Canon7D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
f/ 4.0
ISO 200

I´ve had this idea in my head for some time and when the "Pixelmutaion" contest was announced I thought I should make it a reality. The idea was to match the digital camouflage pattern found in the ACU BDU with a pixelated face. The Process: I shot this in my apartment and used two worklights for the lighting, the original background sucked so I decided to shoot a concrete wall in a nearby parking garage and do a little background switch (my first time doing this). I then used the mosaic filter in Photoshop as suggested and then de-saturated my face a little to match the overall tone of the image.

-Agust Ingvarsson

Shooting Summary
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: EFS 15 - 85mm
ISO: 1600

This is my First Gizmodo photo shoot contest, I've been wanting to do one for a while but just never had the time to try my hand at it. I'm not sure why I choose to shoot sneakers, I guess its because i have so many pairs but I took roughly 50 shots before I finally settled on this one affectionately known as 8bit kicks. Hopefully, I can contribute more often it was alot of fun!

-Akira Lewis

Show with a D700 camera with a 50mm lens, through a metal sheets with equally spaced holes, simulating a pixelization effect, but au natural.

The picture is of my best friend, in a moment of quiet reflection.

-Allen Ellison

Title: Breaking relationships since '10

I was reading the comments for the shooting challenge, and what kept recurring were vintage video game referrences, like Mario. So I decided to reverse that, and pixelmutate a brand-new video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops. I took a few shots, pixelized it on Photoshop CS5, and here's the finished product!

Rebel T2i, EFS 18mm-55mm lens, ISO 3200, f/3.5, at 1/160 seconds.

-Arrian Jahangiri

Took this with my adorably beaten up iPhone 3GS.
Okay, so I took this to show how clocks always seem to lie to me, one say is 10:25, another 10:35. They're just never the same! Solution, only have one clock.. It works for me, unless some goon goes and pixelates it. The bastard.

-Charles Hyde

With all the holiday cheer and annual Christmas tree light bokeh floating around nowadays, having just picked up my tree this year I decided to give the analog effect a digital look. In aperture priority mode on my Canon t2i, I crouched down on the side of the tree to snap this picture of the lights stringing to the outlet. The with Gimp, I pixelated each of the lights with varying large pixels.

-Chris Smith

Shooting Summary:
f / 5.6, 1/2 sec., ISO200
Focal Length: 55.0mm
Lens: EF-S18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6


I've been looking through all the shooting challenges recently, and seeing as how I'm relatively new to digital photography (or just photography in general, for that matter) decided that these would be a fun way to keep learning interesting, as the last photography class I can take is now coming to an end.

I threw this together pretty fast, seeing as how the emphasis was on the "pixelmutation" I decided to just find a subject that I thought would be interesting when pixelized (word?). Tried out my eye first and hated the results, and decided upon a small Christmas light bulb. That's about it... lasso'd it up in Photoshop and did a quick pixel! I look forward to the rest of the entries, as well as the next shooting challenge!

-Corey Rowland

I have been following the "don't ask don't tell", and wikileaks issues pretty closely and as soon as i saw the subject of this weeks challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I set up the flag on my fireplace and got my wife and a friend to pose for me. I used 2 SB-600 on stands with white umbrellas on either side of the camera.
F5.6, 24mm, 1/200

The files are named "DADT"

-Morgan Shevett

Photo was taken with a Fuji S1500. ISO 100
Took the photo the day of the challenge and didn't have 'Pixelmutation' in mind so I 'pixelated' as best I could. No editing apart form converting to B&W.

-Daniel Zammit

I was at Magic Mountain at Valencia, CA this weekend, and had a great rollercoaster shot that I wanted to use for this challenge- all brilliant colors and weird angles from being upside-down when the shot was taken. After all the pixelation however, I decided it was far too literal and ditched it in favor of another shot from another coaster that was massively overexposed to begin with. The result is an image that's more 'inspired by' than 'altered from', and I really like that it's become something completely distinct from the original source. It's a wooden coaster, with the shot taken by a Lumix DMC-ZS1 on burst mode as we were emerging from a maze of beams directly into the sun. Pixel-mutated in Paint Shop Photo x2.

-Dave Pomes

Slugs are fairly prevalent in Oregon, sort of like the rain is between November and May. Quit often these contests give me some good ideas, great for getting us out of our comfort zone. I wanted to get my Siamese cat in a similar frame. I found that slugs are for more cooperative than cats in photo shoots. Ok, that's the pose, hold it. Great.

