The shot: Dentz Carousel at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia

The story: I've been following the shooting challenges since they started and I've wanted to give it a go. I happened to be out with the family this weekend at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. It was actually our first outing with the new Canon T2i so I was trying different things out and taking a ton of pictures of our 15-month old son. After a fun (and exhausting) day we decided to ride the carousel and call it a day. I stood on the sidelines while my wife and son picked out a horse to ride and as I checked out the historic carousel I was noticing all the lights that covered it. I remembered this week's challenge and decided to take a few shots and I'm pretty happy with the outcome for my first attempts.

The deets: Canon T2i, f5.0, 1/60, ISO 320
- Adam Gruber

The idea for this photo actually woke me out of a deep sleep. I sat up in bed and said "EXPLODING DEATH STAR BOKEH!!!" My poor wife opened her eyes and kinda said "whaza?" before falling immediately back to sleep. I left her in bed and went to work blowing up a Death Star.

The main subject of this photo is a Micro Machines X-wing that I bought new about 20 years ago. It's not much bigger than a US quarter. Thanks to the small scale, I didn't have to build a very big Death Star. It is a roughly golf ball sized clump of tin foil peppered with some colored translucent Lego bricks. I just added bricks until the bokeh'd Death Star looked nice and explodey. I setup this scene in my lightbox and then moved it into a sunny window. My regular hot lights weren't giving me bright enough bokeh by themselves. A few shots later, I had this!

Photoshop work includes cloning out a small bamboo skewer I was using to hold up the X-wing. I also did a little dodge work on the fighter to bring out some of the greys and a slight crop to make the shot a little more dramatic. Shot with my Nikon D300 and 55mm f/2.8 manual macro lens. F/2.8, 1/1250th, ISO 200, daylight white balance.

May the bokeh be with you!
- Adam Wolf

Shooting Summary
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Canon EF 70-300
ISO: 400

It's funny I never knew what the hell bokeh was until this photo shoot. I have always seen this style done either through photo or video its nice to know what goes into it. I don't live in an areas where there is a lot of light sources besides a few street lamps. But I was able to capture a few wonderful Bokeh shots outside my home by standing in the freezing cold for roughly 20 min I took maybe 40 shots only five were contest worthy. I finally, settled on this one called Suns of Winter.
- Akira Lewis

Shot with a Canon T2i, EFS18-55mm Lens, ISO 100

This is a shot of a Crabapple Tree in my front yard! It's beautiful in every season; when the berries are bright red, and even when they're dried up and brown. I knew it's beauty could even be captured in a Bokeh shot!
-Alisha B. McGinn

Took all the beads from the kids' treasure chest - and a little man, supposed to look like a hard working working hard to get the beads ready for Mardi Gras.
Took some 100 pictures, crawling around beneath the garden table, in the sun and had a great time playing around with beads, glitter and other dazzling stuff.......oh the pictures!
Had a very hard time choosing between all the wonderful Bokeh-examples.....and ended up with this.....
So much FUN!


Taken with my Canon 7D
Lens (Canon EF 28-135mm) at 125 mm (35mm equivalent: 196mm)
- f 5.6
Speed: 1/500 sek
- Annemette Kuhlmann

Hundreds of years before the dawn of time I took a photography class (using
film, you remember film don't you?) The professor said we could take pictures
of anything we wanted except for dogs and babies. I continue to break this rule
all the time. I can't help myself. Although this toddler is not really a baby,
she is cute. I swear I'm not trying to Anne Geddes my way into this challenge.
Check out that Bokeh. Shot with a Nikon D70s, Nikkor 50mm 1.4, at f/1.8,
1/80th, ISO 200. White balance was set to Auto, my mistake, should have set it
to Incandescent.
- Brian McCabe

Hi... This is a Shot of a Stick Match, taken with a Canon 60D.

I used a Tokina 100mm. Macro lens, which was set to 1/2 sec and F:11 .. The ISO, was 125

The Match was held in a Model Makers Vise and I focused the Match prior to lighting it...

