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Nikon D700 + 28-70mm F/2.8 @ 28mm ISO 200 f/7.1
6 second exposure
Started with zoomed pics of my car but they were ugly so I snapped my neighbors bike. I hope he doesn't mind.

-Aaron Hwang

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Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm
Camera Settings: f/22, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/4 of a sec, shot handheld

Took the camera out with me on a hike through a local park with the intention of actually participating in a shooting challenge rather then just thinking about it.
I took many different photos all along the hike but I thought this one with backlit ponderosa pine trees came out better then most of the others.

-Aaron Knapp

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Upon seeing this contest, I thought our newly placed family Christmas Tree would be perfect for it. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel XTi with a EF-S 18-55mm lens. ISO 200 and 1-second exposure.

-Adam Froehlich

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Canon Rebel Xsi with standard 18-55mm kit lens. Shot at ISO 100, 1 second, F/8, zoom from 18 to 55.

I decided to go home for the weekend and brought my camera along with me so I could practice the "zoom" effect. I had been originally experimenting "zooming" with a pineapple when my sister Lauren asked, "what exactly are you doing?". She seemed very puzzled that I was moving the lens after the picture had been taken. In attempt to try and explain what "zooming" was I took this picture of her and ended up liking it very much.

-Alyssa Frandsen

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Camera: Nikon D60
F-Stop: f/8
Exposure: 2 sec
ISO: 100

I started out this PhotoChallenge by hanging a keychain white LED light from my ceiling and trying to take a picture of it. I mounted my Nikon D60 onto a tripod and started shooting. After a couple of shots, I thought the light would look work best if I used it to light a focus from above. After looking around my room a bit, I settled on using my Ray-Ban mirrored aviator sunglasses. After a few shots of just the hanging LED, I took out some blinking color LED lights and set them around the glasses; I was hoping to get some nice light trails out of them while reflecting off of the glasses. After a few shots and some tinkering with exposure times and light colors, I settled on the combination your see here. The final result took 5 LED lights (one white, two blue, two red). I used Photoshop to remove a couple of light artifacts, but the color and composition is straight from the camera.

-Amit Patel

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i
f/5.6
Exposure time 1 sec.
ISO-400

I love taking pictures of my wife, but she hates it most of the time. When I explained to her this week's challenge she was on board. A few shots and I got what I wanted.

-Andrew VandenHeuvel

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Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon 10-22 mm
Exposure: 1/25 sec
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO: 100
Filter: ND 400 neutral density filter

The weather in Washington during December is generally pretty crummy. This weekend was a somewhat rare nice weekend so I decided to take a trip to Second Beach near La Push, Washington. I had never done zoom exposure before and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Coming back home was a challenge, there was a head-on accident on US 101 near Lake Crescent which forced me to take a 70+ mile to get back home. Seeing the finished result result made the LONG trip totally worth it.

-Anthony May

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When I saw this challenge, I decided that it is one of the most exciting ones I've ever seen on Gizmodo. Now it is almost Christmas time. It is great for night photography like that. Many people in my neighborhood have Christmas lights up. Especially the house right in front of mine had an interesting lightning of their tree. I decided it to be in my shot since it has so many colors. I like it. Hope many people will like it too. Used Nikon D300, F/18, aperture 3.6, exposure time 10 sec., ISO 800.

-Anya Doshlygina

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Canon Eos 7D with 18-135mm lens in Bulb mode.
Iso 500, f/29, 2 seconds.

No fun story here, just obligatory christmas decoration.

-Bobo The Teddy

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Season's Greetings! I finally got myself into gear for another challenge. This time I used my Canon 7D with Canon 28-135mm lens. Settings were ISO 200, F/3.5, 5 second exposure. I tried to get a tight enough shot of my newly setup Christmas tree and its ornaments. I then started at 28mm and after allowing about 3 seconds for the tree to expose, I zoomed to give the explosion effect from the tree lights. I hope everyone enjoys.

-Branden Kerr

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I've been on a light painting kick lately, just in time for Christmas and my neighbor's over-the-top decorations to make their seasonal appearance. This little illuminated caroler and his wife were staring at me, so I decided they would be the focus of my photos this week. Medium length exposure, slow zoom out, and boom. This guy and his top hat became more famous than he'd ever have imagined. Merry Christmas. Canon Rebel XSi, ISO 1600, f/16.

