Contest #19: Win The Rapid Box 20″ Octa Mini (a $150 Value)



The Challenge

Our Rapid Box got the name because it has a quick setup time. Your theme for this photo contest is RAPID.  Use your imagination on this one and give us something creative.


The Prize

You guessed it!  We are going to award one lucky winner with our new 20″ Rapid Box ($150).  This light modifier allows users to mount their speedlight flash on the outside of the modifier for quick adjustment of settings, as well as line of sight for non radio shooters.


The Inspiration

Our Top Pro Elite photographers Zach and Jody Gray joined us in the desert of Nevada last week to play with our Rapid Boxes.  See the gorgeous photographs they created in this video:




54 Responses to Contest #19: Win The Rapid Box 20″ Octa Mini (a $150 Value)

  1. Alchemic May 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I had to jump over a cliff to slay a dragon. I made sure the jump had good light by shooting through a 43” umbrella.

  2. scoot May 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    On a nice, cold, frozen and inviting lake … I walked out on the ice and got some grabs by panning the racers going by while enjoying their snowmobiles! Some would race by and show off a bit … as this guy did. Took this with a Nikon D200, 18-200m lens, F14, 1/250 with an ISO of 800.

  3. tonylafferty May 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    This gentleman was playing a tournament of cards that my wife was hosting. They were trying to squeeze in one last game before he had to head home as he had a 200 miles drive home.

    I went into my studio and set up two Westcott Spyder lights and then went back in and whispered to my wife that she should take a quick bathroom break. While she excused herself for a moment I asked the gentleman to let me show him my studio. I then asked if He would sit for me for just a quick moment. Two minutes and four clicks later, I had this shot. He beat my wife back to the card table!

  4. sorrellsty May 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    A octabox was used in a teaching studio involving the instructor and about 8 other shooters. His octabox was set up above the model’s heads with a homemade parabolic reflector below. A slaved 70 watt daylight corrected hardware store light was used. Because the studio was small and the instructor wanted us to shoot on the same axis as the models, it was quite hectic and once you got your chance to shoot, it was rapid fire. The octabox was on a boom and extremely fast to set up. Camera: D300s. ISO 100 1/200 @ F 8.

  5. RobJamesKelley May 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    This is Joel Petersen, guitarist for The Faint. I was super excited about this show; they were celebrating ten years since their album ‘Danse Macabre’ & played it in its entirety. An album I love, & even the opening band I’m really into, TRUST. Not only that, but I had managed to get a press pass the day of the show, to which I took full advantage of. I took photos from every possible angle I could, running around the venue like I owned the place. Trying to stick to the theme of Rapid, I chose this photo because through experience, I’ve learned that live photography is one of the most demanding forms of it. Rapid movements, Rapid lights, quick checking of settings & quickly switching lenses. This was shot on a Canon 7D, with a Tamrom 17-50mm set at 30mm, F2.8 at 1/160, ISO 3200 & edited/converted in Aperture.

    This was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to, & being able to shoot it & dance with my camera while getting some great shots; nights like that just can’t be beat.

  6. torvaterra May 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I photographed this wild Great Grey Owl in Ontario, Canada this past winter. While everyone was battening down the hatches for the blizzard Nemo, I rushed up north through the storm storm into Canada to photograph owls. This kind of winter weather forces Great Grey owls south as they search for food. There is a limited time to catch these avian predators abroad so I spent a few days in the snow and absolutely freezing cold woods photographing them. Here is one of my favorite photos! In the blink of an eye this owl swooped down from the thick woods into the snow deep fields, grabbed a critter and took off with it. A long lens, a high shutter speed, a burst and this was the result.

  7. Kelvin Young May 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Here’s a photo I took while visiting Ocean Park in Hong Kong. I was riding the cable car and looked out the window, noticing a nice line of cable cars carrying hundreds of visitors from one side of the amusement park to the other. The nice lines and beautiful view inspired me to take this photograph. You should see how rapid they transport thousands of visitors everyday! Shot on the Nikon D3S.

  8. krice4173 May 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Having a great time in Sarasota Florida. This was our last day and we had to be really quick getting in the water at the fountain and getting out! The guard was on his way to tell us to leave! “no swimming in the fountain”

  9. jmphotography May 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Subway train leaving the station. shot at f22 2.5sec exposure

  10. Jim Tincher May 16, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    This was a spur of the moment photo that couldn’t be planned, but the opportunity did eventually arise. Santa looked so good in this mint condition ‘Vette. I took this photo with my iPhone while traveling down Shore Drive in Virginia Beach VA Dec 23, 2012. We weren’t traveling real fast but I did have to act quickly for this shot.

