to stand upon. (This helps avoid all legs and feet or conversely, no feet). Keep it simple. You are trying to get the viewer to share a moment with you and so they need to be aware of the key element of your image. Best wishes, Carol BEGINNERS: Caro.
Simplicity and tone give a feeling of calm.
Lack of space for subject to look into Jim.
Catch Of The Day.
Loved the placement of the fish to create the story
Sky was washed out – watch out for exposure especially if using an auto setting. Caro.
Caught In Thought.
Good strong lines and patterns
Sadly drew my eye to the arches and away from the subject matter. Keep in mind what you want your audience to see first. Andy.
Early Artic Explorer.
The upward angle of the shot suggests the man was powerful or important.
Aggressive crop and distracting background. Better use of depth of field eg. An F stop of f4 or greater would have helped to throw out the background. Louise.
A simple shot with no real distractions. No mistaking what the photographer wanted us to see.
Why the foot? What was so interesting about the foot? Andy.
Well lit and good even exposure.
Background is busy and better use of depth of field or another angle may have made the image stand out better. Rosie.
Exposure is good, angle of view adds to impact. Like the palm trees.
There is a lot of sky and foreground. Rosie.
I See No Ships.
It is good to see people in the shot, it adds to perspective and suggests the statue is taken for granted or ignored.
It is a little dark and the exposure could be improved upon. Ingrid.
In Your Dreams.
It tells a story which is good to see. The bright umbrella gives impact.
The sleeping figure is dark and doesn’t leap out due to positioning in the frame. Maybe straightening the wall to bring it to a level and removing the vignetting would help. Richard.
Man Of The Match.
The eyes are drawn to the iron man stepping out from the tree as though formally part of it.
Some light and dark areas that suggest exposure could be improved and a busy background that could have been thrown out by making use of a shallow depth of field. Caro.
Me And My Shadow.
Good to see the use of shadows to give a sense of life being given to the statue.
Something is going on in the bottom left corner that keeps drawing the eye. This is a distraction Jim.
Mind The Hat.
Shapes and lines add to the mystery in this image. Well spotted as it looks like a face on the pillar too.
Lacks a little in definition at the top of the image and starts to become lost in the sky. Ingrid.
Well spotted, this image made me smile.
Difficult to see how this could go wrong. I see what the artist wants us to see but I don’t see what the photographer wants me to see. A little over exposed near the bottom of the image. Possibly focusing on a smaller area of interest would have given this more character. Jim
A challenging subject with the subtile tonal changes being somewhat difficult to capture. Well done for tackling this one.
The exposure and tilting tall posts in the background just takes too much away from the subject which holds such promise of giving us a photo with impact. A disappointing sky. Louise.
Good exposure and good front to back definition on the statue itself.
The angle of the shot and in focus background means that the background of sky and seafront appear to slice the image in two which makes it a little less pleasing on the eye. Keith D.
Good to see a focus on the eyes, this is key to any portrait, even that of a goat.
The shadows lead the eye away from the face as your eyes land there after looking into the eyes. A fill in flash would have probably helped. Richard.
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Use of other upright objects in the frame adds to strangeness of this out of place statue.
Fussy background but difficult to see how this could have been avoided. Maybe a shallower depth of field but it is a difficult call. Keith D
An endearing shot and as is often the case adding a little something in the shot changes it from a snap into a photograph.
Good use of depth of field but the back of the mouse is just starting to blend with the sky. A little exposure compensation and slightly sharper focus would be of benefit to this shot. Richard.
The Toast Rack.
Well exposed, well composed, has impact due to the contrasting lines and fact that it is taken from an
angle that makes it look like it was dropped there which adds to the intrigue.
I would have liked to have seen greater blurring of the background to make the stark shapes stand out more. Rosie.
They Played Statues.
The children are nicely framed by the arch.
the resolution of the photo is low. The leaning of the arch due to the angle of the shot draws the eye away from the the subjects which is a shame. Ingrid. Highly Commended.
