mixed with:

I tried to steal Alfred Hitchcock profile picture and at the same time the technique from Kumi Yamashita, Building Blocks using birds to fit with Hitchcock theme.


I started by doing some basic origami birds (I stopped at forty). Then, I installed my headlamp on the table as a light source and placed bird until it looks somewhat like I wanted.
I thought it would be simple but each bird I placed moved the others, so I decided to fix some with gum and do adjustments to others with a toothpick.

The shot was made with a Canon EOS 5D, handheld at f/2.5, 1/100, ISO1250, Exposure Compensation: -1.3. The only post processing done was cropping plus conversion to B&W.
-Alexandre Dion

Camera info:
Canon Rebel XSI
18-55mm lens
ISO 800

When i read the new shooting challenge I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use. I looked over at my dog, and there she was, laying on a reddish blanket. How convenient...
-Becca Alves

Canon Rebel XSi @ f4.0, 1.0, ISO 800, Lens: EF-S18-55mm

I was really excited to do this challenge, and i immediately knew which photo i wanted to recreate. We actually have a few of Robert Longo's pictures hanging in our apartment and we love them!


It didn't take much persuading the wife. She put on the black dressed and did her thing. I shot it against our bedroom wall and greyscaled the picture in lightroom after. I'm really pleased with the result.
-Ben Morris

Recreated the Burning Monk using GI Joes.

Shot with a Canon 7D, 18-55 EFS lens at 55mm. 1/60 shutter speed, f/18, ISO-2000

Incidentally, GI Joe legs do NOT pose in a cross-legged seated position, so there was some leg-breaking that went on in order to get him seated that way.

We were concerned that the GI Joe himself wouldn't catch on fire, so we had a backup of using nail polish remover in order to ensure flame-age, but that turned out to be unnecessary. Lit up some paper towels next to him, waited 10 seconds, then took the shots.

No GI Joes were harmed in the making of this photo. No wait, actually, yes, several GI Joes were harmed.
-Ben Powell

This shooting challenge brought back many childhood memories. My friend and I took a trip down memory lane as we searched through hundreds of LEGO pieces, looking for just the right ones (I'm not gonna lie, building the scene and playing with the LEGOs was the best part of this experience). For our recreation, we wanted to recreate a very popular scene from movie Titanic. In our image, the huge cruise ship is shown sinking after crashing into a giant glacier. People, scattered everywhere, are falling off the ship, swimming in the water and trying to save themselves by getting into lifeboats. Our recreated photograph captures the chaos that surrounded the sinking of this infamous cruise ship. This photograph was taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1.
-Bradley Koval

Canon Rebel XSi, 18-55mm kit lens on ISO 100 at f/5.6 1/125.

This is my own "stolen" interpretation of one of the most famous photographs ever by Eddie Adams. It shows the execution of a suspected Viet Cong by a South Vietnamese officer.


Since it was impossible to duplicate myself in real life I did a composite of myself in two different outfits in my backyard, which is not anywhere near Vietnam. The equipment that one would need for this is a tripod, a DSLR with a self-timer; mine being a Rebel XSi. Then you take the two images and combine them in Photoshop.
-Chad Dolby

Canon Powershot SX20 IS
I found this photo of Sharon Stone by accident, and came to think about the photocallenge. Called my friend up and she agreed to do the shoot with me. The time to do makeup and hair was 3 times longer than the shoot it self. We also had an argument regadring the need for adding som content to the men's briefs she was wearing...the original kind of looks like there was something there :)


The original photo that we used for our shoot is an autographed glossy, but it seems to originiate from a photosession Sharon Stone did for a Itailan magazined called Max.
-Christina Blom

The original composition I stole from was the "Born in the U.S.A." album cover (photographed by Annie Leibovitz)


Model: Canon EOS 7D
Exposure: 1/250 @ f5.0
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO Speed Rating: ISO 200
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Flash: onboard flash, Speedlite 580EX II, Speedlite 430EX

The American flag was clamped to a fence. Since my remote for the camera was dead, I had to get creative with focusing the lens. The trash can in the backyard was placed approximately 2 feet in front of the fence. Then I focused on the trash can. Then I removed the trash can from the scene and replaced it with Ralph's chew toy. A little rubber doughnut to be specific. The doughnut was my standing marker. After pressing the shutter, a 10 second timer would give me just enough time to get into position.
-Christopher Sztybel

Camera Settings:
Nikon D60
AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ISO 800
50mm Focal Length
Shutter Speed 1/30
Aperture f/5.6


