I went ahead and used my HTC EVO 4G for this challenge rather than my DSLR. I wanted to see if I could get a good effect that would pop, and actually say I didn't use Photoshop. So I came across this dried rose at a desk at work. I whipped my phone and shot it using SOLARIZE filter. I like how the background and stem look unaffected but the rose was. It looks like a InfraRed picture of a rose. HTC EVO 4G, Stock camera app, SOLARIZE, 8MP, ISO 148, Focal length 5mm.

-Félix García

I utilized the Color Outline filter on my Nikon. Although I could have been right on the field taking this photo with a super telephoto lens, I actually just took a picture of Tom on my television. I had a hard time reducing the amount of lines in the photo as is evident by the circular marks. The best was to take the photo slightly out of focus to reduce the lines and have a fast as possible shutter speed. The result is a pretty cool picture that actually looks genuine.

Nikon d5100 Shutter 1/125s ISO 800

-Geoff Clark

I took this photo while parked in traffic during a particularly agonizing commute along the inner loop of the DC beltway. There had been some light rain which essentially guarantees that my commute will be that much worse. I had noticed that the sunset was particularly nice behind me, while the clouds ahead were particularly gloomy. When I found myself sitting for a few minutes, I decided to snap a shot of my view in the mirror with my iphone. I didn't really put too much thought into capturing it and as traffic picked back up, I was on my way. Once home, I took a look at the photo and realized that I had taken it through an extremely dirty window and the noise level was way too high. I had seen this weeks shooting challenge and thought it might be a good candidate for some cheesy filters. I took the photo with an iPhone 4 using the HDR setting. This didn't seem to give the clouds the punch I was looking for, so I ran it though the Camera+ HDR filter on the phone. Feeling the need for more cheese, I imported it into Picasa3 and added a Focal B&W filter.

From the Camera:
Shutter: 1/15
Focal Length: 3.85mm
F Number: f/2.8
ISO: 640

-Bill Sullivan

This is a very last-minute submission for me, as well as it being my first. I almost forgot about the Shooting Challenge until my friend mentioned turning in a submission. Fortunately, I took pictures of a house on Friday and, after rummaging through the photos, came upon this picture of the backyard. Instantly I thought of doing a Impressionistic-like painting and went in that direction (although I'm not sure how accurately I captured it or how cliché my entry is). I used Photoshop to do this with and used the following "artistic" filters (respectively): water paper, paint daubs, poster edges, then palette knife. I finally used "selective color" to bring out (and bring down) the colors I wanted.


I shot with a Canon 40D, 10-22mm at 1/30s (had a polarizing filter on due to haze), f/16, ISO 200.

- Andrea Gadioma

Taken with my point-and-shoot Nikon CoolPix S600 and Sunpak mini
tripod. I used the Sepia color setting on my camera. No editing done
- with the exception of resizing for the contest.


I'd been taking care of my sister's dog photogenic Missy (a
Maltese-Poodle mix) and caught this shot of her as I was trying out my
new tripod. She was looking at me before I started taking pictures,
but struck this pose as I was taking the shot. I thought the
juxtaposition between her and the wood floor was nicely captured using
this setting.

-Jennifer Damm

My landlord recently chopped down humongous tree-like weeds on the property and left this one. Why, I'm not exactly sure. But the transparent leaves were intriguing so I snapped a shot. I then spherized and plastic wrapped it. Cheesy filters rule.

Canon Rebel T1i
50mm 1:1.4
ISO 100

-Tina Pierce

Canon T2i, 100mm, f/2.8
Post-processed with Photoshop CS5, Filter: "Chalk and Charcoal"

Too tired for a cool story. This is the best I got for this week :-)

-Diego Jimenez

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF 18-135
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/6 Sec. at f/3.5

While shooting the fountains at Place des Arts in Montreal I started to notice the beautiful reflection of the fountains on the slick wet concrete. As I started to focus more and more on these reflections, I decided to use a low aperture to blur out the fountains and distant buildings and draw focus onto the texture of the concrete. I set the camera on the floor, set up my composition, and set a slow shutter speed to give the water in the background a soft effect. While the original photo is very colorful, I was surprised by how much I liked the effect of the "Antique Light" preset on Lightroom, as it placed emphasis on the light's reflection and gave the fountains in the background a beautiful soft glow.

