The hardest part of this challenge was finding a place without lights, so I went to an abandoned building on the edge of campus to take this shot. I tried a few angles and liked the look of the overexposed moon and found a good angle of the building that avoided streetlamps. Shot with a Pentax K-7 and 24mm equivalent lens, F/4, 30s, ISO100 and some color touchup in Camera Raw.
-Aaron Perelstien


Canon EOS 550D, stock lens 34mm, 4 minutes, f/8.0, ISO 200 at 00:02 PST

I live in a canyon in CA and it was really cloudy and damp on Wednesday night / Thursday morning so there was fog everywhere. All the runoff rain water falls down one side of the canyon and eventually ends up flowing into a drain past this country store. I really like the walls that follow it down and eventually just meet up with the dirt. The light behind the store was so weak you couldn't see anything out there, but now it look like it was mid day in the fog.
- Adam Statk


Hi my names adam wiezer im 21 and from the bay area.

I sho this photo using a nikon f3HP I used a 55m lens f/2 1 sec exposure on kodak ektar 100 iso film. it was taken on the roof of my house one night.
-Adam Wiezer


Samsung EX1, f2, ISO200, Shutter speed 6 sec.

Vacations in Spain,
I was walking on a pier in Barcelona.
-Alessio Armanetti

This is the Arrowhead boat ramp at Lake Lewisville in Hickory Creek, Texas. I took shots at different angles and heights but found myself going back to this one more than the other shots. When I was packing up my equipment a police vehicle came by to check on what I was doing (I parked in a no parking zone!) but he just asked if everything was all right and then continued on his patrol. Equipment used: Canon 5D-MII, Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II lens and Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod. ISO at 1600 and aperture at f/7.1 yielded a 10 second exposure. A little bit of post-processing was performed in Lightroom to remove noise and make minor adjustments.
-Alex Stevenson


Hi guys,

tried to take a picture yesterday evening, but the sky was foggy – so no chance of a nice shot with the moon.
So I gave up on this contest, but fortunately my 10 month old son woke me up at 5:30am and the
sky was clear and the moon was in a great position.
Tripod was still standing so I tried it again and after seeing that the moon was bright like the sun I was thinking:

Werewolves are waiting for this…

Shot with:

Nikon D700
Shutter: 30 sec
F-Stop: f9
Lens: Sigma 24-70 at 28mm
Location: AUSTRIA

- Andei Schattauer


Canon Rebel T1i 30s 10mm lens ISO:400 f/4.5

Have a great backyard for this kind of stuff and when I came home and the moon was bright I decided to try this out. The pictures had a great eerie quality to them, but we were amazed by the results. I don't have a remote and can't let it expose for longer than 30 seconds, so its not daylight-bright, but the moon looks amazing.
-Andrew Schwartz


Hi, this is my first time trying out the shooting challenge. Since having moved out on my own for college, I thought I should do this to keep busy. Anyway since I have no car to go find a nice scenic and dark place to take a picture I was at first stumped, but with a little help from my roommate we noticed that our backyard was pitch nearly pitch black outside and we have a pool. Thus came the idea for a pool party! I tried to capture it in more of lounging way, and I did the best I thought I could with a Nikon d40, so here it is.
My specs:
Camera: Nikon D40
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30s
Aperture: f5

I look forward to trying more, and hopefully i got all the guidelines right!
-Anthony Deslangles


This one is probably unique in that while it fits the definitions of
the competition by being taken in the middle of the night, we
currently have 24hr sunlight down here in Antarctica.
The photo was taken a little after midnight at the Pegasus Airfield
near McMurdo Station.
It is actually a single frame from a time-lapse sequence where I was
taking a photo once a minute for a few days showing the 24 hour
sunlight move around the sky. Alas the weather was not behaving, and
we have only had the sun out for a few hours in the last 4 days, so
the time-lapse clip was a bit of a bust.
It is the peak of summer here now, and air temps are typically only
slightly below freezing.

