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.

The Making of "Autumn Scene"

The winning image in our "Colorful" photo contest

By bjolester in Photo Contests on Dec 6, 2015

"Autumn Scene" (click to enlarge)

First of all, I want to thank all of you that voted for my photo in the October 2015 competition. I am very proud that my photo excelled in competition with so many great photos!

On Sunday October 11 I had planned to get up very early and go for a photo hike around the Trondheim area, near where I live. The sun rose at about 0900 this morning, and when I got up at about 0530, I could see that there was mist/fog covering most of the Trondheimsfjord. In fact, the misty conditions were so severe that the airport at Værnes closed down during Sunday, and also the following Monday. After having had breakfast, I packed my photo equipment in my Saab and drove off towards Trondheim.

I initially planned to take some photos of the wharves by the Nidelven in the centre of Trondheim, and here the conditions were very misty, dark and gloomy. Afterwards I drove up to the large lake Jonsvatnet, which besides being a very beautiful lake, is the main reservoir for drinking water for the people of Trondheim. At Jonsvatnet I found a nice spot to take some photos, and I unpacked and set up my photo gear, and waited – hoping for the sun to start shining through the fog. After having waited half an hour or so, there was some movement in the fog and indeed the sunrays started to penetrate the fog. At this moment I took a series of shots including the one I submitted for this competition.

"Colorful" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our October, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Nov 23, 2015

"Autumn Scene" by bjolester

Voting has ended for our October, 2015 "Colorful" photo contest with the following result:

In first place was forum member bjolester from Norway who captured "Autumn Scene" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an SMC Pentax 30mm F2.8 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member albatross from New Zealand in second place with "Chaos and Colour" and noelcmn from South Africa in third place with "European Bee Eater". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Chaos and Colour" by albatross "European Bee Eater" by noelcmn

These photograhs are all excellent interpretations of the theme!

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, which will soon be announced in the monthly contest forum.

The Making of "Yaquina Head Lighthouse"

The winning image in our "Night Time is the Right Time" photo contest

By DK77 in Photo Contests on Nov 19, 2015

"Yaquina Head Lighthouse"

Hello folks, my name is Derek and I have been a long time member of the Pentax Forums. I'm honoured to have won the September “Night Time is the Right Time” photo contest. Thank you so much for your votes! I've been asked, and am happy to share, a little behind the scenes information about my winning photograph.

Back in the autumn of 2013 I was in Oregon and had the opportunity to join a photowalk with Pacific Northwest photography friends. We met up in Newport and walked down to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in the daytime – it's a very pretty location on the Oregon coast. After supper three of us walked back down to the lighthouse in the dark to photograph it with the stars. It was a moonless night and the Milky Way was surprisingly clear even that we were so near to the lights of Newport.

Because the Milky Way stretched high into the sky, I went super-wide with the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 manual focus fisheye lens on the Pentax K-5. Locked down on the tripod, I used my wireless trigger to eliminate camera shake.


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