I was doing a photo shoot for a family out on the lake. We scheduled the session for sunset to capture the color of the trees, which were at their peak of oranges, reds and yellows. We were losing the light and finishing up, when I noticed this woman fishing and the gorgeous golden color on the water. I stopped to take a few photos, trying to think about the past challenges. I took this photo with my Canon Rebel EOS Digital with the flash off. I wanted to capture the the reflection of the sunset in the water, while silhouetting the woman fishing. Some of the challenges I tried to capture with this photo are "Sunrise, Sunset," "Golden Hour,' "Fall," "Silhouettes," and "R&R."
All the while, the three year old little girl, who I was supposed to be photographing, kept talking about how smelly and fishy the lake was. I am amazed I could get any good photos, as her commentary kept me laughing.
Late Sunday afternoon, I stumbled across the Gizmodo photo challenge. New to the camera and to entering photo contests, I grabbed my camera and roamed about looking for pictures in the back yard. After a number of lackluster attempts, I found a perspective that described my Sunday afternoon feeling quite well. The flat expression on the mask mimicked my sentiment about facing the upcoming Monday rat race. I couldn't think of a better way to represent the old saying, "Keep a stiff upper lip".
- Dale Harkness
With Fall's arrival, it felt appropriate to visit an apple orchard for some apple picking and headed out with some family. We visited Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard in Salem, NY. Though the trip was planned, I didn't plan to capture any images during this outing therefore I left the SLR at home. After seeing some great photo opportunities, I turned to the best camera I had at the moment, my Iphone 4. On one of the hills I noticed a small group of sunflowers and approached them to see if I couple get some close-up shots of the vibrant flowers. Luckily, the clouds were dark and dramatic and the hard sunlight was hitting the sunflowers to the camera's left side creating some nice shadows and dimension. To summarize, the photo was taken using the iPhone 4 camera and minor editing (brightness, color, contrast) done using the Snapseed app. I'm very impressed with the iPhone 4 camera and have even kept my 10MP Canon SD880is P&S at home as I feel the iPhone 4 rivals my P&S camera in terms of (daytime) image quality. Enjoy!
Camera- iPhone 4
Shutter Speed- 1/640 sec
- Carlos Yepez
Lens: Olympus Zuiko 28mm 2.8 (on adapter ring)
Flash: speedlite 580EXII
Urn used for burning incense while cleansing a house.
Rather pleased with my first try at photographing smoke of any kind.
- Omar Kuwas
I'm always looking out of my window when I know its close to sunset, always waiting for something amazing. This time i knew it was gonna be a good one. The clouds were dark and menacing, remnants from a storm that just rolled through. I decided to pack up my gear and drive to the closet spot with a view. time was running out, the sun was close to setting. I knew i had to be quick, so there wasn't any time for setting up the tripod. I grabbed my camera, found some industrial subjects and shot away in bracketing mode. The thought of a sunset mixed with machines screamed HDR to me:) Hope you like the result
Nikon D700, ISO 400, Aperture: F/8, Lens: Nikon 70-200mm VR, Exposure: HDR image with 4 pictures, 1 EV steps, Handheld at 1/100 sec
- Tim Smith
100th Challenge, and Halloween just round the corner. What to do, what to do? Well while I was decorating our tree with ghosts and bones, I thought of doing a sort of Halloween Golden Hour mash. Some of the photos looked ok, but just not popping to me. Then I saw the skull sitting in the box. The sun was just beginning to duck below the horizon. Quickly I placed the skull on the pillar by the door, and had my son stand off to the side and duck down so his shadow had no head. I then had him lift his hand to have the shadow reaching for the skull. So I ended with a Halloween, Shadow, Golden Hour mash for my entry to the 100th challenge.
Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Exposure 1/3200 sec
Focal Lenght 60mm
- John Hays
This was shot in Rockport, MA the other morning, just after the Front had passed over...
It came out of nowhere. Was sunny... then Blamo !
It was moving quite fast and headed out to sea. As you can see, it was rather spectacular.
