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    Default Re: Challenge 140: Skyscape

    Firstly, thanks to all of you who entered. Given that n the UK we have had pretty grey leaden skies for the last week, it maybe turns out not the best chosen of themes, but nevertheless a very varied set of entries against the brief.
    So, to my thoughts on each (and please remember I'm no judge, these are just my own personal and possibly ill-informed opinions):

    Cloudtrekker: Pier Sunset
    I see this is only your second post, so welcome to the Challenges, looking forward to seeing more of your entries in the future. A classic sunset over water, and a very beautiful scene you have captured well. I like that with the horizon on the top third you see more of the sky reflected than direct, with the rocks adding interest to the space.

    Daisy M: Sun rays through the snow
    Gosh, that is a remarkable split sky. Looking at the bottom half alone, it is a lovely image of rays on the snowy tops, but the top half adds a whole new dimension. If had a minor quibble, I would shave a bit off the top as the very bright highlight draws my eye from the snowy mountain (scroll it up and you’ll maybe see what I mean) though I can see why you left it in. And perhaps a bit tight on the bottom.

    Jonathan Teatime: Licorice Allsort
    I really love this very graphic and stark image, the composition is wonderful, the lines are so strong. Everything sharp and clean and pure. I just about get why you’ve entered it although for me the sky is very much the backdrop to the image, not the focus. But it does provide a stunning backdrop.

    ctrollen: Ascot Skyscape
    Now that is a big sky. Love the blue depth of colour, and the clouds converging centrally and along the horizon. But what really makes this is the detail of the white railings which frame and then lead you into the image. A great example of great composition.

    Birdy: Grey sky over Blenheim
    Oh mean and moody glowering sky, and the palace just peaking through in the distance. I guess it’s not often that the building gets sidelined, but in this case it really works, albeit with the pillars of the portico adding a gleam of white to take your eye right to the edge of the frame. The focus then becomes the inlet and the clouds.

    lunarbo: Sunrise, Mahon harbour
    The restful glow of a gorgeous sunrise. All elements perfectly and carefully placed to maximum effect. I love the squiggly lines of the boat reflections, so sharp, and then the white buildings across the bay. So, to the contrail. I know some would hate it and say it intrudes, but for me you’ve left it startlingly bright, so clearly intentional, and it fills the space mirroring the boat’s mast and lines. And it drags the attention back skyward.

    SteveC: Shenandoah cloudscape
    So this is all about the shape. And the shape is great, I love it, the brightness of the central fluff and the perfectly placed ‘wings’. A great spot. Unfortunately when I went to view it on Flickr I couldn’t help but see it was taken in August last year, so ineligible for this Challenge, but great to see it nonetheless.

    EOSwinters: Evening Sky
    Classic gorgeous evening light. I really love the layered clouds with the intensity building as you go down, and a sense of something coming in from the right. The silhouetted trees add genuine points of interest, particularly the singleton bottom left. And then the solitary bird, beautifully positioned against the blue and providing a sense of scale.

    Farider: Seafront Skyscape
    I’m guessing this is a panorama? If not, you’ve gone very wide and that really works to show the expanse of sky. Two things really make it for me; the patch of white in the clouds and the white structure in the foreground which complement each other really well. I can see why you’ve left the bottom curved, to retain the sense of width, but my personal preference would be straightened to remove the concrete far right.

    And so my winners, in reverse order are:
    3rd: Daisy M: Sun rays through the snow
    2nd: lunarbo: Sunrise, Mahon Harbour
    1st: ctrollen: Ascot Skyscape

    So well done to Chris; over to you for the next one. And for everyone else who entered, sorry you didn’t win it this time, but thanks for your entries; it is always so fascinating to see the variety of images this Forum comes up with.
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    Default Re: Challenge 140: Skyscape

    This was a fun challenge, Alex so thanks for the suggestion and, as ever, for judging and your thoughtful comments .

    Delighted to get a place on the podium as Chris' Ascot was a belter and always going to be a hard act to follow. Congratulations to him and Daisy too.
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    Wow, thanks Alex! As you mentioned, the weather wasn't helping for most of the month but luckily we did get a couple of days that weren't completely grey and overcast. Not only have I had very little camera time recently but this was also the first time I'd used my new (to me) 10-18 and a circular polarizing filter so am very pleased with the outcome

    Well done to all who entered what were some cracking shots, especially Bo and Dave for their podium spots. The quality of all the entries makes me all the more chuffed to come out on top. And thanks again to Alex for a great subject and for the extensive & useful comments.

    Off to think of the subject for the next challenge now so watch this space.
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    Thank you Alex for setting such an interesting & vast subject area for this challenge, but mostly thank for the comments about my shot.I took that within the first two weeks of upgrading to the 7 d mk2, so very pleased.
    Well done to Chris for coming first with a real photo with depth & for Bo, just wish we had the weather to be able to take such a bright & cheerful shot.
    Looking forward to what Chris sets us for April. In New York for another 7 days, so hope to find something to match the challenge.

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    Default Re: Challenge 140: Skyscape

    Sorry Dave, but it most definitely won't be "skyscrapers"
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    Default Re: Challenge 140: Skyscape

    Well done Chris and thanks Alex for the challenge, judging and comments.

    My submission was indeed a panarama, also the first I’ve done in photoshop and I was pleased with the result; glad you liked it. The “white structure” is a lighthouse, part of the river navigation (not visible in the picture as it was cropped out). I was in two minds whether to straighten or retain the curve and plumped for the later.

    Looking forward to your new challenge Chris!

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    Congratulations to the winners and thanks to AlexR for the feedback and running the challenge.

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    Well done Chris and everyone else. Great challenge, it is so easy to not look at the sky itself when we take other shots. Thanks Alex for setting the challenge, your comments and being Judge.
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    Well done Chris, great image! Also to Bo & Dave for strong contenders. Thanks to Alex for another thoughtful assessment of all the entries.
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    Well done to all who entered and especially the Winning three.
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