Taken last week, processing finished today. Camera: Nikon 3Ds
This is the most famous shelved rice terrace in Japan. It is in the
southern Kyushu region, Saga prefecture, Genkai town. Late seasonal
rains allow the this area to begin planting later than other regions
thus giving the sun time to align with the field. The region itself is
exceptionally rural with few attractions so aside from photographers,
it is rarely graced by tourists. I was about a week late in shooting
this, the rice is poking through, so this spot will be in my hunt next
year as well.
Lens Settings: 16-35mm 4F @35mm 16F 200ISO
Filter: Circular Polarizing turned to enhance reflection
Other: WB toned at Auto B4 to get orange/blue gradient
Process: manual digital blend of 8 shots, color toning in PS. In some
measure, every color in the rainbow is present in this shot, even
magenta (typically shouldn't be).

- Jason Arney

This is an outdoor light fixture on my deck that has a lot of corroded holes in it. For this photo challenge, I thought it would be fun to accentuate the light spots using Topaz StarEffects and then use a gradient fill to add the rainbow to the stars. The original photo was shot with my Olympus PEN E-P1 at 1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 800 using my Olympus 14-150mm telephoto zoom.

- Peter Welch

My dad got me this string of "Christmas" lights as a gag gift a few years ago. Someone used recycled red and green shotgun shells and put them over a string of lights. I keep them lit on a shelf in my office. They made the perfect light gel analog for this week's challenge.

This was out of the first set of shots taken with my newly acquired Sony A900 with a Sigma 28-105mm lens, 1/8 exposure, F10, ISO 200 and a focal length of 105mm.

- Russell Darnell

The original stairs picture, shot in Paris, was converted with Photoshop in B&W. Then I painted it with five colored brushes in a Multiply layer. Very simple but I liked it !

- Sébastien Bonaimé

For this week's shooting challenge, the two "Lights" images are attached. I'm a hobbyist, using a Canon SX40 HS. This shot is of my office overhead light, which has a cool textured plastic over it. I put a half-filled bottle of water in front of that, and snapped a few photos. I adjusted/enhanced the colors in Picasa, using a graduated tint.


Usually, I try for a really sharp image, but I kind of liked this soft, glowing abstract.

Thank you,
Elaine Howell

Technique: I wanted to capture the water blur along with some car light blur.

Story behind shot: I went down to the philly art museum and realized that the lighting was not what i thought it was. I seen the southern fountain and thought i could get some cool water blur and mix it with the light rainbow color. Just a weird fact.... there were no clouds in the sky, that is what the Philly sky looks like at night, its kinda sad.

The equipment
Olympus E-510 with a 40-150mm lens

Exposure 1sec
iso 100

-Jack Gebhardt

It was my night to make dinner, so that meant spaghetti. I sat there waiting for a pot to boil and noticed the bubbles start to form. Using my iPhone 4, I captured the water in the split second before the rolling boil. After wiping off a fair amount of condensation from my phone, I then applied the filter from Photoshop Express. I thought both the spaghetti and the photo came better than I planned. (I tried fresh mint in the spaghetti sauce for the first time.)

-Steven Breinlinger

This is an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I loved how the lights from the art danced across the reflective floor. These colors are exactly what the exhibit gave as well, no re-coloration was done. It was taken with a Canon T2i with a shutter speed of 1/30, ISO of 200, Aperture of 3.5, and at 18mm with an 18-55mm lens.

- Kevin Goldfarb

Camera - iPhone 4 with no additional lens fixtures
I was at the Megadeth/Rob Zombie concert 2 days ago in Pittsburgh, PA (May 16th, the day the contest was announced). I was trying to get as close as possible to the stage when the show was nearing the end. The guy in the silhouette is one of the crowd control freaks, he wouldn't let me get any closer. While stepping back a little disgusted I saw these flares shooting out of the back of his head (obviously they were from the lights on stage). I took the picture on my iPhone and then as always opened it up in the Camera+ App, added a bunch of effects. And then added a rainbow gradient with the radial setting and set the transfer mode to Hue using Photoshop. That's the story of this Lights Picture, I guess I like it cause it was more of a spontaneous click rather than a planned one.

- Krishna Pandravada

For this challenge, I shot many many various and sundry lights. Took my entry on a whim driving back from the Nationals loss to the O's. Camera was set on an automatic setting called "Handheld Twilight" which ticked me off when the shutter clicked more than once, but looking at the image afterward, I was plaeased. Brought it into Photoshop upon arriving home and selected all the bright spots, added a rainbow gradient then overlayed the actual image agin with a 95% opacity. Thought this image with the added Rainbow was a great representaion of Obama's approval of same sex marriage. Shot on a Sony SLT-33A with the Handheld Twilight Settting, basically HDR, but not as dramatic.

