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Canon
Aperture: f4.34375 Focal Length: 14mm Shutter Speed: 1/8s

Amsterdam, stumbled out of a bar and took a "Bokeh" photo through my
"Bokeh" eyes. Captured the night, the energy, and the vibrant colors that
summarized the night.
- Adam Neal

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Hello

Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
Lens: 55-250mm f4-f5.6 IS lens at about 60mm f4 and inverted 50mm f1.8 lens wide open
ISO 400
Exposure 1/100

I used an inverting ring to convert two boring lenses into an insane macro lens. The photo shows seven of the eight user LEDs on a Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA development board. The lens setup gives a extremely narrow depth of field (even the width of one LED exceeds it) of which I tried to take advantage.

Thank you!
- Adrian Grigore

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I took this one at home, I´ve thinking what would I do for the challenge and I saw an opportunity
when I notice that the Christmas lights on our balcony (still on) would make a good bokeh.
Then I saw the Wii remote my kids let around and use it as foreground.
I like the shape the out of focus lights got.

Nikon D40
Nikon 50mm (alias nifty fifty) manual mode
f/4.0
1/2 seconds
ISO 200
- Alex Garcia

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Shot with my Canon T2i with my new 50mm prime at 1.8f with stock flash. I loved the last time giz had us do water drop photography so I decided to do it again bit this time with 1.8f to achieve the Bokeh effect. My set up was a poweraid bottle with a hole poked in the bottom with a 5 foot dropping distance into a metal bowl filled with water. I set up a reflective sign behind it that one of my friends had laying around our house. I wanted to try and get the droplet to read the sign to the viewer, can anyone guess what it says?!?
-Alex Slattery

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Took this shot right before starting league bowling here in Ann Arbor, MI. I focused on the orange ball and made sure the rest were out of focus by bringing the aperture wide open. Taken with a Canon 7D w/ a EF f1.8 II 50mm at f1.8, 1/80s, ISO 400.
- Andy Dill

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Dear Gizmodo,

It's snowing here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and after getting home from school I figured some snowflake photos would be cool. I'm doing a Project 365(one photographic photo everyday for a year), everyday I post my favorite photos from that day to facebook and have my friends "like" their favorite. I haven't decided on which photo to use for today but this is probably my favorite.

Specifics:
Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm
ISO: 2500
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Aperture: f/8
Extras: Zeikos 10x Macro filter

Thank you for your time,
-Andrew G. Kempchinsky

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Hello Gizmodians
Gizmodites
Gizmodos
Gizmodo crew
Whatever

I woke up christmas morining and look under the tree to find none other the the beutiful beast itself, a Canon 7D. My first idea was to get some cool shots of the snow, but that did not come out well. I messed around a little more, but got nothing. The camera has been sitting under the tree until today. I took it out, restrung the lights, and BLAMO Bokeh challenge complete. I am pretty happy with the result. I tried about 100 others but none came out very nicely.

ISO 3200 F4.5 and a shutter speed of 1/20

Thanks!
- Atlas Wegman

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Info:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 50mm @ f/1.4
ISO: 200
Shutter speed: 1/13 s

My two months old son with a christmas light chain bokeh'ed as pacifiers in the background.
The shaped bokeh effect is achieved by cutting a template in cardboard to put at the end of the lend. Link: http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_create_your_own_bokeh
- Benjamin Friis

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Camera: Nikon D90

Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.8d

Yesterday was my last day of exams at university, it was a hectic semester. Today, my friends and I set out to the beach since 9am morning as the weather was pleasant here in Dubai. After a long day of jet skis, banana boats and a night out. As I was going back to my place, there was a traffic jam, I realized that I had my camera with me and there were many lights everywhere, so I decided to give it a shot with bokeh. Funny thing though, the way the photo came out was the same way I exactly felt then. I was tired and blurred out, but it was also beautiful.
- Belal Fehmi

A view of city lights shot outside my fire escape at 2am. Shot with a Canon 60D, 18 - 135mm lens, 1600 ISO @ f11
- Bernardo Garcia

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Camera: Nikon D90

Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.8d

Yesterday was my last day of exams at university, it was a hectic semester. Today, my friends and I set out to the beach since 9am morning as the weather was pleasant here in Dubai. After a long day of jet skis, banana boats and a night out. As I was going back to my place, there was a traffic jam, I realized that I had my camera with me and there were many lights everywhere, so I decided to give it a shot with bokeh. Funny thing though, the way the photo came out was the same way I exactly felt then. I was tired and blurred out, but it was also beautiful.
- Bilal Fehmi

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After hearing about this week's photo challenge I ran up to my room and broke out the Christmas lights. I was going for a "Cool guys don't look at explosions" sort of look so I tediously went and used black duct tape to cover the green and blue lights to leave the fiery red, orange, and yellow ones. I turned all of my lights and while looking for a key light for my subject I couldn't find anything so I broke out the camcorder. I turned on the LED light on the front of my camcorder and waved it around until it looked good. Ended up just touching the levels a bit Lightroom.

