The story: I flew into Chicago over the weekend for a wedding. While walking through the terminal I saw the walkway and lights, grabbed my iPhone 4s and snapped off a quick photo with the native camera app. God I love the new iPhone.

Apple iPhone 4s; 1/20s; 4.3mm; f/2.4; ISO 250

Sorry again it's late- it's my first submission, so I'll get my act together on the next one :)



- Andy Wong


Canon 5D Mk II, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM @ 12mm, f/5.6 1/10s, ISO 1600

I was in the passenger seat of my sister's car as we drove through the I-395 tunnel in DC. I reached the camera through the open sun room and caught this moment.

- Ben Chernicoff


Shooting summary:
Canon 550D
EF-S 18-55mm IS
1/2 s.
ISO 800

Story of the shot:

I really enjoy how the reflections in the water and the bridge lightening lead us to look at the city skyline. The river forms a curve upstream and the shot was taken there, looking like I was in the middle of the river. The sidewalk lights both create the reflections in the water and also the line themselves giving profundity to the image.


- Ines Sousa

Title: "Channel Tracks #1

Camera: Nikon FM2 35mm lens 1/60 sec

Film: Fuji Chrome Velvia 50

This shot was taken from a bridge overlooking the Channel in the Fort Point area of Boston. The tracks were once used to move the bridge to its open position allowing freighters to enter the channel and unload their cargo. The image is the result of shooting a single section of the tracks and then flipping it to create the mirror. There is no compositing or digital manipulation used other than what was used to mirror the single image...


- Gray Stubelick


Here is my contribution for this week challenge:

Canon EOS 550D
EF-S 18-55mm IS, 0.3 s, f/5.0, ISO 640
Hama Traveler Compact Pro Tripod


Right after the sunset on Friday and before a stormy weekend (according to forecast), I drove to this floating road over Oporto's riverside to take my last try for the challenge. The shot was taken with a Canon EOS 550D with the EF-S 18-55mm IS, 0.3 s, f/5.0, ISO 640 and a tripod. The road was vibrating a little as cars were passing by, and longer exposures were ruining the picture. Even though, it was possible to have the shadow line in the water not canceled by the undulation. The RAW image was converted to JPEG without any post-processing adjustments. The lights, pillars and shadows in the river point the observer attention to the famous Illuminated Port wine cellar and the monastery of Serra do Pilar. I like the perspective of both sides of the road lights converging to the cellar. The mystic landscape with clean air and sharp colors makes me feel the autumn breeze as the night arrive. I had to convince my girlfriend to spend the Friday's golden hour controlling the traffic for me, and since we couldn't stop looking at the cellar we went there for a rewarding glass of port wine after the shooting.

- Filipe Soares


T1i, ISO 100, 50mm (w/2x closeup filter), f/22, 3.2s

Caught a glimpse of blinds reflecting in the faucet and eventually worked in a large exercise ball for the background and reflection from my son's green toy. Bracketed the above settings 2 stops and combined with HDR software followed by some extra dodge/burn and a lot of dust/lint removal (my fault for hasty setup).

- Ben Grimm


Taken with a Nikon Coolpix S6100. Planned to use my DSLR but got caught out with flat batteries. This Jetty is at Nightcliff in Darwin, it is a popular fishing spot. I visited this location several times, I could see the lines that I wanted, but on each visit the light was wrong, or there were too many people or there was no interest in the sky.
With time to submit running out, I finally got a small break with the early morning sun highlighting the large rock and at least adding a bit of interest. I can see plenty of reasons why I should not submit this one however.
1/900 sec
ISO 100

- Nick Smith


This was a photo taken with a few friends while shooting the breeze on the railroad tracks overlooking a little canal. Being close to Halloween I set the white balance to flash to give it the warm hue seen in the shot, lending to the overall mood of the night and the photo. No flash was used, my friend was painted with light and then the rest was set to a long exposure.

Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Canon 18-135mm IS USM f/3.5-5.6
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1 minute 30 seconds

- Andrew Pantaleon


Image info:
Camera:Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/160, 1/640, 1/2500
Focal Length: 11mm
F Stop: f/2.8

This HDR photo was taken at Northern State Recreation Area. The barn was a part of the Northern State Dairy Farm, that shares land that Northern State Hospital for the Insane in WA state. The recreation area is open to the public and have about a dozen old farm buildings. I walked past one of the open long barns and saw lines all over the place and snapped the shots.

-Marc Haering


This is my first shooting challenge but i'm a long time viewer. My brother and I went up to my roof where we staged this shot with flashlights and my iphone's flash. I set the exposer for 13 seconds and then exposed the ledge with an L.E.D. flashlight. The white streaks above my bro's head were an effect of using the flashlight on the ledge. Then we used the iphone's flash to light his figure. I used a Canon 60d with the 18-135mm Kit Lens. Shutter: 13sec, Aperture: f/9.0, ISO: 100.


-Tyler Bedgood


I spent Saturday shooting many different Leading Lines subjects. Ultimately all roads where pointing me to this wind farm with it's giant turbine generators. I left my understanding wife and our two dogs in the car with a good book and headed out. It was fun to be alone with my camera and these giant modern day redwoods.

"Country Road" was shot with the intention of leading you into and through the whole photograph. I hoped to achieve depth, wide open space, and height, To pull you in, up, and across the photograph. I liked the classic lines of the country road mixed with the contemporary lines of the wind farm. Kind of a moving focal point.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon EF 18-55mm lens,Circular Polarizer at 18mm, speed 1/500, f/4.0, ISO 100, with a tripod.


