Four Alternative Album Covers, Made By You

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but books aren't music. Every great album has an awesome cover. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, we asked you to recreate a famous album cover.

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Rock A Little

I knew I had kept my '80's garb for a reason and when I saw this week's challenge, I knew what I had to do. With my husband's huge help, we came very very close to reproducing Stevie Nick's album cover Rock A Little. I think the hardest part for me was keeping my arms in position for what seemed like hours until we got the right shot. Keeping the skirt open like that was very tricky too but Kevin had the great idea of putting a garden fork and shovel up my skirt. Once we got the final shot, then all I had to do was over-expose the photo and clean it up to make the tools disappear. We decided to give the album a Christmas twist with the Christmas ornament. Gingin Gini was my nickname back in the '80's as well so this really was a blast from the past for me!
- Georgina Lawrence

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Golden Age of Wireless

I am a huge electronic music fan as well as a Thomas Dolby fan. A close friend of mine has Golden Age of Wireless on vinyl which became my go to album my senior year of college. I took this photo with a 550D and my Carl Zeiss Jena 58 F/2 lens. I thought that the back of my microkorg fit very well with the inside cover's industrial. I only wish I shot with some 80's back hair light!
- Michael Della Polla

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I had first decided to do either Pearl Jam's "Avocado" or Velvet Underground & Nico's "Andy Warhol" covers, just to realize (a little too late) that I forgot to buy the fruits I needed for those photos (avocado/banana respectively). So I came up with this (weird) idea at the very last minute. If unclear: the original album cover is (supposed to be) John Lennon's Imagine. Imagine... a perfect breakfast. Canon T2i, 21mm, f/4.5, ISO 3200.
- Diego Jimenez

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The Polka Stones Greatest Hits

This is 4 layers (no pun intended). The cake, tire, crust and clock were shot together. The tin canister was shot close up - it's only about 1 inch in diameter. The white plate is a saucer. The record (6 Fat Dutchmen - Polka's Greatest Hits) [edit note: that's not the emulated album] and skewer were shot together. I used both GIMP and Photoshop to stack them together, applied the gradient background and added noise. All shot on a D7000 with a 50mm lens, don't recall all the various shutter speeds and f stops.


Interesting side note - the record, toy figurines and tire were all acquired at the same strip mall in adjacent stores - second hand book store, second hand toy store and hardware store all in a row. After I return the tire to the hardware store, the most expensive part of the project will be the $1.75 can of frosting.
- Matthew A. Bertolatus

Thanks to the few, the proud, the brave enough to enter this week's Shooting Challenge! As a side note, we've definitely had a lull in entries as of late. We need your submissions through the holidays! So check back tomorrow for the next challenge, and prepare to bare your artistic soul for the world to critique.


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Maybe I've just got my old man hat on, but is it clear to the average gizmodo reader that the polka entry is in reference to The Rolling Stones' Let it Bleed? I think this picture is really cool, but most of the value to my eye is in the reference.

Or does everyone know this and I'm just crazy?