In photography, we have access to an unlimited palette of colors. But how good of a photographer are you, really? What can you do with just one?

WINNER: Chamber


My day job is testing aircraft avionics. We use an anechoic chamber during some of our tests, and it has always been my favorite place in our lab. I have been meaning to photograph it for a while, but the shooting challenge finally gave me a reason to do so. This was my favorite of all the photos I took. It has a very german expressionism feel which I love. Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Settings: 1/40s; f/2.8; ISO 3200; 11mm

- Brian Oslinker


Drops of water formed by condensation inside a mineral water bottle. Gave the blue by placing a transparent blue color file between the light source and bottle. Used Nikon D600 with Nikon Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. Shot at ISO 200 with 2.5 seconds exposure and f/22 aperture.

- Sharbeen Sarash



So, I know that technically, white isn't color and actually the "absence of color" (if you wanna get all science-y about it) but after pondering over a color to choose, I thought white would be interesting and (hopefully) different and really bring out the shadows to outline what you're looking at. So I searched my kitchen and got together all the white food I could find and arranged them on white dishware. And in doing so, my hope is that the photo is much less bland than the meal itself. Camera is a Canon 60D, 18-135 MM lens, ISO 800, auto white balance and flash. I used Lightroom 4 to bump up the exposure and contrast and edited out a cup ring where the milk spilled a little but didn't touch the color.

- Mailani Souza

Large Red Piece Of Paper


Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, ISO 1250, 0 ev, ƒ/4.5, 1/50 I tried to achieve a red sand dune kind of feeling. Subject is a hot-water bottle with one end elevated and for the background, i used a large piece of red paper. For light sources, natural window light from the left and a desk lamp from the right.

- Jan Buechner



Image Title: Benedict Equipment: Nikon D7000, Nikon DX 55-200mm1:4-5.6 Settings: ISO 100, f14, 25" Exposure, 5000K White Balance For starters, I love eggs. No matter how they are prepared, I simply love eggs. This being said, my first idea was to photograph a bunch of eggs. So I went and bought a 2 1/2 dozen carton to ensure breakage would not leave me short-handed. After realizing eggs are a difficult object to make interesting, I decided to take a photograph of the carton instead. The lighting effect was created with a LED-MagLite, Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere and a white padded flat-rate envelope from USPS. I won't go into the details of how I chose these things to light the image (no other options and available light was horrendous) but this was the final product. At least I now have as many soft boiled eggs and omelets as my body can take before my cholesterol levels speak otherwise.

- John Doye

Red Piece Of Paper, Part II


It's Amazing what can be done with some old wrapping paper and some back light. You can get a one color photograph that's interesting and abstract. Nikon D90 60mm Nikkor Micro Lens f/32 1 sec exposure backlit with flash light

- Duane Sager

Nearly South Of France


Saw the challenge and I started looking for interesting one color situations. Admittedly something bigger than jelly beans would probably make for a better image, but of course would be much more difficult to find. I wish I could have traveled to the south of France to some giant field of sunflowers, but alas... I was in Maine on vacation with my 4yr old and my 1yr old in tow, so I went to the candy shop. Shot on Nikon D600, ISO 280, 85mm, on a Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, f/4.5, 1/100 sec.

- Brian McCabe



Pictured above are two types of rock formations called stalactites and stalagmites inside of Luray Caverns located in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Nikon D7000 17mm 1/25s f/ 2.8 ISO: 1600

- Amie Hauck

Rock Stock


I was inside of a "rock" store when I noticed a huge citrine display. I walked over, used my friend's cell phone light to light the inside of rock and produce some contrast and show off it's color. The simple solution produced some beautiful shots. This was among our favorite - Enjoy! I shot this photo with a Canon 5D MkII and a Sigma 24-70mm lens. This particular shot: 1600 ISO, f 2.8, 1/80 shutter speed.

- Matthew Caballero

Remarkable entries, and proof that tonal range can be even more important than color range. We've only featured a handful of our entrants here to keep the post manageable, but head over to flickr for the entire collection. It's worth the click.


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