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.

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Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

In 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
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American Flag in Times Square

American Flag in Times Square

Lizzy silhouettes tourists passing by a lit-up American flag in the heart of Times Square.
Settings: Lens: 16-35 mm, Aperture: f22, Shutter Speed: 1/12th s, ISO: 150
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Sushi at Izakaya Mew

Sushi at Izakaya Mew

At 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
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Lizzy uses her telephoto lens to capture a stylish woman out for a stroll in SoHo with her 2 dogs.

Settings: Lens: 70-200mm, Aperture: f/6.3, Shutter Speed: 1/250th s, ISO: 160 

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New York City Street

New York City Street

Lizzy Snaps zooms in on an manhole cover, emphasizing the many textures of a New York City street.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/8, Shutter Speed: 1/250th s, ISO: 100
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Ice Cream Vendor in SoHo

Ice Cream Vendor in SoHo

Lizzy photographs a food vendor in SoHo scooping out some seriously delicious ice cream.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: f7.1, Shutter Speed: 1/250th s, ISO: 160
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Brookyln Bridge Park

Brookyln Bridge Park

In Brooklyn Bridge Park, Lizzy Snaps uses a wide angle lens to capture the entire skyline in her frame.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/18, Shutter Speed: 1/160th s, ISO: 160
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Lizzy Snaps stumbles upon some newlyweds in SoHo and has them strike a pose in the middle of the street.

Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/8, Shutter Speed: 1/250ths, ISO: 160 

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New York Nightscape

New York Nightscape

Lizzy Snaps shoots a New York City nightscape.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f22, Shutter speed: 20.0s, ISO: 160
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NYC Building in SoHo

NYC Building in SoHo

Lizzy Snaps photographs the geometric lines of a NYC building in SoHo.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: F/11, Shutter Speed: 1/60th s ISO: 160
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Woman in Washington Square Park

Woman in Washington Square Park

Lizzy Snaps captures Gia Genevieve looking radiant against the Washington Square Arch in NYC.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f13, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO 100
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Lizzy freezes street acrobat Ray Shaun as he flips through the air under the Washington Square Arch.

Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f6.3, Shutter Speed 1/400th s, ISO 100 

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Rush Hour in Grand Central Station

Rush Hour in Grand Central Station

Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to freeze a fast-moving target during rush hour in Grand Central station.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm. Aperture f13, Shutter Speed: .4s, ISO: 100 with flash
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New York Nightscape

New York Nightscape

Lizzy Snaps pushes the boundaries and shoots handheld at a 20-second exposure to incorporate every single light bulb of the nightscape into her frame.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f9, Shutter Speed: 20.0s, ISO: 125
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Broadway Awning in Times Square

Broadway Awning in Times Square

Lizzy Snaps photographs the flashing lights of a Broadway awning reflecting off a car in Times Square.
Settings: Lens 16-35mm, Aperture: 2.8, Shutter Speed: 1/8th s, ISO: 125
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NYPD on Horseback in Times Square

NYPD on Horseback in Times Square

Lizzy climbs up a lamppost to photograph 2 NYC police officers mounted on their horses in the middle of Times Square.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: 2.8, Shutter Speed: 1/20ths, ISO: 125
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Sweet Lou in Times Square

Sweet Lou in Times Square

Lizzy Snaps captures Sweet Lou playing jazz on a street corner in Times Square.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/6.3, Shutter Speed: 1/40th s, ISO: 500
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Adam Richman
Adam Richman

Adam Richman

"Tune in to @travelchannel in one hour to see why this dude isn't just a hero, he's OUR hero. @ManvFoodNation" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Adam Richman

Adam Richman

"Love watching a friend make it! My Yale drama classmate Amanda Cobb after killing it in "Importance...Earnest" on Bway!" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Adam Richman Mermaid Parade

Adam Richman Mermaid Parade

"All in a day's work." - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Adam Richman

Adam Richman

"All in a day's work." -Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

"Much like @bertkreischer, this is breakfast on the road (& reason I'm healthy after 4 MvF Seasons!) #YayOatmeal" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

" At the dentist for a check up on old work done. No work done today but this brings back bad memories lol" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

- Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

"I just woke up from a long nap & slept the day away. But at least i got to see this cool sunset." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans car

Zak Bagans car

"My new hood ornament" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

"Here's some pics of my dungeon..." -Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

"Some jackass just cut me off.... Road ragin'!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"Pushing it out." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"#fwclassic grand tasting" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"Source's food, killer stuff, Asian inspired" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"Photo courtesy of @MeatMaven: enjoying Josh Skenes' brassica dish at #FWclassic. One of best bites of my year." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons

Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons

"Great pic. You all r the best RT @offalchris: Hanging with great friends @andrewzimmern @gailsimmons" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Crawfish

Crawfish

"After the party..." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

"@laurentmanrique and this one!" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

"Recording voiceover for upcoming El Bulli episode..." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer

"Behind the scenes with @bertkreischer. It's been a long 2 weeks..." -Derek Hoffman 960 1280

  

bert kreischer

bert kreischer

"Father Day brunch with all them women in my life." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu
View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu

View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu

View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu. 960 1280

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Hawaiian waterfall

Hawaiian waterfall

A Hawaiian waterfall 960 1280

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Tunnels Beach in Kauai

Tunnels Beach in Kauai

Tunnels Beach in Kauai 960 1280

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Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath in Kauai 960 1280

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Kauai Rainbow

Kauai Rainbow

A Kauai rainbow 960 1280

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North shore of Kauai

North shore of Kauai

North shore of Kauai 960 1280

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Maui waterfall

Maui waterfall

A Maui waterfall 960 1280

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Road to Hana

Road to Hana

Road to Hana 960 1280

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Waikiki sunset

Waikiki sunset

Waikiki Sunset 960 1280

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Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse 960 1280

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Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

Sunset from my Hawaiian backyard. 960 1280

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North Shore Sunset Oahu

North Shore Sunset Oahu

North Shore Sunset on Oahu 960 1280

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Kauai Sunrise

Kauai Sunrise

A Kauai Sunrise 960 1280

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The Big Island

The Big Island

The Big Island 960 1280

Rhiannon Taylor  

The Big Island

The Big Island

The Big Island 960 1280

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Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris tries out the new Polaroid InstantShot -- smile! 960 1280

  

uwater MP3 player

uwater MP3 player

If listening to music while swimming or diving is your wish, check out the Uwater Waterproof MP3 player. 960 1280

  

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG unveiled a 55-inch 3D OLED TV that is the thinnest and lightest OLED TV on the market. It features voice and gesture recognition. 960 1280

  

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

There's no need to worry about where your keys are with SimpliciKey. The electronic deadbolt can be opened using a remote control or by simply entering a code into the keypad. 960 1280

  

Zipbuds

Zipbuds

These earphones won't get tangled because of their unique Zipper-integrated cabling. They provide superior sound with comfortable eartips. Zipbuds can be used with iPads, iPods, iPhones, Andriods and other media devices. 960 1280

  

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Chris 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

  

Mobileye Driver Assistance

Mobileye Driver Assistance

The 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

  

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

The Casio 3-D Digital Painting tool will transform 2-D images into 3-D masterpieces by either adding subtle texture or making them truly 3-D like the cat in this picture. They hope to have the product on the market soon. 960 1280

  

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

The Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard lets you add a full-sized keyboard to any smartphone. Just attach your device and project the keyboard on a surface so you can type away. 960 1280

  

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

A 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

  

GorillaMobile kit

GorillaMobile kit

The GorillaMobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile entertainment kit that lets you attach devices such as your smartphone or digital camera to unusual places. It includes adhesive cups, suction cups, rubber foot grips and a camera adapter screw. 960 1280

  

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm lets you turn your iPod, iPhone or any other portable music device into an audio system. The bag includes twin tweeters and woofers to amplify the sound. 960 1280

  

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio's G-Shock Smart Watch is Bluetooth-LE enabled so the watch can connect to your phone and alert you to e-mails, calls and texts, and help you locate your phone if you can't remember where you put it. 960 1280

  

