54 Awesome Action Sequences

What happens when Gizmodo readers capture action at 3-5fps? Why, the results of this week's Shooting Challenge: Action Sequence Photography. Read on for the winners.

Second Runner Up

"Shot in my New England backyard during the lull in a snowstorm on February 26, 2010."

Camera: Canon EOS 7D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM

ISO: 3200

Focal Point: 73mm

Aperture: f/7.1

Shutter: 1/4000

[Ed note: Loved the juxtaposition of the soft yet miserable environment and a young, undeterred athlete.]

- Ron Miles

First Runner Up

"I have shot this series in Engelberg Switzerland on Jochpass on an awesome day. I have used a Canon EOS 50D with a 17-85mm lens."

Exposure Time 1/4000

ISO 100

Exposure bias +2 steps

Focal Length 17mm

[Ed note: The epic jump, mixed with the sun that blinds us to the full scope of the scene - my eye kept coming back.]

- Simon Sharp

Winner

"I was directly below the snowboarder, standing behind the jump ramp. All photos taken with Nikon D2x with Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye lens. I didn't use any tripod, it was all hand held. Aperture was around f/6.3 and shutter speed around 1/1000sec. No flash Photos are then merged together in Photoshop cs4."

[Ed note: It's just an awesome shot that required an element of risk, capturing a classic sports action sequence from an immersive perspective.]

- Vedran Frka

i just sat there with my arm on my knee and started shooting when the cars drove by. Camera Canon PowerShot SD500 F-Stop f/8 Exposure 1/125 sec Focal 10 mm - Aaron Dasaro

Ever dodge a dirt bike before while trying to take photo's of it? I'd recommend it! - Mike Damon

This photo was taken at The Projects wakeboard camp in Orlando, Florida. this is me wakeboarding on the famous Skull candy rail. camera used is a Nikon D5000 with a 18-55 nikor lens. edited in Aperture 2 and Photoshop CS4. - Joe Montalto

I have a Nikon D80, shot in shutter priority mode, f/4.0, ISO 1000, focal length of 16.0mm, AF-C mode. I used a flash. Noise reduction was turned off. I then used photoshop CS3 to edit the picture. The pic is of our son climbing up their bunk bed, and then jumping off. - Meredith Rowley

Mountainboard Action Shot Camera - Canon EOS 30D Lens: EF-S 17 - 85mm F4.5 - F5.6 IS ISO - 400 Exposure - .002 sec - Parker Bomar

This was taken at the Velodrome Bike Park in Eagle, Idaho. Camera: Canon Rebel XTi Lens: Stock 18-55mm Canon ISO: 400 Focal Length: 18mm Aperture: f11 Shutter: 1/800 - Matt Schenk

Clicked it on my Nikon D90 with Aperture Priority of f5.6 and Continuous High Mode. Used Tripod and ISO of 400. - Hemanth Grandhi

Shot of a guy on my baseball team, probably an 85 mph fastball here Canon 300D Sigma 70-300 Macro Super II @ 300mm ISO 100 f/8.0 1/640 shutter - Sean Fogarty

Shot from a walkway above the ramp. Handheld at 8fps, photoshopped together. I had to leave out certain frames because it got too cluttered. Tweaked the colors a bit to give it a better 'feel'. Shot on a D700, iso 200, 1/400th, f/5 on a f/1.4 50mm lens. -Thomas Webb

Banff, Alberta, Canada 1/1500s @ f/5.6 fl=70mm ISO=160 Camera: Fuji S2Pro Lens: Nikon AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED - Don Blake

Camera: Nikon D40X Lens: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Location: Murray Bridge, South Australia ISO 125 f/4.8 1/1000 sec Date: 20/2/2010 - Simon Manifold

Spencer Soo from the UCLA basketball team dunking before a game with my new camera, Nikon D3000. Zoom lens and cranked the ISO as high as it went which was 1600 and used the quickest shutter speed it would allow in shutter priority mode. - James Keefe

To shoot this I brought my p&s nikon coolpix 5100 out into the woods with a tripod, the self timer, and a ladder. Went back to my studio and went nuts with Photoshop. - Matthew Krueger

Birthday party Quad Biking. Photos taken on a Nikon D90 with Nikkor 18 - 105mm lens. Shots taken at ISO500 f/10 1/250 at 18mm then aligned, masked, straightened (surface wasn't easy to level a tripod on) and post processed in Photoshop and Aperture. - Michael David Francis Allen

