Photographic negatives. They look like strange poltergeists, or an oddworld version of our earth. But as you proved for this week’s Shooting Challenge, they’re not just strange; negatives can also be beautiful.

Winner: Bronzed

Walking in Toronto on a break from a shoot, I had my trusty side arm with me, a Panasonic GM1, set at f9 1/400 200 iso. The clouds were murky and dark but just as a I got to this office building waiting for the light to change, some clouds parted and let through the bright blue sky hiding above. It made for a perfect contrast between bright and dark and a nice blue gradient (which of course turns orange). The fun part was seeing the office lights change to black, I am reminded of a binary code or a DNA test strip of some sort. Fun!

Matt Vatcher


Tiny Flowers

My wife has been gardening and these tiny flowers pop up recently. I love the colors they bring out so i figured if the real colors are so nice the negative well be just as good. Nikon D610, 50mm f/1.4, ISO 250, 1/800 sec.

Jerry Garcia


Soo Line Building

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Matjaž Domen Pečan


Cup Of Soup/Zombie Brains

The base image is of a cup of soup (beef flavor). I like the way the noodles jiggle on the spoon. The image was captured with a Nokia 635. The noodles are given an eery glow with the negative process as if they are being transilluminated from below.

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The image was then processed in GIMP 2.8.14 to convert it to a negative. The images were then resized in Microsoft Paint as I find it easier to use for the simple stuff.

Jonas Demuro


Fuck Carbos

I spent a couple of months doing weight training and eating high calories. This week, I’m shocking my body with an extremely low carbohydrate intake/high protein and increased cardio to trim down some of the unwanted gain that was inevitable. I love carbs... LOVE carbs. Day two of “fuck carbos” week was yesterday and it was cake day at work. Stayed strong, but snapped a pic of the cake (what was left, anyway). I love cake. iPhone 6 Plus, Negative Me app, Instagram app, Juno filter

Alan Burk


Racks

This is the DSL equipment at my work. I took a negative of this particular panel at my work because of the varying colors.

Esten Bulla


The Light Side

Not the conventional “negative” But it is a negative! Yesterday my boss brought in a coloring book from the 80’s for a collection box at work. I flipped through it and at the end found this! I had to take a photo of it! It looks like the last page was Darth and it was colored on, left in the book for a year, then torn out, sat for 30 years, and created this negative. Hope it counts!

Tristan Gilmore


Thomas Circle

Thomas Circle NW, on an inverted sort of day. iPhone 6, 4.15mm, f/2.2.

Mark Faulkner


Third Avenue

I took the original picture while I was walking down Third Avenue in NYC. The original picture was of a reddish brown building on a semi-cloudy day. A part of the blue sky was reflected down the middle of the building. I took this picture with my Canon 5dMark III using my 24-105mm L f4 lens. It was shot at f/5.6. 1/1000 sec at 200 ISO. The focal length was 24mm. I used aperture priority and worked the original RAW shot in Lightroom 6. I used GIMP to convert it from the “normal” shot to the Negative one. No other enhancements were done after the GIMP conversion.

John McNamara


Parallel Universe

I made a cup of Americano for myself, and it looked so good, I had to take a picture :). I then used the built-in Android photo editor to adjust exposure, contrast, and finally invert and get the negative effect. The white cup became a black magnifying glass, and the coffee bubbles reminded me of continents of a planet, or even stars of a galaxy ... Equipment: Moto X

Panayiotis Mavrommatis


Radioactive Apples

For this challenge, I decided to try a still life of different apples. These are a red delicious, a granny smith, and a jazz apple. After inverting the image, it looked like the fruit was glowing. This was taken with a Pentax K-5 IIs, which I had rented for the week. The lens is a 50-135 mm. A Yongnuo flash was used off camera for the light.

Chris Sears


Kingfisher

I was just standing outside my house, and saw the Kingfisher after very long time and thought of the Negative shooting challenge of this week and just clicked it. I used Nikon D7100 with 18-200mm lens. ISO 320 f/22 1/20s

Sathishkumar Suriyakumar


Cat Puzzle

I shot this with my Samsung Galaxy S5 and then used the Negative Photo Effect. I re-sized in Photoshop Elements. It is a puzzle me and my wife had been working on of our cats and I thought the negative might show the puzzle piece lines more prominently, which it kind of did. What I didn’t expect was the great sky blues the table would create.

