Fortnightly competition No. 32 Your Weather


Link Posted 24/12/2009 - 14:58
Some great winter weather pictures are available but not all PU members live where freezing conditions exist. I have chosen Your Weather/Climate conditions and every one can enter not just our UK, European or North USA and Canadian members. If you live in Tennessee, South Africa, New Zealand, Oz or Sri Lanka or India or anywhere warmer, you can still find local climate conditions to create interesting photos this next fortnight. The usual rules apply, pictures must be taken on Pentax or Samsung DSLR cameras within the time scale of this competition, from now until 6pm UK time Wednesday January 6. Please include EXIF data with your entry.
Edit: The competition is open to users of any type of Pentax camera, not just DSLRS. Samsung's have be DSLRs which are twins of the Pentax models.
Last Edited by davidtrout on 24/12/2009 - 15:06


Link Posted 30/12/2009 - 22:29
Misty day at Pennington Flash - Leigh.

Date: 28/12/2009
Camera: Pentax K-m
Lens: Zenitar 16/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/20 s
Aperture: ? (sorry)
Pentax K-30, Pentax K-m, Pentax 18-55mm DAL, Pentax 50-200mm DAL, Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8, Tamron AF 70-300mm Di LD, Ricoh XR Rikenon 50mm f2, Sigma 18-125mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Pentax FA 50mm 1.7


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 15:29
Rain, rain, more rain and a hint of yellowy-grey light...

K10D | FA77 | f/4 | 1/10sec | ISO200
Taken 30 December 2009
Joining the Q


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 15:57
Sun and black wintry clouds over Slimbridge.

Taken 27th Dec 2009
Best regards
Richard Day

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Last Edited by RichardDay on 31/12/2009 - 16:06


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 07:48
This summer 'bush sunset' image was taken in SE Australia on 29.12 - typical high 30s in the day and high 20s at night. Blue sky, some fair-weather cumulus, hot Northerly winds, still nights.
K10D with DA*50-135 handheld, no filters. Adjustments in LR 3 beta.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 08:45
Unusual for this time of year but the weather on East Coast of Australia has been rather miserable, hot, humid, cloudy and wet!! Although the hot and humid is normal!

Last Edited by bramela on 01/01/2010 - 08:46


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 19:31
Clear Skies by Night

ISO 100
1/90 sec

After all the snow and rain, we have had clear skies for the last two nights, but I was not in any state to take photographs last night, so I thought I would try my first shot of the moon tonight

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 23:21

A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, from "beside the sun"; also called a mock sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.[1]

Sundogs are formed by plate shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or - during very cold weather - by ice crystals called diamond dust drifting in the air at low level.

Sundog forming rays enter a near vertical prism side face of a crystal and exit through a second side face inclined 60° to the first. There is net refraction at each face and the light is dispersed into colors. There is no single angle of deviation through the crystal, which effectively acts as a 60 degree prism, but the minimum angle of deviation is ~22°. This corresponds to the distance of the inner edge of the sundog from the sun when the sun is low.[2]

As the sun rises higher the rays passing through the crystals are increasingly skewed from the horizontal plane. Their angle of deviation increases and the sundogs move further from the sun.[3] However, they always stay at the same altitude as the sun.

Sundogs are red colored at the side nearest the sun. Farther out the colors grade through oranges to blue. However, the colors overlap considerably and so are muted, never pure or saturated. The colors of the sundog finally merge into the white of the parhelic circle (if the latter is visible).

Pentax K-m
Lens 55mm
ISO 200
Apt f/11
Last Edited by JudithAnn on 01/01/2010 - 23:24


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 23:51
Frosty New Year's Day. The river Blythe is just behind the rushes. I drive past this spot on the way to work, today I had the chance to explore properly.

Camera Model: PENTAX K200D
Date Taken: 01.01.2010
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
F-Stop: f/9.5
ISO Speed Rating: 400
Focal Length: 16 mm
Lens: DA 16-45mm
Metering Mode: Pattern/Matrix
Exposure Time: 1/250
Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 01/01/2010 - 23:56

Father Ted

Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 12:43
Foggy Day

We had a couple of real "pea-soupers" earlier in the week. Here is a tree in our local park in the fog.

Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens : Kit 18-55 mm lens
Date: 28/12/09 ( Time : 13:08 )
Program : Aperture Priority
F Stop : 4.5
Focal Length : 35mm
Shutter SPeed : 1/1000
ISO : 200
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 13:45
A Winters Walk

Camera Model: PENTAX K7
Date Taken: 02.01.2010
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Rating: 400
Focal Length: 135mm
Lens: DA 50-135
Metering Mode: Pattern/Matrix
Exposure Time: 1/125
K7, Pentax 50-135mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Sigma 17-70mm OS
Last Edited by DAE0707 on 02/01/2010 - 13:51


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 16:15
First day of the year

taken 01.01.10
ISO 200
Exp time 1/100
F nr 4.5
Focal length 190 mm
temperature around -12 C
sun and snow and
lot of people having a walk

Pentax K20D; SMC DA 18-55mm II kit; Sigma AF 70-300/4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
GIMP Flickr


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 19:36
Rain, sleet, snow and sun seemed to pass overhead at frequent intervals, so I parked the car in a lay-bye and waited,

02 Jan 2010
About 14:00 hours
K10D + 17 - 70mm f4 Pentax,

most of the exif data seems to be in tact, but usually there is more, I'll need to investigate.


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 21:12
New Year's Day in Dorset - taken looking out from the beach in Swanage. A fantastically lovely day!

Pentax K-7
40mm DA Limited lens
f 4.5
1/320 sec
ISO 200
12:17 1st Jan 2010


Mat W

My Flickr: link


Link Posted 04/01/2010 - 00:50

A snowy day in New York.

New Years Eve, Pentax K10D, Mk 1 kit lens.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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