I love photographing wildlife and birds in particular. This photo was obtained with lots of luck from the god who watches over all photographers.
Alachua Sink in central Florida is known for its large flock of wintering Sandhill Cranes. I had just purchased the smc Pentax DA* 300mm and was anxious to give it a workout. We spent several days scouting the area and taking lots of photos at different times of the day. Finally, the birds, the setting sun with its attendant rays all came together for this image. All I had to do was wait.
I rarely use a tripod for flying birds; just never quite got the hang of it. I use TAv mode so that my shutter speed stays where I want it. Metering off the brightest area in the sky, I underexposed one step to bring up the colors in the clouds while keeping the shutter speed at 1/1000s to prevent blur. I set the shutter to continuous mode high.
Keeping my finger on the shutter, I began firing just before the birds entered the scene and kept going until they had landed. Lots of the shots ended up in the trash of course. Again, luck gave me a group of three birds whose wings were in pretty much the same position with fourth bird as odd man out to make the whole group interesting.
Very little post processing was needed. I increased the blacks a bit and added a bit of contrast then some output sharpening. Taken with a Pentax K-5, F6.7, 1/1000s, -1 EV, ISO 80.
We're happy to announce the winners of our July, 2013 "The Sky" photo contest! In first place was forum member slowpez, who captured the photo "Sunset Flight" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and a Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 lens.
|martywk: Horicon Rays||dtmateojr: Pushing the Limits|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our September photo contest which is soon to be announced.
I love doing photography in New Orleans. New Orleans is a paradise for photographers, so much to see and around every corner there is always something worthy of a photograph. The photo of the streetcar is one that I had been hoping to take for several years; a streetcar at night in fog rolling off the Mississippi River.
This was my first visit to New Orleans with my Pentax K-5 IIs. The weather forecast was for rain and drizzle the night I took this photo. As I walked from the parking lot near the French Quarter I crossed the tracks of the streetcar line and saw a streetcar approaching in the distance. As it got closer I began shooting but did not have the ISO set high enough for the low light. I ended up with a blurred image but I could tell the shot would be a good one if I could avoid the blur caused by the slow shutter speed so I upped the ISO to 3200 and decided to wait and try again. The streetcars run about every twenty minutes so there was quite a bit of waiting for another streetcar to pass. This allowed me to experiment with ISO and shutter speeds for the ambient light.
Finally, after two more attempts and about a one hour wait, I was able to get this photo. The interior lights of the streetcar spilling light on the ground as it passed and the headlight sending a piercing beam of light through the fog.
The shot was hand-held using the Pentax K-5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm lens. ISO 3200 f/2.8 @ 1/100.
We're happy to announce the winners of our June, 2013 "Planes, Trains and Cars" photo contest! In first place was forum member Jim Radcliffe, who captured the photo "French Quarter Streetcar" in New Orleans (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 IIs and a Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lens.
|utak: Fly Me to the Moon||Dr Orloff: Steam|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our August photo contest which is soon to be announced.
You still have about 10 days to submit entries for our July photo contest! The theme is "The Sky", which is rather broad and allows for many interpretations!
As always, you may submit one photo and it must be shot with a Pentax camera.
Again this month we feature cool prizes from B&H Photo and Red River Paper for the three submissions which get the most votes!
I had the idea for this shot one afternoon, when I had put my can of Coke in the freezer and left it in there a little too long, so that when I took it out I could hear that it had partially frozen.
I left it on the bench to thaw out and as it did, the condensation formed and the afternoon light hit it, and I noticed all the droplets of water on it, and thought they looked amazing. So the next afternoon I put two cans in the freezer, and I even wet them first, just to make sure I would get that “thawing” look all over the cans. It was January, which in Australia is the middle of summer, so putting them in the afternoon sun, even inside, means it isn’t long before I got the thick condensation look I wanted.
We're happy to announce the winners of our May, 2013 "Food" photo contest! In first place was forum member Quazimoto, who captured the photo "Coke Cans" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-r and a Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX Macro lens.
|slowpez: Fish Dinner||citrus sky: Gingerbread Men|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our July "Sky" photo contest.
In this post, we take a look at how the winner of our April, 2013 photo contest shot and processed his entry. The remainder of the article is by forum member Sangosto.
Since I had bought the water-resistant camera equipment from Pentax I dreamed of a typical scene in which people scurry through heavy rain trying not get so wet. But whenever it rained I did not have the camera with me, or the people were not spectacularly enough in a hurry through the streets. In short, it never fit.
Finally, on that day, everything seemed to fit. It began with a knight tournament, and the day was very hot and sunny. In the afternoon a short downpour came and most people spent some time in tents waiting for the rain to stop.
After the rain I saw, based on the rain radar, that a major downpour was yet to come soon. So we quickly went to the next tram stop. When we reached the tram stop, the wind began to blow and a strong downpour began. While many people ran to take cover from the rain, I stepped out of the cover. In series mode I could make several shots of the woman as she crossed the street with the stroller.