Nikon d-70
70 mm
1/20 sec

-David Lantz

This photo was taken during the contest, but the pixellation was done many years ago... In a design course in college, I was assigned to create a self-portrait from a photograph in shades of gray.


I was a smartass and pixellated the photograph in Photoshop, rather than doing it by eye, and made this mosaic as my project. When I read the Challenge assignment, this is what popped into my head.

Canon EOS (Digital Rebel XT), 17-85mm lens. Manual exposure, focal length 22mm, f/18.0, 0.5 sec. exposure.

-Dena Bailey

Canon T2i, ISO 400, 39mm, 0EV, f/5, 1/60.
Lemons and Cranberries.

-Diego Jimenez

Let me introduce myself and my picture partner. I'm Draigg R.S. Phillips (the pixelated one) and that's my Wonder Dog, Dixie Belle! As you can see, Chihuahuas Rule!! and make the best, most cooperative models!

Here's my Shooting Summary: I used my Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen front-facing camera! I know!!! Amazing, huh?? I'm sure there will be all sorts of entries from folks using all kinds of expensive fancy-schmancy cameras with detachable lenses and flashes and filters and what-not. But just look how awesome this turned out with the iTouch camera! I know, you're gobsmacked and speechless.

I moved the original picture over to my desktop and loaded it up to Picnik in Chrome and started the magic. First an auto fix which didn't do much since the picture was already astounding.... crop it to 480x480.... a little sharpening.... then using the pixel function I worked on my mug so you would focus on my Dixie's gorgeous face! Finally, I gave it that 1960's look and after bumping it up to the requested 800x800 size.... there you have it!!

Dixie sez, "I hope we win!"

-Draigg R.S. Phillips

Name: Concentrate
Camera: Canon 5D Mark ii
Lens: 50mm F1.4
1/40th @ f4 - iso 400

-Gareth Starke

Title: Branding Brings the Bread and Butter

In today's society we know what every product is based on the way it is branded. The biggest way that companies market to us, the consumer, is with branding. A company will take a product and give it their own personal brand, therefore creating something that is unique and very distinct from other products. This is the piece that will catch your eye and every time you see it you'll know what the product is without even reading the packaging.Think about any product and I guarantee that you see the label or special brand when you picture it in your mind. Branding is the staple on which marketing firms around the nation stand by and its what makes a "regular" brand a lot less appealing then the "name" brand items that we enjoy in life.


So I thought I would take a picture of my food pantry, with the brands involved in the "Pixelmutation" and let everyone see what branding does to our minds, how we can know what a product is without even seeing it clearly. It's the best form of marketing and sometimes there are not even words involved.

See which ones you recognize solely based on the color and form of their branding.

Body: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 28-70L
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/200
Aperture: 2.8
Focal Length: 28mm

-George Westlake

This photo was taken with my Cannon EOS Rebel XTI with the standard 35 mm lens. This is my first shooting challenge entry! I just took the photo for my high school photo class for a "broken mirror" assignment. I'm not a huge fan of my photo teacher or her assignments so I jumped at the opportunity to do something extra with the picture. I took the photo of my friend at this old abandoned house near where we live in Houston.

-Haley Odom

While the technique for this week's challenge was not particularly difficult, the hardest part was finding a subject to shoot and deciding what portion to 'pixelate'. I set up my camera on my tripod to shoot down at a tv remote and zoomed in tight towards the power button and numbers.

Nikon D60, 55mm Nikkor lens, f/5.6, 13s, ISO 200

-Haley Strohschein

To start with, I am only 15 and really enjoy photography! This is my first Shooting Challenge! I've seen many others, but I got really excited about this challenge and just wanted to go for it. I instantly thought of my dog, Mandy, and her love for toys and VOILA! In general, Mandy tends to shy away from cameras. But when in the right mood, she poses like a model and the results are great! The camera I used is a Kodak Z1015 IS (that's right, a super-zoom point and shoot), ISO 1250, Smart Capture mode. I edited the pink toy first in Photoshop Elements 7. After the first pixelmutation, I copied the image and put the new layer beneath the editied one. On the new layer, I then edited the outside edge of the toy to smaller pixels, to help the blend. I'm proud of the results and look forward to more Shooting Challenges!

-Harry Wedel

Taken with my d3000, originally intended to be a panorama. 1/5s shutter speed, F7.1, ISO100, 18mm. Used the kit 18-55mm lens.


