POTN G-series Speed Challenge #315 - Deteriorated, worn, eroded, decayed, or rotten
Description of the theme:
There is often more beauty in the old than the new. It is all around us, so there should be no shortage of subjects wherever you live. But please no animals, human or otherwise - that would be a whole different challenge!
First an explanation of how I sorted out the winners. Not an easy job this week, believe me, given the large number of entries this subject produced. Thank you all for participating!
Job #1 for any judge is to disqualify entries of the wrong size or shot with the wrong camera - thankfully there were none this week.
Then to check if entries were what the subject called for. This week there were several excellent images where the prime focus was clearly "animal" in nature, even though the subject description had said "But please no animals, human or otherwise".
Next are all the images that were perfectly good but just didn't stand out as anything special, perhaps because of composition or lack of contrast or whatever. That applies to most of the photos I take, I might add, so please don't feel bad.
That left a select bunch that were all above average and a few that I would have printed if they were mine. My final test: "Is this the one I would most like to frame and hang on my wall". That's really hard when the second and third are so close as this week.
REMEMBER, THESE ARE JUST ONE GUY'S OPINIONS...
pwdieter: "Tooth Decay an Oxymoron". A good, carefully focused shot, a dentist's delight, but it's clearly animal teeth of one sort or
mrshobden: "Abandoned...but not forgotten!". I always enjoy good shots of old farm equipment like this, where people have turned old stuff into works of art.
Kevan_G9: "needing its friends...". Nice composition, interesting subject, but contrast maybe a little "flat"?
3Dart: "The sweet smell of decay". Fragrant and sharp - very nice!
pehabe: "Stranded". Like the composition but the boat doesn't really look bad - just needs bailing out?
Maureen Souza: "My Great-Great Grandfather's Resting Spot". Good composition and in fine shape for an 1898 monument.
RMH: "Retired". Maybe better if just a shot of the cab, and perhaps in gritty B&W rather than the soft sepia?
afkenner: "Do Not Enter". Shot in classic style and just the right touch of color. Good work!
joshtalgia: "Berry cold". Sorry, but the image dimensions and composition just don't click for me here. Maybe a macro of one berry might have been better?
CarloY: "I forget what I used to be". The riot of rotting color jumps out at the viewer and leads to wondering about the chair's history. I like it!
PaulB: "Slowly fading away". A good study of rust in action.
corythosaurus: "Corrosion". Took me a minute to figure this one out. Rusted out can on grass?
rpolitsr: "bronze and wood". Maybe you have a story behind this warm study of ancient woodwork?
fireplug: "O.O.S.Helmet". I hope the wearer survived! Maybe a shot of the whole thing would make for a better composition?
BobsYourUncle: "Delilect Car". Nostalgia! You gotta love it - I do, anyway.
northantsin: "Timber!!!". The subject is great but you might have done better to get a close up of the bark and old wood rather than
including so much else?
wd-40: "Wasp!". The rotten fruit is there but the main subject is clearly the wasp, which looks all too lively. A very nice macro!
chisel: "Fourth of July Train". Nice shot. The train still looks in good shape judging by the seats - in active service?
marie: "blackberry dead in the web". Nice sharp macro that fits the subject well.
Kshootit: "Tomatillo, Anyone?". Never heard of a tomatillo before, so thanks for informing me with this colorful shot - looks quite edible!
matthewm: "Please Help". A great street shot full of human interest leading viewers to examine it in detail.
Jim Askew: "Decay in the NE Corridor". Perfect subject for this challenge but maybe you tried to get it all in when a close-up of one of the items would have made for a better composition?
Michael Wells: "No Longer in Service". Nicely judged exposure,showing the timbers still good shape. They don't make 'em like that any more!
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
FIRST: afkenner for "Do Not Enter"
Second: CarloY for "I forget what I used to be"
Third: BobsYourUncle for "Delilect Car"
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