Jul 162012
 

The Great YouTube Nikon V1 full kit YouTube GIVE-AWAY! 

Hello to ALL! You may have noticed a few Nikon V1 posts lately here on the site..well that has been a teaser of sorts because I am giving away a Nikon V1, 10mm 2.8, 10-30 2.8 and 30-110 – a FULL Nikon V1 setup to one of my YouTube subscribers! All you have to do is watch the video below and follow the rules but this is open ONLY to my YouTube subscribers in appreciation of hitting 7000 subscribers there! How exciting is that? WooHoo!

On August 16th 2012 I will pick the winner at random and I will contact that winner via their youtube channel for their shipping info! How cool is that? All you have to do is create a video reply to the video below and ATTACH it to the video page as a video reply –  You can attach your reply at the video page on youtube HERE.

Check out the video below I made for the contest…

 

Just another giveaway to show my appreciation for those who have helped me hit 7000 subscribers on my YouTube channel! GOOD LUCK TO ALL who enter!

BTW, a KILLER V1 article is coming later today so check back!

Steve

May 152012
 

Your best B&W CONTEST! Win a new Wotancraft City Explorer “Paratrooper” bag!

**CAMERA NOT INCLUDED IN CONTEST

Hey guys! It has been a while since I had a contest here and decided it was time to put one up again. I have had this bag sitting here in my house for a couple of months and not being used so decided it should go to someone. I could sell it but I could also give it away and with all of the news of the Leica Monochrom camera coming in August, why not have a Black & White photo contest? Should be fun! So I am giving away this lovely Wotancraft City Explorer Paratrooper bag.

SUBMIT YOUR BEST B&W photo starting NOW!

This one is easy and simple. You can submit one and only one photo to me for this contest. The rules are below:

  • Photo must be Black & White and no larger than 1800 pixels wide horizontal or 680 pixels wide vertical.
  • Photo can be digital or shot on film. No extensive PP is allowed (changing the photo) but light PP is (levels, contrast, sharpen, conversions)
  • Photo can be of anything, just make it your favorite B&W shot that you have taken!
  • This contest is open to everyone, worldwide
  • You can send image starting NOW through June 15th and I will post a top 10 on the site on June 20th.
  • When submitting include your name and address in the e-mail so if you win, I know where to ship the bag.
  • Send ONE image only and make sure to follow the size rules.

That is it! I decided that I will choose the top 10 and I will use polling again to choose the winner. These are the rules so if you do not agree with them, do not enter :) 

So if you want to win this bag, you can send in your submission starting NOW to me at [email protected]. Good luck!

 

Aug 112011
 

SLR MAGIC CONTEST EXTENDED, NEW GRAND PRIZE OFFERED! Now THREE Prizes!

WOOHOO! As I posted over a week ago, I am giving away a SLR Magic 28 2.8 Manual lens for the NEX E-Mount cameras (NEX-5, 3, C3, etc) and the contest is underway with some fantastic submissions already sent in to me. To enter and read the rules, be sure to go to the contest page!

SLR Magic/NOKTOR donated the lens for a giveaway and they wanted to sweeten the pot a bit so they sent me another super cool prize to GIVE AWAY for this contest and it is their top of the line E-Mount offering, the Noktor 50 f/0.95 Hyper Prime for E-Mount. I already announced that Noktor is releasing a 50 0.95 for Leica mount, which will be an ALL NEW Lens design but this one for the E mount is similar to the Micro 4/3 version. I did a few test snaps around my house with the lens and it looks pretty good so far. I did NOT get to take it out anywhere so I have no idea of the quality but I am going to do my best to review it before shipping it to the winner :) It would also be cool if the winner wrote up an article with some images shot with the lens…hmmmmm.

The lens is new, in box. It has the end cap and screw on metal lens cap. The lens is all metal, solid and heavy and seems to perform a bit better on the NEX than M4/3, probably due to the larger sensor. THANK YOU Noktor for donating this lens for the contest! Free stuff for the readers here is always VERY cool!

 

ANYWAY, keep sending in your submissions to the contest! I have extended the deadline now to August 26th 2011 at noon. All other rules remain the same and the top ten will now be posted on this site on September 1st 2011. THEN you will vote for your favorites and the top three vote getters will win!

