Josh Newell: So me and my friend were derping around when we decided to enter this contest. What we did was got in my mom's Civic and he looked bored while I was airdrumming on the dashboard. It was really cold outside when we did this so that is why we only did three takes. I used my borrowed school Cannon Eos REbel XT with a kit lens and an ISO of 100 and a shutter speed of 1/40th with an aperture of 5.6.

Rob Lennox: I originally didn't think I was going to be able to participate in this week's contest, but I decided to make an impromptu trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo here in Chicago (on the namesake's birthday, no less). I was there to mostly use a couple film cameras, but came across this tank of fish in the Africa exhibit and thought of this week's contest. Putting the DSLR on a small pocket-sized tripod set on the floor, I took a handful of test shots to get the right amount of movement with the fish, I went and stood in front of this wall of fish, and then I used the wireless remote on a 2 second delay. So yeah, a little bit of a self-portrait here.
Canon T2i
EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens
2 sec. exposure, -2/3 exposure bias

Alison Shurman: Canon T2i, Canon EF 24-105mm, ISO 800, 10" exposure, F32.

This photo was taken at dusk on my rooftop in Fort Green Brooklyn. I recently began a 10 week Bok Jinpa meditation course and the idea of stillness in this challenge made a real connection for me. We sit in meditation to change the suffering we see in the world. We sit still and silent for the benefit of all living beings.

Ian Dickmann: This photo was taken at the Chicago Auto Show. It took a while as some guy stood right in front of the car texting. He didn't seem to notice I was standing there trying to take a photo. Life of the long exposure!


I used a Sony a77, 18-250mm lens. The camera was supported by a table near the Porsche display. It is a 2.5 exposure, f/25, ISO 100.

Tyler Bedgood: For this weeks shooting challenge I wanted to create all the hustle and bustle I could with movement. After some train shots, some street corner shots, and some long waits with no avail. I decided to run out into the middle of the road with the subject and hope that neither of us got hit by a car. The following is the result of that action. Also, it's cold in chicago.


Shot on a canon 60d 18-135mm Lens. f/4.5, 1/6th iso:320, raw. I did some cropping and color adjustment in Lightroom.

Emily Thompson: My inspiration for this shot came from working in stop-motion animation. And the fun (but creepy?) idea that the puppets are real little people in there, just standing still while we move them around. I tried to show the chaos of animating with my hands all over these guys. They were great sports, while I sat in the dark retaking and tweaking this setup! I used my Nikon D3000 and a remote. And I believe at this point I had the shutter open for 15 seconds.

Laikmosh: Ive been waiting to do this shot for a long time, so now i finally found the motivation to do it, i was thinking in wasnt going to be possible without a gorilla pod or some custom made camera holder to attach to the bike, but when i inspected my bike i saw the screw that holds the seat post was very similar to the camera screw, so i just had to buy a screw that was precisely for the camera, some nuts and bolts to hold the camera still, and it was ready.
I tried the shot right away but only after 1 second exposure it looked all white, i waited until past the afternoon and it started raining, i waited but it didnt stop, it was just minutes until the last natural light disapeared into the all yellowish color of street lighting, so as ridiculous as i might look i had to take an umbrella to protect the camera and ride my bike with my umbrella and remote shutter in one hand, wile going down the street trying different exposure times with the shutter, the camera got a little wet, you can even see some drips on the lens, but in the end i liked this shot, its not the best of them all technically speaking (i got more steady and better focused shots), but this is the one that i find visually superior, it feels more dynamic, looks more adventurous with all the rain, and has a better mood with those colors.

Canon 20D
Generic shutter
15 secs exposure
ISO 100
Camera mounted on Seat post screw

John Hays: Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men. Thought I had the ideal idea for this challenge. Just up the road in Tubac was the annual Festival of the Arts. Merchants and artists linning the road and hundreds of people walking around to look at what was available. I got there, got my Canon T2i set up, took the f stop to as high as it would go, and the ISO down as low as possible (100), focused, and tried a three second exposure. Nothing but white - mass over exposure, and I have nothing to cut the exposure down. If I had my IR filter with me (assuming I knew where it went) I would have tried that to see if it would have worked. Bet it would have. But alas it was not to be. Disappointed I continued to walk around snapping what interested me while I thought of how to tackle the challenge. I thought if I could not do it in the day, then I will try the night.