-Robbie Rabie

This challenge pushed me out of my comfort zone. I normally do not do much editing to my photos as I do not have any software that does much more than adjust contrast and color space. I have what came with my Canon T2i and that is it. I looked, and the software has no fitlers. For a while, I thought I would be unable to even try the challenge unless I could pass of a null filter as a filter. In the mean time I was working the local county fair. On Saturday night they had a local troop called Elemental Artistry which specializes in fire dancing and acrobatics. The family and I stayed to see the show and I snapped a number of photos. One of one of the dancers up close swirling the fire around looked rather good to me. Once I got the photos uploaded to the family FLICKR site, I remembered that FLICKR has that PICNIK extention that has some ability to edit photos. So I decided to give it a try. After a number of trial and errors to see what the different filters would do, I hit on two whose combination I liked. The first was Zoom, which created a zooming smear around a cricle on a centeral point. The other was HSL, which I honestly have no clue what it really does, but I liked the effect of turning the fire from yellow white to blue white.

Exif data
Camera Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Exposure 0.5
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 1600
Exposure Bias 0 EV

-John Hays

This is my dog kane, after reading the contest I decided to bring my camera with me to the park. He was sitting waiting for me to stop taking pictures and throw the ball. equipment used was a canon 5d mark 2 with a 50mm f1.4 lens a little after noon so the sun was basically right in front of him but not harsh enough to make too many shadow. shot at f2 with an iso of 100 i think.


edited using PS raw then:
ink outline filter - to smudge up the background a bit masked out the dog
little bit of a zoom blur layer to bring more focus on the dog
gaussian blur filter at about 20px overlay mode - to enhace contrast/saturation and give it a dreamier look
gaussian blur filter at 20px normal mode - to give a soft focus feel - eyes nose and mouth masked out
crosshatch brush stroke filter - to give the background a painted feel - most of the dog masked out
photo filter .. some yellowish color to give an antique look

-Richard Gottardo

The other half and I went down to one of my favorite beaches today. Despite its constant breeze and gorgeous scenery, the Old Northeast beach wouldn't be my first pick for a day in the sand with a cooler full of beer but it's great for a quick visit. Old Northeast is a quaint little neighborhood tucked away just a few blocks away from the thriving downtown St Pete, FL. I lived there throughout college and absolutely loved it! Needless to say, I love returning for photo ops. It was tough not to use the more vintage filters with this picture, but I ended up going with a vignette and cross process filter in Aperture along with a little exposure correction and noise reduction.

Canon EOS T3i
ISO 200
Shutter speed: 1/320

-Christina Crowner


Fujifilm s100fs — F11 — 1/30" — ISO100 — 7mm — Velvia film simulation

The picture was processed with a selective application of GIMP's Cubism filter.

-Mike Case

This weekend I had to show my face at a bridal shower (for my fiance)... So to make the best of it, I brought my camera and took a couple shots from a "tea room". This was the perfect place to grab some shots of colorful tea mugs. I used my Canon XSi and brought into Photoshop. I used Smudge Stick to create the bright colorful effect.

-Seth Porter

I used a glowing edge filter to create a nighttime look from a mid-day picture. I panned the camera but still wanted to preserve the motion of the tour trolley against the city buildings.

Canon 7d with EF24-105, f10, 1/10 sec at ISO 100.

-Brian Jones

I was out taking Macro pictures of some (finally) flowering Lily's in the garden but was disturbed by my nosy dog coming to see what I was doing and decided to snap off some pictures without changing lenses. He is a complete poser and I managed to get a couple of good ones, after I came inside I saw this contest and realised I'd already taken a cheesy photo ripe for filtering the hell out of.
I used Paint Shop pro x2 and the following filters
Brush strokes
Displacement map: under ice
Champagne filter
Glamour filter
and to round it off, two separate photo frames
I may have got slightly carried away.


