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.

January Photo Contest: Win a Pentax K-50

"Composite" Theme

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 3, 2016

Our holiday giveaway continues through this month's official photo contest! Enter a photo in our January "Composite" contest for a shot at winning the grand prize: a brand new Pentax K-50.

Click here to enter a photo

Prizes for runner-ups include a $50 B&H Photo gift card, a 1-year forum account upgrade, and photo paper from Red River Paper.

As always, each member may only enter a single photo, and that photo must be taken with a Pentax or Ricoh camera.  The photo does not need to be taken during the contest perior, though this is encouraged.  The January contest will remain open to submissions through the end of the month.  More details can be found in the full contest announcement.

Finally, don't forget to submit your finalist nominations for last month's "Seasonal" photo contest gallery.

"Motion" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our November, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Dec 27, 2015

"Buckle Up!" by TroutHunterJohn

Our November, 2015 "Motion" photo contest has ended and we're happy to announce and congratulate these winners:

In first place was forum member TroutHunterJohn from USA who captured "Buckle Up!" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 IIs and an smc Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye lens.

Our runners-up were forum member insomniac from Greece in second place with "River-dell" and wmstein from Germany in third place with "Dragonfly". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"River-dell" by insomniac "Dragonfly" by wmstein

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our December photo contest, "Seasonal", which will soon be ending. Read about it in the monthly contest forum.


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