February 2024 Competition - B&W

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Entries are now closed and voting is enabled folks. Please use the up arrows to vote, these are highlighted in orange to the right of each image on larger displays or below on smaller displays. You are allowed to vote on as many images as you wish. With 41 entries this month please do take your time to go through them all. Voting ends Feb 27th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT). Thanks!

=== Please Read Before Submitting Your Entry ===
  • Only submit images taken during the current and previous two months (Dec 2023, Jan & Feb 2024).
  • Metadata must be included.
  • Site Supporter and Free Member Competitions are now merged.
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Congratulations to last months competition winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part.

Site Supporter Competition
1st place and winner of our $50 prize voucher was @Sdawes with his beautiful shot of the Ogwen Valley in Snowdonia National Park , Wales.
2nd place was @-ST- with his cracking cityscape of Metrotown, Burnaby.
3rd place was @WeeMalky with his splendid shot of Dunure Castle on the west coast of Scotland.

Free Member Competition
1st place was @Angus Cameron with a stunning long exposure of somewhere! Scotland maybe? Your membership has been upgraded to site supporter for the next 6 months.
2nd place was @alexpler with a pretty late autumn scene at Villa Borghese, Rome.

Theme
For this month the theme is B&W. That's Black and White just in case you are not sure! :)

Competition Dates
Entries start: The date that this post is published.
Entries end: February 20th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)
Voting starts: February 20th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)
Voting ends: February 27th at 3am Eastern Time (9am GMT)


Shot Taken Date
Only submit images taken during the current and previous two months (Dec 2023, Jan & Feb 2024). The metadata including date must be included in the uploaded image.

What Do I Get if I Win?
1st Place - The first place winner will receive a $30 (US dollar) voucher for Amazon.
2nd Place - The second place winner will receive a $20 (US dollar) voucher for Amazon.
3rd Place - The joy of taking part.


There are no alternative prize or cash options, so if you are unable to accept an Amazon voucher I'm afraid you will miss out on the prize. If your local currency is something other than US dollars then the above amounts will be converted based on the exchange rate at the time. In the event of a draw for 1st place the entry date will be extended but not past the last day of the month. If there are still equal votes for 1st and 2nd places then the prize will be split.

How to Enter + Rules
  1. Post your entries in this thread by scrolling down to the reply box then hitting the 'upload images' button, or just click here to reply. Insert image as full image not thumbnail.
  2. Sony cameras only.
  3. Camera metadata must be included in the images to verify.
  4. Only submit images taken in the current and previous two months (Dec 2023, Jan & Feb 2024). The date must be included in the image metadata.
  5. Only one photo entry per member.
  6. Keep the photos clean and family friendly.
  7. Please don't use sky replacements or AI image generation.
  8. You are free to change you image during the entry period.
How to Vote (when voting opens)
  1. Use the vote button (up arrow) to the right of the post (below post on mobile) to vote up images that you like
  2. You can vote on as many images as you like apart from your own
Upcoming Themes for 2024
Our themes for the year have already been decided to give you a heads-up on what's coming next.
  • Feb: B&W
  • Mar: Long Exposure
  • Apr: Animals
  • May: Patterns
  • Jun: Motion
  • Jul: Mechanized Machines
  • August: Reflections
  • Sep: Close Up
  • Oct: Food
  • Nov: After Dark
  • Dec: Festivities
Feedback
I'd really appreciate feedback about how the competition is running but please don't post it in this thread. Instead please post any feedback in this thread in the Feedback Forum.

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Tim
 
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GSW.

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  • ILCE-1
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/640 sec
  • ISO 8000
 
Upvote 4
Into the unknown. Porto, January 6th.

A7C03868.jpg
  • ILCE-7C
  • FE 20-70mm F4 G
  • 48.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/200 sec
  • ISO 100
 
Upvote 8
Oslo, Norway Vigeland Sculpture Park December 18, 2023
20231218-DSC00978-Enhanced-NR.jpg
  • ILCE-7M4
  • FE 35mm F1.4 GM
  • 35.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/80 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 8
Portmore Reservoir, Midlothian, Scotland.

last week I was looking for reflections in the water and my initial plan was to create an image of the swans in the water, as I moved down the bank to get into position they had moved out of the clam water, it was at this point I saw this little sapling.
20240130-_DSC2099-Enhanced-NR-Edit-Edit.jpg
  • ILCE-7M4
  • E 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 A067
  • 339.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/40 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 8
The Stage, at the Londoner Hotel, Champagne bar, 5th Jan 2024.
Londoner_hotel_050124-3.jpg
  • ILCE-7M4
  • FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II
  • 165.0 mm
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/200 sec
  • ISO 2000
 
Upvote 3
I know you're watching me.

