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stoates
5th November 2014, 07:14 PM
So here we go with the latest Challenge:

We Brits talk about it often enough and we certainly have our fair share of variety but this should apply equally to over overseas members. The Subject for this challenge is 'WEATHER'

Anything depicting the weather is fair game but 'extra marks' will be gained for getting those images where sensible folk are tucked up somewhere warm; whether it be the awesome power of a raging storm or the beauty of cascading icicles in sub zero temperatures (for example), the choice is yours.


Closing date: Midnight (UK time) on Saturday 15 November.

(Apologies for a slight extension to the closing date - the 14 day point falls at the start of a block of night-shifts for me. Now I will have something to do on my Birthday instead. :))

Here are the rules, which should be copied and pasted into the opening post of each round:-

1) The winner of each round becomes the Curator of the next challenge and is resposible for setting the theme and making final judgement of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Ideally he/she will make a few comments concerning what they liked about the winning pictures and why they were chosen, but this is not compulsory.

2) A separate thread should be started for comments with each new round and all discussions should take place there, not in the main thread, which should feature pictures entered for the competition only.

3) Each round should be open for entries for two weeks, with the Curator posting the results as soon as possible after entries have closed and the winner setting a new challenge as soon as possible sfter that.

4) If for any reason a Curator is unable to complete judging their challenge, or a winner is unable or unwilling to become the next Curator, they must contact a moderator immediately so that alternative arrangements can be made.

5) The Curator's decision is final and cannot be disputed. The challenge is designed to be a light-hearted and fun way to encourage friendly competition.

6) All entries must have been taken on an Olympus digital camera, including compacts. Third party lenses on E-System bodies are acceptable. The Exif data should be preserved for every entry. The exception is for processing techniques where the exif for the final image is lost, i.e. for montages, HDR, focus stacking, etc and in this case all that is required is for one of the original images used to be available to the Curator to check Exif, if needed. It is not anticipated that this will be needed except in the case of a complaint from a forum member. Remember, this is not a competition with prizes at stake and the main purpose is to encourage members to showcase their favourite shots whilst having a bit of fun and friendly rivalry, at the same time demonstrating what a talented bunch we all are!


7) There are no time limits on when a picture was taken, provided it meets all other criteria.

8) Only one entry per challenge, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that's OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement picture that this is what you intend doing.

9) The Curator cannot enter his or her own challenge.

Good luck and let's try and repeat the superb standard set in challenge 60!!

Here's a link to the discussion thread for this competition: http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?p=318218#post318218

birdboy
6th November 2014, 11:09 AM
Rain & Sun
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7162993.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78913)

andym
6th November 2014, 01:16 PM
Squall.

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/P7237011.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/28186)

RogerMac
6th November 2014, 02:15 PM
Yorkshire Ouse in flood
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/OuseInFlood1200.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78923)

PeterBirder
6th November 2014, 05:43 PM
Passing Storm.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PB020884_DxO_2-1-e.jpg

Rocknroll59
6th November 2014, 07:16 PM
It's raining again....


http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2280031.JPG

Peter

Zuiko
6th November 2014, 07:32 PM
Had any rain lately?

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/paglesham_forum.jpg

sapper
7th November 2014, 01:57 PM
Here's mine.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/rain_1_of_1_-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/75694)

pault
7th November 2014, 03:23 PM
Some very good pictures here, I need to get out more

timmypreston
8th November 2014, 09:47 PM
Floods
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8532/8476248367_6800006edd_c.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/8476248367/)
Sunset over the flooded River Tern at Walcot Shropshire (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/8476248367/) by Tim J Preston (https://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

hruissen
9th November 2014, 06:13 PM
Storm at the beach
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/storm2013.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78986)

maccabeej
10th November 2014, 03:10 PM
My feeble attempt. Rain in the High Atlas

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Weather_1_of_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/79012)

Janet
11th November 2014, 12:21 PM
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3537/3803737568_e34e2e0976_b.jpg

OM USer
11th November 2014, 01:45 PM
Time to head back down.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/508/P7303766b2.jpg

alfbranch
11th November 2014, 08:13 PM
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/8738645123_48ca86e32b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ejcQKe)St Bees beach big sky v2 (https://flic.kr/p/ejcQKe) by alf.branch (https://www.flickr.com/people/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