This is my first shooting challenge entry. The astronaut toy was given to me by a friend (since I'm a space nerd). The moon is pretty clearly a gray hoodie (also a gift) and the sunlight is from a lamp my former roommate left behind. I didn't realize that nothing in this photo was purchased by me. But the camera is mine, I'm only using the kit lens here and I added in the cross-hairs (which really make the image, for me) using Picnik. I did my best to match the blue-ish white of the original pic, though it's still a little too yellow imo. It was a fun image to copy, and perfect for me considering I'm an aerospace engineer :)
-Courtney Terrell

Canon EOS Rebel T2i, ISO 3200, f/4.5, 1/25

My first impulse was to do the male version of string girl (from the self-portraits challenge), but I didn't think I'd learn many new photography tricks doing that ;-).... So I ended up 'stealing' is Arnold Newman's portrait of Igor Stravinski (1946).


While I am a big fan of some of Stravinski's music, I do NOT play the piano or know any pianists that could help me recreate the picture. So I ended up doing a self-portrait, featuring my own 'creative' instruments: a laptop and a mechanical pen. As far as the setup, I used a tall ironing board (for placing the laptop) and a very low chair (for me to sit) to be able to get the same perspective as the original picture. After running back and forth over 30(?) times using the camera's self timer, I now understand why some people use remotes.
-Diego Jiménez

As I am sure others will have done with this contest, I took a stab at the iconic Apollo 8 Christmas Eve photo of 1968, which showed the Earth as a lonely "blue marble" in space for the first time. It was an amazing photo that resonated with people around the world.


I took a more human perspective on recreating this "moon shot." With the help of a very willing, naked, patient, and unnamed female accomplice, I used my Canon T2i and a small LED flashlight, and set a small globe about 5 feet from the bed on top of a table. I took a few shots with each subject in focus. The final photo is a mashup. Canon T2i, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, ISO 800, F5, 1/10 sec.
-Eddie Cevallos

Darkness at the edge of town: Springsteen in Haddonfiled, NJ via Stefanko. Canon XS 48mm f/5.6 1/80sec iso800.
-Emilio Madrigal

Shot with a Canon Rebel XSi, Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4 Macro Lens @ 50mm, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/400, Aperture f/4


This was my second attempt at this week's challenge. I shot another photo that made too much of a political statement than I cared to make. Instead, I decided to do this much less controversial version of that Rolling Stone cover photo with John Lennon & Yoko Ono by Annie Lebovitz. Out of boredom, I started shooting a series of a wooden mannequin in various poses several months ago, so I always have them with me now. I did this sort of last minute with the only mannequins I had on hand thinking the mismatched sizes were going to be a problem, but this ended up working better considering their limited flexibility.
-Esmer Olvera

I used a Sony a330 with an 18-55mm lens. I set it on the portrait setting.

I came across Doisneau's portrait of Picasso and I loved it. Not only does it work since this week's challenge is to "steal" a photo but as other users pointed out it was Picasso to say, ""Good artists copy; great artists steal". When I first saw this I looked quickly and didn't realize that his "fingers" were in fact rolls of bread. I thought it would be fun to try and recreate.
-Elizabeth Fleming

Nikon Coolpix L18 (point & shoot)
Crappy camera (the one I have though)

Well, I read about the contest and when I was going through my brothers room I spotted his old (as in Check republic is still Czechoslovakia) globe, and immediately to my mind came the world famous "Blue Marble" photo taken by the Apollo 11 crew in 1972. So I couldn't help myself I got my high impact black plastic (which I use to depict water in architecture models) to replace "space" and the flash on the camera to replace "the sun". I guess that's what's so beautiful about the original picture, how simple and fragile our world is, just a ball in space reflecting the sun's light.
-Francisco Lehocky

For some reason, the photo of the loch ness monster, while not a great work of art, does have a certain something about it, especially for someone who still wishes it to be real. To that end, I used a small plastic brachiosaurus and stuck in in a small stream, with the sun behind it to silhouette it as much as possible. After that, I just turned it black and white and cropped it to a square, like the original. Taken with a canon T2I, with an EF-s 55-250mm IS, at 250mm, f8.0, 1/640s, and ISO 100.
-Gilson Siegel

"Nessie of Yardley"

Camera: Nikon D90, Manual Mode
Lens: Nikkor 50mm 1.8D @F22
Shutter: 1/200
ISO: HI 1.0 (6400? Lots 'o noise!)
Picture Control: Monochrome setting (B&W)
Post-Processing: PS CS4 to increase contrast, straighten and crop


