A single camera, no matter the lens or the sensor, can only take a shot that's so big. For this week's Shooting Challenge, I want you to shoot double-wide photos, my plebeian name for a diptych.

The Challenge

Take two photos to create a modern diptych. The photos can be blended together as part of a larger scene, or they can simply be complementary at a thematic level.


I was going to ask for landscape-style diptychs only, themselves comprised of two landscape-style photos. But I'd hate to restrict a good idea. So just go nuts, arranging two shots of any aspect in whatever format you'd like. However, whatever the result, we'd like people to be able to download at least some of the photos for dual-screen monitor setups—which has been a huge, constant request from the beloved peanut gallery. More on the resolution submission guidelines below.

The Method

The easiest way to grasp the idea of a diptych is as a book cover. Disregard the binder, and just think about the front cover, back cover relationship—unified, though not necessarily matching.


I don't want to give too much guidance with this one. The diptych is an ancient motif that I think you'll find creative ways to modernize without dictation. However, the way you submit the photos will be key to feasible judging.

So for the judged/showcased product, send a 1000-pixel-wide shot with both photos combined. For our wallpaper photos, split them into the two original shots so that we can upload them separately on flickr. In other words, you'll be sending us THREE total photos. A smaller combined diptych. Then the two components in wallpaper dimensions.


The Rules - READ THESE

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.
5. Include 1000px wide image (250KB or less) AND two 2560x1600ish sized in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)


Send your best photo by Monday, August 16th at 7AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Diptych" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameDiptych.jpg (1000px wide) and FirstnameLastnameDiptychWallpaper1.jpg and FirstnameLastnameDiptychWallpaper2.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

If you like Shooting Challenges, you may be interested in my new site, Life, Panoramic.


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