122 Brilliant and Blinding Blow Outs

99.99% of our photography falls within a certain acceptable range of exposure—one filled with color and detail. Last week's Shooting Challenge was dedicated to the rare .01% that's blinded by the light. The resulting shots are incredible.

Second Runner Up

122 Brilliant and Blinding Blow Outs


I shot most of the photo with the exposure I wanted, but used photoshop to up the exposure, gamma correction, noise reduction and unsharp mask.
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm VR
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Aperture: F13
Focal Length: 50mm
[Ed note: I have a feeling that the larger you can look at this, the more you can appreciate the gradient of detail and the more striking it would be. Imagine a wall-sized print.]
-Jason Bolt

First Runner Up

122 Brilliant and Blinding Blow Outs

Camera: Canon Eos 40d
Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8L USM
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 52mm
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
[Ed note: I was just struck by the simple, clever play of black and white.]
-Justin Carney

Winner

122 Brilliant and Blinding Blow Outs

Michelangelo´s "Creation of Men" inspired me to this "Adam´s sight of view".
I shot "Gods hand" with my Canon Eos 500D and the Canon 18-55mm lens.Also used a tripod and a remote trigger. 1/4 sec. Iso 800, into the sunlight. No software adjustments except for crop and resize.

[Ed note: My mind just kept coming back to this one.]
-Roland Renne

The notable shots mentioned here barely represent the creativity and awesome execution of this week's challenge, ranging from subtle clipping to complete whiteouts. Thanks to everyone for participating, and readers, be sure to mention your favorites in the comments!

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