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.

"Portraits in Monochrome" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our March, 2016 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Apr 26, 2016

"Lana" by nedjo

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our March, 2016 "Portraits in Monochrome" photo contest! In first place was forum member nedjo from Croatia who captured "Lana" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an smc Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro lens.

Our runners-up were forum member ivalkila from Finland in second place with "Elina with Kitten" and K McCall from USA in third place with "Easter". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Elina with Kitten" by ivalkila "Easter" 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 "Pentax Table"

Winner of our February, 2016 "Tables and Chairs" photo contest

By Tapio Kekkonen in Photo Contests on Apr 8, 2016

"Pentax Table" by Tapio Kekkonen

First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who voted in the PentaxForum's ”Table and Chairs” competition and special thanks to those voting me into the finals. There were so many great photo entries so it was an honour to get through to the final and this even with my first photo entry ever in any competition!

I've been taking photos almost all my life and it has been my main hobby since the 70s when I got my first Canon F1. There was a period of lazyness as I got tired of playing with the chemicals and developing, but a new interest emerged along with the digital cameras and Pentax. Now I'm eagerly waiting for my new K-1!

My photo was taken in Hanko, my home town in Southern Finland. The Hanko Peninsula, on which the city is located, is the southernmost tip of continental Finland. Hanko has a coastline of approx. 130 km of which 30 km are sandy beaches. This makes the light very special in Hanko! 


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