The human figure is one of the most classic motifs in art. For this week's Shooting Challenge, you used modern camera equipment to reimagine shape and movement. The results are fantastic.

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WINNER - Nice Kicks

Seeing the competition 7 hours before going on holiday (it was 11pm, and I left at 6am), didn't give me much time. All my camera gear was packed, and my tripod wasn't even in my house. Propping my 7D on a stool in front of a white wall, I took some exposures of me doing some taekwondo kicks. I wore my red dobok (trousers) as I thought they would show up better. Unfortunately the results weren't good; the fast motion, low light and white wall just meant the red and my skin hardly showed up. So, I had an old dark blue blind and decided to hammer a couple of nails into my wall and hang it up (yes, late at night). Everything showed up better, but exposures longer than 3.2s meant things were getting over-exposed, and stopping down my aperture made me disappear. Anyway, today I made the final composition. Using a trick I use for creating night-sky long-exposures, I stacked 3 frames in Photoshop and set the layers to lighten. This meant that I could have more movement in the photo without the blowout. I used levels and reduced the blue background colour to black and added a boarder, and then skewed the curves to make it into something that I saw as an abstract piece of art. Canon 7D, EF-S 17-55mm, f/6.3, 3.2s
- Matthew Taylor

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Dance of the Two Veils

I'm usually the one behind the camera but, since I couldn't ask my husband to do the veil dance, I'm in the shot this week and he took the picture. I got the veils from Goodwill and pranced around the room like a crazy woman. I was silhouetted against a window covered by a white sheet. We used a 1/3sec exposure to get the motion blur and used a fill flash to add a little definition. Canon T2i 50mm.
- Georgina Lawrence

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Noteless Music

This is a photo of me "dancing" in my room while holding a LED light-strip. Canon 5D Mark2, 50mm prime lens, F/11, 2 Sec., ISO 100
- Jenelle Casarez

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The Saxophonist

On seeing this contest, two thoughts came to mind: 1) This is a great opportunity for a self-portrait and 2) I don't know of anything that better goes with motion than music. So, I set up the camera on the tripod in a room with a somewhat theatrical-looking curtain, illuminated the room with nothing more than a blank TV screen, pulled out my saxophone, and set out to produce a motion-filled photo of myself jamming. 10 seconds did the trick given the amount of lighting that I had allowed and the amount of motion that I wanted to capture. Nikon D600, 70-200 lens at 70 mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 10.0 sec
- Thomas Grooms

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Insomniac

I'm a light sleeper, and I wondered what it looks like to wake up briefly, realize it's not yet time for work, and fall back asleep with relief. So, I setup a tripod over my bed, installed a 20-wattt lightbulb overhead, and shot down at myself with a 20-second exposure. Nikon D700, Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 100, f/8, 20 seconds, Converted to b/w in Adobe Lightroom
- Todd Kulesza

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Certified By Tutu

I decided to photograph a friend I know through ballet for this challenge, mostly because she is great dancer and has lovely lines, but especially because she has a proper tutu! We tried several different ballet steps with different exposure times, but the best one was just a simple back bend where the tutu skirt stays nearly stationary. Neither of us have large houses and didn't have access to the ballet studio, so I taped my mobile phone in flashlight mode to the ceiling to make a spotlight in hopes that the background would remain dark enough. It worked pretty well and only needed a small bit of level adjustment in post-production to remove what was left of the background. The tutu shadows her legs completely, but I left the space where they would be so the photo looks proportionally correct. Canon 550D 18-55mm EF-S IS, f/3.5, 1.6 sec, ISO 1600
- Jeannie Moulton

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Flash Dance

All of the snow melted and I couldn't make a snow angel as originally planned. It was warm enough that I could take off my shirt and use a couple LED flashlights to make it appear I have 10 arms though. I used a bright work light about 15 feet away to get the constant light I needed. I used Aperture to remove some of the neighbors lights in the background and to reduce the saturation. Gear and settings: Canon T3i, Tamron 18-270 lens at 46mm, ISO 100, f/5, and 6 second exposure.
- Brendan Dence

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Beats

My friend is a drummer. So, when I say this challenge, I thought of him. We put some music on and away he went. I didn't get quite the effect I wanted with one shot, so I used a combination of GIMP and Lightroom to layer and develop the shots. Canon Rebel XSI and Kit Lens, f/4.5, 1.3 sec, ISO 100
- Rob Huber

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Game On

This was taken with a Lumix GF-3 with stock 14mm lens this morning while my son was playing. I had the camera on an empty cardboard box for the five second exposure. I cropped the picture so that you could focus more on him and his sphere of play instead of showing you more of my messy living room. As you can see, he has a bunch of toys to play with. Does he play with any of them? No, he chose our cats' ratty cardboard scratcher to tear apart. He is constantly in motion, as you can see. I don't remember if he was sitting up to look at the camera or leaning forward to continue his play. I just thought it was interesting to see him frozen in three different positions as he completed his motion.
- Mike Scott

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Blow Out

When a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader agrees to be your subject you have no other choice but to blow Gizmodo's collective mind. Camera: 5d Mark III, 24-70 f/2.8L (40 mm), f/10, 5.0s, ISO 250
- Paul Wingo

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Inversion

Here is my entry, the shot was taken in San Diego, Ca. I used a Nikon D200 with a 210mm lens the ISO was set at 100. I took several shots and layered them at various angles. The girl was very cute, no doubt getting a stretch in before happy hour!
- Angelo Prieto

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Brooke

This is a Wet-Plate Collodion tintype shot using a combination of natural light and Profoto strobes.
It was shot with an antique C.C. Harrison brass Petzval lens mounted to a self-built wooden view camera.
The exposure was approximately 6 seconds and I had the model rotate in natural light while I popped the strobes occasionally during the 6 second exposure. Half-plate Tintype.
- Andrew Richmond

Incredible entries this week! A special thanks to, not just our photographers, but all of their subjects who so willingly busted a groove. See the full size shots on flickr.