The wife and I took our 18 month old daughter to the san diego county fair for her first time. I wanted to mark our first ride by taking a quick pic with my blackberry. I guess right when I pressed the shutter button, she pulled my arm to see the pic I took. This was the result. Seems the picture caught the moment she pulled and caused the cool image. I thought it was still quite unique and did not delete it. U can still see some of the bee from the ride behind us.

-Simon Hui

I used my iPhone 4's HDR mode, twisting it to capture my computer monitor. I used the contest entry article as the target. I've been following these photo contests for a while now and have always been amazed and intimidated by the results. When I saw this one at work, I thought "Hey, I can do that!" and immediately snapped a few pictures of my surroundings.

-Jordan Carroll

After arriving in San Francisco from a vacation I noticed that there was a perfect shot of the full moon ready to be taken. I meant to take a picture of it with full exposure (to give it a more majestic look) but while trying to get in the right spot to take it, I tripped over luggage. I ended up with this picture of cars speeding by the sidewalk in the airport. Btw I took this with my HTC EVO smartphone at 1250 ISO. Also, incase your wondering I still got that picture of the moon:)

-Sinjin Treharne

This image was taken as I was driving home from work during a rainstorm in Mid-Missouri. I had a long drive home that day, and as usual, I try to have a camera close by in case I see something worthy of a shot. Since the weather was so bad, I was having trouble with the camera's manual settings while trying to keep my car on the road, so I put everything on auto and was just snapping shots out the window without composing as I drove along. Since I was driving away from the bad weather, I was eventually looking at a huge red fireball of a sunset. My camera kept auto-focusing on the rain drops on the window, and I got this lucky shot...the rest were trash. Shot with a Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, 1/125th, f/3.5 @ max telephoto.

-Andrew Richmond

When i saw this challenge, I instantly thought of the extra fireworks we had, (flashing ones and some sparklers) and we set some off with me taking pictures both with my phone and my point and shoot. I just started taking pictures and not paying attention to them. This picture, from my Droid X, came out the best (or the worst). Nothing is in focus, the background is to dark, normaly this is a photo I would delete, but it is strangely beautiful.

-Stephen Bank

Shot with my iPod Touch 4G which has an awesome-not-even-1Mpx lens, resized to 970px and 2560px using some random online resizer. The shot was taken during my coffee break (i should have been in fact drinking coffee and talking to actual people instead of Gizmoding), and what you see is a Digidesign Command|8 LED display, of course i was moving the iPod at the time. I thought it kinda looked like fire, so i processed it using Plastic Bullet app and went for it. Crappy quality pic, hope it wins!

-Cristóbal López

The blinds in my apartment accidentally fell and broke, this is an accidental picture I took of the temporary fix to that accident.
Camera: Nikon D3100, Lens: 18-55mm kit lens.

-Justin Beck

used iphone 4 & instagram. waved iphone back and forth behind some poles in my front yard until i thought it looked creative. probably looked like an idiot doing it! applied instagram filter.

-Jared Scrafano

For this shot, I used a Canon EOS 7D with an 18-135 at 22mm, ƒ/4, ISO 320, .6sec.
I learned that when using a flash and rotating the camera during a slow exposure, the center of the image will stay sharp while everything else, well, does not. That's what I did here. The waves you see are actually the backlit keys of my MacBook Pro. I did some color correction and added a bit of Clarity in Photoshop CS5.

-Justin Roth

I have three dogs and often play with new photo equipment by shooting them. One of the dogs is half shih-tzu, and half minpin. Needless to say, she is a very unique looking critter. I had just gotten the G11, and was trying to shoot some pictures of her, and she did not want to keep her distance from the camera. This shot was the result. In case you cannot tell, that is a tooth, a lip, and whiskers.

Shot on a Canon G11 (built-in 6.1-30.5mm lens) at 6.1mm.
f/2.9, ISO 80, 1/60 sec shutter, evaluative metering, Auto White Balance.

-Jack Baker

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 28-135mm
Settings: Bulb, ISO 4000, Focal Length at 28mm
I had just tried out the "fireworks setting" Canon wrote about on their FB page using the Bulb setting and I really loved the pics. So I wanted to see what happened when one part of my body moved but the rest stayed still. At first I had all the light on with a low ISO and it was just 100% saturated. So I turned off the lights, upped the ISO and let 'er rip. Not really sure how long I had the bulb open as my wife walked in on me taking pictures of myself in the dark. I had to do some quick 'splaning, :)This is what I got.