Camera-Canon T2i
Lens-EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Shutter Speed-1/80 sec
Aperture-f/1.8
ISO-200
- Bruck Asefa

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Shot with a NIKON D7000, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200

I shot this at home. Brought out the Christmas lights and put them on my staircase. The pictures I was getting reminded me of beer being poured so I put a glass in front and focused on that and this is what I got! I love these shooting challenges. I'm a newbie and these are great practice.

thanks,
- Carina Renteria

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Nikon D3100

18-55mm Lens
Macro mode- flash off

Took a few pictures last week with my friend and his hedgehog, Russell, and I really liked how they turned out. After I saw the contest I wanted to use the same picture so we went out and retook the photos behind our dorm and one of our friends ended up in the tree..
-Cody Clarke

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Dear Gizmodo,

I don't really have a good story for this picture. I was told to visit this place because the objects in the bottom left corner looked extraterestrial. As you can see, they are not very exciting. So, I took a few pics to say I was there. I liked this one because it looked like all the trees and lakes were a mini diorama. It was taken last summer in Banff, Canada, just outside the town of Banff. I don't have or remember the iso, exposure etc....

Sorry!
- Cory Glowinski

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I shot this with a Canon T2i with a 50mm at f/1.4, 200ISO.

My apartment building has yet to take down their Christmas lights. As annoying as this is, their laziness and/or everlasting Christmas spirit paved the way for this entry. Thanks, you bums!
- Dan Agam

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I live in the Washington DC Metro area and tonight we had the biggest snowstorm since last year. I've been trying to get some shots using depth of field and snowflakes all winter but I've always either been working when the snow is just right or it's been freezing rain instead. I didn't happen to have my camera on me but I was at my mother's, so I picked up her Canon Digital Rebel XSi and her wide angle lens (Only lens she has right now) and went to town. I couldn't travel far because I was worried about getting snow all over her camera, so I stayed under the deck above our garage and took some shots. This was the best shot I got and I had to use flash to do it, but I'm very happy with the results.

-Dan
Sterling, VA

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Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/ 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Setting: Christian Academy of Guatemala (Secondary)

This picture was taken at my high school in Guatemala. The beautiful flowers are only a fraction of the entire picture, as the entire walls are lined with flowers and beautiful plants. Guatemala is a dangerous place so our administration decided to surround our entire campus with barb wire and jagged glass. I decided to "bokeh" or blur out the barb wire because it seemed ironic that barbed wire was sitting on top of those beautiful flowers. I hope that Guatemala will one day become a safer place, where barb wire will not have to be blurred out because there will be none to photograph.

-Daniel Joo

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This picture was taken recently on my college campus, American University in the middle of an ice storm. The diagonal slants you see from the lighting is actually the ice coming down, however I did use a slow shutter speed to make this effect. The lack of external flash really helped to create the aura in this photo. This picture was taken on a Nikon DSLR, using a 55-200mm lens.
- Danielle Ortiz

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Hi!
This is the first time i've entered in one of these photo contest though I enjoy viewing the photos from the weekly photo challenges. For this shot i used an old Nikon D40 with the kit lens at 55mm, aperture at f/5.6, iso 1600 and shutter speed at 1/60th of a second. It rained some this morning and by the afternoon, it was so cold that the water had frozen, creating interesting bulbs of water frozen as they were about to fall off the leaves. I knew i had to take a picture so i grabbed the camera and took this shot. The Bokeh in the background comes from all the other water droplets reflecting the suns afternoon rays.
- David Chen

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"Bokeh in the Snowkeh"

Nikon D700, 85mm f1.8 @ 1.8 (of course). 1/40 sec., ISO 280, shot handheld. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.
Pretty intense snowstorm here in Washington, DC on the 26th. Law School got shut down for the next morning so I decided to throw back some delicious IPAs and walk around taking photos. I noticed some pretty great lighting outside my apartment complex, and behind the snow was a legion of cars sidelined by the terrible weather. Because I'm right in Foggy Bottom, and many of the people using the highway next to me are leaving from the State Department, and I took this at around 10pm....I'm guessing that these people had been there for hours. Well, I guess one man's misery is another man's showcase photo..
- Dean Carter

