Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

Taken by Canon Rebel XS with 55-250mm lens at 150mm, f/8, 10sec, ISO100

The Photo was taken from Humber Bay Park.
My friend brought my to this park while I was still studying at univeristy.
It is a peaceful small park where you can see the entire view of downtown Toronto.
Last time I went there was after my univeristy graduation ceremony which was two years ago.
Time flies, things change but the beauty of Toronto never chage !

- Joseph Tsoi

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

This photo is of the St. Louis City Hall building in St. Louis, built in 1898. This was taken at night, while waiting to pick someone up from the train station. I love the clock at the top and just the craftsmanship that went into the architecture of the entire building. I didn't have time to pack my tripod, though it was dark enough it probably wouldn't have hurt to use instead of just holding the camera, but I am really happy with the way it turned out. This was taken with a Canon T2i with an attached Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. Specs of the photo: 3200 ISO, f/3.5, shutter 1/4 sec.

- Joshua Dersch

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

I set out on Friday night to capture downtown LA, so I could get the processing done on Sat and the photo in on time.
As I was walking toward the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an obvious DTLA architecture location, I looked to my right and saw City Hall and the LA Times Building, this is LA. I set up for a long exposer and waited for a car to come up the street. I used a shutter release cable to take the shot.

Nikkormat FT3
NIkkor 50mm 1.8
Kodak Tri-X BW 400 ASA
8 seconds
F11

- Joshua Walker

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

I live in Stuttgart, Germany - which is kind of the hub of the german
automobile industry. Both Mercedes and Porsche have outstanding
museums in Stuttgart featuring eye-catching modern architecture. This
challenge gave me an excuse to do a photo shoot of the two museums,
and this photo is of the Porsche Museum (very tough to choose between
the two museums). It was a warm summer evening, and I had to dodge
just a few cars as I stood in the street to get this shot :)

Canon EOS 7D
Tamron 10-22 wide angle zoom
focal length 10mm
f/4.5
ISO 1600

- Kent Waller

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

I haven't shot with a goal and deadline in mind for a long time and this took me back. While on my way to an event,
I had this assignment in the back of my mind shooting everything architecture that seemed interesting, which means
shooting almost everything. This structure stood out to me most because it most likely is under appreciated by the
people how use it most but yet so simple.

Canon T3i
Canon 28mm 2.8
RAW
ISO 100
f/11
1/30

- Kino Galbraith

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

When I was walking after a heavy rain, within the heritage zone here in my city Penang, this building caught my attention as it portraits the pre-second-world-war architecture, fused by modern buildings and automobiles at the far end of the street. The first couple of shots were ordinary because something was lacking in it, a subject. So I stood there and waited. At last, there was this old lady, traditionally dressed and cycled by the building with an old bicycle. When I hit on the shutter I knew that this is going to be THE shot. Sony Alpha 57, 24mm, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 400.

- Kori Chow

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

Cape Town's Eastern Boulevard freeway remains unfinished since the late 1970's due to lack of funds. It has become somewhat of an attraction for Cape Town tourists and makes for an interesting backdrop to daily city life. A man sells the Sunday newspaper to cars coming into the city center.

Nikon D3100, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm, 1/10sec @ f/36 ISO100 55mm

- Krystal Roberts

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Shot with a Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 at 18mm 8f, forgot the
ISO and shutter speed....
Taken at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Philippines, near the Mind Museum.
Handheld shot.

As I was walking with my best friend around Bonifacio Global City in
the Philippines, I saw this great tree in the middle of a concrete
jungle. I was saddened by this lone tree. I myself, is a student of
architecture, and I'd like to put nature with architecture, unlike
what I've seen - a great lone tree in the middle of a concrete jungle.
This has to change!

- Kyle Nuestro

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

Image story:
I'm in San Francisco for the weekend (visiting from SoCal) and had some time to explore the city on foot and of course I took my camera with me so that I could capture the beauty of the city as I went about my adventure. I generally gravitate towards compositions which feature architecture and/or architectural elements so when I turned the corner on Market St and faced the Federal Reserve Bank building, the way the light was hitting it took my breath away. I was attracted to the angles and shapes created by the light that was falling on the building. From the top the arches created a seemingly infinite pattern and to the sides the light was bouncing off of the columns and cascading on the floor in the form of angular shadows. The shadows and light were also being reflected in the glass wall just parallel to the hallway. All of these elements combined in a way which spoke to me and I felt compelled to capture the scene which seemed so beautiful to me at that moment.

Photo depicts the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (101 Market St).
Camera used: Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100V
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter: 1/800
ISO: 100

- Lili Rahmati

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It was very early, and I was heading up Yonge St. in Toronto, Ontario. This intersection is Yonge St. and King St. As I was crossing the street, I noticed how the buildings disappeared into the mist, so I stopped for a few shots. I think this is the best one.