1st place: Noktor Hyperprime E Mount 50 f/0.95 lens

2nd place: SLR Magic 28 2.8 E mount lens

3rd place: ThinkTank Photo Retrospective 5 Bag

To see the official contest page and the rules and how to enter, CLICK HERE! 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL and remember, all you have to do to get a chance to win is to send in your best shot taken with a Sony NEX camera!

Jul 282011
 

UPDATE!!!

SLR MAGIC CONTEST EXTENDED, NEW GRAND PRIZE OFFERED! Now THREE Prizes!

WOOHOO! As I posted over a week ago, I am giving away a SLR Magic 28 2.8 Manual lens for the NEX E-Mount cameras (NEX-5, 3, C3, etc) and the contest is underway with some fantastic submissions already sent in to me. (see details below).

SLR Magic/NOKTOR donated the 28 2.8 lens for a giveaway and they wanted to sweeten the pot a bit so they sent me another super cool prize to GIVE AWAY for this contest and it is their top of the line E-Mount offering, the Noktor 50 f/0.95 Hyper Prime for E-Mount. I already announced that Noktor is releasing a 50 0.95 for Leica mount, which will be an ALL NEW Lens design but this one for the E mount is similar to the Micro 4/3 version. I did a few test snaps around my house with the lens and it looks pretty good so far. I did NOT get to take it out anywhere so I have no idea of the quality but I am going to do my best to review it before shipping it to the winner :) It would also be cool if the winner wrote up an article with some images shot with the lens…hmmmmm.

The lens is new, in box. It has the end cap and screw on metal lens cap. The lens is all metal, solid and heavy and seems to perform a bit better on the NEX than M4/3, probably due to the larger sensor. THANK YOU Noktor for donating this lens for the contest! Free stuff for the readers here is always VERY cool!

Here are a couple of quick samples shot with this lens around my house, at 0.95 on the NEX-5. I have NOT been able to take this lens out anywhere yet so silly house snaps is all I have!

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2nd place prize, win an SLR Magic 28 2.8 E Mount lens! E

It’s contest time! This one is for all of you NEX camera owners. In addition to the 50 f/0.95 E-Mount Noktor, SLR Magic has also donated their newest creation for me to give away here on the site, the 28 2.8 manual focus lens. They sell this lens on their E-Bay page for $190 and it is a metal lens, well made, manual aperture and focus and gives a unique rendering. They also sell it with a cool MACRO adapter that works amazingly well (just got mine this morning)!

The lens is slightly soft in the corners, sharper in the middle. This is not such a good lens for landscape but can be a good choice for people, especially black & white. With the new focus peaking feature of the NEX, this lens is now much easier to use and shoot with. My review is coming soon but for now I decided to give away the lens t0 one lucky winner. My 1st look can be seen here.

To wet your appetite here are some shots from the lens on the NEX-5..

I believe this was shot in beautiful Tallinn, Estonia a few weeks ago. Click image for larger view. Wide open at 2.8.

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In beautiful Amsterdam, 2.8

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HOW TO ENTER & WIN!!!

It’s simple! Starting today, NOW…you have until August 26th to gather and submit to me your BEST image taken with any NEX camera. I will choose the top 10 and post them on the site and YOU will vote for the winner in a poll.

The top pick will win the NOKTOR HYPERPRIME f/0.95 LENS, the 2nd prize will win the 28 2.8 lens, and the 3rd place winner will also win a nice prize, a Think Tank Retrospective 5 camera bag which is a GREAT bag for any NEX system!! 

So get to it! You can submit old shots, or a new one BUT the only rule is that it must have been shot with a SONY NEX camera! Submissions can start NOW but the deadline is August 26th 2011 at NOON (Phoenix AZ time). You can e-mail the images to me at [email protected].

RULES, follow them or else your image will NOT be entered!