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My first submission, finally I decided to join your photo challenge. Shot it with a Canon 400d, 50mm F1.8 lens with a paperboard in front of the lens where I cut heart shape in the middle. Then placed the stuff toy in the table got some Christmas lights and this is what I got. Thanks :-)

Canon 400D (Rebel xti) canon 50mm F1.8 ISO 200 1/30 sec
- Ditto Gorme

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Photo was shot with a Sony Alpha A700 dslr 50mm Minolta Prime lens at 1/100 sec. f/1.7

In a park near my home they had some plastic reindeer covered in Christmas lights, but I was more interested in just a section of lights than the figurine itself.
- Douglas M. Paine

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Hi,

Attached is my entry for the Gizmodo Bokeh Shooting Challenge. Here is a summary of the shot.

Shot:
This is a shot of my kitchen wall with a light reflection of the bottom of a copper kettle near an exterior window. The sun had to hit the kettle at just the right angle to produce the reflection. It was here and gone in about a minute.

Shooting Summary:
This is a TOTAL hack shot. I used Hipstamatic on my iPhone before the reflection disappeared. I can provide more info on the app settings if you need it.

Thank you for consideration.

Regards,
- Eric Ludwig

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"Venus Planet Power! Make UP!"

While trying to figure out what I was going to do for this week's challenge, my parents had found a figurine in the cupboard — not this figurine, but another, which I used for test shots to get a handle on using the Aperture Priority settings on my camera. The Bokeh stuff reminded me a lot of when I was in my teens, watching Sailor Moon. With this in mind, I hunted out an old bottlecap figurine my friend Shire sent me a long time ago.

Sailor Venus's colour, as you might have guessed from the outfit, is orange, and I just happened to have orange tissue paper laying about. So I set up a backdrop of orange paper, placing a mirror initially under her and the fairy lights behind. I wasn't happy with the first few tries, and with daylight fading fast, I decided to get the angle-pose lamp from downstairs. I also put my fairy lights into a bottle and set Sailor Venus in front of the mirror instead of on top. Again, it took a few more tries as I attempted to get my lighting right. I used a torch to provide lighting from the front as well, but it was too bright, so I dimmed it slightly by putting some of the orange tissue paper over it. I made a few more modifications to my camera settings and finally, got a result I was fairly happy with.
- Fiona Conn

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Just playing around with different angles using my little brothers pirate toys, chandelier in the background. I used a home made flash diffuser which i thought worked pretty nicely. Shot with Lumix G10 with 14-42mm, 1/2 sec at f/5.2, ISO 100.
- George Lennox

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This picture was taken in my room with one lighting source. It was a gift given to me by my uncle when we had went to Czech Republic (Prague) on Charles Bridge. It was shot with F1.4 My camera is a Canon 40D with a 50mm f1.4 lens. Guess what lighting source I used?
- James Park

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Given the challenge of a Bokeh shootout, I decided to capture some images using "Free Lensing" where you detach the lens, tilt its shift and intentionally blur out everything. I was having difficulty trying to follow the "standard" so I decided to improvise. Using the kit lens zoomed in at 105mm, I placed the 50mm f/1.8 lens backwards right on the tip of the lens. The lenses looked like they were kissing each other. Long story short, I got this shot of a tiny leaf 1 centimeter away from the lens. Yes, that is some sick Macro capability. What's interesting is, almost anybody with an SLR can do this! Read more from my blog at http://jasonhermosa.tumblr.com

Nikon D7000. 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50mm f/1.8. ISO 360.
- Jason T. Hermosa

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I'm working on my first 365 Project this year, and this was one of the photos in today's series. I had been taking quite a few landscape and outdoor photos lately, but the cold and overcast weather in the Chicago area has been dull - some days I come away less-than-inspired with the shots I've taken outside. So today, I took a chance at finding simple, mundane things indoors that could be photographed in a more creative way. Canon EOS 550D/T2i, Canon 18-55mm, ISO 3200, 55mm, 1/25s, f/5.6.
- Jayme Spoolstra

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I shot this during a photo walk at the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, PA on my snow day from work. I was looking to capture something very textured that ended in the air. Luckily the clouds parted to provide some much need contrast in the gray sky. I shot with my Nikon D3100 with the 18-55 Lens. Focal length 18mm - shutter 1/400 - f 5.6 - ISO 200
-Jeff Browne

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This is a fun shot I did. I recently purchased my Canon 50mm 1.8 and Tested it out. Super Shallow DOF
The lens that I took a picture of was the CAnon 55- 250mm 4/5.6

Camera Setting: 1600 ISO f/2 1/50th at 50mm
Camera Body: Canon Rebel T2i/550D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8
- Jeffrey Perkins

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I decided on what I thought would be an ideal location to capture for this weeks challenge and left right away before the coming storm arrived. But while I was in the parking lot, sitting in my car waiting for it to get dark enough, I looked out the passenger window and saw my new subject. The sun was just going down. I adjusted the mirror to show the snow bank and trees instead of my car and captured a few pictures as the sun set.

