Shooting Challenge: One Shot Gallery 2

My first and only image.

Picture taken at Eriksbergs Port. Gothenburg, Sweden.
Resting from heavy lifting, during the hot afternoon sun.
No boats to load/unload today.

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I used a Sony DSC-W300, with ISO-100. Without flash.
Program Auto. Exposure time: 1 / 800 sec.
Focal Length: 8 mm. F: 8.0

- Amir Shahab

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For this week I chose a picture of my 5 month old puppy being bad for my one shot. Since the snow is gone and the ground is now soft, my puppy has found it fun to dig for the underground animals. I let him out for a few minutes and when I went to go check on him he had made a giant hole in my yard. Being that he is a Shepadoodle his hair is long and it was hard to get all of the mud out. Before I punished him, I just had to get one shot to add to the memories.

Canon 60D
Sigma 18-250 lens
ISO 100
147mm
f7.1
1/250

- Joshua Young

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Shot Details:
Nikon D3000 with PC tethering, 50mm f1.8, 1.3s, ISO 200.

The story:
I have just moved into a new rented apartment, so wanted to capture something related to that. Using a manually focusing lens was tough due to the lack of focus assist. But I think the sharpness is passable. Cheers.

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- Anup Debnath

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Specs:
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Tameron 75-300mm @ F5.6
Iso: 2000

Good'ol Aurelias (moon jellies), I have had a few run-ins with them while snorkeling or diving. So when I saw the exhibit for the first time in the Houston Zoo with the black light I was enthralled to say the least. I never really got around to shooting them...with the glare on the tank and the crowds of parents and their children bumping into me there was no way I would ever attempt that low light shot. Then I read a article in photography magazine where they said not to be afraid to set up your gear. So with my monopod in hand I tried...I aimed for the part of tank with the least amount of glare and focused to the best of my ability, pushed my ISO to 2000 and shot. The one thing that amazed me...the space people give you when you got a DSLR mounted a monopod (in my case). You try that shot holding your camera and no one notices you or cares that you are taking a picture. But mount it and you got like a three foot radius around you! Thanks for the challenge. I am seriously looking forward to future ones!

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- Edmundo Carreon

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The story:

Down here in the Nogales, Arizona, area we have had a wild fire to the west of Nogales for the last 10 days or so. I was taking photos of the smoke near the office ( growing set of my photos of the fire can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthays/sets/72157626494200007/). Anyways, the smoke was blowing across the City, making the visibility really poor. I remembered I had recently gotten an infrared filter for my Canon T2i a month earlier, and thought I would try the filter to see if I could see through the smoke a little. So I put the filter on, forgetting that the auto-focus will not work with the IR Filter in place. I also forgot to reset the color setting to black and white, leaving it in the normal color space. I guessed at the time of exposure I would need to get something. Having played with IR Photography since getting the filter, I tried 15 seconds. Put the camera on my tripod. Aimed towards the fire, and hit the button. The result? Well, interms of what I was aiming for, it was a complete disastor. However, it is still a rather fascinating, though more as abstract art.

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Dates

Taken on April 28, 2011 at 1.34pm MST
Posted to Flickr April 28, 2011 at 10.26PM MST
Exif data

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Camera Canon EOS REBEL T2i
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Flash Off, Did not fire
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Date and Time (Modified) 2011:04:28 13:34:31
Artist John Hays
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Copyright Copyright by John E. Hays, 2011
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Date Acquired 2011:04:28 22:07:44.081

- John Hays

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Equipment is a Nikon D90 handheld with 18-55mm Nikkor AF-S 3.5-5.6G at 44 mm and with SB-400 flash.

Macro AUTO mode:

Aperture: f8

Shutter: 1/30 second

ISO 200

Auto settings for exposure and white balance.

I cast about for most of the week and weekend for the One shot challenge. It wasn't until my wife and I were shopping at Target where we came upon this cute Giraffe doll (with built-in music box). We recently found out we are expecting twins and when I saw this giraffe, I said, "Can we get this?" She agreed that it was cute and that we should get it. So I placed in our cart. We brought it home and we pondered briefly where we should place it. We decided to place it in our back bedroom and when we laid him on the bright blue bedspread, I knew I had my idea for what I'd shoot for this week's challenge.

