Shooting Challenge: Portrait Gallery

Hey, My friend and local DJ called me up and said that he needed some promotional pictures done, We'd been planning them for a while but neither of us really had time, but we agreed after work on Sunday that it was happening this week. Today, we got in his car and drove out to and old abandoned factory in our town, and climbed up what I can only assume was once a water tower. The old factory grounds, come construction site, can be seen in the background with the blurry silhouette of a digger working as the sun was setting. He had recently gotten the tattoo you see on his forearm and I wanted to incorporate that, and I saw a few cinder blocks lying around so I set up this shot and after a few attempts, it worked out pretty well!

Pentax K-7, D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro @ 2.8, ISO 125, 1/160, Wireless Flash (AF-360FGZ) @ 16th power), Manual.

- Florian Stravock

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I was at my nieces softball game with my 3 year old daughter Lucy. She was not impressed with high school softball so she was wandering around the stands getting into mischief. At one point she was 2 rows below me and not paying attention so I framed the shot, focused and called her name. As soon as she looked up I pressed the shutter. Taken with my Nikon D40, 55-200 kit lens at F/4.2, 1/500, ISO 200.

- Matt Ferri

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Hello Gizmodo,

We are two travel blogger for www.for91days.com currently spending our 3 month in Buenos Aires. I would like to introduce you to Juan Carlos Balvidares, the "Caminante Argentino", who's been around the world, sharing his music beyond the borders of his native land. We met him in front of the Recoleta Cemetery, where he was performing. Finding out that I'm from Germany, he told me that he's been there and also walked across the rest of the world, making money by playing his original songs on the streets.

Shot with the Canon 7d, 50mm prim lens, f 3.2 at 1/80

Hope I win ;)

- Juergen

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The story behind this picture is quite obvious, it's a portrait of my girlfriend and our first born son. Personally, I think it's a good portrait because her eyes emit all the love a mother can feel for her child. The picture was taken the second day after he was born (04/11/2011) so I know the picture doesn't qualify for the rule that says that the picture has to be taken since this contest was announced, but I find it such nice portrait that I just had to submit it.

Kind regards

Equipment:
KODAK EASYSHARE Z1015 IS DIGITAL CAMERA
f/4,6
shutter 1/40 sec
ISO 80
No flash, no tripod

Belgium

- Peter

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This shot is of my grandfather at a going away party for my cousin. Her husband was near retirement from the Navy, and they were moving to Texas. While he may not enjoy the profile with wrinkles, those wrinkles have a story to tell. My grandfather retired from the Air Force and served six tours in Korea and Vietnam.

Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 400

- Jillian Jordan

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Dear Gizmodo,

I went shooting with my friend the day of the contest. We walked around for a while until we passed by a bridge. I figured that was as good a place as any to snap some photos. I told my friend to focus on something gloomy, then to look at the camera. Out of the two shots we took on the bridge, this was my favorite. It was taken with a Canon 60D, and a Canon 50mm f/1.8, at 100ISO, 1/100 shutter speed, and f/1.8.

- Guy Singer

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Nikon D70

Nikkor 18-70 mm

My grandma was cooking dinner when I hurried upstairs, grabbed my camera and, started to snap some pictures.

I don't really remember all the ISO, F-stop, and shutter speed settings. I also am not sure of how to reduce the image quality, so I'm just sending the cropped version of the picture.

- Noah Cho

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Sony a33 w/ stock 18-55 lens, no tripod.
Shutter 1/1000, Aperture 3.5, ISO 100. Using the Aperture Proprity setting.
Also used PicNik photo editor to give it a little more contrast and for resizing

Just got to Las Vegas the night prior, I woke up and saw the shooting challenge, I'm a serious and total noob at photography but since I always wanted to do one of them and just recently got a nice camera, I figured why not. We went out for a hike in Red Rock Canyon, I was practicing and messing around with the Aperture settings to try to make a cool looking picture.

