Shooting Challenge: Frozen In Time

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We're surrounded by motion everywhere we go. Yet cameras capture still images, single moments. For this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll capture a person frozen inside a bustling, kinetic world.

The Challenge

In a single long exposure photo, capture a blurry world with a single subject (or small group of related subjects) frozen together in time.


The Technique

This is not a Photoshop challenge, so you can't merge two photos to make one. Rather, I want you to use one long exposure—setting your shutter speed for 3 seconds is a perfect place to start playing around—and portray a stationary subject amongst many mobile ones.

The effect should be that this subject sticks out from the frame in a super striking way. They are frozen in time, a hiccup in the world machine.

Now, by subject, keep in mind that it need not be human. People will work great, no doubt, but feel free to venture away from that idea.


The Example

Our lead photo is by flickr's Pranavian. It captures the idea well—a photographer frozen in a busy hallway. For your purposes, avoid a self-portrait. And don't be afraid to think on a much grander scale. The effect will only get better with a larger scene.


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, February 13th at 10AM Eastern to with "Frozen" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFrozen.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFrozenWallpaper.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!

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.


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Any decent apps for 'droid to control shutter speed? Not looking to replace my camera or looking for camera quality, just asking.