After it got dark I took many of my intended subject but none came out as good as the mirror.

Nikon d70s
f4.5 @1/20 ISO400
18-70mm @ 65mm
monopod
- Jim Watters

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Image of Albert Minott lead singer of the Jolly Boys. Jolly Boys are a famous old school Jamaican Mentos Band formed in 1955 and given their name by Errol Flynn.
This shot was taken after a performance on the evening of January 26th at Gee Jam in port Antonio, Jamaica. They do a really cool version of Amy Winehouse's Rehab.

Canon 5D Mk2
Canon 50mm lens 1/50th @ f/1.4 ISO 1000
- Jonathan Bloom

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It's funny that this contest came up just days after I shot this photo along with a number of others, so just for the heck of it I thought I'd send it anyways.

My wife recently gave birth to our twin girls 12 weeks early, one baby 1lb 8oz another at 2lbs 4oz, due to complications. We have been enamored with their amazingly tiny hands and feet but since they've been in special isolette beds with little ability to touch them, let alone photograph them, I hadn't been able to get great upclose shots with my non point and shoot. The nurses let us help where we can so I decided to rent a macro lens and wait for the perfect time. With procedure lights ablaze for an evening evaluation, incubator doors open and my wife's hand comforting our one pound, now two pound, baby, I went a capturing. This photo, along with a nice collection of others, came out as perfect art for our nursery.

Technical info
Nikon D700 (Nikkor 105mm f2.8 macro) ISO 1000 1/80sec f4.5 Grey scaled and adjusted in Lightroom 2

Thanks for always giving us great challenges to work towards and articles to read.
- Jonathan Chu

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Runaway

Living in the city surrounded by city lights was a good enough reason for me to take up this challenge, although being cold as it is right now I decided to stay indoor instead and take advantage of the fact that I live on the 13th floor. This was the view from my kitchen window, looking down at the ordinary cold Thursday night. By adjusting the focus ring while the shutter's still open, its create this sense of movement within the lights. Cannon EOS REBEL T2i 50mm, f1.8, 2.5 seconds, iso 100
- Josh Bui

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Gengras Bokeh
This was taken using a Canon AV-1 Film SLR camera. F Stop 4.7
I've been taking photos for years. But only recently did I pick back up film photography after a 5 year gap. And boy does it feel great to be back. My grandfather and my dad both got me into photography, after my grandfather passed away I was given all of his photography gear and have felt inspired ever since. He always took photos and beat the stereotype of living behind a lens to a bloody pulp. This photo, taken at GSU (Gengras Student Union) at the University of Hartford. I love the way the background blends with the male's eyes, but yet still contrast each other.
- Joshua Feldman

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Yesterday after class (I'm currently a student at the University of Arizona, studying Computer Science) I took a bit of a walk around campus. I shot this just by chance and was not really expecting it to turn out... It was taken right across from the Arizona Stadium on with my Canon 7D using a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, with an exposure time of 1/8000 sec. to make up for the aperture value which was wide open at 1.62 EV (f/1.8), ISO was 100.
-Joshua Wallace

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Hi!

I took this shot using a Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Lens: 18-55mm (focal length was 55mm)
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 2500

3 bottles of bubbles, 3 bubble crazed kids, one super soap-bubbly kitchen and a bokeh shot later.........
This was a rather hard shot to get - the bubble is clear therefore my lens had a hard time focusing on the bubble vs the decorative flowers on the rug.

Best Regards,
- Laura Henry

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Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: AF-DX VR ZOOM 55-200 mm
ISO: 1000
f/5.6
Zoom :145 mm
Story: i went to my cousins beauty pageant she's 2 years old. i was just sitting there waiting for my cousin to go on stage and i just looked at the lights and saw a picture of them in my head and snapped this picture. looks just like i saw it in my head.
- Manuel Rosas

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Project 365: Da 2: January 2, 2011

The necklace that my best friend, Stacey, made for me, for my Birthday!! I absolutely love it!! It's pretty much my new favorite accessory. That is, if you don't count my real camera since it will pretty much be glued to me for the next 363 days, lol.
Number 170 on Explore for 01/02/11!!!!

