Taken with my 1.3MP Cell Phone Camera , Samsung SGH-D500. i don't have a big sized version because the camera is not the good.
-Daniel Belous

This was my first time ever using a DLSR. Taken with a Canon Rebel XTi with stock lens and a 430EX flash. Settings were 1/160th, F/5.0, and ISO 400. The whole guitar was in this shot originally, but I ended up cropping it to just the headstock like you see now.
-Craig Lloyd

This is obviously taken underwater, as this is my primary focus for photography. This is on the ascent line back up to the dive boat. Edited in Aperture for white balance correction.
Canon EOS 7D
Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye Zoom lens @ 13mm
Nauticam NA-7D underwater housing
Zen Dome Port on top of a Nauticam 40mm extension port
ISO200, f5, 1/125, natural light
-Sam Garber

A few minutes after reading about the next photo contest I looked around my office to see if I could find anything interesting to practice on. That's when I looked out the window and saw this lone flower that had fought its way out of the snow (we actually had snow last night, in May no less, and are expecting more tonight...gotta love Colorado). I walked around the building and took a few shots of it, and this is the result. I don't have professional gear, just my pocket sized Canon PowerShot SD970 using the macro setting.
-Joey Millison

Shot with Nikon D5000 1/250 55mm lens.
I was taking some images for my website, my am was to try and include some retro items, as well as a new iPod shuffle.
-Ryan Takman

I used a Lumix DMC-F27 for this shot, at f/4.5, 1/640s and ISO 80. I was riding with a few friends today at my local skatepark, and I checked my RSS on my phone, and saw the Free For All challenge. Needless to say I whipped out my camera and started shooting. Andy threw down this feeble on the kinked ledge and I caught it, dashed home and edited it in Photoshop. A little colour adjustment and some masking and this is the result.
-Andy Taylor

I was fortunate enough to be invited out on a sail Monday afternoon and couldn't wait to try out high dynamic range. I had been reading about it and this is my first successful execution and shooting challenge submission. Nothing too tricky here, just 5 different exposures, a sailboat and photomatix. Now I can't help but merge to HDR every shot I take. My goal was to get an even tone without having the fake painting look. Harder to do than one would think.
Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xti
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8
ISO 200
5 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
-Sean Meyers

I took this with a rebel xti 18-55mm lens and f18.
The other day I took a hike with my family and noticed these perfect little flowers. I decided to take them from a low angle so I could still capture the beauty of the landscape and my family. I laid on my chest for a while before I was satisfied with the photo.
-Charlie Gibson

As a hot pepper junkie, I shot this as a tribute to my capsaicin addiction.
The fire was from a puddle of isopropyl alcohol directly behind the peppers. Shot on a dark glass sheet in front of a black backdrop. Minimal Photoshop needed- just dust removal and contrast curves.
f/11, 4s, ISO125. Canon 5D + 50mm EF Macro lens.
1/16th Vivitar 285 into small softbox, set left rear.
1/32 ABR800 into 30" moonunit, set right.
1/4th Vivtar285, snooted, under glass.
Medium foam reflector, set front left.
Cactus V2 trigger.
-Kurt Elster

Camera Nikon D300s
Focal Length 35mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed sec
ISO 400
Shot my nephew while playing w/bubbles right in front of his home. Small wall in front of steps, I just had him sit down while I layed on my stomach! Taken in Pasadena, CA
-Ray Yoro

Camera: 400d, Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8,
At ISO 100, f1.8, 1/4000 second.
Editing in Aperture included a small white balance change, cropping and a small amount of use of burn tool.
I only recently starting to get back in to photography. My overall aim today was to convoy the the fresh new growth of spring, so I went out side I had tried using a larger depth of field but found those images to be far less interesting. This was by far the nicest and most effective image I took today.
-Harry Tilsley

Taken with a Nikon D3000, 110mm prime lens, 6.6 second exposure, and I forget the F-stop (non-cpu lens)
2009 Harley FXDF, lit solely by a green laser in a pitch black garage, held by hand and aimed at the chrome air filter.
-Joey D'Anna