Camera Canon 5D
Lens 24-105L
1/250th / ISO100 / f9

I'm in the process of putting together a feature film about what it is
like to live in Antarctica for a year, a few of my older clips can be
seen online here...


-Anthony Powell

Canon EOS 1000D with 18-55mm IS lens
ISO 100 @ f9, 90 seconds

This is a very similar shot of thesame bridge wich I've sent to Mark Wilson's Life, Panoramic site back in september. What can I say, I just love the look of that bridge, and figured the location was perfect for this challenge. I was unlucky enough to have the one attempt that actually had a train's light trail on it mucked up by a bus that happened to pass over a nearby bump a little too fast; shaking up my tripod just a little bit too much. So, no light trails for this one. Still, I'm happy with how it turned out.
-Bart Tieman


Gloomy day

i used a canon rebel
i took a few pictures both the whole tree and part of the top of the tree and mostly the sky.


(exposure was ranging from 60 seconds to 90 seconds, i think ISO was at 200 not 100% sure)

I emailed the photos to myself; got them on the iPhone and used my favourite app for stitching AutoStitch, Ive used it to create huge panoramas before
i then used an app called retouch to get rid of the electricity pylon and bins from the park, its not perfect, but does the job
-Bilal Razaq


I shot these with a Pentax K1000. Yes a film camera. With some scant advice from the interwebs, plenty of bracketing, and a little flying by the seat of my pants, I managed to get the right exposure. As I recall, the settings were for 4 minutes at f/8, but I could be wrong (all manual camera = no EXIF data). There's a little film grain in the lighter shadows, but nothing major. This disappears when the picture is printed on photo paper. The only sort of post processing on this image is a crop and a slight tweak to deepen the shadows. No Photoshop wizardry here. What you see is what came out of the camera.
The smaller file is 5KB over the 200KB limit. I hope that's OK.

As it would happen, this contest coincided with my growing interest in night photography!
Thanks for the opportunity and challenge,
-Brady Comerford


I've Always Enjoyed This View From My Balcony. I took this picture around 2-3 hours after I Saw The DayNight Photography Challenge on Giz and thought this would be a good platform to test my Rookie-ish picture skills, i accidentally learnt this method while i was trying to click a star-trail type picture, which ended up looking very "Dayish" (over-exposed)
This Is My First Submission To The Gizmodo Photography Contest Btw.

Picture Information:
I used my Nikon D60 for this picture on a Tripod
Standard 18-55mm Stock Lens
Shutter Duration: 30 Seconds
Aperture: f/8

Post Editing On Piknik which Im Not Very Proud Of.

Any Way Thanks For The Challenge I Thoroughly enjoyed it and my 9 year old Cousin now Knows what Delayed Shutter means. :D
-Brenden Anthony Das


I took this shot with my Canon Rebel XS (without a tripod!!!) ISO: 1600; f/BULB with a 20" exposure. The lack of the tripod made the shot pretty tricky and it took a few tries before I got something that both actually looked like day rather than dusk, and wasn't totally blurry. I didn't do much editing because everything that made it look sharper also changed the exposure enough that it felt like cheating. The shot itself was taken on Hilton Head Island, SC at about 10pm.
-Stephanie Peterson
Maybe this shot isn't anything spectacular, but this is my first submission to the shooting challenge which I'm real excited about since I've been waiting to try a new technique. This one is of a hill side near a trail system I like to mountain bike on often here in Tucson, AZ. I took the dog out with me and he had a blast playing in the night time desert while I sat in the dirt setting up for this shot.
Nikon D500 w/ 15-55 kit lens & cheapo wide angle adaptor @35mm, ISO 900, f5, 13sec.
- Brett Stanton
Tucson, AZ


Equipment is a Nikon D90 on tripod with 18-55mm Nikkor AF-S 3.5-5.6G at 50 mm – corded remote shutter with bulb hold on.