Camera was a Pentax K200d set to manual
Lens was a Super Ozeck II 135mm, I also had some combination of a vivitar 2x teleconverter and macro tubes but I can't recall exactly how I had it setup
ISO was 1600 (I had mistakenly left it too high, still getting used to setting things manually)
aperture was 2.8
Exposure was 1/1500

-Douglas MacDonald

I have been away from the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge for some time now so it was nice to get back to it. I wanted to take something iconic and give it the "rough around the edges" look ala Instagram. This photo of the McDonalds arch was snapped amidst a rain shower. I then applied a black and white filter to make it match the weather it was taken in. Next I applied a noise filter and dust & scratch filter. To finish it off I put as heavy a vignette as possible on it and called it good. Thanks for looking.

-Branden Kerr

Sony Alpha A55
52mm focal length
1/80 sec shutter
100 ISO

This was done in Photoshop using only filters and applied to the image as a whole without standard masking like I would usually use.
To start with I took a photo of my son wearing a shirt with blue highlights and holding a globe from a yard light that had a lot of blue swirled in the glass with a Sony Alpha A-55 set to blue-channe effects where it turned everything but the blue channel to black and white.
After that I took the image into Photoshop,
1.) duplicated the base layer
2.)added the stained glass filter to that level,
3.) added a gradient fill layer from black to transparent from bottom to top
4.) reduced the opacity of that layer to 75%
5.) copied the original base layer and placed it on top and set the blend mode to lighten
6.) copied the gradient fill layer and rotated it 180 degrees (to get rid of the extraneous stained glass effect in the face.) and cropped the whole image to get just the focal character.
7.) added the crosshatch filter with the basic settings for a more artsy feel.
note. you'll probably need to look at the full size image to see the effect.

-Marvin Francois

ISO 200
Shutter speed 200
lens was a 28-80mm
Canon 30D

I used the patchwork filter, a metal gradient layer with the opacity turned down, and then another black/transparent gradient layer over-top of the first one. The shoot was Angel, the model, as well as Greg, another photographer, and myself. Shortly after this shot was taken they were "computer-chair-racing" across the studio and the winner was the one to not hit me.

-Dani Polson

Canon 50D
ISO 1600

This is not a shot from a satellite, but it's the opposite. This is a shot of clouds. It was a sunny day with some nice fluffy white clouds, but with the use of a Bas Relief filter, some sharpening, and a little HDR Toning I ended up with a shot that appears to be taken from a satellite surveying some unfounded area of the globe. I was also watching 24 on a Netflix at the time... maybe that had something to do with it.

-Mike Durr

For this shot I used my old Canon 30D with a Canon EF 28-105mm lens.
I was at the school playground one evening with the kids and took some pictures of the well used metal climbing dome, they have there......above us the sun was colored red due to the dark smoke from a rather big wildfire (one of many) in the neighboring Park and everybody was a little alerted or worried whether or not this was going to spread into our direction.
Fortunately that did not happen.
The fire was extinguished without further ado a day or two later.


This photo went through Gimp's Cartoon-filter and a rather extreme Unsharp Mask.
After that I selected the background and added Mosaic Distortion and changed the Hue of the tiles.
Except for the (normally much lighter) Unsharp mask, I would never use any of the other filters or/and distortions.
But after trying this I can see lots of possibilities and fun awaiting here (and huge amounts of precious time just running through my fingers, into Gimp)
What fun!

-Annemette Kuhlmann


Attached is my photo submission for the week!

I was going to a farmers market on Saturday and saw this old Ford truck and couldn't resist snapping a photo, especially with the blossoming clouds and brilliant blue sky. I used my standard point and shoot Panasonic Lumix - ISO 80, F/14.1, 1/400. Then I found a fabulously cheesy filter called "Solarize" in FX Photo Studio Pro, and ta da.


- Jaclyn Silbernagel

So I wasn't sure how to attack this challenge. I try not to do any touch-ups or alterations to any of my photos. I don't have photoshop so I tried using the effects built in to iPhoto. I took a simple photo of a palm tree and blue sky in my back yard and after cropping it and using a number of filters, I made it look like the sun setting behind the palm tree. Its not great but its something.