Thank you very much,

- Thomas R. Laske

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This was shot on a canon t2i. Stock lens.

It was taken when he found out that he was accepted into the U of BC school of nursing.

- Ryan Markkula

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My setup:
Nikon D5000
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
ISO 200
1/250 exposure

I took my little boy to the park today and he was all too happy to pose for a portrait inside the big yellow tunnel on the playground. This one (of many taken that day) was my favorite. The coloring inside that tube was so interesting, and the look on his face tells an interesting story.

- Rachel Edwards

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Camera: Canon T3i
Lens: 18-55mm
ISO: 2000
f/3.5 1/40s

Took this picture of my girlfriend at our university. She loves playing piano so I decided that there's no better way to capture her character than a portrait in front of a grand piano.

- Jonathan Nguyen

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Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: 50mm f/1.4
Shutter: 1/160
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100

Until We Meet Again

For this photo I was going for a certain feeling and emotion, of someone missing and longing for somebody else. It was actually rather challenging to get the pose and look that I really thought that conveyed that. After some various poses I asked the model if she had anybody on her mind and heart. She actually talked about her grandmother who recently passed away and began to tear up. I asked her to think of her grandmother and I would just take some photos. I took the formality of the shot and let her just go with her emotion and this is the resulting photo. The only post processing was the standard sharpening to compensate for the typical softness and straight B&W.

- Bryan Schmidt

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Shot on my Canon t2i with an ISO of 3200 with an 18-55mm lens shot at 55mm, f/5.6, 1/60th of a second.

My roommate (yes, we're in college), ordered this ridiculous shirt online and we decided to have a photo shoot. The goal of the photo shoot was to make my roommate look like as "cool" as possible (hence the ciggarette and sunglasses) but we ended up getting a great picture out of it. Shot against a wall in our dorm, with natural and artificial light (as you can see in the glasses), and partially retouched in Aperture. Neither of us smoke, by the way. The cigarette was only added for looks.

- Jimmy Jorgensen

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Equipment: Nikon D40x w/ 18-200mm lens shot at 36mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/60 sec.

The guy in the photo is named Andrew and is the guitarist for a local band called Carbon Black here in South Carolina. I did a photo shoot of the band at a run down brick building near a creek. This building was two stories tall but with no roof or a second floor board. The shoot just finished up and I noticed a sewage pipe sticking out of the wall in the basement portion of the building. I thought instantly that would be nice to frame each of the members portrait against. No significance really with it being a sewage pipe. It just happened to be there and a lightbulb went off. Andrew (in the photo) is very charismatic, animated figure but in this photo he is caught in a calm state for that 1/60th of a second. I love that contrast of characteristics.

- Brandon Pendred

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There isn't any exciting story behind this,i asked my boyfriend to pose for me and after shooting from different angels he got angry and frowned at me witch cause this photo :D
By the way I don't know if i should call this photo THE SCAR (witch is kinda like harry potter's H scar) or THE FROWN :D
I used Nikon D90 on f/5.6 1/6s iso:1000
Hope you'll like it

- Sahar

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Shot with a Canon 5D MKII, 85mm/1.2, ISO100

Subsequent to a series of events I still don't fully understand (yes, alcohol was a factor),
I found myself in a hotel room (note the vintage vinyl wallpaper in the background) around the corner from my house.
With a beautiful girl.
And a camera.

So, what do I do?
I shoot a portrait, nerd out a bit and email a couple of JPEGs to Gizmodo.

Sometimes portraits speak as much to the essence of the photographer as the subject. [sigh].

- Peter Lytwyniuk

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Photo taken yesterday in ValueVillage, Ontario Canada. My girlfriend is quite taken with vintage sewing magazines.
Even though the majority of the magazines are quite quite laughable.
Taken on Leica X1, f/2.8 iso 800.