Full Program mode:
Aperture: f8
Shutter: bulb (55.2 seconds)
ISO 200
Auto settings for white balance and exposure
I'm not scared of the bulb setting on my camera and I had a remote shutter release that has a toggle to hold the shutter open. So I went into the backyard and started shooting. It took me a few tries and then I dropped the aperture down to F8 and got a very satisfactory result for F8 so I shot a few more. Nothing like having to wait a minute or two for a picture to develop.
- Cory Newkirk

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MK II 
Lens: 24-105mm F4.0 
ISO: 100 
Aperture 5.6 
Time: 4 Minutes
For the stars 
ISO: 800 
Aperture: 5.6 
Time 30 seconds
This shot was done in the most southern part of Germany in the beautiful Bavaria. It was quite a foggy evening and it took me some time until the mountains were visible. You start the exposure and hope that the clouds won't move that fast. After a few tries and luck, I got a shot with the mountain surrounded by clouds. Due to the long exposure the stars are pretty much star trails. Therefore, shortly after it, I pushed up the iso and took down the time to 30 seconds where at 24mm the earth rotation is not as much that you can see it on the picture. It is pretty amazing to see, that stars are moving quite fast in just 4 minutes or even less. If you have a close look at the mountains, there are still some stars with trails left…
Hope you like the picture. If you want to have it high res, please let me know.
-Daniel Osterkamp


This shot was taken just after 10pm Wednesday January 19th. It is just a shot of me in one of the fields behind my house. The camera was placed on a tripod and set as detailed below. As I have yet to purchase a remote shutter release for my camera and trying to avoid camera shake I was left to 30 second exposures. I was pretty happy with the results considering that I have little practice establishing a good manual focus in the dark. To try and add something different that anyone using really long exposures (multiple minutes or even hours) wouldn't have, I used a 10 second delay, ran forward into the shot and tried to hold still for the duration of the exposure. As it was only 10 degrees out, it wasn't too hard to 'freeze' in place.

The only thing in the picture that may give it away as a night shot (besides being a little shallow on color saturation) is the presence of a few stars among the trees. The most interesting shot of the night came about 10 minutes later as some clouds moved in. With the clouds being lit buy the sodium vapor lamps of the city it almost looks like a sunset picture. The weird part is that with the 'sunset' behind me the vertical shadow from the moon gives one a 'something has been 'shopped here' feeling. As an aside, I have a nice shot of Orion as a counter to any calls of 'shenanigans'.


Camera / Shot details

Location/setup: Edge of an open field, full moon behind the camera, almost no clouds visible. 10 degrees (F), no wind, about 6" snow on the ground. 10:11pm

(taken from exif data)
Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
F-Stop: f/4
Exposure: 30 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-400
Exposure bias: +/- 0
Focal length: 18mm
Max aperture: 3.6
Metering mode: Spot
Flash mode: No flash
35mm focal length: 27
Image type: RAW
-Dan Moor


This was shot with my Canon 60d and a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, with the settings as follows: 19mm, f/16, 13min, ISO 100. This is a local park, a place that I spent much of my childhood. When taking this picture I spent a few hours in the cold, ground damp, and not a soul in site. I watched the first few episodes of 30 Rock on my iPhone, via the Netflix app, while I waited for the long exposures.
-David Farris


Here is my submission

Info on the shot:

Title: At the end of the earth.