  11. Jessica May 16, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    This image is a composite of 5 different images. Each shot with a small aperture for a fantasy HDR effect.
    1. Mt Redoubt in Alaska, when it began erupting a few years ago.
    2. Sunset
    3 Clouds
    4. Clouds
    5 fence

  12. fireray May 16, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Rapid Fire…Shoot score. 1/1000 sec.@2.8, 130mm. LR then PS with brushes and textures.

  13. Miss Ruth May 16, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    This is a studio portrait of my daughter as we were working on a portfolio for her. It was taken using a Nikon D3x and an 85mm lens. ISO 50, f/7.1, @ 60 sec. I am using large rectangular reflectors and a beauty like type light. I would absolutly love the Rapid Box 20 for my outdoor settings. It would be ideal.

  14. Johnna "Speaks" Photography May 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I snapped this shot at an EKU home game with my 7D and 70-200 2.8L. I used a high shutter speed and a wide aperture.

  15. amyrwertz May 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    This is a picture of a little baby dressed in a teddy bear outfit and surrounded by all of his own teddy bears!! Taken ISO 400 50mm f4.5 1/250.

  16. schuenke May 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    This photo was taken in Washington DC at the Dupont Circle Metro stop. It was raining, and I had a morning to kill so I sat patiently and waited for trains and people to pass by. I experimented with different shutter speeds to get some blur and visual interest, finally settling in on 1/8 second handheld. As trains came and left, I fired off low-angle shots of the scene on the platform. I thought this one captured the flow and movement pretty well.

  17. MiriamG99 May 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    I went to the Balloonfest in Howell, MI last year. After the mass launch of the balloons the crowd migrates to the carnival/amusement park. I was sitting on a hill when I took this photo. I loved the way the ferris wheel’s pattern turned out. Luckily the wheel doesn’t go around as fast as it looks!

  18. Allen Adams May 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    This is a shot of my brother-in-law who travels the world as Gutsy the Flying Fox, performing at schools and churches encouraging kids to be gutsy in their faith and in studying hard and to stand up against bullying.
    This particular show was in a very dark and poorly lit gym, so I added two speedlights at 1/4 power on stands and sandwiched him with light to freeze him in mid air. I had my Sony a700 set at f/2, 1/250 sec., ISO-640 with a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens.

  19. Jennifer May 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    My first time shooting fireworks which are fired “rapidly”. It was also a test of my new Canon 5DMarkIII. This image was shot at f8 5.0 seconds at 100 iso with my 70-200 lens at 70mm.

  20. Sean May 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    This is the biggest rapid on this section of the Fraser River. Overlander Falls is just up the road from my house and it’s always cool to shoot pictures of the local kayak kids heading over the drop. I’ve shot a considerable number of photos here and I think this is my most creative angle. It makes the 20-25 foot drop look a good chunk bigger than it actually is.

  21. Angel May 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    A Fashion shoot for a new designer!!! with ballet dancer Andrea Mercado…

    This was shot with canon 7D
    1/60 at f/14
    ISO 400
    24-70 f/2.8

  22. Michael May 14, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I was faced with this dilemma on this wedding day. The bride really wanted portraits by the water, and we are blessed with beautiful lakes in my home base of Madison, WI. If I were a so-called “natural light photographer” I would need to use a reflector to create some semblance of light direction and contrast in the portrait. Or just expose for the face. However, this would still leave the sky brighter than the subject, and would therefore dwindle away in whitish nothingness. Fortunately, I am inclined to bend light to my will and create it where needed. And it was definitely needed here. Look at that sky. While it is overcast, the clouds have interesting shape and texture. Now look at the bride’s dress. Similar shape and texture. What a perfect opportunity to bring them together in the composition! Knowing that Adrienne, the bride, had a background in dance, I was able to coax her into a backbend appropriate to the pose I wanted. The next step was to light it to simulate a stray shaft of sunlight that was reaching down to embrace her.

    Technical Specs:
    • Canon 5D MKII with Canon 24-105L IS lens set to 24mm
    • Aperture priority mode: 1/2000th @ f4, ISO 100
    • Canon 580 EXII speedlight on camera set to Master – fired as fill – with RadioPopper PX transmitter.
    • Two Canon 580EX II speedlights off camera set to Slave in Group A and fired with RadioPopper PX receivers
    • Capture time: 4:28pm

  23. Ryan Monroe May 14, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    My friend, who I rarely get to skate with, skating up the quarter wall. Did more skating than shooting that day. We were fixing to leave when we got this shot so had to work pretty quick.

    Nikon d300s
    50mm 1.4g
    1/250 f/3.2 iso 200
    olympus fl-36 1/2 power
    pw+2 used for triggering

  24. Randy Kepple May 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Studio portrait using (1) softbox at camera left. This was captured using a Canon 5D-Mark III and the new Lensbaby Edge 80 optic on a Composer Pro.

