The world is always spinning. But what if we could stop, just for a moment, and let it all wash over us? These 32 long exposure photographs from this week's Shooting Challenge consider the possibilities.

WINNER - Ferris Halo

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.
- David Olsen

Mohawk in Philly

I'm still new to having a DSLR, so having a chance to really have fun with the exposure settings was a real treat! Well, almost. I wound up not being able to shoot this until Sunday due to a snowstorm. I wanted to capture just how busy Philly is, so I stood directly in the middle of Broad Street. For about 30 Minutes, I braved near 20 degree temperatures without most protection, and it wasn't until the end I got the shot I wanted. At one point someone started eying up my camera, which had to be the most hazardous part of shooting this, frostbit be damned. Canon EOS Rebel T2i Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm (Kit Lens), ISO-100, 6-Second Exposure
- Larry West


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, f/5.2, 2 sec. exposure, -2/3 exposure bias.
- Rob Lennox

Before the Accident

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.
- Tyler Bedgood

The Puppets Are Real

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.
- Emily Thompson

Left Out

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

Seat Post Screw

I've been waiting to do this shot for a long time, so now i finally found the motivation to do it, i was thinking in wasn't 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 didn't stop, it was just minutes until the last natural light disappeared 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.
- Laikmosh

Headphone Party

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. Nikon D90 / 18-105 kit lens, ISO 320 (manual), F/4, Gorillapod, Photo straight from the camera, no PS adjustments.
- Yuri Polyakov

Yellow Skate Refusal

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


Wow, what a great set of entries this week. Thank-you everyone for getting behind a totally made-up idea based on simple technique. The results were just as fun as I'd hoped. The full galleries below, the big shots are on flickr.

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a way to give $1 to a good cause every day.