Spark

Holiday Spark (Ended)

Hello again, I have something fun for everyone today, like last year, I am having a little christmas giveaway! This time around it is a little simpler but still photography themed. I got up with the fine folks at Lensbaby and bought two of their Spark lenses from them to give away for the holiday. A little something to say thank you for your support as readers this year. I know there have been some slow months here and there but everyone has stuck with me through and through and I am, as always, incredibly grateful for everyone’s kind words and support this year.

This year actually marks the 5th anniversary of fiftyfootshadows! It launched in January 5 years ago after an equally long run with my previous site. It has come a long way since then and the future is still looking bright. I will have something fun in January to commemorate 5 years that has been a long time coming, just a bit more work to do before I announce it, same as usual.

So, back to the Spark, I think that in the past Lensbaby lenses may have had more of a reputation as toys, or gimmicks but over the last few years they have really stepped up their game offering a brilliantly simple system giving the ability to change out the lens optics for different uses. YoungDoo owns a Composer body with their ‘Sweet 35′ optic and I have really enjoyed messing around with it recently and would love to get my hands on the pro version of the composer with the 80mm optic they have available to see what I could pull off with their simplified approach to tilt and shift. One of these days. I had the idea to get a couple of Sparks for this years Christmas giveaway gift but had never previously used one before now.

I must admit to taking the liberty to opening up the Canon mount lens I am giving away to run through some testing the last few days while I was traveling. I didn’t want to give away anything I wouldn’t personally recommend and stand behind. You can see a couple of the shots below. So whomever wins one can say that I shot with it the lens you now own heh, you will surely be famous one day.

One

Two

I quickly fell in love with the simplicity of it, it was a lot of fun to shoot with! You simply grip the front of the lens as you line up your shot and pull it forward or sideways to focus. The double glass optic that comes with it can get surprisingly sharp but the one, single aperture will leave you either shooting at higher ISO’s or using it primarily in daylight. I of course wouldn’t shoot with one of these all the time but it sure is tempting sometimes just because it’s so fun to play with. At any rate, it’s a wonderfully fun lens to shoot with and I am excited to be giving a couple of them away.

So, here is the deal, these are being given away free of charge, no strings attached, just a simple gift to whomever wins one. There is one Nikon mount version and one Canon mount version here in front of me to give away. To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment with either the word “Nikon” or the word “Canon” to let me know which camera mount you use. Sorry to the Micro Four Thirds shooters out there! I will randomly pick from those who enter in each category and notify you via email to get your shipping info. PLEASE be honest, only put in your entry if you have a camera that can support the lens and only submit your name once. I trust you guys and I would love to keep a hold of that trust.

ALSO, I really hate to do this, really really, but I can’t afford to pay international shipping for this giveaway. Shipping from the U.S. has gotten rather crazy and it will apparently cost over $40USD. I have not yet been able to find a cheaper shipping method so before you jump down there and claim your place, if you are outside of the U.S. I will have to ask that you pay for the shipping via a simple paypal payment. Sorry for the inconvenience but it’s something I need to do.

I have another option that anyone can join in on. Anyone without an SLR to fit the lenses, or not within the US or doesn’t want a lens can enter the word “Print” in a comment below and I will choose one person from this group and let them pick any desktop image on the site and make a nice archival quality signed 8×10(12) print and mail it to you. Sound good? It’s something I will be offering for sale in the new year in limited editions but this will be a nice place to start.

Your real name is not needed until I ship if you win but I do for sure need a working email address which is only visible by me and emails are never saved or used for any other reason. I have no mailing list as of now. Let me know if you have any other questions of this nature and I will be happy to answer them. I will announce the winner on Christmas day, just head down or over or into the comment section to enter and good luck!

BONUS! The candy cane image above which I have lovingly titled “Sandy Cane” is also a desktop downloadable below. It was conceived as a backup plan if the tree image fell through but taking the opportunity to share it here anyway.

UPDATE: Thanks so much to everyone for their participation, I have randomly chosen 3 winners, Jason Jiang won the Canon, Ville won the Print, and Stephen won the Nikon. I will mail you guys soon with details.

Comments

  1. Aaron - December 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Canon

  2. Conor McClure - December 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Nikon

  3. J - December 21, 2012 at 12:42 am

    canon

  4. SerenadedAbyss - December 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Print

  5. Noodles - December 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Nikon

  6. Chris De Jabet - December 21, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Canon

  7. Brett - December 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Canon

  8. Dan Hawk - December 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Print

  9. Joel Carter - December 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Canon, please.

  10. Alex MacK - December 21, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Canon

    Thanks John

  11. Ben - December 21, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Print

    Woohoo! This is awesome!

  12. Jacob Penderworth - December 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Canon.

  13. Adam Wilcox - December 21, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Nikon.
    (Very happy to pay for shipping.)

