Shooting Challenge: Spring's First Breath

It's April. That means the long-slumbering skeletons of wood are coming back to life, blooming with green anew. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, that's what we want to see. In a word: Spring.

The Challenge

Shoot whatever you want, provided it captures the essence of the spring season—when a bunch of wet, brown gunk makes the rise of life possible again.

The Method

This week is less about technique than it is scope and interpretation. I'm really interested to see your varying takes on spring.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. (No portfolio linking or it spoils the "challenge" part.)
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings and technique used to snag the shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com.
5. Include 800px wide image (100KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. (The 800px image is the one judged, so feel free to crop/alter the larger image for wallpaper-sized dimensions.)

Send your best entries by Sunday, April 11th at 11PM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Spring" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSPRING.jpg (800px) and FirstnameLastnameSPRINGWALLPAPER.jpg (2560px) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences.

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[Lead photo by Marquisa.]