This photo was taken at a place called Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. It's an area a couple of miles from where I live in Gunnison, Colorado that has a big network of hiking, biking, and ski trails. It’s a great amenity for our very active community and also just one of my favorite places to be.
I’m a mountain biker and during the long summer days I ride those trails after work for fun, my health, and my sanity. I almost always have a camera along in my pack as well. When the clouds or light are looking good I’ll stay out through sunset and ride home in the dark with a headlamp. Usually I just bring the camera (K-5 in this case) and a small prime or two, usually the DA 40 and DA 15 Limiteds.
Late last summer we got more rain than usual. Hartman Rocks which is typically dusty dry desert really greened up, and in flat rocky areas we got some persistent puddles. Puddles are very unusual in the area so on this particular night with puddles present and what looked like an interesting sunset coming I had to stop riding and shoot for a while.
I shot this area with a lot of different shaped puddles for a few minutes, mostly getting the alpenglow in the East where the exposure is easier to control because of lower contrast between the landscape and sky. After getting what I felt were going to be some good shots facing East I started packing up. The light was starting to fade and I knew it was going to get chilly on my ride home. I turned around and noticed this interesting and probably very old juniper tree had been behind me the whole time. It had this nice puddle below it and I knew I just had to get the camera back out for a few more shots of my newly discovered subject.
We're happy to announce the winners of our February, 2014 photo contest, "Trees"! In first place was forum member mattb123, who captured the photo "Lateral Growth" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an smc Pentax-DA 15mm F4 lens.
|krotosz: Look up to the sky||Tamia: A Stump|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our March "starbursts" photo contest, which closes at the end of the month.
I'd been living in Banff for over one year, but very seldom had the chance to get out and about beyond easy biking range as I had no car. Every now and then we'd rent a car to go to Calgary or do a trip somewhere in the Rockies. One particular time we had picked up the car the night before and I had a chance to shoot out to Two Jack Lake.
This image was taken just after the sun had set behind me and the fog was quickly beginning to cover the lake further down the valley. I'd been here before, but this was the first time I'd spotted these rocks. Normally I wouldn't centre foreground objects like this, but they kind of resembled Mt Rundle's shape in the distance. The exposure time was just over 2 minutes, nicely bluring the clouds.
The RAW image was quite under exposed:
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!