Phil Angel
13th November 2014, 02:18 PM
low level summer storm

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7121/7826793152_7e9b89b57a.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62314512@N05/7826793152/)
DSCF1507 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62314512@N05/7826793152/) by phil angel (https://www.flickr.com/people/62314512@N05/), on Flickr

benvendetta
13th November 2014, 09:15 PM
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Hardy.jpg
Hardy Sheep.
Dave Bennett

pdk42
13th November 2014, 10:04 PM
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2922/14335128390_47ef48ea84_b.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_kaye/14335128390/)

Storm brewing over Warwickshire (https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_kaye/14335128390/) by Paul Kaye (https://www.flickr.com/people/paul_kaye/), on Flickr

IainMacD
13th November 2014, 10:44 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20141109-Meall_Fuar-Mhonaidh-VB091200.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78992)

Peter_Hartland
14th November 2014, 01:18 PM
Asked Admin to remove my other image as it was not taken with Olympus Camera (sorry I missed rule 6)
Replaced with this image taken in the Hebrides with EM1

http://hartlandp.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v36/p831829162-5.jpg

stoates
16th November 2014, 05:58 PM
Aargh....this 'judging' malarkey is NOT easy!

Firstly a big thanks to all who entered the challenge; a very high standard of 'weather' images from each of you which made picking the top three extremely difficult. So difficult in fact that I have awarded a joint 3rd place, having dithered and changed my mind too often as to which image should get the accolade.

So in reverse order:

3rd Equal. - alfbranch and Peter Hartland

Alf's image of St Bees Beach has captured an impressive storm on what otherwise looks like a pleasant day. I particularly like the reflections on the wet sand and the wide crop seems to add a sense of weight to the heavy clouds.

Pete's image, on the other hand, depicts a much bleaker and probably all too familiar sight for the residents of this Hebridean island. The B+W treatment suits the subject perfectly and I like the contrast between the heavy, black clouds and the light, both the edging of the clouds and the rays breaking through the torrential rain to illuminate the white houses bottom left.


2nd Place - sapper

Dave's image perfectly captures the challenge theme and especially the 'not being out in that weather!' aspect. It has the feeling of a 'grab shot' (sorry if it wasn't Dave :)) but a great example of having your camera with you to record a special moment in time. You can't help but sympathise with the forlorn character who appears stranded in the middle of the road in this downpour with his jacket giving minimal or inadequate protection from a real soaking.

1st Place - Challenge 61 Winner - pdk42

Wow, I just thought this was a stunning image. Paul has depicted both the power and beauty of our weather brilliantly. The composition is spot-on to emphasise the apocalyptic sky and the scene is perfectly lit. I particularly liked the contrast between those menacing dark clouds and the verdant green of the field unexpectedly or almost inexplicably bathed in sunlight.

My thanks again to all the entrants and congratulations to the winners especially pdk42. I guess it is over to you now Paul!! :)

pdk42
16th November 2014, 07:05 PM
Wow - I won! Wasn't expecting that! Thanks Steve.

Guess I need to go and read the rules since I'm next up to judge ;)

DavyG
16th November 2014, 08:08 PM
Congrats to the winners and all who entered, some truly excellent pics in this challenge.

Paul's pic really is outstanding.

Dave

sapper
16th November 2014, 08:18 PM
Thank you Steve. You are correct, a very high standard of images.
Well done to all who entered, especially, Paul (pdk42).

Zuiko
16th November 2014, 09:27 PM
Thanks to all who entered and set a very high standard and congratulations to the winners. *chr

Chevvyf1
16th November 2014, 10:26 PM
Thanks to all who entered and set a very high standard and congratulations to the winners. *chr

pdk42
16th November 2014, 10:38 PM
Hi all - challenge 62 now up - City Life. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=35485

Peter_Hartland
16th November 2014, 11:02 PM
Well done Paul it had my vote

OM USer
17th November 2014, 11:14 AM
Congratulations Paul.

birdboy
17th November 2014, 10:56 PM
Congrats to the winners and thanks to Steve for his excellent appraisal of his choice. I have to say it is fun entering these challenges and keeping an eye on what others are posting I recommend entering. Just take part there is no shame in not being a chosen one.*chr