for this shoot i used a Pentax K-x with a 18-55mm lens ISO 200. I decided to build a small boat and glue a few bees to the front. The bees are having a great day sailing on the puddle. No bees were harmed in the making of this shot.
-Carson Sanders

Shot handheld on a Canon Digital Rebel XT with a 50mm f1.8 "Plastic Fantastic" Canon lens. When I think of Spring I think of the approaching summer. I was with my buddies at the pier in Berkeley when I saw the warm sun hitting these just closed flowers. It was Spring on the cusp of Summer.
-Peter Hess

Camera: Sony A-200
Lens: 18-70mm
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15
Focal Length: 20mm
Setup: Everything is coming back to life! looking down the barrel of a hosta, as it opens up. It was about 8:10pm with little natural light, but this came out beautifully.
-Ryan Dopps

Camera:Nikon D5000
Lens:55-250 mm
Exposure:1/200 sec
F-Stop: 5.6
Shot this pic infront of a house in the evening. Took couple of pictures for the perfect lighting.First submission for shooting challenge.Really excited
-Girish Chowdary Nallabothula

march picture
Richmond Ave.
Victoria BC
spring was early this year
5dII 24-70
1/60 f10
cropped straightened
and lightened shadows
-incolorphotos dude

Taken with a Nikon D60 using a 70-300mm Nikkor Manual Focus Lens. F/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO-200, at 300mm focal length. I'm somewhat new to manual focusing, and at this focal length it was a real challenge keeping the moving bee in the frame and properly focused.
-Brad Fitzpatrick

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
ISO: 400
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Hiking in Mt. Rainier National Forest on a sunny spring day. Trails covered with melting snow, mushrooms and plants popping up all over, bright sunny day.
-Alexander Lawrence

Nikon D90, 50mm, f/4.5, 0.001 seconds, ISO 200, Photoshop CS4
I was lying down on a rock, about 1 ft above the water level, when this duck came floating by. Taken in Promontory Point in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
-Brian Bonenberger

Nikon D40, 18-55 lens zoomed to 38mm, 1/160, f 6.3, ISO 200, no flash.
I took a walk at a nearby metro park after a good rain and came across this leafy plant. It had collected a lot of water and the fuzziness on the leaves made little drops of water stick to it. Interestingly, underneath the droplets is a white substance that almost looks like ice, I'm still not sure what it is.
-Ryan Pena

Shot with Canon XSi with the stock 18-55mm lens
bracketed +2 & -2 EV
Tonemapped in Photomatrix
and a little Noise Ninja
This is one of the beautiful flowers that bloom on the tree behind the Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
-Chris Spisak

This is my first submission to any sort of shooting contest. I just recently purchased a Nikon D90 and figured I'd give it a shot. Still a n00b.
I used the D90 with the 18-105 lens. I used an ISO of 1000, at a 35mm focal length of 157. Exposure was 1/1250. Taken in Hwajung, South Korea - right outside of Seoul. Spring has just started here, and there are a multitude of flowers and trees just starting to bloom.
-Nick Bencivenga

This was the only flower that hadn't blossomed in a group of many. This was taken in front of the Seoul National Assembly building.
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
1/60 sec
focal length 55mm
Natural Sunlight
-Thomas Lovett

Of course, there are the spring flowers and some fresh green grass in the focus, nicely illuminated by the afternoon sun,
but in the back, you can still see some leftover brown leaves from last year.
I must have looked like a dork while taking this picture, as I had to lay down in the grass to properly frame it :)
I took that picture in the back of my garden with an EOS 450D and the 18-55 IS kit lens.
It was a very windy day, therefore I had to use ISO 200 to get the exposure times down a bit.
I would have liked to use a larger aperture, but the lens can't do that at the focal length I needed to fill the picture.
-Stefan Hedenig

Nikon D3000
Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8
F-Stop: 1.8
Shutter Speed:1/500
First time entry, I borrowed my dad's old lens, which, as it is not af-s needed to be focused manually.
-Amar Chauhan

Shot with a Canon 7D,
EF-S 15-85mm IS at ISO 640, F5.0, 1/60 Sec
Post Process in Lightroom 2
Spring time is Easter Egg hunt time. My girlfriend hid an egg in our wall Easter weekend; and so I expanded on that idea to create this photo. The contrast between the B&W and colored area represent the transition from winter to summer.
-Hidetake Yamanaka

iphone 3Gs
hipstamatic app
lens helga viking
film pistil
flash off
spring in aedan's watering can
-Chris Stokes

Canon T1i, f/4.5 Exposure 1/1250 ISO 100, Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Took the picture walking around during sunrise. Just held the camera low and didn't check the viewfinder. Didn't feel like laying in the dewy thorn bush next to it. I also shouted, "Look pretty or get out of the shot!" Negative reinforcement helps macro shots I think.
-Eddie Luegers