-Felonious Max

This was taken Saturday at the zoo. We made the trip on a whim because the weather was so beautiful. I almost left the camera bag in the car because it was a bit hot and I didn't really want to be bothered with it. Well good thing I brought it! All of the animals were very photogenic, even this big guy. My "light gel" was completely natural - blue above from the water and green below from this manatee's delicious lettuce lunch. The only light source was the sun. Canon XSI, 85mm Canon EF prime lens, f/1.8, 1/320.

-Manuel Campo

This particular photo was the product of experimentation. I have no expendable income at the moment, so I made my own gels out of colored translucent paper and taped them on from of my flashes. The flashes were placed into my DIY softbox and beauty dish. I really enjoy the contrast that red and blue makes, so I felt they were appropriate for this photo with so much motion.


This photo was shot with:
-Nikon D3000
-Nikon 18-70 DX F/3.5-F/4.5
-ISO 400
-Two speedlights on camera right and left with colored gels.

- Nicholas Adelman

My buddy Dan has some small LED light towers that have customizable RGB color selections that we wanted to use for this weeks challenge. We messed around with just the lights for an hour or so and not getting anything that we were looking for, I went to get a beer. When I returned Dan was lying on the floor trying to take an almost ridiculously macro photo of one of the LED towers with his D5100. The RGB LED's glow on the floor and Dan were just what I was looking for! So after some tweaking of the idea, and the addition of my glow in the dark piggy bank, I got the shot that I was looking for. . . if not a bit creepier than originally intended. . .


Nikon D300
AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
ISO 200
1/100 shutter speed
Except for a small bit of cropping, there was no Aperture or Photoshop applied to the photo.

- Chad Whitaker

My idea behind this was to reveal little rainbow streaks on my face. I wanted it too look as if the light had almost left scars or slashes of rainbows. The setup however was quite difficult.


Since I was lacking a model I had to use myself. So I set my camera up with a remote trigger and sat down near a window. With my left hand I angled some prism filters into the sun. I used a mirror behind the camera to make sure I got my face lit by the prisms. With my right hand I controlled the remote shutter on my camera. This however also proved fairly difficult. I couldn't seem to get enough light streaks on my face at one time. I would only be able to angle one or two light streaks on my face. So I decided to composite about 6 photos together in photoshop. I simply took many photos of my face while angling the prism different in each shot. Then in photoshop I just revealed what streaks I wanted on my face. I also ended up enhancing the rainbow streaks a bit, as they weren't quite defined enough.

I used a Nikon D7000 with a remote shutter, I shot it on an 18-200mm, 3.5-5.6 zoom lens. I shot it around 40mm at iso200 at f4.5.

Next time a I need to find a proper model. My ugly mug doesn't need to be on the Internet anymore than it already is.

- Michael De Lorenzo

This shot was taken with a Canon Rebel XSi using a Canon Zoom Lens 55-250mm and a UV filter. Camera setting was ISO 100, F/32, 1/4000. The color was added with Photoshop and is my first attempt at anything like this. The photo is of the solar eclipse seen on 5/20/2012 at 6:30PM from Vacaville, California. My family and I shared the experience while Barbecuing.

- Christy Parsons

I was in Sonora, Ca this weekend; When Mike and I decided to to explore the depths of the psychedelic realm. While exploring, we stumbled upon some glow sticks, a lighter and my camera. With our heads filled with with cosmic thoughts we decided to try and see and what we can try and create with all these hand. The below attached are our results.

Nikon D5000
Sigma 18- 250mm F3.5- 6.3
ISO 6400

- Lasakan Cholayil

I went up to the Space Needle with a few of my friends, and decided to try out this photo challenge with one of my photo. I applied the multicolored gradient in Paint.net. The photo was taken with an Olympus E-PL1 with 1 second exposure, at 14mm with f/3.5 and ISO 200.

- Lucas Lin

This is a parking garage at a mall on the rich side of town. I created 5 images from one photo where I laid down a full gradient in all five colors. I then added them as layers to photoshop and created layer masks to blend them all together. pretty straight forward. I used a Canon Eos Rebel T3i and the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

- Raleigh Barrett

I'm sure we could debate whether the weekly Shooting Challenges are 30 percent technical challenge, 70 percent conceptual challenge, or some variation thereof. Each week we are asked to come up with an idea for a photo that conforms to some technical concept (e.g. black and white, technicolor, long exposure, etc.) I have to admit that each week I am pretty stumped, mostly by the concept part. This week was no exception. Stock gradient in Photoshop. Shot on a Canon EOS 30D, 24mm-105mm lens at 105mm, f4, 1/2000, ISO 200.

- Brian McCabe

You kids and your fancy Photoshop and Flash Filters. In my day we used the sun to get true colors. So here's my photo of a flower bathed in rainbow light from a prism.


Camera Nikon: D300
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 200

- Jeff Gamble