Then shut off the Light and figured that the Shot would be " Out of Focus " due to the match burning over the course of the Exposure...

and that's pretty much what happened... So there ya go. It took a half a box of matches to get this shot.
- Charlie Carroll


It was a nice -23C day and thought it would be a good chance to catch the Calgary skyline outside my apartment with the fresh snow from last night.


16-35 f2.8 L
Shot taken at 34mm
ISO 100
1/2500 and f2.8
Didn't fire the flash
-Will Phan

This was shot with a Nikon D7000 and 60mm f/2.8D in the bus parking lot of my high school. f/5 at 1/200s ISO 100. Unfortunately this yielded octagonal bokeh.
- Charlie White

Canon EOS 7D, f1,8 iso 100, 50.0 mm lens

I thought I could get some nice bokeh in the background as well as a good shot of this beautiful saluki in his cosy red coat, and I think I made it.
- Christina Blom

Shot with: Canon Rebel XTi, 39 mm, f/5.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 800

Out of all the shots I took for this challenge, this is by far my favorite. I spent quite some time fiddling with candles and lights around the house, but didn't like any of the pictures I had churned out. Much of them looked exactly like the example shot for the challenge, so I decided to go out and about to see what I could find. This was taken from outside a small shop a few blocks away from my house. Not much else to say, I realized from this challenge that I prefer the bokeh to be smaller, rather than huge exaggerated orbs, as all the shots I took extremely out of focus really only looked like subtle variations of the example shot.
- Corey Rowland

Camera: Pentax K-x
Lens: SMC Pentax-m 1:1.7 50MM (m focus and m aperture)
Aperture: 1.7
Shutter Speed:1/30

Always wanted to take a photo of a recently aquired globe like this, took several in one sitting with a couple other lenses, this turned out the best. I kept having to move the world around so that there wouldnt be any glare from nearby windows in my home and so the background was something that could attribute to the photo. All in all not the best shot in the world, but I liked it and thats all that matters!
- David Tapke

Here is my submission for this week's Challenge

So here's the story. Like many in the Midwest we have had a week filled with snow and darkness. It's January right? As I shot random photos of snow in my yard-from the comfort of my balcony-the sun did all it could to break through the clouds. The result was this picture taken just before dark. I am using it as wallpaper now.


The details of the shot are pretty simple. ISO was set @ 160, exposure was 1/60 sec at F4.0. The Bokeh effect was achieved by defocusing from auto setting. My equipment was Canon EOS EX with 55-200mm zoom.
- David White

I took this picture while hiking part of the North Chickamauga Segment near Chattanooga, TN. This is from the top of one of the waterfalls. I used a homemade Tilt Shift lens for the out of focus effect. You can see the rock on the lower right as well as some of the water on the bottom of the picture in focus. I was a beautiful winter day, waterfalls, an abandoned coalmine shaft, and the North Chickamauga Creek following the trail.


Canon EOS REBEL T1i w/ DIY Tilt shift lens
1/1000 sec, ISO 100
Lightroom adjustments: Increase blacks and decreased exposure
- Diego Aguilera

I went out during the day to scout a location that I thought would have some good night time bokeh oppurtunites as many of the building are lit up at night with lights. I took some pictures while I was out, and saw a holly tree and figured I'd try a shot of the leaves. Its nice to see some green in a picture for a change, since for the last few weeks all I've seen is snow and drab winter colors, so I figured I'd enter this shot instead of some of the others I took. Taken with a Canon Eos T2i, at 28mm f/5.6 ISO 100 for 1/40 seconds.
- Donovan Myers

Canon t2i, 1.8 50mm, ISO 400

Story: Taking pictures of conventional light sources was not giving me the abstract, orb-like blurs I was looking for. Failure. As I lit up some of my favorite candles for the night I was struck with the idea of photographing them. The resulting picture struck me as pulsating, spacey, and extremely planetoid.
- Edgar Arellano

Hi ,

Attached are my entries for the BOKEH contest.

