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Online Competition - Patterns - November 2018


1st place, Concrete by Keith Sharples.
I really do like this image it is well seen and taken. Somehow the author has been drawn to shapes of this piece of concrete and photographed it well . I find its symmetry very appealing and I find I am constantly being drawn into this image exploring the nooks, crannies, different shapes and angles.
I personally felt that it needed just a little more contrast and I added just a tiny little bit to it which for me made the texture of the concrete jump out of the image more, giving far greater impact.
This is a very good image and the symmetrical patterns make it really stand out .


2nd place, Lockers by Keith Sharples.
An image of locker doors perhaps taken at Big Pit or somewhere like it. The author has decided to do a letterbox crop of this image to emphasis the door handles as they recede into the distance. This does indeed hold our attention moving us from right to left of the image in a uniform manner and I find this is a very pleasing image, but as we read left to right I thought that perhaps just flipping the image horizontally can improve it so we start from the left and our eye moves left to right as the lockers diminish into the background . I have tried it and it does give a much smoother flow to the eye, but perhaps the author wished us to start on the right hand side first and then we take a good look at the image before moving towards the left. A good sharp image with use of tight cropping to emphasize a lovely pattern.

Leaves in Autumn

3rd place, Leaves in Autumn by Lyn Sharples.
Beautiful symmetry of these leaves in this entry . Clearly the author has been thinking outside the box and provided us with a pattern of the leaves softened in some way so that they blend in and give the viewer an impression that the leaves are in amongst trees, but not allowing the trees to be seen, giving a foreground and background mixed together to provide a wonderful soft image of the leaves. Although there is really no main focal point to draw our attention it works well and is very creative and effective image.

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Highly Commended, Church Window by Sue Carter.
I have enjoyed looking this image and find it is a very balanced image which has been well seen by this author. The image is contained in a rectangular frame and this holds the pattern together well. This is a church window but the author has made sure it does not look like one. The colours of red and orange are strong colours and draw the viewers attention to it and holds them in looking around the wonderful patterns in the glass. Well contained pattern. It's sharp and has good lighting and impact.


Highly Commended, Scarves by Chris Morris.
This is a great image and again well seen, the pattern created by this great display is both colourful and sharp. The sides may have an added effect to neutralize by putting in some motion blur. This effect isolates the scarves and keeps our eye going around looking at the pattern and what they consist of.
This is an image with good impact and holds the viewers attention in the image
Maybe the right hand side highlights could have been burnt in a little more just to dampen down the light.

Roof Detail

Commended, Roof Detail by Christopher Jones.
Great idea, well seen image of the patterns in the roof space of a large church or cathedral. The image is sharp and lit well enough to provide the viewer with a moody atmosphere as they gaze up at the beauty of the vaulted ceiling.
The central section is light and appealing and combined with the other muted colours of the surrounding roof makes a pleasing pattern for the viewer to enjoy. The image is sharp and well lit, but unfortunately for me, the author has decided to place the central image slightly off centre and this makes my eye jump from left to right because the other two sections of the roof are unequal in size, and my eye moves back and forward between the two because of this, instead of being held by the central section. I found that by cropping the left hand side to the same distance and position as the right centralizes the main part of the ceiling ,the lectern in the roof and provides our eye with a subject to stop on before moving around the image .

Worcester Cathedral

Commended, Worcester Cathedral by Sharon Thomas.
Wonderful patterns created in the fan vaulting of Worcester cathedral ceiling with the muted and pleasant colour of the purples and yellows done perhaps by medieval painters and architects.
The viewer can look at the intricate designs on the screen without having to be there craning their necks upwards to look up and enjoy ceiling. Pleasing to the eye with much of the detail being held together by the rectangle of ceiling.
I find that perhaps there is just a little too much light coming in from the windows on the sides, especially on the left hand side and this is easily remedied by doing a tighter crop to the left and bottom of the image thus cutting out the light invading in from the clerestory windows high up near the ceiling, I have found this greatly improves the image.