  • Images must not be any larger than 1600 pixels wide horizontal or 1000 pixels wide vertical.
  • ONLY ONE IMAGE can be submitted. JUST ONE! If you send more than one you will be disqualified!
  • Post Processing is allowed but nothing so crazy that it changes the image. In other words, no “photo art” or additions to the image in PS. Just things like levels, contrast, color, etc.
  • Images MUST be shot with a SONY NEX camera. NEX-3 , 5, VG-10, 3C, etc.
  • Old or new images can be submitted but must be with a SONY NEX
  • EXIF data MUST be intact.
  • Submit image with your full name and mailing address.

ANYWAY, keep sending in your submissions to the contest! I have extended the deadline now to August 26th 2011 at noonAll other rules remain the same and the top ten will now be posted on this site on August 29th 2011. THEN you will vote for your favorites and the top three vote getters will win! Voting will last through September 4th and the winners will be announced in Monday September 5th 2011. 

1st place: Noktor Hyperprime E Mount 50 f/0.95 lens

2nd place: SLR Magic 28 2.8 E mount lens

3rd place: ThinkTank Photo Retrospective 5 Bag

Jun 032011
 

Add some FLARE to your photos with FLARE!

An awesome app that is fun AND powerful!

Wow. About a week ago I was contacted by the creator of FLARE asking me if I wanted to try out his software and see how I liked it. It was yet another one of those “Apps” for your desktop that instantly transforms your photos into creative funky creations using presets. Wasn’t too interested so I let it sit on my desktop for a few days. One night I was bored and remembered that I downloaded this app…ah, what the hell. Worst case it is crap. Best case it is fun. Well, I ended up sitting there for 3 hours running some recent photos through the software and was very happy with what came out.

To date, Flare is my favorite “fun” photo software, but it is more than fun. You can get pretty cool and serious results with it if you play around a bit. First of all, this is for Apple/Mac only, sorry windows :) Once you download the software you get a free 15 day trial to play around with it but even if you want to buy it, it is only $20 and IMO, it is well worth it for those times when you want to add some easy, but effective effects to your photos.

There are 24 easy ONE CLICK presets included in Flare but the cool part is, you can edit those effects to make them your own. It is VERY customizable and you can adjust just about everything from within the quick and smooth interface. Watch the video above to check out the features.

You can download the App HERE and try it for yourself.

If you own a mac and want to own a copy of flare, download the trial and post an image that you used Flare on in the comments box below. The 1st five people to do so will win a free copy! I will set you up with a license code next week. I would need your name and email address to set them up, so if you are one of the 1st five email me here with the info.

Also, if you download this app you can also get more presets HERE!

Below are a few of my recent images that I processed with Flare, just using the presets! It’s a great app and makes it easy for those of us who are not Photoshop savvy to get cool results. Even the straight B&W conversion is good!

BTW, ALL images below were taken with various cameras such as the Leica M9, Fuji X100, Sony NEX-5, Sony A-33, Leica X1 and the Olympus E-Pl2.

 

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Jan 212011
 

Only two weeks left to enter the GREAT LEICA M9 GIVE-AWAY! I have received over 150 entries so far and with two weeks to go I am anticipating at least 200-300 more, possibly much more than that. If you have been under a rock for the past two weeks and are not aware of this contest PLEASE READ ABOUT IT HERE!

To enter follow the rules listed and make sure you register at picortwo.com and follow a couple of photographers there. To make it easy, here are direct links to follow Seal (who donated this awesome prize) and Heidi Klum. Just enter your e-mail and click “follow”. After  that register HERE at this site and then send me your two photos! Again, the full rules are here at the official contest page.

Many of you have been asking me for photos of the grand prize and there have even been a few of you who thought this was a hoax! No hoax, the M9 is here and ready to be shipped to ONE LUCKY winner. The cool part it that if you follow my stevehuffphoto.com facebook page you will also be shipped my personal gorgeous Leica 50 Summitar lens so you have a lens to shoot with right awaty. Also, do not forget that the 2nd prize is a new in box Leica V-Lux 2 camera so TWO of you will win a Leica camera. The V-Lux 2 was kindly donated by Leica Camera. The M9 was generosity donated and signed by SEAL. This was his personal M9 until he bought one of the new Titanium M9′s. He even wrote all about it here.

