When it comes to winners, I think I am with this contest as I was rewarded with more great images and stories than I ever thought possible! But when it comes to images, the Grand Prize Winner receiving the brand new D600 is Cipriano who’s image truly captured everything about the contest in one click and paragraph. Congratulations!!!
And the winner of the Lexar SD 400x cards is Karen with this really well done photo of frost!
I truly wish I had a hundred more prizes to hand out because I felt there were a hundred winners! I can’t thank all you enough for sharing your photographs and stories with all of us and hope to encourage you to continue to do so the whole year! Thanks again!
The past few days has seen some GREAT images posted to the Share the Season photo contest (Grand prize Brand New Nikon D600). The international scope of the contest is just so cool! Here’s some highlights and their story. Enjoy!
My friend and I wanted to go out to Black Butte Ranch here in Central Oregon and ride the Christmas Wagon all the while photographing the spectacular wintry scenery and probably capturing that one shot that makes it all worthwhile. However, upon arriving in a blizzard and riding during that blizzard, we couldn’t keep the camera’s steady enough to get a good picture. We decided to park down the road and try to capture the next group coming through. Wading through about 18 inches of snow we arrived at the spot just in time. I wanted to convey a sense of motion along with the blowing snow so I set my D7000 to 1/80 second at F 4.5 and my 18-200mm Nikon to 31mm. The folks on board were singing Christmas Carols and waving to us as we shot away. Couldn’t have been any better!
And sometimes it’s own little cristmas ornaments. Nikon D7000, 105mm macro, 1/250s, f/3.2 ISO 100
The first day of Winter 2012 came in with a mighty roar (via “Winter Storm Draco”) at the St. Joseph Lighthouse in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The winds reached 60-70mph gusts on Lake Michigan, with waves 22ft in height. After spending time out here, my face was nicely exfoliated from the flying beach sand.
Canon EOS 7D, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 640, Canon 70-200 lens at 200mm, handheld (it was too crazy to even use a tripod – I had to squat down into a spot in the dune and brace myself against a small tree)
I finished shoveling fresh fluffy snow and just stood in the yard enjoying the calm. Decided to grab the camera and take a few shots. I was focusing in on the Black Capped Chickadee when the Downy Woodpecker just popped into the frame. Amazing. I had to post this here. They were sharing the fresh suet my wife had put out earlier. Canon S3 IS. 44mm, f3.5, 1/500, fill flash.
My Christmas present this year was a Canon 5D Mark ii. As I was playing with the new camera, I caught a cute picture of my son admiring the Christmas tree. Taken on Christmas Day, with a 200mm F/2.8, ISO 160 at 1/5 sec. in Minnesota.
Rodger simply has a great image! Just soak it in. Here’s the story behind it
This is our oldest daughter “helping” us sting Christmas lights. Our second child was due the following March. We decided to use that years Christmas card to tell our friends and family if we were expecting a boy or another girl. Borrowing from the old mastercard ad campaign, the card read:
1 string of Christmas lights: $3.00
A large bag of M&M’s to keep her on the couch: $4.00
Finding out she’ll have a little sister next Christmas: Priceless.
Canon 350, Kit lens 18-55 @ 35mm, ISO 400, 1/8s @ f/4.5
There are getting to be just too many great images for me to keep up!! Here’s some more highlights!
The Fetcher Barn at Steamboat Lake, Steamboat Springs Colorado. My buddy and I were out photographing barns and old cars (there was no snow to ski on!) and remembered this old barn from another shoot years ago, but with terrible lighting then. Came back and was rewarded with a beautiful sunset this time.
Image taken on November 26, 2012, using Nikon D90, Sigma 28-105 f2.8 lens, 3-shot HDR f/22 at ISO 200, processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.
For a four year old, not a lot beats a tractor ride in the snow. Living in Western Washington, snow sometimes doesn’t make an appearance all winter. We were lucky on a weekend visit with my parents to get several inches overnight to enjoy. It was all gone by the next morning. This was taken in Spokane, WA with a Canon 7d and Canon 50mm lens.
Have to be real honest…picking winners is going to be a bitch!!!
There are some great images over on the Share the Season page, many are just flat out fun! Like this image from Mark, it just makes you smile when you look at it. Here’s his story…
Tired of the usual out-of-focus tree shots, I wanted to figure out a new, different way to capture this year’s tree. So, with a bit of experimentation, some slippery socks and a longer-than-usual exposure, I came up out with this wildly colorful image a Christmas Tree. As for the location, it was shot where our tree stands in our living room within our home.
