54 Awesome Action Sequences

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What happens when Gizmodo readers capture action at 3-5fps? Why, the results of this week's Shooting Challenge: Action Sequence Photography. Read on for the winners.

Second Runner Up


"Shot in my New England backyard during the lull in a snowstorm on February 26, 2010."
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 3200
Focal Point: 73mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter: 1/4000
[Ed note: Loved the juxtaposition of the soft yet miserable environment and a young, undeterred athlete.]
- Ron Miles

First Runner Up


"I have shot this series in Engelberg Switzerland on Jochpass on an awesome day. I have used a Canon EOS 50D with a 17-85mm lens."
Exposure Time 1/4000
ISO 100
Exposure bias +2 steps
Focal Length 17mm
[Ed note: The epic jump, mixed with the sun that blinds us to the full scope of the scene—my eye kept coming back.]
- Simon Sharp



"I was directly below the snowboarder, standing behind the jump ramp. All photos taken with Nikon D2x with Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye lens. I didn't use any tripod, it was all hand held. Aperture was around f/6.3 and shutter speed around 1/1000sec. No flash Photos are then merged together in Photoshop cs4."
[Ed note: It's just an awesome shot that required an element of risk, capturing a classic sports action sequence from an immersive perspective.]
- Vedran Frka

Truly fantastic entries this week. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Just a note to commenters: Please, please, sing praises for your favorites. There are so many great shots here, and it's flat-out unfair for them not to be recognized. But there's absolutely no reason to put down anyone's work from the cheap seats. We will ban accordingly.

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