-Chris Bunce

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A shot of my old alarm clock while zooming in with my Canon t2i. I had the aperture as small as possible and the ISO low as well, with a bulb exposure only so I could control exactly when I had finished the zoom. I like the projection/explosion of the lights and I was somewhat inspired by this xkcd comic.

-Chris Smith

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As a die-hard Phillies fan, I took a shot of my Phillies cap in honor of Jayson Werth, my favorite player who signed with the Washington Nationals today. I used my Canon Powershot (SD1100IS) to capture this photo. Since my camera did not allow me to zoom in and out while shooting the photo, I took the shot starting to close to the hat and then moving away quickly. I slightly tweaked the photo in photoshop using the curves and levels tools.

-Christina Barnard

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This picture was taken with a Canon T1i, EF-S 18-50mm 3.5-5.6 IS lens, 8 second exposure at F10, ISO 100, taken with tripod. Taken from my apartment balcony in downtown Chicago looking southwest over the Chicago RIver and Roosevelt Rd towards Midway Airport. The criss-cross patterns are from cars on Roosevelt Rd, and the orange sheen in the lower right is reflection from the river. Fighting the wind shaking my camera and making 20 degrees feel like 0 degrees (it is the Windy City, afterall), I took this slowly zooming out from full zoom with my numb and lifeless hand. After taking several shots in all directions, I played with them a bit in Photoshop. The only alterations to this image were brightness/contrast.

-Daniel Claman

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I took this picture of Black Bear Bosin's Keeper of the Plains at the confluence of the Little Arkansas and Arkansas Rivers in Wichita, Kansas. I set up my Nikon D5000 in Aperture priority mode. I set my aperture at f/22. I focused at 55mm opened the shutter on time delay. I timed two seconds and then slowly zoomed out to 18mm.

-Dan Cocking

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Canon T2i, ISO 800, 229mm, 0EV, f/25, 1/2
Name: Citgo meets Tron
Story: This is the CITGO sign in Kenmore Square, Boston, MA. Nothing more Bostonian (and Venezuelan) in the city.

-Diego Jimenez

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The basic idea behind this shot was to rotate the camera body instead of turning the zoom ring on the lens. Thanks to the loose fitting tripod mount on the larger lens, I was able to do it in a reasonably stable way. Took a bit of trial and error but a few of them turned out rather interesting. A proper exposure would reveal street lights in a snow storm. Basic edits (color temp, levels, curves)

D5000, Sigma 70-200, ISO 100, f/ 4.5, 1 sec.

-Doug Auerbach

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This was taken with my Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR, on the low light setting. After playing around with how to get this Zoom effect on a point and shoot camera, trying all the settings and techniques I read about, I realized the best way for capturing the "time warp" look is to rush at your subject, with camera in hand, as you are clicking the shutter. Although this technique also gets you strange looks on a holiday shopping day inside H&M in downtown Boston, it also provides pretty nifty results.

-Emily Hankle

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f 13.0, 2" exposure, ISO 200, zooming between 55mm and 30mm.

I had so much fun! I took too many pictures, so we'll see if I regret picking this one. I just bought some flowers and played around with the zoom, sometimes creating double/triple/8x exposures, other times just getting the zoom effect. I ended up picking this one because of the nice zoom swoosh it had. I think for this one it was on the zoom all the way for the first second, and zoomed out for the last second. Then I just bumped up the magenta.

-Emily Turner

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Taken with a Canon Rebel XS at ISO 100 with a 28-105 zoom at f18 in order to get a 6 second exposure. I was really just experimenting with zooming on the christmas tree lighting (and hoping the cat would settle down under the tree for a nice shot) when I noticed the Death Star!

-Eric Kornblum

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Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: 18 - 55 (Kit Lens) at 55mm
ISO: 100
f/5.6
Shutter speed: 2.0

I was looking around my room to see what I wanted to shoot and I saw my laptop and the keyboard lights were lit up so I wanted to get a shot of that. The light from my room was on and the reflection was shown with an orange in the center. Then the keyboard lights were also shown on the outside of it when gave it some view of something in the end and it is coming closer. Also bured on the edges and the letters E and J were the only ones clear to see. I had some other shots but this was my best one. Hope you enjoy it and I can't wait for the next challenge.