My friend Ben Bunch wanted to try out his new intervalometer out on his GH2, so he suggested we shoot some long exposure night stuff. I knew Giz was having a "Day" photo challenge, so I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to get a few shots. We ended up setting up camp on part of the Santa Cruz coast that looked out over the water and the lighthouse. I threw on my fisheye to get the widest view possible and to give the horizon line a curving characteristic, almost like looking out over the edge of the earth. The moon was ridiculously bright, so making the night sky look like day wasn't as hard as I had anticipated. Really happy with the results, and I hope to go back and do this again! Special thanks to Ben Bunch and Jennifer Kehl for a great night. For this photo I shot on a Canon 5D MarkII using a Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye. I exposed for 30 seconds at f/5.6 and ISO 600.
-Douglas Smith


Yes ... full moon and a blank sky. It was around 22h at the left side of the Schelde towards the old city part of Antwerp.
I walked around a bit and discovered a small path next to a big block of concrete. I made my way down over the slippery rocks using my tripod as a walking stick. Set the timerdelay to 2 minutes and the Exposure time to 120 sec. Now it was time for some action ... i had 2 minutes time to get back up that big block u see in the right site of the photo to include myself in the picture.
This time i had no walking stick to keep myself in balance but i made it just in time.
Exposure Time: 120sec - FNumber: 14 - ISO 250 - Lens:15mm Fisheye - Canon EOS 5D Mark II - Tripod and a shutter timer release thingy

-Dries Lauwers


I took these photos during the full moon, but just my luck the cloud cover was too thick to get any blue sky or stars. This shot is looking over to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, TN. You can see the walking bridge to the right. I took several pics of this area that night and would of taken many more if I hadn't been run off by some kind of rodent trying to get down to its home near the river. This was taken at 9:30 PM on January 18th with a Canon T2i, exposed for 117 seconds at f/16 with the nifty 50, ISO 100.
-Drew Eldridge

Icy Moonrise

After seeing the post for the shooting challenge I was really hoping the sky would be clear enough for me to see the full moon tonight, and to my amazement it was. Because it's so cold up here in Chicago I tried to take a few pics from my room but I knew that was just a lazy effort so I jumped in my car and went to the beach. I wanted it to look like the usual sunrise we see every day looking out on Lake Michigan, and for the planes beginning their descent to O'Hare to look something like shooting stars. This is my best shot. Sony A200, Minolta 28-85 3.5-4.5, f/5, 30 second exposure, ISO 100.
- Fahad Sami


I live in the mid-west and it just so happens that, on the night of the full moon, January 20, we received a very heavy snow storm(9in where I live). The most unfortunate part about this snow storm was that you could not see the full moon at all and it really didn't help that the wind chill was 0 degrees, there was snow flying all over the place, and my equipment was getting all wet. So I decided to take this shot from my back door, I had my lens hood on and that was filled with snow even from inside the house. Overall it was a terrible night(based on the complaining I did in the previous sentences) and this was the best that I could get while being snowed in and having limited resources.

Canon EOS 20D
Canon 28-70L
ISO 200
-George Westlake


Shot Info:
Lens: 18-55mm
Focal Length: 18mm
F Stop: 11
Exposure: 30 seconds
Iso: 200
WhiteBalance: 3450K

Got a tripod for xmas and had to take the dogs on a night walk anyway. This was actually my 2nd shot of about 15 I took before my gloves no longer kept my fingers warm and I felt bad for my dog. Frost bite aside that's the upper west side looking just lovely from jersey under a full moon.
-Greg Dillon


Photo Taken with a Lumix FZ40


Exposure time 60sec

ISO 100

Focal Length 25mm

Date: 20/01/2011 12:35am

For more information refer to the Spec.JPG (The date in Spec.JPG is 12 hours off... My bad)


It was cold outside, like 18°C (That's cold in Caracas) I was working late when I saw the Challenge post, and for the first time a challenge I want to try out.
This photo was taken from my roof and you can see west of Caracas-Venezuela and a little of the Avila Mountain, I live behind the presidential house so it was a risk to take photo from my roof at midnight.
-Hector Luna

This shot was taken in front of my apartment, with the moon behind a tree. I wanted to emulate a shot I had seen that was a low angle looking up at the sky through the leaves, giving the tree a sense of power.


