Contest #22: Win a Perfect Pair Kit (a $574 Value)

The Bob and Dawn Davis Perfect Pair Kit - by Westcott Pro LightingThe Challenge

This week’s photo contest is to create an image that represents “City Life”. Whether the town is small or large, head to the nearest urban area and get some great City shots! Creativity and technical quality are also important!

The Prize

Our Prize will be a Perfect Pair Kit ($574) Along with this kit, 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

Our Top Pro Elite photographer Bob Davis uses the Perfect Pair Kit in the middle of a large metropolitan city. The Perfect Pair Kit includes a Medium Apollo with a 40 degree grid, a 45″ Round Halo, a pair of light stands, and a bag to carry the kit. Watch how easy it is to create high fashion images with just two lights in this video:



37 Responses to Contest #22: Win a Perfect Pair Kit (a $574 Value)

  1. RobJamesKelley May 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    While going through my library of photos trying to select something that like city life to me, I came across this image. This was after a night of shooting a concert, & then meeting up with friends at a bar. Everyone was pretty drunk by the time I had gotten there, & soon after we had left; on the way home one of my friends decides to pick up a ladder that was left in an alleyway. We had proceeded to prop it up along buildings just to climb it for some photos, walk a little more, a do it again. Passerby’s even joined in.

    Total drunken debauchery with friends; City Life. Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

    Canon 7D, ISO 3200, f,1.4, 1/500, 30mm

  2. mattbakhoum May 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    This was taken in Piazza San Marco in Venice, Veneto, Italy. It seems to me that pigeons are always a part of city life, even far from home.

  3. Jorge Camargo Jr. May 30, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    As we ended this engagement session and were heading back to our cars I decided to stop and capture the busy City of Chicago in one shot. After few attempts, truly loved this spot/picture. All in one! From buildings, city signs, newspaper stand and tourist along with a fun couple. This shot was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and no flash, later added some filter effect in Photoshop.

  4. Jennifer May 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    I like the contrast of the old Nashville in the foreground with the new Nashville in the background. The old remains the same while the new builds glass towers. Shot at 40mm at f8 ISO 100 1/250 with a 5DMarkIII.

  5. schuenke May 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    This photo was taken in downtown Galveston, Texas — down an alleyway between Strand and Mechanic Streets. The pedestrian was walking along a parallel street. 1/320 sec at f/4.5

  6. lighto999 May 29, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    The bikes are chained for the night, but the cars are always on the move, some slow, others faster. Shot with a 15 sec long exposure in Flushing Queens, NY.

  7. Nbroach May 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    About 2 years ago my fiance and I went to Paris. While we were walking towards the Arc de triomphe, I saw this amazing opportunity to snap this shot! We never found out where they were going but I couldn’t help but think what a beautiful image this was. There is something amazing about a candid photo, especially when it’s in Paris! Picture was taken with my Canon Mark II with a 24-105mm lens.

  8. torvaterra May 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Ah, New York City… At night, the reflections of thousands of lights is simply mesmerizing. I used a single long exposure to create this photograph of the Queensboro Bridge and skyline. The long exposure causes the silky water effect, which I love. By luck an urban “shooting star” was also captured. Make a wish!

    Canon 7D, Sigma 17-50 at 17mm, iso 250, f/22 with 30 second exposure.

  9. jcurrie May 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I’ve had an idea to use the Chicago El train as a backdrop in engagement photos for a long time, but the trains only stop for about 30 seconds at a time. Light stands aren’t allowed on the El platform so I had two assistants holding speedlights on the go. We had to move quickly and practice our pose and dial in our light settings on a nearby support post. When the train arrived we got the couple into position leaving just enough time to shoot off two quick vertical and horizontal shots before the train was on the move again.

    Shot with a 16-35mm lens at f4, 1/160, iso 800 with two speedlights; one backlighting the couple at full power and one key light to camera right bounced into a rogue flashbender set to ETTL mode to light up the couple.