David Oliver


Highlights

During a visit to an I*** store I found this collection of markers, crayons, etc. All in bright intense colours. In negative they change to these beautiful pastels.

Jaroslaw Kacerka


Orange Sky

I was taking some pictures for a monthly newsletter I design for a local country club. This was a cool old-style clock on their golf course. Canon Rebel T2i, f/10, 1/200 sec, ISO 400

Sam Weaver


Alien Nature Hike

Otherworldly wildflowers in the Fair Hill Natural Resource Area, Maryland. Canon G7x, f/1.8, 1/2000 second exposure, ISO-125, 9mm focal length.

S Wootten


Buds

I chose to take a photo go my recently developed medium format negatives and then invert the picture to negative so the photo would look close to normal color. It’s not going to be exact color but it came out cool! Equipment used was my Canon 6D and Sigma 24-70.

Eddie Smith


Willow

This is a lone willow tree under a starry night, shot with a Nikon D750 and a 30 second exposure. I’ve been trying to work this tree, planted by my grandmother, into a composition for a while now. I actually used the lights from the house to create the stark shadows on the ground.

Jack Lukow


Neptune Prom

My daughter went to prom Saturday. This blue-skin look would have been a hit! Canon 5D Mk II. 85mm lens at f/1.2, 1/160s, ISO 100.

David Lee


Bread Line

I was wandering the DC tidal basin and came across the FDR Memorial - a little traveled open air piece that is just brilliant. At first I was drawn to literal negative casts of sculpture, as I thought I might be clever for this contest.

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Instead, I was drawn to the sculpture of the Depression Era bread line. By getting in tight and opening the aperture way up, the sculpture was the whole world - no tidal basin greenery. This was shot at f/1.8 with a shutter speed of 1/2500 at 35mm. I used Lightroom to create the negative.

Ian Shedd


Dice City

So I decided to take a stroll Sunday evening by the East River and found the perfect shot for my submission for this week’s shooting challenge.

I shot these on a Canon Rebel T1i at a focal length of 35 mm at F 4.6 just as the sun was setting behind the skyline and creating perfect back lighting for the buildings. After processing the picture in photoshop and applying the negative effect the skyline looks like some kind of city of ice with a post apocalyptic sky and a frozen East River in front. White Walkers anyone?

Zarif Taufiq


Baby Blues

After looking around Seattle for a cool shot, I kept going back to the thought of eyes as a negative. I tried to capture my son’s baby blues, but the shot ended up looking better as a negative after converting to black and white. Shot with a NIkon D610.

Jeffrey Peffer


Denver International Airport

Saturday at Denver International Airport’s new hotel and transit expansion opening in part this fall. Looking from the eventual lobby of the hotel, across the open terrace to the south of the DIA Terminal. As a night mode for iOS’ overly bright white interface I keep ‘invert colours’ as an accessibility shortcut of triple click home button. Used this to determine my shot(s) as a ‘negative’ live viewfinder. Straightened, and cropped in Affinity Photo. Shot on iPhone 6 Plus, back camera, stock camera app.

Christopher Bates


Landscape Landscape

This scene is my backyard as the sun is rising. The three trees on the left are producing white flowers, the grass is a bright green, and the fence along the back is a rusty red. I shot this on a Canon T3i, 24-105mm lens @ 24mm focal length, f/5, 1/125s, ISO 800, and the “Landscape” picture style. The only adjustment was an inversion of the photo in PS for the “negative”.

Jon McFadyen


Breakfast Plus

Love the premise of this contest, so I had to throw my hat into my first submission. I am using a Nikon D90 with a 50mm lens, using an f stop of 1.8. Camera was held via hand and the focal point was on the tasty sandwich itself.

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I find the world of negatives fascinating, because they produce the most unexpected results, even when you’re well aware of what the original looks like. Nothing says good morning like a hearty breakfast, but to invert the colors makes it seem like something out of Star Trek or breakfast under an electron microscope. If I were to title this shot, I would give it the name of Breakfast Plus.

Brendan McGarrity


Kasmus

This photo was taken as a landscape on the Gulf of Finland, in Kasmus, Estonia. I waited till the sunset was just right as to give the water and the sky the same tones. I used a 20mm lens, set on a tripod at 45 seconds.

Pablo Piedra


How many of these images just completely subverted your expectations? Look for a new Shooting Challenge tomorrow.

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