The population of earth has been destroyed...except for one person. That was the theme of this week's Shooting Challenge, and the photos that you created in response are strange, funny, and most often, haunting.

Winner: Table for One


The Lone Survivor is visiting his favourite restaurant; it is still set up for hundreds of guests. Our hero sits alone, ready to prepare his meagre canned meal and enjoy the ambiance alone, one final time.

- Rick Weiss

Left Field


Amongst the endless sprawl of green tea fields one man stands tall, sort of.
Canon T3i, f/5.6, 1/125, 50mm

- Levi Basist

It Was The Geese


This was a quick shot with my 60D. I had the idea of capturing this image in my head, but did not get a chance to stage something. This was complete luck of the draw. The guy in the photo was actually looking back at flying geese.Canon60D, f/10. 1/320ISO 500

- Michael Durr

Empty Paradise


This one was taken by my fiancée yesterday while visiting my aunt and my mother for Mother's Day in Ogunquit, Maine. It was a wonderful day with temperatures in the 80s but the beach was absolutely abandoned and probably won't be packed until June or July. My fiancée Courtney took this with my Canon PowerShot SX280 on automatic (f/4, 1/250, ISO-80) and I did some cropping and minor color correction for the re-sized version.

- Chris Andrews's Fiancée Courtney

Day Z


Used a Nikon d7000 with the kit lens ( Nikon 18-105 f/3.5). On program setting. Strait photo with some minor PS desaturation.

A homage to the apocalyptic simulation DayZ. The game though simple in its premiss is quite difficult and lends it's subtly to the fact that when you are the Lone survivor, survival is nearly an insurmountable task. Just try playing it, to survive.


- Marshall Marice

Parking Lot Napper


I saw this empty run-down parking lot with a single car at the very end on an overcast day. When I got a little closer I noticed there was a person with the seat back sleeping in the car.

Fuji XE-2 with XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 shot at 18mm focal length, f/9, 1/90 sec, iso 200


- Samuel Gould

Where's Waldo? (He's Dead)


It was taken using a Canon 5D MK III with Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens on a pair of Manfrotto photo head atop a pair of Manfroto carbon fiber sticks.

I was out shooting in the mountainous regions of Southern California to take a collection of modelesque shots for a concept directors portfolio. He brought along a model and an assistant and my goal was to take a number of photos with different wardrobes, poses and locations representing a spectrum of emotional range. We hiked up many mountain passes for the day and had succeeded in fulfilling my assignment, accomplished and tired we began to drive home. Along the windy mountain pass road i stopped when i saw a brilliant ravine with a cage like fence stuck in the middle. I positioned the model between the rungs of the cage and sat camera half a football fields distance away. I snapped a number of photos using HDR technique which i then abandoned in favor of a lengthy exposure time. I brought the photo into light room and brought down the highlights and boosted the shadows which brought the detail out of the treeline. It takes some people a moment to find her, and many people have a "where is waldo" moment of satisfaction once they do.


- Ian Feiner

Rear View


This photo was taken when my friends and I were experimenting with shots around their car at dusk. We were going to film a scene at the warehouse area and even though when the lights were completely different from what I had imagined they would look like when they turned on. I used my little Nikon D3100 which I have been using for three years (and am hoping to upgrade) with a 50mm 1.8 lens.

- Yi Lin T



My lone survivor is trekking North in hopes of finding other survivors in more rural location. He is taking one last look back at the City by the Bay that was once his home.

I liked the idea of creating a shot of a normally busy place void of people. On a sunny day, the Golden Gate bridge is packed with tourists and cars going back and forth over the span. I thought it would be a fun challenge to see if I could assemble a picture of the bridge empty, something I have never seen, even at night. I shot this on Saturday morning at about 11:30am on May 10th, 2014 from the Marin Headlands. I set my camera up on a tripod in a few different locations and snapped away remotely trying to find breaks in the traffic at various points along the bridge. I opted for the shot through an old chain link fence and include the some of the abandoned bunkers that are up there to help sell the idea that no one had been there in a long time. Camera Used: Nikon D7000 Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED II. Settings: ISO 110, 42mm, f8, 1/250

- Benny Burtt

Shadow Selfie


I interpreted the theme of "Lone Survivor" and went for something of an "Impressionistic shadow selfie." The base image was captured with an iPhone 5S as a shadow on gravel. I put it through 3.5.11 with a small crop to get the shoes out, and then applied a sepia filter. I next inverted the colors, and realized that I had my shot. I like the way the gravel when inverted gives the appearance of a monotone mosaic.

- Jonas Demuro

Great, great, great work this week all around. I'm glad that there were a few billion of us still around to appreciate your creativity. The big images are on flickr.