- Ian Pettigrew

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Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: 18-70mm
Zoom: 70mm
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
F/: 4

After I saw the Photo Challenge this week in my Gizmodo feed, I was really excited. Mainly because I had taken a trip with my friend this past weekend and had some fun with my camera. I was playing the "Hey I'm going to take a candid Facebook photo shot so keep doing what you're doing" while she was playing the "Oh god! Please don't! NO, NO, NO!". This shot was a total accident because of her repeated attempts to stop me from taking her picture. As I was clicking away this beautiful shot just came to life. I did a little editing in Photoshop, only some minor lighting changes and the Black & White.

- Ryan Friend

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Photo shot with an iPhone 4, using Camera +, zero editing.

So my Mom was bathing my younger brother, he is wearing this hilarious yet cute duckling towel. She just had put it on him and was walking into the living room and saw the shot! I told her to stop and just really quickly took this photo, he looked almost amazed as I took his picture! The white balance was alittle wacky but I think overall, it makes for the shot.

- Joshua L'Esperance

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Hello Gizmodo! Longtime lurker here with my submission, please see attached.

The Equipment:

Camera | SIGMA DP2s
Lens | Fixed focus 24.2mm
Photographer | Edmond Handwerker
Subject | Miss Columbia, Queen of Queens (I swear, that's his name)

The Settings:

ISO | 200
Aperture | f4.5
Shutter Speed | 1/100

The Story:

Walking through Central Park yesterday and I run into this character...

"Excuse me, sir - "
"Miss," he interjected, with a flail of his hands. "Miss Columbia, Queen de la Queens es mi nombre!"
"Miss Columbia, I always see you around New York City, especially marching in the parades." I commented.
"I love the parades," he started, "but I was kicked out of the Saint Patrick's Day parade because they told me they do not want gays in the parade."
"That's terrible. I'm sorry to hear that" I said, and then he interrupted my sympathy with this gem of a line:
"But I told the police officer that I'm not gay, I'm a lesbian!" as he flapped his dress.

Clearly he has told this joke a million times over, and as much as I want to say he is a jolly man, there's something very tears-of-a-clown in this photo of him I snagged. (He asked me for a dollar, but I ended up giving him two in exchange for a little photo shoot)...

Anyway, I snapped all these photos of him smiling, pretending he was in a pageant, laughing and then there was a moment of hesitation in his aura, and that's the photo I chose to submit. To me, that sadness and uncertainty is the true essence of his character. Not because I want it to be, nor because that's how I want to "paint" him to be, but because we all wear masks and every now and then we slip. He goes against the grain of society every day by being who he choses to be. Something has to be said about the weight of that burden. To me, his eyes speak that burden in volumes.

Meanwhile, I have to say, he is certainly rocking the Gizmodo-look with his CD-R earring.

Thanks for taking the time to review my submission!

Oh, and please ignore my EXIF data - for some reason my camera is set to January of 2010 - CLEARLY this photo was not taken then (as this was Central Park, yesterday)...I think the date resets every time I swap the battery. Sigma should fix that.

All the best and good luck to all the finalists!

- Edmond Handwerker

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Equipment: Canon 7D w/ 50mm 1.4 Lens

Camera Settings: ISO 400 50mm f/4.5 1/500sec

Story: When my friend Gabriela opted out of the traditional church
wedding and decided to get married in Vegas so I thought to myself
"this would be an excellent chance to take some portraits of the
characters you see in Vegas." This is my entry. I took well over 400
shots but when I looked at all my pictures this one stood out. My
friend decided to do a 50's wedding theme and got married at "The
Little White Wedding Chapel" in Vegas. Another friend of ours decided
to take his electric guitar and portable amp to play outside the
chapel. I took this while we were waiting and he was on a cigarette
break.

- Carlos Martinelli

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My nephew baby Zach
I find one of the hardest things is to shoot a newborn baby. As they get a little older, hand puppets and toys will get toddlers to look up and smile. Infants on the other hand do not smile, and do not hold still. This was a hard shot to do, all morning he was flopping all over the place and crying. When I had my sister hold him he would stop crying, however you could not see detailed characteristics. We then came up with the idea to lay him on her arm, and shoot him from the side. What we got I would consider priceless.