I used a canon t2i with the 18-5mm kit lens at 18mm
ISO 200
with a shutter speed of 30 seconds.
-Ian Johnston

The photo were shot with my Sony STL-A33 with a 28mm lens, 1/25 exposure, f/2.8, ISO 6400.


I call the photo Bluesday Couple.

The photo was taken at a blues dancing event. Because the dancers were moving to the movement I couldn't use a long shutter time so I shoot 6 shots in under a second and merged them to one image to boost the light. I think the end results are pretty good considering how dark the room was.

I attached a single image taken with in minutes of this one to show you how dark it was.



My first ever entry into a shooting challenge.

Some nights here it gets surprisingly clear, and so bright you can see without a torch! Tonight especially with the full moon its especially bright, perfect for this challenge!


Burning Space Blue
Canon 5D Mk II
24mm lens @ f2.8
6 second exposure
ISO 400

Just some basic leveling and voila - I could have made it more day-sky blue but... I like the image too much! The moon looks like the sun!

-James Bryne


Nikon D90, 10.5mm, ISO320, f/2.8, 15s
For quite some time I wanted to hike out to the end of this mesa for a long exposure shot so I thank you, Gizmodo, for the extra motivation. I suspected the lights of the cars driving on the highway below would add some interesting light to an already impressive vista and I was pleasantly surprised. The low-hanging clouds of the evening added even more nice touches to the shot with the light of the highway and cities reflecting orange in the clouds. The clouds were moving fast and I didn't want too much "cloud blur" so I opened up my aperture to f/2.8 so I could shoot a much shorter exposure and still make it look like daylight.

-Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM


Shot with Canon rebel T2i With 50mm 1.8 II at ISO 100 F2.0 6s
I was out in the country and thought that this would make a beautiful picture. Looks Great...
- Jeffrey Perkins

With school engulfing much of my time on top of tragically having to sell my Nikon D200 to afford a car, I haven't had a chance to shoot anything digital recently. My boyfriend and our other friend wanted to go have a stab at this challenge, and I decided to tag along with my Mamiya RB 67 for fun. The 120 back to my camera was malfunctioning, but I managed to steal my boyfriend's Canon 5D mk II away and shot this: my first day for night exposure. The exposure was 30 seconds long using a Canon 15mm at ISO 800, f6.3, and was taken around midnight on the rocky sea cliffs of Santa Cruz. I was happy with the simplicity of it.


- Jennifer Kehl

20 seconds
Focal Length
29 mm
ISO Speed
Exposure Bias
0 EV

Camera mounted on a tripod, with a 2 second delay. Looking up the Sonoita Creek floodplain in Rio Rico, Arizona, into the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains. Scene lit only by the light of the full moon.
-John Hays


I used a Canon EOS Rebel XT with a 50mm lens, set on a tripod. Exposure: 30 seconds, F/5.0
800 iso.

Bicycling on my way home from UC Davis, I noticed the moon was very bright, and remembered the shooting challenge. I packed all of my gear into my car, intent on trying for some water shots down near Putah Creek. After hunting around for around a half-hour, I drove toward Stevenson Bridge Road, where there is a grafitti covered bridge out in the middle of nowhere. It took some effort due to the wind and the occasional car passing through the shots, but I managed to shoot the bridge from a few angles.
-John Uhrig


Sony NEX-3, 28mm f2.8 Canon FD lens wide open, 30sec @ ISO 3200.

