The Making of "Microburst"

Winner of our July, 2016 "Weather" photo contest

By Thomas in Photo Contests on Sep 14, 2016

"Microburst" by Thomas

I live along the southern shore of Lake Erie, not far from Buffalo, NY. We get some interesting weather here at times and since I live on the lakeshore facing west, I often have the opportunity to see approaching weather systems.

One evening I was walking to my car in the driveway and an unusual cloud formation over the lake caught my eye. I grabbed some photo equipment and headed to the beach. I saw what appeared to be a linear front of low lying clouds rapidly (very rapidly) approaching the shore.

All images were shot using an old, heavy and very sturdy Gitzo aluminum tripod with an Arca-Swiss Z1 head. I took one shot with a Pentax 67 using the 35mm fisheye in an attempt to capture the breadth of the cloud formation:


Breadth of the cloud formation, Pentax 67 with 35mm fish-eye

The Making of "Sheikh Zayed Mosque"

Winner of our June, 2016 "Refelctions" photo contest

By arunava82 in Photo Contests on Aug 27, 2016

"Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi"

Thanks a lot for voting for my photograph. It's the first time that I have won a photo contest. I am so happy!

There is not much in the way of "Making of .." behind the picture. I was on a work visit to Abu Dhabi and decided to visit the Sheikh Zayed mosque, which is a tourist attraction there. It is open for visitors at night and the lighting is done very beautifully. The mosque itself is very beautiful.

There is some very intricate marble work on the floors and the walls. The square within the mosque has marble floor and it looks very serene and peaceful. I had a Pentax K-5 and carried a SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 along with a DA 18-135mm WR as I didn't know how much light there would be.

I took this picture with the 50mm prime. I actually took many pictures at different apertures and ISO settings and also some with the other lens. But this one came out best. I am happy with picture and no post-processing was done.

Thanks again and regards,

arunava82

"Weather" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our July, 2016 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Aug 24, 2016

"Microburst" by Thomas

Voting has ended for our July, 2016 "Weather" photo contest with the following results:

In first place was forum member Thomas from USA who captured "Microburst" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax 645D and an smc Pentax-A 645 35mm F3.5 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Konstanta from Ukraine in second place with "In the Mystical Silence" and Black Mesa Images from USA in third place with "Texas County Thunderstorm". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"In the Mystical Silence" by Konstanta "Texas County Thunderstorm" by Black Mesa Images

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our current photo contest. Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

"Reflections" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our June, 2016 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jul 24, 2016

"Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi" by arunava82

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our June, 2016 "Reflections" photo contest! In first place was forum member arunava82 from India who captured "Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an smc Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member NancyK from USA in second place with "Reflections of my Past" and K McCall from USA in third place with "Through the Looking Glass". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Reflections of my Past" by NancyK "Through the Looking Glass" by K McCall

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our current photo contest. Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

The Making of "Pioneer Cabin"

Winner of our May, 2016 "Still Life" photo contest

By sandhilr in Photo Contests on Jul 8, 2016

"Pioneer Cabin"

First of all, I want to thank everyone who nominated my photo and a special thanks to those who voted for it in the final round. Also, congratulations to the other winners of this contest - great photos!

"Pioneer Cabin" was taken at a weekend event in Nebraska. This 12' x 16' reproduction sod house was typical of a home a settler in Nebraska in the 1800's would have built to live in. This was a "living exhibit" and the home was furnished with a log framed bed, dresser, chairs, table, and other things that these early settlers would have used - candles, water pitcher, bowls, quilt, trunk, etc. There was even a small garden, laundry hanging on a rope clothes line, chopped firewood, and an outdoor fire for cooking. A young couple dressed in period clothing was on hand to make history come alive and to answer questions.

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