Blood. It’s not something you want to see more than you have to, but at the same time, it’s a miraculous substance, fueling both mankind’s daily exploits, and a full genre of YA fiction. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, we asked you to photograph it.

Winner: Slasher

This shows the gruesome mutilation that our victims experience at Paranoia Haunted House. Don’t get left behind, or you’ll never make it out!

One of my models had a leftover bottle of blood and we wanted to show how vivid and terrifying it can look. Shot with Canon EOS 6D, 50mm 1.8 lens, 1/50 sec, f/8, Adobe Photoshop CC

Jacob Peterson


Veins

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As a nurse, I have access to some excellent subject matter for this shooting challenge - but who goes around drawing blood for fun? Instead I took home a tourniquet, tightened it on my own arm and snapped some shots as my veins emerged. Nikon D3000. f5.3, 1/40, ISO 200

Hannah Nofsinger


Django 2?

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The first thought that came to my mind when I read this weeks challenge was the blood splattered cotton in Django Unchained. Lacking the required cotton plants here in Ireland, settled with a white goose feather which our geese regularly shed. I made the blood mixture with various red inks and then put water droplets on them to create the blood drop effect. Shots were taken with a Canon 450d with the kit lens. I used a cheap reversing ring to achieve the macro. The f-stop is somewhere around 8 (no readout due to reversed lens). ISO 800. Shutter Speed 1/160 second.

Damien Crossan


OK, so I think the topic scared some people off. Maybe we should have committed to “horror” or something along those lines, rather than leaving the window open for the real deal. But yolo, etc.

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Either way, thanks for the three of you who participated this week. Stay tuned for a new challenge tomorrow.