A blink lasts just 1/10 of a second. So what happens when we set our camera shutters to the same length? We see the world that may have been when our eyes were closed.

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

WINNER: Uh Oh
Canon EOS 1000D, 50mm, f1.8, 1/10, ISO 400. Set the camera on a tripod with a locking shutter release, locked it just did a little shadowboxing at the camera. Took about 200 shots to get the focus and blur just right. Post-process using Nik filters to get that Street Fighter IV-ish look.

I figured this week's challenge fit perfectly for another hobby of mine; boxing. Blinking is a dangerous thing to do when you're in punching range of your opponent. You just might miss that jutting of the shoulder preceding a right cross and open your eyes to a very blurry close-up view of faux leather hitting you in the nose.
- Bart Tieman

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Ingnition

Thinking long and hard with a one tenth shutter speed, and using the theme "what could I miss during a blink?" I came up with the idea of a spark. This is the electronic igniter on my kitchen cooktop showing the spark. My thoughts were that the before shot would show nothing and the after shot would show flame, but this is what I missed while blinking. Olympus EPL-3, M. Zuiko 14-24mm @42mm, f5.6
- Alan Stewart

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Swirl

I attended the first night of the Howard County Fair in Maryland on Saturday... The square dancing was open to the public, so there was a mix of experienced dancers and some pulled in from the audience. I deliberately had the Gizmodo Challenge in mind and decided to try a 1/10 shutter speed to catch the swirl of a skirt. The timing worked out well for this shot as one of the puffier skirts came into my line of vision. I especially like how some of her leg disappears in the captured movement. Canon 60D, Tamron lens 18-270 mm
39mm, f/11, 1/10
- Cheryl MacLean

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

He Might Just Gitcha

Here is my submission. It is my Mr. Potatohead that I keep on my desk. The way the light hits him sometimes is downright creepy. I took this photo at the 1/10 of a second requirement while zooming out from 200mm to 70mm to give him an even creepier quality... As though he might just gitcha ;) Just look at those blank, soulless eyes, staring right at you. It makes you not want to blink for fear he might come alive. *shudder* Its always the most innocent things that can give us the most uneasy feelings when they appear in ways different than what we are used to. Canon 40D, 70-200 f/4 Non IS Canon Lens, f/4, Shutter @ required 1/10, ISO @ 400
-Eric Michaels

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Yawn

This is my puppy Bella. She's a Jug (that's a Jack Russell and a Pug), and she is my muse. She's always sleeping curled up somewhere and I caught this shot on my Canon T1i while she was napping this morning on a couch pillow.

Shot at 1/10 shutter speed on a Canon T1i with IS 18-55 lens with flash turned on, white balance calibrated for flash, then thrown into Aperture just to tone down the warmth and add a vignette. I got her to yawn by tickling her belly. :)
- George Ellick

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

16-Day Blink

I took this shot on Saturday in London Southbank - this is the cultural heart of London near the banks of the river Thames. I originally went there to take a photo of the London Eye - during the Olympic Games the London Eye displays different colours based on the sentiments of people's Twitter feeds. Once I got there this fun fair ride caught my eye. I was fascinated with the different shapes I got depending on the shutter speed. At 1/10 of a second it had this dream like appearance and with the star in the middle became almost magical. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24-70 lens at 55mm, f/2.8, ISO 800 and 1/10
- Ina Arens

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Boonton Falls

I like the effect you get when you shoot running water at 1/10, so I decided to head to the local falls for this contest. I shot this photo at Boonton Falls in NJ. I set up a tripod at the edge of the falls and used my Canon Rebel EOS and my 50 mm prime lens at 1/10, f18.
-Jamie Babbitt

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

This Is Not The Sun

Not the surface of the sun - So I tried a number of things around the house without any success. I was about to give up & go to bed. I had eaten way too much at the all you can eat Sushi Buffet & was about to start on my pre bedtime alka seltzer ritual when I though that might make a cool photo. I don't have a macro lens so I had to make due with my 18-200 lens. I setup a tripod over a tall orange plastic cup, positioned a flashlight & dropped the effervescent tablets in. The shutter speed yielded some unexpected results. Since I positioned a flashlight on the side of the cup I did not use the flash so I could get the affect you see here. Canon EOS REBEL T1i, F-Stop f/5.6, Exposure 1/10 sec., ISO-100
- Javier Valencia