So no more babbling…What you have been waiting for, images of the grand prize! (all shot with a Ricoh GR Digital III  - Review will be up by Monday 1/24/11)

THE FIVE STEPS TO WINNING THE LEICA M9

OK here is how you can officially enter this contest.

Step 1:

You must go over to picortwo.com and register and follow at least one photographer at the site. For example, you can follow Seal, Heidi or Rankin and you will get an e-mail with their pics when they submit a pic or two from their daily lives. This step is mandatory! If you are already registered then move to Step 2.

Step 2:

You must also be registered at this site. When you register here this will allow you to not only enter all contests but will also allow you to post in the forums and take part in future activities here on the site. So after you register over at picortwo.com you must register here. To do so, click HERE. This step is also mandatory! If you are already registered here, move to Step 3.

Step 3:

Take your photos. To enter you must submit only 2 photos that form a story. We must be able to know what is going on by looking at the photos so because of this there will be no text explaining the photos, just your topic. For example your topic could be called “People in the Park”. Take 2 photos that form a narrative and number them in sequential order. Submit them to me at my e-mail [email protected]along with your name, address, e-mail address, age, topic title and tell me about you and your photographic passion (but keep it short and brief..no essays). Photos must be shot between now and the deadline date of February 5th 2011.

Step 4:

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

I want as many photographers to know about this as possible. I want EVERYONE to be able to have a shot at this so help me spread the word by tweeting this, or by posting it to your facebook (you can use the handy buttons at the top of this page to do so), or mentioning it wherever you can – digg, forums, or wherever! Just linking back to this page will help tremendously and make this contest a success. If it is a success, more will come :) This is not a mandatory step of course, but will help me out a bit.

Step 5:

Get excited and Wait. I will be accepting submissions starting today, January 5th 2011. Submissions will end on February 5th 2011. The contest duration is 30 days. On February 15th I will post the top 10 winners on this site along with their photos. The top 10 will then go to Heidi Klum and Rankin for final selectionThe winner will be announced on March 1st 2011 and the Leica M9 (VALUE $6995) will be shipped out to the winner by March 15th 2011.

The 2nd place winner will win a Leica V-Lux 2 supplied by Leica Camera. Both cameras will be shipped by me via FedEx to the winners no later than March 15th 2011.

Keep in mind the Leica M9 is a used M9 as it was Seals personal camera. It is in fantastic condition. PLEASE READ THE FULL CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES HERE. Feel free to use the facebook and twitter share buttons at the top of this page to spread the word to YOUR facebook and twitter followers!

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I NEED YOUR HELP! YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT THIS SITE TO KEEP IT GOING AND GROWING!

Remember, anytime you follow my links here and buy from B&H or AMAZON, this helps to keep my site going. If it was not for these links, there would be no way to fund this site, so I thank you in advance if you visit these links. I thank you more if you make a purchase! I have nifty search bars at the upper right of each page so you easily search for something at either store! I currently spend 10-14 hours a day working on this site and the only way that I can pay for it is with your help, so thank you! Currently my traffic has been increasing but my funds to pay for the site has been decreasing, so any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Even if  you buy baby food, napkins or toothpicks at amazon it helps this site, and you do not pay anything extra by using the links here. Again, you pay nothing extra by using my links, it is just a way to help support this site, so again, I thank you in advance :)

If you enjoyed this article/review, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page and also be sure to join me on twitter or my new facebook fan page! Also, you can subscribe to my feed at my subscribe page HERE and read these posts in your browser or news reader! Also, the new forums are NOW OPEN on this site so get involved if you like! Thanks so much for visiting my site!

Jan 152011
 

The Timbuk 2 Snoop Bag Winner Announced!

Its January 15th and thanks to you guys the winner has now been decided in the Timbuk 2 camera bag contest!

Mr. Ernie Gambaz has won the bag with his beautiful holiday/winter image.

The poll results are below. It was a close race between #1 by Ahmed Habis and #4 by Erne Gambaz but Ernie took the lead in the last couple of days. Congrats to Ernie and I want to thank ALL who entered and voted! Thanks to Amy at thegearcaster.com for donating the bag!

Jan 042011
 

The Timbuk 2 Bag Give-Away Top 10 – Voting Begins Now!

