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.
-Tom Marshick

Shot on a d90 with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens with some cheapo macro lens attachments on the front. This little inchworm was difficult to capture because of how shallow the DOF was with the macros on it. happy with this one. spring brings all the bugs with it!
-Tyler Vitello

Canon Rebel XSi
18-55 mm kit lens
53mm Focal Length
1/800 F5.6 ISO 200
I was sitting on the curb in downtown Topeka with my camera slightly angled upwards. When I saw the photo I was sure that it must be what a little bug must see.
-Melissa Meek-Shields

Canon T2i
Shutter-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/800
Aperture Value 1.8
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation -2/3
ISO Speed 800
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II
This is my dog Mick fetching a stick in my backyard on the one patch of grass that the dogs haven't ruined yet
-Jason Pawlowski

I took this photo when i went for a walk along the local route that I usually go for walking. I came upon a lot of budding spring time flowers but this one picture stood out more than anything else that I had taken. I took all the pictures in the wee hours of the evening and so the ISO settings are a bit high.
Camera Model: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
ISO: 1250
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure Bias: 0 ev
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/80
White Balance: Cloudy Weather
-Sunil Keezhangattu

Spring has sprung, literally life from death. This image was of some unknown variety of plant I stumbled upon in Rhode Island this weekend. Apparently last years dead and black leftovers hung out on the plant through the harsh winter, and now new leaves are popping out along the branch. I liked the contrast. As always, no pixels were harmed in the making of these images.
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.4
Shutter: 1/1250 sec
F-Stop: 1.4
ISO: 100
Exposure: -0.3 step
-David Stephens

Fujifilm S100FS / 101mm FL / F5.3 / 1/800" / ISO 100
The rules for spring are a little different for coastal Florida. The picture shows one of my favorite signs that spring has arrived — the feral parrots start flying over to the mainland from the barrier islands.
-Mike Case

EFS 18 - 55mm
exposure 1/4 sec
ISO 800
Construction paper a spring a flower pot and a few Domo stuffed animals equal a crafty sunday.
plus the use of one spot light.
-Gretchen Hargrove

-Anne P. Masterson

These were shot this morning in our desert backyard with the hot off the UPS truck Canon T2i EOS Rebel and a Canon 4.0L 24-105mm zoom. Had great morning light to find a number of flowers and pollinators, but this lone flower opening first on a yucca's flowering branch looked terrific @ ISO 100 F5.0.
-Brad Corrio

Camera - Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS 1000D .
Settings - F-stop - f/5.6
Exposure Time - 1/800
-Yogesh Mal

I used a sony cyber shot, there were no special lenses used for this picture.
I shot this at my college.
-Brittney Morse

Camera: D90
Lens: 18-105VR
f/8 1/10th ISO400
Just had it on a tripod and shot until I got a sharp one. Very windy.
-Jack McMahon

Had a picnic with my wife at the local school's baseball field. Threw
her sandals in the grass and took this picture. Sandals were promptly
Camera: Canon Rebel XS
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.8II
Camera Brand: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Date Taken: 2010:04:11 15:24:42
Exposure Time: 1/3199 sec.
Aperture Value: 4.00 EV (f/4.0)
ISO Speed Rating: 800
Flash Fired: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.
Metering Mode: Partial
Exposure Program: Manual
Focal Length: 50.0 mm
-Joseph Galante

Shot on a Nikon D90 with 18-105 mm lens
1/1000 sec exposure
ISO 400
-Jonathan Vanderweit

In order to take the shot I had to plug my camera into my computer, run EOS Utility which lets you remote view through the camera, and close my curtains with a USB cable running inside. Since the mirror was locked up in live view the sound of the camera operating was very faint and didn't disturb the pigeons at all.
Anyway, here are the camera settings. I wanted to get some shallow DOF so I tried to keep the aperture open, but getting the focus right was almost impossible so I had to compromise. I used a Canon 40D with a Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8. I did a little bit of curve adjustment and cropping in Photoshop.
Av(Aperture Value) F5.6, ISO Speed 800, Lens 50mm, Focal Length 20 mm, White Balance Custom
-Devin Radcliffe

I photographed this red rose because living in SoCal you often forget that there are four seasons, but it appears this rose waited all winter long to break out!!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 1600
Lens: EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Date: 4/10/10 @ 6;10 PM PDT
-Annamaria Bang

Nikon D60
Nikon VR 55-200mm approx zoom @ 90mm
ISO 400, f5.6 1/500s
4/11/2010 3:50 PM
elevation ~7200 ft
While out walking with my wife we spotted several clumps of pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens). Getting down low for a better view I saw a honey bee starting the spring collection of nectar and pollen.
-Edward Hinckley

Canon 40D + Canon 100-400mm L IS lens
1/640s, f/5.6, ISO200, 400mm
The photo shows an Eastern Bluebird perched on a budding shrub. While Bluebirds are found in NH year-round, many of our summer-only residents have started migrating back. Bird migration, plus the budding of trees and plants, is a sure sign that spring is on its way!
-Nathan Purmort