- Jana Miller

Set the camera up with a tripod at the park. She ran across and jumped. Combined the shots in Photoshop. Canon 20D F-Stop- F/4.5 Exposure TIme- 1/400 sec Focal Length- 28mm ISO- 100 - Francesca Greggs

Camera: 50D Lens: 10-22mm Canon EF-S @10mm Shutter Speed: 1/400 f/11 ISO: 100 Continuous shooting @ 6.3fps -Michael Rizzolo

The first thing I had in mind when I saw the challenge was the s*x scene in Fight Club where we can see Helena Bonham Carter many times in the same frame while the camera turns around her and Brad Pitt. I had a guitar from GH hanging beside me... so 1+1+5 hours in photoshop = this! Canon EOS 300D 18-55mm ISO: 800 - Steven Painchaud

The shot is 180 degrees wide and is a sequence as I sat floating in the water panning the camera from behind me to well in front of me as the rider came from behind me, passed by me and continued down the wave. Location: Jalama Beach State Park, California Shark Factor: High Time: Feeding Time Water Temp: 42 Degrees Waves: 6-10 feet Camera: Nikon D200 Lens: Nikon 10.5mm DX Fisheye Settings: Aperture Priority, 1/1000th, f/6.3, ISO 400 Water Housing: Del Mar Housings handmade carbon/kevlar housing -Paul Gardner

I used my Nikon D40 camera to take 9 pictures of my laptop with the lid closing a bit more each time. I then edited the images in GIMP to crop and overlay the lid on the image. I saved it as I added a new lid, then repeated the process. - Andrew Devland

Camera: Nikon D700 Lens: Nikor 80-200mm f/2.8 at 80mm ISO: 200 Exposure: 1/1000 sec. F-stop: f/5.6 - Jonathan Brizendine

Pentax K-x, kit lens, Photoshop Elements 6.0 Sport setting (f/5, 1/800, 0 EV, ISO 400, 18mm) I used a fishing pole to dangle Milo's favorite chase object, a piece of grass, visible far right. I quit the burst prematurely and missed her crouch before launching herself out of frame! Used every OTHER frame in order to eliminate the stacking and difficulty of revealing one layer without eliminating the previous. Used the "flatten" function before saving - Mellanie Fuller

Pro skateboarder Eddie Kochendorfer. Skating at a makeshift skatepark, tripod setup behind a grindbox. Canon EOS 40D f 10 iso 400 tripod - Tony E. Kochendorfer

GH1 with stock lens, in the late afternoon on a cloudy day. ISO was 1250 or so, f/4.7, shutter 1/2000. - Dan Filbin

Shot in my New England backyard during the lull in a snowstorm on February 26, 2010. Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM ISO: 3200 Focal Point: 73mm Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter: 1/4000 - Ron Miles

The photo was taken on February 26, 2010 at Afton Alps in Minnesota. The sequence was shot hand held and panned from right to left. Imported into Photoshop and stitched using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend modes. Then I used the lasso tool to copy the rider from each shot into a new top layer. Added layer masks to keep the overlapping of shots accurate. And finally, fine-tuned for color and exposure. Camera was a Canon 7D equipped with a Tokina 11-16 lens and shooting at 8 frames per second. ISO 200 1/3200 sec f/5.6 11mm Focal Length -Craig Williams

Six (6) pictures taken with a Canon 20D and EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 at 17mm, ISO200, f/3.5m 1/4000s, EV -2/3. Composited the pictures with Adobe Photoshop CS4. - Noel Singson

Nikon D5000 Nikkor 18-200mm VR Manfrotto Tripod and Ball Head

I set up a tripod at the top of a steep hill with the above settings, set manual focus and turned VR off. Luckily my friend was willing to hurl himself off a cliff for a contest with no prize. I just fired continuously at the top until he ran out of inertia. I edited the photo in GIMP by layering the images and manually cutting holes in the top layers, no clone tool. Shutter Speed: 1/250 Aperture: f/9.0 Focal Length: 18mm ISO: 200 WB: Auto - Daniel DeChiaro

Made up of 6 shots, and without a tripod, i followed him with my camera and stitched the whole thing together with photoshop. Shot with a Canon 20D - Kevin Mortensen

