It's a cool idea: your brain doesn't necessarily catalog whether something lasted one second or five seconds. But a camera is precise. The 72 photos from this week's Shooting Challenge were each exposed for exactly one second.

WINNER: Eiffel Blast-Off

I was at the Eiffel Tower the other night and there was a guy who briefly swung some fire on a rope. Before he was chased off by the police I ran over with my tripod and got this picture with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Canon Digital Rebel, f/4, , Exposure 1 second
- Matt Flick


For this week's challenge i have something simple i have thought for a while. Figured i would use my car. Didnt managed to get the "car moving" shot i wanted, so i went the way i could do this alone. Sony a230, 18-55mm lens, f/8, ISO-100, 40mm focal length hand held.
- Felix Garcia

Fog Water

I was walking around, after sunset, trying to find some good shots of the traffic going into the John Fitzgerald Expressway; when I saw some kids playing in the fountains on the Greenway, so I stopped and managed to get this shot. Thought it looked kinda like an alien invasion. Shot on a 5D Mark II with a 16-24mm Canon lens, f4.5, ISO 160, 1s shutter.
- Zeen Rachidi

Fire "Better Than" Water

We went camping this weekend at one of the nearby provincial parks. It had a nice stream running through it that I knew would be perfect for the challenge. I shot several and picked out a good one to enter. That evening we were sitting around the campfire and watching the interplay of light and colors in the fire I decided to snap a few pics. It turned out I liked the results of the fire better than the water, so here it is. Shot with a Canon EOS 60D, EF 100 2.8L Macro at f22. No idea what kind of wood that is that's burning.
- Bruce Clement

Ghosted Linux

I haven't had enough time to get submissions in lately so I promised myself I would get one in at all cost this week. I was bored at work while updating some pc's in our tech lab and decided to work with what I had available. I took the cover off an old hard drive, turned it on, touched a screw to the platter to make it rough, used a sharpie to make a couple of black lines, grabbed a little penguin happy meal toy that was on the counter and velcro'd it to the center of the platter. I then turned it on, let it start to spin then immediately turned it off and snapped this picture as it almost slowed to a stop. It resulted in what looks like a little ghost penguin. So the running joke in the office is that someone ghosted a copy of Linux on this drive. :), Canon T2i, f/5.6, Exposure: 1 sec., ISO: 100
- David Crosby

Tumalo Falls

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. Canon T3i, 55-250 w/ 0.9 Neutral Density Filter on a tripod., f/22 / 1.00s / ISO 100 / 55-250@55mm.
- Eric Jensen


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. Nikon D3000 with 50mm f/1.8, Shutter speed- 1 sec., Aperture- f/4.5
- Rachel Weiss

BB Madness

Just decided to join this challenge for the first time. I love abstract photography and this theme suited me just fine. I knew from beginning that i want to shoot some sort of movement in a static background. The bottle of airsoft BB's caught my eye, and i started to experiment with them on my ceramic living room floor. I was throwing BB's on a floor, moving them around and constantly took pictures. Cleaning afterwards was a pain! I chose one picture, did some color corrections and that is it. :) Canon 550d, canon 50mm f1.4, tripod, ISO 400, f4, 1"
- Karolis Kveselis

North Church

Headed out for dinner in Portsmouth, NH, I decided to take my camera with me, looking like a tourist in my local area! I'm glad I did as it turned out to be a particularly foggy evening and the North Church looked spectacular enveloped in the fog. With this contest in mind, I took several images hand-held resting against a light post at 1-second shutter speeds trying to get a streak of head/tail lights I aesthetically liked. From 5 or so images, this is the one I liked best. Shot RAW in shutter priority mode with -1 exposure compensation on a Canon 7D with 10-22mm lens. Sharpening, slight desaturation, and slight vignetting done with Lightroom.
- Nathan Purmort

Fantastic shots this week. Check the full galleries below and find wallpapers on our flickr page.

Mark Wilson is the founder of photography blog Life, Panoramic and Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.