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Cheers,

- Cory

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This is a shot taken of the underside of a rhubarb leaf growing at the end of my garden. The wind however decided to move the leaf as the shot was taken but it is what got with the first shot. I also think that looking back afterwards it needed a greater depth of field.

Taken with a Nikon D5000 1/125s F5.6 ISO400 Kit Lens set at 32mm

- John Kilmister

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Hey Gizmodo,

Shot with a Nikon F3. Fujifilm 200 ISO 35mm film. F3.5 and had to use auto for shutter speed because I never shoot with film and I didn't want to ruin my 'one shot'.

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Saw a wooden sculpture of a salmon near a local coffee shop and thought it might be interesting. The light leak was totally unintentional. When I went to develop my film (being the absolute amateur that I am) I somehow messed up the manual film rewind so the film wouldn't go back into the original canister. I of course had to crack open the back just a smidgen to make sure I had really over-wound it, which is when I risked ruining all my photos. I'm glad this one survived!

I love your weekly shooting challenges by the way!

- Samuel Oh

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Spring Skiff on Mt. Garfield ~ Colorado
On my to the baseball game in Gunnison Colorado, I passed through Grand Junction Colorado. It had snowed a skiff of snow on Mt. Garfield and it looked magnificent. I was running late but I had to take the detour to take this shot. This shot was taken with a Canon T1I with the following settings: ISO100 5.6f, 1/250, 50mm at 9:35AM

- Jennifer Bartels

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Hi,
I went to beach to get a nice sunset and i ended up capturing this.

- Sasanka

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Canon 60D
f/6.3
ISO 400

My daughter playing in a garden while we attended an arts festival ... I liked her colorful sneakers and dress within the context of the garden.

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- Cheryl MacLean

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Driving past a cemetery in Pittsburgh I noticed the sunlight was creating great shadows and thought this might be my chance for the one shot. I circled around the block and by that time the sun had dropped too much to get the shot I wanted. Looking for the slivers of light still making it through the trees I noticed this little dandelion, I only had my iPhone with me so I didn't fuss with setting and just used the native camera app and did a point in shoot. I wish I had framed it a little higher, but such is the life of a one shot.

- Hope Jasper

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While spring may be in the air snow was on the ground on Sunday. My lilacs covered in new snow seemed like the excellent one shot. To get the shot I metered the main flower group and then adjusted for a slightly darker background. All settings were done manually and I referenced the shot before shooting by flipping up the mirror to check DOF. This is a freehand shot at ISO 400 F 4.5 1/400 exposure Camera body was a Nikon D70.

- Die Fledermaus

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This is the very last exhibit in the Star Wars show at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. I took a ton of pictures at the show, but when I saw the X-wing tilted in the display, I decided that I needed to try a shot like this. I told myself that if it turned out that I'd submit it to the contest. One shot. It helped that my wife was eager to get the heck out of there and away from all the other geeks.

I used my Olympus e-pl1 with the kit 14-42mm lens. I had white balance set for fluorescent lighting, and manually focused on the cockpit. The shutter and aperture settings were on auto, but I knew that the shutter speed was slow enough to try the shot. I zoomed out just as I depressed the shutter button, and here's the result.

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- Stephen Snider

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This was a tough challenge this week. It makes you really appreciate how far technology has come. I took this photo in Kenmore Square in Boston right after dusk. I tried to get the Citgo sign to be the right light, but it looks like I may have let the shutter stay open slightly too long. I used my Canon XSi with F/22.0, Manual Focus, Tripod with remote release, at 8" shutter. I also wanted to point out the composition which was city lights through the trees, with a homeless man sleeping below.

- Seth Porter

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Photo was taken while camping on my friends land up in Johnson VT, had to wait until the day after I found them so I could take the picture in the short window when the sun peeked through the trees and lit up the small puddle they were in. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, on f/2.8, 1/200, and ISO-100.