Photo taken at around 4am, in the middle of studying for finals at MIT. I felt the pixelation on the person as well as the screen underscores the subject's intense focus.

-Ian Cinnamon

Used Gimp to Pixelize and create a vintage look.

Canon SD780 IS
Auto Mode

-Ivan Capaz

I setup a coffee mug on the edge of my window ledge, and tried desperately to capture water falling out of the mug as the mug itself fell over the edge from the deluge. After about 15 separate tries, I had made a complete mess of the floor (despite a towel and a wash-bucket to catch the spray) and the paint had begun to peel off the window. While I did manage to capture a few images of the mug mid-fall, this one lent itself best to 'pixelmutation' as it had the most interesting contrast in the water.


As for the gear-setup, I used a Canon Digital Rebel XTi with a Canon 2.8L 24-70mm lens mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. The shot itself was 1/640 sec with a 3.5 aperture at 400 ISO. To get it, I triggered burst-shots with a wired-remote trigger as I poured the water. Post-production work was done with a combination of Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.

-James Rand

Camera Model: Canon EOS 400D
Camera Lens: Canon 28-135mm Ultrasonic Lens
F-stop: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/8 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-200
Focal length: 35mm


Shot from a tripod, there are two light sources used, one above and directly in front/below the subject. The light from in front/below the subject was used primarily to light the iPad so as to distinguish itself from the rest of the piece.

I wanted to create a simple shot with the subject holding an iPad and the subject being completely engrossed in the technology and almost separate from his surroundings. The Apple logo becomes instantly recognisable and this is represented by the brand logo being crystal clear and in focus.

It's meant as a piece viewed from a bystander looking on at someone deeply involved with their technology. Some people looking on may not necessarily understand the technology but the brand and it's statement are clear.

-Jason Stanley

Reality Check.

Shot this at my desk at work. Regardless of what we do for a living, most of us spend so much time looking at our computer/mobile screens everyday, this is a comment on the increasing dominance of our online/virtual realities.

Shot on iPhone 3Gs, post in Photoshop CS3.

-Jaxon Hsu

Camera: Canon T1i
Lens: Canon 20-70mm F2.8L
ISO: 200
Focal: 38mm
Aperature: F2.8
Shutter: 1/125


Hearing about these challenge instantly gave me an idea to put a twist on the "magic" of digital photography and Photoshop. They both have the power to make illusions that wow their audience just as much as a magician wow's their audience with a "disappearing-hand-through-the-frame" trick. Although it looks like even this magician is surprised by the power of Photoshop.

-Jeff Mezera

Nikon D60
Nikon 18-200mm VR Lens
ISO 800
1/50 at f/5.6

Saw this cool (and mildly creepy) poster plastered on the side of a construction area. Of the number of shots I took, I thought this one would look interesting with the contrast of dots that make up the clowns against the square of the pixels. When adjusting the pixels in Photoshop I used 45ish as a size. I went with a smaller pixel size so I wouldn't completely lose the features of the clown. Then I had nightmares...I don't like clowns.

-John McGrail

Camera: Canon 5D mk ii
Lens: Tamron f/2.8 28-75mm
Focal Length: 28mm
f-stop: 4
Shutter: 1/125th


Story: I like to take pictures in New York City, and this past weekend was no exception. Having seen many homeless people on the subway, this was the first time I saw a man so cheerful about asking for money. He got no response from anyone, then sat down and began mumbling about his situation, all the while sounding pretty upbeat. This was the moment he gave up. His is the only visible face that is not pixelated.

The b/w look is a variation on a Moriyama preset that I use in Lightroom. Been a while since I had to play with the filters in Photoshop, but this was just the contest for that.

-John M. White

Shooting Summary (Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, EF-S18-55mm, ISO100,
Shutter Speed 0.6 sec,No Flash, Photoshop)
Taken 12-11-2010 7:30pm Recording Studio


I went to the recording studio with a good friend and snapped this shot. He was working on a project in the midi labs and I thought hey this would look crazy all pixelated in a real world environment .

-Jonathan Hudson

ISO: 400
21 mm

Canon EOS 7D

As the requirements request, the competition asked for photos only taken within the week in which the competition was posted. I had a lot of fun with my last upload for the past competition, so I asked that my friend model specifically for this shoot with obscene hand gestures to mutate with pixels. Thanks for your time. Enjoy.

