Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Tv 1.0
Av f/22
ISO 500
Lens EF28-135 IS USM (IS off)
Focal Length 55.0mm - 135mm
Flash Off
2 x 1500W Fluorescent bulbs (No Diffusion)
Processing: removed strings holding up the guitar

I found this a good opportunity to get use out of equipment for my other hobby, since I never practice. With my sons help, we hung the guitar from the backdrop support. We placed the lights to get the best reflection off the bridge and pegs. We shot about 250 pics using various flash options, light angles, and zoom speeds (manual) and starting points. For the final submission we started the shot with the lens at 55mm and manually zoomed out to 135mm with about a quarter second pause after the shutter opened.

- Jody Gollihugh

Nikkon D90 Nikkon 18-105mm Lens ISO 250 52mm f/29 1.0sec

The reason I picked this particular photo is due a favorite childhood memory. As a child of a military family I traveled to many places around America and other countries. This place was one that has always stuck out in my mind. I drove 11 hours from Raleigh, North Carolina to Ithaca, New York to take this photo and capture one of the happiest memories of my lifetime.

- Benjamin Wilson

I've been saying for MONTHS I should do one of these challenges. i was interested in competing in lasts weeks, but was just to busy. This weekend I was able to make a break up to the Parents cottage, 3 kids in tow. I had my camera, caught some decent shots, but it was far to bright to do a full one second exposure AND try to make it interesting. I forgot to bust the camera out while hanging out around the fire pit. I was running out of time and it didn't hot me till I was on the drive home.

First of all, I don't condone distracted driving. I was a bad boy, and did just that. One hand on the wheel, the other hefting the camera against the dash and windshield. 5 shots later of complete darkness and puzzled mind, I realized the lens cap was still on. With only a few miles to my doorstep, I ripped out a few shots. If I was forced to name this shot, I would call it "Drunk Driver". While the results were NOT what I was looking for, I figured it was interesting all the same.

Light modification via photoshop to reduce noise.

Canon Rebel XT
1 sec.
28mm Tamron f/2.8 28-75mm
ISO 1600
Manual Exposure

- Brian Kleppert

My daughter always talks about being afraid of Stitch after we took her to Disney to see him (if it's a him)...So to make Stitch cool again and not frightening, I decided to give my daughter a little show. I took her in the bathroom and turned the lights off and gave her a light show with Stitch toy we got from a doctor when she had her shots.... To pull the trick off I had to have total darkness that's why I chose the bathroom because it does not have a window. I left the door cracked open a little so that some light would come in....


I used a Nikon D7000, 1 second shutter, f10, iso 500, remote trigger ML-L3 standard camera flash. It took me 17 tries to figure out what I really needed to do to get the shot I wanted...

- Arthur Davis

Memorial Weekend Family Fire. Uncle Rory threw some old Christmas lights in the fire.


Camera: Canon T1i
Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Exposure Time: 1 second
F-Stop: 9.0
ISO: 400

- Gabby Gillingham

For this shot, I used a shallow basin of water, a flashlight, and black food coloring. I used my Canon 7D, with its pop-up flash coupled with an LED flashlight. I set the shot as such: 1 second shutter, f/5.6, iso 400, at 2500k (color temp). My lens, the EF-S 17-55mm allowed me to get adequate coverage, as I timed the drops of the food coloring falling into the pool of water. I snapped several shots, but found that this one stood out the most: the flashlight highlighted the rebounding water particles as the black coloring rippled through the once still water. It almost seem as though the water is smoking.

- Jonathan Su

This photo was taken with my Nikon D5000 with the kit lens at f/5.6, ISO-200, and with a focal length of 36 mm. The photo was taken at a Memorial Day fireworks show. Minor post-processing was done in Photoshop to fine-tune the exposure.

- Michael Douglas

I recently moved to the San Francisco area and have seen the wind farms near Tracy and Livermore from a plane during the descent into SFO. This challenge provided the motivation to get up and visit the Altamont Pass wind farm early in the morning. I tried several shots relatively close to the wind turbines, but at a shutter speed of one second, the blades completely disappeared. Getting further away makes the blurring more subtle and, as my wife said, makes the wind turbines look like dandelions. Since the sun was up, a 3.0 (1000x, 8 stops) neutral density filter was required to use a one second shutter speed, but using it made focusing and composition extremely difficult because it blocks so much light. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-70mm at 70mm, 1 second, F8, ISO 400, with a 3.0 neutral density filter.