Canon 60D
43mm
f/4.5
ISO 100
Flash Fired

Edited with CS5

- Joshua Young

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Shot on a 7D with a 24-70 2.8L, Shot @ f/2.8 ISO 1000, 1/80. We just moved my fiances grandparents out of their home in New Orleans and this was the last picture of her Grandma sitting in the living room of their old home before they had to leave. She was sitting on a bench talking about her friends and memories she had made there.

- L Yamen

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There's always been an intense desire to capture the candidness of a person even when shooting portraiture. Expression should come from emotion, not training or direction.
Shot with Hasselblad 500cm through Zeiss Planar 50mm at f/2.8 on Ilford Delta 3200 in A12 back with natural light and developed at my local 1-hour photo who thankfully still develops 120. Scanned negative. There is no substitute to the beauty and soul that only analog photography can capture. I hope that someday people return to the art and craftsmanship of shooting on film, developing and creating handmade silver gelatin prints.

Yours Humbly,

- Vigo

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I'm a Dental Intern from Sulaymania -Kurdistan /Iraq, we went out on a group picnic to a place called Merga Pan near the city , Suddenly I noticed that one of my colleges was staring at the water that passing in front of us and she was really captured by it , and I think that this photo is expressing exactly what she feeling in that moment .

the photo is taking using Sony A55 SLT ,handheld , ISO100, F/4.5, 1/250 using kit lens 18-55mm, cropped a little much in iPhoto .
also to mention that this is my first submission to giz ,and about a week ago I purchased my first DSLR (technically SLT)

thanks

- Dastan Taher

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Hello,

Shot Details:
Nikon D3000 with kit lens. 1/320 sec, f5, some post-processing.

Story:
On the weekends, I wander off to the terrace of my apartment building to take some shots. Usually the area is closed as it is not allowed for the residents to go there (not sure why the rule is in place). But luckily, the caretaker doesn't mind if I go there for half an hour when he opens the area to do some chores.
So for this challenge, I couldn't think of a better person to shoot than this cool guy. Unsurprisingly, he readily agreed to pose for 10 minutes.

Take care,

- Anup

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This photo was shot using a Canon D60, with a 50mm lens, an f-stop of 1.8, an ISO of 400, and a shutter speed of 1/30. I decided to take pictures of friends at an open market. This one came out the best, which is surprising cause this person usually keeps breaking the fourth wall.

- Max Barnett

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Hello Giz!

This is my first entry into the weekly shooting challenges (although I've read and tried the majority of them). I was walking through the Eno River state park with my girlfriend this last thursday, and thought the gorgeous scenery would make for a nice backdrop in a portrait of her. After several shots and the hot sun bearing down on us we decided to lay out for a while next to the creek we were walking by.
While she was laying down I realized that a horizontal portrait could make for a nifty photo. After some coercing of my model she posed in a few more positions as she laid, and the resulting shot was my favorite. She's always taking naps out in the sun and I wanted to capture that dream-like, in between sleep and waking feeling one gets when basking in the sun. I had a great time trying out this challenge and experimenting with portraits to try and capture a certain emotion from the subject.

I used a Canon 60D and Canon 24-70 F/2.8 L lens with an exposure of 1/1250 @ f2.8 and ISO of 100.

- Dylan Welter

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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
ISO: 100
1/60

Hi My Name is Diego, I'm a Graphic Designer and Photographer. Now about the photo Me and My Girlfriend (The subject) were walking our dogs (we have 4 pugs and a chow chow) when she leaned on a gate while waiting for them to do their business and the way the wind was blowing made her hair look great I knew that later the sun would be hitting that spot just right. So when went back home got my gear and went back to the spot, it took a couple of tries to get the right shot but finally I got the one below and I thought it looked great. Afterwards the owners of the house where we were shooting came out and asked what we were doing after explaining they mentioned that they were looking for a photographer for their daughters sweet sixteen. So all in all great day!