Shot with a Nikon d5000 using a standard 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR AF-S Nikkor DX lens. Setting used to capture the image are as follows: Exposure 1/2000 sec, Aperture f/5.6, focal length 45mm, iso speed 320. Used close in zoom from a side angle of plant to capture image.
The weather was nice in Connecticut for a chance so I spent the whole day walking around taking pictures, went to a garden shooting flowers to practice my macro photography. Unfortunately, I do not have a macro lens, but I have recently learned how powerful standard lenses are and they can still do a good job of capturing up-close images.
-Tyrone Clemons

Camera: Nikon D70S
Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 VR
Aperture : 5.6
Iso 200
Speed: 1/800
-Vinodh Kumar

Nikon D70S
Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 VR
Aperture 4.5
Iso 200
Speed: 1/450
-Vikas Gowrisetty

Shot taken with a Canon 7D and 70-200 2.8L lens at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park Sf CA.
Exposure 125, ISO 200 at F2.8
-Shawn Myers

Nikon d700, 20mm lens, tripod.
HDR - 5 exposure
Photo was taken at the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Ga. There was a great smell in the air, the gardens are open all year, and this section specifically is desolate and gloomy in the winter, now that it is spring, the green colors and seclusion give it a wonderful spring like feeling.
-Pablo N. Piedra

Used Panasonic Lumix FZ-30 at f/2.8, ISO 80, and 1/25 exposure. Pumped up the contrast and over-sharpened to give it that painting look.
-Roy Rubio

I shot these with my Nikon D40 with the fixed 35mm lens. The shutter speed was 1/320s, f/9.0 and the ISO was 200. I really liked the look of the bright sun in the background making the petals somewhat translucent.
-Peter Berg

For my first submission to a gizmodo contest: Spring in Boston.
Shot with a Canon SD980IS on Auto, with white balance pre-set for a sunny day.
-Kevin Bonham

To take this picture, I used my basic Canon PowerShot SD100. It's a point-and-shoot. This was taken from the patio/garden area of my parent's house. I retouched the photo in Aperture. I wanted to create a cool looking photo of a beautiful bed of flowers. I felt it gave it a Blue Velvet feel to it!
-Peter Hironaka

Photo taken with: Nikon D90 with 50mm f/1.8 Lens
ISO: 200
focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Aperture Priority
Took this shot while visiting a friend on Sunday (April 11) evening. I was looking for a Dandelion Puff for my daughter to blow out. Thought this would make a nice shot with a cherry blossom trees in full bloom in the background.
-Dilini Abeywarna

Springtime in Florida is a little bit different, about endings, rather than beginnings. Here we mark the end of the pleasant weather of "winter" and prepare for the brutal onslaught of summer. A sunset, then, would be an appropriate setting for the theme and the clover is just finishing its bloom. I used my Olympus point and shoot on the macro setting.
-Brian Davis

Earlier today I shot this image of a single blooming flower amongst a series of buds at the Sarah Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. It was a beautiful spring day, great inspiration! I used my Nikkon D5000 camera with a Nikkor 55-200mm lens, shot with an ISO of 400 and aperture of f/4.2.
-Nicholas Julich

Wild flowers of California at Figueroa Mountain just beginning to bloom for the spring. There were close up shots of flowers but this one seemed to capture the essence of Springtime making a whole field of flowers bloom.
Camera: Nikon D200
ISO: 100
F-stop: 2
Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.8
-Paoiewowie Xiong

Camera: Canon EOS XSI
Exposure: 1/400 sec @ f/ 5.6
Focal Length: 55mm
Speed Rating: ISO 200
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
-Sam Atkinson

Just got a set of Opteka Macro tubes... These were shot around the
neighborhood using a t2i, a 50mm prime, and macro adapters. ISO 160,
f/2.8, 1/1250 shutter.
The bud photo is of a 'Crown of Thorns' succulent.
-Michael Koperwas

Grass coming out of cracks on a field.
EPL1, auto settings using macro.
-Sal Tellez

This shot was taken at El Dorado Park in Long Beach Califorina. Using a Nikon D60 with a Tamaron Lens. It was shot on f stop 6.3 and and 1/320 Exposure.
-Ruben Williams

Tomato seedlings reaching for the light, shot on a Nikon D40 with a DX AF-SNIKKOR 18-55mm lense.
-Steven (Gann) McGann

I took this in Austin, Texas off the side of Capitol of Texas Highway/360. I chased these butterflies for several minutes and finally got this great shot.
Nikon d300s
Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens
Polarizing lens filter
ISO 250
Shutter speed, 8000/ f 4.5 (didn't write it down but its close to that)
-Jordan Naylor

Nikon D700, Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Micro Lens
ISO 1600, F/11.0, 1/160 sec.
Fern unfurls
-Adam Hilliker