Photography Roundup - 4/3

Weekly-ish News and Photography Updates

By K David in Columns on Apr 4, 2015
Photography Roundup - 4/3

"Recent Paint an Autumn Day" | Konstanta

With April arriving and spring and autumn weather setting in, depending where you are, this is a great time to take advantage of some of the best light available all year. Evenings are still somewhat early and with spring flowers and buds this is a great time for some blue hour photos. With Pentax having just released the new K-S2, there's an even better reason to get out shooting: if you can pick up a K-S2, it's definitely worth the upgrade. If not, check out the other Pentax bodies to see what discounts are available.

Featured Deals

PF Exclusive

This week we're proud to be bringing our community the first-ever PF-exclusive deals.  We've also spotted two other attractive offers:

Pentax Forums Roundup

A summary of the latest in photo challenges and site news.

April Official Monthly Photo Contest Announcement

The April official monthly photo contest will be Fill the Frame. Filling the frame challenges you to take a photo of any subject from as close as safe or comfortable to fill the entire image with your subject. This contest theme has a lot of potential to deliver photos unlike any others we've seen in the official monthly photo contests.

March "Mirror Image" Official Contest Nominations

Mirror Image Nominations
Browse the dozens of breathtaking submissions
 that our members have made to the Mirror Image Photo contest, and comment to nominate your favorites as finalists.

February Official Monthly Contest Winners

The February Moonscape contest winners were announced this week. Don't miss Konstana's amazing moonscape! He used portrait orientation to its best effect and, combined with his framing and use of color and silhouette, created a stunningly beautiful moonscape.

Official PF T-shirts for 2015: Cast your votes!

T-shirt Design | Semaca

Our members have submitted dozens of creative T-shirt designs as candidates for the official Pentax Forums T-shirt for 2015.  Vote for your favorites to see them get printed and made available to the entire community!

Weekly Challenge #320 - Lost in Gadget

Thread Example | mtux

mtux is hosting this week's photo challenge with one of the most original and creative themes in a while. The theme, Lost in Gadget, challenges users to share photos of people being consumed mentally by a gadget. The photos have been great and the whole thread serves as a commentary on the states of society, a state where the tools we developed to bring us together have isolated us from those in our closest proximity.

Gear News

First Pentax K-S2 User Review Posted

K David, this column's author, got his hands on a Pentax K-S2 and wrote the first user review. While no photos from are yet posted, the K-S2 is turning out to be a great camera with a fantastic user interface, nice features, and, I hope, a direction that Pentax can follow with the full frame and future APS-C flagship bodies. I will say, having looked at the 1,500-or-so photos I took this weekend, the image quality on the K-S2 is stunning.

Bergger Pancro 4X5 Film

Bergger is taking pre-orders for their new 400 ISO 4X5 film. Large Format film isn't of great interest to all Pentaxians because Pentax never ventured into the camera world of film larger than 120. However, Bergger does make a 400 ISO film in 35mm that is a different emulsion from their new Pancro 4X5. You can buy the 35mm film one roll at a time or in a ten pack from B&H.

Photography News

I Still Shoot Film Exceeds 50 Posts about Pentax

I Still Shoot Film (ISSF) is a great resource for photographers who want to use film, see what it's about, or use it extensively. Last week, ISSF passed 50 posts about Pentax. These include photos taken with Pentax bodies and a review of the K1000. Check out their Pentax images (as well as others) to see just how well a film shot can turn out.

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill to make Street Photography Illegal

FStoppers reported this week that the Arkansas Senate passed state bill SB-79 to ban street photography in Arkansas. According to FStoppers, the worst part of this bill is that it appears not to only apply to photos taken in Arkansas but to photos taken by anyone anywhere in the world but viewed by someone in Arkansas. If you're interested in reading the entire bill, follow this link. In reading the bill's text, this column's author feels that the bill's verbiage appears geared to protecting commercial rights of Arkansas citizens and does not appear to be as far-reaching as FStoppers reported.

Upodate: Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed SB-79. The senate lacked the support to override his veto.

Featured Online Photography Resource 


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Featured Photography Journal

Shots Magazine

Shots is an in-print and online photography magazine with stunning image quality. Shots' editors take great time to select images with great emotive and aesthetic value. Shots' images can best be described as visceral, captivating, and exciting. Reading Shots is a great way to stimulate your own creativity and further your artistic voice.

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