Taken: August 5th, 2010
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
This is actually the inside of a plastic watering jug held up to the sun. The recycling logo is on the bottom of the jug and the design, similar to an upside-down Atari logo, is imprinted onto the side. I went for a two-hour walk looking for absract shots and it turned out the strangest picture was taken in my backyard; and of an object I see every day.
Camera: Sony NEX 5
1/13, F5.6, ISO 200.
After a long day at work and pondering this challenge I took a shower. When I looked down, I found the perfect subject.
My boyfriend's loofah, which I had never noticed before, suddenly took on a far more interesting shape as it dangled from the faucet. I stuck it in front of an LED light I got from IKEA and this picture was born.
I took it with my spanking new iphone 4G and used camera pro for a minor edit
This is the side of the Aqua skyscraper in Chicago, about 3/4 of the way up on the south side I believe. The photo was taken about an hour after reading about the shooting challenge on my phone, as I happened to be in downtown Chicago at the time and had planned on shooting Aqua anyway.
It's cropped a bit since I was shooting from the park below the building, and the 100mm is the longest lens I've got (160mm equivalent on my 1.6x-crop-factor Rebel XSi).
Canon Rebel XSi
EF 100mm f/2.0 USM
ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/200 sec.
I shot it with my Nikon D60 and Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5. I shot this image with a ISO of 100, f/6.3 and super long exposure of 20 seconds.
The subject (only slightly difficult to deduce) is the light emitted from my 30 year old ONKYO tuner and a 25 year old Technics turn table. Ever since I dug these gems out of my parent's basement, I have loved listening to vinyl records. Once you get over the inevitable snap, crackle and pop, the sound is so rich and textural. So as I was browsing Gizmodo and listening to some Zeppelin, I thought hm, there must be a way to capture such a richly artistic experience through abstract photography.
I knew I needed to show the energy and the emotion associated with the experience.. but how? Aha! A long exposure in a low lit environment would give me the opportunity to move the camera in a deliberate pattern, in order to illustrate the situation in an abstract way. In my image, I manipulated the light to represent the waves, the radiating energy and the deep textural composition of the music.
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/125
This weekend was the Louisiana Balloon Competition in Baton Rouge. This is a shot of one of the balloons as it was being inflated. The regular pattern of lines and spaces just appealed to me.
Camera: Olympus SP-550UZ
I saw my mother's vinyl record collection and the thin lines caught my attention.
Used Canon 500D with 18-55mm IS lens ISO 400, Exp 1/2, f/3.5. The pic is clicked in Mumbai of a lift in a building.
It was just an unexpected pic which wasn't planned. I wanted to go up to the take a panoramic shot of the city. Standing on the 7th floor, n waiting for the lift, i thought y not. I clicked a few shots before I realized i need sunlight on the 6th floor to make things look good in the pic. The lift didn't move for long, so had to go on the 5th floor to clear the things on the 6th, letting the sun do its miracle…
Camera- Pentax K100D Super
Exposure- 1/1250 sec
Lens- 200mm focus set at 3.6ft
The photo is a shot of the noontime sun... out of focus, the red seen is from an Infra-red filter (700nm)
Sand Dune Melting into Red Wine
This is smoke from an incense stick in front of a black background, later inverted tinted in photoshop. In my (twisted) mind, as one follows the lines from top left to center right the image should change from a sand dune to something resembling red wine. I found that the infusion of incense made my room smell different, but sadly no better.
Shooting Info: Sony A550, Sigma 50mm Macro Lens, ISO 200, External flash from the back left to catch the smoke and not hte background.
Shot on a Nikon D60 f/5.6, 1/20, ISO100, taken at 8:30 at night with no post processing besides contrast adjustments.
Shooting summary: Canon Rebel XS with the kit 18-55mm lens. Shot at ISO 200, F/4, 1/30, 25mm
I had an empty glass sitting on my desk in front of me when I happened upon the abstract challenge. Using the glass which still had just a few drops of liquid left in it I tipped it on its side and back lit it with my computer monitor which provided a very unique glow to the glass and emphasis on the color of its contents.
55mm focal length
I took this shot on my bed when I was bored. I had a stack of dvd's on a spindle so I experimented with the stack and the flash. Then I decided to cover the flash with a red shirt to make a cool red effect in the picture.
Using a Nikon D5000 With the kit 18-55mm lens. F/3.5, 1/250 shutter speed with touchups in LightRoom.