This was an interesting one to shoot. I had no idea what I was doing
besides procrastinating studying for my midterms at 11:30 pm - those
are my religion notes you can see in the picture, along with my Numark
Mixtrack. I turned off the light in my room and popped a 30 second
exposure expecting it to look like total shit. Forgot that my speakers
were on, casting that green light, and I absolutely loved the photo.
Tried to one up it by bringing out my 50mm 1.4 but I couldn't get
anything better than the fluke - although every photo i took with this
technique looked rad. Shame I was at iso 3200 though, I would rather
have dialed it down and killed the noise.
-Jonathan Valdes


It was cloudy last night so I set up the camera and tripod around 5:30 this morning. I wimped out (it was 24 degrees) and shot from my covered porch so I could run back inside the house and thaw out between shots. We had 16" of snow a week ago and another 3 inches or so followed by freezing rain two days ago – smoothing everything out and putting a nice glaze on the snow. I was surprised by a couple of things once I got the pictures on the computer – that the glaze on the snow wasn't as shiny as it seemed in the moonlight and that the light from the neighbors' outside lights was visible on the trees and the snow in the foreground (something I didn't notice when taking the pictures). Aside from the neighbors' lights giving an orange tint and the green-ish pine trees it's not really colorful, but such is the Connecticut outdoors in January.

Thanks for challenge – it's something I hadn't considered doing before and something I will definitely experiment with in the future when it's not quite so cold out. The amount of color that came out and just how much the pictures look like they were taken in daylight really surprised me.
-Jon Hudson


about the photo:
Camera: Canon EOS 550D / T2i
Lens: 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds

This photo was shot in The Netherlands, in a province called Flevoland (Sub-province called 'Noordoostpolder' (North-east polder)), which is an artificial piece of land.
About 60 years ago it was still a lake. They created huge dikes all around this province, pumped out all of the water and so we got 178 square miles of new land, mostly for agricultural purpose.
This was shot at about 10:30PM on January the 20th (GMT+1). I spent 2 hours looking for the perfect location, angle, exposure, etc. It was -2 degrees celsius, but it was worth it!


Kind Regards,
-Kasper Bak

"10PM Morning"

Shot with: D90 w/ 50 1.8 @ F10, ISO 500. Exposure time was 15 seconds. My wife and I drove up to the over look on the near by mountain.We are about 60 miles north of Atlanta, but you can see the skyline just right of that mountain. Increased saturation a little in Gimp.
- Kyle Frantz


Nikon D3000, 55-200mm DX VR lens.
First time trying this technique, spent about an hour trudging around in the snow to try and find some good shots... Not many good ones but this was the only time I had to shoot all week! This one was taken around 9 pm.
Because I dont have a remote (yet!) the longest exposure time I could manage is 30 seconds, so I dropped the f. stop all the way on the lens to 4.1 and bumped the ISO up to 800.

Some post processing for cropping and (for the wallpaper one) noise reduction. Was having LOADS of problems with noise in my pictures cause of the ISO but there wasn't much I could do... Tried it lower and it just didn't work as well!


Looking forward to trying it again in the future!
-Louis Levine in MD

Shot on a Canon 40D, ISO 400, 30 sec exposure, f/4. I found this random nook on the roof of the building next to me in NYC at night. I took a bunch of pictures of the buildings around me, but the nook was fascinating. I tried different methods of lighting only the interior, then I tried lighting it with a lighter. I've seen the effect done a million times and also animated, but I didn't intend to get that look with a lighter, I just wasn't thinking. I has happily surprised.
-Matt Christensen



A pocket tripod, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1 camera.


Using scene mode "Starry Night". Chose the 60 second exposure (longest available) with automatically selected ISO of 80.



I have seen dozens of these competitions but this is the first one I have taken part in. The camera is a pocket camera with mainly automatic settings so I never thought I would have a go seeing some of the pro gear others use.

For this competition I thought it looked quite straightforward so I went into the garden and did a couple of test shots. At this point I decided that rather going for a grand view - which I don't have - that I would try a macro shot in the dark. Setup was easy - grabbed a log destined for the fire and my lighter, pipe and knife. After a bit of messing about with positioning the hardest part was determining what the camera was seeing as I was well beyond the capabilities of the screen's display. Fortunately the autofocus light gave some idea each time I half pressed the shutter button. I set a delay of 2 seconds for the shutter - to avoid the influence of my unsteady hand, pressed and waited.


