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.

November, 2015 Photo Contest: Motion

Official monthly contest open to submissions

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Nov 5, 2015

Motion in the clouds

November is already here, which means that it's time for our next official photo contest! This month's theme is "motion" and the challenge is to depict a sense of motion through an interesting subject.  Examples would include flowing water, moving clouds, people in motion, people on skateboards, dirt bikes, etc. In any event, the image should illustrate the flow of the motion so photos taken with fast shutter speeds which just freeze the motion won't cut it for this contest.

As usual, your submission must be shot with a Pentax camera (film or digital) or a digital Ricoh camera.

Click here to submit an entry for the contest

"Night Time" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our September, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Oct 25, 2015

"Yaquina Head Lighthouse" by DK77

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our September, 2015 "Night Time is the Right Time" photo contest! In first place was forum member DK77 from Canada who captured "Yaquina Head Lighthouse" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an Rokinon 8mm Fish-eye lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Konstanta from Ukraine in second place with "In the Misty City Park" and rklegrand from USA in third place with "Foggy Night in New Orleans". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"In the Misty City Park" by Konstanta "Foggy Night in New Orleans" by rklegrand

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 be announced on November 1 in the monthly contest forum.


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