Camera:Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
Exposure:1/3200 sec
Focal Length:45 mm
ISO Speed:100
Exposure Bias:0 EV
Took this picture while the sun was setting to get a golden color in the background, and shot it with the metering set on the sky, so the foreground would be a dark silhouette.
-Rick Gomes

This photo is of my Razer Lycosa gaming keyboard. It was inspired by all of the awesome long time exposure photos in the contest a few months ago. It was taken with a Kodak Easy Share m863 with exposure time of 2 seconds and iso 64.
-Billy Wanamaker

this was taken on my iPhone 3GS on swiss airlines, i think its beautiful how it goes drastically from light to DARK all in one shot. its almost as the large depth of field captures different time zones with different lightings.
-Steven Harary

my picture: Artist in Action.
It's was part of my Grafftiti-Tunnel-Shooting last monday, here at Sydney University. It was a series of a graffiti-artist in his environmente. Most shoots, were done with my film camera, this is one of the rare digital ones.
I used a 450d, Tamron 17-50/2.8 and Lightroom to develop and process the picture.
I closed the aperture down to f16 to get a wide depth of field to connect my subject with the environment.
A exposure time of 0.7sec was used, so I can blur the motion, to capture the movement of the artist.
ISO 400 to get nice exposure.
-Simon Niemes

Sony DSLR-A550, Sigma 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens
(f/8, 1/80 sec., ISO 200)
The simple set up for this shot involved altering the key layout to read "G-I-Z-M-O" on an old bluetooth keyboard and shooting from close up with a gorilla tripod, with a monitor out of view providing some nice back-glow. At least when this layout becomes the new international standard, I'll be ready with the promotional materials.
-Ben Torode

Picture was taken at an aquarium of a giant starfish. The starfish was crawling up the glass window.
Camera: 30d
Lens: 70-200 f2.8 L Canon
-Andy Graber

Taken with a Nikon D3000, edited in Photoshop Cs4 with Lomo effects.
This picture was taken at a local park and I added the arm and the lighting effects through Photoshop.
-Ashley Allred

"The antimatter, has arrived"
Shot on the Nikon D300 with the Nikkor AFS DX 35mm f/1.8G lens: 14bit lossless .nef, 1/250x (sync) shutter speed, f/2.8 aperture (which is where the magic happens with this lens, by the way), ISO 200. D300 built-in flash commanding 2 x SB600's wirelessly (IR). Conversion, color correction and curves in Raw Therapee, editing in Photoshop CS3.
-Wade Saathoff

Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
Focal length: 30.5
F number: 8
Exposure time: 1/2,500
-Ahmed Al-sh

Title- Spares
Taken with a 12-24mm wide angle lens on a Nikon D70 body in an alley instudio city california
-Daniel Sawyer Schaefer

Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikkor 18/105mm
ISO: 100
F Number: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1,000
I was right under this guy when I shot this, he almost spilled saliva on my lens! Did not use Tripod.
Shot in Kuwait By: Mohammed Bastaki 2010 (Middle East, Arabian Gulf)
-Mohammed Bastaki

Camera: Canon PowerShot A70
ISO: 200
Shooting Mode: Slow Shutter at 4/s
Lens: Standard (5.4-16.2mm)
This was actually a very simple shot to achieve.
All that was required from me was to set my camera up on a tripod, set the timer for 10 seconds and then when the shutter released, flick the lighter on.
Slow Shutter speed was used to capture the sparks before the flame, an event usually to short and insignificant to acknowledge.
It looks quite fantastic however. This is totally un-photoshopped or edited at all for that matter.
-Will Reid

Aimed for a single eye closeup self-portrait but ended up not cropping the picture at all. Tripod and ceiling lighting combined with built-in flash.
Faked under and over exposure in Camera Raw then HDR in Photomatix Pro 3 and finally CS5 for selective monochrome and color balance adjustment.
Nikon D60
Nikon AF-S 35mm F1.8G DX
0.5 / f/5 / ISO 200
Flash: 1/32
- Jon Nivesjö