-Francisco Ramirez

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Taken with a Nikon D60, 55mm Nikkor lens, at f/22, 1.3s, ISO 400

For this week's challenge I was practicing the zooming technique with a lollipop and realized that it didn't look half bad. I decided to use my black kitchen table as the backdrop and also chose to pass on using a tripod.

-Haley Strohschein

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This was taken with a Nikon D3000, 55mm lens and 1 sec. of exposure. I don't remember if I zoomed in or out (possibly both) but this is a shot of a Christmas tree at my friend's house. I like how the lights are distinct from the colors of the ornaments, and how the ornament colors blend together and look like they were painted with acrylic.

-Hannah Nofsinger

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Nikon D60
Nikon 18-200 VR II Lens
ISO 400
Zoom 18 to 200 mm
f/16
Shutter: 25 sec

After a number of failed attempts with various subjects, I took a break to go get our Christmas tree. After decorating it, I thought that it might make an interesting subject because of all the colored lights. I set the shutter at 25 seconds and tried a number of different ways of zooming, creating various zigs and zags. However, the more I zoomed in and out, the more blurry the final image. I settled on quick in and out twice, then let the camera sit for the remaining 20 second. It produced a cool warp affect while keeping the tree and other elements in the frame pretty sharp.

-John McGrail

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Shooting Summary (Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, ISO: 100, Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec, No Flash)

It was Friday night 12-3-10 Me and a long time friend went out for dinner and caught up on things. This was after we had been out for a while. We were catching up on one of our favorite TV shows East Bound & Down. I snapped this shot without my friend knowing and zoomed in & out for 1.6 sec of exposure. This was the wicked outcome. An Aurora of Craziness good times.

-Jonathan Hudson

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Canon Rebel T1i
ISO 200
f/5.6
5sec shutter (3sec @ 18mm, 2sec zoom to 55mm)
ND filter

Doing well this year, I only procrastinated setting up the Christmas tree a few days before my parents come into town for the holiday—yes, they will be here a while. The faux tree went up this weekend, and I decided to take a few practice shots for the zoom challenge. Turns out the practice shots were the best after two days.

-Joseph Rapanotti

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Shooting in manual, I set my shutter for 13 sec. and zoomed all the way in (200mm) on a bed of freshly bloomed flowers in a nearby park. I hit the shutter, then every ~2 sec. I zoomed out about one "stop" on my lens. 200mm, 170mm, 130mm, 80mm, 50mm, and then 24mm. This was the best result. I tried this technique on different objects in the area and lengthier shutter speeds, but upwards of 30 sec., there was just too much light coming in and ruining the picture. I hope you all like it.

Setup:
Canon T1i
Canon 18-200 IS
ISO 100
f - started at 36, down to 22 by the end.
zoom - started at 200mm, down to 24 by the end.
13 sec. exposure

-JT McGrath

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Holiday Hearth
Canon 7D on tripod, Sigma 10-20mm, ISO 200, 3.2 sec @F5.6, zoomed out during exposure from 20mm to 10mm

Although I expected many other zoomed shots with Christmas tree lights, I wanted to capture a wide angle scene with different light sources and didn't have to go far. I love the warmth this shot conveys from all the lights, reflections and contrast. Not a very abstract shot, but one of pure magic and happiness.

-Karl Stahl

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I can't decide if the glass pieces are being sucked in or exploding out. Thank you for suggesting using a 'f' stop of 22. It worked great - I tried a lot of different setting but this worked fine..I did set a 2 sec delay which made the zooming easier.

-Kay Owens

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Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed: ISO-100
Exposure Time: 13 seconds

This is a shot of Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA, looking up the Charles River on a rainy night. I shot a lot of photos while zooming in and I kept getting the "light speed" effect. I decided to shoot one on a slow, short, zoom out and this is the result. Once I saw the effect of the light getting pulled in over the balcony railing, I knew this would be the one to use.

-Kyle Mercury

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I saw the bare trees at dusk in Providence, my hands almost froze as I stood overlooking the city-and I just wanted to express the coming and going of the seasons. Canon Rebel XS, Canon 55-250mm, f/22, 0.3 second exposure and ISO 400.
-Laura Sica

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Rebel T1i
EF-S 55-250
ISO 100
1/6 sec at f / 5.0
Hand held, just for fun.