Unusual use of silhouetting, creative and refreshing different.
Difficult to see what this is a photograph of. Statue or sculpture. Louise. Third Place.
You can’t go wrong with red for impact. Great,
simple shot and good composition.
Would have preferred to see a slightly less aggressive crop but I’m guessing there was good reason for this. Andy. Second Place.
Casting Fishing Net.
Shadows and viewpoint make this shot interesting
Tight crop on left and distracting horizon Keith D. First place.
Excellent use of light and the natural background adds to the illusion of life. The angle of this shot give the owl importance.
Difficult to find fault with this shot but perhaps it could have been a little sharper, but the softness doesn’t detract. EXPERIENCED: Keith Vincent.
A simple and yet powerful image.
Poor resolution. Washed out sky and low contrast. Sometimes we just don’t get the light we need but taken at another time with shadows or reflections this would be quite striking. John Verlander
Good exposure, the narrow aperture
setting keeps this in focus front to back.
I almost missed the cat in the shot and the hint of a red boat in the
bottom right is distracting. The girl adds noting to the shot and the mouse could have been more prominent John.
Food For Thought.
A story shot that encourages the viewer to stop a while and ponder along with the girl staring into the fountain.
Sky is washed out but given location and time of day this may have been
impossible to avoid and is most likely as it was. Duncan Gray.
Its A Statue’s Life.
Good use of depth of field, good exposure and sharp image.
The bird on the hand unbalances the other three pigeons. Helen.
Man & Boy.
Inclusion of people looking at statue adds
Flag is blowing the wrong way for direction of travel of the ship we can
imagine, detracts from the illusion. If only the wind was blowing the other way. Wendy Kerr.
The angles and lines give depth.
The subject is incorrectly exposed and perhaps fill in flash or a different angle of shot may of helped. Facial features are lost. Alan Hillman
An interesting shot that many might have walked past without noticing.
Somewhat busy, not sure where to look, eyes are drawn in all directions, palm dominates. John Verlander
Good strong colours, well exposed and sharp.
Use of a polariser filter would have removed reflections which may have improved the clarity of the ship. Wendy.
Sparrow On Artwork.
Great to see inclusion of wildlife in still life, adds special interest.
Would prefer to have seen sparrow in sharper focus as sharp focus on stones in middle of the image leads the eye away from the bird. Helen.
Lovers In The Spotlight.
Good to see inclusion of flora to add a little romance to the scene.
Background and shadow reduce the impact of this shot and the female is lost in this scene. Wendy.
Walking In The Clouds.
Strong silhouetting, clouds add impact and mystery.
Would liked to have seen the characters feature a little larger and to see less of the pillars Helen.
Classic bird on head works well and plenty of interest and context in lower half of this image.
It is pity that the head of William begins to merge with the sky. This could have perhaps been recovered with a little underexposure. The angle of the shot leaves the viewer tempted to lean, to try and straighten up the plinth. Alan Hillman Highly Commended.
Creative and simplistic, well exposed. Good to see such as subject from an unusual angle.
I would prefer not to see the highlight on the rim of the tower and the image is strong enough to stand alone without the addition of the facial feature. Alan Hillman Third Place.
Statues In A Ruin.
So glad the photographer left the graffiti in as this adds interest. The bright light and shadow area give this feeling.
Whilst bright light adds impact it is also a little blown towards the rear. I wonder if what it would have looked like in B&W? Keith Vincent Second Place.
Guise & Ayose.
Strong image, good angle, atmospheric. Challenging shot with the night sky as a background.
Figure on the right seems lost in the darkness Duncan Gray First Place.
Girl With Seagull.
Well composed, plenty of room in front of subject’s field of vision. B&W suits this image. Path leads the eye.
This has the appearance of a very tightly cropped original image which to the critical eye makes me wonder if there was perhaps better angle from which this could have been taken.