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.

"Night Time" Photo Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the contest winner in our poll

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Oct 17, 2015

Contest finalists- click to enlarge

Over the course of the past two weeks, the community has been nominating finalists from among the 213 submissions in our "Night Time is the Right Time" photo contest, the official forum contest for the month of September.  Today, we have named the top 15 photos our finalists!

Now, it's time for you to cast your vote for your favorite photo from among those finalists so that we can name a winner:

Click here to vote in the "Night Time" contest poll

We can outright say that the photos in this contest are among the most impressive we have ever seen in any of our 109 monthly photo contests.  We'd like to congratulate all of our finalists for making it this far— and wish them good luck in the final stretch!

See also our October "colorful" photo contest, which will remain open to submissions through the end of the month.

The Making of "The End"

The winning image in our "Junk" photo contest

By bruno.cirou in Photo Contests on Oct 7, 2015

Thank you all for your comments, nominations and votes. Some are funny; some are very flattering. Special thanks to Marc H. for his long analysis.

"The End" by bruno.cirou

I took this photo during an extraordinary journey in Namibia. This place is called "SOLITAIRE". There is only one lodge, one restaurant and one gas station.

My intention when I started this series of pictures was to shoot the Milky Way with a special foreground (the car). But the moon and some clouds were also present.

After the first shot I realized that the clouds formed some sort of a gloomy bird. My bad luck, moon + clouds, became a chance for a special photo. Even the flare and the halo "round off" the movement  of the "cloud bird."


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