I admit to scrambling to find something suitable for this challenge. I tried to find something with big colors and that was actually interesting subject matter. Monday morning comes fast sometimes. This is what I came up with. I'm not sure the Technicolor part really works with this image, but I kind of like what it did with the trees in the background. I'll do better next time, I promise. Nikon D70S, 18-70mm, @18, f3.5, 1/80, ISO 200.

For this challenge I felt called to use my vintage film SLR. Even though my post process would have to be digital, I wanted my initial input to be as analog as possible to be a paid homage.


I brought my Canon AE-1 to a roller derby where I was acting as a chaperone with my wife, (Those girls are no joke by the way) but ended up being more impressed by what would be considered the "half time show". At the mid-point of the event, a troupe of amateur knights took to the arena to do battle with dulled swords, PVC shields, and lots of chain mail. I was thus a spectator for something I had no idea was an activity people took part in.

The bright burst of light behind the right hand knight's head came from another spectator's camera flash, shooting towards me. The perfect timing sealed the deal to make the photo seemingly epic hyperbole.

I scanned the developed film negative and then split the resulting jpeg in photoshop and processed it as described in the vid posted on Giz . The end product really seemed to bring out the scanned in grain from the film.

Camera: 1978 Canon AE-1
Film was cheap-o Fuji, ASA 400
f/5 @ 1/50sec

— David Bulfin

"Flower in the Darkness"

When I went out looking for a subject for this challenge, I didn't have any specific subject in mind. I just knew that it had to be colorful and the rich color of this flower seemed to be a perfect fit. I tried several methods of imitating the method of technicolor with little success. Ultimately, I decided to try and duplicate the results instead. I did this in two steps. First, I increased the saturation. And, second, I created a new layer which was then lightened and blurred to slightly soften the focus to give the colors a subtle glow.

- Mike Case

I was working on an independent short film being shot in San Francisco over the weekend (titled "Space(d)" - shameless plug) and decided to try my hand at this Technicolor thing since the two lead actresses' outfits feature splashes of bright color. I followed the tutorial provided, but I did add an extra step. In the tutorial, it has you adding the RGB layers on top of each other right after splitting the channels and coloring them. This causes the bottom layer to be locked - which can't be unlocked - and you can't change some of the Fill, Opacity, and Blending options. So after coloring the individual layers, I created a new blank layer, then added the RGB layers onto that one, causing the blank layer to be locked (which I then hid because it needed to be invisible). This allowed me to edit each RGB layer as necessary without any problems. Camera: Canon EOS 7D, lens: 135mm, aperture: f5.6, ISO: auto (probably 100 or 200).

- Jobert Atienza

Water Wheel
Just hanging out with some friends when I saw this building and
thought it would be a good photo. I was excited to try this
technicolor technique - hope it looks alright!
Camera: Nikon d700, Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8, Focal Length: 24mm, Exposure:
1/320 sec, Aperture: f/16.0, ISO Speed: 1250

-Mike Saechang

I found this classic near Pioneer Square in Seattle. The building and car are different shades of orange, but the Technicolor process made them the same. The bricks almost match as well.

Fujifilm X-Pro1. 18mm lens. f/2, 1/500 sec, ISO 250.

- David Lee

I was up in my college town this weekend (Ripon College in Ripon, WI)
and went out one morning specifically looking for colorful scenery for
this challenge. There always seems to be an abundance of dilapidated
red barns in rural Wisconsin, but I was especially happy to find this
one with a creek running right under it. I liked the scene so much
that not only did I take a handful of pics with my T2i, but also with
my Spotmatic (1975), Canonet (1976), and my Zeiss Ikon (1937) (all
film cameras), as well as my iPhone4S using Hipstamatic and posting
them to Instagram. I was hoping for a scene that was more akin to
those in the Technicolor movies of the late 30's and 40's that often
seemed to be rural settings with lots of contrasting colors.

Canon T2i, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
1/80 sec
ISO 100
Photoshop CS5

- Rob Lennox

Bear fashions. Newbury St., Boston, MA.

Canon T2i, 20mm, f/2.8. Edited in Photoshop CS5.