LENS: AF DC – NIKKOR 105 mm f/2D

1/3000 sec , f/5.6 , ISO 200 , 105 mm

DATE : 1/27/2011

After a night of snow storm, I woke up to a bright and sunny winter day that morning.
When I looked out the window, I saw the the branches were covered with little icicles, shimmering in the sun. It was so beautiful.
I couldn't help myself , I had to take a "bokeh" tree shot!

Thanks for considering my image...

Esra Eralp

Equipment: Nikon D5000, Nikon 35 mm f/1.8, 10 cans of red bull
Settings: f/1.8, 1/250 s, 35 mm, ISO 400, Light from the top


It's midterms time at our university and consumption of red bull rises at this time of year. I don't have much time to shoot these weeks but today I found 10 cans in my room and quickly made a shot.
- Janez Kos

Camera: Canon EOS 400D
Lens: Canon Ultrasonic 28-135mm f/5.0
ISO: 400

Took this shot looking out over the city of Plymouth at night.

Generally by day this shot wouldn't look very special at all but once the sun sets the city becomes lit up and taking a 'bokeh' shot can clearly capture the illumination.
- Jason Stanley

The story is simple: a Saturday night, Christmas lights and a bottle of red wine.
Canon xsi 55mm /f4.5, iso1400

Shot with a Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8 lens at f/1.8, 1/80s, ISO 140.

I've been doing an ongoing series of walk signs, specifically around New York City (, this one was taken over the week of the contest as I crossed Essex (a busy street in the Lower East Side) while cars were honking at me. I was lucky enough to get off this shot. The bulk of the lights are from traffic while the faint ones in the background are of the lights on the wires of the Williamsburg Bridge.
- Joe Zimmer

I took this shot the day I got my new SX30 – which is Sweet! I go for a run/jog every morning, and decided to grab the Canon before heading out. I have never played with a Super Zoom before – and wondered if I could get a Bokeh-worthy shot. This was my first attempt.

Camera Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
Focal Length 94.9mm
Aperture 5.06
F 1/5 8
ISO 320
- John Remmler

Canon XSI 18-55mm lens 1/8 sec exp f/5.0 ISO 800

So I've had these lights up around my room for a while, and I always thought that this would make a neat little shot. The Bokeh challenge just gave me some more motivation to actually go take the shot. When I bought the lights they were advertised as purple, but my friends maintain that they are fuscia...and I think they might be right. Yes, this is the actual color of the lights. There's no way to celebrate bokeh like fuzzy lights in the background! This is also part of my 365 project, which is here: (shameless plug, I know...)
- Jonathan Britt

Camera : Canon rebel T2i.
Lens : Canon 60mm USM Macro
F : 3.5
Speed : 1/1250
ISO : 400

Title : Grass Flowers.

History behind the shoot :

At first, I was thinking that this shooting challenge was a easy one. But I couldn't be more wrong. I tried several different ideas, things like shooting some statues in front of the TV, fishing hooks on the sun, small action figures on a variety of different scenarios. But I didn't find the picture that I was looking for. Then I decide to go out and shoot something with my 60mm macro lens. After a few snaps, I saw this small colorfull little "plant" with this little buttons that might turn and some flowers one day or another. The Orchid leafs right bellow it, provide enough green to be on blur. The picture itself looks like that is all blur. The flower buttons doesn't pop from the background like other bukeh pictures, but it was almost what I was looking for.

Keep The challenges comming !!

Cheers !
- Jose Gustavo


I just got a new 55mm f1.4 lens and have been waiting for a good photography challenge to participate in. I went for a walk through the streets of San Francisco looking for a good scene with lots of different colors. This shot seemed to turn out the best. It was just an intersection with different light colors and lights in the background. You can still make out the road, cars, and trees though.

-Justin Bischoff

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Shoveling out for hours after a series of snowstorms, it was late in the day and the sun was starting to set. I happenend to catch a glimpse of the sun setting on these icy snow covered branches, I had my camera out most of the day shooting the dogs playing in the snow and took this shot.
- Karen Martin

Hello! I'm very excited that I came across your challenges!