  10. Kim May 28, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    I captured this image late on a hot summer night in downtown Lexington, KY. The crowd of the city had lingered to just a few…. a couple of children remained cooling themselves in the city fountain that projected various changing color through the water as they ran through joyfully cooling their bodies from the scorching heat of the day. I used my tripod that hot night, at approx. 1/30 of a sec, ISO 200, and set at approx. f 5.6. My camera of choice being the Canon Rebel T2i. Lens 17-55mm

  11. cindycerdaphotography May 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I used a Nikon D800e with a Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens, the focal length was set at 80mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/22, and Shutter 1/30. It was a windy day so there was no smog, the sky was a beautiful blue and there were dramatic clouds in the sky. This photograph was taken late afternoon on Treasure Island. The view is beautiful on Treasure Island, you can see the city, the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, and Alcatraz. This beautiful statue was in the square on Treasure Island. When I saw the statue it made me think of the free spirit of San Francisco. I decided I wanted the city in the background so I framed the TransAmerica Building with her body and composed the image with the top of the Palm Tree at her finger tips giving it a whimsical effect.

  12. bpdolan May 27, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    This is a long exposure image of the Milwaukee Lakefront right before the fireworks on July 3rd.

  13. Vicky Kemp May 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Taken from a parking garage, over looking Fort Worth Texas as they decorate for Christmas. To the left is the Bass Performance Hall.

  14. Karen Vaisman May 26, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    This image was taken of my daughter Melanie in San Francisco with an Westcott Apollo softbox with 3 Nikon speedlights. I was using a slow shutter speed while we waited for taxis to go by. Time was of the essence as the sun was going down. I asked her to throw her head back and laugh each time a car or taxi went by. We did it so many times it wasn’t hard to make her laugh because it became pretty hysterical laughing at all the cars going by! For safety she was sitting in the road between two parked card. Pedestrians walking by thought we we nuts! We had a great time and we captured a bit of San Francisco city life!

  15. Photoartbyshannon May 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    This is a picture I took while in Du bois, Pennsylvania. I found a park that I took my children to, and i found ducks that were lined up around town. You go walking around town and you see ducks all over the place, along with groundhogs and geese.

  16. jaderavenphoto May 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    This is just a simple backlit shot of two friends of mine in Downtown Los Angeles. Even when they’re all dressed up you can see their quirky, kinda punk rock style show through, which is how I feel about Los Angeles….

  17. ultamod May 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    My entry is a photograph of a high school senior that I took this spring. The senior is an avid football fan. The senior plays for Chisholm high school and wears the number 62. His grandfather, who passed away a few months prior to this session, played for Hinton and wore the jersey number 33. The senior wanted me to create a photograph that would pay tribute to his grandfather. The senior’s parents were able to get access to the score board and that in addition to the beautiful Oklahoma sunset made this shot one of my favorites. I shot using a Nikon D600 with a Nikon 85mm lens. I shot at 1/200sec, f/16 with an ISO setting of 640. I lit my subject with my SB800 flash. When Mom and Dad saw this image, they both wept. I’m used to the mother’s getting teary eyed at my reveal sessions, but when his Dad cried…I knew I had gotten “the” shot.

  18. Crystal Werschke Pape May 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    From a senior session I did downtown. I don’t live in a big city.. LOL

  19. Katrin May 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    equipment, settings, technique, story

    Equipment: Nikon D700 w/on camera flash, 28-300mm Nikkor lens, SB600 off camera flash

    Settings: 28mm, F/3.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 2500

    Utilizing the street lights, mixed with on camera flash and one off camera remote flash (placed directly behind model’s feet).

    This was a spontaneous photo shoot with limited gear- in the midst of the Boulder Pearl Street Mall, in downtown Boulder- at the rock formation known as Split Rock. (Boulder, CO)

    My friend and I were exploring the downtown district, as I had just moved to the area a few days prior. We were passing by this striking rock feature, and I couldn’t allow us to leave until we stopped to capture a few images.

  20. Jason Eiting May 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    I woke up to this sunrise this morning at my grandparents in laws lake home. This sunrise is what my grandparents get to view every morning while at their cabin. To me it reminds me of the lord giving us a new day to live your life to the fullest. It also happened to be the first time visiting their lake home since my grandfather in law passed away earlier this year. It was like he was giving me a view of what he saw every morning.

  21. jmphotography May 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Dundas Square, Toronto.