-Matt Brown

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Nikon D40
18-55mm kit lenses
ISO 200
ƒ 3.5

Sleep deprived, in the studio, 5 tracks and 14 hours later this is what my SSL 9000 mixing console begins to look like.

-Matthew Desrameaux

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Taken at a local carnival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's been a while since I participated in a shooting challenge, so I decided to give this a shot. Taken handheld with a Canon 7D, 70-200mm f4 lens, 1/6 sec, f20, ISO400. Didn't love it, but this was all I could get.

-MigFig

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I thought that taking a picture of my 2010 Camaro would be cool. So I got my Canon Rebel T2i and set it on my tripod. Shutter speed: 0''4 F-stop: 9.0 ISO 1600 white balance: auto

-Milton Arteaga

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This was admittedly a quicker-than-I'd-like entry because I forgot to
shoot anything until Sunday evening. So I stepped out on the balcony
to take some shots of downtown in the sunset. This was a one-second
exposure on a D90 at f36, starting at 200mm and zooming out to about
50mm.

- Nick Sprankle

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This was taken in Times Square during a break between performances of Addams Family The Musical
where both I and my model work as stagehands.
Nikon D80
F22
Shutter .7692
ISO 100

-No! Not the face!

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One of my attempts to get the technique right before heading outside led to this photo. 8s exposure, f/14 iso100. Using a remote trigger, I opened the shutter at max zoom(200mm) and let it expose for about 7 seconds(that's the big camera in the image. Then, using a string attached to the barrel of the lens, I pulled back the zoom to around 85mm and let it finish the exposure there(the small camera in the image). You can see the blue string attached to the barrel still, on the left, as well as the streams of light from all the reflective surfaces of the camera as it quickly zoomed out. Camera was obviously pointed at a mirror, which saw Windex for the first time in 2 years.

-Nolan White

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I shot my wife's small lighted ceramic xmas tree. She always loved her mom's and was thrilled when she found a similar one at an antique store earlier this year.
I like the "staggered zoom" look of this shot

Shooting details:
Canon XSi with 55-250mm zoom lens
ISO 200
f: 5.6
1s exposure

-Pallab Singh

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Took this shot during an unexpectedly chilly walk on the National Mall in DC. The base of the Washington Monument is one of my favorite places for photography - is has a great view in all directions, and at night the spotlights keep it impeccably lit. And of course, it's a reliable location for finding bright, well-maintained flags flapping in the breeze. I used a lightweight tripod, and shot with flash to capture a 'still' moment before zooming.

Canon Rebel T2i f/10 ISO400 5 second exposure 42mm-135mm focal length

-Paul McNiel

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Starry Sky

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF28-200mm f3.5-5.6 USM
36 Second Bulb Exposure, ISO 6400, f/3.5

I shot from my back yard, with the lens fixed at 28mm for approximately 15 seconds, which fixed the image of the trees and bright stars in the background. I slowly zoomed from 28mm through 200mm over about 20 seconds. The night was cold and the zoom moved in almost discrete 'steps' causing the dotted images of stars in spokes. Camera shake over the last 20 seconds (during the zoom) accounts for the non-linearity of the star trails (intentional of course, trust me).

Brightness, Contrast, & Saturation were adjusted in Preview

-Rik Lambey

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Camera: Canon T1i w/ kit lens

I took this over the weekend at a concert in Pittsburgh, PA when I snuck in my camera - I don't know if I needed to sneak it in or not but it made me feel cool doing it.
My seats were just about dead center on the top tier so it was easy to frame up the stage.

-R.J. Schmidt

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I tried to think of a picture that wouldn't just create a light speed affect. I put four candles on a record player to add more direction for the light to go while I zoomed the lens. There were a number of pictures from different angles and this seemed to be a little like fire tornadoes but I seem to like the path of the flames in this picture the most. I also upped the blacks setting in Photoshop slightly to accentuate the flame.

Shot with a Nikon D90 18-200 VR2 Manual settings with f/36 6 sec, ISO 200.