Camera: Canon T1i
Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Settings: Exposure 1/200, f9, ISO 400


Today was the first time in several days that the sun was shining and bright (for at least a few hours) so I pulled on my boots and trudged out through the snow to get some nature shots. Since the snow was a bit deep, I did not take my tripod and just freehand took pictures. This past summer I grew giant sunflowers in my garden that I never cut down and I have been wanting to take some pictures of them (or at least what is left of them) for several weeks now. The way the late afternoon sun was illuminating this sunflower and the clear blue sky in the background made this a shot I had to get.

Thank you for creating these challenges!
- Karrie Goelz

Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: 35 mm - F/1.8

The air was crisp, breezing its way into my room because of the cracked window. All of the lights were off, except for the glow of outside. Sometimes it's better to disappear while the outside world lights up.
- Kellie Segdwick

Nikon D90
Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens
f1.4, 1/100, ISO 400

In the Absence of Truth....drink up. When I saw this challenge I immediately knew I wanted to use a beverage at a bar with the bar lights in the bokeh zone. Pint glass of one of my favorite bands + a tasty brew + a splash of bokeh = this result. Thanks for giving me an excuse to drink!
- Ken Janeczko

Dear Gizmodo,

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix LX5, cigarette and Photoshop
Story: Took two shots, first shot cigarette with bokeh background f/2.0, 1/6 sec exposure, Macro AF, 24mm, ISO 250
2nd shot full bokeh background f/2.0, 3.5 sec exposure, Full MF, 24mm, ISO 80
Marge the two photos together side by side as one photo, used Photoshop to add on the smoke

Thank You and Happy Chinese New Year
- Meng Chan

Nikon D3000 with a 35MM AF-S DX F 1.8 Nikon, 1/15s F/1.8 ISO 100
Color corrected in Photoshop.


During a smoke break at band practice. I don't smoke, so I take
pictures. I just recently picked up this lens and I've been having
fun experimenting with it.
- Lee Dydo

Not much of a story really!
Taken in an bowling arcade, not bowling but waiting for a lift home, there was a tree in the middle of the place with blue lights draped all over it. I was originally shooting some arcade machine it was in front of but the tree got in the way and produced a pleasant effect, so I had another go at it.


The picture was taken with my oh so amateurishness kit consisting of a Canon 400D and Sigma 55-200mm Lens.
Exposure 1/25 at f/4.5. 94mm Focal Length and ISO 800.

Not the most creative, but I thought it looked quite nice.
- Liam Simmonds


The picture is taken with Nikon D80 and Nikkor 50mm 1.8D, aperture wide open. I had spotted a nearby house which still had bright christmas lights. So I tried to capture those lights with custom bokeh set. I used 52-58mm step up ring and and put a paper cut out onto it. I took several shots and this came out the best.

Focal length 50mm, 1/20s, f/1.8, ISO 800
- Marko Stenman

I took this from the top of a parking garage near downtown Phoenix, AZ. I was taking some night shots of the skyline but below was an intersection off of the freeway. The green dots are from the traffic lights as they turned green. Canon Xs, 18-55mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 100, f 5.6, 3.2 sec.
- Matt Oss

I hope I have everything in the right dimensions this time ;)

I didn't really know what to go for with this challenge. Simply shooting something with a dozen lights in the background was to simple or overused for me. When I almost forgot about the challenge I went for a more "worship" like fanboy setup... At least Marvin made it in the picture!


Shot with Canon EOS Rebel T2i, 50mm 1.4 lens @ f1.8, 1/180s, ISO400, adjusted with Adobe Camera Raw
- Max Stienbling

This is a shot of snow falling, shot from inside my condo in Arlington, Virginia during our recent city-crippling snowstorm. I hand-held my Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 50mm, 1.8 lens pressed to a window. Beneath the camera I had a Nikon SB-600 with Lightsphere attachment firing through the window, triggered wirelessly using Nikon's Creative Lighting System. I focused the lens to about 2 feet or so to intentionally created "snow bokeh."