I used my Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens to capture a kid playing with some flexible glow sticks at an outdoor concert. I was there to shoot video for the TV station that I work for and during a break I saw this kid spinning these glow sticks around. I grabbed my D40 set it to auto and took the picture. The settings were ISO 1600, f5.6, focal length 55mm, shutter speed 6 sec.
-Patrick Davis

It's now been 5 months since I obtained my first DSLR, a beginner's Canon EOS Rebel XS. I have tried my best to participate in almost every one of Gizmodo's shooting challenges to better myself, and I think it's been paying off. Here's my free for all shot. I took a pool raft from my back yard that unexpectedly had a spiderweb on one side of the rafts headrest, suspended in the web were several leaves and other things. I put the lens of my camera in one end of the headrest, using it as some kind of weird DSLR silencer. I pointed it at the pool and took this shot during bright daylight.
f/5 - 1/60s - ISO 100 - 18-55@42mm - Canon Rebel XS

Canon Rebel XSi, 18 mm, f/8, 2.5 sec, iso 400
I've always wanted to try infrared photography, and this challenge gave me a great excuse to do just that. This is a photo of a dying hemlock tree, which I took at Rainbow Falls this week. I used a tripod and an infrared filter and then did some tweaking in Photoshop.
-Timothy Flynn

I took this picture of my wife while we were on vacation in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. We walked down to the beach by the St. Regis hotel and I started shooting the sunset. I decided to play with some Photoshop filters and loved how things looked using the Invert filter.
Canon Rebel T1i
18-55 mm EF-S lens
No tripod
Shutter Speed: 1/80th
Aperture: f/22.0
Focal Length: 55 mm
Photoshop Invert Filter
-Anthony May

Camera-Nikon D60
Lens -18 mm-55mm Nikkor VR
ISO - 800
Exposure- 1/160 sec.
Ive seen the challenges before but have never entered so when I saw the free for all challenge. I decided to take some pictures of my dads birthday and ended up taking a photo of my two nephews blowing out his candles.
-Jimmy Hardesty

A picture of my musical partner Jason Harris making the "head" of his shadow intersect with the lines, thought it would look cool, and well, it kind of does.
Taken with Canon EOS 500D/Rebel T1i
1/2 Second Exposure
18 mm Focal Length
No Flash, taken in a parking lot around midnight, part of some interesting night shooting we did.
All colors were subtracted except, well, yellows.

Canon T1i
1/4sec shutter
ISO 100
Joby Gorillapod
After the initial focus stacking challenge I had this shot in my head and finally had an excuse to retry this technique. I call this one, "Forbidden Do'h nut".
-Will Phan

This shot was taken using a camera phone (Env2), without any editing
via computer except for resizing. It is a shot I was able to take with
very precise timing of Batman at Magic Mountain as I was on the line
below. It caught my eye as I ran past, and when I moved the picture to
my camera I was amazed how well it transitioned to a larger screen.
Best of luck, and thank you for putting together this contest!
-Michael Staudenmeir

Shot with Canon XTi
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 31mm
Had a shoot with a gorgeous girl by the name of Sam. This was one of my favorite shots, I think the sparkles around her eyes make the photo for me.
-Austin Trevin Tooley

Camera: Canon
Model: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
ISO: 250
Exposure: 1/20 sec
Aperture: 3.2
Focal Length: 55mm
I was walking on the streets of Manhattan and this road was under maintenance. This guy was cutting metal rods off the ground and it produced these amazing sparks.
-Abhiram Bandaru

Took with my:
Samsung Impression
1/8s exposure
Tweeked a little in Picasa, sharpen, contrast
Lilies growing in my backyard after a summer shower
-Stephen Parris

A thai flower
Shot with a very puny sony cybershot
the storry behind this photo is that we were on a hotel in thailand bery recently and i spotted this amazing flower just sitting there, and after taking a photo of the flower, noticed the stem was very interesting as well, so i took a nice photo of that
the blurred pink in the foreground is the actual flower
-Eden Fish