-Jon Lin

Digital Orange
Orange in a light tent, inspired by the scene from the original Tron.

Nikon D40 w/ built-in flash. Used GIMP to pixelize.

-Jorge Jimenez

For this challenge I played around a little with depth and bokeh. I tried to make it appear as if the m&m I brought to the foreground couldn't escape the background bokeh. I checked the white balance and exposure in Lightroom, then applied the pixel filter in CS4. Thanks for another great challenge.

Canon t1i
Canon 18-200 IS @ 50mm
f 5.0
1/6 sec.
ISO 200

-JT McGrath

This is a painting that I bought because I wanted to live where the world looked liked that. It was an easy choose to pixilate, I did different sizes of pixels in different places, leaving the top center untouched. The lighting was bad, the flash didn't work. So I used a tripod with this settings f/4.5 — 1-60 Sec and an iso of 400

-Kay Owens

I used a Sony Cyber-shot 7.2 mega pixle camera on auto without flash for this shooting challenge. I was babysitting my friends two year old when we went into his room to play with his flashlight. This kids generation will be so ultimately digital, unknowingly holding that digital potential in his hands with the mirror catching a peek of his analog self. I think in many ways, this picture can represent the advancements and achievements we're handing off to the future of our planet. On another note, this challenge gave me a great opportunity to learn how to use Gimp for the first time.

-Kelly Cook

Camera: Panasonic-Lumix GH1 ISO 200, 14mm, f 4.0, 1/60sec

The weather relegated me to staying indoors for this challenge. The way the two mirrors in my bathroom are situated allowed to do compose the picture this way. Lacking a tripod, I had to set my camera on another shelf in the bathroom and luckily I was able to get a fairly symmetrical picture. Did some tonal adjustments and cropping in Lightroom, then pixelated one of my reflections in Photoshop.

-Kenny Voelker

I shot this with my Canon T1i using a 50mm 1.8 lens and edited in photoshop cs3. I shot this at an orchard and pumpkin patch. My son was obsessed with pumpkins and wanted to take them all home. The photo was taken mid-october. I did not have time to arrange anything to shoot this weekend, so I took the old photo and used my free time to edit it. The original photo was okay, but nothing fantastic. For the challenge I wanted to try to use pixelation of varying sizes to emphasis depth in the photo. This picture with the rows of pumpkins seemed to be the perfect match to try this effect on. Once I had the pixelation complete, I decided to go back and put the normal version of my son in the photo picking up one of the pixelated pumpkins. To further emphasize the pixels, and to give it more of a computer/video game graphics look, I used the find glowing edges filter on the pixelated layers. In the end, I think the editing turned an average okay picture into something very unique.

-Luke Parris

I mounted my Nikon D90 and Nikon 35-70 f2.8 lens on a tripod because I wanted to make an exposure using just Christmas lights and a small lamp (off camera) of my wife and I smiling at our now-pixelmutated 5-month-old son. Shutter was triggered with a remote timer.

Exposure info:
40mm, ISO 400, f 5.0, 1/8 sec

-Mac Mirabile

Usually when i have a LOT to do, my brain tries everything to get distracted to avoid thinking about how much i have to do. This time, when I saw a shadow of something behind my desk, i immediately thought of the challenge and how awesome could a pixelated shadow look like. So i ran around the house looking for a subject and a lamp, and, here I am, sending you my photo :)


About the photo itself:
Nikon D3100 with a nikkor 18-105mm lens set to 58mm, f/8 with VR on.
Mounted on a tripod, exposed for 1/13 at ISO 400.
The lightbulb (28W halogen) visible is the only light source for the scene, apart from some daylight creeping in through the curtains. Two shots were taken, one with the bird, one without, so to have the wall without the shadow for editing. Postproduction done in pixelmator - best image editing app EVAH!

-Marek Bączyński

When I read about the challenge, I got the idea of taking a pic of someone with a mario game kind of background & then making the background pixel-lated. I tried my best to make the background look like a super mario game. I used a blue blanket as the background & green one for grass & I put a cushion & yellow paper as a brick & coin & put a dust bin upside down on a purple stool to make it look like the small enemies in super mario. And then I just had to tell my little bro to stand there. I made the pic a bit vibrant so that it looks like a super mario game.
Camera: nikon D90, f-stop: f/3.5, exposure time:1/60 sec, ISO: 800.