I was walking out my front door when a moth came out from my light. I had my camera, so I snapped a few shots to see if there was any other wildlife in there. Nope, just a CLF and some dirt.
50mm F/1.8 prime lens
I was in a club while over in Korea that had amazing lighting effects - this was the "beast" that made it possible.
Leica D-lux3, macro setting, iso: 100
After shooting lots of blurry photos of color a la punch drunk love.. I decided to go with more of a warped portal or ocean of color here.. I suppose there's a balance between having a picture abstract to the point of meaninglessness, and a point where there is just enough detail to derive a feeling/concept or story.
Photos taken with a Nikon D50 with Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 lens with extension tubes making it a poor man's macro lens.
The repeating red/blue/green pattern should make this easy to recognize even though what's actually being seen may not be so intuitive. A closer inspection on a "micro" scale quickly turns a white arrow on a white background into an explosion of color. In fact, you could call this "reality" and our usual interpretation of white on white the "abstraction".
Focal length: 15.7mm
Technique: Did a closeup of pool in bright light making sure to only get portion of pool water most perturbed by the pool pump.
Even though living in a small town, which makes it difficult sometimes to meet your challenges, I set off looking for buildings or objects that might
present a possibility of having some aspects that might lend themselves to being abstract if photographed correctly.
I wandered for a couple of hours around town, including a god forsaken abandoned mosquito infested railroad track, hoping for something that if shot the
right way would look abstract. I took dozens of photos but I could tell none of them where really what I wanted. I was discouraged and hot plus a little
itchy from all the bites that occurred at the railroad track so I decided to go in my little 15 foot above ground pool for a swim and cool off.
I felt somewhat better after that and while just gazing into the pool I noticed how random and colorful the blue rock pattern looked bouncing around in
the sunlight as the pump pushed the water around in random patterns. So taking my inspiration from what was right in my face I started to take shots
of the bottom of the pool through the swirling water.
I had a couple of people try and guess what they were looking at and one thought it was some type of screen-saver and another thought it was abalone
so it definitely is not so easy to guess what this is.
Adjusted the WB in Photoshop Camera Raw 6.0
I'm on a student exchange in Finland and my host family's house has a lot of weird angles in it so I tried to find some that looked abstract. I'm not very good at abstract photography, I was outside for like 10 hours trying to take abstract photographs but I couldn't get any good shots.
Sony DSC-W190, Exposure: 1/40sec, Focal Length: 6mm, No Flash, ISO speed: ISO-125
I was touring Boston University, taking a ride on the elevator when I noticed the modernistic ceiling lights, so I took out my camera and took a shot.
Camera: Sony DSC WX1
Lens: Standard Sony G lens 2,4-5,9/4,25-21,25 (compact camera)
I made this picture on the 6th of august in Amsterdam, I had to wait for the bridge to close, in my head was the idea to participate to this weeks shooting challenge. I saw this structure and I thought, that's abstract... So what you see on this picture is the bottom of a bridge in Amsterdam.
Nikon D300s + Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR @ f/3 - 1/320s - ISO 200
Taken downtown Montreal (QC) on 05/08/2010 : 8:40AM.
Just walking myself to work and I noticed that fully patched, rusted, grinded and graphed mailbox. I'm a lot into urban art these days and this is an example of constructed, yet unplanned, art setup! Well, I know, it's abstract so a bit difficult to connect with, but the mix of different mediums (paint, metal, paper, scotch tape) is appealing, not to mention the bright colors around that straight line holding up against elements.
This picture I took about 15min after reading the submission form. The subject of the picture is a staircase at my friends workplace. It was the first picture I took that day and the settings on my camera were all wrong, so it got overexposed, the rest of the serie (read day) was exposed properly but in the end the first one was the coolest. If i knew such things before life would be so much easier..
I used a canon 550d with a 10-22mm sigma lens 1/30 F4.0 iso 1600. Than I used photoshop to line it out and did some little fiddling here and there, crop, scale rotate 5 degrees or so.
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Exposure: +0.0 step
Focal Length: 20mm
Had a hard time with this challenge. Wanted to resist the urge of close up/telephoto shots, unfortunately I succumbed as the deadline approached. Pictures are some candles/candle holders on my Mother-in-Law's mantle. Looked interesting to me. Fired off a dozen or so shots. As always, went with the first shot. Enjoy!