Exposure: 1/160 second, f2.8, ISO 200.
- McDonald Mirabile

I have a black-glass dining table at home that I had been wanting to use for some sort of photo project, and decided that this challenge would be a good one. I took a large sheet of white paper/cardboard and punched a few hundred tiny holes in it to get the discrete points of light. I backlit it with several flashlights and used it as a backdrop for my little airplane on the table. To get the prop to spin, I used a compressed air canister while triggering the shutter with an IR remote. The trick was not blowing too much air on the prop, or it would spin so fast as to become invisible and would actually blow the airplane around, blurring the photo. The real challenge was setting the backdrop and camera at the right angle so that the bokeh circles would fill the picture without bringing the actual white sheet into the frame. Canon Rebel T2i, f/5.6, 6 second exposure, ISO200, 135mm focal length.
-Paul McNiel

Equipment Used:
- Canon 50d
- Canon 50mm f/1.8 Mark 1

- f/1.8
- ISO 800
- 1/40 shutter speed

Today was my friend's church party and about 30 people showed up. We got a list of tasks we had to do to get points, and one of them was beat a counselor at a board game. We chose to play Chinese checkers, which turned out to be 3 guys versus 3 girls. Things eventually got so intense that it too over 5 minutes to make a move and the game ended up lasting over 2 hours! However, the girls left because we were going to win so there was no winner. But we all know ;)


I have not shot many bokeh pictures but I know that I can get it from out of focus light and also out of focus light from a reflection. The reflection off of the checker pieces produced some bokeh so I decided to do some editing and submit this picture.
- Michael Liu

Olympus PEN E-PL1
Olympus 14-42mm lens
ISO: 200
Aperture: F4.5
Shutter: 2"
Post: Minor adjustments on Windows Live Photo Gallery


The shoot was taken through a condensed window in my apartment showing the city street lights.
I woke up at around 4:30 AM and I saw how nice the light got refracted by the condensed window and
decide to take a shot at it. The result was even better- actual light from the street lamps was blurry
while the refractions itself wasn't.
The camera had to be really close to the window to get that refraction of light effect.
I've played a little bit with the focus and changed the position of the camera to get
different refraction from the droplets of water on the window.
- Mihail Takev

Camera - D700
Lens - 24-70mm / 2.8
ISO - 1600
Shutter - 1/8000
Aperture - f/2.8

It turned out to be a lazy rainy Sunday here in LA this week, and instead of laying on my butt watching the raindrops from my balcony, I decided I would finally enter the Gizmodo contest. I figured I'd get some cool Bokeh happening with the raindrops as they feel, but I was lucky enough to catch something a little more magical. The result is a couple of raindrops dropping right after another in basically the same spot. So there's one exploding after hitting the water, and another during impact. All I did to pull it off is switch to Continuous Shooting mode, and hold down the trigger for a second or two every ten seconds. I'll be the first to admit that a lot of this is based purely on luck, but I'm pretty pleased with the shot.

Have a splendid day,
- Mike Chiaravalle

Shooting Summary:

I made this shot from my car windscreen after a rain. Illuminated by the street lights. I made this shot because of the water droplets on the windscreen looks tempting to miss out a bokeh shot of it. Spend around 15 mins in my car doing other shot of it.
- Mohammad Mursi

I shot the attached photo with my Canon T1i - Av Mode with aperture set to 4.5. The photo is of my favorite set of dinnerware and the bokeh is created by light reflecting off of the gold handpainting on the plates. I also used Photoshop to make slight contrast adjustments.