Canon 7D
50mm Lens
F 1.4
ISO 100
1/1000 shutter
I have a patch of Amaryllis flowers in my front yard, every spring they bloom and every spring there seems to be more of them.
Because they are such large flowers, they tend to droop down, so for the pictures I used the live-view on the LCD setting in order to hold the camera as close to the ground and shoot up with the sky in the background. I light metered off the flowers to overexpose the sky and kept the aperture all the way open to give the background flowers a ghostly appearance.
-Adam Bojanowski

Canon T1i with a 50mm f/1.8 lens (handheld).
ISO 400
Manual focus
Exposure time 1/125 sec
-Rob Weir

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
ISO 200, f/4, 1/2000
Being a horticulturist by trade, I'm out in the field almost every week this time of year shooting just about anything in bloom. So, I was pretty excited when I saw that this was the weekly contest.
As far as the story behind the shot, earlier this week I was out at one of the botanical gardens shooting various plants. The plant in the picture is called Edgeworthia and as you can tell is full of pom-pom like clusters of golden flowers this time of year. This particular shot (I shot about 7 total) really captured what I was looking for—the repetition of inflorescences in yellow splotches with one in sharp focus in the foreground.
-Daniel Norden

Rebel XS
Lens: 18-55mm (stock)
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Focal Length: 18mm
-Javin Lau

For this shot I used my FuliFilm S9100 in macro mode (ISO 80, 1/250 sec, f/3.7)
-Matthew Recker

Taken with a Canon Rebel.
-Marli Thilges

I shot this while hiking with my wife in north Georgia on Tuesday. The mimosa trees had already bloomed and this little guy was struggling to get some sunlight beneath them. Shot with a Canon T1i. Shutter speed was 1/200 sec and aperture was f/7.1 on a 28mm prime lens.
-David Wetty

Camera: Pentax ME
Film: Kodak B+W 400
Lens:Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm
Settings: ISO 400, f5.6
Every spring, the neighborhood ducks begin to multiply; these hatched earlier this month.
-Lauren Winnicki

This comes from a pine forest in South England, as the sun was thinking
about setting.
Model - NIKON D40X
ExposureTime - 1/100 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
DateTimeOriginal - 2010:04:10 17:02:37
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm VR zoom
FocalLength - 200.00 mm
-Andy Macklin

This was shot the other day, spring is in the air and the soft glow of a gold setting sun on a bench overlooking a lake.
The equipment used was an Olympus E30, with a 9~18 mm lens, shot at 100 iso at F16 at 60sec. with a polarizer filter, hand held.
The shot was then adjusted for exposure in Lightroom the cloned 9 times and loaded into Photomatix Pro to produce a HDR shot.
-Dennis M. Giacobe

Here is a picture of a bird of paradise flower. They grow quite nicely here in Arizona. 1/200s @ F13. Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi (450D), with a "decent" macro lens attached.
-Ryan Hemelt

This is a parrot tulip I shot in my garden, after a rainstorm. (Yes, you can be a gearhead and a garden freak at the same time). I shot it on my iphone, and post processed it with the Swankolab app.
-Michael Schwartz

This is a fern growing outside my house. I thought this photo was interesting because of the way the fern is curled up, so that it almost looks like something whimsical out of a Dr. Seuss book or Tim Burton film.
Body: Pentax K-x
Lens: Pentax 18-55mm kit lens
Hoya +2 Macro Filter
ISO200, F7.1, 1/320s
-Jason Rosenman

Nikon D3000, Sigma 50mm macro lens at about 0.20, ISO 100, F13, speed 1/15.
-Scott Johnstone

Shot w/ D5000 35mm prime lens (love it for kids) f4.0 ISO 200
Its the first trip of the year to the fabulous Super Cream roadside ice cream place in Homer NY. Grab a cone and head to the yard in back. Kiddo is particularly fond of the Cotton Candy flavor with Rainbow Sprinkles.
-Miles Dudgeon

Just used a good old point and shoot FUJI FINEPIX J150w didnt have anything to set camera on so had to use it in auto mode.
-JP Freudenreich

Photo taken at Barry Park in Syracuse, NY. Shot in RAW using a Canon Rebel XT with 17-40mm lens and a ND8 filter. Camera and lens were set at 17mm, f 4.0, shutter speed 1/1000sec and ISO100.
-Winne Tsui

Handheld shot. Canon 7D. Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II. ISO160.