- Diego Casaravilla

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Equipment Used:
Olympus OM-1 (Shutter Speed range: Bulb-1/1000)
F. Zuiko 50mm F1.8 Lens (Aperture range: 1.8-16)
Kodak Professional B/W400CN Film

Camera Settings Used:
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Aperture Setting: 2.8
Film Setting: 400 Speed

As a child, my mom would use the camera described for everything from family get togethers to sporting events. I recently (within the past 6 months) verbally expressed an interest in photography to mom and told her that I wanted to learn how to take photographs. She gave me her camera because A) she wasn't using it anymore, B) she realized that I'm a broke college student and couldn't afford anything outside of basic point and shoot, and C) she feels that film cameras give you better quality products than their digital counterparts. Regardless of her reasoning, I was a-ok with getting a free camera.

After a few months of self-teaching and many trial and error results, I felt confident in my abilities to work with color film. However, from everything I've read, the real challenge for 35mm cameras was working with black and white film. As an aspiring photographer, I believe that I should take on any challenge while working on becoming proficient in my new found hobby. As a result, I decided to meander around the city's botanical gardens because they have a Japanese garden sponsored by their sister city Hitachi, Japan, and I thought that it was funny to work on honing my skills with a 35mm camera in a traditional Japanese landscape. Of all the pictures I took at the gardens, the attached one is my favourite from the roll. I had my subject ("Anne") strike various poses, but the all felt like they had a defined "staged" feeling that you would find flipping through a copy of "Cosmo" or something similar. With this one, while it was planned, it has a more genuine and authentic feel; it shows Anne's as a familiar face that you've known for ages while maintaining a realistic aspect from having to work a long day. Furthermore, it suggests that anyone viewing the picture could see her occupying a coffee shop or waiting to board an uptown bound N-train. Additionally, the attached photo of Anne was taken at my house at roughly 1830 on 5/6/11 with just the ambiant light provided from a setting sun. The camera settings used help differentiate Anne from the background and makes you easily notice her features while providing an inviting and personal touch. Furthermore, as you can probably tell, there have been no modifications or enhancements made to the photo once it was digitalized for this competition. I would like to thank you guys for taking your time to view my submission and allowing me to participate in the competition.

Cheers!

- Michael Griffin

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When I started up all this photography stuff, I told myself that I wasn't going to take pictures of people, only objects and landscapes. Well, I also want to do these shooting challenges so I decided to try this contest. The other issue I had was that I was hesitant to post of photo of my four year old son on the internet for all to see. That being said, I wanted to make sure that my entry fit the criteria but still obscured my son's face a little.
I set up the shot with a small bedside lamp sitting in my son's toy grocery cart to get it to the same height as his face. I had him stand against the wall and asked him not to smile. Of course, that just made him smile. I played around with shutter speed and was able to get 10-15 shots taken before he lost interest.
This was the best of the bunch.

Tech Info:
Canon EOS Rebel T1i on tripod
ISO 1600
29mm
f/4.5
1/250

Thanks,

- Matthew Johnson

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For this shot, I used a Nikon D90, 50 1.4/g, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/125. The lighting was a softbox boomed above him.

My grandparents live very far away in Taiwan (I live in Washington), so for Mother's Day, they requested that I take photos of my brothers and send them over because they want to see how they've been growing up. Unfortunately for them, my little brother is notorious for not being able to smile in front of a camera. We resorted to the old tactics of someone standing behind me to make him laugh, and for some odd reason he tried to contain the laughs, and this is one of the pictures that I got. It also happened to be my favorite, even compared to the ones where he was actually laughing.

- Jared Chang

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The Bottle and Him

This is my first attempt at niore-esque portrait/picture. I wanted to focus on the man behind the bottle, while keeping the bottle prominent. After all the bottle can rule the man, but it is the man that is always blamed for their actions. He wants to break the bottle, before it breaks him...

