Contest #64: Win a 7-foot Parabolic Umbrella (a $120 Value!)

7' White Diffusion Parabolic Umbrella - by Westcott Pro Lighting

The Challenge

For this Lightapalooza photo contest, we would like you to submit your best image with an amazing background. Pulling inspiration from the gorgeous Las Vegas desert scene in the Top Pro video below, we would like to see what amazing locations you have photographed.

The Prize

The photographer who shows us the most breath-taking location will receive a Westcott 7-foot Parabolic Umbrella, which is utilized in Zach and Jody Grey’s video below. These umbrellas are essential for diffusing harsh sunlight in outdoor settings.

This Pro winner will also be receiving a Lightapalooza 2013 Golden Ticket, which enters contestants into the year-end drawing for the Lightapalooza grand prize! This is our last round of photo contests, and thus your last shot at winning a coveted Golden Ticket! Good luck!

The Inspiration

Westcott Top Pro Elite couple Zach and Jody Gray are recognized for their innovative wedding portraits and educational photography workshops. In this Westcott video, Zach and Jody demonstrate key lighting set-ups in outdoor fashion photography with the use of the Westcott 7’ Parabolic Umbrella.


32 Responses to Contest #64: Win a 7-foot Parabolic Umbrella (a $120 Value!)

  1. Tail Snaps December 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Simba, a 1 y.o. German Shepherd, on the beach at sunset in Santa Cruz, CA. This was blown up into a 60″ x 40″ poster and is now on display at Pet Food Express, a large northern California retail pet supplies chain.

    Lit for fill using a 28″ Apollo softbox with speedlight. at full power. Canon 5D Mark II, f/16, ISO 400.

  2. Jerome Leo December 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library using Nikon D7000 with kit lens and polarizing filter, 3 bracket shots handheld for HDR and Photoshop edits.

  3. joemartz December 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    My wife and I went to Greece for our honeymoon. One of the attractions we took in was hiking up the caldera. In this photograph we’re near the top with a bunch of fellow tourists in the background. Further to that are the cliff-side buildings of Santorini.

  4. Jim Tincher December 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    A recent photoshoot at a construction site, there was lots of debris, rocks, mud and this bit of unusual landscape.
    Nikon D600 1/80
    ISO 320
    Nikon 24-70 @ 35mm f/2.8
    Profoto B1

  5. Spencer Cox December 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    The colors of Zion National Park can perhaps be best described as if done by a surrealistic gone mad. On this cloudy November day I was able to capture a climber topping out on an impressive route. The lighting was tricky so I scrambled into a tricky spot to frame the climber to make the most of the light available and focus on the color of the sandstone.

  6. Hayley Ng December 11, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    This is a photo taken at the peak of Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona. It was about 7:30am and I loved the warmth casted onto the foreground by the sun contrasted with the coolness of the mountains in the distance.

    This was shot with a Canon XSI, 35mm, f6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 200.

  7. snydersnapshots December 11, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    This is the Rich Street bridge that crosses the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. I was lucky enough to spot this shot on a beautiful July night. The camera was a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 24-120 f4 lens on a Manfroto tripod and Vanguard ball head. The exposure was ISO 200, 24 mm, f11 for 1.6 seconds.

  8. cjcmarquez December 11, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    Shot in Madrid at the Royal Gardens. It was quite amazing how vastly large this garden was with its long pathways.

    Shot with a Canon T3 and Canon 50mm.

  9. jonlhung December 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I had the chance of a lifetime to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia for mission work. We worked at Angkor Hospital for Children to provide dental care to children in need, and it was one trip I will never forget.

    On our day off, we were given the opportunity to explore Angkor- once the home of the great Khmer Empire. As we were walking around, I captured this elephant walking by. I love that the photo focuses on the elephant, but right in the background is Bayon, one of the most beautiful Khmer temples built in the 12th century.

    Shot with Canon XSi @ 30mm, f/2.8 1/2000 ISO 400 in natural light.

  10. melissa3339 December 10, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    This is my neighbors dog, Dixie, shot on a beautiful fall day. Canon 5D Mark III, EF135mm f/2L USM, f/8.0, 1/320, ISO 640

  11. Sandra Burchett December 9, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    An amazing background? What could be more amazing than Westcott’s Modern Vintage background? It really makes a portrait sing, and is so easy to use. I’ve even gelled a flash and lit the background with different colors for different looks. I have one hanging in my studio at all times. Truly a great piece of gear to have. Thanks, Westcott!

    Oh, and the lighting here was from the Erin Manning creations kit. It gives catchlights galore!

  12. phillipvn December 9, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I was traveling through Romania this past May, couchsurfing to see the world through local eyes. My host took me to this amazing place that was an hour down a dirt road filled with potholes. We arrived at a HUGE field of reeds, with one lone foot bridge stretching through the middle. There was a lookout tower there that I climbed up and I got this photo of my curly haired host right around sunset.

  13. Digital93 December 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    This pictures was taken in Japan. This photo is the visual artist Chiaki Kurumizawa inside of her installation art in the Galeria Manos Libres in Yonago, Japan, was a incredible experience work with this great artist! Nikon D300

  14. mbrooke0806 December 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Photo taken at the Fort Worth Stockyards for senior pictures.

  15. Magan Sheffield December 5, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Rope Mill park in Georgia. I was just taking a walk with my kids and thought the fall leaves were beautiful.