-Ron Barrett

Shot with a Canon 5DM2, 50mm 1.4 @ 1.4, ISO 100, 1/30 sec.

First I'll agree that the contest implied more man made solid lines however I felt this shot makes the cut for leading lines with softer tones. I was shooting a model this weekend mostly in high key and changed things up a little with a scarf purchased for the shoot. The twist of the scarf added more of a linear path to the model and the shallow depth of field kept the anonymity. The placement, for me, leads to the models breasts and hips and maintains an innocence to the photograph. The shot was an attempt to pull from the bottom bottom right third to the left top third and provide coverage of the model.


I did play with the saturation and luminosity to draw the eye. Other than that, it's out of the body of the camera.

- Mick Brazeal


I took this photo of an actor friend of mine on Pier 45 in the Village in NYC. I timed it so we we just before sunset. I took the photo with a Canon Digital Rebel XSI with the F-stop at 3.5 and the focal length at 18mm. The sun was perfect and so was my friend. ;-)

- Sean Roberts


I am brand new to photography, so figuring out how to consciously integrate lines into a photo was challenging. I decided to take advantage of the fall colors at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Albuquerque, NM and shoot some pictures of my dog. She cooperated just long enough for me to capture her in the backyard with the landscape timbers as a terrific backdrop. Her stoic expression never fails to amuse me; had she been a person she would probably be a philosopher.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Lens: EFS 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS
Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/5.6
Focal length: 90mm
ISO 1250

-Dana Catron


This picture was taken in the entrance to Grand Central Station. I have always enjoyed your photo contests and have wanted to enter one for some time. This week happened to mark my first trip to NYC in my life. I'm twenty four, am from Pensacola FL, and just finished school at Regent University in VA. so this was a bit of a shock. We came up to the city to shoot a documentary for my girlfriend's senior thesis about the sub-culture of hipsters. We were just looking for random people on the street to interview and I was handling sound. When were weren't interviewing people I kept my camera handy in case I saw something that caught my eye. When I first walked into Grand Central I was blown away by it, after a few seconds of staring like the yocal I was, I got to work and snapped a few pictures. Among them this.

I used a Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 16mm-85mm 3.5-5.6
Exposure 1/60 sec @ f4.0
Focal Length 16mm
ISO 1600
No flash or any other artificial light source other than what was already in the building.
I used Adobe LightRoom to edit.

Thank you,

- Justin Fugett


I spent Saturday afternoon with two good friends, shooting couple
portraits for fun. I wasn't planning on working on the Photo
Challenge during the shoot, but when we got to this pier in Battery
Park City, the opportunity presented itself. I really liked how the
sunset (we were aiming to shoot during the golden hour) seems to line
up with the lines from the railings, ground tiles, and even the park
bench. I felt like I lucked into a combination of things that gave
the photo a lot of velocity, for a quiet autumn afternoon.

I was at ISO 250, f 3.5, at 1/250 of a second on a borrowed Canon 28mm 1.8.

-Kelvin Chen


After spending 2 days of hiking in the Colombia river gorge and finding no definitive leading lines i had to change my perspective to get this shot. the gorge is wildly lush with vegetation that appeared as random lines until you break things down to a small scale. only then did the leading lines i was looking for become apparent.

- Micah Rydman


Light intersection.

I was doing my first Star Trai this weekend and just about when i was shooting the last star picture i remembered the shooting challenge, and what a better place to do it than a really straight highway that runs across the Sayula dried lagoon.

Shot with:
Canon T1i - EF 28-135mm / f3.5 / ISO 800 / 8 sec Exposure.
thank you

-Pedro Casar


Hey Giz

Here's a shot i took while checking out a new to me park a few minutes from our house. Checked out some trout, falls and foliage then came across this. Thought it would work so here ya go. Shot was taken with a d5100 and 55-300 lens.

- Harvey Taylor


When looking for strong lines, what could be stronger than steel rails?

This is a stockpile of old rails and ties I found at the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation. There are a million potential compositions, but this diagonal one left me with a pleasant feeling of disorientation.

Nikon D5000, 18-55 mm kit lens
ISO: 800,1/60 sec, f/9, 18 mm, filled with a flash


- Tom Mullenaux

When I heard about this shooting challenge, I immediately thought of the wonderful lines at the rock climbing gym I go to. This shot was taken with my Nikon D3100, standard 18-55mm kit lens, and post edited using Snapseed for iPad and iPhoto. I met a friend at the gym and asked him to start climbing. There's a great overhang that he started climbing and once he was near the top, I got as close to the bottom and underneath the of it as I could to capture him maneuvering his way to the top. The natural shape of the overhang combined with the beams in the ceiling, really draw focus towards the climber. Adding some filters and post work in the end really brought dramatic effect as well,


-Jason Cordoba

I had no idea what to do with this challenge, but while I was in Columbus for the Mid Ohio Comic Con, I came across this building (I'm pretty sure it was a hotel) with an elevator on the outside. I knew that a building would be a generic choice for this challenge, but it was the best I came up with this weekend. After rotating the image a little and cropping it down some, I tone mapped it and, although I am partial, I like it. Shot with my Canon Rebel T3i, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100.


-Jason Pyles

I started by shooting straight leading lines but didn't like what I was coming up with. I spotted this AC unit and decided to go with leading lines, or "spokes," that lead to a focal point in the center of the lines rather than leading to a focal point off in the distance.


Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
Aperture: f/2
Shutter Speed:1/40
ISO Speed: 800

- Moira A. Garrity