Lens 90mm macro
Shot at 1/250 at f20
Camera Canon 7D
I tried a few things for this, a couple involving a hairy cactus and my latest employment contract. But that was a terrible idea and looked rubbish so I found this bottle instead. I've been experimenting with creative flash recently and I tried my wireless Speedlight in a variety of positions. I discovered that laying the bottle on its side on a white sheet of paper with the flash behind it gave the best result. Flash compensation was dialled down 2 stops, and to add interest I put a green filter over it. Post-capture tuning in Lightroom - normal stuff. I think the result looks kind of creepy, like a bank of eyes staring into the dark.
This was taken with a Nikon D3000 at 48 mm, f/5.3, ISO 1/125. No telling what is actually being photographed, that's the fun of it, isn't it?
This was shot with my Canon T2i using an EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens at 27 mm, f/4.0, ISO 100, and a 1/800 shutter. I was out taking photos with a friend in my back yard when I decided to try a blind shot up the wind chime. It turned out much better than I thought it would!
Nikon D3000, f/3.5 at 1/640, ISO 100.
Just bought my first DSLR so shooting like crazy at the moment, anything and everything is a potential picture and a chance to learn something new. Decided to try and shoot the sun streaming in through the window of my front door but thought it wasn't quite abstract enough so went in for some close-up shots instead. This was the final shot I ended up with, a quick colour tint in Lightroom to give it a bit more punch and job done!
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Exposure: 1/400 sec.
Despite the loose and mindless nature of this photo's initial composition, I've been able to push the image via Photoshop into this final iteration. I suppose there might have been some notion in the back of my head that the winding ramp behind the phi delta theta house would provide a complex and deep composition of lines, surfaces, and masses. In the back of my head is exactly where that notion could only have been, because of the sweltering heat and my task at hand; I was photographing and measuring the accessibility ramp behind the frat house for a campus map in 100˚+ heat.
Cannon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Shot in a Park in Downtown Charlotte.
Taken with a Canon PowerShot A590
Lens: Sigma 150mm macro
Details: ISO 400, f/16, 1/125s with sb600 off camera.
I've been wanting to join in the Gizmodo Weekly Photo Challenge for a couple of weeks, but between my workload increasing and my weekends filling up with way too many social events (3 year olds have too many Birthdays), I haven't nailed a shot I was happy with by the deadline.
I was reading the site and realizing that with an upcoming weekend camping trip in Utah, I probably needed to shoot something soon. My wife finished watching Top Chef and asked me what I wanted to watch and since I was putzing on the computer I said I didn't care. She ended up flipping to Morgan Freeman's "The Wormmhole" on the science channel and I looked up from my laptop to see the decanter of some unknown blue alchohol that's been decorating my bar for year without either myself or my friends draining and inspiration hit.
My roommate has the Rock Band premium drum kit and so I thought it would be an excellent choice to use for the contest.
Canon EOS 5D ISO 200 28-75 f/2.8 Lens @ 75mm Exposure was f/5.6 @ 0.6 sec Tripod mounted.
Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
An extreme close up of a section of an an untitled iron sculpture at the North Charleston Riverfront Park in South Carolina. I focused on composing the shapes, shadow and color into a balanced image and tried to add a small element of depth into an otherwise very 2D image. The feeling I was going for was warmth, and as the setting sunlight made the already warm colors of red and yellow even warmer. I used a polarizing filter so I could use an aperture of f/1.8 at 1/800 of a second and to also cut out some of the glare of the sun.
There was a dragonfly that perched itself onto a plant in the backyard
and I thought to myself "if only I had my camera". I then made a slow
approach toward it being careful not to startle it, and when I was
about a foot away, I really wished I had my camera. Seeing that it
wasn't going anywhere, I backed away, ran up to the room, grabbed my
Nikon D700, Tokina 100mm f/2.8, and a 12mm Kenko extension tube
(thinking it my Kenko 1.4x teleconverter, oops). To my surprise, the
dragonfly was still there, and I began snapping away. At first, I just
wanted a nice close up shot of the dragonfly so I used a high f/number
for the most part, but while I was snapping away, I had remembered
this shooting contest theme and thought using a shallow DoF could make
for an interesting abstraction. Unfortunately, I shot them vertically
forgetting that horizontal was preferred, so I had to make a
horizontal crop. I shot it RAW with standard picture control, so I
upped the Vibrance and Saturation in Lightroom before submitting.
Subject: Blue-green agave from my garden, the pattern on the newer, inner "leaves" as imprinted in the growing and unfolding process as they emerge from the heart of the agave. The pattern is the reverse of the needles that edge the leaves.