This is my first submission so I hope that I did it correctly! Looking forward to seeing all of the other results!
- Moira A. Garrity


i've been thinking of shooting my old toys for a while now. this toy robot is about 40 years old. the radial flyer in the background is my daughter's. she outgrew it about 4 years ago and it's been sitting the attic ever since. these are truly 'toys in the attic'. my attic is a mess at the moment with all the christmas decorations that we've been putting away. even though i knew i was going to get good bokeh on the trike, i plugged in a string of lights for a little extra kick. the robot in the foreground was lit by daylight coming in from the attic window (hence the cool tone) while everything in the back was incandescent.


this photo was shot with a nikon d200 and a nikon 50mm 1.4 lens. the camera settings were iso400, f1.6 at 1/60 shutter speed. i hope you like it.

thank you,
- Niko Plaitakis

The warmth of winter.
This photo was shooting with Canon 500D with a 50mm F/1.4 prime lense.
1/50 F/1.8 ISO200
-Nina Pang

Hello Gizmodo Shooting Challenge,

This picture have been taken in a field near my home in Quebec City. I was walking and taking winter pictures when in between two forests there was a row of look alike cattails. I selected an angle contrary with what I expected the Bokeh to be in order to get some sort of contrast angle from the Bokeh. I think it works !

This has been took with a Nikon D5000, Nikkor lens AF-S 55-200mm DX ED VR @ 200mm (300 if 35mm), P Mode, f5.6, 0.002s, ISO 200, auto WB.

- Pascal Simon

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Settings: ISO 200, 1/4000 sec @ f/1.8


I had spent a whole night in my garage messing with christmas lights, glass steins, my daughter's elmo doll and various other items to try to come up with a shot for this challenge. By morning I was pretty frustrated at my lack of creativity (and ability) and stepped outside for a smoke. While wondering if I'd actually come up with a submission for this challenge, I found myself staring at the windshield of my truck and that's when I "found" this shot.

This was my first challenge and it was a blast! I'll definitely try more of these in the future.
- Peter Ha


What's in this photo?
Is a top view on a glass snow ball. I made a tens pics and chose the best one in my opinion.
It is hard to shoot and shake at the same time! =)

Philipp Guschin.

I have been extremely impressed with the results from previous shooting challanges so i just wanted to give this one a try. Since I am quite new to DSLR photography I had some problems finding proper subjects in front of nice (contrast rich) backgrounds. Basically I wasted two hours walking around my neighborhood while slowly freezing stiff without any adequate results. Only when returning back home i realized that the streetlights in front of my balcony should provide a nice background (since it started to get really cold outside i guess the close proximity of hot tee and a warm room could have clouded my powers of judgement a little ;) ). The only remaining problem was finding a foreground object. I ended up placing two chocolate lucky charms (which were left over from new years eve) on the railing of my balcony.


I used a Canon 500D (T1i) with an EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens at f1.8 for 1.6 Seconds at ISO 100
- Phillip Muigg

Nikon D80
18-135 lens @62mm
f/5.3 1/20s
ISO 800

This is a shot of the intersection outside of my hotel room in Chantilly, VA, where I was working last week. Not super exciting, but I like it. The large string of lights on the right is a tour bus pulling out of the parking lot. The ground was very reflective because it was covered with ice from the storm.
- Phill Grissinger

Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i, with Canon EF-S55-300mm lens
ISO 1600, .8 seconds @ f/16
Focal Length 109mm

I call this one "The Main Event" My goal on this challenge was to use the Bokeh as part of the image and not the whole image itself. I found that at the right focus length I could make the lights I had strung up on a back wall imitate camera flashes in an arena. In came the UFC figures and a picture was made. I took a bunch of photos with different focus and intensity of the Bokeh, but this seemed to fit my vision the best.
- Richard Hirschmann

I went to the lake looking to take advantage of the sun glimmering off of the water and I found these young lovers. I explained what I was doing and did secure their permission for the photo.


I used a home-made heart-shaped cutout in front of the lens to give the glimmer on the water little heart shapes. I converted the photo to black and white in post processing using Raw Therapee.

Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: Canon 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS USM
Focal Length: 270mm
F-stop: F/5.6
Exposure time: 1/400 sec.
ISO speed: 200
Metering mode: Partial
Exposure program: Aperture Priority
- Robert Allen

I was going to attempt a similar shot with the lettered tiles from our Scrabble board, but it turns out we're missing the "K." Hard to spell Bokeh without it...

