Evaluations and Winner Announcement of Challenge #60: “We’re Going Autumnal !”
Thanks for your kind participation in the challenge our 3 three contributors Sury, Cogito and Tom/UrsaMajor. *..
Sury contributed with multiple shots that show saturation of colour bursts mostly -as he aptly pointed out- in layers, that mostly closed in on the subjects, the trees. *..
Tom/UrsaMajor worked his shots around the same neighbourhood where he was born, focusing on the same gorgeously magestic orange tree and the intense fog.*..
Cogito surprises us with his willingness for post-processing and divergence from the the natural colours or context of autumn.
...................................................................................................................Winner is UrsaMajor and the reasons can be found below:Evaluation
: Apart from frame-usage deficiencies, what the presented frames show is that the actual scenery had a lot to offer in context of Autumn. When there’s such a singular/solitary, huge and spectacular tree that almost devours the larger part of the frames, the viewer is left wondering what difference would a wider and horizontal take on the neighbourhood make; since the fog is mystic and beautiful but also taking the most of the background of the neat houses and the tree is occupying the vertical half of the frame, there’s not much estate left to enjoy a full autumnal joy.
The scene comprises everything an autumn context and atmosphere would beg for but Tom’s singular takes constantly hides what we may have enjoyed with an uninhibited panorama of the neighbourhood. Regarding the walkway that alignes the waterbank that gently curves to converge with the street on the right, a little more of what is to the right would have been good; we would have liked to see the convergence of the bending walkway and street and also what lies ahead.
In this challenge I did not select a single shot as the winner but the overall body of work the participant presented to us. All of the shots by Tom/UrsaMajor are qualifying him as the winner but one shot that panned the same scenery would have been much better.Sought Colourfulness and context:
The huge orange tree against the softness of the fog and the town houses all provide the atmospherics of autumn colours.Frame usage:
Very tight. Everything appears to be cut short of their potentials.Technique; Sharpness; Post-processing
: Orange for Sony Alpha cameras, very much like reds, is a difficult colour to process in-camera. The first tree on the walkway by the water bank suffers from loss of colour distinction; the leaves are almost hard to identify in their clutters but appear more like a blend of various shades of orange water colourings. The trees further ahead are in better condition of being distinctive and sharp. As mentioned before, a wider take on the chosen scenery portions would be more helpful. There’s no over-saturation done during post-processing. Smart move because the lovely orange of the tree suffices for all that is required in a tree that’s going through the changes of autumnal phenomena.Layers:
are evident on the water bank shot, by the curvilinear lining of the the trees and the gorgeous fog on the water but more could be made visible if the shot was wider.
Same assessment applies to the shots of the row of houses and the big tree: layers are present horizontally but are cut short.
Thank you Tom/UrsaMajor. And congratulations !
(to be continued)
Tom's contributed body of work: