Shooting Challenge: Spring

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Good news, everyone! We've survived. March 20th marks the first day of spring. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, get outside and photograph it.


The Challenge

Photograph evidence of spring poking through the last drips of winter. Buds, flowers, signs of life itself.


The Technique

There's certainly no one way to photograph a season. That said, many of you will consider delving into the world of macro photography—getting really close to stuff—to capture the first bits of spring. Try this tutorial out to learn more about macro.

Otherwise, hopefully the warming weather is just an excuse to bring your camera (and yourself) outside.

The Example

Our lead image is by Chris Andrews, taken two years ago during one of our earlier challenges. Say hi in the comments, Chris!


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.

2. Photos must be taken this week.

3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.

4. Email submissions to, not me.

5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560px wide image in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.


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, March 24th at 10 AM Eastern to with "Spring" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSpring.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameSpringWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.

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When did the seasons shift 1/8 of a year?

In the old reckoning:

Midsummer = Summer Solstice
Mid autumn = Fall Equinox
Midwinter = Winter Solstice, Yule
Mid spring = Spring Equinox

Thus, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was about a summer day around June 21st.

But now Spring Equinox is supposedly the first day of spring? When did that shift happen?