-Ben Caulder

Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
ISO 200
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter Speed: 1 second

I was just sitting at my computer thinking of a picture to take while waving my camera around and accidentally pressed the shutter button.

-Tony Wu

Panasonic GH2
Lumix 14-42mm
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1 sec
Aperture: f/22
Edited in Camera Raw to bring out color and add vignette

I shot this picture of a pine tree in my front yard with a Panasonic GH2. I took the instructions to heart and started snapping pictures with abandon as soon as I got home from work. On this one I set a slow shutter speed and tilted the camera up and down the tree as I snapped the picture. I knew I would get some blurry, trailing images but I was amazed at how much it made the tree look like a painting on a canvas. I love these type of photographic abstractions. I'll be doing a lot more of this.

-Brad Clark

Canon xsi, 18-55mm lens, iso:100, F22, exposure: 1 second. I closed the apperature way down so I could get a long shaky exposure. I had the camera sitting on a tripod pointed at my car and loosend the knob that controls the up and down motion to the point that a small tap made it swing back and point at the sky and this is what I got after a couple of tries.

-Dan John

This is my first entry into a Gizmodo shooting challenge even though I have been looking at them for almost a year (I'm not sure exactly sure what that says about me as a photographer, seeing as this is "fail" week). I took the shot with a Nikon d90 using a Sigma 18-200mm lens with an ISO of 200. I'm currently in Barcelona and was able to visit Montserrat, a famous monastery near Barcelona where I took this shot. I decided that I wanted to take a blurry photo of something since that is a classic "fail" for me. In this particular photo of a statue the blur seemed to create a cool effect.

-David Mele

I was bass fishing today at lake fork (East Texas). Tried to take a pic (yes I was alone) before bringing the fish in the boat. This is the result. Im sending the "fail Pic" and final pic to show the bass. You can see the lure and the fish hanging on to it.

-Steven Nail

Nikon D700, 50mm f 1.8, 1/8000 sec, ISO 200.

I was walking around in Jamaica Plain in Boston and stuck the camera in shutter priority (a rare moment) to set it to my fastest shutterspeed. I ran a bit on the sidewalk and pointed it at the trees. Somehow the airplane balanced the photo well and I was pretty surprised at the stillness/emo-ness of the photo once I got home.

-Mike Cuccarese

I've been meaning to start doing the Shooting Challenges forever, and this one seemed as good as any to start. When I first started studying photography some of my favorite photo's were the ones I totally fucked up on. I work in a broadcast control room, and thought that the light from the monitors would be really interesting, if I shot it completely out of focus. I shot this on my Canon 5D at 50mm 1/25 at f/2.8 at 400iso. I set the focus to macro and stood about 8 feet back.

-Sean Hamrock

Opps I "accidentally" Kicked the bottom of my tripod. Not really much of a story about this photo. I took the train to get there. That's exciting right? Ohh, and some drunk fisherman seen me setting up and showed me a photo of a rainbow. He took it with his cell phone and was real proud of it. Being nice I told him that it looked great. Then I gathered my stuff to walk to the other side of the park.

Canon Rebel XSi, ISO 100, f/22, 55mm, 0.6 sec, Bit of fail.

-Tim Drivas

Photo was taken with a Nikon D5000 and a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2,8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]. ISO 100, 1/8 sec exposure and flash turned on.


Image shows my son, sleeping in a car seat, holding his teddy bear. I decided to go with a wrong white balance, manual focus @0.89 ft, too long exposure, shaky hands and even the strap holder dangling into the picture. At my first try i even failed to set a too long exposure, resulting in a near perfect (but blue) photo. Getting my foot into the picture was an accident, adding to the fail character of the photo. Took me about 20 shots to get a perfect fail. This is the 19th. Photo could be a lot worse if i placed my boy far out of the center, but i liked the idea of a photo that could probably be the result of someone using a friends DSLR for the first time, not being able to select the automatic mode (where you probably couldn't fail enough for a challenge like this). (imagine me standing up after writing this text, taking five more shots end even getting some "better" f***ed up shots). I probably could show you a better fail if i tried hard enough. But i wanted to submit a photo where my boy could actually be seen on...

