The Making of "Watching the Sunset"

Winner of our January, 2016 "Composite" photo contest

By miguelfenoglio in Photo Contests on Mar 20, 2016

As most of my pictures are film it is hard for me to participate in PentaxForums contests. Film requires me to think, shoot and develop, which I can’t do in a single month (mainly as I don’t shoot enough to develop every month). When I saw the theme was composite and that it could be about anything I thought that was my chance, as I could use images I already had. I had never done composites and I had never participated in a PentaxForums contest before, so I thought it would be a good start. I never thought I would win, or even be one of the top choices. I mainly entered to see if anyone would like my picture.

"Watching the Sunset"

The composite uses 2 pictures. Both were taken in Gili Trawangan island, Indonesia. I wasn't initially thrilled about having nothing else to do than go to the beach, but I was dead wrong. Snorkling was great and the underwater camera we borrowed from a friend was a lot of fun. And I got a chance to take some interesting pictures and now it has even earned me the honor of winning this contest, so it was great!

The “main” picture is the sunset. Although both images are used in full, the sunset is stronger and it sets the background. Then, there is the underwater image, which has my wife as the subject.

"Composite" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our January, 2016 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Mar 2, 2016

"Watching the Sunset" by miguelfenoglio

Voting has ended for our January, 2016 "Composite" photo contest where we had four prizes, first prize being a Pentax K-50 DSLR. The voting came out as follows:

In first place was forum member miguelfenoglio from Spain who captured "Watching the Sunset" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax 1000  for the sunset and a Pentax W60 for the underwater shot. The lens used with the K1000 was an smc Pentax-M 28mm F2.8 lens.

In second place we have forum member gazart from the UK with "The Age of Reason", shot with a Pentax K-5 and an smc Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Ltd. lens:

"The Age of Reason" by gazart

Our runners-up were forum member msalicat from South Africa in third place with "Horse in Sea" and arne.oestlund from Sweden in fourth place with "The Cat by the Tree". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Horse in Sea" by msalicat "The Cat by the Tree" by arne.oestlund

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 "Foggy Train"

Winner of our December, 2016 "Seasonal" photo contest

By bodson in Photo Contests on Feb 6, 2016

"Foggy Train" by bodson

I woke up that morning and it was very foggy and snowing lightly. I remembered a location that had cool crooked telegraph poles and thought the condition would be great for that scene. When I'm out shooting landscapes I always mark on my phone the GPS coordinates of places that I like and what time the light and sun will be at certain spots in a scene. I also mark if they would be great for portraits and model work as well.

Once I arrived at the location the fog and reflections of the poles were very nice so I shot a few of those. I had with me at the time my K3 and my 645D, I used the D since it was a nice static scene and wanted the extra clarity and range the D offers. After snapping a few I got into my car and was about to leave the location. I heard the train coming and scrambled to get into position. I grabbed the 645 once again since the exposure settings were already set even that I knew that the slow frames per second burst might cost me. The train was coming at full speed and I was able to get three shots off before the head of the train had passed. I knew if I was able to nail focus the shot would be special.

"Seasonal" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our December, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 27, 2016

"Foggy Train" by bodson

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our December, 2015 "Seasonal" photo contest! In first place was forum member bodson from Canada who captured "Foggy Train" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax 645D and an smc Pentax 645 D FA 55mm F2.8 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Konstanta from Ukraine in second place with "Fog and Frost" and Pen'ax from Switzerland in third place with "Christmas". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Fog and Frost" by Konstanta "Christmas" by Pen'ax

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our next photo contest as announced in the monthly contest forum.

The Making of "Buckle Up!"

Winner of our November, 2015 "Motion" photo contest

By TroutHunterJohn in Photo Contests on Jan 8, 2016

"Buckle Up!" - Click to enlarge

There is nothing like the Pacific Northwest in the summer. I often explore the region's clean air, sunny days, mountains, and forests by hiking, driving and motorcycling.

My vision for this image was to convey that feeling of movement, excitement, and sparkle I experienced while driving through the woods on a sunny June day. My ultimate goal was to shoot this from my motorcycle, but I first needed to determine the ideal combination of gear, settings, and location so I decided to experiment from the relative safety of my wife’s car (which has an open sun roof).

It only took me a short while, and about 20 exposures, to arrive at the location and settings that produced this image.

First I attached my DA 10-17mm fisheye to my Pentax K5 IIs. Then I found a road segment that was straight and had a good combination of trees and roadside vegetation to show movement along the image perimeter. I found that the 10mm focal length did the best to combine a sharp center point of the image (look closely and you can see an on-coming car) with the sharp but blurred edges that communicate speed and movement.


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