Well done to all who entered. The other images with judges comments (in no particular order):

Bristol  Warehouse

Bristol Warehouse by Janet Cox.
I do like this author's image. He or she has been travelling around the old part of Bristol and has looked up and seen the beautiful patterns in the wall of the Old Granary warehouse building.
Here we can see the wonderful coloured arches and shapes creating patterns in this wall by the architects and bricklayers . Although I have greatly enjoyed looking at this image, a nit picking factor is the bottom of the image which is being spoilt by a different type of pattern and CCTV cameras.
I found just making a square crop removes the offending part of the image, and I personally think that it makes the remaining pattern much stronger as an image.

Disturbed Water

Disturbed Water by Brian Challis.
I like this image which the author saw with the U shape of the waterspout contrasting well against wire mesh and supports below going over the top of the water. This helps the dynamics of it going from side to side of the image . Unfortunately though it seems to me the water spout doesn't seem to pop out and seems to get lost amongst the other elements of the image, and I feel the image is just a little large. I personally think that the image needs to be a tad smaller and I used a square crop on it which I think makes this image more powerful. Also because it seems to lack a little contrast I added this and find it does really enhance the image more and makes all elements stand out more .


Edge by Christopher Jones.
Again this is a well seen image by the author. The large number of balconies on this building create a lovely pattern against a blue sky. It is a great idea and the image does contain a very good pattern as the balconies rise up the building.
This image though is spoilt by not looking carefully at the finished image, there are dust spots on the left side around balcony 2, and the indents in the concrete on the top right hand corner could have easily been cloned out to create a clean concrete side to the building.
Apart from that this is a good image.


Enigma by Chris Morris
Very well caught image well seen by the author. The green coloured barrels or cylinders in the middle row catch the eye well and it is aptly named Enigma as it reminds me of the cogs, circles and wheels of the German code machine.
I don't know what this is, but it certainly is very interesting and easy on the eye as it wanders around the image looking at the central clips of the drums and their different angles.
I think though the image is let down by the fact that on the left hand side there are tiny bits or slivers of these cylinders which catch my eye and constantly take me away from the main subject and these could have been cropped out or at least cloned out. On the right hand side the 2 half cylinders middle and bottom row I could live with, but the top right hand corner one is again a sliver and could be cloned out.
Overall a good effort .

Frosty Shapes on Car

Frosty Shapes on Car by Anne Richards.
What a lovely image and well caught, most probably by chance on a cold winter’s morning .
The image invites us to look into it, especially in the centre at the large lump of ice, and then we move out and around the image and imagine that the lines look like leaves and insects trapped in the ice.
The author has left this image with a magenta colour to it, possibly on purpose, or it’s the colour of the car underneath. I made this into a mono image and feel that it improves it. I also added a small amount of contrast to the image which helps to bring out the textures more giving more impact.

Graffiti Wall

Graffiti Wall by Sue Carter
What a wonderful image and patterns we have portrayed here.
I am looking at it and feel amazed at the person who drew it on the wall. There is a wonderful story to this told by the artist. In it I see alien space ships buzzing around a building, a nuclear explosion in the background, in the middle of the image it looks like an alien creature holding a weapon in his left hand and his right arm is a telescopic extension holding something like a name I think.
A lovely creative image although created by someone else with a very imaginative mind .

Green Waves

Green Waves by Brian Challis.
A lovely image of green flowing waves going from left to right of the image. I certainly love this image as it flows across my screen with its green waves of light showing it to be a good creative image. How it was taken and what it is of I do not know, but maybe it’s leaves reflected in water - who knows?
Sadly this very good image is let down slightly by the fact that it is not green on the top, and more so in the right hand top corner .
This could have so easily been remedied, by cropping out this section of the image using a square crop.

Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral by Sharon Thomas.
A lovely image of patterns of blue and yellow colours in this window inside triangle patterns flowing, it seems to me, from the bottom to the top.
My eye wanders around intrigued by these patterns until I get to the top which is glass placed into the tracery of the window .
The problem is this is a church window and the tracery of this window splits the pattern up. This is still part of a pattern and maybe what the author intended. For me it states that this is a window and I would have like to have seen a rectangular crop of the middle part of the window, to show just the patterns of the glass. Also the bottom of the window is darker than the rest and making that crop above it would remove this.