I don't think the shot came out as day exactly - possibly early evening so I did a bit of adjusting the light in photoshop mainly from yellow to blue - its now possibly late afternoon on a dull day.

Heaven knows what you make of the result - me? I was quite pleased - but I am a photography newbie so I don't know nothin'

Cheers anyway
- Max Goodman


Here's a submission from a first-timer!

Equipment and Settings:

Equipment: Canon 7D, 15-85mm lens, tripod, remote trigger

Settings: 35mm, ISO 200, f/11, 4 minute exposure

It was actually quite a nice night to go shooting. A buddy of mine noticed the post and convinced my to drag my butt out of my apartment to go. The full moon, Clouds rolling in and out, and airplanes constantly flying overhead, all while standing in the middle of a civil war battlefield. You can see the paths of 4 different planes through the frame, 3 go whizzing by, only their flashing lights showing up as lines of dots, a 4th providing a contrasting curve against the stars.


As suggested by many here, I started way up at ISO 6400 and f/4 to figure out what the correct exposure time would be, and then set a countdown times on my cell phone and left the shutter open.

Normally in an hour when I'm shooting wildlife I take 200+ shots. Last night I took 7 and was very pleased with the results :)

Thanks for holding the contest! I hope to participate in more soon.
-Michael Dobbs


This is from my front yard in SE Portland Oregon. I'm glad i took the shot when i did (7:30PM PST) because just a few minutes later the sky was completely clouded over. That's Portland for you! I pretty much nailed the exposure on the second try partially in thanks to the tips from the contest post. The only thing i did afterward was fix the white balance. I really love how the moon looks like a brilliant sun, especially at this time of year when the sun goes into hibernation.

Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (with kit lens)
Exposure 15
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 28 mm
ISO Speed 800
-Nicholas Hans


Canon 7D: ISO 100, F11, 13 minute exposure.

Mill Avenue in Tempe, AZ, is one of the greatest college towns I have ever visited. Its name comes from the old Hayden Flour Mill, built, and rebuilt twice due to fire, in 1874. Shown here is the boareded-up grain elevator, towering 155 feet tall, which may possibly be turned into a boutique hotel in the future. It's been my goal for a while to stage a shoot inside the old abandoned buildings, but the barbed-wire fence means this is as close as i'll get for a while…
- Robbie McCarthy


Canon 20D
Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm
800 ISO
30 Seconds

This was taken at Laguna Beach, CA January 20th under almost full moon. It's amazing how bright this photo looks because when I was there, I couldn't see very well despite the moon. I stepped in the same damn puddle 3 times soaking my shoes. I think my wet shoes were worth it though.
-Royce Hutain


Nikon d7000
10mm, 1hr exposure @ ISO 100, f8
WB: Auto
Started 10:28pm Central
Ended 11:28pm Central
-Ryan Cox


Camera - Canon Powershot G12
Aperture - f/5.6
ISO - 1600
Shutter Speed - 15s
Time - 1-21-11 12:06am
Outside Airtemp - -6F

I came back to my parents house to visit some that night. I happened to have my camera with and noticed it was pretty bright outside with the full moon which made me remember the shooting contest here on Gizmodo. So decide to stand out in the freezing cold for a few minutes and tried my best to make my shot look like daytime. Unfortunately my camera's slowest shutter speed is 15s so I just cranked up my iso to 1600 and hoped for the best. I took this picture mainly just to see what I could do with my lower end camera.
-Sam Inman


I just went outside of my apartment during 9:30 PM and was looking for better place to shoot,then i found this location and clicked it. The result is what you see here.

