We're happy to announce the winners of our January, 2014 photo contest, "Best of 2013"! In first place was forum member camo, who captured the photo "Rundle" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and a Tamron 17-50mm lens.
|Atrej: Dancers||cdurfor: Untitled|
Besides the winning images, this contest saw an extraordinary number of excellent images which you can enjoy here.
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our March "Starbursts" photo contest.
Indian Flower Mantis (Creobroter elongata)
In this post we will be looking at how the photo that won last month's photo contest came to be.
I set out to shoot a Mantis behind the house in the garden. After looking around I found a suitable place with nice grass that was illuminated by the setting sun as contre-jour lighting. Behind the grass there was a vine which created shade that would serve as the dark tones of the background. The scene was illuminated by the setting sun shining above the vine.
We're happy to announce the winners of our December, 2013 photo contest, "Rule of Thirds"! In first place was forum member Atrej, who captured the photo "Illuminated" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an Orestor 135mm f2.8 M42 + macro tubes.
|vroom_skies: What Lies Beyond||Hopka: Grainy Sunset|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our February photo contest which will be announced shortly.
My friend had asked me to take traditional, happy photos of her daughter. It was a hot day in Florida, and after being in the sun for a while, the six-year-old was pretty cranky. We walked back to my friend's apartment building, and as I saw how the stairs floated down, I spied an opportunity. I asked her to sit on the stairs for just one more shot and told her that she didn't need to smile for this one. I switched from a standard portrait lens to the DA 12-24/4 and crouched down quickly. I didn't want to lose her attention, so I didn't even take the time to line up the shot well - I just fired three quick shots, and in the second shot, her expression just connected with the camera.
To celebrate the start of the new year, we are having a very special theme for our official photo contest this month. We want to see your favorite photo from 2013! The rest is up to you.
Click here to enter in our January photo contest, or visit the contest announcement for the full rules and submission guidelines. As always, we are offering B&H photo gift cards as well as premium photo paper from Red River Paper to our top three winners. A free forum account is required to enter, and all submissions must be taken with a Pentax-branded camera or a clone.
Please also don't forget to vote for the winners of last month's photo contest, who will be announced in just under three weeks.
Good luck in this month's photo contest, and once again, Happy New Year to everyone!
We're happy to announce the winners of our November, 2013 photo contest, "Negative Space"! In first place was forum member K McCall, who captured the photo "Stairs to Nowhere" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-200D and a Pentax-DA 12-24mm F4 lens.
|mark lj: The Boathouse||yusuf: Somewhere in Ladakh|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our January photo contest which will be announced shortly.
Happy New Year!
My friend and I decided to drive to the mountains, in San Bernardino, here in Switzerland to shoot the night sky. It was the first cold night of the ending summer but with my Pontiac Trans Am and some great ‘80s music the night was on fire.
After about 45 minutes of driving we were there, in the front of the small lake and the Milky Way, everything was perfect for a great shoot session, like the warm lake that created a constant moving fog, the short woody dock and the swamp (my poor shoes after discovering that it wasn’t only grass). Between every snaps the moment was perfect to tell horror stories, maybe the best one for the location was “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” and the like.
After an hour of shooting and wet foot we decided to drive back home, but the show wasn’t over: in the middle of the trip something very bright cracked the sky, it took me few seconds to realize that it was a shooting star. What to say…amazing night!
The final picture is made from two photographs, one to capture the Milky Way done with a “short” exposure (20 s) and another one with a long exposure (195 s) to reveal the foreground. The lens that I used to shoot was the kit lens used at f3.5 and quite high ISOs. The post processing took me a little bit of time to blend both pictures together and to reveal the Milky Way.
20 s, F3.5, ISO 6400
195 s, F3.5, ISO 3200
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Greetings from Switzerland,
For October 2013 the contest theme was Astrophotography, perhaps a bit more narrow than often, but nevertheless 81 users submitted their entries.
We're happy to announce the winner of this contest, TimStark from Switzerland with this photo titled "Mystic Lake":
|TimStark: Mystic Lake|
Our runners-up were forum member Dr-who from Canada on second place with "Orion" (K-5IIs with an Orion 8 telescope) and mikeSF from USA in third place with "Under the Milky Way" (K-5 with FA 31mm Limited).
|Dr_who: Orion||mikeSF: Under the Milky Way|
To really appreciate these three amazing images click on any thumbnail to browse larger versions.
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our December photo contest: "Rule of Thirds".