September "Humor Me!" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Oct 16, 2017

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official "Humor Me!" photo contest, we're now happy to announce our top 10 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 October "The Sky" photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

Announcing "The Sky" - Our October 2017 Photo Contest

Win prizes in our contest for October 2017

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Sep 30, 2017

We've just announced our new monthly photo contest for October. The theme for this month is The Sky.

This month we're soliciting photos of the sky with some drama or beautiful colors to it. It can be a cloud cover illuminated by the setting sun, it can be a storm moving in, contrails, clouds, etc. 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.

The Making of "Bletchley Park"

Winner of the August, 2017 "Portraits in Natural Light" photo contest

By K McCall in Photo Contests on Sep 28, 2017

I’ve adapted the writer’s axiom to “write what you know” to my photography: I shoot what I know. My kids are featured prominently in my photos, but like most kids, they don’t always enjoy sitting still for a shoot. I try to limit their “official” photos to once per month, and then they’re often rewarded with a new episode on a handheld device that I can hold off to my side as I shoot. This gets them to look in the direction I want without me having to give directions, and they’re so interested in their show that they forego a cheesy grin.

My daughter had just turned four when she sat for this portrait, and I had chosen her outfit with care. I usually shy away from reds, but this jacket was otherwise so perfectly suited for a photo (textures galore!) that I decided to use it anyway. I usually pick one window in my house that will serve as my “studio” and I refrain from hanging anything at all on the wall behind so I have a relatively blank slate for a background.

I always shoot free-hand (no tripod) with them so I can move about freely as they move their chins, rotate their bodies, etc. I find they’ll naturally go where I want them to if I just move the screen in that direction. The photo was shot with a Pentax K-30 and an smc Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited lens.

"Portraits in Natural Light" Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our August, 2017 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Sep 24, 2017

"Bletchley Park" by K McCall

Our August, 2017 "Portraits in Natural Light" photo contest has ended and we're happy to announce and congratulate these winners:

In first place was forum member K McCall from USA who captured "Bletchley Park" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-30 and an smc Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited lens.

Our runners-up were forum member espresso from Poland in second place with "Olivia" and ivki_com from Russia in third place with "Companion". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Olivia" by espresso "Companion" by ivki_com

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

August "Portrait" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Sep 16, 2017

After a record number of nominations in our official "Portraits in Natural Light" photo contest for August 2017, 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 September "Humor Me" photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

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