  14. Simon - December 21, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Canon. Will pay shipping!

    Merry Christmas and thanks for another year of great images.

  15. Dustin - December 21, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Canon
    Bravo! On 5 years. Here’s to 20 more!

  16. Marcus - December 21, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Print.
    Thank you for inspiring these past few years, and happy holidays!

  17. Jaimeeee - December 21, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Nikon
    (I don’t mind paying the international shipping!)

  18. Aidan - December 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Canon – more than happy to pay shipping!
    Merry Christmas – looking forward to January :)

  19. Robert Boschmann - December 21, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Print

  20. Dan - December 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Canon

    Thanks for doing this!

  21. Spencer - December 21, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Canon – I have always wanted to play with one of these

  22. Robert - December 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Canon

  23. Sean - December 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Canon

  24. Adam Bettencourt - December 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Canon

  25. Ad - December 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Canon

  26. Adrian Katz - December 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Canon

  27. Steve Murphy - December 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Canon,

    Thanks for the great site.

  28. Anne - December 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Canon!

  29. Jackie S. - December 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Nikon.

    Thanks for these amazing giveaways and the inspiring images you share with us throughout the year!

    Jackie

  30. Moritz - December 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Canon

    And i will gladly pay the shipment costs

  31. Carmen - December 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Canon!

  32. Christopher - December 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations on five years!

    Oh, and Canon. : )

  33. Ben - December 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

    print

  34. Peter - December 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Nikon

  35. Frap - December 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Canon (:

  36. Lucius - December 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Canon

  37. Anna - December 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Canon

  38. Lorna Hadley - December 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Nikon

  39. Kai - December 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Nikon D90 — would love to have a Spark lens to play with! :)

  40. Dewald - December 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Canon

  41. nathan han - December 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Canon.
    love your work. thanks for doing this! and merry Christmas!

  42. Fabian - December 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Canon – very nice idea and a cool blog!

    Merry Christmas to you all! :)

  43. Nikku - December 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Canon.

    And Happy Holidays!

  44. Andrew Yong - December 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Canon

    Happy holidays from sunny Singapore! :D

  45. Michelle C - December 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Canon
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  46. Dan - December 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Really love your work, thanks for sharing the desktops too!

    (Canon)

  47. John - December 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Nikon.

    Thanks for the inspirational and stunning images, as well as the attitude on life with photography.

    John

  48. Jake Bouma - December 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Canon

  49. Isaac.Lim - December 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for this chance to win :) – Canon

  50. Jon - December 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Unfortunately for this contest, I have a Pentax SLR. Thanks for giving me the option, too! I would love a print of yours.

    Print

  51. Shawn - December 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Nikon

  52. Ferri - December 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Canon,thank you:)

  53. Brock Hanson - December 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Cannon

  54. Chris Alvarez - December 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Nikon

    Thanks for everything you do. Looking forwards to the prints… would love to see these up on my walls.

  55. Ryan - December 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Canon.

    Merry Christmas!

  56. Anthony Price - December 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Canon!!!

    I won an iPad Mini today from another giveaway so this is me pushing my luck!

    Merry Christmas!

  57. Nick Christoff - December 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Canon.

    I just sold all my Nikon gear to buy a 5D and a 35 f/1.4, after following you for years. You inspired me to keep things simple and begin working with prime lenses. Thank you!

  58. Jason Jiang - December 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Canon.
    Happy Holidays!!

  59. Amy Sakurai - December 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Nikon.

    Thank you for all the gorgeous images and wonderful stories you’ve provided all year! Merry Christmas!

  60. David Eyres - December 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Canon- Thanks for the continuously inspiring images. Keep up the good work! Have a great Christmas and New Year.

  61. Kevin - December 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Print.

    Happy Holidays!

  62. Chad Beisner - December 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Print

    Thanks for doing this, and have a good holiday!

  63. Alexis Gordon - December 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Canon

    Thanks!

  64. Justin W. Siddons - December 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Nikon! – D5000

  65. Brittany - December 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Nikon, please!

  66. Michelle - December 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Canon – happy to pay for international shipping

  67. Brandon - December 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Canon.

    Happy 5yr. Here’s to 5 more!

  68. Roger porter - December 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Canon!

  69. Chomiliert - December 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Siteday, lovely desktop as always
    thank you
    &
    Nikon

  70. James Tarbotton - December 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Nikon. Merry Christmas!

  71. Frank Scallo - December 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Nikon

    Love your work! Merry Christmas!

  72. Su - December 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Happy Site Anniversary!

  73. Su - December 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Print

  74. Johnny Van Cura - December 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Canon

    Thanks

  75. Philip Curwen - December 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Canon

  76. Emma - December 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Canon!

  77. dennis moriarty - December 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Nikon Happy 2013!

