Thanks for Coming to the Photo Shootout!

Thanks to all of the wonderful San Francisco Bay Area photographers that came to the photo shootout Saturday night. We had about 125 photographers from the San Francisco Photography Meetup Group show up and take some great photos of the San Francisco skyline and fire dancers from the Temple of Poi.

After we were done shooting the amazing fire dancers, we walked down to Medjools for a rooftop party. Everyone loaded their photos onto the HP Envy notebooks we had on display. We put together a group photo slideshow and voted for our favorite shots. The grand prize winner won an HP Envy 15 that retails for $1,999. Runner ups won $100 Best Buy gift cards, SanDisk Extreme Compact Flash cards, credits for and online classes at PhotoFlex.

Terry from SEPhotography gave us a great demo of PhotoFlex gear and produced some incredible shots.


The grand prize winner was Asadullah Tahir Kumman for the above photo. He is from Pakistan and is living here for a couple of years to attend grad school at U.C. Berkeley on a Fullbright scholarship. He uses a Canon 5D and is now using his Envy 15 to edit his work. You can see more of his photos on Flickr.

I took the opportunity to use my new Nikon D700 and was pretty happy with the results. You can see some of my pics below. There’s a list of the attendees over at Many of them are uploading their best shots to a group gallery. You can see their photo portfolios as well.

Thanks to HP and Intel for sponsoring the shootout and after party.

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