So this evening, I put the dogs out, and had my oldest stand by the back door. After a coulpe of test shots to ensure it could work, we through down the crumbs of a bag of dog treats by the door and snapped. 3.2 seconds later, and there are the ghostly images of the three dogs cleaning the porch by the door and my son stands watching.

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Exposure 3.2
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 400

David Olsen: Amanda Reed waits in line to ride a ferris wheel at the Arizona Centennial festival in Downtown Tucson on Friday, February 10, 2012, marking 100 years of Arizona statehood.


I used a Canon 7d on a tripod, with a canon EF-S10 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens at focal length 15mm, 800 ISO, at 2.5 sec, f/25. I shot this with a wide angle lens at a low angle in order to capture the ferris wheel and a good portion of Amanda's profile in the same shot. I did encounter lens flares that bled into Amanda's profile, so I corrected those in processing.

Michelle Patterson: Waiting for someone to get their hair done is not the most exciting way to pass time but this week's shooting challenge made for a more interesting way to pass the time while my daughter cut my partner's hair on a busy Saturday morning.


This was my first attempt and submission using my new Panasonic FZ150. I had to put on a polarizing filter and step down the exposure by 3 to achieve the motion blur without overexposure. I used Snapseed on the iPad to achieve the final image.

Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Shutter Priority
Shutter Speed: 2.0 sec
Exposure: -3
F-Stop: f / 8
Aperture: 2.8mm
ISO: 100
Lumix polarizing filter
Focal length: 4.6mm

Yuri Polyakov: It's a great surprise that you picked this topic. I really like the technique, it's quite rare and fascinating. And I really like this photo. It was a spontaneous idea at a very unusual event, so this is my best here. It's hard to believe that I'll do any better again if it try and plan this kind of shot.


The story anyway - once a year Israeli Museum in Jerusalem hosts a very unusual event. It involves all kind of unusual artists, performers and so on and completely takes away the usual (boring if you ask me...) cold and static museum environment transforming it into a weird and cool party. Yes, night party at a history museum.

They've hosted a headphone party. Pictured here is my friend Ron, who has a unique ability to instantly dive into the party and start dancing like crazy (with no substances involved). So, aside from technical stuff and camera settings, there was the challenge to keep him still for 13 seconds.

Tech. info:
- 13 sec exposure (manual)
- Nikon D90 / 18-105 kit lens
- ISO 320 (manual)
- F/4
- Gorillapod.
- Photo straight from the camera, no PS adjustments.

Kumaran Alagesan: Shot with my 5D MII & 16-35mm f2.8 II combo.
Shot on the ice skating rink near Millennium Park, Chicago.
Aperture: F4
Exposure Time: 1/3Sec
ISO: 50
Focal Length: 35mm

Katrina Giusti: Shot with Nikon D3100.
ISO 200
Exposure .5 sec at f/25

I had a hard time with this challenge. We went to several places and I found that I do not have a steady hand to try and hand hold the shot during a long exposure. Therefore, I wanted to use a tripod, unfortunately, the locations that we went to did not allow them. Then I saw the ice skating rink and thought that since it was outside, I could use it. It was very cold out and this was the last location of the day to try and get the shot. This is the one I came up with, luckily, moments before being told to take down my tripod.

Scarlett Moir: I love this quote my John Wooden and it was the first thing I thought of when I read this week's challenge. I have often found myself rushing from one thing to the next in life, mistaking this constant stream of activity for progress towards my goals. I wanted to convey that message with my photo. I created a sign and camped out for half an hour on a busy street (in -20C no less!) with my sign and my tripod. Later I desaturated the picture in Gimp.

Camera: Nikon D60
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/16
Exposure: 1/5th
Focal Length: 24mm

Karen Tarlow: My husband felt this one deserved a haiku. So here's the one he wrote:

one little leaf stands
the edge of rushing chaos
it drinks without care

Taken at the Mast Arboretum at Stephen F Austin State University - one of my favorite places in Texas.

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