Concrete and steel may be the cornerstones of modernity, but I have a feeling we'll be building out of wood long after we develop transparent aluminum. It's the most abundant, complexly beautiful thing. Here are 44 photos that celebrate it.

WINNER: Elephant Eye

For this shot I found a wooden fence and looked for the most interesting spot on it. This is what I came up with. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Canon Lens EF 50mm 1:1.8 II, ISO: 100, f/8.0, 1/160s
- Eric Jones


Wood Nebula

Besides shooting landscape and the occasional portrait and wildlife, I also like to shoot abstract, or what I lovingly refer to as poster art. Although I didn't on this shot, many of my photographs are single exposure HDR, using first Photoshop, then Photomatix. The subject of this shot was some old growth Fir I had been planing on my Roubo workbench. There are also some shavings from 3/4 inch plywood in the center of the mix.


Generally when I'm shooting abstract, I pick a subject and just shoot. Tight, focused, blurred, etc. When I was processing this set of shots, I immediately saw this one as a Nebula, and so chose it for submission. Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18-55mm DX lens, 1/8 second shutter speed, F/9, ISO 100, color was tweaked a bit using GIMP to compensate for the blueish tint 5000K creates. I shot this in my wood shop with two 23W 5000 Kelvin CFL lamps and a butcher paper background.
- Vic Hubbard


I was out at Meaher State Park along Mobile Bay in Mobile, AL just messing around with some new camera equipment. I was taking long exposures to smooth out the water of the bay using some new ND filters when I had remembered about the shooting challenge. Well the only thing in the park that was wood was the dock. So I set out to capture the sun reflecting off of the dock and the water. The photo was edited for contrast and cropping in Adobe Lightroom 4. Nikon D200,Nikon 18-70mm, Tiffen 0.9 and 1.2 ND filters, ISO 100, f/22, 1.4 seconds
- Cory Hauptman



After taking the ferry to Edmonds, WA I walked along the beach and found this driftwood. I didn't even think about the shooting challenge until I got home. Sony RX100 in P mode: f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO-125. Cropped and colors enhanced in Lightroom.
- David Lee


Shaving Pine

This is a macro photo of some chisel work on a white pine timber that I was doing for a recent wood project. The piece was used as a part of a timber frame table with metal accents. Canon EOS 5d Mark II, 1/60 sec at f/5.6, Sigma 150mm Macro, ISO: 1600
- Craig Marble


Burnt Hair

While searching for something to shoot for this challenge, I pulled out a piece of firewood from a small pile in my backyard. Funny thing is, my house doesn't have a fire place, nor do I have a fire pit or anything like that. Being that I live in Florida, a fire place or pit, while enjoyable, wouldn't get that much use. This pile of oak was there when we moved in two years ago, and was already dried up and rotting at that point. The underside of this particular log was split and splintered, creating lots of textures and depth in a very small space. The elements had discolored some parts, but left others areas almost untouched. I took a handful of shots from a few angles using various settings. This one was my favorite of the bunch. I ran the image through Photoshop to adjust the exposure and contrast a little, but nothing major. Shot with my Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens set at 55mm, f/13, 1/100 shutter speed, ISO 100.
- Gabe Loewenberg



I study wood oriented furniture design in Sweden. Lately my experimentations have been into material properties with an emphasis on breaking the wood. Picture is taken from a piece in progress. Camera is Canon 350D with a Tamron 90/2,8 macro. f/32 1s. The light on the background is a desktop lamp.
- Jalmari Laihinen


Graveyard Stump

I was visiting Julian, California with some friends to see some newly fallen snow. During our walkabout I stopped by an old graveyard and next to one of the tombstones I saw this very old tree stump. It made me sad to see that such an old tree had been chopped down, but was still drawn to the beauty of it's patterns which had been developed over time. Nikon D7000. F-stop at f/20, exposure 1/125, ISO-6400, and a focal length of 70mm.
- Bryndan Bedel


Bonsai Dream

I just came into possession of this dream lens and was anxious to try it out. The flange focal distance of the 5d2 limits the use of this lens for macro shots. A bonsai exhibit was showing at the Chicago Botanic Garden this weekend and I took the opportunity to test this lens on some perfectly sized subjects. DOF on this lens wide open is razor thin and only comes into focus at about 6 inches. The only way to focus with this lens / camera combination is to move forward and back. A bit difficult to do taking this shot handheld and crouching low for the perspective. Although this shot is perhaps not the best in terms of artistry, it does highlight the dreaminess that this lens is known for. Canon 5d mk II, Canon 50mm f/0.95 TV Lens w/ bayonet-to-EF mount adapter, Manual mode, f/0.95, 1/250 sec, ISO 100
- Peter Look


Really diverse entries this week, which was absolutely perfect for the challenge. Thanks to everyone who entered. And for those looking to appreciate more shots, I'm going to urge you to go to flickr. Compression kills the majesty of some of these shots.