Equipment and Settings: Sony A200 with 18-70mm Kit Lens, f/18 with 15 second exposure (Bulb mode) at ISO 100.
I read the shooting challenge information page and immediately knew what I was going to do; long-exposure car photography, at night! So I took my camera and set it to bulb mode at f/18 and I waited for cars to come and I held the shutter button down and moved the camera in every which way. This was the resulting photo and I think it looks pretty nice!

-Nathan Boettcher

Name: Just Passing By
Standard iphone camera lens & photo program (No post effects)


Spinning in my office chair
Yearning for updates to appear
One more post is all I need
Then I swear I'll go to sleep
Refresh, Refresh, Refresh
Best take a photo while I wait
Is this what keeps me up so late?
Iphone shutter too slow for comfort
Or did I just create some art work?

-David Bukstein

This photo I took after my daughters birthday party on Saturday. I was walking around, looking like an idiot, flailing my camera around at various settings. I found myself looking for different colors rather than just looking at lighting conditions. This photo was of my mother-in-law's garden flowers. I also found out i needed to clean me lens.
Shot with a Nikon d50, 80mm, 1/32 f5.7 @ ISO 800 with 50mm of extension tubes.

-Scot Wilson

This picture was taken at a lily pad on Lake Sammamish in broad daylight. The lily petals were incredibly bright compared to the leaves and murky water. My fail was to dramatically underexpose the shot as a whole. I set the lens to f/11, the shutter speed to 1/2500 sec, but stuck with ISO 160 to reduce noise. I touched it up a little in Lightroom. I used a Panasonic G3 in shutter-priority mode with an old manual-focus L39 Russian 55mm f/2.8 lens.
-David Lee

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSI with an 18-55 mm kit lens. My friend and I decided to try to take bokeh shots with traffic lights, but I couldn't seem to get it quite right. Eventually I became tired of trying and set my shutter to bulb and shook my camera around! This is the "happy accident" that resulted.

-Chance Eads

Local fireworks show in small upstate New York village. Normally they do the main show, then light some ground fireworks including a US Flag made of fireworks, then the finale. This year, they shot some extra regular fireworks off before the finale. I had planned to take pics of the main show but then video the finale and a powerline was in my way. I unscrewed the camera from the tripod to hand shoot the video when more regular shots were fired. All I could do was attempt to brace myself for the 2 second exposure.
Canon T2i, 50mm f/1.8, ISO 100, 2 second exposure, badly handheld.


Out-of-focus photos are a common sight when going through a day's worth of photos, and are quickly deleted without a thought. I challenged myself to take some photos that were intentionally out-of-focus, which I hoped would impart a dream-like quality to the subject. I sensed a good opportunity at a minor league baseball game I attended, as the hour was getting late and the taps had closed. Closing time, essentially. There was nothing unusual about this couple setting behind me, just another group of people unwinding on a Saturday night. But I liked the lights behind them, so I set the manual focus close to zero inches, turned around, and snapped this image. Ironically, for an assignment geared towards mistakes, I thought this was an unusually well-planned and well-executed photo, especially by my standards! Canon PowerShot S90, ISO 400, f/2.0, 1/60.

-Roger Shaw

I thought using the blue glass of the Bombay Sapphire bottle would look neat overexposed in really bright sunlight. Canon T1i/ISO 100/F22/.4s/ Manual Focus.

-Josh Yehaskel

Morning in America
I was watching the documentary 'Art & Copy' on advertising and during the section they were talking about Regan's 1984 re-election ad campaign I was playing around with some of the settings on my camera and took this zoomed-in, out of focus picture of my TV while the docu was showing zoomed in images of commercials from 1984 on TVs from 1984. It was a convergence of all the things that would make an awful picture, but I thought it looked pretty damn cool in the end.
Canon T2i, EF-S18-55mm kit lens at 55mm, ISO 100, f5.6, shutter speed at 1/6.

-Rob Lennox (LennoxR313 on Flickr)

I was riding down the road in a friends car, so I pulled out my camera and started shooting with a slow shutter speed. This shot was taken at f/22, 1/10 shutter speed, and iso 100. I was using a Nikon D3000 with the Nikkor 55-200mm lens. I shoot a lot of random photos with random settings to try and get the "Fail" shot.

-Seth Lowie

One of the things I have been trying to do since I picked up photography as a hobbie nearly 5 years ago has been to get some good photos of lightning. Here in Arizona, that usually means during the months of July and August. The other night I was out attempting to get photos. Playing with exposure, focus, and direction. Seems to be that every time I see one direction that was very active and got set up to photography that portion of the sky, the lightning would all but stop in that direction.


So I had my camera set up on my tripod, and was using the remote trigger to snap the photos since I turned off the image stabilizer. I had forgotten that I had switched off the auto-focus, but could not tell as I was getting one black sky after another. So I just kept snapping 20 second exposure after 20 second exposure. Finally started to get some activity in the sky in the direction the camera was pointed, and every so often would get a bolt that would be captured in frame. My submission looked to be one of those really good shots you get everyonce and awhile. At least on the small screen of my Canon T2i it looked good. Finally get in and down load it, and what do you know, the whole thing is out of focus. Still looks pretty cool though.
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Exposure: 20
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 32 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

-John Hays

Took this with an iPhone4 camera app. I was trying to take a picture of the monstrous waves we had all day, but on this one I lowered the camera before it took the pic and ended up snapping the line between the wet and dry sand. Also, every time I tried to take a picture of the waves the water suddenly went flat, I put the camera away and wave after wave returned. Fail all around.

