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Patrick Bianchi's "Pirate Cove": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, Walt Disney World, Disney World

Congratulations to Patrick Bianchi, last week's SideKick360 winner, for this "accidentally awesome" shot taken earlier this month in Disney World.

"Wow!  I can't believe I won!!  I'm an amateur photographer from New Jersey who really only started to find his groove this year. I got my first DSLR (a Rebel T3) in 2011, and would only pick it up once in a while to play with, but never really learned much about it. Then, this year I started to read up about photography - A LOT!  During this time, I came to the conclusion that my Rebel was not really sufficient for the type of photography I wanted to do. This past summer I bought my Canon 70D, which is what I used to take this picture. I practiced with it as much as possible in preparation for my trip to Disney World two weeks ago - it would be Christmastime, so I knew I'd be taking a ton of pictures. I'd also want to take some dark ride photos while I was there and that's how this one came to be.

For this shot, I used a Sigma Art Series 30mm prime lens. I used aperture priority set to f/2 and let the camera decide on shutter speed (1/10 sec) and ISO (3200). On these dark Disney rides, you need a wide aperture in order to keep the shutter speed fast enough to not have a blurry mess. For those unfamiliar with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, they have an animatronic Jack Sparrow at the very end. I was taking pictures of him while the boat was moving, and then we stopped just ahead of it waiting for other boats to unload. Having the boat stopped allowed me to stabilize the camera a bit more and get a longer exposure of the lantern and barrels. Since the aperture was open pretty wide, it created a nice depth of field and a really cool look. When I was going through and tweaking my photos from the trip in Lightroom, I saw how accidentally awesome this one came out and knew I had to post it. And I'm sure glad I did!! - Patrick

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Jimmy Zou's "Buick Special": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category car photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, SideKick360, 1955 Buick, Buick Special, 1955 Buick Special, car photography

Awesome car shots. Simple, right? Not necessarily. Snapping a straightforward image of a car may be simple, but capturing the design, details and "soul" of the car can be seriously challenging. Backgrounds, lighting, angles, and details are all elements to be considered in creating an epic image.

Jimmy Zou, our SideKick360 winner for 12/5, created this winning image during a photo shoot of this 1955 Buick Special for a friend.

Shot with a Nikon D3100 in RAW mode.

Shot with a Nikon D3100 in RAW mode.

Considering your first car shoot or looking for some inspiration? Check out these 10 Tips on Creative Car Photography

Yi-Ching Lin's "Rex": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Street Photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, iguana

Congratulations to Yi-Ching Lin, winner of our SideKick360 Giveaway for 11/21!! A self-taught photographer and classically trained professional musician, Yi-Ching is inspired by people and everyday objects. Through her images, she seeks to engage the audience in sometimes subtle, oftentimes whimsical, exercises in seeing, thinking, and feeling.

"Rex is a young iguana and a pet of one of my neighbors on the mean streets of Brooklyn (smile). I took this photo as he was sun-soaking on my neighbor's lap on the typical Brooklyn stoop. With his unconventional red leash, he was a sight to behold for all passers-by!" - Yi-Ching

Check out Yi-Ching's blog, Waking Up New, to see more of her work.

Matt Collins "Ocotillo Wells": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category action photography, Giveaway, Sports photography       Tags Ocotillo Wells, California, Motocro, motocross, Jarryd McNeil, motocross whips

Congratulations to Matt Collins, our SideKick360 winner for 11/7/14. Matt has been producing action / sports photos and videos since 1993. Motocross imagery is one of his specialties:

"Ocotillo Wells, California is a dry, dusty, barren landscape. Heavy erosion here has created one of the world's best free riding motocross destinations. Professional Motocross rider, Jarryd McNeil, took full advantage of the natural terrain with whips like this. I am a super fan of this location, just be prepared for anything!" - Matt

See more of Matt's work at