CAMERA INFO:
Camera
Nikon D90
Exposure
0.006 sec (1/160)

Aperture
f/2.8

ISO Speed
200
Focal Length
50 mm

- Marissa Rosen

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I used a Canon EOS 20D with a 50mm Canon lens to take this shot, Exposure: 1/160 Sec at f / 3.2, ISO 400
The blurred lights are simply hanging white Christmas lights strung around the room.

The little toy robot silhouetted was a gift from my girlfriend, since we live in separate cities I often send her photos of the robot in different places/poses etc so I thought this challenge would be a cool idea, trying to make it seem like he's staring out into space.

Hope you like it!
- Mat Martin

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The Photo was taken with a Canon EOS 5D mark II. ISO 1600, 24mm, f/8.0, 1/8th sec.
I took this photo in the middle of a snow storm at 1:00am, about a block away from my house. i achieved the blur by accident; when snow hit the glass of the lens, it melted almost instantly. The only editing done was to correct the color, since the original photo was quite yellow from the orage-ish street light. right after i took the photo, a car slid down the block, right over the place i took the photo. just a bit scary. :D
- Matthew Hannigan

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Camera Canon EOS 50D
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 100 mm
Lens Type Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
ISO Speed 200

Concept: I wanted to create a photo that used bokeh not just as a
backdrop, but as a primary part of the subject. I played around for a
bit and decided that I would create wineglass "full" of light.
Afterwards I added the rose in the middle to give the viewer something
to focus on because the shot seemed too "empty".

Setup: Two plastic wine glasses, one in back, filled with glitter,
sitting directly on a black backdrop. The second in front, raised up a
few inches with a small mirror and the cloth rose resting in the
center. The lighting is just a desk lamp.
- matt katzenberg

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Hi! Here's my entry for the Shooting Challenge.

It all started when I borrowed a friend's DSLR for our vacation to Sweden. The best part of that vacation for me was taking pictures, and I knew I was hooked! Ever since then, I begged my wife to let me get a "real" camera. Finally for our anniversary this year she let me get my own Canon T1i! I'd been watching these shooting challenges in amazement for a long time, and now that I have a decent camera to work with, I decided to give it a shot. When I read Roberts' tutorial and saw his little scooter picture, inspiration struck. I could tell how he did it and knew that I could do it too. I wondered what object I could use for the close-up, and I decided what better subject could I use than my wife's wedding rings! So off I went to set up the scene with my equipment - three mirrors, a desk lamp with paper towel taped to it, a few icicle "christmas" lights, and my T1i with it's original kit lens. I think the hardest part was keeping the mirror under the rings dust-free, and the setup definitely made me want a macro lens. All in all, I learned A LOT from this shooting challenge and look forward to more in the future! Canon T1i, standard 18-55mm lens, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO 1600, minor RAW changes.
- Micah Gerber

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Camera: Olympus E-520
F-stop: f/5.3
Exposure: 1/200
ISO: 400
Focal length: 34mm

I had been trying to think of something cool to do for this competition and hadn't really come up with anything. So today after I came home from work, I went out into the field behind my house and took probably 50 pictures of various dead plants out there. I thought I knew which shot was *the* shot when I was looking at them on my camera, but once I brought them up on my computer, that immediately changed to this one.
- Michael Berman

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Shooting Summary:
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Standard 18-55mm lens
ISO: 1600
No Flash
White Balance: Tungsten
Exposure Bias: +2/3 EV
Exposure Time: 1/100 s
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
Aperture Value: F5.7

"Venus Planet Power! Make UP!"

While trying to figure out what I was going to do for this week's challenge, my parents had found a figurine in the cupboard — not this figurine, but another, which I used for test shots to get a handle on using the Aperture Priority settings on my camera. The Bokeh stuff reminded me a lot of when I was in my teens, watching Sailor Moon. With this in mind, I hunted out an old bottlecap figurine my friend Shire sent me a long time ago.