- Ken Moore

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XSI
Lens: Canon 50mm EF 1:1.8 II
Shutter Speed: 1s (obviously)
ISO: 1600


We took the kids camping, and while they were playing with flashlights inside the tent, I was playing with taking pictures of the campfire sparks outside the tent... (don't worry the tent wasn't as close to the flames as it appears in the picture). Unfortunately I had to crank up the ISO to get the tent from getting lost in the dark... most of the pictures were barely light enough at F1.8, but this one had lots of sparks so it jumped up to 3.2 (in this one split second I probably could have used a lower ISO with a wider aperature, but there wasn't time to adjust as the sparks flared up).

- Todd Sonneborn

Camera: Canon S95
Lens: Built-in
ISO: 80
Aperture: F/5.6
Focal Length: 10.7mm

I took this picture of myself and some friends playing a board game, and the picture captures the action in the middle of a large turning point in the game. Taken using a GorillaPod to hold the camera, the picture was taken in shutter-priority mode, and some color correction, white-balance correction, and re-sizing was done with Canon Digital Photo Professional.

- Matt Hicks

My girlfriend brought her camera over and i stole it away from her while she was taking some shots for the contest. My brother had some magnesium ribbon and decided to play around with it at the fire. Really fortunate to get the star burst considering how bright magnesium burns. No additional processing done, all stock.

sony a330 1 second at f22 and 800 iso

- Zachary Wallace

Canon T2i, ISO 100, 55mm, -5EV, f22, 1 second

I drove to this dam near my friend's house in Rhode Island, hoping that my camera would be able to deal with the lighting conditions... it obviously did NOT (I should have read the challenge instructions more carefully!). After 10 mins back on the road on my way home (with some terribly overexposed pics), I called my cousin Jorge to pretty much just complain about the whole situation, and he suggested I tried using my prescription sunglasses as a make-shift filter. I drove back to the dam, took what it felt like a million pics and... VOILA! IT WORKED. Jorge, you're a genius!

- Diego Jiménez

This Memorial day weekend my boyfriend had a party. After he and his brother tossed in fire crackers which only resulted in a loud noise (sadly no cool visual effect) they brought out a strip of magnesium. Normal, right? As it lit up, I snapped this photo. I like the sci-fi/alien-esque feel of the picture that this gives off. I edited the contrast in photoshop after.


I used a Sony a330 with an f stop of 5.6. The ISO was 800 and a shutter speed of, of course, 1 second.

- Elizabeth Fleming

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Focal Length: 32mm
Shutter Speed: 1s
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 500


This is our Golden Retriever, who had a bit of anxiety over the tripod that I had set up in front of her (hence the single raised eyebrow look). The dog was a bit sleepy, which helped out with the picture since she stayed relatively still. I took the picture from about 3 feet away, with an incandescent floor lamp for lighting out of the frame to the right. I started with the lens at 32mm, and zoomed out slowly while the shutter was open. Slow and steady zooming seemed to produce the best results for me. A quick and snappy zoom produced an effect that looked similar to what you might see in a double exposure on film- not the effect I was going for this time, but I might experiment with that in the future. This shot was zoomed about 10mm while the shutter was open, so from 32mm to around 20mm when the shutter closed.

- Daniel Perret

Shooting Summary:
Camera- Nikon D3000 with 50mm f/1.8
Shutter speed- 1 sec.
Aperture- f/4.5


My mother (a crazy person) loves to hula hoop with fire, so I've found myself given the title of official fire photographer. This is a shot of the outdoor fireplace that my mom and her friends were using to light their hoops before they started spinning. I like the look of the tinder, almost like styrofoam.

- Rachel Weiss

I am a first time submitter (to any photo contest!) but have been enjoying the site for a while. I was originally going to go with a waterfall and stream shot but wanted to come up with something more creative when this idea hit me. I have been experimenting with off-the-camera flash as it is relatively new to me and this was a great shot to try out. I used a Nikon D90 with a 16-85mm lens at 42mm, f/6.3 at ISO 400 and a SB-600 flash. A couple of slight touch ups were done in Photoshop.