For making this picture, I got the help of a friend (who was very kind!), a halogen lamp, an open bottle of whiskey (Talisker), Canon 550D (T2i), 100mm 2.8L, stopped at 2.8 with 1/30sec exposure, and ISO 200. I knew what I wanted, so I set it up in my livingroom and took 8 handheld shots, this was the last one. I developed it in Canon DPP and made it monochrome. I added a bit of vignetting in Lightroom.

- Rahul

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Canon EOS 550D with EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/60 sec at f2.8, ISO1600

This is my birthmum, Debbie. I was adopted 32 years ago, and I found her again when I was 20. Sunday was Mother's Day in New Zealand, and I took her out for brunch with my brothers - her two younger sons. It's cool to have the connection with her (and them) and to be in touch with people I share genes with. I thought she had the right sort of face for this challenge, so I brought my camera along to brunch.

- Russell Dear

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Good News Everyone!

This will be my first shooting challenge and I'm excited to finally submit something. So I found out yesterday morning that a friend needed some photos for graduation announcements for her son. I told her I'm not a professional photographer by any means, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once.

So I grabbed my barely used D5000 and told her we could meet up at the local park. Her son really didn't want to take any photos, but after awhile he warmed up to the idea and we snagged quite a few. The photo was taken with a 55-200mm lens with a F4.8 aperture with 1/640 exposure at 122mm. It was bright out (would have killed for more cloud cover) so I was using the custom ISO on the D5000 so I could have a really wide open aperture and reduce the depth of field.

From start to print, it took us about six hours to shoot, pick the photos that they liked and send it off to walmart to be printed. I'm happy that I get to use my new camera and put some of the photography skills I learned from an AP photographer to use.

Thanks for listening to my story (hopefully in the voice of Farnsworth)

- Robert Brown

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The following shot was taken handheld from a Canon 60D with a Canon EF 85mm F1.8 lens.

Settings were f3.5 at 1/1000, ISO 100.

I'm a month into my foray with digital photography, and love every moment of it. I was asked to do some portraits for a scholarship program's yearbook, and this subject had won the title of "Best Hair." Taken on Cinco De Mayo, it was a beautiful day in Cincinnati, and the sombrero'd man captured within the bokeh makes the shot even better for me.

I'm not sure that my dimensions are correct for this contest…but I hope this still qualifies.

Best,

- Carlo

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Hello Gizmodo,

This is my first submission to the shooting challenge. (insert huge YAYYYYY here)

This is my friend, mentor, brother and sometimes surrogate father Willie Baronet. I have known him for years and have seen his compassion shine through for people. Within Dallas and other Texas cities there is a huge homeless population and over time Willie has purchased cardboard homeless signs from them. It has opened opportunities for him to connect with the person instead of just handing them money. The person gets an opportunity to tell a little bit about their life and feel heard, they get some financial assistance and Willie gets to take a memento of their connection.

He has met countless homeless people over the years and it has developed into a passion to bring awareness about homelessness. He uses these signs in his art and created a project (weareallhomeless.org) to raise awareness about homelessness, and provide information and resources to people who want to help. He is a very fun, energetic man and when he speaks/acts on his passions I can see it in his face. For the photo I wanted to capture that and I think I did.

Thank you guys for inspiring me, I look forward to more challenges!!!

Elements: Natural light, Willie Baronet, Signs
Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 50/1.4
F: 4
Exp: 1/80
ISO: 200

Cheers,

- Mike Thompson

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This portrait was taken the evening of May 7, 2011 after the last performance of "Footfalls and other plays by Samuel Beckett" at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus. I was taking a few extra production photos of the different one acts, when I had the urge to take a "Beckett-ish" portrait of our director, Cleric Costes. I had brought a less assuming camera model as I had not planned on taking "important" pictures; but as soon as I snapped the picture I saw the power I had captured; the quiet nature, the deep thoughts of a Beckett enthusiast. I posted the pictures on my facebook photography page "Liz Conrad Photography" and Cleric immediately used it as his profile picture. As a professional photographer, the biggest compliment I can get is when people can see and feel what I see and feel upon viewing the portrait. I received such a compliment from a facebook viewer when she stated , "Your picture reminds me of Arthur Miller. The best part of this picture is that it reflects your inner playwright without saying a word. I see strength, vision, and the capacity to create. Your expression is pensive and determined all at once. Extraordinary." Needless to say, I was moved as my photography was appreciated for its raw nature and deeper meaning.

