Shooting Challenge: Spring

I know, not all of you have spring right now. Some live in different climates. Some of you just feel like spring happened a month ago. Regardless, for this week's Shooting Challenge, try to capture the feeling of spring, again.

The Challenge

Take a photo that says "spring" to you. That first fracture of a sprout out of the ground, a flower in mid bloom or just artfully captured puddles.

The Technique

Last time we had a spring challenge, you really, really brought it. I'm anticipating equally wonderful submissions—actually, better ones—as you've had two years to hone your skills since then. Get outside. Look for the little details. Capture something beautiful. Macro isn't a bad idea at all.

The Example

Our lead shot is by our 2010 spring Shooting Challenge winner, Tom Marshick. Here's his description: "Taken with my Canon T1i with a cheap 50MM lens and really cheap extension tube set. F22 to get as much depth as I could ISO400 1/45 of a second laying on my belly. It's spring and the Dandelions are already blooming in my lawn. As I looked through the lens I saw someone looking right back. I think he was telling me to stop bothering him doing his spring cleaning, and it was time for me to start doing mine."

His work is easily one of my favorite photos ever submitted. And before you ask, here's the wallpaper.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. 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.

Send your best photo by Monday, April 2nd at 10AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Spring" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSpring.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameSpringWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) 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. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.