Candy Apple Red 200g Sophie Madeleine Album Nikon D90 AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D ISO: 800 Apeture: f/2 Shutter: 1/80 - Michael A Grant

I choose to create action using repeating flash with an on-camera Nikon SB-28 flash, shot in manual mode, using a 1 second exposure, and 8 flashes @ 1/16 power each. F22, ISO 100, 18mm. Shot using the Nikon D3000 kit lens, an 18-55 VR Nikkor. The image was then finished using Photomatix and Photoshop. - Mac Mirabile

Taken from a friends camera so I don't have the summary. He was shooting a video of me doing a front flip and I took the video apart in photo shop to make this. - Tyler Gilmore

Nikon D5000 18-55mm Lens at 18mm Handheld 1/2000 shutter speed ISO 200 I put the pictures together in Photoshop using the photomerge tool. - Hudson Zhong

GF1, 22 photos - Chris Keating

Indoor ultimate winter league. Canon EOS 30D Canon 50mm F/1.8 prime ISO-800 Manual, f/2.5, 1/200 sec - Adam Swejk

Nikon D300 Nikon 28-70mm F/2.8 @ 28mm F/2.8 ISO 1600 Taken around 6ish o'clock with only ambient light. Pieced together with GIMP. - Aaron Hwang

I used my Casio FH-20, on its sports sequence setting, at 3 frames a second. No photoshop. this is just a resized original image. Camera was set to auto as well. - Michael Wynn

I used a Canon 40D with a 28-105mm lens. ISO-400 Exposure-1/400 Set on continuous shoot mode. I used Photoshop CS4 to edit the photos. - Danielle Moser

Taken on West Side Highway @ 34th St. Shot with a Canon 40D, 28-135 E-FS lens, ISO 800, 10 frames, f/14.1, 1/500 sec exposure time. Simple 10 layer merge in Photoshop with decreasing opacity. Some slight shadow and highlights enhancing. - Bradley Witover

Taken with a Nikon D40, AF-S 35mm f/1.8 lens, on the balcony of my wife's grandmothers front steps, with my wife throwing the slinky. - Leigh McCulloch

I shot this with a Panasonic DMZ-FZ20, ISO 100, tripod. I took a series of photos while my friend played the guitar. Assembled the images in photoshop and turned the opacity down on most of the layers to show time. - Caleb Gossens

I used my nikon d40x on a tripod outside my house, i simply framed the image asked my subject to get set and held down the shutter button until the action was complete. NIKON D40X AF-S NIKKOR 18-55MM f/4.2 1/200 sec ISO 1600 26MM FOCAL LENGTH - Manuel Santoyo

Location: Oakland -Alameda Coliseum Event: Monster Jam Date: Saturday February 27th, 2010 Equipment: -Canon 7D -lens sigma 140-400 HSM OS Setup: -ISO 1600 -Aperture 5.0 -Speed 1/250 -handheld — Jeremy Huylebroeck

I shot this last second with a 55-200mm VR lens on a nikon D5000. It was kind of boring, so i just put it down coke can to make the shot a bit more interesting. Technique: N/A ISO: 640 Shutter: 1/250 Aperture: F14 Focal Length: 55mm -Stephen Sin

Equipment: Canon 30D, RAW+JPEG, sRGB, Manual Mode- 1/800 f3.5 ISO 320 18mm, Lens 18-55mm f3.5 - f5.5 Technique: Tripod with remote shutter release, my wife was holding it down as I was jumping the gap - Steven Wilke

This is my one-eyed dove being dropped in front of the window. Dropped by my wife who is grossed out by the bird, so that was fun. Taken with a Pentax K200D, 18-55 lens, 400 ISO using a gorillapod latched to the arm rest of the couch. - Jason Bennett

Shot with a Canon Rebel XS using a 75-300 f4-5.6 lens on a tripod. - Eric Kornblum

Canon EOS 7D f/11.0 24mm Iso 100 1/320 - Stefan Kremsl

Photo is of a Ben Warren a collegiate cyclist at this weekends Navy Criterium cycling race. Equipment-Canon Digital Rebel XT – Lens 18-55 f/3.5 Used a Gorilla Pod (Joby pod) on the grass. R. Brett Sherfy

Truly fantastic entries this week. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Just a note to commenters: Please, please, sing praises for your favourites. There are so many great shots here, and it's flat-out unfair for them not to be recognised.

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