  22. Marek May 22, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Me and my wife. Last shoot from our self wedding session.
    View of Mission street from Embarcadero in SF.
    Shoot, like asked, using wonderful :) Westcott umbrella with 2 speedlights + 1 kicker light on the street (risking its existing).
    Nikon d700, 1 second shutter speed, 28mm, F8, iso 200.

  23. Sean May 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    To me city life is weaving your way through people and past shops while the cars whiz by and great buildings loom overhead. This shot was taken in Barcelona, Spain on a beautiful sunny day. I used a Canon 60D and shot at 1/200 and f8.

  24. Nick Grier May 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Was flying back from shooting some aerials for a client and decided to head up the Willamette and through downtown Portland since it was the first decent weather we’d had in weeks. It’s difficult to see all the detail this small, but the full-size file is a 12-image panorama shot on a 1d3 at with Tokina 11-16 at 12mm, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec.

  25. Ryan Monroe May 21, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Was on vacation with my wife in New York City. We decided to go to central park. This was taken on the south entrance to the park. Fell in love with that city.

    Nikon d300s
    Nikkor 50mm 1.4g @ f/9
    1/50 second
    iso 200

  26. jdesignstudios May 21, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Here’s an image I shot in downtown Springfield MO. I had a fun wedding party and the groom wanted to create a super hero image with his guys…we found an area with some construction that already had some dirt around it with a small pit. I had the guys jump on the count of three…took maybe three tries to get it right…in post, I added some dirt explosion trails derived from a few images I took at a dirt track a few years back. Only major editing is with the dirt explosion…everything else was done on the spot with the exception of some of the tilt-shift blur. Used a Canon 5d Mark II and Canon’s 16-35mm f2.8 lens. That’s about it. :) Enjoy!

  27. Kevin May 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    This is a 15 image panorama of Downtown Miami at 10pm. Using a remote shutter and of course a tripod. I liked both the color image and also the Black & White. So I blended both images together to get the best of both worlds.

    Camera Settings:
    F/4 at 2.5sec exposure, ISO 200 at 28mm

  28. Sandra Burchett May 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    When this couple got engaged, I suggested a downtown Lexington night shoot. It was freezing outside, but this couple kept warm with lots of cuddles! I had a lower shutterspeed to capture the ambient light, and lit them off camera with my quantum flash and Westcott shoot through umbrella.

    This is what city life in Lexington is all about!

  29. surlyseacreature May 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    This was taken several years ago on a Nikon N75 in the NYC subway. Scanned from the print.

  30. Kayla Faye May 20, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    This long exposure image of the Super Moon was taken on a Saturday night on a hill in the city of Clermont, Florida. You can also see Orlando in the distance.

    Equipment Used: Canon 50D, 18 – 200mm Lens, Tripod, Trigger Release
    Settings: ISO 100, f/11, ss 88s

  31. Allen Adams May 20, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I took this photo when I was on a business trip to San Diego last summer. To get this vantage point of downtown San Diego, I had to sneak onto the roof of the convention center. It was shot with my Sony a700 on a tripod with a 30 second exposure at f22 ISO 100 with the 18-70mm lens

  32. BoFarrell May 20, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Shot using a Canon T2i with long exposure to capture the movement and Grand Central Station in New York.

  33. larryleone May 20, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    lol… would help if I read the theme.. (sorry)
    City Life: This was shot on Kodak Portra 400, [120] using a Pentax 645, developed in a 3 bath press kit.

  34. larryleone May 20, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Westcott 7′ umbrella with a 580exII for a key light. Two bare Conon 580exIIs on the background. Post processing using Aperture and NikColor Efects. Model: Michelle MM#2992738

  35. jburke03 May 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Had this image for some time and wasn’t sure on what to really do with it, i knew i wanted to edit it but finally decided to keep it natural looking. equipment used: nikon D3100, shutter release cable, and tripod. settings: iso 200, F/9, 30sec shutter speed. Photo was taken just west of Albuquerque NM pointing towards the Sandia Mountains with the city below.

  36. tonylafferty May 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    This shot was created in downtown Detroit using a long exposure and a Nikon D3s as a fire truck passed.


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