Contest #26: Win a 16″ x 30″ Apollo Strip (a $130 Value)

23371[1]The Challenge

This week’s photo contest is “Grids and Patterns”.  The Egg Crate grid provides an interesting pattern and we want to see some creative patterns from you!

The Prize

Our Prize will be a 16″ x 30″ Apollo Strip ($130) Along with this amazing light modifier, you will be presented with a Golden Ticket, which enters you into the year-end raffle to win $15,000 in Westcott gear!

The Inspiration

The President of Westcott, Kelly Mondora, talks about the difference between a stripbank and a normal softbox, and when you would use each.  She also discusses what a grid will do within the softbox.


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
3. Consider your file size. Your longest edge doesn’t need to be more than 1024 pixels and resolution should be 72dpi
4. One submission per person.
5. Anyone can enter, however winners of the contest must live in North America.
6. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


15 Responses to Contest #26: Win a 16″ x 30″ Apollo Strip (a $130 Value)

  1. dougdeas June 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    After seeing this field, I rushed home to pick up my Nikon D300s and a 70-200mm lens before the sun was blocked by surrounding trees. It was windy, but I thought this might be my only opportunity. I returned the next day, but the flowers were too beaten and withered. With nature you never know if you will have that second opportunity. I love the color, the patterns, and the motion of the flowers against the extended arms of the tree.

  2. spectaclephoto June 13, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    A fence pattern in DC

  3. I find myself facsinated by textures and patterns found in common items. Which is certainly the case with this photo.

    I was draining some blue hydrobeads (found in most craft stores and used as a replacement for water in a vase), in a mesh strainer when the color and pattern of the wet blue beads caught my eye. I grabbed my camera which already had a 40mm Micro lens attached and mounted it to the tripod. Then I moved WAY in and focused. WOW, I not only saw the texture of the beads but the pattern of the wire mesh represented in two different ways – magnified through the beads and then distorted through the remaining water in between each bead. To my surprise each magnification was unique to the texture of each bead as well.

    This is one of those photographs that you could print out large and its point of interest would change as you got closer.

    Thanks for your consieration,
    Jimi FIlo

  4. schuenke June 8, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    I took this photo recently at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington. I was interested in capturing the color and abstract patterns in the outside wall tiles. From the museum web site: “A fusion of textures and myriad colors, EMP’s exterior conveys all the energy and fluidity of music. Three-thousand panels, made up of 21 thousand individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles, encase the outside of the building. Their individual finishes respond to different light conditions and appear to change when viewed from different angles, reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving.”

  5. Gravter June 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Here is a shot from my first maternity session 3 years ago.
    This was shot this using one Apollo 28″ softbox with an SB-900 speedlight in it in manual mode triggered by CLS with my pop-up flash.
    I framed the subject with my Nikon d90 with a 70-200mm 2.8 VR II lens attached to it.
    I love the patterns on the fabric which gives this photo a sense of motion!
    This photo is what put me on the “map” in my town 😉
    Terry G.

  6. Jimmy Arcade June 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    When I was a baby and beginning to formulate my first words, my grandfather was taking me for a stroll. I was in a stroller and, as the story goes, I looked up at some high tree tops and, gasped and said with the most wonder and awe a wee one can muster, “treeeeeeeeee”. 30+ years later, I am apparently still drawn to trees.

    This is a photo of a bokeh-esque pattern created while photographing this favorite subject of mine. I set my focus to a very close object, held down the AF-ON feature on my Canon 6D, and shifted position to shoot the remarkable patterns of the more distant branches and leaves. I wanted to capture the brilliant glow of the trees that always seems to stop me in my tracks.

    The photo was shot with a Canon 6D, with a EF 24-105mm L lens, at f/4.0 aperture, ISO 1000, and a shutter speed of 1/25.

  7. DavidIanJohnson June 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    This is a photo I took on a recent trip to Iceland. It is inside the Harpa (concert hall) in Reykjavik. Incredible glass architecture!

  8. dustinstorm June 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    This was actually a session with my daughter for her birthday party invitations. Just after dusk, we went out to the side yard and used the fence as a backdrop (for the plank and inner patterns of course), lit it up with 2x Canon 600ex-rts controlled by a ST-E3-RT on a Canon 7D shooting with a 24-70 2.8L.

  9. David W June 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I captured this in Chinatown in DC. Trying to avoid the tourist photos of the popular location I snapped off a shot featuring the crosswalks repeating lines and the grids formed by each buildings window patterns.

    This photo was taken with sony’s first DSLR the Alpha100 with a Quantaray 28-80 ISO800. It’s no longer my “GoTo” camera as the sensor and technology is somewhere behind an modern cellphone now.

  10. Slava Ivanov June 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Pittsburgh Pirates red brick wall of fame has “man-made” strong pattern of shapes, lines and colors in one. The photo was taken with SONY NEX7 ISO100 28mm F5 in daylight conditions.

  11. Sandra Burchett June 3, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I love the patterns of a spiral staircase! Add in a beautiful bride, and it’s a real winning shot! I lit her with two small LED lights that were being held by family members on either side. This is one of my favorite shots!

  12. dab_photography June 2, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    i’m always amazed at how someone suspended from the ceiling…on his back could produce this…taken with natural light, hand held iso 200, f2.8, 1/6 sec…hope i get to go back someday

  13. Karen Vaisman June 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I shot this image of beautiful Rebecca with one strip box and 1 speedlight inside camera left and higher than the model. I let the light sculpt the side of her body. I took out the white inner baffle and the white fabric cover to use only the inner silver lining in the 10×36 strip bank. I used the eggcrate cover over top of the strip bank to create all of the patterns on the white seamless paper. I used a large white 5 in 1 Westcott reflector for fill camera right.

  14. Susannah June 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Sorry, wrong File!!!

    Here’s the entry

  15. Mitch Marmorstein May 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    This shot of Kevin a UFC fighter in training was done in my home studio with just 3 lights. 1-main octabank at 45 degree angel above the subject with a Alien Bee 1600 mono light set at 1/2 power with a silver bounce reflector waist high just in front of the subject. 2-strip lights set left and right at 45 degrees with AB 1600’s set at 1/4 power. The camera is a Nikon D700 with a 70-200mm lens set at ASA 100 @ 160th at f:10. The background is a stock image. Once the 2 images were merged in PS I added a new layer and converted it to a high contarast B&W on top of the original image with 50% transperancy for the gritty look.
    Thats it!
    Mitch Marmorstein

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