Shooting Challenge: Lens Reflections

Your city has a beautiful skyline, and with a couple of cameras you can capture a truly unique perspective of the office towers and skyscrapers that give it its distinctive silhouette. But why stop there? For this week's Shooting Challenge we want you to capture an image—anything you can think of—as reflected in your camera's lens.

The Challenge

Photograph a skyline, a friend, a pet, a still life, anything really, but instead of through your camera's eye, capture it as reflected in your camera's lens. We want to catch a glimpse of your hardware as much as the image reflected in it. Everything else is completely up to you—let your creative juices flow.

The Method

This week's challenge was inspired by an image of Minneapolis' reflected skyline taken by photographer Christopher Anderson that quickly climbed to the front page of Reddit. And because doubts were raised about the image's authenticity, Anderson even went as far as to create a YouTube video demonstrating exactly how the photograph was captured.

To make things easier the technique probably works best with a large lens, while a polarizing filter helps to reduce glare, reflections, and distortions. But it's by no means necessary depending on the conditions you're shooting in, the subject matter, or the aesthetic you're after. What is absolutely necessary, however, is a second camera.

The Example

Our lead shot is from Christopher Anderson who posted the photo to Reddit with much fanfare. The skyline is reflected in a Canon 70-200 F4 lens with a polarizing filter on the end, while the image itself was captured with an iPhone 4S.

The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Send your best photo by Monday, August 12th at 10AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "LensReflection" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameLensReflection.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameLensReflectionWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!