Camera: Bentley WX-E - It's a plastic camera from the '70s, I believe.
No real settings. Just point and shoot.
Film: Lady Grey Lomography 400 ISO

- Lucas Declavasio

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I spotted that building on the first day of the contest, but it has been very cloudy every day since and the top of the building was always bleeding into the super white sky. This morning, 45 minutes before the contest ended, it was nice and sunny, so I raced downtown and took the snap. Good thing I had visited the spot beforehand and had taken a couple pictures, that way, I knew what angle I wanted, which made it a speedy shoot, just in time for the deadline!

Shot with a Canon 7D, 15-85mm lens at 24mm. ISO 200, f/20, 1/40 sec. Fill flash was used, but not sure it's THAT apparent.

- Marc Lepage

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

I love cityscapes in black and white. My whole bachelor pad is covered in all black and white photos of different cities, bridges and structures from various time periods. It fascinates me how constant this world is and how we just come and go, but these structures live on far longer than us. If only they could talk, what a story they would tell. I'm no serious photographer, but I love taking the pics I post in my house, so I was excited to go and try to capture the amazing city that is NYC for the first time. The highlight of my trip was a helicopter ride (LOVE helicopters, thanks BF3) around the city from which I could get a chance see what my new Canon Rebel T2i could really do. I could visualize this shot in my head before we even took off, now to just put it in manual mode and see what I get. FAIL! I'm no pro (yet) and I've still got a lot to learn before I truly understand the challenging profession of a true photographer. Thankfully, canon makes a very decent auto mode and I could still capture the shot I wanted for my dining room wall.

New York City. For a boy from Indiana, I sure could feel the energy of this city from the moment the cab was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. I was blown away with the skyline that filled my peripheral vision. Finally, a place where I can get 'lost'. I knew I was in for an experience like none other. Thats the feeling I remember when I look at this photo. It's my sanctuary, my place of solitude. I can just see myself down there amongst the deafening sea of people, engulfed by the giant pillars they have created, and it brings me peace...

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
EF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
ISO 100 | 18mm | 0EV | f/11 | 1/160

- Marcus Livers

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I took this picture with my husband's camera when I looked up at the City Municipal building by the Brooklyn Bridge. It took a few moments to get the framing right since there were so many barricades in the area. I felt like a tourist using the camera, but had fun shooting!

Canon 1D, 24mm lens, f/5.6 @ 1/60 sec ISO 800

- Marjorie Albay

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This is a picture of Market Street in San Francisco as seen from a south facing sixth floor window in the Hyatt Regency building. Security is pretty strict there, so I had to sneak into an elevator with someone who had a keycard. I didn't expect the shot to come out at all as the sun was directly in front and above me. I had to shield the lens from glare with my hand.

This was taken on a Yashica Mat-124 with T-Max 120 film. 400ISO, F/8 1/500, 80mm. An iPhone was used to meter.

- Mark Farinas

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

View from South Street in Manhattan looking toward Brooklyn.
Taken with my Canon S95, while driving to work (stopped at a red light).

- Mark Palomino

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

Sony SLT-A55 17mm lens at f32 with a 2 second shutter. I spent a fair amount of time shooting wider shots, including a couple pano shots but by the time I got done, none of them really had the character I wanted, they all just looked like urban landscapes. While I was shooting those I also grabbed some more detail-oriented shots like this one and ended up thinking it showed more character of the city in itself.

- Marvin Francois

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

This picture was part of a series that was also used to create a much larger panorama. The pictures were taken from Mt Bonnell, just outside of Austin. A nice short little hike leads to a park with nearly complete views of the surroundings, which happens to be on a good level with the middle of most of the towers of downtown Austin. The shots were taken on a Canon T1i body with a Sigma 170-500mm lens fixed at the sweet spot of about 328mm. The sun was setting roughly behind us and to the right, and you can actually catch a glimpse of some of the upwards shadows from the sun being so low in the sky. The light was good enough for an exposure at f/11, 1/320, ISO 400 with no tripod, monochrome setting (tricky with such a big lens!). A small amount of sharpening and contrast adjustment in PhotoScape to clean it up a little, along with significant cropping and a slight Provia filter effect, makes the photo considerably more dramatic than the original. One thing this project made me realize. . .I really need to upgrade to the latest Photoshop! The tall building in the left of the frame that looks like an owl standing sentinel over Austin is the Frost Bank Tower, and the tallest building in the frame is the recently constructed Austonian Hotel and Residences. The tall black building in the far right of the frame is the W hotel.

- Matthew DeVay

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Drove all over SF (where I live) with my buddy. We've always procrastinated about participating in one of these challenges, so on our way home, camera battery dying, we snapped a few pictures...99% of them being garbage except this. The only editing I did was to adjust the levels, crop, and well as the obvious B&W in photoshop.
I have a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens. The metadata for the pic is ISO 360, f/7.1, 1/2000.

- Matthew Singleton

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I was walking around london testing a fisheye I'd hired and happened to stumble apon this unique view of City Hall. The 2010 general elections ended in a hung parliament and two parties became a Coalition Government and this popped into my mind when I was walking towards the glass wall and suddenly see one government building split into two.