Sailor Venus's colour, as you might have guessed from the outfit, is orange, and I just happened to have orange tissue paper laying about. So I set up a backdrop of orange paper, placing a mirror initially under her and the fairy lights behind. I wasn't happy with the first few tries, and with daylight fading fast, I decided to get the angle-pose lamp from downstairs. I also put my fairy lights into a bottle and set Sailor Venus in front of the mirror instead of on top. Again, it took a few more tries as I attempted to get my lighting right. I used a torch to provide lighting from the front as well, but it was too bright, so I dimmed it slightly by putting some of the orange tissue paper over it. I made a few more modifications to my camera settings and finally, got a result I was fairly happy with.
- Fiona Conn

Name : Michael Engele

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Canon 60D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
ISO100
f/1.8

I have an intense love for beer and wanted to show it. Thats right, it isn't wine in that glass, it's a Russian Imperial Stout, one a friend and I made no less. On our bar we have some christmas lights so I figured how better to say I heart my beer than with a custom DIY bokeh filter. After digging out my daughters construction paper and the safety scissors, this is what I got. Enjoy!
- Michael Sokolowski

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camera info:
Shot with Canon Rebel xti, stock lens? (says efs 18-55mm), f4.0, auto iso, ~30 sec exposure.

image info:
This is a shot of a bunch of steel BB's that are laid flat on a large piece of black cotton bedsheet. The camera was laid down as flat as possibly, and the BB's that are closest to the lens become distorted. The lights in my room were completely off, the only light came from a nearby window with the blinds slightly cracked (it was a dull gray day here in Oregon). Minimal Photoshop for color correction, cropping, and exposure.

Thanks!
- Mike Major

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Dear Giz,

Here's my submission for this week's photo contest.

Description:
As soon as I saw this contest, it came up to me - I'm gonna do Space Invaders. First thing I had to do is to make a custom bokeh shape. So I printed out a nice, pixely image, cut it out with razor blade and taped it to the lens. Then I took a screenshot from a online Space Invaders game and set it up on my laptop. I hanged up Christmas lights on a window across the room, focused on the screen and took this photo.
Canon 450D with Canon 50mm f/1.8, 1/5s @ f/1.8, ISO 100

Kind regards,
- Niksa Stanovic

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Title: To infinity and beyond

Finally got out of lazy mood and entered the shooting challenge. Had some christmas lights at home and put them to use. Woody and Buzz toys put in front and thats about it. First few shots were silhouettes which made it hard to distinguish each character. Ended up using an iPad to the side with a red backdrop so it gives it a little tint and you can make out the toys. Shot with a Nikon D7000 50mm prime, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/60 shutter speed.

Enjoy!
- Omer Rana.

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Hey Giz,

Long before the lot surrounding them was bulldozed, I'd always been impressed with a section of trees near my house that had grown around and through the fence along the sidewalk. When the lot was cleared, the developers left the chain-link fence with pieces of trees scattered throughout. I've tried shooting these odd bits of branch before, but it took this bokeh challenge and a crappy gray day to finally give the picture some focus. Although my poor dogs had to sit in slush for 30 minutes while I got the framing right, I'm happy I finally got a decent picture of the battle between nature and man.

Shot with a Nikor 35mm 1.8f on my d5000. Aperture priority > 1.8 to get that narrow focus. 1/1250 second exposure.
- Patrick Rottman

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Dear Gizmodos,

here's my entry into your fine photo contest. Photo was taken with a Sony NEX-3, ISO200. focal lenght 39, f7.1 and an exposure time of 1/160. There isn't much of a story behind it other than I took it on the first day of owning my first 'real' camera. Just saw that rusty old bike and took a few detail shots. The bokeh sure isn't your usual glimmering lights in the background, it's more subtle and especially noticeable in the right part of the picture.

And yes, the pic was taken before you announced the contest. That rule kinda sucks ;)

Best regards from Austria
- Paul Fruehau

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5

A brief survey in the office suggests that this shot is only recognized by women. Particularly women with children. Taken with a Nikon 700 and a Nikkor 105mm macro purposely out of focus @ f4 1/8000, with one extra stop of exposure dialed in, this is a thawed sheet of popsicles hand held between the window and the lens. Seems that men never see them thawed like moms do :)
- Paul Goossens

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Two aces taped on a green t-shirt. Background has red xmas lights and gray
wires between them almost look like a smoke. Money burning away...
DIY Bokeh shape filter made from step-up ring
(http://pdamsten.blogspot.com/2011/01/wanted-to-create-custom-bokeh-
effect.html). Removed tape and added some vignetting in Gimp.

Nikon D7000 with Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, 1/3s, f2, ISO 100, 50mm
-Petri Damstén

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My wiener dog Monti likes to suck on blankets. He's just weird that way I guess. Anyway, it was too cold and snowy (and I'm too lazy) to go shooting outside so I snapped this pic of him in his usual blanket sucking pose. The hardest part honestly was getting him to stop sucking long enough to look at me when I snapped the shutter. The photo was taken with a Canon 7D and the EFS 17-55 lens. F-Stop 2.8, 1/60th shutter speed.