  25. saikat27 May 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Charlie likes to eat. Be it dog food, human food, treat or rabit poop. This was one of his rapid “yummy” moments.
    Gear Nikon D7000
    Light window light

  26. fdamico May 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm #


    Back in January I went to see my father who now lives in a place called Carlos Paz in Argentina. I hadn’t seen him in about four years and I could only go for about a week. It was a great trip, and me and my father really connected! But, it was a short trip, a trip of constant motion, a trip that was over in the blink of an eye. I took most of these shots from moving vehicles. It’s only now, four months later, that I realize how well they, for me, captured the dreamlike state of being so far from home, for such a short period of time, seeing someone you love and care about very much and not knowing when or if you’ll ever see them again……..

    Shot with a cannon G 11

  27. Karen Vaisman May 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    This image was shot in Las Vegas and was artistically manipulated in photoshop. It was backlit. Personally if * I * was the guy dashing through the air, I’d be heading the other way…RAPIDLY.

    I would say this represents what goes on inside my brain while in creative mode.

    – Karen Vaisman –

  28. Betty Shaha Spann May 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    This shot was of a rapid little Citroen whizzing through Paris. The “speed” effect was achieved using a panning technique with a Nikon D700; ISO 200, f/13, 1/25 sec, Manual shooting mode. It makes me smile to think of that little car zooming through town.

  29. film2shoot May 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    This is a photograph of my son. I used a soft box below, two lights one on each side of him, a back ground light and a main light in front of him. Added texture in photoshop and vivid light.

  30. Bryan Minear May 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    When I am traveling, my favorite thing to do at the airport is to put on some music, tune out the ambience, and watch people as they rapidly move to make their flights and destinations. Sometimes I will find a good spot with light that I fall in love with and wait for an opportune moment to capture these travelers. This photo was taken at the Detroit Airport with my late great Fuji X100. I sat adjacent to one of the moving walkways and waited for the right moment.

  31. EQFX May 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Taken at Kin Race Track, the last race of the day. I wanted to create a fine art effect to show the speed of a Thoroughbred race horse. I shot at a slow shutter speed and panned the horses as they flew by. Settings: Canon XSi; 55-200 kit lens @ 135mm; 1/25 @ F29 ISO 200. I boosted color saturation and contrast in camera.

  32. Tina Greggo May 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    While covering the summit for Education Nation here in Phoenix Arizona, I captured this rare sweet moment between Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord! Love it!

  33. Angela_Dees May 13, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    This portrait is of my nephew, 5 year old Mason. Taken at the Nature Center in Clear Lake, Texas, I was using a Canon 60 D, 100mm 2.8 Macro, f/3.5, 1/160, ISO 160. Mason has stunningly blue eyes that can really speak to the camera.

  34. dustinstorm May 13, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Right, so, this image was actually one of many lightning shots from a time lapse I was shooting that morning (May 20, 2012) to put together an extended cut of the invitation video for Joplin’s 1 year memorial (see the extended cut at I was originally attempting to capture the sunrise (see left side of horizon), but this beautiful storm formed in teh distance, and I couldn’t resist. The rubble you see in the foreground is/was Joplin High School, but this was a full year after the tornado. So, there’s a unique juxtaposition in this image… the obvious “rapid” characteristics of the tornado vs. the lengthy recovery. The fleeting bolt of electricity vs. the patient rising of the sun behind the storm.

    Taken: 5/20/12 – 4:50 a.m.
    Canon EOS 7D
    f/10, 2 sec, ISO 160, 50 1.8

  35. wee_ag May 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Rapid? How about ‘rapids’?

    This is Austin Falls after an autumn storm, one of the many waterfalls, flumes and rapids in the beautiful Adirondack State Park of Upstate New York.

    Canon 20D on tripod
    ISO 100

  36. Alejandro Ceron May 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    This HS senior was determined to wait for the right sunset to take her pictures at the beach. We were lucky to get the perfect sunset and nice rim light behind her.

    Picture details:

    Camera: Canon EOS 50D
    Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L
    f/8.0 1/200 ISO200
    (1) Paul C. Buff Einstein with octabox

  37. USMCCpl May 11, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    T3i w 55-250mm lens
    Broad-Winged Hawk in my back yard doing a rapid fly over of the forest bed for food.

  38. ronwarren May 11, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Stunt biplane from an airshow in Michigan. 1/2000 sec, f/11, ISO 800, Canon 40D, Sigma 70-300mm racked out to 300 mm, handheld. I was especially pleased about catching the plane’s white puffs against the blue rather than against the clouds.

