This shot was set up in the morning light with a black plate, two forks and a purple wine bottle for reflection.

The camera was mounted on a tripod using the Canon Rebel T1i and the 55-250mm lens.


-Jennifer Bartles

I recently moved to a new apartment partly because of the incredible views it has. I woke up early before work Friday morning to take some pictures of the sunrising and illuminating the New York skyline. I wish I did not have to go to work because the light started to become incredible right as I was leaving. Every so often I go through an HDR phase and am in the middle of one now. This image is made up of 3 exposures from my Canon 7d using the 24-70 f2.8 L lens. The first exposure was 0.3 sec, the 2nd was 1/13th and the last was 1.3 secs all at ISO 100.


-james Ogle

This picture was taken at the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, N.C. Despite all the exotic animals in the park behind fences, there were many of these little birds that were there by choice.


Photo details:

Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/400
January 14, 2021 4:26:03 PM

-Jim Bennett


Title: Kite in the Horizon

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - 18-105 AF VR
ISO - 200
F-stop - f/10
Focal Length - 105 mm

Story - 14th Jan is the day of festival on the Indian subcontinent and it is celebrated by flying Kites. The kites are of different shapes and vibrant colors and the submission here was the most exciting one I saw on that day. Just tried to apply the rule of thirds to the capture this kite with high focal length.


Note: This is my first submission, so please kindly let me know if I have made any mistakes in entering the details OR uploading the pictures.

-Chinmay Trivedi


The past few days have graced western Washington with some amazing sunset vistas. This one, in particular, had some stark contrast that neatly framed the blue sky in the center of the image. I see the silhouetted C-9 bulbs hanging from the roof on the right as a major focal point for the eye. That nearby roofline borders the top third, almost making it look like the clouds are pouring out from behind it, swirling around the outer parts of the image, and being swallowed up by the setting sun in the lower left. The trees and rooftops in the lower third emphasize the effect and create an "illusion" of depth. Or, maybe it's just a nice shot of a sunset.

-Jeremy Klukan


Comfy winter beach

I like this photo because of the comfy spirit we get by just look to it. The table, blanket and pillow invites us to take a seat and relax.
This was taken at lunch time with low temperatures outside on a portuguese beach. I just did the crop to keep the rule of the thirds and gain impact.
I love it!

Canon 550D with EF-S 55-250mm IS at 55mm

- Filipe Soares


Paparazzo by chance

This shot was taken during the sunset near the sea with this romantic couple being catched on the frame by chance.
I did a crop to place them at the bottom left intersection to rule the thirds. Then I adjusted the levels with ACDSee, to play with the foreground and leave the rocks as outline.

Canon 550D
EF-S 55-250mm IS
1/100 sec.

- Ines Sousa


This was taken down on the farm. Shot with my canon T1i with a canon 35mm lens. This area had been hit by a bad flood recently and left this lonely stump behind.

-Robin Coats


Within an hour of our first snowfall in Seattle, I excitedly ventured outside with my camera. I walked by this fence and was instantly drawn to how the snow sat so delicately on these strong metal spikes. It made me think of the contrast between roughness vs. fragility. I captured this image using, Camera: NikonD5100, Lens: 18-55mm, ISO: 800, Aperture: f/8, Shutter: 1/250 sec.

-Andrea Willner


i just got a sony nex5n with the 18-55 kit lens a few hours ago and have just been fooling around, taking random pics, this was one of the only rule of thirds pics i took, used the BW preset in the cam (1/320, f4, iso 3200). randomly put my headphones on the lightstand on my desk and played with angles and liked this one. its simple but has something to it i like.

-Jayesh Chandiramani


Hello Shooting Challenge!

My work schedule provided only one evening to produce my first entry into the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge. I waited until dusk to enjoy a deep blue sky paired with these shapes of Disney Hall.

I chose f/4 and -2/3 EV along with VR and hand-held the Nikon D3 using 1/4" shutter speed and ISO 2000. The 105 Micro/2.8 VR handled excellently!


-Ricky Rynearson


very nice topic indeed, here my shooting summary:

We made a small walking trip to a local mountain top. Due to the winter time here, we had to hurry to arrive there before nightfall but had a scenic view with the sunset. During a short stop (actually we wanted to find a geocache), I noticed these very similar trees right in from of the sun. So I let the cache to my wife and daughter and took some time to play around with the camera settings, ISO100 was fixed but I varied the F-stop and the opening time a bit (never noted before that the camera actually goes down to 1/4000 :-) ) - this one was taken with F-stop 11 and 1/250 according to EXIF - which was more of an accident, because hit the wrong buttons, I wanted to take a larger F-stop, which would have ruined the picture:

Post processing: some minor cropping at the bottom and enhancement of contrast in GIMP.
Canon EOS400D, standard kit lens, manual mode



-Christoph Baumann


"A Bike Ride on Mt. Umunhum"

My cycling friends invited me for a bike ride up Mt. Umunhum - the fourth-highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I had also recently gotten a new bike and wanted to photograph it out on the road. When we made it to the top of the mountain, I took the opportunity to shoot a photo of my bike with the trees and other mountains in the background. I also made sure to capture the tilt of the road, hoping it would hint at the steepness of Mt. Umunhum.