The picture was taken with my Canon T1i and the kit lens at ISO 200, f/5.6 and 1/125 shutter.
I shot the image yesterday at the Monaco 2010 Grand Prix free trial session for Formula1 cars. I took around 1,100 shots, but only 6 turned out good.
-Nils Albertsen

I took this shot with my Nikon D90 with a 50mm lens on manual mode. The shutter speed was 1/100, ISO 100 and an aperture of f5. A Nikon SB-600 (set to 1/13 power) was placed approximately 1 meter behind the paper craft WALL-E and triggered via Nikon CLS. I like how the dust in the air was illuminated and makes it look like a space scene.
-Zak Milofsky

For this image, I decided to use a couple of the recent contest techniques — Focus Stacking and HDR. The rose is a 15-image focus stacked composite (done in Helicon Focus). From there, I took the image into Photoshop and created 5 exposure variations using the levels tool. Those 5 images were combined in Photomatix to create an HDR version, which I am submitting.
Camera/Lens: Nikon D90 (tripod mounted) with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D lens, set to 35mm macro setting.
Exposure info: 1/40 sec, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm focal length
-Mac Mirabile

I used my canon eos 550D with the 18-55mm IS lens at F9.0, 1/200 & ISO 400.
I've always been interested in macro-photography and water aswell (as a subject), so I rigged my 550d to an old tripod I reacived from my grandparents a couple of weeks before and a self-timer of 2 sec, so when I pressed the shutterbutton the camera wouldn't bring camera-shake to the picture.
I used the built-in flash to try and "enhance" the water and I personaly think it's kinda cool that, in the picture, on some of the waterdrops that there are small color spots
-Andreas Vadian

Camera: Canon EOS 450D + EF-S 18-55 IS Kit with Raynox
DCR-250 Super Macro conversion lens
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 53 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire
So basically I've been meaning to try out a macro converter on my
450D, even though most people say you shouldn't. Most of the items in
and around my house are green, blue or white, but I wanted a shot with
much warmer colors, so I went out and bought a necklace I normally
wouldn't be caught dead with. The heart in the picture is one of the
smallest parts of the necklace, and the small aperture hid the other
(hideous) beads and turned them into a nice sparkly background. The
pink stuff under the necklace is the pink wrapping paper the store
gave me, which I also used to bounce light off with a flash light to
get even warmer tones.
I used Photoshop to wash out some of the other colors. I couldn't find
on the website if 'shopping was allowed or not, so I figured I'd sent
it in and find out!
-Anniek Groeneveld.

Beautiful sunny day in Malta and decided to go for a walk. Enhanced colors using iPhoto and edge blur. Still learning
Camera Fujifilm S1500
ISO : 100
Focal length 5.9
F number 2.8
Exposure time 1/160
-Daniel Zammit

For this shot I used a Canon EOS 7D, Tamron 28-75 lens and the Canon 580EX II flash (+ remote triggers).
I put red, yellow and blue flash colour effect gels on the flash to create the effect you see here.
Arranged the wine glasses on the table, made sure they all lined up well and took the shot.
The flash was set to about ¼ - 1/8 power.
Canon EOS 7D
Canon 580EX II
Tamron 28-75
ISO 200, 47mm
1/200s, F/7.1
-Terry Seidler

This was an HDR (High dynamic range) Photograph taken of Mt. Rainier.
I took nine separate pictures. Here are their specs:
F6. 3
ISO 80
Pic 1: 1/250
Pic 2: 1/125
Pic 3: 1/60
Pic 4: 1/30
Pic 5: 1/15
Pic 6: 1/8
Pic 7: 1/4
Pic 8: 1/2
Pic 9: 1
-Lumix DMC - FZ35 with a 27mm wide lens.
-Photoshop CS4
-Peter Glitsch