Sorry I am a few days late with putting up this top 10 for the Timbuk 2 Bag Give-Away but here they are! Thanks to ALL for your submissions, they were great and lifted my spirits this holiday season! Browse the holiday/winter photos below and vote for your favorite in the poll under the photos. Only one vote will count per person. The photo/photographer with the most votes by January 15th 2011 will win the bag! The bag will be shipped to the winner no later than Jan 25th 2011. The contest details and theme can be read about HERE but it was all about the holidays and winter! Enjoy! BTW, this bag was donated by thegearcaster.com.

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PHOTO #1 – Submitted by Ahmed Habis

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PHOTO #2 – Submitted by Aad Berkhout

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PHOTO #3 – Submitted by Dave Ng

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PHOTO #4 – Submitted  by Ernie Gambaz

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PHOTO #5 – Submitted by Felix Esser

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PHOTO #6 – Submitted by Greg Vassie

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PHOTO #7 – Submitted by John Gellings

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PHOTO #8 – Submitted by Rick Jacobo

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PHOTO #9 – Submitted by Vladimir Jancek

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PHOTO #10 – Submitted by Wim Jansen

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VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE WINTER/HOLIDAY PHOTO!

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Jan 042011
 

Just a quick note to let you all know the Leica M9 contest details will be posted tomorrow morning bright and early. The contest will start tomorrow and not only that, there are a couple of cool surprises that will be announced as well (Like a 2nd place prize supplied by Leica, and the final two judges). Be prepared to get your creative juices flowing as anyone with a passion for photography can win this camera! In case you missed it I am giving away a Leica M9 here on this site. Check back tomorrow bright and early for full details and to enter!

Dec 292010
 

YES, I AM GIVING AWAY A LEICA M9!

EXCITING NEWS! If you are here reading this right now then YOU have a chance to win a black Leica M9 camera (VALUE: $6995). Yes, I said WIN, as in 100% give-away. The contest will be posted VERY soon, just working out the details but it will be 100% free to enter and EVERYONE and ANYONE will have a chance to win the camera.

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THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF ~6 (Seal)

The Black M9 that I will be giving away is being donated by ~6 (who just received his Titanium M9 last week, see his post HERE). Thanks to his kindness and generosity, one of you will be sporting an M9 of your own very soon.

What most of you already know is that the man who posts here as “~6″  is the recording artist and photographer Seal. If you did not know that, now you do. This contest/giveaway was his idea and when he approached  me about it I was VERY excited. I mean, what other website has given away something like a Leica M9? Seal is not only intensely passionate about music, but also photography and I am proud to call him on of my dearest friends. Ho cool is it that he is donating his personal BLACK M9 to give away here? IT’s AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE!

Since he has been so generous with the M9 donation for the up coming contest I wanted to mention HIS new website.

Just recently Seal has launched a very cool photo website called picortwo.com and I urge you to go check it out and register to follow your favorite photographer. Basically you can follow any photographer on the site..Seal, his wife Heidi, or any of the other photographers on the site. Just by entering your e-mail address you will recieve a pic or two in your mailbox every day that they took during the day.

For example, if you are following Seal, every day you will get a pic or two in your email that he shot THAT DAY. It’s like you are following the daily life of the photographer you follow. So make sure you go check it out at picortwo.com. Browse the photographers and follow whoever you like. It’s REALLY cool and REALLY fun. Also, I want to show him some love back for donating his M9 for me to give away here.

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THE CONTEST DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

I am still working out the details of how to run this contest. It probably will NOT just be a simple photo submission contest this time, but will most likely go a bit deeper. Whoever ends up winning the M9, we want that person to not only really want it, but we want that person to deserve it. Also, the winner will be picked by YOU, all of the readers. This keeps it on the up and up and 100% fair which is mandatory for me. This will be a worldwide contest so no matter where you are in this world, you can enter and win. I hope to have the contest up and running VERY soon!

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

I want as many photographers to know about this as possible. I want EVERYONE to be able to have a shot at this so help me spread the word by tweeting this, or by posting it to your facebook, or mentioning it wherever you can – digg, forums, or wherever! Just linking back to this page will help tremendously and make this contest a success.