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

The IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security App lets you control up to 9 cameras set up in your home. With the app you can move, tilt or zoom them and power them on or off. 960 1280

  

iBallz tablet protection

iBallz tablet protection

The iBallz are a great way to protect your tablet. They slip onto the corners of your device and prevent damage when it is dropped. You can also use them to position your tablet in a tilt position for typing or watching movies. 960 1280

  

Case-Mate Tank

Case-Mate Tank

These Case-Mate Tank cases are military-grade strength and can stand up to any abuse you put your iPhone through. The retractable screen shield slides into place to prevent cracking and condensation. 960 1280

  

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox, 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

  

Bone Collection Horn Stand

Bone Collection Horn Stand

The Bone Collection Horn Stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone, and can also be used to prop the phone in the vertical or horizontal positions. 960 1280

  

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD is a sports case that transforms your iPhone 4S/4/iPod into an HD action sports camera. It is waterproof so it can withstand all types of weather. The case includes an anti-vibration sled to help limit vibrations. 960 1280

  

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

The Brighton Beach Surf Shop has been a mainstay of the Jersey Shore since 1962. Swing by the shop for surf lessons, ding repairs, classic boards and more. 960 1280

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Randy Townsend

Randy Townsend

Surfer Randy Townsend gives the shaka sign of greeting, as New Jersey writer Jon Coen holds his surfboard on Long Beach Island. 960 1280

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Wildwood

Wildwood

Wildwood (or Wildwoods, as it's also called, if you count its 4 communities) is a city in Cape May County, NJ. It's also a popular summer resort destination, with a nearly 2-mile boardwalk, amusement complex and waterparks. 960 1280

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

The Atlantic City Boardwalk dates back to 1870, making it one of the oldest boards of its kind in the US. Through the years, it's also been home to several piers. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

On the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, sample a salt water taffy treat. The sweet sticky candy is made with sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, glycerine, water, salt, butter, flavor, food color -- but contrary to its name -- no salt water. 960 1280

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James Candy Company

James Candy Company

At the James Candy Company, all salt water taffy, boardwalk fudge, cream mints and coconut macaroons are made in the company's original factory, pictured here. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops

Cool Scoops

It's not called Cool Scoops for nothing. This ice cream parolor in Wildwood, NJ, takes you back in time, with memorabilia including this Elvis statue. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops Car Booth

Cool Scoops Car Booth

The Cool Scoops ice cream parlor includes a Car Booth Room, with vintage vehicles. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights is best known as the setting for MTV's reality TV series Jersey Shore. Here, a gentle orange glow casts a tinge on the beach at dusk. 960 1280

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Karma

Karma

There's a lot of action going on inside. An exterior shot of Karma, a popular night club that inspired no shortage of drama for MTV's Jersey Shore crew. 960 1280

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Lifeguards

Lifeguards

You're in good hands with these dudes. Here, 4 lifeguards stand before a patrol vehicle on the beach. 960 1280

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Boardwalk

Boardwalk

It's an amusement park nirvana on Jersey Shore's boardwalks. 960 1280

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Wild Ocean Surf Shop

Wild Ocean Surf Shop

And when the sun sets on Jersey Shore, get ready for a vibrant nightlife filled with bars, clubs and more. Here, a view of the Wild Ocean Surf Shop in Wildwood, NJ. 960 1280

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, Oregon
After an ice storm, freezing cold water continues to plummet an impressive 620 feet into the Columbia River. Visitors can take in the spectacular view from the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 for scenes like this one.
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone 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.
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A snowy shot of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos, tall rock structures that form from water, wind and ice erosion.
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St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouses, Michigan
The St. Joseph Lighthouses attempt to withstand the elements on frozen Lake Michigan. The 2 lighthouses were built in the early 1900s, and the outer light is one of the oldest on the lake.
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Yosemite

Yosemite

Yosemite 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.
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Coyote Butts

Coyote Butts

Coyote 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.
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Rennett Stowe through Flickr Creative Commons

Rennett Stowe through Flickr Creative Commons

Joshua Tree National Park, California
The sun rises over snow-clad Joshua trees in California's Mojave Desert.
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