  78. Jimmy Arcade - December 22, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Canon

  79. Kyle - December 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Canon! :)

  80. Alex - December 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Canon

  81. Chapman - December 22, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Canon.

    Keep up the great work! Happy Holidays!

  82. Siddharth Atre - December 22, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Nikon
    I love your site and have been following religiously for over 2 years :).
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. Andrew White - December 22, 2012 at 2:46 am

    print.

    Incredible blog. Love to follow.

    Thanks.

  84. Benjamin Chait - December 22, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Print!

  85. Arsatius Regler - December 22, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Print.

    Keep up your great work! =)

  86. Mattho Mandersloot - December 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Canon

  87. harry - December 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

    print :P

  88. Kyle - December 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Nikon

    love this site, esp when you post!

  89. Kyle Dreger - December 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I’d love a Print. Thanks!

  90. Angel - December 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Canon.

    Thank You :)

  91. R Gage - December 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Canon

  92. Cooper - December 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Nikon.

    Merry Christmas!

  93. Dante - December 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Nikon! Love the candycane beach shot.

  94. Maxim Harper - December 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Canon — Merry Christmas!

  95. Sam - December 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Print!

  96. Adam - December 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Canon

  97. Pat.M - December 23, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Canon. thanks.

  98. Ozym4ndias - December 23, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Print please.

  99. Joshua Miller - December 23, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Canon

  100. Street - December 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Print.

    (Keep up the great work – Merry Christmas!)

  101. Joe - December 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Nikon

  102. Rob Knight - December 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I only recently found 50FS (via shawnblanc.net), but I’ve gone back a read most of your posts from this year. Wonderful writing and great photography. Thank you.

    (Canon)

  103. Vincent - December 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Nikon

  104. Jake - December 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Canon FTW :)

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  105. Mitch Butler - December 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Canon

  106. Kevin Dodwell - December 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Canon

    It’s because of I want photograph again. Happy to pay shipping. Merry Christmas

  107. Stephen - December 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nikon!

    Thanks! Happy holidays.

  108. Sofi - December 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Canon

  109. Rafianiac - December 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Canon

  110. Jachin Wettstone - December 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Nikon

  111. Garrett - December 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Canon

  112. Michael - December 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    This really looks like a fun lens -Canon

  113. Ann - December 24, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Canon

    Thanks for another wonderful year of inspiration.

  114. Wyldbill - December 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Happiest of Holidays & Best Fortune in the coming year!
    I’m a Canonista.

  115. Chris - December 24, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Nikon

    and Merry Christmas!

  116. Smaran - December 24, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Canon.

    Will pay for the shipping.

    Been following you for 2 years now, have a folder with most of your clicks, some inspire some rotate onto the desktop screen. Wishing you limitless perceptive energies!

  117. Jason Rappaport - December 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Nikon!

  118. Levi - December 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Nikon, please-oh-please!

  119. Billy - December 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Canon!!

  120. Wayne Dahlberg - December 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Canon
    Utah, USA

  121. Roger - December 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Canon, please.

  122. Sam - December 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Canon

  123. Rui Qing - December 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Canon!

    Merry Christmas and thank you so much for your lovely wallpapers!

  124. Bryan Traywick - December 25, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Canon

  125. Melissa G - December 25, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Canon!

  126. Pavlos A - December 25, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Canon! nice photo once again!

  127. Ville - December 25, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Print

    Would absolutely love one in my new home.

  128. Willy - December 25, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Canon

  129. Ebb Bayarsaikhan - December 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Canon!

  130. Chris Antonucci - December 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Canon :)

  131. Sonya - December 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I thought I already entered but I can’t find it. So, Nikon it is.

  132. Travis - December 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Canon!

    I’ve been looking for a new lens since my old one has a massive scratch on it :(

  133. Jason Tran - December 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Nikon!

  134. Cindy Álvarez - December 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Canon !! :]

  135. Dane - December 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Canon

  136. Chris - December 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Canon

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!!

  137. Jeremy Gruszewski - December 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Canon

  138. Dakota Stump - December 26, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Print

  139. alpha - December 26, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Canon!

  140. Tom McLaughlan - December 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Canon (and am overseas but happy to pay postage if lucky enough to win!)

  141. Manuel (spain) - December 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    canon

  142. Dre Szkolnyj - December 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Canon :)

  143. Knick F - December 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Canon

  144. Andrew Van - December 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Print
    Overseas unfortunately. Great site John!

  145. Landon - December 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Canon

  146. DavidR - December 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Canon

  147. Theresa J - December 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Canon

  148. Tamara - December 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I’m new to your site, but have been enjoying it a lot. Sandy Cane is such a clever shot. “Canon”

  149. Oli Smee - December 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Canon

  150. Laurel - December 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Canon

  151. sunhead* - January 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    nice crowd you got here! :) i want a camera… hee hee ;)

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