-Timo Albert

Remember those times you thought you should have a filter in front of your lens? Me neither. But when shooting at animals, especially puppies, their curiosity is to jump at anything that moves or make a sound, which in this case the shutter sound. And snap! There goes my lens with another scratch, and all I get is an unfocused giant paws. Fail. Morals : Don't listen to those nerdthographers who only care about stupid little invisible haze they say filters caused and forget about the practicality, usability and security of using one. Do yourself a favor, buy a good filter and you can clean your lens with your clothes or breath or both. I know you want to.
Canon 60D 24mm 1/80s iso800 f/1.4

-Zefanya Hanata

Camera: Canon G9
Focal length: 7.4
Exposure time: 1/8

I was playing in the garden with my daughter and she saw this little grasshopper on the ground. She was very curious but she did not want to get too close (very cute)! This is one of my attempts of getting a photo of it, but both me and the grasshopper moved at the same time, well actually it moved, I slipped, to much of the amusement of my daughter.

-Sam Goodwin

Last night a couple of my friends and I were sitting by the river having a camp fire when they all decided to go swimming. My one friend Jordan swam across to jump off the cliffs into the water. I decided to grab my camera and take a couple snap shots. If anything that i fail at is forgetting to put my cigarette out when im using my flash. Auto Focus on i focused onto the smoke from my cigarette and SNAP! I failed at taking an action shot of my friend. Im pretty happy with the results tho.
Nikon D5100, Nikon DX 18-55mm, Sunpak PZ40X, ISO 350, f18, 18mm.

-Anthony Ramirez

Title of the image: "Wicked."
Canon Rebel XTi, lens 18-55mm, AV settings F5.6 ISO 1600
I sat down in dark room with camera in my left hand and tea light in my right. I was taking picture after picture, moving the candle to release the shutter. I got many "spooky" images, but this one was just wicked.
-Paulina Gwaltney

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikkor 85mm f1.8
ISO: 125
Shutter Speed: 1/1250th

So, doing a photoshoot with a model and had the shot obviously set in my mind, thought I had autofocus on, and took a shot, looked back, and went "d'oh!", readjusted and went on my way. Hours later, doing the importing and ready to just delete when I looked at the blurry pic again and went "what a perfect fail!" Kicked the contrast and black levels up a few notches and converted to b&w, and voila, a Fail of a photo that's perfect for Gizmodo's Fail Contest. Also, to complete the fail, while shooting this, I was in the water...and left my wallet full of cash and a paycheque in my back pocket. Total Fail.

-Marc Wrzesinski

Nikon D300s.
Nikkor 55-200mm at 200mm
Aperture: f/14
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 200
No editing except for the resize.


When I read the description of this contest at first, I have to admit that I wasn't inspired at all. I had totally forgotten about it until I was shooting some trees and actually did mess up this shot. I thought as far as a failure went, this was one of my more interesting ones. I have a hard time manually focusing on small/far away objects, so I was using the autofocus...which doesn't always work.

-Katharine Case

This Shot was an accident, I was walking at downtown, in Lisbon, with the camera down in my hand. Usualy don´t stand still with my fingers so I was pressing the buttons of the camera randomly while walking, thinking that it was turned off. At the end of the walk i had a lot of random pictures in this unusual perspective and I thought that this one would be a nice entry for the contest. :)


Edit make in Lightroom
Camera: Nikon D90 with a 17-55 2.8, Shot in Manual, ISO 800, 1/400 sec, at 2.8.

-Flávio Filho

Nikon D3100, ISO 100, Aperture: f/13, Shutter speed: 1/30 sec, 55mm.
I was out by the pool and there was some cool light coming through the trees. I decided I was going to try to catch some of it when the dog bumped into me. I got this really cool digital rain effect of the sky coming through the trees. I remembered this shooting challenge and figured I'd send it your way!

-Griffin McGrath

This was more of an intentional fail. I started off by shaking my hands like crazy, then toned it back. I played around with the white balance quite a bit, until it was completely skewed to the blues as you see here. Boosted the exposure in post (it was quite dark beforehand as you would expect).
I shot this at f/36 with a half second shutter speed on my D7000.

