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Hard gels and rainbow lighting—the color palettes of leprechauns and gay pride parades. But for this week's Shooting Challenge, you mastered aggressive color. (Then you were all like, "double rainbow all the way!" C'mon, so dated, guys.)


A quick note on scheduling for everyone who emails me each week: New Shooting Challenges are announced each Wednesday. Shooting Challenge results will always run the following Tuesday (with submissions due on Monday). Everyone is invited to participate, from amateurs to pros. We just ask that you submit new work, not old portfolio shots.


WINNER - Sun Stained

This is the most famous shelved rice terrace in Japan. It is in the southern Kyushu region, Saga prefecture, Genkai town. Late seasonal rains allow the this area to begin planting later than other regions thus giving the sun time to align with the field. The region itself is exceptionally rural with few attractions so aside from photographers, it is rarely graced by tourists. I was about a week late in shooting this, the rice is poking through, so this spot will be in my hunt next year as well. Camera: Nikon 3Ds Settings: 16-35mm 4F @35mm 16F 200ISO Filter: Circular Polarizing turned to enhance reflection Other: WB toned at Auto B4 to get orange/blue gradient Process: manual digital blend of 8 shots, color toning in PS. In some measure, every color in the rainbow is present in this shot, even magenta (typically shouldn't be).
- Jason Arney

Water Filter

This was taken Saturday at the zoo. We made the trip on a whim because the weather was so beautiful. I almost left the camera bag in the car because it was a bit hot and I didn't really want to be bothered with it. Well good thing I brought it! All of the animals were very photogenic, even this big guy. My "light gel" was completely natural - blue above from the water and green below from this manatee's delicious lettuce lunch. The only light source was the sun. Canon XSI, 85mm Canon EF prime lens, f/1.8, 1/320.
-Manuel Campo


Stairs in Paris

The original stairs picture, shot in Paris, was converted with Photoshop in B&W. Then I painted it with five colored brushes in a Multiply layer. Very simple but I liked it !
- Sébastien Bonaimé


Broadcast Rainbow

This is an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I loved how the lights from the art danced across the reflective floor. These colors are exactly what the exhibit gave as well, no re-coloration was done. It was taken with a Canon T2i with a shutter speed of 1/30, ISO of 200, Aperture of 3.5, and at 18mm with an 18-55mm lens.
- Kevin Goldfarb


Metal Lives

I was at the Megadeth/Rob Zombie concert 2 days ago in Pittsburgh, PA (May 16th, the day the contest was announced). I was trying to get as close as possible to the stage when the show was nearing the end. The guy in the silhouette is one of the crowd control freaks, he wouldn't let me get any closer. While stepping back a little disgusted I saw these flares shooting out of the back of his head (obviously they were from the lights on stage). I took the picture on my iPhone and then as always opened it up in the Camera+ App, added a bunch of effects. And then added a rainbow gradient with the radial setting and set the transfer mode to Hue using Photoshop. That's the story of this Lights Picture, I guess I like it cause it was more of a spontaneous click rather than a planned one. Camera - iPhone 4 with no additional lens fixtures.
- Krishna Pandravada


Obama High Five

For this challenge, I shot many many various and sundry lights. Took my entry on a whim driving back from the Nationals loss to the O's. Camera was set on an automatic setting called "Handheld Twilight" which ticked me off when the shutter clicked more than once, but looking at the image afterward, I was plaeased. Brought it into Photoshop upon arriving home and selected all the bright spots, added a rainbow gradient then overlayed the actual image agin with a 95% opacity. Thought this image with the added Rainbow was a great representaion of Obama's approval of same sex marriage. Shot on a Sony SLT-33A with the Handheld Twilight Settting, basically HDR, but not as dramatic.
-Felonious Max


Hair Flip

This particular photo was the product of experimentation. I have no expendable income at the moment, so I made my own gels out of colored translucent paper and taped them on from of my flashes. The flashes were placed into my DIY softbox and beauty dish. I really enjoy the contrast that red and blue makes, so I felt they were appropriate for this photo with so much motion. This photo was shot with: Nikon D3000, Nikon 18-70 DX F/3.5-F/4.5, ISO 400, Two speedlights on camera right and left with colored gels.
- Nicholas Adelman


Subtle Crayola

I went up to the Space Needle with a few of my friends, and decided to try out this photo challenge with one of my photo. I applied the multicolored gradient in The photo was taken with an Olympus E-PL1 with 1 second exposure, at 14mm with f/3.5 and ISO 200.
- Lucas Lin


Rainbow Crossing

I'm sure we could debate whether the weekly Shooting Challenges are 30 percent technical challenge, 70 percent conceptual challenge, or some variation thereof. Each week we are asked to come up with an idea for a photo that conforms to some technical concept (e.g. black and white, technicolor, long exposure, etc.) I have to admit that each week I am pretty stumped, mostly by the concept part. This week was no exception. Stock gradient in Photoshop. Shot on a Canon EOS 30D, 24mm-105mm lens at 105mm, f4, 1/2000, ISO 200.
- Brian McCabe


Rainbow Eclipse

This shot was taken with a Canon Rebel XSi using a Canon Zoom Lens 55-250mm and a UV filter. Camera setting was ISO 100, F/32, 1/4000. The color was added with Photoshop and is my first attempt at anything like this. The photo is of the solar eclipse seen on 5/20/2012 at 6:30PM from Vacaville, California. My family and I shared the experience while Barbecuing.
- Christy Parsons


Kicking It Old School

You kids and your fancy Photoshop and Flash Filters. In my day we used the sun to get true colors. So here's my photo of a flower bathed in rainbow light from a prism. Camera Nikon: D300, Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15), Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Speed: 200
- Jeff Gamble


Fantastic entries this week. I was surprised by how many of you went full-out rainbow rather than more subtle color gels. But then again, how often do you get to paint a photo with every color under the sun? Full gallery below. The really big shots are on flickr.