Lighthouses by Alison Stace.
A well seen image of cutouts of a lighthouse, whether made by the author or someone else, again this is thinking outside the box, with multiple images put together in this photo . It has either been seen or created, but what spoils it for me is that it is not uniform and many of the lighthouses are held at all sorts of angles by clothes pegs and bits of string which I do find spoils the picture somewhat, as the viewer does not have a major focal point to concentrate on and to draw us in when looking at it. I also think that perhaps the image is just a little soft and is not sharp.

Patterned Sky

Patterned Sky by Anne Richards
Beautiful image here with soft colours in the sky. This is what we typically call a mackerel sky and it is indeed just that in this image. The pattern follows what we would see on the side of a mackerel. This is a well sought after sky amongst photographers due to its lovely shapes and forms and in this image they are complimented by the soft colours of a sunrise or sunset.
Now the theme of this is patterns so although we have a lovely well patterned sky, do we really need to show the land below it, which is not part of the pattern? I found by cropping this out the viewer has a lot more time looking at the wonderful patterns in the sky.

Penarth Pier

Penarth Pier by Catherine Jones.
In this picture the author has seen the beautiful patterns created by the benches on the pier and has tried to replicate this by isolating them and forming them into a photographic image . Unfortunately they have not succeeded to isolate the benches and in the background we find all sorts of artifacts like fishing rods etc. Also I see that there is a bad case of fisherman's bum where he is knelt down sorting out his bait and clearly showing too much flesh above his trousers. In photography we strive to make a beautiful image or something for the viewer to ponder over and enjoy, and I find this is clearly not it. Perhaps if the author had waited for a few seconds he may have stood up, or by changing their position and avoiding him and his gear totally perhaps we could have concentrated on the benches more and then we could have had the benches in all their glory. At all times please look at and check out your background for extraneous intrusions.


Rope by Janet Cox.
I like the way the author has seen this image and the pattern created as the rope is wound around the bollard on the boat . It creates a row of circles creating a wonderful pattern. The positioning of the main subject in the image is about right and it is lit well.
Unfortunately the image is a bit soft and not bitingly sharp as it should be, and I find there are a couple of intrusions in the background - brackets on left side with a small bit of loose rope tied to them and also streaks behind the rope on the background - which could easily have been cloned out. Using manual focusing would make the image a lot sharper.

Smoke Patterns

Smoke Patterns by Lyn Sharples.
Against a blue sky these great patterns show up as spirals of smoke created as the parachutists drop down to the ground swirling around as they descend releasing the smoke from canisters on their legs.
This image is a little soft and pixilated and looks like it may have been reduced from a larger size although the smoke patterns are still very distinct. It still has good impact making the viewer look around the image at the different colours of the smoke.

Trees in Jumpers.

Trees in Jumpers by Catherine Jones
This is a very strange idea and how did the creators of these get them to fit around the trees and also why?
Again this is a good idea for an image with the theme patterns with great colours and all sorts of different designs to create them.
I find the patterns on the jumpers are spoilt by the white labels which seem to be advertising labels, and because they are white and have writing on them they constantly draw my eye to them with me wanting to read the words .
How to remove them I don't know, but the most troubling ones are in the foreground on the first tree. I think they would be impossible to clone out so could you have perhaps tried a different position or gone in much closer and just selected a portion of the patterns?

Water Trees by Alison Stace

Water Trees by Alison Stace
Beautiful image with great colours and lovely patterns created by the water. It is somewhere I would not have thought of looking to find a pattern but it does work very well. The image has wonderful colours similar to that of a rainbow complimenting the water created by light shining through the water.
There are certainly many patterns in this image and I think the viewer will spend some time looking at them as their eye moves around and takes in the many aspects of what has been created here. This I find is a good image although not having quite enough impact to bring it up in the marks like some of the other images, but still a very good try.

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