Very dramatic indeed. I shot it with my Canon 60D, using a Canon 28 / 135 Zoom.
The particulars are... Hand Held... at f:11... 1/400 sec. the ISO was 100 and the Focal Length was 28 mm.
and with brisk regards...
I am as ever...
- Charlie Carroll
I love discovering things at the beach that seem to tell a story. In keeping with the theme of past challenges I added a filter to accent the motion of the surf through and around the glasses.
Canon 7D with EF 24-105 lens, f/16, 1/20 sec, ISO 100
This was actually the first time I had ever used a tripod with my camera. I rented it from my college that morning because I had been wanting to capture moving cars at a slow shutter speed, but found out that I would need a tripod to stabilize the shot. Once rush hour came along I walked around Portland, Oregon with my camera and tripod for about an hour shooting cars with long exposure. Then I decided to take a picture of this building right above the road, and since I am still new to photography it took me a few shots to get it right. Once I got home to look at the pictures I realized that I had 3 photos of the building that might make a good HDR photo (One that was too exposed, one that was just right and one that was underexposed). I used "merge to HDR Pro" in Photoshop CS5 to make it and with a few tweaks I created what I call the "Ghastly Building". I used a Nikon D3100 with the stock 18-55mm lens, the shot was at 24mm. The exposure ranged from +2.5 - +4 and an iso of 100.
- Dreshad Williams
I was walking across an old train bridge when I decided to set my camera on one of the vertical beams and let loose a couple shots. I really liked how they turned out, but still I cropped it wide and fixed a bit of glare when I got it off the camera. I like the way it almost looks like a road going into the sky and that even though I took it I still have trouble making out that it's a bridge. Shot with my Canon Rebel T3i, 18mm, f/3.5, 1/1000, ISO 100.
What to do? Sunset? No, it's been done before. Still life? Portraits? Levitation? Do I go for uber complex, or just keep it simple? Who the hell decided to let us (the photographer) decide? After all, aren't we just supposed to capture the art? How do artists do it; create something from a lot of nothing? Then I got an idea. Hair Gel! and I came up with this, Abstraction. This is my attempt to figure out how a painter chooses the colors they work with.
I bought clear hair gel and squirted it on a Pyrex glass baking dish (you can just barely make out the rectangular logo in the center of the picture.) I used drops of food coloring in the hair gel and swirled, slashed and pulled it this way, and that to give it depth and dimension. I bought my wife a large, colorful boquet of flowers (her being none the wiser that I secretly planned to confiscate some petals) and used the petals on the bright orange paper that wrapped the boquet. The shot went like this: Orange paper with pink, orange, yellow, purple and red petals on it, with the hair gel/pyrex casserole dish suspended a foot above it by two pilsner beer glasses. I set my camera up on the tripod with a remote trigger, and used my telephoto lens to get as close as possible. I used a light diffuser at the edge of the glass dish so the sunlight would get to the flowers below, but not glare across the hair gel. This was alot of fun to play with since there were no expected results.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i, EF - S55 - 250mm lens, f/5.0, 1/640 speed, ISO 100, Manual focus, no flash.
I set out today with my old Sony point and shoot to try my hand shooting a scene suitable for an HDR photo because I have never tried. What I ended up doing was spending most of the afternoon buying my first dSLR (!) and failing at HDR. I snapped this one of a bus stop in Oxford, England on the way home. What inspired me to take the photo was the contrast of the orange lights with the dark blue twilight sky.
Canon EOS 550d, ISO 3200, EV +2, f/4, 1/4 sec exposure.
Camera - iPhone 4S; Focal Length - 4.28; f/2.4; Exposure - 1/600
I'm sure a lot of the submissions you'll get for this challenge will start off the same way: I just got my new iPhone 4S...