-Dirk Grebenc

Oh boy did I love this challenge. I really wanted to go for this one... but... I wanted it to be a real fail— not on purpose. This isn't too hard for me to do because I usually end up taking a million pictures of the same things because I know there will only be a few that are perfectly what I'm looking for anyway. I end up with "fail" pictures all the time. The photo I chose to use was taken on one of my many trips to the local park. There are always great nature photo opportunities there. I had intentions to take a picture of the cattails in AV mode but apparently forgot to flip it from the TV mode I had it on last. I expected a few quick continuous shots but got a one second exposure on a super bright day. Normally, I'd just delete the photo right then and there, but I decided to keep it. After all, the challenge was to fail, and I successfully did it... without trying.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XS, F-stop: f/45, Exposure Time: 1 sec, ISO: 100, Focal length: 300mm, No Flash.

-Amanda Jaeger

This was shot at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC... one of my annual photographic binges. This is from a Ukrainian performance group - they had "gypsy" costumes on and were doing lively dances on stage and then moved to the floor to dance with audience members. I snapped a few really quick photos of one of the swirling skirts.
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/40

-Cheryl MacLean

the story behind the attached photo is simple.I have just moved to vegas and spent most of my time exploring the city,more often that not with a few drinks in my belly.The photo is not an intentional fail,its an actual one,which in my mind is all the more better.The photo was taken inside an infamous ancient Egyptian inspired casino which will remain nameless. In the blurry somewhat laggy memory of the capture of this frame, I believe the heavy motion derived from my trying to turn around quick enough to shoot a photo of a pretty lady who had walked in the building. I obviously missed both intended frames but am pleased to have ended up with this one.I hope you enjoy it as I do.

-Brandon Scales

I am just really getting into photography with my first DSLR. So I decided to take my camera and the lens I just picked up (70-300mm Sigma) with me to my groups monthly-ish game night. Decided to start with the recent acquisition called Dust Tactics. It is one of those "tactical miniatures" type board games. So after we get all set up I bust out the camera to take some close up shots of all the miniatures. With the first shot of the day I just flipped to on and hit the shutter in a hurry. Forgot the last time I was taking pictures were some long exposures of fireworks. So after pressing the button and not hearing the shutter close I realized my error. If you look real close, maybe squint and tilt your head, you can make out the tank on the left side of the frame. So my newness and being in a hurry provided me with a relatively cool picture.
Equipment Used: Nikon D60, F/18, ISO 100, Focal 195mm, Exposure 6 seconds.

-Daniel Thompson

I've always wanted to enter one of these challenges, and I was sure that this week was going to be like all the others: be way too busy with work to get out and take some pictures. But all that changed when my flight home to Baltimore, after a week of work in Atlanta, was delayed for about 4 hours. I had my camera with me, as I do on all of my business trips, and in the spirit of the challenge, I didn't give two shits about any of my settings. I put the shutter on 'bulb' and adjusted the f-stop, focal length, white balance, and ISO freely; pointing, shooting and moving with reckless abandon. I wound up with about a dozen bizarre pictures of color patterns, light streams, and blurs, but EXIT was my favorite. I shot this on a Nikon D3100, with a 135mm 2.8 - 22 manual lens set to God knows what.

-Curtis Thompson

"Sparkling Personality"
So after thinking about this challenge I thought the best way to fail would be to try something new. That something new happened to be making specially shaped bokeh. So I cut out a hammer and cycle (for the irony) and tried to take pictures with good background lights and with my girlfriend as the subject. Turns out my 50mm is not the best lens to auto focus in the dark so I was left trying to manually focus in the pitch black. This lead to many completly useless photos where she was out of focus or the bokeh looked crummy. However, in the end I did manage to get this shot. While she is out of focus I think it is still a great example of her personality. Showing that even with a total fail a picture can still convey the essence of a person. Canon Kiss X4, F/1.8, 1/13, 1600 ISO, on a 50mm Mk II with the body flash

-Kelly O'Neill

I decided to fail by shooting at a far away subject on long zoom, with a slow shutter speed, while attempting to get as clear a shot as possible. I chose a few tower cranes on the horizon, zoomed up close, and set my camera for a 1 second exposure. I loved the way this one turned out, so I adjusted the contrast a bit and voila. Pure, beautiful fail. I also (unintentionally) failed at meeting the 8 AM EST deadline this morning. I hope you will forgive me.
Canon SX210IS, ISO 400, 70 mm, f8 at 1 second.

-Matthew Sweeney