A friend gave me a nifty new Nikon 55mm macro f 3.5 with a Nikon bellows focusing attachment a couple of days ago. I slapped a Canon 5D to the back of it and was trying to take a picture of the flower, but this little guy stuck his butt in the way. It turned out to be my favorite picture in the bunch. I had to shoot at ISO 3200 with Canon 580EXii flash to get it light enough.
-Jennifer Kehl

"The food we prepare to celebrate the birthday of a friend, lasagna."
Exposure: f/3.1
Focal distance: 6mm
I use flash
-Ricardo Amaya

Shot using a Canon EOS 500D & 70-300mm IS, 1/200, f4.6, 200mm
Managed to grab a shot of a giant Koi Carp that occasionally surfaces from the pond where I work. Its surprisingly colourful.
-Charlie Davis

Raining day this week and the perfect time to take a shot of a water drop on a leaf.
Stood on my door step and focused at the plants growing in the front of my house.
Taken with a Canon EOS T2i using a EF-S 55-250mm f/4 – 5.6 IS lens
Focal length of 250mm No flash using the cloudy daylight and manual focusing
Aperture mode at f 8 shutter speed 1/60 Evaluative metering.
Three pictures taken with +2 and -2 exposure compensation then the three picture
Combined into an HDR picture which is the final picture here.
-John McNamara

Shot this one at a farm on the outskirts of London. Luckily for me, it happened to be a fine, sunny day. Not so luckily though, I was there around midday, and the sunlight was harsh. So I decided to try HDR on this picture of a Dandelion, and this is what I got.
I used a Nikon D60 for this, with a Nikor 18-55 lens.
Shutter speed: 1/60
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
-Karishma Lulla

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikon 18-105mm
ISO 200
1.6 sec exposure
For this one, I shot through a four foot long cardboard tube to achieve the spiraling effect. To get the blue at the center, I just pointed it at a bottle of blue Gatorade.
-Sean Edwards

Nikon D3000
Shutter: 10sec
ISO: 100
Flashlights: 2 blue led lights, and 3 cheap flash lights
I asked 5 friends from my hall at school to grab some flashlights. Then I asked them to run toward me with them. This was our first try. It was also our only try. After this, our RAs told us we were being too loud after quiet hours. Shoot.
-Austin Gohn

Shot taken with Canon XSi and stock 18-55mm lens at 46mm. Shot at ISO 400 at f/22 over 46 seconds (bulb).
For this shot, I could not decide on something that would be spectacular, but I could think of a spectacular beer, and so I tried to come up with a way to express my passion for it. I live in Europe and can't get Ninkasi over here, but I have one bottle just for that special occasion...I guess this fits the bill.
-Steven Saldana

Taken at my dad's graduation. (He's graduating with his Masters degree) I think this shot sums up the excitement of graduation quite nicely. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 at ISO 200 F4.1 and 1/8 shutter.
-Stephen Bank

I saw the plant while cleaning the car and really likes how they were slightly translucent, so I grabbed my camera. I used a Rebel XTi with a prime 50mm USM lens at ISO-100 and a f3.5 aperture and used a makeshift reflector. Used Lightroom to sharpen and crop the picture.
-Johann Garces

Equipment used Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Tripod, Timer, and Finger.
Three shots F3.2, ISO 100, Shutter speed differed to get a under exposed, properly exposed, and over exposed shot.
Used Photomatix software, and picasa 3 to re-size.
-Jason G

I guess the idea came from reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, which i am almost done with, and the picture of the Afghani girl. I had other things in mind and the pictures that you see here are sort of accidents. Her personality came through too and influenced the way i shot. I used a D40, some pictures are shot with a 18-55mm kit lens and towards the end i switched to my 35mm prime. I used a SB-600 flash mounted on the camera. The black background is made of her black sweater :). no other lighting gadgets were used. Some heavy photoshop on most of them. I corrected some eyebrows problems, enhanced the eyes, and used photoshop actions by night-fate. The shots were done sunday morning in my room in about 1 hour.
-Tudor Cucu