The Making Of "Phone Home"

How the winning photo of the "The Sky" contest was made

By mikeSF in Photo Contests on Dec 5, 2017

Thanks for your nominations and votes in "The Sky" contest! Here is an explanation of my photo, "Phone Home".

I am an avid astrophotographer, and have always preferred to use my Pentax K-3 II (with built in Astrotracer) for shooting the milky way and starry skies. I've been so pleased with the results, I had never attempted to make a night sky image using my primary landscape rig, the Pentax 645Z. That is, until this night.

My friend Miguel and I escaped the light pollution of San Francisco bay for a long weekend of astrophotography through the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and into the Owens Valley. If you are like me and have spent your entire life looking at muted night skies over cities, please do yourself a favor and travel to a remote spot to experience the true beauty of a starry night. It is enchanting to the casual observer, and even more so for a serious photographer.

Announcing "Flowers Up Close" - Our December 2017 Photo Contest

Win prizes in our contest for December 2017

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Dec 3, 2017

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for December. The theme for this month is "Flowers Up Close".

Our theme this month is "Flowers Up Close". We'd like to see close-ups or even macro photos of flowers illuminated with some nice lighting. It is perfectly fine to use flowers from your florist in case winter has eliminated the ones outside! Good luck!

First prize is a $50 gift card to B&H Photo, second prize is a one year forum account upgrade, and third prize is a box of photo paper form Red River.

The official contest rules are found here.

Click here to submit a photo for the contest.

"The Sky" Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our October, 2017 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Nov 28, 2017

"Phone Home" by mikeSF

Voting has ended for our October, 2017 "The Sky" photo contest with the following result:

In first place was forum member mikeSF from USA who captured "Phone Home" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax 645Z and an smc Pentax-D FA 645 25mm F4 AL SDM AW lens.

Our runners-up were forum member noelcmn from South Africa in second place with "Drama in the Skies" and gzub from Poland in third place with "Symmetry". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Drama in the Skies" by noelcmn "Symmetry" by gzub

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our current photo contest. Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

October "The Sky" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Nov 16, 2017

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official "The Sky" photo contest, we're now happy to announce our top 15 finalists!  Click on the link below to view the photos in full size and cast your votes in the poll:

Vote for your favorite photo in the poll

As usual for our monthly photo contests, voting closes in a week, and then we'll announce the winners.

Don't miss our November "Fall Colors" photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

Announcing "Fall Colors" - Our November 2017 Photo Contest

Win prizes in our contest for November 2017

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Nov 2, 2017

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for November. The theme for this month is "Fall Colors".

This month we're soliciting photos of fall colors with some beautiful lighting to it. Our users from down under are welcome to present spring colors should they so desire! We wish you good luck!

First prize is a $50 gift card to B&H Photo, second prize is a one year forum account upgrade, and third prize is a box of photo paper form Red River.

The official contest rules are found here.

Click here to submit a photo for the contest.

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