The Making of "Alone With the Universe"

The winning image in our "Best of 2014" photo contest

By EarlVonTapia in Photo Contests on Mar 14, 2015

Editorial note: forum member EarlVonTapia's impressive starscape finished first in our Best of 2014 photo contest and earned him the Pentax K-50 grand prize.  Winning photos like these involve so much more than just being in the right place at the right time; they are the result of a carefully-crafted composition, sound shooting technique, and skillful processing.  Without further ado, let us proceed to the photographer's account of how this photo was shot and processed!

"Alone With the Universe" by EarlVonTapia - Click to Enlarge

Thank you all for voting in the PentaxForums "Best of 2014" contest, and a special thank you to those who voted for me in the finals. There were so many great photo entries, and it was an honor just making it to the final 15.

The contest called for people to submit their best photo of 2014, and for me it was this picture of me camping underneath the stars. I've taken several shots of this nature in the past couple of years, but they've been fairly typical astroscapes. I was thinking of a way to mix it up and decided that a fisheye lens might provide a nice spin from the standard ultra-wide angle view.

My friend and I were heading out on one of our winter excursions in the mountains of BC, Canada. We were trying to find a cabin that someone had said was in the area, but unfortunately we made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up at some random frozen lake. Thankfully the weather was quite clear and calm, and it was getting late, so we decided to just call it a day and set up camp instead of backtracking. My friend opted to camp within the trees, but because the weather was so nice and there was no wind at all I decided to camp out on the frozen lake itself.

The Making of "His Every Wish"

The winning image in our "Holiday Spirit" photo contest

By JameyMC in Photo Contests on Feb 28, 2015

(Click image to enlarge)

Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for my photo "His Every Wish" in the Holiday Spirit contest. I'm relatively new to this forum and the comments I received were very kind and welcoming.

The photo itself was a candid that was captured during an extended family holiday. We took all the grandchildren to see Santa, who was in fact my wife's cousin behind the beard. The location of the photo was in an older building in the heart of the town. I was immediately concerned over light availability, as the walls were dark wood and artificial light was sparse. I had only three lens choices in my bag that day; the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8, the 35mm 2.4, or the 50mm 1.8.

"Best of 2014" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our January, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Feb 27, 2015

"Alone With the Universe" by EarlVonTapia

Voting for our official January, 2015 "Best of 2014" photo contest has just ended, and we are now pleased to announce the winners.

Forum member EarlVonTapia from Canada came in first place and will thus be the recipient of the Pentax K-50 grand prize!  The winning photo, shown above, is a starscape entitled "Alone With the Universe". It was shot with a Pentax K-30 and a DA 10-17mm Fish-eye lens.

Earl will share details on how this photo was captured in an upcoming homepage post.

Photo Challenge Roundup - 2/11

By K David in Photo Contests on Feb 11, 2015

Much of the U.S. is trapped inside thanks to a series of heavy storms. Europe, too, has seen snow, cold, and heavy cloud cover this week. About the only place around with good weather this week has been Australia. So whether you're stuck inside editing your photos or out enjoying a lull in the summer heath, this is a great time to post and share in the Pentax Forums contest threads!

Photo Challenge Roundup - 2/1

By K David in Photo Contests on Feb 1, 2015

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring is approaching quickly. In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn will arrive sooner than you realize. This is a great time to get those end-of-season photos. To help spur your photographic creativity, here are some of the the many contests and events currently happening on PF. You can find them all (and hundreds upon hundreds of photos) in our Monthly Photo Contest,  Weekly Photo Challenges, and Mini-challenges forums.


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