Thanks!
- Pugs

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Gear: Olympus E-5, Olympus 70mm - 300mm lens at 158mm.
Shot: 1/100sec at f4.6, ISO 1000
Setup: It's a photo of myself, well, my lens and hands, in the mirror from about 1 meter away. I guess because of the mirror that means I was focusing about 2 meters away.

There's not much of a story to this one. I almost instantly thought of this idea and shot it within minutes of reading the contest. The big red thing on the right side of the picture is a flower that looks much more impressive in the photo than in real life.

Thanks,
-Rainer Mager

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camera: canon EOS 7D
lens:24-70mm f2.8L lens
exposure : 1/60sec , ISO 6400

an outdoor plant (schefflera) at my house.
- Rajen Raghwani

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Hi there!

Long time fan, first time submitter!

I used my HTC HD2 - which runs Android of lately and got a completely new live. I captured the photo with the gorgeous Vignette app and for the first time my phone takes pictures I really like to look at.
The picture is titled "Desktop Toys", showing my beloved but dying IntelliMouse Explorer, my DasKeyboard2, a hint of my two screens and the center of my Teufel sound system.
Main attraction is a shy-looking anime figurine, chosen as she was a present from a friends holiday in Japan and therefore perfect for a Japanese-titled challenge.
The hardest part of the composition was to get her close to the picture border and to get the mouse to light up while the picture was being taken. I had to use the self-timer mode of the app to have one hand free to move the mouse just before the shutter clicked.
I used Gimp to get the image sizes right, everything else was done in Vignette.
- Ramon Pallaske

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Equipment: Canon 30D, Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Macro Zoom lens
Aperture: f/4.5 stop
Exposure: 1/640th a second
ISO: 800
Focal Length: 50 mm

Long time reader and commenter, first time contest participant.

So my friend and I are trying to learn with our somewhat newly obtained cameras (he gets the t2i, bastard), and although we usually have "photoshoot Sundays" here in Utah when the locals are all at church or at home, we decided we could have one photoshoot Thursday in addition to this Sunday in anticipation of the Superbowl in a couple of weeks (Go Pack!).

We went to one of my favorite secret spots: a fairly well-hidden abandoned children's detention facility, which has just the right balance of creepiness and coolness to make things interesting.

My friend and I headed out at early afternoon, which turned out to be just the right time. The warm glow of the sun contrasted the dry winter cold just right, and the colors it produced were incredible. This particular shot is of a native pine, reflecting light from the afternoon sun. Again, I just love the colors, and the way the light seems to kind of swirl from the top right to the bottom left, and then back up again. I upped the contrast slightly and modified the white balance a little, but that was really it. Great challenge, look forward to participating in others.
- Randall Castillo

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Hi there!

Long time fan, first time submitter!

I used my HTC HD2 - which runs Android of lately and got a completely new live. I captured the photo with the gorgeous Vignette app and for the first time my phone takes pictures I really like to look at.
The picture is titled "Desktop Toys", showing my beloved but dying IntelliMouse Explorer, my DasKeyboard2, a hint of my two screens and the center of my Teufel sound system.
Main attraction is a shy-looking anime figurine, chosen as she was a present from a friends holiday in Japan and therefore perfect for a Japanese-titled challenge.
The hardest part of the composition was to get her close to the picture border and to get the mouse to light up while the picture was being taken. I had to use the self-timer mode of the app to have one hand free to move the mouse just before the shutter clicked.
I used Gimp to get the image sizes right, everything else was done in Vignette.
- Ramon Pallaske

This shot was taken in the mountains near Tubac Arizona. I used a Canon 500d and a Canon 50mm lens at f/1.4.

thanks for your consideration,
- Robert Stalnaker

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Gear: Nikon D90, ancient off-brand flash (BRIGHT!!!!), Lensbaby Control Freak
Settings: ~50mm, ISO100, f/snowflake, focus at ~12" from lens
Oh, the weather outside is frightful... or is it? Actually, it's quite beautiful when there is a slow, gentle snowfall. This is a photo of the snow falling tonight (January 26) in Merrimack, NH. The f-stop listed above is about as accurate as I can be. When I got home, I sliced up a blank aperture disc into the shape of a snowflake, grabbed my old, but powerful flash (that can actually work with the full manual lenses, unlike the built-in or my SB400), and started shooting off into the snow (but focused very close). The result is that each actual snowflake in the frame of the image became a point of light which, due to the near focus and the snowflake shaped aperture disc, appeared as large snowflakes.
- Ryan Powers