- Diego Jimenez

Hi Gizmodo,

I took this photo with a Nikon D90 using a Nikon 18-200mm lens at 38mm, f/11, 1/60s shutter speed and ISO 200. An off-camera Nikon SB-700 flash at 1/2 power (to camera right) was fired using CLS. I processed the photo into technicolor using Adobe Photoshop CS5.1.


This is a photo of our cat Stanley. I set him down onto a pile of clothes to take this photo. He wasn't happy about it but he put up with me long enough to let me get the shot.

- Mashuqur Rahman

Equipment: Sony A560. iso 200, f/13, 1/100 shutter speed.

This is in downtown Muncie, Indiana. This is the appropriately commemorated alley named for noted Ball State University graduate David Letterman. Interestingly enough, during the commemoration ceremony a bunch of people (including 1 dressed as Garfield and the other as Odie) protested against the naming of the Alley after Letterman since Jim Davis (Garfield's Creator) is a local and hadn't been honored by the city at that time.

Needless to say the alley is a quaint little hole in the wall and there's even a mail box where you can leave letters for Letterman (supposedly they get to him). I followed the technicolor instructions and played around quite a bit with the mix as well as the vibrance of the picture prior to splitting the channels. The end result is something that comes across almost pastel in comparison.

Jeremy martin

My thinking for this challenge went something along the lines of > Technicolor> Busby Berkeley musicals> Esther Williams... of course, jellyfish.They are excellent dancers.
Shot with a Canon 7D, Canon 50 mm 1.8 lens, 1/250, ISO 2500.

-Patricia Misakian

This past Saturday, I witnessed the Beltane festival in my city. It
was in the "Magical Meadow" in Golden Gate Park. I love this scene of
making wreaths out of flowers in the warm sun. It's like a mini
detachment from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's so
peaceful. The technicolor effect makes it even more ethereal.

- Stacy

Rupert Bear & Clown recreate the classic BBC Testcard F.
I was looking around my room for inspiration; but there was a distinct lack. So I went up into the attic, and found some of mine (Rupert) and my sisters (Clown) old toys.
The clown reminded me of the BBC test card, which I only really remember from 'Life on Mars' (a BBC programme).
Getting the toys to stay still was a pain! They moved more than kids, so I resorted to gaffer tape.
I tried some shots with a flash, but it looked too harsh, so I ended up using the rooms light.
The shot I used was was taken with a Canon 7D with 17-55mm EF-S (f/2.8) using a shutter speed of ¼s and aperture of f/5 at 28mm, on a tripod.
I shot in RAW so I could use Adobe Camera Raw to edit the colour channels. Like a technicolor camera, the image is separated into RGB channels, which I could edit individually as I would have been able to had I separated the channels like in the video tutorial.
I then added a layer mask to the testcard shot, and added a film grain filter to make my shot match the grainy test card.

- Matthew Taylor


on this sunny saturday i went with a friend around a lake in switerland. I saw this wood and like it much, so I shot that picture. I struggled a bit with the technicolor conversion.
This picture was taken with a 10 stop ND Filter, Aperture F22, Shutterspeed 120s, Iso 200,Nikon D300, Focal length 12mm
Best Regards Markus

Hi Gizmodo,

This weekend I went to the national space center in Leicester which I had never been to before which I guess might be because its on my doorstep and ive always just put off going because its so close.


I wasnt sure what to take a picture of which would look good in technicolor but then I saw the globe they had in the middle of the place and it reminded me of the Universal Studios globe logo at the beginning of films so that was that. I used the video from the challenge page as guidence as to technicolor up my picture and so I give to you the whole wide world.

Canon 500D, 'nifty fifty' 50mm, 1/400, f/2, ISO 800


Robert Newitt

Rainy day meant searching for colorful things indoors, which led me to messing around with my kit of rainbow colored jumper wires. I tried a bunch of different patterns before I realized a jumbled mess was probably the most visually striking. Color curves tweaked in Gimp to give a floating feeling to the wires. Desk lamps, foam core base, and mini tripod for studio setup.

Canon T3i, 60mm f2.8 Macro. 1/100, f14, ISO 1600.


The T

I've followed this shooting challenge for a long time, but this is my first submission. I used my Nikon D90 with a Nikon 18-200mm lens. I was just walking around Cambridge after lunch and heard the T barreling towards me and I was lucky enough to capture it just as it was about to go under Kendall Square. 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200, 22mm.

-Andrew Schlaepfer