Shooting Challenge: SummerS

Kool-aid. Sunscreen. Swass. It's summer, that time we dream about all year, only to bitch about when it's finally here. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, capture the feeling of summer, in a single frame.

The Challenge

Photograph summer.

The Technique

I love our seasonal challenges. Like all seasons, I think that summer evokes a certain color palette. I see the blues of skies and water, oranges and reds of a burning hot sun(burn), and the tans of wicker furniture, picnic baskets and sand. Color and icon become one. Fall has its warm leaves. Winter has its cool snow. Spring has its pastel blooms. Summer is like a world burning in hyperbole until it goes back to sleep.

The Example

Our lead image is from jcgoforth. I love all of its tropes—the umbrella, the beach, the nap—plus the touch of larger-than-life absurdity on top of it.

The Rules

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
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 native resolution sized shot in email.
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, July 1 at 10AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Summer" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSummer.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameSummerWallpaper.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!