- Ian Alfano

After hearing about this challenge, because I already had a couple ideas as to what I wanted to do. I had been experimenting with water for a while, so I thought that I should play around with water for this challenge. I filled up a black Lego tub with water and started shooting away.


Here are examples of my previous works

Nikon D7000
55-200 f/4-5.6 Nikkor
Nikon SB-800

- Arvin Alvarez

"A Happy Little River"

On my lunch break I walked to the Spokane Falls to take pictures of the rush of snow melt coming down from the nearby mountains. What I got was a little Bob Ross brush stroke like effect on the water. I used my nikon d60 with the basic 55-200 lens, a stack of an 8 and a 4 rating ND filters to help with the bright light I had to deal with, and a 6 dollar wide angle attachment. ISO 200, 55mm, f/22

- Jacob Herres

Writing this description was the hardest part about doing this challenge. Despite the fact that I took over fifty shots of the same R2-D2. I decided to create a fake rainbow with the home screen of my brothers cellphone, while light painting the R2-D2 with a hand cranked light from the 70's. Vintage and technology working together as one as I always say. This picture proved to be both challenging and fun while show casing R2-D2's curvacious features. -Andy M.

Shutter speed 1''. Aperture f 6.3 ISO 100
Shot with a Canon Rebel T2i

- Andy Montoya

Perfect timing for this challenge. I just purchased a new lens for my T2i Camera (EFS55-250mm) and had started playing around with what it can do at night. I also recently bought some new solar powered LED lights to light a path in the yard, and really liked the pattern the lights made around themselves. Sort of reminds me of lights underwater. So that is what I chose, the lights, and the pattern around them.

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Date Acquired 2011:05:29 22:09:22.521
Last Keyword XMP Gizmodo 1 Second Challenge
Subject Gizmodo 1 Second Challenge

- John Hays

I took this photo with my Sony Nex-Vg10. I was just very bored last night and decided to try a photo challenge. I had no idea where to go to take a cool picture so i just started clicking off picture and the next thing you knew, bam, I took a half way decent photo.

- Dan Jarvis

Shot with my Sony A230 + Tamron 75-300mm, 1s, f/40. Only a couple hours after this challenge came out my wife and I went out for a stroll around our local trail, camera+tripod in hand of course (this always gets interesting looks from the other trail-users). We had a heck of a storm a couple of days before and were happily greeted with a green luscious landscape, and a roaring river just right for a one-second shot.

- Luis Antonio

I tried to take a picture of the creek behind my house during daylight but having a house full of kids this weekend hampered my daylight shooting time. So once they were all asleep, I took my desk lamp and a long extension cord and headed down to the creek. It has been raining all weekend, so the creek was higher than normal. Canon 7D 1 sec f/3.5 ISO 640 kit lens.

- Chris McCready

Canon T3i, 55-250 w/ 0.9 Neutral Density Filter on a tripod.

f/22 / 1.00s / ISO 100 / 55-250@55mm

Tumalo Falls, Bend, Oregon

Not a very entertaining story, but I've been to Tumalo Falls dozens of times since I moved to Bend, but never got the perfect shot. I have had my neutral density filter for months now but this was the first time I've had the opportunity to use it and I love it! I'm still learning how to shoot in manual with the filter, but I'm learning. These shooting challenges always give me great reasons to get creative with my camera.

- Eric Jensen

Canon T1i
EF-S 18-200mm @ 18mm and F/3.5
ISO 1600

For my one second exposure I wanted to find something that was moving to create a blur effect, but instead I found a low-light situation where that one second was just as useful. I took this shot while visiting the Griffith Observatory. Inside the housing for the public telescope it is really dark, so the one second exposure helped capture details that I didn't really notice until looking at the photo, like the interesting contrast of the supports against the dome of the observatory.

- Spencer Wilde

"Sandhill Crane in the Morning"

Fujifilm s100fs — 1" — F7.1 — ISO 100 — 53.1mm — Velvia film simulation

- Mike Case

One second Photo at Glen Cove, Maine
Photo by By Dennis Foster, Cincinnati, OH


Shooting Summary:
Sony DSLR A-100
ISO = 100
70-300 Sony Zoom = 140mm
Shutter = 1 second
F-stop = f/40

We like to spend Memorial Day in Maine at a little Motor Lodge near Rockland called The Ledges. When I woke up this morning I saw the tall ships in our cove surrounded in fog. It was 5:30 AM and I thought about it twice before getting up and going out on the grass covered hill behind our room to get the shot. A few seconds after I took this shot the boats were invisible. By the time the fog lifted again, it was too bright to shoot at one second.

