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.

"Still Life" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our May, 2016 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jun 29, 2016

"Pioneer Cabin" by sandhilr

Our May, 2016 "Still Life" photo contest has ended and we're happy to announce and congratulate these winners:

In first place was forum member sandhilr from USA who captured "Pioneer Cabin" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-r and an smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member gazart from UK in second place with "The Nautilus Cup" and Pande from Norway in third place with "Four". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"The Nautilus Cup" by gazart "Four" by Pande

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 "Short Circuit"

Winner of our April, 2016 "Lamps" photo contest

By damianc in Photo Contests on Jun 4, 2016

"Short Circuit"

Firstly I'd like to thank everyone who voted for "Short Circuit"”. I am always pleased and even slightly surprised when people like my photography and it gives me a lift in a way that few other things in life do. I've returned to taking photography seriously in the last three years, having had a break for twenty years or so since shooting predominantly black and white film. It was a hobby that was proving costly in both time and money and I simply let my interest lapse.

Digital photography has been an absolute revelation in allowing me to learn with greater speed, and letting me carry out development that would have taken so long to do in a darkroom if it were even possible!

Many of you will have come across similar photographs to this on the web. I make no pretence in claiming to be original, but think it is a good idea to take inspiration from ones contemporaries; to imitate and learn. As may also be obvious I have a fascination for the surreal, for humour, and for puzzles.

All my development is from RAW using open source tools. I came across the free software movement in the early 1990's, loved the philosophy, and have tried to stick with it since. Raw to jpeg I use Rawtherapee, and for further processing I use GIMP.

"Lamps" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our April, 2016 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on May 27, 2016

"Short Circuit" by damianc

Voting has ended for our April, 2016 "Lamps" photo contest with the following result:

In first place was forum member damianc from Scotland who captured "Short Circuit" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-3 and an Sigma 70mm F2.8 macro lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Tapio Kekkonen from Finland in second place with "Tuscany Light" and sealonsf from USA in third place with "Stirling Lamp". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Tuscany Light" by Tapio Kekkonen "Stirling Lamp" by sealonsf

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 "Lana"

Winner of our March, 2016 "Portraits in Monochrome" photo contest

By nedjo in Photo Contests on May 21, 2016

"Lana" by nedjo

Greetings,

My picture was taken at an event where a girl was adopted and she willingly posed for the camera. She is seven years old.

The picture was shot in color in jpg in natural light, without direct sunlight. This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an smc Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro lens set to F2.8 to limit the depth of field. The sensitivity was ISO 320.


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