-Adam Szachacz

This picture was taken at Bearizona and was one of many fails that day as I was trying out a new lens (Canon 50mm 1.8). The resulting picture was NOT what I was going for but it has a kind of creepy/cool essence. OK, maybe that's just me. :)
Canon EF 50mm, f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/3200.

-Chuck Knobel

Taken by my very energetic and precocious 4 year old son with his 1.3MP Phineas and Ferb Digital Camera. I like how the flash played differently across each of the boxes.

Kodak DX6440 zoom digital camera, F-stop f/2.8, Exposure time 1/60 sec, Exposure bias 0 step, Focal Length 6mm, Max aperture 2.3, Metering mode: pattern, Auto RedEye, Flash, 35mm focal length: 33. Lens unknown, but I'm sure it's bad.

-Tor Nichols

I went to a park where I normally get good photos. I flipped my stock lens around (18mm-135mm) on my canon 60d so I could get the poor man's macro lens effect. It's hard to get anything in focus using this method because you have to remain perfectly still. There's no information on the aperture cause the lens wasn't connected but the iso was at 100 and the shutter at 1/40.

-Robert Lundskow

This was a bizarre shooting challenge for me. After trying to screw up photo after photo, I decided I would try and take a shot of something so that it ends up looking different. I ended up doing as many things wrong as I could think of. I shot directly at the sun with an over exposure and out of focus. I thought the palm tree and sun "asterisk" ended up looking like as good as a fail as I could get.
Canon EOS REBEL T1i, EF-S-18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, f/36, 1/20, 55 mm, ISO 100, 0 EV

-Matthew Johnson

Canon T2i, 100mm, wasn't paying attention to other settings.
As a "trigger-happy" photo person, I find that 90% of what I shoot are "fail" photos. And yet, trying to fail on purpose was extremely challenging to me... in fact, it was almost annoying. After taking some photos straight at the sun, with crazy lighting conditions, and plain stupid angles, I decided to put on the macro lens and just going out of focus and not looking through the viewer. So downloading the pics was almost like developing film... no idea what I was going to get. This is the best I got. I guess you can call it my best "fail".

-Diego Jiménez

The combination of recently purchasing my first DSLR and the River Roar boat races gathering some crowds in my small river town (Marietta, Ohio), finally pushed me to attempt one of these challenges. After several poor attempts at taking interesting bad pictures I remembered this SUV covered in vinyl skins with ridiculous patterns that is normally parked down by the levee. I weaved through the crowd and found the SUV in a mostly empty lot. I focused on the back window, set my shutter speed to a half of a second and spun the camera as I took the picture. There was no further manipulation. I find the result to be strangely like several of the Windows Vista default desktops I've seen. Shot with my Canon Rebel T3i, 18-135mm, ISO 100, f/36.

-Jason Pyles

I have had my shares of photography fails before, but one that I had a lot was motion in my photos, since I didn't have a tripod. Now that I have a tripod, I thought it would be perfect to have a controlled motion fail. This was shot on my Canon XSi (Tripod mounted) 1.6", F/2.0, iso 100 with my 50mm 1.4 lens. I twisted the tripod after releasing the shutter to give the motion blur.

-Seth Porter

Well I was taking some long exposure photos of this multicolored led lamp on my desk; and after a bunch of shots I was messing with the zoom not knowing I had hit the shutter button, so I built on it and this is what came of it.
Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, f/5.6, 1sec, ISO-100, No Flash.

-Josh Romero

It was shot up in Big Bear, CA on a Nikon n80 p&s. I didn't really no what i was doing but wanted to get a good shot of the star filled(at least for me) sky. Soooo i put the exposure up to 4 seconds hoping to brighten up the stars, i ended up with this extremely grainy shot that looks like i managed to capture every star in the sky.
ISO:1600(I guess?), F/2.8(Still guessing).

-John Calligan

This photo was shot with an Olympus Stylus Tough-3000. I do not have much control over the ISO or anything, because it is just a simple point and shoot camera. I had it on a firework setting though. What better to do with left over fireworks? I was messing around with different settings on the camera and taking pictures of the fireworks. With the firework setting the shutter stays open for a few seconds so I was moving the camera while it was open and was getting some really cool pictures. This is one of the ones that I came out with. I really like it because you can't really tell what it is and i like the textures in it.

-Madison Mills

When I attempted to take this picture I did not intend for it to be a fail i just thought it might be fun to try and get a long exposure of a fire work, well it turns out it is hard to keep the camera perfectly still for 2 seconds on a boat in the middle of party cove with no tripod. I had an ISO of 200 and my F-stop set to 3.5 and my shutter set to 2 seconds. So if any experts need help producing high quality long exposure photos tell them to gmail me.

