Competition – YPS – John Bate – updated

It’s that time again, we’ve not even had the 2nd Quarterly yet – but the hand in is almost upon us for the John Bate competition.   So leaving the disappointment of the 3 of a kind and Rose Bowl behind here’s another 4 images for the judge to view.

First up is a the digital section.

My first image (Fast Spin) is a slow shutter shot of a ride at Paignton.

Fast Spin – Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS – ƒ/9.0 – 18.0mm – 60 Seconds – iso200

The second image is an old Canon shot of the Lake District (Wast Water way I think) – it’s been processed a little using the Orton effect – so we’ll see what the judge makes of it.  The image uses a layer, which I know John Bate never did – despite some of his complex creations.

The Lakes – Canon Eos 5D – EF17-40 F/4L – 1/1000 – 17mm – ƒ/4.5 – iso200

For the print section I’m mixing up a silver paper and traditional mono print again.

The first image (Sea of Discs) shows an undulating wave pattern, with the added bonus of a Birmingham gull.

Sea of Discs – Fujifilm X-E3 – XF27mmF2.8 – ƒ/2.8 – 1/4000 – iso200

The second print (Escapism) is the just a simple look up at fire escapes in Birmingham City Centre.

Escapism – Fujifilm X-E3 –  XF27mmF2.8 – ƒ/5.6 – 1/110 – iso200


Well, the digital was nothing to write home about  as neither scored anything.

Prints did much better, escapism was commended and Sea of Discs came first.

Competitions YPS – 2nd Quarterly

So after a fairly unsuccessful 3 of a kind and Rose Bowl its time for another one.

This time it’s the 2nd Quarterly – first up a couple of prints……

Not sure about the title yet, probably along the lines of Stairs Stare
Tram Dodger – The digital of this did reasonably well last season – so time for a print.

Next up – a couple of recent digital images.

Chesterton Windmill

Digital always seems to be a difficult one to master as my images tend not look as good compressed, but we’ll see – it’s still early days and having some points on the board is always good.

Competitions: YPS – 3 of a Kind

As with the RoseBowl I wasn’t going to enter this one, however due to such a poor entry list so far I thought i’d add a couple of digital and single print entry to the list.

First up is a collection of old doors in Digbeth – hoping to capture the essence of by-gone industry.

Industry gone, Flats coming soon

Next up is a few piers from Devon.

Devon’s Piers

Finally from the print side, 3 instax prints on a single mount.   2nd year I’ve tried this.   We’ll see what the judge thinks this year.

That Birmingham Building

YPS – Competition Entries: Rose Bowl

Despite winning it previously I tend not to enter this completion much, but this this year I thought why not.   The rose bowl competition is DPI only so there’s less for me to do in terms of getting images ready.

My two entries this year are:

The Drip – a swan taken on a walk around Earlswood lakes.

The Drip – Fuji X-Pro 2 – XF100-400mm  @400mm – 1/1250 – f/5.6 – iso200

The Wreck – taken on Instow beach.

The Wreck – Fuji X-Pro 2 – XF18-55mm @18mm – 1/900 – f/8 – iso200

With both images I’ve applied a process known as the Orton effect – it’s a duplicated layer with gaussian blur / exposure / blending applied.   It’s generally better for landscape images – but I’ve given it a go here to see what happens.

I’ve not decided if I’ll enter the 3 of a kind competition yet, but I might chuck in another Fuji Instax panel again!