-Robert Bejarano

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This past weekend my roommate's band had a show in St Paul MN. The asked if I could take some pictures and videos of the show for some promotional work. I had some ideas about maybe taking photos of Christmas trees or snowfall for the zoom challenge but after seeing how well the stage lights looked when trying the zoom technique I figured I'd take more shots. This shot was my final attempt before my battery died on my camera out of about fifty shots and about 45 minutes of video. My favorite part of the shot is that the guitarist on the right looks like he's 20 feet behind the stage when in all reality he's about four feet to the right of the lead. The thing that makes me the happiest is that they chose to use this shot for their website and a promotional poster.

Shot on a Cannon T2i - f/22 - 2 seconds of exposure. standard kit lens.

-Ryan Frank

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First time trying this technique. Canon T2i, 24-100mm f/4L IS USM, 105mm, 200 ISO, f/4 at 1.0s. Took several pictures of Christmas lights hanging over my fireplace and this is, by far, the best one that came out. Shot at a wide-open aperture, out of focus, to get the nice round balls of light. No post-processing, right from the camera.

-Ryan Maple

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Star Wars
This contest was a blast. I had the perfect idea, but it ended up being much more difficult than I anticipated. I used the same technique I learned from a previous contest on Gizmodo where the guy had double exposed a bathroom sink and used a lighter to create a flame coming out of the faucet. So I would say this contest I spent a lot of work on. I recently had moved my parents to a new house and found some old boxes of toys from my childhood, Star Wars being my favorite. As soon as I saw this competition I knew I was going to try to recreate the lightspeed effect from the movies. I grabbed my millennium falcon, a black foam core boar, two strands of icicle christmas lights, a roll of tape, weed whacker line (couldn't find fishing line) a couple chairs, a some books. All of which I will explain.

So I taped all the lights to the foam core board and placed it up against a wall. Next I took two chairs and tied weed whacker line across from one to the other and laid the falcon on them. I spent forever trying different ways to get it to look good, but it just wasn't cutting it. Finally I decided to remove the lights from the center of the board in an attempt to only get light trails AROUND the millennium falcon becuase they kept going through the ship. So here comes the shot. I set the exposure for 30 seconds to buy myself some time to move things around etc. I flipped the foam core board so it was blank, turned all the lights off, and set the flash on. I zoomed in so the ship was full frame, then took the picture, I quickly covered the lens, flipped the board over, plugged in the christmas lights and started to zoom out slowly. (making sure to uncover the lens only after I had started to zoom out). The result was PERFECT! I used photoshop to remove the bright red weed whacker line and get rid of the one light that made it through the ship.

Equipment used:

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 18-70mm
Tripod
Cokin Filter set with ND2, ND4, and Circular polarizer

30 second exposure at f29 ISO 200

-Jordan Naylor

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Nikon D5000 zoom from 18 to 55mm 200 ISO 1'' ss 32f. Drove through a park set up with Christmas lights. Seen the pirate ship, thought that was neat, Who doesn't like pirates? The rope lights lining the sidewalk ended up looking like a wavy ocean! I like it any ways!

-Sam Katz

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Shot with my husbands Canon 7D. 18-135mm f3.5 lens
f stop: 11
Exposure: 8 sec
ISO: 1K

This is a very fast strobing blue LED light that typically goes on a bike tire. It was attached to a rubber band and spun around a finger for this effect. The exposure was set to 8 seconds which gave time to zoom in and back out almost a full three times giving the desired look.

-Stacy Franke

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Was walking the dog in the forest, came upon a viewing platform. Climbed to the top, had a great view of the forest, started to take some photos and recalled this week's challenge. Tried it a couple of times and liked the feel of flying real fast over the forest from this shot.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi with Canon EFS 15-85. ISO 200, Set to Aperture Priority and f22, with a shutter speed of 1/4.

-Sam Rowlands

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Shot with a Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm lens. 3 second exposure, f/22, ISO 200. We were on our way to the spot where I wanted to take pictures for this challenge when we got stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway. I decided to take the opportunity to try out the zoom exposure and found the results interesting. This is as steady a hand as I could get in stop and go traffic. The squiggles in the upper left hand corner are from a construction sign.

-Sarah Ganos

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deciBels on the Giz.

Nikon D7000, kit 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, ISO 100, 4".

