9 Golden Objects, Created By King Midas (And Photoshop)

The 2012 Olympics are over. And, chances are, you didn't win a gold medal. Luckily, thanks to a bit of Photoshop trickery, you can make anything in your life gold.


WINNER: Goldberry

I had a choice of eggs, grapes and strawberries and finally went with moist strawberries to get some shine from the lights. I thought having some specular highlights would help changing the color to gold. Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Room lamp + on camera flash, rear curtain.
- Manu K.P.

Invest Infest

Even though the cicadas did not cooperate during the bug challenge a few weeks ago, they were more helpful for this time around. There were a few who were willing to sit still on the tree in my front yard while I took pictures. As for the picture, I used a gold reflector to bring more warm light into the image. I desaturated the bug and to recolored it using GIMP. I also added a faint, blurred layer to simulate light reflected off of the gold surface. Fujifilm s100fs — f/11 — 1/125" — ISO100 — 31mm — Velvia Film simulation
- Mike Case



I spent most of the day searching around LA for a shiny statue of some kind. I finally made my way to the beach where this seagull just landed on a pedestal as I was walking by. He perched on top and posed with his foot up (I think he was injured). There's my statue! I only had the chance to grab two shots before he flew away. Shot on my Nikon 5100 with settings: f/6.3 | 1/100 sec. | 100 ISO | 55-200mm Nikkor @ 55mm
- Dan Durakovich


The Needle In the Haystack

Since this is a play on colour, I decided to take a picture of my pencil crayons, and have only one stand out in gold. Taken freehand with my hand steadied on a few cans. Panasonic DMC-FZ28, f/3.6, Exposure: 1 sec, ISO 100
- Geoffrey Wong


Pocket Watch

I shot this with a canon 50d, and the mp-65mm macro lens, with and external flash. and 160 shutter speed, 5.0 f/stop and 200 iso. I wanted to go with something that was gold colorish before hand, so i took a shot of my pocket watch, i used a little editing for contrast and tinting, but i kept it mostly the same color. that, and i love the detail that it has in it.
- Jordan Mudrack



I was in India this past week attending my cousins wedding. This is a shot from the night before the actual marriage ceremony where the bride receives all of her bangles and jewelry. Luckily there was no need to post process any gold into the image as there's plenty of "bling" hanging from her wrists. Did some minor tweaking in Aperture and then used photoshop to isolate her Gold Jewelry. Shot with a Canon 5D Mk II with a Canon 50mm f1.4 lens at ISO 4000, f2 and 1/50 shutter speed.
- Jaspreet Monga


Tiny Guitars

Walking through the Stuttgart flea market Saurday morning and saw this display. These guitars are actually about 10 inches tall:) I took a snapshot and worked on it to make one of the guitars Gold. Not easy! Made of wood, so not a shiny object, but at least it is one of many, which was one of the desired effects from the contest. I use Corel PaintShop Pro for editing, and this exercise taught me a bit about layering with my software of choice. Canon EOS 7D, 40mm focal length, ISO 500, f/8.0, 1/60 sec, cropped significantly (the dislpay was pretty large)
- Kent Waller


Booze Cruise

I was having dinner in Lahaina Maui and it was sunset so i thought it would look cool through the glass so i took a few shots and really liked the way t turned out. I shoot with my 5DMIII and Canon EF 24-105 f4 L series lens ISO 250
- Nate Wetterauer



I've been at a cottage for almost a week now, and have been learning to windsurf on this old board. After reading about this week's contest, I grabbed my camera, and ran outside to take this photo, thinking that a gold windsurf board would be cool. This was shot on a Canon T2i with the kit 18-55mm lens, 55mm focus, f/5.6, 1/80th shutter speed.
- Jeffrey Jevnikar


Fantastic entries. I know this was a weird challenge, but isn't the effect really cool? I think so, anyway, especially as the standard of the world's wealth—the very commodity that determines someone's place and capability in society—is so easily mimicked through a few minutes of photo editing. Big images are up on flickr.

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