Nikon D7000; Tamron 17-50 2.8 @ 22mm; f/8; 2.5sec
Ya Baby! My good friends at Lexar have added to the fun of Share the Season by giving 2 – 32GB 400x SD cards! This will be ONE prize for one of great photographs being posted. Thanks Lexar and thanks for all of you who have submitted an image already! And what are the rest of you waiting for?
It’s just a clean, simple click with great light that says it all. Here’s Mark’s story:
Christmas tree lot in Briskeby, Oslo. Walking home after the daily rounds of lunch and groceries. We had about 6″ of snow over the last 24 hours with another 8″ on the way by tommorrow. Can’t wait to get out and see what we find. Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120 f/4 . Shot at f/4, ISO 12800, 1/180s
This contest is bringing so much that I didn’t expect! Besides being able to help some folks with finishing ideas, I’m seeing parts of the world I’ve never seen personally and I’ve loving that. Salvator has been posting some killer images, here’s one I really like and it’s story.
This photo shows the zoomed in view of the chimneys of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul shot from a high building that sees the Palace roof. A photo I am pretty fond of. Shot with my Nikon D700 and 80-200f/2.8 lens and 2x teleconverter at 200mm (400mm). ISO 400 f/11 1/800 sec.
To see all the great images, head here and be sure to take time to read the stories, they are great too!
You can just feel the warmth and it makes you wanna jump in and snuggle up next to the fire. Talk about nailing the Share the Season theme, Donald did a great job! Here’s his story:
My brother’s and I stayed in my cousin’s cabin high in the Rocky Mountains during our winter Colorado elk hunting trip. At 9000ft, the sky was full of stars, the air was dry and crisp, and it was peacefully silent. On our last night up there, I stayed outside alone in -10 degree weather for about an hour taking long exposures of the area until ice crystals covered my lens and I couldn’t shoot anymore. This was one of the most beautiful areas I have ever photographed.
Camera: Nikon D300s Lens: Sigma 18-50mm 2.8
Location: Rocky Mountains, Colorado
It’s got snow, it’s gotta critter (ya,that counts to me) and it has a great feel in its tonality. I think Christopher has a great image here! Here’s his story behind the photo:
Brand new to your web site… and it’s awesome! I am from the High Desert area of southern California. This image was taken in Rexburg, Idaho. My oldest son is in University there. I was driving around the downtown area, and on a street one row back from Main Street was this cabin/home with tons of birdhouses, old cars with tree trunks growing through them, and this adorable cat sitting on a hand-made bench. It was like a photo set: choose what you want to photograph… and they’ve got it. My camera is a Nikon D90. The lens is my almost always used 18-200mm. 1/60 sec @ f5.6 – 200mm, & ISO200.
Andrew has got it nailed with his entry! It’s KISS time – Keep It Simple Stupid. Great light, background, focus, subject and atmosphere, it simply grabs your eye and I love photos that have all those elements beautifully combined within their border. My hats off to him, idea, execution and delivery…well done! here’s the story behind the photo …
My wife and I wanted to create a few images for our holiday cards to send out to family and friends. It was an unexpected surprised when we woke up on Dec 1 and was snowing outside. I immediately wanted to rush over to the in-law’s house and take a photos of my daughter. I’ve been wanting to get photos of her in a light snow fall. This is one of my favorites from that day.
Nikon D700, 70-200mm f/2.8, located in my in-law’s back yard.
You too can enter Share the Season, see your images there!
Man, the quality of images and number of entries is growing everyday and here’s an example. You simply can’t help but smile! And many will say of course….how cute! Here’s the story behind Chuck’s photo.
Here is one from a recent family studio shoot. This little girl was a blast to photograph! This was shot along with numerous others for Christmas Portraits / Christmas Cards. This little 6 month old girl was a natural behind the camera. I used a Nikon D3s with a 24-70 lens. AB800 Strobes and Pocket Wizards to trigger.
What can I say, it makes me smile and that’s one of the greatest gifts of a photograph! Martin did a great job with the capture and Photoshop to bring a smile to us all.
Having a great time with the Share the Season photo contest! Some truly marvelous images like Lisa’s snowy New York barn. She originally posted the photo and a made a simple suggestion that might make the image stronger and a heartbeat later, she had the image reposted and you see it here. Being that I live in snow country, I love these kinds of photos where the sky is gone but your can see the snow falling. Very well done. Here’s the story behind the photo.