It's of a bush in the back yard, which name escapes me and my wife.
The details are:
Canon T1i
Aperture F/9.9
Focal Length 49mm
F-Number F/10
Exposure 1/200sec.
-Bill Griggs

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
At the arboretum on a beautiful spring day.
Canon EOS Rebel XSi, 1/250s, f/14.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm lens.
-Sophie Prescott

Shooting outside using a Canon XSi, ISO 160, 1/4000s, f/3.5 at 31mm. The stock lens for the XSi is great for outdoors shots when you don't need a fast lens or a high zoom, and for something like I find it ideal.
-Atif Kukaswadia

Gear: Canon EOS T1i with a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Shot: f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-200, 250mm
Taken at the Roosengaarde fields during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The sheer number of flowers that you could see in any given directions was absolutely terrifying
-Ansel Santosa

XIF: Canon XSi
Canon 50mm EF II
Not very creative on the interpretation but I snagged this at the beginning of the week when the blooms started opening up.
-Dave Dunn

Konica Autoreflex TC with 40mm f/1.8 lens
FujiFilm Superia X-TRA 800
Camera, lens, film, and development <$38 from eBay and local drug store.
Filtered morning light, manually set to f/11 and 1/250 shutter
Negative scanned with Nikon 5000 ED and Nikon Scan 4.0.3
Spring frost on rose leaves alongside last year's dead leaves and hips.
-David Lee

Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon 18-105 VR
ISO 400
Aperture F/8
I live in London and went for a walk through Kew Gardens today and remembered your spring photo contest. This photo was taken just outside the main Glasshouse Walkway right after the bumblebee flew past my face. As you guys have covered (and yes BA does massively suck btw), the UK has had a terrible winter and the weather this past week has been getting steadily better.
-Andrew Lennies

I used a Kodak Z915 with a technique of f3.5@1/200 and an ISO of 400. This shows off spring with the uncut grass, budding trees(albeit blurry) and the colorful morning sunrise) sadly not much is else is blooming around Colorado Springs that I've seen. This was shot from my below ground apartment patio.
-John Rebitski

Camera- Pentax K-x with 18-55mm DA
ISO- 2500
Appeture- f/6.3
Shutter- 1/800
Focal Length- 55mm
A tree at the Dallas Arboretum that I can't remember the name of right now. This was taken after I had accidentally changed some settings when I was showing a friend how to use the camera. I also used a polarizing filter as well for this shot. I was really surprised when I got home and had a chance to look at this photo as I was expecting something worse as the LCD is poor on my camera.
-Andrew Green

This photo was shot with a Nikon D60 and a 35mm Nikon Nikkor F/1.8 Prime lens. The exposure was 1/1600 and aperture was F/1.8 with an ISO of 100. This photo was shot in the small town of Forest Hill, MD. I was walking around my neighborhood and I saw a tree that I thought could make a great picture and I thought of this contest.
-Patrick Baker

shot with an old canon 50 mm , f 1.4 on a lumix gh-1
-Diederik Nortier

Pentax K-x, kit lens
ISO 200
-1 EV
55 mm
Resized in PE6
-Mellanie Fuller

Olympus E-P1
Lumix 20mm f/1.7
1/2500 sec at f/3.2
ISO 200
-Deepak Kumar

Nikon D60
Exposure: 1/250 sec f/8.0
Focal Length: 55mm
ISO: 100
Lens: 28-75mm f/2.8
I took this picture on my college campus. We have these beautiful trees all around campus and they are blooming like crazy now that spring has sprung!
-Alexa R Earlywine

Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/4000 sec @ f/ 4.0
I took this as well as many others while on a photo adventure with my good friend Alexa. This particular shot was captured at the Levee Park along the Mississippi River in Winona, MN.
-Alex Corcoran

Shot with a Canon XTi and a Canon 24-70mm at F2.8L, ISO 100, 1/3999.
-Matthew Neuman

Equipment: Canon XTI and 24-70mm F/2.8
Settings: ISO 100, F/4, 1/400s
Description: a budding maple in my front yard (also shot by my husband for this contest)
-Malloree Neuman

I spent a lot of time walking around looking for flowers and birds before deciding that, although lovely, they don't really define spring for me (or maybe they define it a little too glibly.) Rather, the one clearest herald of spring around our house is my poor husband's seasonal allergies. The staging of the end shot involved mostly patience and good timing, as well as poring through dozens of sequential shots to find the one that happened at the exact right moment. Fortunately, no husbands were harmed in the taking of this photo. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, 55mm lens, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-800
-Nicole Lombardi

Nikon D40
Nikon 50mm Lens
ISO 200
This lonely branch reminded me of those 'Neanderthal to Man' diagrams. 'Winter to Spring' can seem just as inspiring.
-Max Baber

I used a D90 with a 18-200 nikkor 1:3.5-5.6G ED.
Exposure: 1/160 sec.
ISO: 500
F-stop: f/25
I saw the bud when I was walking back from my DAT prep course. I
noticed it and I thought of this challenge. I grabbed my gear from my
apartment and took the shot.
-Eric Dudek

I'm from Canada, and up here spring still means snow, ice and freezing temperatures. So this picture was ment to show that
Nikon D90
iso 200
-Brennan Sheremeto