Well, I saw the shooting challenge and was plotting what to do, but then I got my 4S delivered on Friday and was playing around with the camera to see what it could and couldn't do by shooting random things in and around the house. Our landlord left a small collection of decorations in the backyard for us to enjoy. This includes a face nailed into an oak tree, a very faded yard gnome and a few butterflies and dragonflies made from steel and glass. Being that we're in Tampa, FL, the near year round heat and humidity just destroys anything you leave outside for long periods time; more quickly than the elements would in most other areas. I thought the glass body of the dragonfly would refract and reflect things in an interesting manor, so I got the iPhone about as close as I could, tucked up under one of the steel wings. I was pleasantly surprised by the effect of the reflections of the wings and the lattice of the vegetable garden in the background. My favorite part, though, is the rust that just seems to be growing like a metallic mold across the wings. It hasn't quite infected everything yet, but it's only a matter of time before pieces start falling off.
Cheap yard kitsch rusting to death is a beautiful thing.
- Gabe Loewenberg
Nikon Lens 55-200mm at 72mm
I was looking to shoot something Sacramento that wasn't a cliche shot of the Bridge or some other standard scene. This is a straight shot without filters or effects of downtown Sacramento. The picture was taken from a reflection in the window of the Robert T. Matsui Waterfront Park. The red and yellow circular elements are discs hanging behind the window. It was a bit of a challenge getting the flag, river and buildings all exposed enough to complete the landscape and not muddy up the picture too much. It was impossible to eliminate the double images created by the reflections, but I'm happy enough with the slightly moody and abstract effect it created.
One of my favorite photo activities is colorspotting. By highlighting one specific area of a photo and B&Wing everything else, color spotting adds depth and nuance to photos that I haven't found anywhere else. This is one of my favorite (and earlier photos) that I think tells a great story
100 Challenges, how time flies...
I have entered about half of them, and I must admit the ones I enjoy the most are the more technical ones...
I was recently reading diyPhotography and there was a post about droplet photography, so when we had a free for all, I was really keen to try it again, plus my wife fell down the stairs and was in hospital and I kindly asked the nurse for the drip that was in my wife's arm, which makes creating the drops a lot easier.
Nevertheless, here is the shot, I wanted to go for something more artsy using negative space etc, here is my interpretation of the water drop challenge.
Nikor 105mm Micro 2.8 VR
0.5 sec exposure at f10
Flash triggered manually while shutter is open.
- Nils Rohwer
Looking through the compilation of past winners, I regretted not having joined the Shooting Challenge party in time for the HDR challenge - but this week's lack of constraint gave me a 2nd chance to have a go! I tried a few different shots in and around Christ Church College Meadow, Oxford, but my favourite was this one, of the college of itself. Canon EOS 550D, ISO100, 18mm, f/3.5, -.66EV+/-1.5.
- Nick Hale
Sometimes you just have to take the shot. I was four wheeling my PT Cruiser across a field that Evil Knievel should have landed his rocket bike in. I was trying to get this sunset over the Snake River Canyon with the Perrine Bridge as a back drop outside of Twin Falls, Idaho. I still had a 1/4 mile foot race to beat the setting sun. By the time I made it to the canyons edge I lost the light I wanted.
I used my Canon EOS Rebel T1i. I shot this photo on manual at 24mm, shutter speed 1/25, at a f-stop of 4.0. I set the white balance to manual and disabled the auto lighting optimizer. I was bracketing this shot at +1/-1 for HDR merger, but chose the under exposed photo for this challenge. I liked it better than my merged photo.
Nikkor 28-80mm 3-5.6
Expos: 5 sec
Every year a school has a yearly Fall Carnival. It was at this location where I took this picture. Taken at a 5 second exposure, the faces in the crowd are unrecognizable. This school is in the middle of a small community where everyone takes care of everyone else and they help to support their own economy. It is only fitting that a picture of the carnival goers blends together; where everyone is one and in the end the only constant is the community.
Cat in a bag - Taken with a Nikon F4, 50mm 1.8 lens @ 1.8, and a Nikon SB24 flash
Kodak TMax 400 film processed myself and scanned with an Epson v500.
It was actually one of the last shots on the roll, I just decided to grab a few random shots of the cat to finish off the roll, because I am impatient and wanted to process it immediately.