Class competition this month, some outstanding entries. I've taken the time to put down my thoughts on each image, these are just the thoughts of a bloke looking at photographs - i'm nee critic.
Beautiful model, you have nailed the lighting. I like the Cream tone, and the processing although a little of the detail has been lost. Perfect skin tone.
I didn't know this place existed and promptly Googled it to find it's location. I especially like the cloud intersecting the harsh geometry of the sculpture. Voted
Impressive focus, all the detail is retained in the flowers and jewellery. Captured the moment beautifully.
Your shot makes me crave sea food.
I like the idea of using what is already black and white as opposed to extracting colour to make a black and white image.
I really like the uniform depth of field. Perfect for black and white.
When you posted this I was shocked at the level of detail retained, you can see texture in almost every part of the image. The perspective could not be better either.
Excellent composition, (where is this?). The slower shutter speed makes this image, works very well in black and white. (is that a smudge on your sensor?)
Set the scene beautifully here. I especially like the splash from the wave closest to the camera. The perspective of the stone jetty is very well thought out.
wor kid telt me
I like the symmetry of this image, you have spent some time composing it and it has paid off. The detail in the masonry is very nice. Voted
tom tom macute
Impressive focus and wonderful timing. (are these stones in Morpeth?) I love the casualness of the gent walking with his hand's in his pockets, in disregard to the potential soaking he could get if he takes one bad step.
I think this is a fantastic idea. Very original. The texture and hardness of bone in smooth, organic shapes - not many better ideas in this competition. The only let down is the lighting, it's hidden some of the key details.
The scene behind is well captured in bokeh, I like the depth of field.
beautiful little'n. I like the focus on the bairns hand - it make's you wonder how it all works. The digits and nails being so tiny but so utterly perfect.
The less said about this the better! no seriously, this is a wonderful shot I have looked at multiple times since you posted it. SEX
I think it's called, I cannot remember seeing a shot of the sage as good as this. cannot imagine it in colour and don't want to. Voted
Excellent composition and multiple wins on texture choices. It tells a story aswell and works perfectly in black and white. You just
missed the focus ,but because of the close proximity to your interest my eyes are drawn to the plant pot.
I like the authentic look of this, the perspective of the train is excellent. A very gritty image which works very well in sepia. I like your processing, it looks nostalgic.
The composition is great here, the reflections, sun and distant detail all work really well together. i especially like the wisps of cloud in the top right.
Iain Hesford's Bait Box
Technically the best shot in the competition IMO. Perfect timing, perfect focus and tremendous adhoc composition. You're not even allowed to take photographs on the underground are you? utterly class. Also, your black and white conversion is excellent please post your secrets. Voted
I really like the motion blur in this, it sets the scene really well. This is a fun image and you have captured the moment really well.
This image makes me feel abit sick TBH, sick with envy. I could look at it for hours and still not be satisfied I have taken it all in. The scene, the reflection, the steam, the rays, the background.. holy shit this is a fantastically good photograph. Is this a conversion to black and white btw? Voted
Wonderful location. The leading lines, the symmetry of the embankments and the excellent cloud formation are all spot on. You have clearly thought about this aswell, perfect for black and white: very impressive. Voted.
My Left Foot
I first saw this on Fliker. The refection and stillness make this image very easy to look at, and even slightly relaxing. Really impressed with how it looks in black and white.
The Great Soprendo
You can see the finger prints on this image! it took me a while to identify whay it was in the hand, went from tooth, to chewing gum, then finally arrived at sea snail. The woolens in this image will appeal to ICBYD.
I'm surprised you got all of it in from such an acute angle! I particularly like the cloud formation, it gives the angle a different scale and it works really well. Looks fantastic in black and white.
I like the reflections running down the left and right of the car body. The contrast between the badges and the radiator grill are interesting. The detail in the radiator is very good also.