Canon 550D
15mm Fisheye
1/100 second
F/10
ISO 100

- Matt Jackman

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This is my first submission for a shooting challenge. I just got a Sony RX-100, in no small part to its great reviews like here on Gizmodo. It's been a joy learning how to use it and start getting into photography as a hobby. I must have taken 100 different photos for the challenge, but settled on this one because it stayed true to the "concrete, steel and brick" requirements without going too close on a building, as some of my more artistic ones did.

I chose to dwarf the buildings that normally dominate the Philadelphia skyline with this really interesting structure in the foreground. It's actually a torch that glows in the sunlight made out of numerous materials including obviously glass, metal and marble. You can also see the grittiness of the city with the graffiti, but even the streetlight posts have detailed architectural flourishes to add to this city portrait.

Shot with Sony RX-100 @f/4.5, 1/1600th, ISO 125, 89mm equivalent focal length

- Matt Simansky

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This was a day of firsts for me, this was taken at the Manchester Flood Wall in Richmond, Va (my hometown). It's a very popular spot to take pics of the city skyline with the James River in the foreground. I've lived in Richmond for 7 years and had never been there, so what better excuse than this challenge. I found I have a lot to learn about making a city look interesting, as most of the shots with the full skyline in them were very boring to me, so I picked the one with the cleanest lines, which is this shot of the Manchester Bridge. Used a Canon t2i, with the kit 18-55mm lens, a tripod...this was also the first time I've tried HDR software (Luminance) and converted it to b&w in Lightroom, also slightly cropped this at the bottom. Hope to return to the flood wall when's there's better light, as it was overcast most of the time I was shooting!

- Mick Anders

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Here is my submission. The photo was taken today, August, 19th 2012. It is in Montreal's St. Catherine Street, and I wanted to use this subject to express the marvelous balance that is Montreal's combination of old, new and nature. So just in one picture and with the exact angle, I managed to integrate and show all these elements of my beloved city. I hope you enjoy it.

Photo summary:

Camera: Nikon D90
ISO: 400
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Exposure mode: aperture priority
Metering: Matrix

- Miguel Toro

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I took this on the way home from an art walk in North Seattle. I had been trying to find time to try some long exposure shots in the city - this week's shooting challenge gave me a good excuse to stay out late. It was one of the hottest days of the year in Seattle. I stopped by Gasworks Park at the north end of Lake Union to try some shots of the pipes and tanks left over from the park's industrial days, but it was the city lights that caught my attention ... and the attention of everyone else there. It was about 75 degrees at 11pm; even though it was after dark, there were still a lot of people in the park enjoying late evening picnics and the breeze coming off of lake.

Canon T2i
Kit Lens
18mm
ISO 100
f/5.6
35 sec. exposure

- Mikel Ugarte

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

Sydney is well known for it's incredible, colourful Harbour, as well as the infamous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crossing the bridge on a frequent basis, I'm always amazed at the beauty of the bridge's internal structure, which has no trouble making you feel somewhat miniscule. Capturing this was quite a bit of trouble (trying to drive and operate the camera at the same time is never preferable or recommended). My first attempt was driving south bound, but I could not capture the symmetry, or not as close as I could on my second attempt going north. Once I got the shot I wanted, which luckily was the last shot (as I couldn't frame it, I had to rely on continuous shooting), I went to Photoshop and cropped out the cars and road, and applied a black and white filter. I darkened all except the sky colours, to create the sharper contrast of the bridge to the sky. Enjoy.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second
Aperture: f/2.8
Shooting mode: Continuous
Focal Length: 19mm (x1.5 for APS-C sensor, and 1.33 for cropping, so theoretically 38mm on Full Frame)
Focus: Automatic

- Minh Vu

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My family and I went to 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. Beautifully done. Love taking BW pictures. The day was so serene and calm. Even my 7 year old was mesmorized by the waterfalls and water falling into the 'abyss'. It was eerie though when you would see planes flying near by. You can see reflection off of the glass Freedom tower. Very memorable experience.

NIKON D7000
nikkor lens 18-105mm
iso 100
0 EV
F/4
1/60 - exposure time
focal length 18mm

- Neil Udani

Shooting Challenge: Black And White 1S

OK. Yes. So it's obviously not black and white, but after recolouring the sky and bike in this shot of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford I found much preferred it to the monochrome version. (After all, the GSC is just a source of inspiration for trying out new things, right? The 'rules' are more like 'guidelines', aren't they? Also, since the sky in England is almost always grey, I wanted to make the most of it. ;) ). Anyway, after crouching in a somewhat uncomfortable position for 20-25 minutes waiting for an opportune moment with the sun out and no touristas, I eventually managed to squeeze off three bracketed shots through the doorway of the adjacent Bodleian library. I then mashed these together and played around with some layers in GIMP to get the colour effects. I like to think the juxtaposition of the coloured sky and the grey library building also serves as an insight into the mind of a young Oxford scholar; to drag himself to the library and face a dreary day of studying, or to go frolic in the August sunshine with his camera? Canon EOS 550D with EF-S 18-135mm @ 18mm, ISO 160, -0.3±2EV, f/22. 1/30.

- Nick Hale