Take Your Best Shot: Upper Midwest
We asked and you delivered -- a stellar lineup of photos of the Upper Midwest. Check out these winning moments from Travel Channel viewers in our inaugural "Take Your Best Shot" collection.
photoweek_1206_ss_001Actors dressed as Joseph and the Three Wise Men stroll past the US Capitol Building after participating in a live nativity scene in front of the Supreme Court in DC. The Christian Defense Coalition created “The Nativity Project” event to demonstrate that such displays are protected by the First Amendment. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_003Berlin Technical University students dress up as Santas and angels for a pre-Christmas gathering at the cafeteria of the Studentenwerk Nord student support service. The students completed a Santa workshop and will visit company parities and families during the holiday season as a way to earn extra money to help fund their studies. 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-001In her web series, You Get the Picture, photographer Lizzy Sullivan traverses New York City while demonstrating how to take great travel photos. In Washington Square Park, Lizzy Snaps photographs street performer Wyndham Baird under the Washington Square Arch.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/16, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO: 100 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-003At NYC’s Izakaya Mew restaurant, Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to photograph a delicious plated sushi dish.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: 1.4, Shutter Speed 1/60th s, ISO: 400 960 1280
You Get the Picture 17 Photos
photoweek_0112_ss_001Volunteers stand and read the morning newspaper while “waiting for the bus” at Henley Beach on Jan. 8 in Adelaide, Australia. Surrealist artist Andrew Baines recruited 100 volunteers for this human installation, meant to illustrate corporate workers enjoying nature rather than waiting in a long queue for a trip to work. 960 1280
photoweek_0112_ss_003Paul Mears (Left), father of Chris Mears, and Jim Redmond, father of Derek Redmond, pose for a photograph in front of the London 1948 Olympic Cauldron. The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced the nomination process for its London 2012 Olympic torchbearers and introduced the first 2 nominees at Wembley Stadium on Jan. 10 in London. 960 1280
photoweek_0112_ss_004Participants in the Union Square subway station during the annual “No Pants Subway Ride” on Jan. 8 in NYC. The annual event is staged by the group Improv Everywhere, which encourages people in dozens of cities worldwide to discard their pants while riding the subway. 960 1280
photoweek_0112_ss_009A child displays a fish caught through a hole into a frozen river during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on Jan. 7 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival attracts millions of visitors annually who gather to try their luck at ice fishing with traditional lures or even bare hands. 960 1280
Week of Jan 6-12, 2012 12 Photos
cool-tools_ss_006Chris had the opportunity to try out Mercedes-Benz's Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience (DICE). DICE is an augmented reality-based dashboard that allows users to control features of their car with simple hand movements. Users can also see weather, social media, messages, GPS and more. 960 1280
cool-tools_ss_007The Mobileye 5 Driver Assistance product helps identify situations that could become dangerous, such as lane departures, pedestrian presence and headway monitoring. It can also help control the car by doing things like switching high beams on and off. This model has Bluetooth, so critical real-time warnings can be delivered to a smartphone. 960 1280
cool-tools_ss_010A task as simple as shaving is now enhanced with the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor. Users can select from 3 settings to find the vibration that is best for them. It also has a hydrating gel reservoir that when activated with water releases a gel to soothe skin. 960 1280
cool-tools_ss_017Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, are now entering the flash drive market. In the new product, the flash drive can either take the place of the knife or be added onto one. They range in size from 4GB and higher, and some offer a layer of protection that only allows access via fingerprint recognition. 960 1280
scenes-of-winter_ss_002Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Snow coats the ground around the Belgian Pool, a hot spring in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. You can look, but don't get too close! Originally named Oyster Spring, the natural wonder was renamed after a Belgian visitor who fell into it in 1929 and suffered fatal thermal burns. 960 1280
scenes-of-winter_ss_005Yosemite National Park, California
The setting sun illuminates El Capitan monolith in frozen Yosemite National Park. A favorite for advanced rock climbers, "The Chief" is the world's largest solid granite block, rising an awe-inspiring 3,500 feet above the ground. 960 1280
scenes-of-winter_ss_006Coyote Buttes, Arizona
Jack Frost puts an icy touch on "The Wave," an incredible sandstone rock formation in Coyote Buttes North, a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. In order to preserve the spectacular sight, only 20 hikers (with permits) per day are allowed to visit. 960 1280