-Mariya Butt

Camera – Pentax *ist DS

Lens – 300mm

F-Stop – F/8

Exposure – 1/250 sec

ISO – 400

I have been meaning to take part in the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge for ages and this subject really caught my imagination. It occurred to me that you would never get a negative version of Pixelmutation (cool word), and so decided to emulate such an effect. After trawling through my small selection of negatives (too young to have many), I found one of a few friends sat on the college bus. I stuck this with some tape onto the side of a lamp and started snapping away. Within a few minutes, the tape was so hot the negative started to peel away, which gave a whole new 3D effect that I think really makes the shot. I pixelated their faces in photoshop and slightly tweaked the colour and saturation, but not too much.

-Matthew Poat

I was out on a bike ride to photograph an awesome sunset over Phoenix but came across this bridge over the freeway. The light was low and I didn't have a tripod with me so I used the seat of my mountain bike to steady the camera. I was worried there still would be too much camera shake but they turned out nice. Canon Rebel Xs, 18-55mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 800, f/10, .6sec. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

-Matt Oss

Taken with a Canon 7D, 70-200mm lens (brand new, these were my test shots), handheld. Pixelmutation created in Photoshop.


"Digital Wasteland"
Fujifilm s100fs / 1/160" / F11 / ISO100 / 62.8mm

Picture was originally of a demolished power plant in Port Saint John Florida.

-Mike Case

Title: Godless
I go to a catholic college in NYC and as an Atheist it's interesting to be around religious symbols and people all the time. Although it is pretty cool to go to the same school where the movie "Doubt" was filmed. Anyway, this statue stands outside the administration building and every time i walk past it i can't help but see it in exactly the way this picture portrays it. I can't see a face in religious symbols because of my beliefs so i figured this challenge would be a great way for people to see religion through my eyes.

Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Kit lens
F stop: 6.7
Exposure: 1/350

-Nick Frega

"Banquet Boredem"
Sony DSC-T90
F stop- f/3.5
Exp. Time 1/40 sec.
ISO 80
I was waiting around at a banquet dinner and took this photo messing around. Looking back on it i decided to mess around on photoshop and submit it. The color of the cans really made them jump out from the background.

-Nic Peters

When I read the contest description, I took an old picture of mine and played with it a bit to try out some pixelation ideas. I decided to do one where the things that were out of focus become pixelated. With this in mind, I went looking for a shot to try this with. However I didn't want to spend too much time working it over on the computer, so I ended up with this relatively simple shot. It is a cardboard tube (probably from wrapping paper) propped up on the floor. I took a macro shot in dim light with the flash on. The flash being so close to the lens isn't always helpful, but the length of the tube worked to its advantage this time, casting a nice blurry shadow just to the side. To get the pixelation, I had to create a layer with the tube removed and pixelize that then put the tube back over it to keep the tube from bleeding into the pixelation. I then stacked a few increasingly pixelated layers of the inside of the tube and trimmed them to match the tube going out of focus.


Technical: Fuji FinePix F20 (6MP) with the macro setting, flash on and
automatic exposure settings. (EXIF shows: f/8.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 200)

-Orson Jones

"Roofer" , Dec-8-2010.

A roofer contractor wearing a regiment orange overall setting up for asphalt barrier application, indicating where they would start the job (he is sitting on the base that will eventually support the photovoltaic cells). The construction is on an up-sloping street at the top of a hill, I took the photo from a lot on the other side of the street looking due East. The shiny metallic tube is a vent that uses rising air from the chimneys to circulate hot air through the second floor rooms.

Shot with a Sony DSC-W50 in the afternoon (F 3.2 - ISO100).

-Oscar Falcon

This was not what I really wanted to do. When I first read the challenge, I had the idea to use a picture of a flower with the background pixelated. Unfortunately, it is not the season for flowers, so went out to see what I could find. This gull let me get quite close, and the harbour masters building is quite a local landmark. When it cam to pixelation, I decided to invert the usual pixelation, and leave the foreground object untouched. Also, as pixelation is often used to obscure words, I also left the large words on the side of the building un-modified.


Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4G
Exposure: 1/250s, f/3.2, ISO 400

-Philip Stubbs

Nikon D60
1/25th of a second
ISO 1250

First time submission for the challenge. I recently got the Kindle, and this made me realize that books were one of the last things in my life that I've gone digital with, so I wanted to capture that. I love reading, and the shelf is actually hand made by my grandfather, so it's weird to think I won't use it for books for too much longer.