I was driving in my hometown on a country road during the first snowfall of the season. This old barn sits close to the road on a corner and no one really pays much attention to it, other than the farmer who stores his tractor in it. As I rounded the corner I noticed the gray colors up against the snow driven white and loved the composition. So I pulled over and snapped a quick photo. To my surprise I realized from my photo how much character this old barn really has. I have a new appreciation for it.
Camera: Olympus SP-600UZ, Lens: Olympus 5.0-75.00mm, Location: Vernon, NY
There are some great images already submitted for the Share the Season photo contest. Even better are some of the stories, I’m loving them! And we’ve just begun, we have over a month of time for more entries. I’m excited! The one thing I’m surprised about though it the lack wildlife photos. I mean, if you want to get the judges attention, wildlife photos is the way to go. Of course, great light never hurts.
This Mule Deer doe was photographed up in Yellowstone a number of winters ago. Across the cyn, everyone was focused in on the bighorns, it was quite a commotion! I didn’t want any part of that mess so I was just lookin around when I spotted her just chillin. It was a real simple click, D3, 200f2 VR2. Always loved this shot.
I just LOVE the light! On the girls, the tree, the wall, it has just a rich, warm, seasonal glow, Michelle created a gorgeous photo! Of course, I love the camera she used, check out her story from the Share the Season photo contest
Our extended family all came together for Thanksgiving and my girl was able to see her cousin that she doesn’t get to see often. They were off exploring together and I found them sitting by the Christmas tree looking at the nativity under the tree and gabbing, you know how little kids do! I listened closer and I heard my girl telling her little cousin all about how Jesus was born. It was one of those moments as a parent you are proud that they actually listen, and it was difficult to keep from laughing at the seriousness in which she shared the story!
I shot this with the quickest camera I could get to in the moment, my iPhone, in my sister’s living room in good old potato country Idaho. November 24, 2012.
Craig uploaded this marvelous image on the Share the Season contest site this morning. I just love the whole feel, a very simple click (HDR) with a very simple yet powerful message. The best part is the upside down wheelbarrow. Well done Craig and thanks for entering! Here’s the story behind the photo.
Saw this on the way home from work the other day. It is near the town of Harwood Ontario Canada. Had been listening to the news on the radio. This set of lights really made me think. Simple and to the point. Peace. This is what we should all share. (Shot with a Fuji X-10 – 18mm, ISO 3200, 1/10 at f2.5 handheld)
Yeap, let the posting begin!
2013 Share the Season Photo Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.
1. Eligibility: Contest is open to anyone 18 or older at the time of entry. Employees of B&H and WRP or their affiliated or subsidiary companies, and their immediate family members, are not eligible to enter the Contest or to participate in the voting process. Contest is governed by the laws of the USA. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.
2. Entry: Entry for the Contest begins on Nov. 20 2012 and ends on Jan. 31, 2013. All entries must be uploaded by Jan. 15, 2013. To enter, you must have your image uploaded by 15 Jan, 2013 to compete. Judging will be done solely by Moose Peterson and winners will be announced Jan. 31, 2013. To be considered for entry, along with your photograph going with the theme of the contest, you must include camera, lens, location used in the creation of the photograph. In addition, you must include at least three sentences about the taking of the photograph. You can enter as many times as you’d like but more entries does not improve your odds of winning.
3. Rights: You retain all rights to your images. By entering you agree to permit your image and details to be posted on Moose Peterson’s website as a contest highlight.
4. Categories: there is only one, Share the Season. The photograph must be taken during the duration of the contest and cannot be from earlier dates. The season can be everything from fall / winter to the holidays or combination thereof.
5. Judging: is done by only me, Moose Peterson with all decisions final.
6. Prizes: Top prize Nikon D600. (Other prizes TBA)
7. Shipping: The prizes will be shipped within the US free of charge. All winners outside of the USA are responsible for all shipping, taxes and tariffs where they apply.
8. Email & Phone Calls: in regards to the contest are automatic grounds for disqualification. (kidding…maybe)
9. Rules: might change at any moment, it’s my contest and it’s all about fun!
Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or modify the Contest at any time for any reason. In such a circumstance, Finalists Category Winners and Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on entries received to date of termination. In the event that two similar entries are received, only the entry judged to best meet criteria as set by Moose Peterson will be included in the final judging. All prizes will be awarded.
All Finalists, Category Winners and the Grand Prize Winner will be notified by email within one week of the closing date.