Long time viewer, first time shooter. I've always enjoyed and been impressed with the entries and thought I'd throw my ring in the hat for this challenge. My wife and I have a small koi pond in our back yard. A little cardboard, scissors, a sharpie and some tin foil allowed us to attach our little Nessie to our leaf net. Cranking the ISO for max noise and B&W was our best attempt to replicate that iconic photo (hoax) known as "The Surgeon's Photograph" (C) 1934
-Kyle Mehling

Stolen picture: Pink Floyd - Back Catalogue

I'm honestly not even a Pink Floyd fan, but for some reason this is the first picture that came to mind for this challenge. It became a weekend family project as well. The two kids brushed the Barbies' hair and helped style them. They also helped paint the ceiling and spray paint the back wall (we used a spray paint with some texture so it wasn't just a white wall) and the pillars (which are two wooden rods). My boyfriend constructed all of the "building" and assisted the girls with their tasks. The pool is a plastic tub and the walls, ceiling and beams are all foam-core. The window glass is vellum painted orange/yellow and then we got a sheet of tiles at Home Depot and the girls grouted it with sand from their sandbox (BF's idea). I hand painted two of the bodies fully (I think you can tell which, haha) and the others I painted the base coat color, then sized and edited the other album cover pictures in photoshop then printed them off and glued them to the backs. We had to add two Barbies to the collection since we didn't have a red head or another brunette and we happened to find TWO perfect ones at the store. All the Barbie's got their haircut as well due to the fact their hair is too darn poofy for the spacing needed in the shot. Some of the lighting was a little harder then I thought it was going to be so if I had about 5 more hours in the day I would have loved to perfect that. Canon 7D, ISO 100,0"3, 28-135mm, f/4.5.
-Gretchen Pitluk

(The original, by William Eggleston)
A panorama of two shots, at f/20, 1/20s, ISO 400
As Eggleston has been a long time favorite of mine, I decided to take on one of his photos. Most of my time was spent looking around for the most similar objects in order to recreate Eggleston's image as accurately as I could, as well as repositioning shoes and trying to find the correct angle. Not much technique to this shot, just a lot of trial and error.
-Haley Strohschein

M.C. Escher has always been a favorite of mine. I used a photo of one
my Dobbies. cut it out with an orange sheet of paper, taped them together,
cut them out retaped them, taped that to board to try to get a 3-D affect.
Then photoshopped it to clean up the edges and background. Them added a
layer of clouds. I think that I might have put in about as many hours as
Escher(just kidding). Nothing special on taking the photo, I just used the
auto settings on my Olympus.
-Kay Owens

Nikon D90
Date: 11/14/2010
Shutter speed: 1/50sec
F-stop: f/11
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 18mm
Lens: 18-50mm - f/2.8


I wanted to do a tribute to the great color photographer William Eggleston. His famous photograph of his tricycle is amazing and I thought I'd like to try to recreate it today. Tried to use a same looking bike(or at least the same age) with a modern car and home in the background.

I've always wanted to recreate this photo in thinking it was a piece of cake, but man was I wrong. His low view angle is literally touching the ground and he probably used a 12mm lens or something cause I know my shot doesn't fit his photo perfectly, but close. I like how I at least got the two back wheels of the tricycle overlapping each other where you can barely see the white rim on the wheel that is closest to the background. Just like in the original. Whew!
-Kevin Bernatek

I used a Canon PowerShot SX120 IS with the shutter at 1/20, ISO at 400 and
with an aperture of 3.2. I set the scene on my dining room table, most of it
set up pretty easily. When it came to the background however, it got so hard
I almost gave up on the photo. I would have to say that perseverance helped
me to finish the shot. The original picture was by Robert Capa of: France, Normandy, Omaha Beach. It's the first wave of American troops landing at dawn, June 6th, 1944. This D-Day photo had some controversy surrounding it. People wondered who the soldier was in the picture. Also, there was the story of how the darkroom worker spoiled most in this set of Capa's D-Day pictures, though it's thought that the accident actually enhanced the photos. Then came, how LIFE magazine covered up the truth by claiming the blur in them was because, in the "excitement of the moment", Capa moved his camera.
-Lawrence Rodriguez

2.0 MP camera on the Nokia C3-00

This is a Parody of how some of us would like a New Fantasy Island to be.

Both figures are gifts from co-workers and I have them on my cubicle desk, but not one next to the other.
This morning I saw that the states where together... maybe the lady who clean the office remove them to clean the desk and the let them like that. First thing that came to my mind was Tattoo from fantasy Island original series.