Camera: To travel light, I used a Sony DSC-TX10 (1/500sec, f/6.3, ISO 125).

-Joseph Torralba


The Date:
* January 15, 2012

The Equipment:
* Nikon D7000
* Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED lens with included hood on
* Tiffen screw-on UV filter

The Settings:
* Exposure - 1/125 sec at f/5.6
* Focal Length - 105mm
* ISO 110
* Flash did not fire
* VR on
* Hand held
* Auto-focus set to AF-S
* Captured in RAW


The Technique:
* I used the longest focal length available to my lens, with the widest aperture available at that focal length, and crept as close as possible to the subject, all with the intent of achieving the shallowest possible depth of field. Since I was shooting hand held, I used my lens' VR, while also using a shutter speed at least the inverse of focal length in hopes of keeping the subject in sharp focus. I positioned myself so as to minimize distracting elements, minimize fore- and back-ground in focus, give the impression that the subject was traveling into the frame, and produce what I consider to be a generally well composed picture. Finally, since I shoot in RAW, I used Adobe Lightroom 3 to finish the exposure, crop the frame to exactly where I want it (being sure to put the subject on intersecting third lines), and add a touch of vignetting to really draw the viewer's attention to the subject.

The Story:
* As I was walking out to the beach, I noticed this little hermit crab clinging to the side of a concrete sea wall. The wall is about three feet high and almost vertical, and the crab was clinging half way up facing down. It let me take several pictures, although I could tell when I was getting too close because it would flinch a little. I didn't want to get so close that I disturbed it's rest before I could get a good shot, so I wound up having to crop in closer once I got home. After a few shots the crab dropped to the beach below, and I moved on to other subjects.

-Tony Castellani

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After an unseasonably warm winter, it finally snowed this past weekend. The pond usually gets plowed and turned into a skating rink, but the ice wasn't thick enough to be safe yet. There was enough ice for the pond to turn into this white field, though. Since the snow, the temperature has stayed low, the snow has been plowed off, and my friends are ready to go practice ice hockey again! Taken with my Sony DSC-H20 on automatic settings.

-Leah Nicolich-Henkin


I took this picture at a local park, i was thinking of taking pictures of ducks but apparently they hate paparazzis, this dry tree on a little island had no option but to stand still, and this was my the best picture from other 300, really a hard challenge this time, Canon 20D, ISO 100, exposure 1/250, f/11, i played a lot with contrast and variations in photoshop because it was cloudy and everything looked gray, i think it now looks better.

-Pancho Mejia


My son, a frequent contributor to these challenges, and his wife came to Idaho for a New Years visit. Raleigh and I spent everyday working on different photography challenges of our own. From homemade studio work, to all day shooting field trips. Using his wife Megan as our model and lovely assistant. So I thought it would be fitting to use one of these shots for this photo challenge.

This weeks entry is entitled "Megan". I like the way that the Megan overlays the compression of Shoshone Falls. The lines in the falls and of the canyon rim make up the lines in the rules grid. Braking the canyon, falls, and model into thirds. The offset close up of Megan also gives the portrait a three dimensional depth.

Shot with my Canon T1i Rebel 18-55mm lens at 23mm. ISO 100 at f/10 speed was 1/50.


-Ron Barrett

For another assignment I had to take some night pictures. When reviewing them I thought that this one would also make the cut for a rule of thirds.
The view is of the Darwin waterfront, which has a fair bit of manmade lighting and on this occasion the moon rising. Despite being the middle of the wet season, we had not had rain for several days, so the lawn sprinklers were on and showed up well.


Camera is my Pentax K200 DSLR, fitted with a Sigma 18-50mm Zoom lens.
ISO 100
15 sec exposure.
Auto Noise reduction turned off.

- Nick Smith


I've been working on a lot of long-exposure and nighttime photography lately, and thought a nighttime shot would be perfect for this contest. I took a lot of photos during the weekend, but couldn't find any I liked. Sunday night rolled around, and I had almost given up on getting a great shot, until I looked at the light post in my driveway. Then it hit me: why not use that for my photo? I broke out my camera, tweaked the settings a bit to get it just right, and ended up with this. I changed it to grayscale in Photoshop because I felt it displayed the details in the shot better.

Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED Lens, 1/320, f/4.5, 78mm focal length.

-Patrick Wright


I had been waiting for a decent amount of snow all winter and this week it finally snowed, so I knew I wanted to use the snow for this challenge.

Coincidentally, my mom's potted flower bloomed on the exact same day all the snow started so I figured it must be fate.

It was shot in RAW with my Nikon D5000 at ISO 200, f/5.6, and 1/640th second exposure.