Tech info:
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
50 mm
ISO 100
0 EV

Matte x8
Vignette x8
Antique x9
Boost x9

Hope this is what you were looking for.

-Matthew Johnson

I attended a charity event over the weekend and was taking some photos of the performance. From all the photos I took, this was my favourite which I converted to black and white. I had the idea of turning it into a 60's inspired TV picture and after an hour or so playing around with filters I decided to apply a motion blur and the texturizer filter twice which achieved this effect.

Nikon D3100, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/30s, Center Weighted Average, No flash, 35mm.


-David Ogilo

I was playing around with the turbulence feature in photoshop a bit, and noticed that you could do some pretty cool things with the sky. It brought to mind Picasso's "Starry Night" painting, which was the inspiration for this shot. Problem was, I live in England where the nights are never starry. So instead, I took this picture of All Souls College at the University of Oxford on a cloudy day (which are not rare). In photoshop, I applied the Dark Strokes filter, added some turbulence to the sky and also stretched out the towers a bit in a Picasso sort of way, then gave it that "painting" look with a Sumi-E filter.

HTC Desire camera phone

-Derek Moulton


A friend brought his new fancy camera to a bowling outing this weekend. When it was his turn to bowl, I got to play with it. In Photoshop, I adjusted the white levels quite a bit to brighten up the photo and upped the saturation (apart from his arms) as much as possible without ruining it, then applied the 'cutout' filter with 8 levels, edge simplicity 7, edge fidelity 3.

Canon EOS 550D

-Jeannie Moulton

Canon 60D with 24-105 f/4 L
O.5 sec
ISO 400

my goal was to get out and shoot some stars as i really liked the way the palette knife filter in photoshop made them stand out from the rest of the image....but alas, the clouds disagreed with me again! waiting patiently for the sunrise i was able to capture this 60 second display of color in the sky before the clouds consumed the suns rays for the remainder of the morning.

-Micah Rydman


After shooting a bunch of different photos and playing with a whole load of filters, I finally settled on this shot of a mismatched face-off between two origami geckos/komodos I'd been folding. Since I was having issues installing GIMP on my new Mac I used the 'Comic Book' filter from PhotoEffectsLight (free on the App store), which gives a final result reminiscent of a poster for a (very!) low-budget Japanese monster movie. Canon EOS 550D @ 66mm ISO640 0EV f/5.6 1.3

-Nick Hale

I was walking through a canyon that was splashed with shade and sun and came across this amazing flower. I used my Canon EOS Rebel T2i and shot the flower at ISO 200 with an exposure of 1/1000 with the aperture at 6.3. I was at 135 mm on my Canon zoom lens 18-135/f5.7-36.


Then the fun began, I looked through all of the filters in Photoshop and used "plastic". The flower has taken on new texture and appears to be floating.

-Berta Finkelstein

Camera - Sony NEX-5
Lens - MS-Mode 50mm F1.3 LTM (attached to camera via RJ M-mount adapter)
ISO - 200
Sony NEX - Selective Colour Filter applied in Camera
Additional filter applied in Lightroom 2.0 - Direct Positive


About the shot - We were just fooling around in the playground when we discovered the yellow swing bars. I had the selective colour filter on at that time and I was stuck by the bright yellow colour and the way it framed my daughter. To further accentuate the 'cheesiness' of the selective colouring, Direct Positive filter was applied to maximise the contrast make the yellow pop even more.

-Roger Lim

Took advantage of the last bit of sun we'll likely see in the Northwest until next July and followed my son around the yard for about 30 minutes with my fairly new T3i. I was playing around with using the sun as a backlight and letting a bit too much lens flare in on purpose knowing I wanted to exploit it in PS for some kind of cheesy glow effect without using anything automated. Got this effect with a bit of hue/saturation and curve adjustments, the Smudge Stick and Fresco filters and a lot of mixing up layering and blending modes. Added that hard, rounded vignette because well...it just looked like it needed a bit more "vintage" cheese when I got done. So I guess that makes this a manually created fake vintage filter effect...this trend has just come full circle.