2011 Thanks for Sharing Awards

We really enjoyed the photo submissions to our Flickr group this year. Some of the work is simply stunning. Since April we have done Best of Flickr articles. Now we are picking five of our favorites for the 2011 Thanks for Sharing Awards. Each winner will receive all of our photography products.

This is not a contest that we announced ahead of time. Everyone in the Flickr group shared their work just to exchange ideas and be helpful. That deserves a reward much more than a typical contest.

Below are the five winners. I hope this inspires you to join the Flickr group and share your own work!


The photo above is by Ivan Burlaka. He is 18 and studies at the Kiev National University.


Clouds over the MountainsThe photo above is by Marcus Vickers from Orem, Utah.


blue/green sq-e3

The photo above is from Shabnam – Morningdew Photography from Toronto, Canada.


The photo above is by GarthMaul from Sheffield, England.

You can find our other Best of Flickr articles by searching for Flickr on the upper left of this page or just click here.

About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. Steve Rosenthal December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I like the photo by Shabnam, the macro of the flower. Do you have the specifics for the shot? The lens, settings the method etc.
    I know you are a software company. What software was used for this?
    I than you in advance for the reply.

    • Jeff December 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Look at the shot on Flickr. The tags show that it was shot on a Canon T1i. Here are links to two versions of the shot.

      Shabnam almost definitely used our Exposure software on this shot. You will have to ask her which setting she used. My guess is that she used the Black & White Film filter with the color toning feature. Exposure has a folder of presets for color toning. None of them look exactly like this, but some are close. Or maybe she used one of the Polaroid presets from the Color Film filter. She probably decreased the Overall Intensity slider at the top of the Color tab to mix the effect with the original image.

      You can learn about Exposure below or try it for free.

  2. ben logan December 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Great stuff. Love the tones in all of these photos. Great composition. I, too, would love to know which Exposure 3 (?) settings were used on a few of these.

  3. Shabnam December 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Steve and Jeff,

    Jeff, I am so thrilled that you guys picked my shot!! 🙂 I am just about to reply to Jimmy, but thought, I’d share my work. I use a Canon T1i and the EF100L IS USM lens (macro lens). I’ve played with the levels a bit, of course a square crop and applied (within Exposure 3) KodaColor 1942-53 filter to it, but with a blue hue. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any further questions, I’d be more than happy to share! 🙂


  4. Marcus Vickers December 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I was also really excited to see my photo chosen.

    It’s been a while since I worked on this shot, but I will say that I use Exposure on almost every shot I take. In B&W, I like the Ilford Delta or Tri-X 400 to start with, but for me (and this applies to color film as well), I use the tone curve sliders inside Exposure religiously to control the contrast, brightness, midtones and shadow. When I run a B&W shot, I also typically slide the Ink Color 1 slider up to about 25 to give it a slight warmth. Similarly, I add warmth to my color photos by adjusting the warm/cool slider in the Color Film setting.

    In the specific photo above, I had just received a Wacom Intous 4 tablet for my birthday, so I know I did some dodging and burning to bring out some detail and add some contrast after I got the B&W levels I wanted.

    As far as the gear for that specific shot, I used a Canon 5DmkII, 70-200 f/2.8L IS and the Canon 2x Extender II.

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