DSC07961Fountains Abbey and Deer Park.jpg
  • ILCE-6500
  • E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS
  • 350.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/500 sec
  • ISO 160
 
Upvote 4
Angel1.jpg
  • ILCE-1
  • E 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 A067
  • 50.0 mm
  • ƒ/18
  • 1/320 sec
  • ISO 320
 
Upvote 6
A forest of man-made trees, on the edge of the Everglades...
DSC00518 2.jpg
  • Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
  • 109.0 mm
  • ƒ/11
  • 1/320 sec
  • ISO 100
 
Upvote 4
Resident walking past the church in
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  • ILCE-7RM5
  • FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II
  • 200.0 mm
  • ƒ/7.1
  • 1/125 sec
  • ISO 100
Resident walking past the Church in Putre, Chile Sony a7RV 70-200f2.8
 
Upvote 13
Fog in Kila Valley, Montana.

Kila Valley Fog.jpg
  • ILCE-1
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 291.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/3200 sec
  • ISO 160
 
Upvote 6
Yosemite Feb 2024 - Three Brothers are watching.
Sony ILCE-1, FE 24-70, F2.8 GM
30 mm, f/13, 1/40 sec, ISO 200
SA103932.jpg
  • ILCE-1
  • FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
  • 30.0 mm
  • ƒ/13
  • 1/40 sec
  • ISO 200
 
Upvote 3
Sony ILCE-7M3
Tamron 28-75 F2.8
40 mm
f/2.8
1/2,000 sec
ISO 100

Arabian horse.jpg
  • ILCE-7M3
  • E 28-75mm F2.8 A063
  • 40.0 mm
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 80
 
Upvote 3
BW contest entry

Ginther Sony.JPG
  • ILCE-7RM5
  • 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art 020
  • 105.0 mm
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/640 sec
  • ISO 100
 
Upvote 5
Mono at McLaren Falls.jpg
  • ILCE-1
  • FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
  • 27.0 mm
  • ƒ/7.1
  • 13 sec
  • ISO 50
 
Upvote 4
Just some eggs in a bowl :)
DSC03207-close-crop.jpg
  • ILCE-6000
  • E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
  • 16.0 mm
  • ƒ/11
  • 1/60 sec
  • ISO 640
 
Upvote 4
BnW Entry: Mercury River


Mercury.jpg
  • ILCE-1
  • FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II
  • 57.0 mm
  • ƒ/16
  • 2.5 sec
  • ISO 50
 
Upvote 9
Nuts!.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM5
  • FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
  • 90.0 mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 4/5 sec
  • ISO 100
 
Upvote 3
Two juvenile Bald Eagles practice their fighting skills mid-air, high high above me.

DSC04415.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM4
  • FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
  • 400.0 mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 160
 
Upvote 5
I am sending in my black and white entry for the February member competition.

I took this image with my Sony A7R4 at 1/640 second, ISO 8000 and F2.8 on 2-8-24 and used lightroom to colorize the green eyes.

DONNIE WITH THE GREEN EYES.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM4
  • FE 85mm F1.4 GM
  • 85.0 mm
  • ƒ/4
  • 1/640 sec
  • ISO 8000
 
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Upvote 1
Toadstool Hoodoos at sunset

20240116-DSC05119.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM4A
  • FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II
  • 54.0 mm
  • ƒ/11
  • 1/250 sec
  • ISO 100
 
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Upvote 3
Caged.jpg
  • ILCE-7M4
  • 57.0 mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/125 sec
  • ISO 1250
 
Upvote 10
Horse of the Year Show - Melbourne 2024
A6100 + FE24-70 GM 1
HOTY 24_A6100_FE24-70 GM_Chris Hughes.jpg
  • ILCE-6100
  • FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
  • 42.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/320 sec
  • ISO 100
 
Upvote 3
Sony ILCE-7RMS 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN ART 019 31mm 1/400 f/11 ISO1250 Feb4 2024 09:48:50am
7R502878-Enhanced-NR-4.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM5
  • 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 019
  • 31.0 mm
  • ƒ/11
  • 1/400 sec
  • ISO 1250
 
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Upvote 2
A7R09076.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM4
  • FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
  • 400.0 mm
  • ƒ/10
  • 1/13 sec
  • ISO 400
 
Upvote 5
DSC04536-Enhanced-NR-2.jpg
  • ILCE-7RM5
  • FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
  • 90.0 mm
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 1/100 sec
  • ISO 500

Hoping you'll grant me "the joy of competing" at the very least :)

Jokes on you! I already have it!
 
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