Some might call it plagiarism, but the knock-off is an art form all its own. For this week's Shooting Challenge, Gizmodo's readers assembled to duplicate or parody some of the most iconic photographs in history. (Light NSFW content follows.)
Lead Shot - Pink Floyd - Back Catalogue
I'm honestly not even a Pink Floyd fan, but for some reason this is the first picture that came to mind for this challenge. It became a weekend family project as well. The two kids brushed the Barbies' hair and helped style them. They also helped paint the ceiling and spray paint the back wall (we used a spray paint with some texture so it wasn't just a white wall) and the pillars (which are two wooden rods). My boyfriend constructed all of the "building" and assisted the girls with their tasks. The pool is a plastic tub and the walls, ceiling and beams are all foam-core. The window glass is vellum painted orange/yellow and then we got a sheet of tiles at Home Depot and the girls grouted it with sand from their sandbox (BF's idea). I hand painted two of the bodies fully (I think you can tell which, haha) and the others I painted the base coat color, then sized and edited the other album cover pictures in photoshop then printed them off and glued them to the backs. We had to add two Barbies to the collection since we didn't have a red head or another brunette and we happened to find TWO perfect ones at the store. All the Barbie's got their haircut as well due to the fact their hair is too darn poofy for the spacing needed in the shot. Some of the lighting was a little harder then I thought it was going to be so if I had about 5 more hours in the day I would have loved to perfect that. Canon 7D, ISO 100,0"3, 28-135mm, f/4.5.
The Surgeon's Photograph
Long time viewer, first time shooter. I've always enjoyed and been impressed with the entries and thought I'd throw my ring in the hat for this challenge. My wife and I have a small koi pond in our back yard. A little cardboard, scissors, a sharpie and some tin foil allowed us to attach our little Nessie to our leaf net. Cranking the ISO for max noise and B&W was our best attempt to replicate that iconic photo (hoax) known as "The Surgeon's Photograph" (C) 1934. Nikon D90, Manual Mode, Nikkor 50mm 1.8D @F22, 1/200, ISO: HI 1.0 (6400? Lots 'o noise!), Monochrome setting (B&W), PS CS4 to increase contrast, straighten and crop
Born In the USA
The original composition I stole from was the "Born in the U.S.A." album cover (photographed by Annie Leibovitz). The American flag was clamped to a fence. Since my remote for the camera was dead, I had to get creative with focusing the lens. The trash can in the backyard was placed approximately 2 feet in front of the fence. Then I focused on the trash can. Then I removed the trash can from the scene and replaced it with Ralph's chew toy. A little rubber doughnut to be specific. The doughnut was my standing marker. After pressing the shutter, a 10 second timer would give me just enough time to get into position. Canon EOS 7D, 1/250 @ f5.0, 50mm, ISO 200, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, onboard flash, Speedlite 580EX II, Speedlite 430EX
Originally VJ Day, this was taken after the robots had conquered the humans, hence VH Day. They robots were frenzied with excitement and flooded the former human streets, where a surface warfare solder unit grabbed a medical repair droid and performed a brief bios upgrade. The serial numbers of the robots remained unknown for many years. Canon 7D, Tokina 12-24 @24mm, f/8, ISO 200
Stolen from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho The shot was taken in our tiny bathroom using a ikea lamp whilst trying not electrocute myself (water and electricity do not mix!) My lens was a nightmare steaming up due to my girlfriend refusing to shoot this in a cold shower so more than a few shots were taken before this final one , I had to keep reminding her not to look so happy about been attacked, strange girl! Nikon D3100, Nikon Lens 35mm f/1.8 (with a steamed up uv filter), ISO 400, 1/60s, f/2.2.
WINNER - Alfred Hitchblock
I tried to steal Alfred Hitchcock profile picture and at the same time the technique from Kumi Yamashita, Building Blocks using birds to fit with Hitchcock theme. I started by doing some basic origami birds (I stopped at forty). Then, I installed my headlamp on the table as a light source and placed bird until it looks somewhat like I wanted. I thought it would be simple but each bird I placed moved the others, so I decided to fix some with gum and do adjustments to others with a toothpick.The shot was made with a Canon EOS 5D, handheld at f/2.5, 1/100, ISO1250. The only post processing done was cropping plus conversion to B&W.
This was my new personal favorite challenge to date, not just because of the creativity and technique, but because participants really put themselves out there in an artistically vulnerable way. Thanks everyone. Be sure to check out the gallery—many excellent entries await you there. And full size shots are always on flickr.
Gallery (one page view)
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