  39. wolfy317 May 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Here’s my idea of Rapid. Took this shot of my bud on a ride we took. Used the 5d3, 70-200 f2.8 (non-is), and f2.8 / iso400 / 1/400

  40. nsyverson May 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    1/500 @ 2.8 iso 100 50mm Canon 40D
    On a senior session with all the flowers around us. I told her to pick some petals to throw in the air. I got this shot and there is no photoshop help here! Totally lucked out! Rapid fire baby!

  41. Tim Thompson May 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    This guy was really getting into what he was cooking during an outdoor festival in Starkville, Mississippi. He didn’t miss a beat, and the food looked amazing.

  42. Wendy Mayo May 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Photographed with Nikon D90 and 50mm lens. I had just received my first prime lens and was practicing shooting wide open. Taken outside my mom’s back garden. These two little snails were trekking across the ground as fast as possible before the morning sun got too hot. I could just imagine the snail in back saying, “Hey, don’t go so fast! Wait for me!”

  43. LorenNoyes May 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    This shot is of two of the nicest people I know. It is in front of the Salt Lake City and County Building. We had a blast with this couple and memories were made that night that will last a lifetime!

    The Gear I used…

    Canon EOS 7D
    8mm Fisheye Lens
    Single Paul Buff Einstein Strobe w/ 24×36 softbox
    Shot @ 1/100 F8 ISO 100

  44. Cory Plowman May 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    This is a shot of my friends son. I hanged some records for a backdrop, and showed him becoming a rockstar in this shot.
    Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
    Flash: Canon 430EXii

  45. photosbyserena May 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm #


    During our engagement session with this fun couple, we allowed the guys (the groom to be, and my husband/co-photographer) to express some of their own creativity, and this is what we get. =) HADOUKEN!!! Talk about RAPID. The groom is jumping up into the air, stretching out his arms and legs while I quickly capture him at his highest point in the jump. How awesome would this shot look with some creative lighting techniques made possible by some amazing Westcott gear!?!

    Equipment: This was shot using my Nikon D90 and 50mm f/1.4 lens.

    Camera Settings: ISO 400, 1/250 sec & f/4.0

    Contact Info: Serena Henry |

  46. horsephotos May 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    This image was taken on the final night of racing at our local racetrack, which was slated for closure. A rapid racehorse captured with a slow camera speed. This particular photo really spoke to me because of its “ghostly” appearance, coupled with the thought that racehorses would rapidly become just a distant memory there. I also thought about how the lives of the horsemen would be rapidly changing without their local track.

    Shot with my Canon 5D Mark III, f32, 1/4 sec., ISO 200.

  47. horsephotos May 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    This image was taken the night our local racetrack was slated for closure. A rapid racehorse captured with a slow camera speed. This particular shot really spoke to me because of its “ghostly” appearance, coupled with the thought that racehorses would rapidly become a distant memory at this track, and how rapidly the lives of the horsemen would be significantly changed.

    Shot with Canon 5D Mark III, f32, 1/4 sec., ISO 200.

  48. cki May 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    I took this with my iPhone 4S when a performer brushing by. This photo not only capture the movement of her dress. It also reflects the moods of the evening as well.

    1/15 sec; f/2.4; ISO 800

  49. popo canpetle May 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    needed a shot for my photography class and my friend lives for training bjj. went to gym with an unbrella, light stand, and two radio triggers and my camera. took many pics like this for class and it was all with my portable setup, since it has to fit on my motorcycle.

  50. angelamdunn May 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    This is an image of my best friend Sarah. We took this images as a sort of graduation/life affirming statement. Sarah is a single mom of two and is graduating from college before the age of 30. Only a small percentage of teen/single moms do this. She also lost both her parents while she was in college. So this was a way for her, and I, to show people (young women) what dedication, strength, and determination can do. It took great courage and tenacity for her to do what many many others could not all while facing the great tragedy of the loss of her parents.

    This was shot with a Canon T3, 50mm, 2.8 f/stop, 1/125, ISO 200

  51. Jonathan Clark May 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Nikon D7000

    The bride wanted a silhouetted shot of her entering the church. The pastor asked the day of that we (the photographers) not move around so ended up recreating this shot just after so I could get low and center of isle.

  52. khristian May 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    This was taken on a month long road trip through the Pacific Northwest. I woke up early for sunrise at this remote dry lake-bed in Oregon and put the camera on a timer and had fun getting some different angles. Small aperture for the sunburst effect.

  53. vickileblanc May 10, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Here is Rapid at its finest. Storm in Alpine, TX. Sitting on the balcony of the Holland Hotel. Lightning kept hitting the radio tower and I was hoping to get a good spread of light… here it is.

  54. Sandra Burchett May 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    This was an image taken with long exposures at an amusement park last summer. Such RAPID movement of the bumper cars! Or at least it looks that way with the long exposures and light trails. Equipment used was my tripod and Oly e-5. I don’t remember the settings. Sorry!

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