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Our Favorite Reader-Submitted Photos (So Far)

I love looking at photos shot by readers who’ve read our tips and how-to articles and put them into practice. A steady stream of images has been coming into my e-mail in-box recently—mostly baseball shots, along with some portraits and many macro photos mixed in for good measure. It’s time to share the best of ‘em.

So without further ado, here’s a portfolio of your best shots.

--Mason Resnick


America’s Pasttime was the subject of many, many reader submissions. Here’s the highlight reel:

Jason E. MacMahon, a risk management advisor by day, went to a night game and caught this shot of Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler hitting a home run last summer. Camera: Canon Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (Version II) lens set at 105mm. Exposure, 1/200 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400.

Illinois-based CPA Tom Tomlinson’s four sons are all into baseball, and he loves to photograph the sport as well as play the game. He took this striking shot of a pitcher with a Nikon D200 and Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec at f/8.

The intensity on this pitcher's face tells a great story; photographer John Cote of Pompano Beach, Florida, made sure we knew the score. Gear, exposure info not provided.

Chris Roque learned his lesson well and swung into action to capture the moment of contact. Camera: Nikon D300 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR zoom lens, set at 135mm. Exposure: 1/1000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200 using Pattern metering mode and aperture priority.


Wayne Fessenden shot this as part of a sequence with his Nikon D200 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR zoom lens. He used a monopod for additional steadiness, and chose vivid/warm settings to add to the color. As he quips, “Sun, red, green, kids, dirt--how can? you go wrong?”

More dirt, more kids...and safe at home! Shot by Tom Riggs, Lenexa, Kansas. Camera: Canon EOS 20D with BG-E2 grip, Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6L lens set at 100mm. Exposure, 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200.


Rae M. DiCapua says she’s in learning portrait photography, and this is one of the first shots. Although the arms are a bit too light compared to the face, I’d say she did a fantastic job for a first-timer. Gear, exposure info not provided.

Proud dad Bill Jennings photographs daughter Olivia every year in her Mom’s prom dress. In a few years, she’ll grow into it, and the Jenningses will have a beautiful, meaningful record of their daughter growing up. Photographed with a Canon D30; lens and exposure info not provided.

Rick Johngrass shot this senior portrait for a girl in his church. Then suddenly, it hit him: why not submit the shot to Adorama? Gear, exposure info not provided.

Macro and Nature

Jennifer Smith of Baltimore, Ohio shot this Dianthus flower with her Nikon D40 and 55-200 fTL Nikon Zoom lens. “No fancy stuff, just me and my (unspecified) camera out walking in the yard,” she notes. Here’s her web site.

Cranston Reid captured this stunning shot of a bee with pollen atop a flower with a solid macro rig: Canon Rebel XT, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, and a Canon ring flash, one of his earliest macro shots. He tells us he’s graduated to a Canon 5D with SB660 strobes, although for closeup work such as this, “the ring flash is still the best choice.” Check out his more recent work here.

Ginger Pender of Oak Lawn, Illinois, came face to face with this cicada and captured a face only another cicada would love using her Nikon D70s with a Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG macro lens. Exposure, 1/8 second at f/22, ISO 200.

Jeff Corey of Northwestern Pennsylvania caught this precariously placed water drop with a Nikon D70s and Nikon 28-105mm macro lens. Exposure, 1/125 second at f/4.5. White blance set for shade with +.3EV exposure compensation.

Ann Louise Barrick kinda lost her appetite for parsley after shooting this larva of an anise swallowtail butterfly munching on a parsley plant stalk. Gear, exposure info not provided.

Got more pix? Email them to us (595 pixels wide maximum, please). Who knows--we might include them in a future edition of "Your Turn"! (By emailing the photo you are giving us non-exclusive permission to use it in the AIRC Learning Center.)



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