The information on the photo is as follows:
Device Model: Kodak Z650 Zoom digital camera
Focal Length: 19.4
F number: 3.2
Exposure time: 1/60

Permission was given through the subject, Cleric Costes, on May 8, 2011 to use his image in this contest.

Thank you for your consideration of my work.

Sincerely,

- Liz Conrad

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The Story:
It's been a while since I last did some portrait photography, and this challenge came about at the right moment. The weather not being great, I decided to take some indoor pics of my wife, against the differently colored walls in our house. Somehow, the colors weren't very impressive, so I decided to use an incandescent table lamp to get the orange glow against the purple backdrop - the highlights on her hair really helped! I took a bunch of different shots, most of them of the full face. But somehow, the abstract feel of this cropped photo, and the subtle expressions won my approval!

The Equipment:
Canon Rebel T2i
EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
F/2, 1/30 sec exposure
ISO - 400

- Sunil Seepuri

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Subject: Eden Elizabeth
Camera: Nikon D50 w/ stock wide angle Nikkor lens

Story:
I was taking pictures of my wife and 5-week old daughter for our first Mother's Day. A walk downtown and beautiful weather provided an excellent photoshoot. My wife wanted a closeup of our little girl and this was the result. I thought the black-and-white would show off well.

This is my first submission for a Shooting Challenge. I have been wanting to jump in, and now I finally have the chance.

- Jared Huguet

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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Exposure Time: 1/30 sec.
Aperture Value: 5.00 EV (f/5.7)
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Focal Length: 55.0 mm

I saw my niece and nephew today for the first time in about close to a year. So we went on an adventure to the zoo and took silly pictures.

- Gretchen Hargrove

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I have a Nikon D5000 that I just love.

It was senior prom night for my friend's daughter Kassandra. She had her hair and makeup done professionally as if this was her wedding day. She was now a woman, not the teenaged girl I had photographed 2 years ago for her Quinceanera. The braces are gone, and she has a more mature look about her. In just a few weeks, she will be leaving high school behind and starting college!

For this shot, I stood about 5 feet away and using my 18-200 Sigma zoom len, zoomed in and took this shot. It was light out and the ISO was 250, speed 1/125, aperture F5.6.

- Rhonda Lemke

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This is a cute portrait of my girlfriend taken in a nearby park. It was a beautiful day!

Canon 5D Mark II
50mm lens
f 5
1/125
ISO 100

- Michael Durr

Shooting Challenge: Portrait Gallery

This week was a good one to finally experiment with Portraits which is something I haven't done much of in the past. I used my fiance as a model and we tried a few different locations around Brookline, MA. This was the best shot out of the bunch. I used a tripod mounted Canon Rebel XSi EFS18-55mm lens at f/5.6, 1/13, ISO 400. I used the a plastic spoon to diffuse the flash since I don't have anything to give a soft flash look. It worked out perfect that she was stuck outside today in the sun and that made a little sunburn on her face to add to the color.

- Seth Porter

Shooting Challenge: Portrait Gallery

When I saw this challenge and considered that Mother's Day was Sunday, I decided to catch a picture of my ma, happy w/ a mostly finished glass of merlot in a fisheye lens, she took a little coaxing but got in the spirit, LOVE MY MA. Happy Mother's Day.

Specs

SLT-A33 w/ kit lense and fisheye filter.

Max Aperture: F4.0
Lens Focal Length: 22.0mm
ISO: 100

- Felonious Max