This is my first DSLR. Thought it would be fun to get into photography as I am working in DC for the next few months. First time living in any big city. This is the view from my 9th floor 2'x4' "deck". Doors swing out. Things got interesting with my tripod. Thankfully nothing broke.

-Scott Bowen

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Pentax K-x
Kit 18-55mm
1/50s
F13
100 ISO

I know this isn't a prime example for this challenge. I wanted to have a sort of warp tunnel look with the subject/s running at the me. I obviously didn't get very much zoom in this shot.

-Shawn Nicholas

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Photo of Xmas Future

We had a tree setup and this is my first time trying a shooting challenge. Decided to try it on the tree with the lens fully zoomed in. Take a snap and slowly zoom out.
Camera: Nikon D90, Lens: 18-105mm VR, Focal Length: 105mm, Exposure Time: 3.0s, F13, ISO 800

-Steve Tran

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This was taken from out my window, zooming in on a parked car across the street as a couple of cars drove by. Canon T2i, 18-135mm lens, shutter 1 sec, F11, ISO 200,.

-Suzanne Hillner

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The average bloke is seldom impressed by the internals of a laptop, but the moment you shut the lights off in the room-"Whoa, the keys all light up!" Yes. Yes they do. It's not a new feature. Nevertheless, it's still the first thing people notice about my laptop. And being the only appliance on my desk that came bedecked with flashing lights, it seemed to be the most cooperative subject I'd have access to. Set backlights to stun. Nikon D5000 with Nikkor 70-300mm, f/5, 1/2, ISO 640.

-Ted Monchamp

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We had our company Christmas party on Thursday night in a fancy place in Madrid, which was all lit up blue, yellow and green, and in the middle of the main room was a huge chandelier on top of a stage composed of multicolor lights that would switch around.

When I got bored during the flamenco show I started taking pictures of colleagues sitting all over the big room to catch some faces watching the dancers. After a few zoom ins and outs I remembered this weeks photo contest and started messing around with the various light sources and lastly the chandelier.

I know it's nothing special, but it reminds me of the Star Wars hyperspace scene a bit and since everyone was already joking about in the comments I thought heck why not send it in for the sake of participating :).

Canon 7D with 70-200mm 2.8 IS II from 200mm to 70mm in 0,8s at f8 and ISO 400 with IS on and a couple of beers too.

-Thomas Baedorff

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Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Canon 28mm-135mm
f/5.7 1/5
ISO: 800

I recently was able to purchase my first camera, the Canon Rebel T2i, and I saw this challenge and felt it was perfect timing to break in the new camera. However, laziness and a lack of inspiration for unique photography kept me grounded with just taking picture of my Christmas Tree. I played with many different techniques while zooming, but my favorite result was had when I turned the camera and zoomed out at the same time. Though I added the turning part and I didn't follow the example of begin zooming - take picture - finish zooming, and that may disqualify me, I still enjoy this image and I hope you do too.

-Thomas Murrin

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This shot was taken with a Canon 7D with a 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM
f stop: 22
Exposure: 2sec
ISO 800

The shot was set up at night with several lighted Christmas lawn decorations. I took a few shots that looked like everything else, then decided to shake the camera for a different effect. The 2 second exposure gave me just enough time to zoom in while I quickly shook the camera, this was made easy as I was already shivering from the -15 f temperatures.

-Tyler Franke

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Shot with a Nikon D3000 starting at 55 till 18. f/36 2 seconds.
I finished decorating my Christmas tree at the beginning of the week and was in a really Christmasy mood. I thought of using the Christmas lights from the tree for the shooting challenge. I didn't want the picture to be symmetric so I pointed my camera to the side of the tree. I didn't do a uniform zoom, which gave the kind of swirly effect of the lights.

-Victoire Becart

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I used a glass flower vase filled with Christmas tree decorations and a couple of flashes, with a Canon 7D and a 24-70 f/2.8L lens. Starting zoomed in at 24mm, I started a zoom with my 550EX firing in multi-strobe mode (firing 8x at 8hz at 1/64 power. Once zoomed all the way out, fired a 420EX flash placed behind the vase. All told a 5 second exposure, at f/22 and 100ISO. One of the best uses of Christmas decorations I've found so far this year!

-Wesley Duffee-Braun