Camera: iPhone, 3Gs
Although I have a Canon digital SLR, I'm a pretty completely untrained photographer, and prefer using my iPhone. I like to take pictures that have an element of serendipity and randomness in them —probably because I'm really not good enough to control all the variables, or handle all the settings on my SLR— so I make a virtue of my shortcomings and embrace the limitations and oddities of the iPhone. It's been a great training ground (although I'm probably learning all kinds of terrible habits), and in January I started a one-photo-a-day photo blog to force me to be consistent, quick, spontaneous, and to always keep my eyes open. I'm submitting this photo today — and will submit more in the future— as another tool to force myself to learn some actual skills.
Lens; I guess you could call this "manual telephoto"
Although, I'm using my 3GS and have downloaded the iPhone 4 software, I forwent (forgo-ed? I've never seriously used the past tense of that word before) the telephoto option. I find it only makes the photos grainy. Some of my best close up iPhone photos (my "snail on a sidewalk" is actually pretty awesome) have been taken with me sitting, laying, crouching, peering, scooching, or otherwise getting close enough to my subject to get the image I want. This one was taken with me crouching in the middle of an agave patch, trying hard not to get my —let's just say "bottom parts"— seriously punctured (the needles on these guys are as sharp as really sharp and unbelievably fat hypodermics).
Treatment: To bring up the natural color of the agave —since today is a super-bright Southern California day that tends to wash the color out of everything— I did run this through the Camera Bag app (iPad version) "Color Cross" filter.
Canon PowerShot S90
Every now and then a photo just happens on accident... I was sitting at my desk at work, fiddling with my camera and pointed it down into my cup of ice water.
Camera: Panasonic GF1
Lens: 20mm Pancake Lens
ISO: 100 F1.7 1/160th
This is a closeup shot of a 12k lumen projector blasting out images onto a wall. My friend Meghan who runs Pomo Project was doing some video tests, and I showed up to shoot some video. This was one of the few stills that I shot that night. The image has been rotated 90 degrees so it kinda look like a water droplet dropping into a pool of bokeh.
Film: Kodak Gold 400
My family and I took a trip to the Georgia Aquarium in honor of Shark Week. Out of six rolls of film, this was the only picture that I didn't understand. It took me a good five minutes of just staring at it to figure out that the black blob was a actually a shark swimming over my head. This picture helped me remember why I love shooting film; I love not knowing what you're going to get until you take the prints home and review them.
The underbelly of the spaceship earth ride at Epcot. Looking up, taken with my iPhone 4. No effects, just thought it would make a nice wallpaper for my iPhone.
Lens: 16-35 version II
This shot can be seen as hole of light, or a logo of spider man, may be the connection of the line will create the an explosion of light etc... Infact, this one is a parking in France.
-Ha Duy Long
Unfortunately, not a lot of fun camera info - it was taken with my iPhone4 with office and natural lighting (my work habitat).
I was sitting in my cube at work, think of interesting places to take my Canon XSi to find some nice shots for the challenge when I noticed the lines and space of the cubicle walls and overhead cabinets. What better inspiration than spacing out on the space behind my computer monitor? Because I was at work and the lighting was interesting, I immediately snapped the shot with my iPhone 4.
Nikon D3000, 18-55mm, f 22, 30
For starters this is my first ever non point and shoot camara so i wanted to do the weekly challenge since i finally have one. I had no idea of the concept of abstract. After an entire (work) day of trying settings i just set the shutter speed to the slowest one i had and moved it, a lot, and took the manual focus in and out constantly. thats about as abstract as i can give you.
No, it's not the latest image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's an extreme close-up of a scale from the carapace of a box turtle, photographed backlit, in all its translucent glory.
Nikon D70s, 60mm Micro-Nikkor with 6T close-up lens, ISO 200, 1/80sec @ f/32.
Just a picture of my kitchen shot with my iPhone 4. I wobbled the phone while taking the shot to string out all the lights and reflections in the room. It first happened accidentally and I've been reproducing the effect in different places with great results.
I used a Canon Digital Rebel XT with an 18-200mm lens at 400 ISO, 5.6 f-stop, 1/640 exposure and a focal length of 78.
The story behind this photo is just my process of getting inspiration. I simply walk around the same streets I've always walked down. I manage to take new photos each time I walk down the same roads. This particular photo was taken on a street directly behind the Art Institute of Charleston. What many would see as just an ordinary paint splatter I saw as something different. I see an almost human form. There is some order out of chaos and random chance. I encourage photographers to really look at your surroundings. If you feel uninspired or feel that there is nothing good to take photos of, take a good look around you. Make something out of seemingly nothing.