I edited it a bit in Lightroom just to desaturate the background and to make the flower more vibrant.

-Ryan O'Rourke


Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men. Headed up to Phoenix for the PF Chang's Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon. Thought may be I would find time to get some decent pictures for this challenge. And I almost forgot about it. Weather did not look promising, and the thought of trying to carry my Canon T2i while running, well, seemed incredibly stupid.

After the race, getting ready for a celebritory dinner, I remembered the challenge, and its theme, Rule. That made me think of ruler, which made me think of foot, which made me think of how sore my feet were after having completed the 1/2 marathon. So, I took a picture of my foot on my brothers shag carpet.

Exif data

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Exposure 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 3200


-John Hays

I'm pretty familiar with the rule of thirds, but it's something I generally pay more attention to in post-processing than when I'm setting up a shot. So this challenge seemed like a good reason to force myself to compose an image more carefully. I was thinking about the rule quite literally, so my bookshelf seemed like a good place to shoot so that "gridlines" would come through in the final image. I used my Canon T1i with a 18-55mm lens, ISO 800, exposure was 1/6 sec @ f/4.


-Clair Geary


In a glassblowing class recently, I made this rather egg-shaped marble out of pyrex, and ever since I have been pretty mesmerized by it. I was originally playing with the reversal of the sky and the grass/asphalt in the marble when my dog walked into the photo, blocked out the sun, and created a really cool reflection of herself in the marble. I made sure the marble was following the rule of thirds vertically!


I shot this photograph with a Canon 5d Mark II with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. It has a focal length of 35 mm, 200 iso, f/14, -1ev and it is manually focused.


- Perry Young


Title: A Common Center Piece

I had everything planned out on how I was going to get my shot. The only problem was that I never actually got the shot that I intended to get, mainly because my intended subject never showed up. This is due to my subject being a bird (wild) didn't care to come close enough so that I could get my clear shot. Waiting a while, I decided that it be best to choose a different subject and go with a more formal approach. The actuality of it is that I never participated in any of the above sentences and this story up until now is a total lie. What actually happened is much more simple. I took a plate, a green apple, my camera and tri-pod, a stool and natural light from a window to create this rule of thirds composition.

Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: 28-70mm Canon L
ISO: 250
f: 2.8
Shutter: 1/50

-George Westlake



My biggest problem with this was deciding which picture to use. I use the rule of thirds 99% of the time for landscape photos. So I decided to not go with a landscape shot, but to use the rule on a close-up. My subject, Striker, wished I had another model. I centered her eye on the 1/3-1/3 mark.

f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO-80


-Karen Tarlow


I just got into photography over the summer and this is my first Shooting Challenge. The picture is of the top level of my parking garage at work right after sunrise. It isn't perfectly separated into thirds, but the lights just seemed to fit the spirit of the challenge. The photo was only slightly rotated and converted to B&W, it was overcast and the colors weren't great.

My camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, using an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, with an f/6.3 aperture, 100 ISO and an exposure of 1/320s.

-Andrew Mierau


Hey there,

The story:
I was driving by the beach having trouble thinking of a neat Thirds shot when I saw how flat the ocean was and the lifeguard tower. I had been meaning to take an interesting shot of that particular scene and thought it would be cool to leave a little ocean for the eye to catch as a bottom and focus on the tall left-hand tower.

The specs:
Taken on an iPhone 4 (HDR)
HDR merged in Pro HDR and contrast/brightness edited
Edited for brightness in Camera+


Take care!

-Jack Kelly


For this challenge, I decided to use my dog as the subject. Winnie, an English Mastiff, was easier to work with than I expected. I noticed her lying in front of the pool and decided to turn on the waterfall for a neat background. Basic, straight editing was used, just boosting saturation a little to make her look better and I cropped to better have her on the right one third.

Nikon D3000, 18-55mm lens, f/7.1, 1/200th exposure, ISO-100

-Spencer Lund


My sister's youngest daughter, Nadine, turned 16 this past weekend. Instead of buying her a gift, I was asked to document her Sweet 16 Birthday Extravaganza. Being the best uncle ever, I gladly agreed. The night was full of fun, candid shots, but this was my favorite. She had just sat down to eat her dinner and was feeling a extra goofy. This is one of the many faces of Nadine. Shot with a Canon 7D, EF-S 17-55mm lens @ 55mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO 1600 Strobist: 580 EX II with a Gary Fong diffuser and stuff. The purple in the background was a LED DJ Par Can that was shining up the wall.

-Billy Coker


I find myself using the "rule of thirds" a lot. I knew I wanted to take a landscape photo for this challenge along with incorporating the ocean as well. I was hoping to get a shot of Catalina Island in the background with the Point Vicente lighthouse in the foreground but the weather wasn't cooperating. Instead, I decided to take advantage of the clouds and intermittent sunlight and shoot it in black and white using my polarizing filter.

Tech info:
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
ISO 100
0 EV


-Matthew Johnson