Camera: Olympus e-500
Lens: 14mm-45mm
ISO: 100
Focal Length 14mm
Exposure: 1/160 @ f8
When most people think of spring they get images of blooming flowers etc. In Chicago, spring means closed roads and construction.
-Spencer Hughes

Camera: Nikon D3000
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm (kit lens)
Focal Length: 55mm
exposure: 1/250
aperture: f/8.0
iso: 100
Looking straight up from underneath the newly flowering tree, I captured the bee performing its springtime duties...
-Geoffrey J. Hancock

I was focusing on the flowers when the bumblebee flew into view. I wish it was more in focus, but didn't have time to increase the depth of field before it flew off.
Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f 1:3.5-4.5 zoom
Exposure: 1/200s, f 4.5, ISO 100, 0.0 exp. bias
Focal Length: 150mm (300mm equivalent)
Flash: no
Filter(s): none
Tripod: no
-Mark Clem

Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Standing back a bit and zoomed in to almost full 20x, set to auto for shutter/aperture.
-Gilson Siegel

I took this picture when I was the Rose Gardens with my father. I was looking for something to shoot for the Spring photo challenge and this flower caught my eye. Its bright colors remind me of spring.
Camera: Canon PowerShot A720 IS
Exposure: 1/250s, f 4.0, ISO 100, 0.0 exp. bias
Focal Length: 11.5mm (73mm equivalent)
Flash: no
Filter(s): none
Tripod: no
-DJ Davis-Clem

Canon SD1100 IS
ISO: 200
SHUTTER: 1/250 sec
-Pedro Leal

Camera - Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i)
Lens - EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture - 11.0
ISO - 100
So there I was, heading home, trying to think of something that represents Spring to me, while ducking and dodging Cherry Blossom branches. OH! Cherry Blossoms!! That's totally Spring. So I took a picture, and then made some minor RAW photo corrections for color and contrast. Hope you like it.
-Jacob Strouckel

For me, spring means doing my outdoor activities in the mud, like disc golf. Depending on how it's thrown, a disc can auger into the mud like this.
F3.3 1/1300 ISO 80
-Phil Gullett

This is a picture of a flower around the corner from my house. I shot it with my Canon Rebel XTi 55mm at f/3.5. Levon Monte, San Diego, CA
-Levon G Monte

A park near my house is home to many Scillas (the flower). They had just started to bloom. Taken with a handheld Nikon D5000, stock lens (55mm), ISO-250, built-in flash, 1/60 sec.
-Jacob Gardner

This shot was taken in Cambridge, MA, it was mid day in a shady park. I shot this with my Canon XSi at ISO 200 with a f/7.1 aperture and a cokin polarizer filter. The light was on the one dandelion that had just start to bloom.
-Seth Porter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180
6.2mm focal length
ISO 100
Spring means time to head to the beach. While wandering around the beach I found this area and started taking a few pictures and I noticed this pelican was going to fly right in front of me. I got the picture off just in time and it turned out great.
-Aaron Lovell

I tried to add a little drama to this spring flower. The setup is one SB600 Directly above flower mounted on tripod and an SB800 pointing to the bottom right.
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: -2 EV
Flash: On, Return detected
-Patrick Tully

I took this shot while taking a walk today. I noticed a cemetery nearby and saw beautiful fresh green moss growing under a tree. It was symbolic because of the tomb stones in the background that represent death yet spring was blooming right next to them, new life. Nature is all around us and when we look closely you can see beauty in the most uninviting places. I used my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. ISO speed 250.
-Jessica Sopalsky

Just a picture of a day lily in pre-bloom. The shot was taken with a Nikon D5000. It was just set on macro mode with a shutter speed of 1/30 and an aperture of F5.6. It took me a few tries to get the camera to focus on the water inside the day lily instead of the leaves, but I think it turned out pretty well.
-Ryan O'Rourke

ISO 400
f / 4.5
1/3200 sec
I took this walking to work in the morning. It was a gorgeous start to
the day, with the sun blasting and not a cloud in the sky. The bright
purple of the flower against the light tan background of the brick
caught my eye and yelled "SPRING!".
-Kevin T Lockwood

NIKON D300 + NIKON 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 145mm f/2.8 1/3200th sec shutter ISO200
Nothing worse during the spring time than nasty allergies. My model
doesn't have allergies so I made her pretend.
-Aaron Hwang

Visited my mother this weekend in NJ and went for a walk in park near her home. She sat down to rest and I thought it would make a cute spring photo.
Canon 5D MKII with 24-70mm f/2.8L. ISO 100 f/14 1/200 sec
-Warren Chow

Rainy day in Chicago by the "Cloud Gate" aka "The Bean". Photo made on Nikon D5000 body with Nikon 70-300mm lens set to 75 mm. ISO 400. Auto settings
-Tomasz Stypich