Nikon D90, 18-105 lens, shot at - 85mm, f5.6, 1/25s, ISO 200.
Shot this silica solar panel many times before bouncing a remote strobe from above. The soft light reflected the
crystals as I had envisioned. Functional abstraction; taking this image actually created electricity.
My daughter had some glow-sticks, so I took them in the closet with my iPhone.
Filtered with the "Lolo" setting in the Dropbox app.
There is no big size, possibly because I haven't bothered to learn how to use the photo apps on my computer.
Gear: Canon EOS REBEL T2i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens
Shot: f/1.8, 1/2000 sec., ISO 800 in Av mode
Was cruising the pawnshops in town looking for cheap lenses to fool around with and I snapped this shot with an old 50mm that I ended up buying. In the picture is rows and rows of old cassette tapes.
Well, I was wandering in my house after reading your article on the photo contest. I wanted something that was extremely detailed and yet
very simple... after searching and taking many awful pictures, I sat
in front of my television and powered it on. It was so simple, the
solution was directly in my face. So yes, I took many macro pictures
of the pixels of my television when it was on, I posterized it to see
the pixel, boosted the colors and voila ! I took it with my Panasonic
DMC-FZ30 on my tripod, ISO80, Exposure 1/10, F2.8
Equipment: Nikon D90 with 18-200 VRII, Insight Tech Gear HX200 flashlight, Manfrotto 7301YB
Settings: 200mm f/5.6, 500ms exposure, ISO400
The subject of this shot is the exhaust pipe on my car. I inverted the vertical tube on the tripod to hang the camera down below and lined it up directly with the exhaust outlet. I cleaned the tip quickly and wet it so that it would reflect light better. I used the flashlight (ridiculously bright) to illuminate the ground between the camera and the car so that the diffuse bounce wouldn't illuminate the car much, but the wet exhaust tip would reflect around the outer ring. I played with the exposure in manual mode to capture just the ring.
Finished my beer and took a pic of the sun through it. no post.
Canon T2i, 50mm, f/1.8 iso 100. Was going to use the Hasselblad 500cm, but thought developing might take too long.
Canon EOS XTi
50mm, 1/60 sec @ f20 ISO 100.
This abstract is all about the lines and the negative space rather than the obscurity of the focal point. You must look past the idea of it being a photo of a telephone pole and see the shapes.
Focal Length: 55.0mm
My dad recently introduced me to this site and the shooting challenges. I have been trying to take at last one picture daily to capture and better appreciate my everyday life, so I thought these challenges would be an excellent opportunity to add an extra bit of excitement and experimentation to my own project. I was hesitant to submit to this particular challenge, however, as the theme "Abstract" somewhat puzzled me. But, what better time to start something than the present, right?! So, after breakfast, I choose my cereal boxes as my subject and began playing with different lighting techniques. What I have submitted is the result of a morning of happy playing and experimenting with my camera. How fun!
Canon 24-105 @ 55mm
Storage container with modified sprinkler fountain, with lamp filled with water on top. Mesh trash can with some candles floating in it.
I took and sent this from my iPhone.
This is a shot of the escalator at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop in Washington DC.
Nikon D80, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Lens. Taken in Aperture Priority, f10, 1.6 seconds, ISO 200 on a tripod with minor editing in Photoshop CS3
I was reading Picturecorrect this morning, and the article was about taking candlelight photography. When I saw this shooting challenge I decided to combine abstract and candlelight. Originally, I took a wine glass and a lightbulb from the kitchen and went to experiment with those objects, but as I walked back to my room I saw this vase on my table. I thought the swirling glass patterns would be great for this challenge, so I turned off all the lights in my room, set up my tripod, and placed a candle in the vase. I tried some shots where the vase was inverted, but this one was my favorite.
I used a simple point-and-shoot camera Canon IXUS120IS. Point and ... shoot.
The Marina Bay Sands had just opened in Singapore recently and there was a lot of hype about it.
So I decided to make a little trip there.
First mistake ... never attempt to walk there from the train station, even if its only 10 mins, in high heels.
When I was walking through the lobby of the hotel (I think it's the first of the 3 towers), looking up I feel that I couldn't see the top of the levels of rooms.
Huge yes ... massive yes. While balancing with aching feet on my 3 inch heels, I gambled a shot, while sooo many tourists were jostling past me to check into our current famous landmark.