  16. David Lee December 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Captured this tranquil backyard scene in September 2013 in Sangerville, Maine. I like the mixture of the coming of night chasing the sunlight away. Canon 5D-II, Canon 17-40, f11, ISO400, 1/160.

  17. Karen Vaisman December 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    This image was shot with a Nikon D800, 24-120mm f4 lens as an HDR image. There was many birds that day gracing the skies over 17 mile drive in Monterey CA. It was peaceful and beautiful. Enjoy!

    Karen Vaisman

  18. Gonzalo December 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Shot on location in Nowhere, Nevada as I was informed of this location by the model who wanted to do a photoshoot there. We were going after the downed aviator look with a sexy spin which is the model, so we gathered our appropriate accessories and went to work. My photo gear used was a Canon 40D camera, Canon EF 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM wide angle lens, Canon 550EX Flash mounted on a lightstand and triggered with PocketWizard II transmitters. My settings were as follows: Manual setting, ISO100 f5.6 @ 1/250th, 20mm focal length. This is one of many incredible shots taken that day of this amazing place!

  19. CATE SCAGLIONE December 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    I had a concept in mind … an “Urban Alice in Wonderland” featuring a designer dress. A friend lent me his NYC penthouse for the day to do this. The organic stepped garden on his rooftop and the NYC skyline served as a beautiful backdrop and created the “oasis” I was looking for. But, it had been raining on and off, quite dreary most of the afternoon. To camera left, I set up a strobe with beauty dish and sock on low power for fill; to camera right, I was going to light her, but wanted a softer natural light look on her face. I waited for a small break of sun…nature delivered! Diffused sunlight illuminate her face and the sheen of the dress. The strobe was cloned out during post production.

  20. SweetMelissa December 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    This was taken at Old Orchard Beach, Maine at the crest of the tide. This is part two of the Father and Son series. “Where the Wild Things Are” creating a connection between daddy’s favorite book as a child and his first born son.

  21. cbuesmendi December 4, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Niagara Falls at dusk
    I took this shot and processed with HDR on photoshop

  22. javluc December 4, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Shot this at Tervuren Park in Belgium during autumn season. I used a Canon 60D and for the first time my Canon 10-22mm. Hope you like it!

  23. Hector Vazquez December 4, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    You can not get any better of a background then NYC Time Square….HDR using my first D40x and stock lens.

  24. jaimietull December 4, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    Clearwater Beach Florida off of the balcony during vacation time in July.

  25. Elizabeth Nord December 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I moved from Tennessee to Gainesville, Florida in August. After making some new friends in the area, I was introduced to a “secret” abandoned home in the woods. It has no doors, windows, floor, or roof. The entire building is overgrown with gorgeous ivy, leaves, and even a spider web or two. Dying to photograph someone in this newfound spot, I asked a model to come shoot with me. Immediately, she and I were ecstatic to be in such a unique and beautiful area. It is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

    ISO1000, F2.8, 1/200, 50mm lens with no flash

  26. imagomodo December 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I had a rare opportunity to visit Cologne, Germany last year. Cologne is an amazing city for so many reasons, but an especially interesting aspect to me was the ‘Lock Bridge.’ It’s a bridge than spans the Rhein originating opposite the Köln Cathedral, the second largest cathedral in all of Europe. The lock bridge has tens of thousands of locks placed by lovers, who are often found walking the bridge or canoodling near one of the beautiful monuments that grace the walkways to the bridge. I caught this couple kissing in the shadow of a great horseman with the sweeping gothic cathedral structure in the background. I spent hours shooting in and around the cathedral, and had a hard time choosing my favorite. ISO2500, F2.8, 1/25, 35mm

  27. Lauren Denise Rogers December 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I shot a beautiful Dinosaur!-themed wedding in the middle of Estes Park, Colorado. The couple was kind enough to schedule plenty of time for portraits within the Rocky Mountain National Park. This is on of my favorites, shot Breznier method with a series of stitched images for the panorama. f8, 1/200, 70mm shots stitched on a 70-200mm 2.8 Canon, 5dmkii. ISO 200. Natural light.

  28. spectaclephoto December 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    The fort at St. Augustine makes an awesome background!

  29. Eric December 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    4am Sun just coming up over the Rocky Mountains

    Canon 60D
    120mm at f6.3
    1/200s shutter speed

  30. Eddie Mireles December 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I took this with a d600 and 1 off camera flash with no modifier at full power. We were driving along during a sunset when I noticed yellow flowers that matched what my niece was wearing. So we pulled over and snapped off a couple of quick shots, I was pretty happy with the result..(I uploaded the photo from iPhone, hope the quality is good.)

  31. James Lout December 3, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    This was shot on a ranch here in Tucumcari, NM. I love the wide open space we have here. So to me, this is a beautiful background in the image.
    Shot with Canon 5D iii and Tamron 28-75. 1/200, f/11, ISO100
    1 Canon 600ex-rt Speedlite in a 26″ Rapid Box camera left just outside the frame.
    2 600ex-rts Speedlites into a 43″ white reflective umbrella just outside the frame camera right for furthest subject.

  32. Sean December 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Jasper National Park is a beautiful place. As we finished our run on the Athabasca River we had an amazing double rainbow to look at. My second coach kept her eye on the kids while I jumped out, grabbed my camera and got this shot. Canon S110 ISO 160, 1/2000th, f3.5

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