Took it with my Nikon D5000 ISO set to 1600 with 18-55 mm lens
- Sathishkumar Kumar

I used a Canon PowerShot SX110is at 50mm 15" f.28 iso 800
I was just hanging out on an old stretch of road, trying to get a shot of day turning into night, with me fading into the distance, when a Car happened to come hurtling over the hill at me just as my timer went off. It almost gives it a look of the sun cresting over the road..
-Scottie Dimmick


This photo was taken with my Canon T2i, stock 18-55mm lens @18mm ISO800 15 sec sec exposure @ f/3.5. I decided to take some photos in the middle of the night while spending the weekend at my family's 'ranch' in Yucca Valley, California (10 minutes outside of Joshua Tree). We have a beautiful Joshua tree in our back yard, so I decided to give the shooting challenge a shot, and this is what I came up with.

-Sean Ferris


I took this shot with my Canon Rebel XS (without a tripod!!!) ISO: 1600; f/BULB with a 20" exposure. The lack of the tripod made the shot pretty tricky and it took a few tries before I got something that both actually looked like day rather than dusk, and wasn't totally blurry. I didn't do much editing because everything that made it look sharper also changed the exposure enough that it felt like cheating. The shot itself was taken on Hilton Head Island, SC at about 10pm.
-Stephanie Peterson

I shot this with my D300, a 18-70 f/3.5-5.6 at an f/5.6, 30 seconds, and an ISO of 1000. I actually scratched trying to take a picture at first because I thought it was going to be cloudy, but when I saw that it was clearing up a bit I ran out to Target and picked up a really shitty tripod. I then rode out to Powhatan Creek, right off the Colonial Parkway, and started snapping away. Bulb mode is no bueno when you don't have some kind of a remote, so I ended up just finding ways to make 30 seconds work. Luckily, the moon was incredibly bright and made my life a little easier.
-Stephen Kline


equipment: panasonic gh1 (14-140 kit lens), tripod
shot @ f4.0, 60 sec exp, iso 100

the story:
I saw the competition and I had been messing around with some long exposure shots during the lunar eclipse, so I figured I'd try some more out. I went to a beach access down the road and started shooting. I took a bunch of shots, but this one stuck out the most to me. I didn't have a remote shutter/bulb, so I set the timer for 2 seconds, hit the shutter button, and then left it alone. Since it was obviously night and dark, the viewfinder didn't do much to help frame up shots or focus. For focusing I turned on my phone so it was lit up and held it against the fence and focused on that. I did a test shot with a 4 or 5 second exposure to make sure everything looked okay, then moved on to longer exposures.What I like about this photograph is how blue the sky came out. The combination of the shallow depth of field and the clouds moving gives the image a dream-like feel. It reminds me of waking up in the dunes in the summer after a long night at the bar... I also like how the sand fence on the right happens to make some letters/shapes of some sort. So that's my photo, hope you like it.
- Tyler Jackson


Well, my brother showed me this challenge, and just over Xmas break I was doing these same types of shots in my Father-in-law's house.

So last night as I was taking scraps out to the compost pile in the backyard, I remembered this challenge and grabbed my camera.


Not more than a few months ago, I was greeted by cops in my bedroom because someone had reported a burglar in the front yard. Turns out it was me watering the flowers at dusk. Note, lock your doors at all times.

Anyway, I live right in the middle of town, so I felt like a prowler walking in my backyard at night. I would setup my camera for a long exposure and then run and hide in the shadows so no one would think I was up to mischief. Just as I was shooting, some neighbors were partying a couple houses down - felt like a ninja out there shooting - trying not to be noticed.

Was shot with a Nikon P7000, ISO200, f3.2, 25 sec exposure via a tripod in the backyard. No touch ups at all other than resizing.


- Weldon Sams

Canon 20D
70-200mm @ 70mm
F8 @ 90 seconds
ISO 400

My friend told me about this contest so we both went down to Laguna Beach to shoot photos. I had never done a full moon shot like this before. Not the darkest place in the world but we didn't want to travel very far. Shot this from a stairs that lead down to the beach. I liked the lights in the background because they still showed it was night even though it looks like late afternoon. This was really fun.


-Zach Hunter