- Dennis Foster

Taken with a Canon D60 and a 0.9 Neutral Density filter, one second exposure at f/9.0, ISO 100. Edited curves and saturation in Paint.NET.


This is a picture of the Deschutes River, Tumwater falls (in the far distance) and the old brewery, where Olympia Beer used to be made. The camera was on a mini tripod, very close to water level.

- Brian Hall

I shot this in my kitchen behind a dark wall with not lights except for the candle. I lit the candle and used a remote shutter release while I blew the flame to create motion. I used my Canon Rebel XSi with 18-55mm Lens, f/13.0, ISO 100, and obviously 1" shutter speed.

- Seth Porter

Shot on the "L" platform in Chicago at Diversey Brown Line stop.
Canon Rebel T2i
ISO 100
1 Second (obviously)

- Rob Lennox

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z980
ISO Speed: ISO-200
Exposure Time: 1 sec
Aperture: f/8
The Shot:
My initial plan was to shoot something in daylight without using a filter and tripod and after doing that (came out decently too - used a combination of shade and fingers for filtering excess light) , decided to upload to Giz. But I wasn't happy with the 'subject' of the shot. A day later, I was fiddling with the camera on a tripod in a dark room, trying to get a 'nice shape' with my Mobile's LED light and an LED Torch. Nothing great came out of that too. And then my brother showed up and joined the fun - which involved throwing my mobile phone and the torch around. Uploaded here is the very first shot we took. I think we can call this, "The Present under the Christmas Tree". Ignore strange looking objects. They're pillows.

- Krishvanth Suresh

When I read post about contest I immediately start to think what can I capture for 1 second. And I decide don't walk too far. I captured the most expensive stuff in our life. I captured "1 second". We can buy expensive watches, but we can not buy time that measures that watches. 1 second is not a big amount of time, but our life contains from millions of that small periods of time. Some seconds have more value for us than another. Some seconds we would like to make a 1/1000 of second (if it's not so enjoyable period). But it's better to realize that basically our time is only thing in life that have most high value.


for that shoot I use Nikon D80. AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm. f 1/14. 1sec. ISO 100. cheap tripod made in china. nature light.

I'am not a professional photographer.

- Konstantin Vedernikov

Camera : Canon rebel T2i.
Lens : Canon 60mm USM Macro
F : 4
Speed : 1s
ISO : 1600

Title: The TypeWriter

History behind the shoot:
One of the very first devices that cause a inpact on me was the typewriter. I remember my father typing quite fast on a very old typewriter machine that stills around for some reason. For this challenge I wanted to capture how fast someone cam be on typing a letter on it.

- Gustavo Zagato

No description provided.


This challenge was a surprise. I had just gotten back from a 4 day trip with the guys and needed some food and R/R. Went down to the local mall in Chattanooga, TN to the Panera to pick up the food and saw this small carnival going on. I didn't go in, but I did get to listen to For Whom the Bell Tolls and Razors Edge while watching a dude that looked just like Joe Dirt throw red rings at coke bottles. "Winning"! Shot with Canon T2i and Rokinon 14mm lens. 1 second exposure at ISO 400 and I believe around f8(ish). This lens doesn't have proper connections so it shoots only manual aperture, I wasn't paying attention at the time. I did however use the live-view for focus.

- Drew Eldridge

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel
lens: 75-300mm 1.5m/4.9ft
F-Stop: f/29
Exposure time: 1 sec.
ISO: 100
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal length: 110 mm
Metering mode: Pattern


I was so excited about the One Second photo challenge because I've been wanting to try out a long exposure photo for a while. My niece invited me out for a day at Maymont Park, which is a beautiful park in Richmond, VA. There are quite a few waterfalls and fountains and thought one would be nice. The one that I chose is directly across from a Gray fox exhibit. We were standing in the shade and I didn't even need to open my tripod, I just used the edge of the bridge we were standing on. I had it on a 2 second timer (to limit any human error or shaking) and a split second before the timer went off, the bird flew down and landed right in the shot. That's what I like to call a happy little accident.

- Amanda Jaeger