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Kick Ball

This is my first submission and I had a lot of fun hopefully I will get to do a lot more in the future. Took this at Saturday's disappointing game at Yankee stadium but at least I had fun shooting and had great field level seats that didn't cost me and my friends a dime except for the beer of course. Took this with a Nikon D5100, Tamron 18-270mm lens, ISO 100, f 6.3, and obviously 1/10 sec exposure. I also used a variable ND filter so I could get the field of view and shallow as possible but I still had to try using Photoshop CS6's blur tools to narrow it even more also a first time. A lot of first on this shoot and a lot of fun.
- Jonathan Buser

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Laser Cut

A co-worker called me in to look at a neat effect that was being generated by our laser cutter as he was making gaskets. I had just read the shooting challenge and thought that the sparks and head movement might be captured well at a shutter speed of 1/10s. I turned out the lights and shot it with a Canon T3i with the kit 18-55mm lens at 400 ISO, f/18.
- Joseph Battaglia

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Soft Focus Fountain

Just walking in the village of Tuebingen, which is an ancient university town located in the swabian alps of southwest Germany. This is hand-held, no tripod. Shooting with my Canon EOS 7D with my 28-135m lens, as well as battery pack add-on, gives me enough weight to where I can shoot down to 1/10th of a second without much blur. This photo is of a fountain in the main square of the village. Canon EUS 7D, Canon 28-135mm IS lens, ISO 400, 1/10 sec, f/14
- Kent Waller

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Spilled

Knocking things over is something that happens in the blink of an eye, or 1/10 of a second. For me, it's usually something that makes a mess. For this challenge, I decided to visualize a spilling cup of water. I knocked it over and had my sister hold in the shutter button to take multiple shots at 1/10. Canon Rebel t2i, F/25, Shutter 1/10
- Lloyd McCullough

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Cruise

After work I got home, cleaned the kitchen and bathroom, had a few beers and decided it was a perfect evening for a bike ride. I grabbed my camera and go pro camera. Mounted the go pro on my bike for a time lapse, and started pedaling. I rode around Washington Park in Albany, NY before heading down to Lark street and then finally to the Empire State Plaza. I saw a few people riding unicycles in the plaza and took some photos of them, rode around a little longer and then decided to head back. As I was leaving the plaza and took this last photo of The Egg while riding by. Whenever I go out for a shoot like this one, I usually turn off my review time so I don't see the photos until I'm back home. I felt that this photo was a gem. Camera: Canon 5d mark ii, 24-105 F4 L at 45mm, ISO 200, Shutter Speed: 1/blink
- Steve Twardzik

14 Things That Happened While You Were Blinking

Torch

Since it was raining the whole day, my options were limited, so I clicked the fish in my aquarium at 1/10, only to discover that bubbles in the aquariums made lovely streaks (like shooting stars) around the out-of-focus-fish (because they move fast) due to slow shutter, which combined with their open-mouthed expression of "awe" made interesting but weird, chaotic, dreamy photos. To try again, I went to a nearby shopping mall in the evening after rains and ended up experimenting with 1/10 shutter at its fountain for a while. The spewing waters at 1/10 made interesting shapes akin to sad men, dainty ladies in gowns, an angel and even a dog. But I chose this one because with a little shadow & highlight reduction and increase in saturation, it looks as if molten metal is being poured into a cup. Its an ordinary click but the I found it a complete oxymoron because it is the "cool" water making such a "hot" picture. I am happy to be able to send my first entry after missing last weeks deadline on bugs, despite shooting 18 unique bugs including mating ladybugs. Equipment & settings- Canon 7D, 18-55 mm lense at 35 mm, 1/10, ISO 1600, Tv mode, f/8
- Marisha Sharma

Thanks to our rag tag group of participants this week. And kudos to those of you who stuck with the challenge to find an interesting use of the shutter speed. It really makes one appreciate the creative capabilities lurking in a camera's most basic settings. Find the big shots on flickr.