So Plan B was to print out a whole page of the word repeated, and shoot it with my P&S in Macro mode. Not a lot of highlights, but I was supprised by how well the lens on the P&S smoothed out the out-of-focus areas.

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, Digital Macro Mode, ISO 80, 6.2mm, f/2.8, 1/20 sec., and a bit of Lightroom.
- Robert Kalnitz

Dear Gizmodo,
Here is my submission to the Bokeh shooting challenge


Canon EOS 550D (same as the T2i but bought in Hong Kong)
Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens
0.077 sec (1/13)
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed


I originally had the idea to put M&Ms in front of the bokeh because they have the same circular shape and colorful hue as the the Christmas lights that I was using to create my bokeh. After many shots that I didn't like I finally saw a Rubik cube sitting on my desk replaced the M&Ms with the cube . As it turned out, the Rubik cube was more photogenic. :)

The cube was put in front of the colored Christmas lights which highlight similar colors as the cube. And the tile floor everything sat on was reflective, doubling the bokeh and adding a nice mirror image for the Rubik cube.

—Ryan Goodnight (yes, that's my real last name)


PS...I'm an American living in Shenzhen, China full time, working as an Engineer in a manufacturing company. I read Giz everyday. Thanks for keeping me in touch with all the gadgety stuff I love.

Shot using a nikon d3000 with the 18-55mm kit lens. Taken on aperture priority at f4.2, ISO 400. This shot was made with a cowboy hat and a blue glass "evil eye" balancing on top of a lamp.
- Sarah Lawrie

I went to the lake looking to take advantage of the sun glimmering off of the water and I found these young lovers. I explained what I was doing and did secure their permission for the photo.


I used a home-made heart-shaped cutout in front of the lens to give the glimmer on the water little heart shapes. I converted the photo to black and white in post processing using Raw Therapee.

Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: Canon 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS USM
Focal Length: 270mm
F-stop: F/5.6
Exposure time: 1/400 sec.
ISO speed: 200
Metering mode: Partial
Exposure program: Aperture Priority
- Robert Allen

First submission.... Took this sitting in Chicago rush hour traffic this week. Nikon 300D w/ 50mm 1:1.4 lens @ 1/250sec., f/1.4, ISO 800
- Ted Roberts

Well I've been following this contest for about six months now, and have been dying to enter. I just bought myself my first DSLR, which is a Nikon d3100. I'm still learning it but its been a blast so far.
Taking out of focus shots is one of my favorite ways to shoot so i figured now is as good of a time as any to enter the contest. I was at the creek down the street from my house and was walking it with my camera. It was a very cloudy day which was making for very flat, boring pictures. Out of no where the sun decided to come out and made the little bit of unfrozen water sparkle. I took this quickly and loved it as soon as i saw it on my computer.

ISO 100, 105mm, f/11, 1/500

Thanks a lot!
- Tim Giorgione

D90, Nikkor 35mm @1.8, 1/30s, ISO 900

The subject is Safari and his mesmerizing ability to relax.
- Todd Johnston

As this is the first shooting challenge I'm participating in, I was really excited about all of it. I knew this Bokeh stuff had to be done with simple drawn characters starring in the idea, with lights helping the story. At first, I wanted to capture a scene of murder with green pulse lights emitting from a sci-fi-alien-space-future rifle killing a cartoon guy and his soul leaving the body surrounded by white light. But it was a bit too complicated, so I settled with a romance. : ) Guy is giving his girl some beautiful roses. Moonlight is shining on the couple in love. Simple. Flowers are Christmas lights, moon is from a lamp shining through a black piece of cardboard.


It was a nice -23C day and thought it would be a good chance to catch the Calgary skyline outside my apartment with the fresh snow from last night.


16-35 f2.8 L
Shot taken at 34mm
ISO 100
1/2500 and f2.8
Didn't fire the flash
-Will Phan