-Dan Jarvis

Out for a summer walk with Canon 7D/50mm 1.8 with Sigma EF-530. I decided to have some fun breaking all the rules. I tweaked myself to ISO 100, F/22, with an exposure time of 1.6 seconds and hit my girlfriend with some direct flash as she turned her head towards me. The blue in this photo is her sunglasses. Then I decided to muck it up a bit in photoshop. I started by turning the vibrance and saturation all the way up. I then went into HDR toning and made some adjustments there before polishing the photo off with a 48 pixel gaussian blur. Thanks to Jenny for being my model and thanks to all of you for viewing!

-Branden Kerr

I was on my way back from Salt Lake City when I saw this photo op so I promptly pulled off the free way and tried my hand at free lensing which I love doing now and again. Inevitably there was some serious FAIL involved before I got the shot I wanted but I think I almost like the fail image more than the "proper" one. Shot with a 5D Markii, 85L f/1.2, free lensed, processed in LR and PS.

-Kyle Ford

I was just messing around with my D7000 and for some reason I was shooting it 3 stops overexposed and had gotten this image. I thought it was pretty neat.
Tokina 11-16 @16mm, ISO 6400, Nikon D7000.

-Sam Song

My friends and I were doing some light painting while camping, so I wanted to see if it was possible to cancel a photo once you press the shutter when using Self-Timer. Apparently you can, but I couldn't stop this one. So I just started walking while the picture was being taken.
Canon T2i, 30sec, f/3.5, ISO 3200.

-Diego Ramírez

My boyfriend has been after me to do these challenges for a VERY long time now, and I knew I could achieve this weeks objectives. I have been wanting to play around with night photography for a while and this was my perfect chance. I wanted to get the impression of movement without moving. I assumed rotating my zoom would be the best option because hey it's 10 o'clock at night and i don't feel like being THAT active. My first couple shots looked a little like this. It was rough but I did eventually get it. This was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel my ISO was set 400.

-Christine Burdick

I have two new kittens and a new digital camera, so lots of photos. I found not using the flash mode takes a much better, more natural picture. Derby here ended up looking like a baby owl trying to take flight.
Coolpix S205, no flash, f/5.9, exposure 1/4 sec., ISO 400, focal length 39mm.

-Patrick Dru

By committing the most basic of mistakes (unstable camera) while putting a guitar back in the case, this rhythm invoking picture resulted. The oddest happy accident is the "pick' shaped Bokeh effect.
Canon 5d MarkII, 50 mm Lens, aperture 4, shutter 1/50.

-Daniel Jones

Ok, this is my second submission and once again I am not fully getting this technical side of the shooting challenges (Double Fail?). I'm not exactly sure how to re-size to the dimensions/file size required. I'll try sending this along anyway. I took this yesterday in the hot, late afternoon sun at an Italian "Feast" really just a carnival, in Bridgeport, PA. I wandered away after devouring a great meatball sandwich to scout out locations for some long exposure pictures of some spinning rides once the lights came on and the sun went down. I saw my wife standing by this "No Pets Please on the Feast Grounds" which is the silhouetted, white abstract shape on the right. I just put the camera to my eye and snapped a shot without adjusting my settings and got this interesting overexposure. It didnt sound like there were any post-processing restrictions on this and I thought B&W would look better.
Shot at f/1.8, 1/40 second exposure, ISO 200, +.3 exposure compensation with a D90, 50mm f/1.8 lens.

-Ron DeOrzio

I took this pic just as a POC as soon I read the new competition on Giz as I intended to redo it later but didn't get the time to so this is my submission. my Idea was to use Pro-camera on the iPhone 4, set a self timer, let the timer count down and throw the phone in the air so that the pic is taken while the phone is flying. This is the result, the Green in the middle are leaves of plants in the office, the blue is the window behind the plants and the brown at the top and bottom are desks and shelves...I added a vignette in PS Express on iPhone and that is all.

-Nils Rohwer

I went to the beach to shoot some HDR sunset shots with my Cannon SX30 – running CHDK (thanks to Gizmodo) and fumbled the setting. I chose Fish-eye instead and got this warped beachline.

-John Remmler

This photo is from the inside of an elevator taken at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills CA. I was on my way to the maternity ward to see my newborn niece for the fist time. On the elevator ride up I was admiring the elevator doors which were completely covered by a photo of vegetables and signage encouraging you to eat healthy. I loved the orange and green colors so I took a quick photo. While doing so, the elevator doors started opening. I didn't have a very fast shutter speed set so the photo came out blurry; but I really liked the way the colors came out. I also really liked that you can see the elevator doors on the other side.
Thanks for an interesting challenge.
Nikon D3100 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G lens, ISO 200, 18mm, F/5.6, exosure time: 0.62 sec.

-Fernando Fernandez

I was with shooting at my friends that was playing in the rehearsal room and, in a moment of boredom I was flipping the pages of the comic I was reading (Dylan Dog) and this came out. The exposure was 1 second so it gives a sense of movement. I don't know wanted to get but I think it's pretty much a failed shoot.

-Silvano Cerza