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AS ALWAYS, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! THIS SITE WOULDN’T BE GROWING WITHOUT IT!

Again, this site has been able to stick around and grow over the past  two years thanks you YOU, the readers. Those who come here every day to see whats new, to see the passion of photography alive and well and to join in the discussions.

Thanks to your guys helping me out with buying your photo gear from my links to B&H Photo and Amazon and supporting my sponsors like Dale Photo and J-Tec. Let’s not forget Ken Hansen who has been a true friend AND a great Leica dealer. So without that support, this site would not be where it is today and this contest would not exist.

So here are those direct links again and if you ever need any photo related gear you can use the B&H Photo Link HERE (not able to bookmark the B&H link, must be clicked on from this site). If you like AMAZON, anything you buy there will help me out with pennies on the dollar (it adds up) and you can use that link HERE (and can bookmark the Amazon link!).

Also, be sure to follow me on twitter, facebook and my RSS feed here. This all helps me out! Also, for more discussion you can visit my forums here on the site :)

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ONE MORE THANKS TO ~6

Finally, thanks again to Seal. Be sure to visit SEAL.COM for his music and news, and the new picortwo.com to follow some pretty cool photographers. Without HIS support, this contest would not be happening! You can also follow him on twitter HERE and facebook HERE. Again, show him some love for donating his personal M9 for this contest!

Dec 212010
 

KEEP SENDING IN YOUR SUBMISSIONS! EMAIL THEM TO ME HERE!

It’s contest time! I have a new Timbuk2 Snoop all weather camera bag here in RED and GREY  (thanks to Amy at thegearcaster.com) and I am giving it away to one lucky reader. How do you become this lucky reader? EASY! Seeing that the Holidays are here and Christmas is around the corner I am looking for some GREAT seasonal images to share on this site on New Years Day. What better way than to have all of you submit your faves so I can post them here?

I currently live in Phoenix, AZ and it is always warm and  in the 70′s and it just does NOT feel like Christmas! I need some cheer sent my way so I am hoping to see some beautiful photos with snow, lights, and ANYTHING that tells me IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!

So send me your images to me directly by emailing me HERE. Out of all entries there will be 10-15 top picks made and then starting on New Years Day you guys can pick the winner by voting in a poll. The top 15 picks will be made by myself and Ashwin Rao (who you should all know from his great guest articles).  Then, starting January 1st all of you guys will VOTE for the winner! Here are the rules…

RULES:

  • ONE ENTRY PER PERSON! DO NOT SEND MORE THAN ONE PHOTO.
  • Must be under 3 MB and no bigger than 2000 pixels wide when you send the image.
  • Post Processing is allowed but no enhancements. In other words, do not add anything to the photo that wasn’t there when you shot it.
  • Must be Holiday themed, so Christmas/New Year themes only.
  • Submissions start today 12/21/10 and the last submission will be accepted on 12/29/10
  • The top 10 will be displayed on this website on New Years Day, Jan 1st 2011 and voting will begin.
  • Voting will end on January 15th 2011 and the person with the most votes will win the bag. Bag will be shipped within 3 days of contest end.
  • This is a WORLDWIDE contest. Anyone, from ANYWHERE can enter.

You can read more on the Timnuk2 SNOOP in this review HERE. Again, thanks to THEGEARCASTER.COM for supplying the bag!

I am accepting images NOW so e-mail them to me HERE!

May 192010
 

Thanks to everyone who submitted images to the Epson V500 film contest and thanks to all who voted. Today is May 19th and the poll has been closed! The winner with 416 votes is Jake Schoellkopf with his image of victory, defeat and excitement. His image captured a true moment! CONGRATULATIONS to Jake! Your scanner will be shipping out to you by the end of the week! Look for more contests soon, I just have to figure out what prize will be next!

I also want to give a special shout out to Dirk Ahlgrim who came in 2nd place with 199 votes with his image of the Cows and an overall congrats to all who made the top 10!

and the winner….

“Boxing photo, circa 1995, shot on color neg but converted to b/w. I always felt boxing photos look better in b/w. Shot on a Nikon FM2 with a 35mm f/2 – Jake”

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