Making the pic was simple. Just Google a tropical forest picture that I found in Wikimedia commons and set it on full screen. Then I put a flat ornament (that other co-worker bring me from Cancun, Mexico) over my lunch bag to rise the 2 statues at the monitor level and look for the nice angle to take the shot.
-Manuel Cerda

It didn't take me long to find an iconic photo that I thought I had the skills to emulate. I searched a variety of phrases in Google Images, and when I saw this one I knew I could recreate it. I recently just got a light stand and remote trigger for my speedlight and this was the perfect opportunity to play around with the strobist techniques.


I used a hoodie to support my camera (Canon XTi) on the coffee table. I set my speedlight at camera right/above, through an umbrella, and at 1/16+.7 power. I also used a bear bulb lamp at camera left to reduce some of the shadows. I started using my 24-70mm, but it wasn't wide enough to get the proper perspective, so I switched to the Sigma 10-20mm at approximately 12mm. I used a remote trigger to photograph myself over and over until the placement was good. The photo was edited in photoshop for B/W treatment, a huge boost in contrast, and balancing the background brightness.
-Matthew Neuman

Equipment: Sony a550 with a stock f4 18-55mm lens
ISO 1600
Exposure: 1/25

I came across the picture of Bobby Fischer while looking for an iconic photograph for this contest and it just struck me for some reason. I decided to chose my cat for this adaptation because just as Bobby was the master of his domain (chess), so is my cat (not chess...cuddles mostly). She rules the house and commands our attention. I used some of her toys in place of chess pieces and her favorite thing to sit on as the backdrop (yes, it is tissue paper). As you can imagine, she wasn't so keen on being held up by my wife so we put a treat in front of her, which didn't really help much. We were only able to get a couple photographs before she ran for cover but luckily we had one or two good ones.
-Andrew Eastman

I once again roped my husband into this photo challenge (he refused to do the Demi Moore picture from the cover of Vanity Fair — NO FUN. We had a difficult time getting the angle just right, and it wasn't until afterwards that I realized he probably should have been bending forward on one knee, but after the post-processing work I'm pretty happy with the result. My husband rocks a mean jailhouse Rock Band guitar. Shot using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, 1/12, F4.5
-Nicole Lombardi


Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure 1/6400 sec
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 70 mm
ISO Speed 5000
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L


I had an engagement shoot this past Tuesday and I took some inspiration from Elliott Erwitt's photo "California"

I boosted the ISO and removed the noise reduction to give it that vintage grain we all love so much. Knowing I would make these into black and white, the White balance wasn't important. I dropped the aperture to 2.8, blurred the focus a bit and then sat on the doorsill with my camera sticking out of the window while directing their heads with my free hand till I got this shot.
-Shant Meguerdichian

"VH Day Kiss"

Canon 7D
Lens: Tokina 12-24 @24mm
ISO 200

Originally VJ Day, this was taken after the robots had conquored the humans, hence VH Day. They robots were frenzied with excitement and flooded the former human streets, where a surface warfare solder unit grabbed a medical repair droid and performed a brief bios upgrade. The serial numbers of the robots remained unknown for many years.
-Steve Strawn

Canon 60D
EF-S 18-135mm lens

Right off the bat, the better half of me declared that we must do the famous sailor photo. So we set out, using a couple of those posing wooden model dudes, and a couple toys we had lying around for our kissers and (admittedly downsized) crowd. For the uniform of the male, the lady cut up an old shirt of mine, carefully wrapping it around him, using tape to keep the whole thing together. It was mostly the same with the girls (and sailor in white), except with toilet paper instead of unloved shirts. We grabbed a big ol' piece of cardboard I had laying around from an older project and used that as our road. The buildings were made using a big tub of cat food, Playstation 2, a couple of Game Boys, a suitcase, chest, and some DVD covers. We also had to use the camera's Grainy B&W option for the finishing touch. It turned out much better than we were anticipating, and we hope you all like it too!

Nikon D3100, Nikon Lens 35mm f/1.8 (with a steamed up uv filter), ISO 400, 1/60s, f/2.2


Stolen from Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho The shot was taken in our tiny bathroom using a ikea lamp whilst trying not electrocute myself (water and electricity do not mix!) My lens was a nightmare steaming up due to my girlfriend refusing to shoot this in a cold shower so more than a few shots were taken before this final one , I had to keep reminding her not to look so happy about been attacked, strange girl!
-Tarquin Clark