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10 Amazing Photos Taken Through a Sandwich Bag

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What can a 2-cent sandwich bag do wrapped around a $2,000 dSLR? A lot, actually.

Winner: Rainbow Cat

First test shot was all I needed apparently. This dumb cat already acts like he's famous, so I'm not going to show him this if it's featured on Giz. Nikon D90, 35mm fixed lens on manual with a green and red Sharpie colored sandwich bag. No photoshopping needed!
- Neal Rosenblat


1940s Hat

This was taken partially through a sandwich baggie scribbled with red and blue marker. The photo is of my sister in front of a rock fireplace wearing a 1940's style hat. She needed a new profile picture so this is going to be it. I processed the photo in Adobe Lightroom and fished it up with the OnOne Perfect Portrait and Perfect Effects plugins for Photoshop. Canon 60D, EF 24-105mm f4L USM, 1/800, f/4.0, ISO 100
- Roy Hurford


Sweet Plant

I am a giant fan of using photography but without it feeling like photography. For me, that is what this challenge was and I couldn't have been more excited! This image was taken out by my patio in the morning sun. I knew I wanted to see this technique in action outside because there isn't much color yet in the area I live. This plant will eventually have some sweet red berries, but for now it needs a little help! I went outside to find some spring flowers, but this was my favorite image! It makes me think of summer, and BOY do I hope summer gets here soon! When it does come, I'll let you know how the strawberries taste! Nikon D80, 35-70mm 2.8 Nikkor Lens (plastic bag & sharpies!) ISO 100, "70mm" (full frame lens on a cropped sensor), f/2.8, 1/160th
- Loretta Surma



The story is pretty self-explanitory but I got a bag and tore a hole in the middle, I wrote with red and green markers around the edges, and I went to my room where my cat was sitting by the window and started snapping pictures. When I thought I had enough, I put them into iPhoto and found the best one and this is the only one that I liked. I cropped it, turned the saturation up a little bit, and turned up the exposure just slightly. I used my Sony NEX 5N with the kit lens with ISO 800, 1/1600 shutter speed, and f/3.5
- Spencer Graffunder



Due to the recent shortage in cat photos on the internet I decided to submit a photo of my cat. Realistically though, I went mountain biking and took many photos there, however the day was a bit overcast and sadly I didn't get anything I was overly fond of, which is a shame. The photos of my cat were taken the day prior to test out the effect and were never meant to be for contest submission... but here I am. I used a canon T2i and a 50 mil 1.8 Canon lens (keeping it cheap!). Put the shutter speed at about 400 and fired away trying to catch the sun in my fancy zip lock bag next to the window.
- Remington Markham


Witch Hazel

I tried the bag filter yesterday on some shots and did OK, but figured I'd try more today. Since it was our first warm-ish day in a long time (just 5 days ago we had snow!) I was out with family taking a walk around a local lake. Not many flowers or buds out yet, but we saw this bunch of witch hazel and I decided I'd try the bag filter on it. This photo was the best of the bunch. It's a fun exercise - one that I'll continue to try, despite looking a bit odd with a plastic bag on your camera!
Canon 60D, Tamron 18-270 mm, f/5.6, ISO 500
- Cheryl MacLean


Trail Closed

I was at home in Santa Cruz for Spring break and I decided to drink some coffee from the local coffee shop. After drinking some coffee that was way too strong, I started to draw on a plastic bag with sharpies. After I tested the bag filter in my backyard for a while, I went for a walk to the beach. I came upon a trail to the beach that used to be a common path down the cliffside, but at the top of the trail I was greeted with a "Trail Closed" sign. I decided to go check it out. The staircase that used to lead from the top was no longer there, so I climbed down the cliffside. 40 feet down I found what was left of the staircase. I took this photo of the graffitied hand rails underneath the trees and bushes. Canon t4i, Canon 18-135mm STM, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 100
- Brian Kirby


Chelsea Pier

When I saw the contest I had grand visions of using sunlight and a well placed plastic bag to create a couple of pillars of light around the Freedom Tower. It's only a short walk to Chelsea Pier from where I live, so I headed out there with my camera, some markers, and a few plastic bags. The first thing I realized was that the freezer-style bags I had were too thick and totally blocked out almost everything when over the camera. So I tore a larger hole in the bottom and sort of held it out the best I could. In the end, I managed to frame the WTC in purple, but couldn't get everything lined up as well as I had hoped. I still think it's pretty neat, and may try again (with a cheaper bag!) at some point. Canon 5D Mark III with EF24-70mm F/2.8L at 70mm and f/2.8. 1/4000second exposure.
- Charlie Szymanski



My dog Howie. Couldn't find a plastic bag and a model after church and decided that the plastic wrapping on a jar of Nutella and my dog would have to do. Wish I planned this better. Added some contrast and vibrance in post only because I lost a lot of that with this setup. Nikon D800, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 @ 2.8 , ISO 1250, 1/100sec
- Aaron Hwang


Rose Heritage Garden

For this challenge I headed to the Rose Heritage Garden here in San Jose. I was pretty skeptical of the plastic bag effect, so I brought many types of lenses to try it out with. I thought the effect worked best with the Macro lens: It blurred the background and made the subject stand out. Who would have known you can replicate a "Instagram" filter with a glad sandwich bag! Canon T2i, f/5.6, 100mm, ISO 100
- Diego Jiménez



I didn't have a clear plan of action for this week's challenge. Instead, I went for a bike ride and, bag in hand, shot targets of opportunity. Fortunately, I came across an agreeable great blue heron who patiently waited for me to figure out how to the sandwich bag positioned over my camera. Fujifilm s100fs, F4.9, 1/500, ISO100
- Mike Case


I think the shots came out fantastically. Who would have thought that such a cheap hack could reproduce what the industry has spent so much effort creating in crappy analog cameras and smart digital image filters. See the full-size shots on flickr.