It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

So after four months, a half-dozen globe-trotting photographers, and one bout of Costa Rica-acquired Dengue fever, our Intel-Inspired Ultrabook™ Shooting Challenge has finally come to a close. Of course, the way we see it, this isn't just a time for mourning: It's also an excuse to throw a party.

Last Wednesday night, all six of the participating pro photographers, along with a couple hundred of New York's brightest stars and boldest names, descended on the White Box Gallery in Lower Manhattan to sip some suds, get a good look at the Shooting Challenge photos, and pop into one of our themed Ultrabook™-powered photobooths (each of which was decked out to look like a different one of our Shooting Challenge locations — the most dramatic of which may have been Diana Levine's blown-up photo of a stuffed bear wearing a headdress she spotted down in Austin as part of the Challenge). Patrons got their photos Instaprinted, then voted for their favorite #mycity Instagram photos using InstaDerby and made donations to the Mayor's Fund to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

The best part: The far-flung photographers — most of whom didn't know each other before this project — got a chance to reminisce and bond over their often-unexpected adventures.

"When I landed in Paris, one of my friends Instagrammed a photo of her feet in a pool and it was geotagged Paris," said Steven Taylor, who shot the cityscapes of Paris. "She ended up being the subject of the entire shoot."

"Based on this project, the folks from Jay Leno's Garage got in touch with me to do some shoots," said Douglas Sonders, who shot (and drove!) how-are-they-road-legal? cars on the streets of Miami for the Shooting Challenge.

"I stayed down in Costa Rica for another week and a half, surfing and hanging out and barbecuing," said Scott Rinckenberger, who shot surfers down in Costa Rica for his part of the Challenge. "Until I got Dengue fever. That was awfully uncomfortable."

But this soiree wasn't the end of it: The next night, our A-Team of photographers made their way back to the gallery to panel-talk a curious crowd through their experiences and their craft. During this chat, which was moderated by photojournalist Gary He, they let loose with the juicy behind-the-scenes stuff that didn't make it into the official stories. Like when we learned that Boston photog Taylor Davidson is a venture capitalist by day (slacker!), and like when photographer Ryan Russell — who shot hardcore gamers at an underground arcade in San Francisco — called the scene "a weird nerdy underground cockfighting ring."

So thanks to our photographers: Scott, Diana, Douglas, Steven, Ryan, and Taylor. And thanks to everybody who played along as we gave away a half-dozen Intel-Inspired Ultrabooks™ (winners: Let us know how they're treating you!). Enjoy the photos from the event, and here's where you can see all of the photos and videos from the Intel-Inspired Ultrabook™ Shooting Challenge.


Seth Porges is a New York-based writer, editor, on-air commentator, and entrepreneur.

Photo by Andrew Kelly.


It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Gary He.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Andrew Kelly.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Andrew Kelly.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

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It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo from Instagram.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo from Instagram.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo from Instagram.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Andrew Kelly.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Andrew Kelly.

It's the End of the Mother of All Shooting Challenges, and We Feel FineS

Photo by Andrew Kelly.