I just played around with shutter speeds and aperture until something looked half decent. Cropped out all the background garbage so you only see the books. Decided to highlight each book individually and pixelmutate them. I wanted to use big cells for the mutation part just to make the books absolutely unrecognizable. Took some time to actually pixelmutate everything (1.5 hrs roughly) but I'm quite happy with the results.

-Robert Faulkner

Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens, Shot at 250mm
Auto exposure, Program AE, 1/640 sec, f/9, ISO 1600, Compensation: -1


I forgot to get permission from the duck so I had to blur her face. Lesson learned, would've been a nice shot.

-Rob Lennox

canon cyber-shot
iso 1600
Nothing fancy, really. a photo capturing my boyfriend mixing records to his laptop and doing what he does best, trying to add a second layer to analog v. digital. He's just starting out as a DJ; learning to mix other artists' stuff as well as making his own. likewise, I'm handy with video, but not so with still photography. This image sums up where we both are in the moment.

-Ryan Martin

Colorado means changing weather, from warm and sunny to chilly and snowy. We use a wood stove for heat at times. Upon opening the door to add more wood, I saw these coals and small flames. Hmmmmmmmm, with some pixelmutation, this could be interesting. I grabbed my Canon A720 and attempted to get closer to the coals, but the heat was intense. I had to back up, stabilize the shot with the back of a chair. For the pixelmutation, I wanted to leave the flames and change the areas near the flames. Fun challenge.

-Sally Austin

Slways loved these comps and they're so good for inspiration.

Shot in iraq with my 450D ive only had it a year so just learning on the fly cant remember the settings i set the camera up and then gave it to a black hawk pilot to take the pic i had cropped it and put a filter on the pic before i decided to use it for the comp. the reason behind using this pic is that with all the wikileaks stuff in the new i felt like the pixelmutation was kind of like censoring.

-Scott Bennison

Name: By any other name
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: 18-200mm F 3.5-5.6 @75mm
1/400 @ 5.0 - ISO 400

-Shih Hsin Hsing

I had a few other thoughts for this weeks challenge and after they all fell through i came up with this - again at the last minute.

Canon XSi, 18-55mm, f 11, 100 ISO + Flash.

-Stephen Galpin

Here's my submission... I have 100's of pics of my cat, Mr. Puddy, and this was from this morning. He routinely paces around the bed (following me) while I get ready for work, meowing at me for attention. He talks. A lot. Anyway, as with most of my pictures, I took this with my iPhone.

-Steven Richason

This image was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105 lens, three images for the HDRI. I was messing around with some HDR photos with my new wireless remote, I took this image of my buddy Mike playing guitar, and used the pixelmutation for this gizmo photo challenge. He was playing a song from the Pirate of the Caribbean movie that he just learned.

-Steve Twardzik

When I saw the subject for this week's challenge, I immediately thought of
Mario, who happens to reside in my Son's bedroom with the rest of his favorite "snuffed" animals. I had very nice, late afternoon, light coming in through the window at the time. The biggest challenge, for me, was deciding how much pixelization to apply.


The funny thing is, I have no way to make my son understand why I made Mario look this way. Shot with a Lumix GH1 / 20 MM / 1.7

-Tim Hammer

Nikon D40
Pixelated in Gimp
I hope I haven't ruined Christmas for my kids.

-Tim Post

This setup involved my three and half month old son, his crib and his mobile.

I played around with using the mosaic effect on his mobile, him, the entire background except him and his mobile, and found that this submission seemed to be the best of the mix. I also did three layers of mosaic's using the Filter->Pixelate->Mosaic tool - just one layer didn't seem to really get the effect I was wanting, but three layers at slightly different scaling did the trick. Shot on a Canon 5D, 24-70 2.8L lens nearly zoomed all the way out (27mm I think) with a 550EX flash attached and firing in E-TTL mode. Shot at ISO400, 1/60sec at f/18.

-Wesley Duffee-Braun

I was walking around an antique market in Cambridge, MA and I came across a tiny vial labeled Poison. The vial was about two inches tall, so I took a macro photo and loved the shot. I figured this was as good a photo as any to pixelate. I think it's obvious, but I pixelated the Skull and Bones logo on the front of the vial. But I wasn't completely happy with the result. So I repixelated with hexagonal pixels over the square pixels. That created a puzzle piece esque pixelation that i was happy enough with.

-William Palin