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."

"Junk" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our August, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Sep 27, 2015

"The End" by bruno.cirou

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

In first place was forum member bruno.cirou from France who captured "The End" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-3 and an Samyang 10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Tom Gotzy from USA in second place with "A Big Mess" and Tamia from USA in third place with "Once Loved, Now Abandoned". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"A Big Mess" by Tom Gotzy "Once Loved, Now Abandoned" by Tamia

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 is announced here.

The Making of "Avoiding Boredom"

The winning image in our "Just Waiting" photo contest

By d.v.d in Photo Contests on Sep 10, 2015

I would like to thank all of you who nominated and voted for this photo. It felt really great when my picture got into the top 15, not to mention when I was notified that the doggie had won.

Contest winning photo - click to enlarge

I was already aware that a dog head "built into a fence" would usually be around when one walks by on the street. I often walk by on my way to the supermarket. One day I took my camera with me because I wanted to take a few pictures of him. It turned out to be a sunny day, until I arrived to that specific street.  Soon it became cloudy and the atmosphere got rather gloomy (so much for a fast, far distance shot).

I was a beginner with the DSLR and in the Pentax world as well (I had only owned my K-5II for about a month) so I did not really think much about the settings. I used my camera in TAv mode, and set it to F5.6 and 1/125. I had to hurry, because the dog was shy and not really interested in me getting too close. I only managed to take 2 pictures before the dog left.

At home I looked at the pictures. I was a bit disappointed, because they were dark and flat due to the overcast sky, and the camera had managed to focus on the fence rather than on the head (now that I think of it, I don't really know why I couldn't manage to take another photo, but I guess I have learned that the K-5II has large AF points). I kept the one which was taken from the side.

"Just Waiting" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our July, 2015 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Aug 26, 2015

"Avoiding Boredom" by d.v.d

Voting has ended for our July, 2015 "Just Waiting" photo contest with the following result:

In first place was forum member d.v.d from Hungary who captured "Avoiding Boredom" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 II and an smc Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member redridinghood from USA in second place with "Last Cat" and exnito from Slovakia in third place with "Waiting to Pass". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Last Cat" by redridinghood "Waiting to Pass" by exnito

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, "Night Time is the Right Time".

The Making of "Diversion"

The winning image in our "Converging Lines" photo contest

By panonski in Photo Contests on Aug 20, 2015


The winning photo - "Diversion"

It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was walking around with my old body and companion in making art, Ricoh GX 200. It is always in my pocket or even better in my hands.

I shall not compliment my Ricoh GX 200 too much here, since its superb optical and physical quality has been proven many times, and its brother, the GR, lives on now in its sixth generation as the GR II.

So, like I said, I was just roaming around like I often do, especially if it is a lovely day. I decided to turn left to the railway tracks and found myself in a wilder scene with a lot of empty old trains and track with rust, lots of iron and black oiled wood everywhere:

Scene - Click to Enlarge

I like such a setting for shooting because I always feel that it is right there just for that purpose. To tell the story of the past, like some poem.


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