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Nikon D5000
35mm
F1.8
ISO-320
Shutter: 1sec

I went out on monday night taking photos in York with a friend, trying
out my new 35mm F1.8, and got a couple of good shots with some nice
bokeh in the background... then you went and announced this challenge so
I had to go back and take some more.... what a shame! The duck is a
travelling companion and has been the subject of many a photo of mine :)
- Ryan Smith

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

I took this photo with a Minolta X700. It was Ilford HP5 speed 400 film. I develop my film and print my photos and then scan them sometimes. This photo took me awhile to get the contrast right because the negative was pretty thin. That's my friend Cody's profile in the reflection of a window at a coffee shop.
- Sarah Crist

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Dear Gizmodo,

I shot this using my Nikon D7000 with the 35mm f/2 AF-D. I used a Nikon BR2 inversion ring to mount the lens backwards, which allows you to achieve exceptionally close focus. Two fun facts: I picked up the BR2 this morning for free from Craigslist, and even though the BR2 isn't supposed to work with AF cameras (as opposed to the BR2a) it fit on my D7000 without hitting the electrical contacts. The "GIZ" is a screen shot of the logo copied into Photoshop where I chopped off the "MODO" and then photographed the monitor. I thought it was neat to see the RGB pixels come through. F/2, 1/100sec, ISO400, hand-held.
—Shaun Yasaki

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Camera
Nikon D7000
Exposure
0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture
f/4.5
Focal Length
60 mm
ISO Speed
900

Was just another rainy day in Columbus and i was getting back home from work. I had just bought the new Nikon D7000 then, so was trying it out that night. Was driving with one hand and took the picture from the other :)

Cheers,
- Siddhartha Varma

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> I took a piece of gaffer tape, roughly the size of my lens, and cut out a star shape. I smoothed it over the center of the lens and set out to try it out. For this, my favorite of the bunch, I aimed the camera up at a tree with its Christmas lights still in on. A cluster of stars was born in the otherwise dull urban sky. I call it "A Starry Sky".

Canon EOS 60D, EF 50mm f/1.4, 1/40, ISO 400
- Tomasz Kurek

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter: 1/125
Iso: 1600

I just received my Canon 7D for Christmas and this was the first time I actually had some free time to go out and snap some photos. Christmas lights were still up so I decided to get some shots of them. I walked by a house that had a lot of lights and decided to manually focus on a branch that was sticking out. Took a few shots and this was my favorite.

Thanks
- Tony Pham

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

The story: One of my friends is going back to India (in Feb) and before he leaves we decided to have one final road trip to redwood national park(CA). This shot was my first shot on the first day of our trip. So as we were moving through the slow traffic I was staring at my GPS from the back seat of our rented Cherokee (which by the way is an awesome car but drinks lot of gas) I just knew this was one of those moments in life which must be captured. I setup my tripod (yes inside the car :D) and took it.

The photo is named "Margadarshi" coz in Hindi language it means "The one who shows the way". This is not my best Bokeh shot but definitely a memorable one.

Shooting summary:

Camera
Nikon D90
Exposure
0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture
f/1.8
Focal Length
50 mm
Focal Length
50.4 mm
ISO Speed
200
Exposure Bias
0 EV
Exposure Program
Aperture-priority AE
White Balance
Manual
ISO
200
Lens
50mm f/1.8

- Vineesh Devasia

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

This was an interesting shot because the bokeh effect was completely unintentional and I shot the image without this shooting challenge in mind. It was snowing pretty hard and I wanted to get a shot of the snow falling. By the time I finished setting up, some snow had landed on the lens and melted. The aperture-shaped spots of light in the photo are from tiny water droplets on the lens lit up by an outdoor spotlight. Shot with a Canon Rebel XS, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 2.5" shutter speed, f/11, ISO 200. Some RAW adjustments done in Photoshop.
- Weston Schlack

Shooting Challenge: Bokeh, Gallery 5S

Camera: D2X
Lens: 50mm 1.4
ISO: 100

Story:

I have these waking dreams of the L.A. desert at sunset. It's always summer in the late 1980's and warm. In the dreams it feels like a comforting blanket and its always very blurry. I've never been to L.A. in the 80's. I want this photo to feel like that dream sunset.

In reality, the photo was taken vertically with an array of lights halfway behind a wall in my apartment in Kirkland, WA - it's raining outside and its cold. Manual focus.
-Will Christiansen