- Ben Ozug

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Earlier in the week when I heard about the challenge I thought about different shooting scenarios and subjects to try for a single shot. Well, the weekend kind of passed me by and I didn't have time for any of those ideas so I decided to just shoot the first thing I saw. As I was getting breakfast I saw my reflection in my kitchen mirror and figured why not. Maybe it's vanity, but I've always found shooting into reflective surfaces interesting. I also did something that I almost never do, shot in Auto mode. As I was hungry for breakfast I didn't feel like figuring out the best manual settings. This led to the camera needing to use the flash a creating a really cool JJ Abrams Star Trek lens flare effect. I turned the camera off and proceeded to eat my Raisin Bran Crunch.

Canon T2i
Auto Mode
f/4
1/60 sec
ISO 400

- Chip Moll

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Mount Rainier and Somerset Hill, Bellevue, WA
Details: Canon PowerShot 890is, ISO 80, 1/250th sec. exposure time, maximum (5x) optical zoom

Description: I currently live in an 8th floor apartment at the edge of Downtown Bellevue WA, which gives me a wide unobstructed east-facing view that consists mostly of Interstate 405, but on a clear day there are also plenty of mountains to be seen in the distance. Given the crummy weather we've had around here for much of the Spring so far, these nice days have been rare, but today (Sunday) has provided one, with a view all the way to Mount Rainier, nearly 60 miles away from here. Although I do have a nice view to work with from here to get some good photo material, the apartment's windows get in the way and ruin shots with glare. To avoid this problem, I actually hang the camera out of the small window opening I have and take photos this way without obstruction. There's no way I could do this with a DSLR (and even if I could, who would want to risk dropping a couple thousand bucks worth of camera gear eight stories to the sidewalk anyway?) but a point-and-shoot fits through the opening, and with the attached wrist strap it shouldn't be too risky. Even after that, I can't really see the viewfinder while I'm doing this, so setting up the shot can be tricky, but I think I lucked out and got a decent angle on the first try. I think this turned out rather interesting, because it shows details I wasn't aware I could see from here (including the Newcastle golf course on the right side of the shot, and the houses on Somerset hill on the right.) If I was taking more than one shot, I might have considered trying at a different time of day to get a clearer shot (perhaps closer to sunset, the ambient light seems to have washed out things a bit.)

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- Brian Lutz

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Hey Gizmodo folks.. love the site. Here's my entry. Nothing
spectacular but for being a single attempt at capturing the rays of
sunlight breaking through the clouds, I thought it was good!

- Sal Ghani

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Camera specs: Canon T2i, ISO 100, f 4.5, 1/160, 35mm (new lens!)
I must admit I did not like this challenge as much. I spent a good part of the day walking around to find that perfect frame that would be the ONE shot to submit, and had to resist the urge to snap photos in a perfect Spring day... In retrospect, that may have been stupid. Anyways, at some point "Daffodil" the 'frenchie' passed by and forgetting the challenge I just asked her owner if I could take a pic. She graciously agreed, and here is the result!

- Diego Jimenez

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I recently purchased a Nikon Coolpix S6100 compact camera to replace my aging Samsung point and shoot. The Nikon features 16 Megapixels and a 7 X Optical Zoom. My "real" camera is a Pentax DSLR, but for many situations I find that a compact camera is more than adequate.

As I have an overseas trip coming up I want to be very familiar with the camera before leaving. The Nikon does not feature a manual setting mode, relying on 16 pre-set modes, this is a frustration but at the same time a challenge to ensure that before taking the picture you select the right mode and adjust the settings that are available to you.

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For this shot I set the camera in Landscape mode (focus at infinity) zoomed right out and adjusted my position to frame the building as best as I could. One shot!

The building is still being constructed but is set to become a landmark in Brisbane as it will be the tallest building in the city.
f/3.7, 1/125 sec, ISO 80. I particularly like the variations in blue and the reflections off the glass of the building behind.

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- Nick Smith

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ISO100 - 65mm - f/20 - 1/500sec

On a nice day, a friend and I took a walk along the train tracks in Del Mar, CA which run parallel the coast line. I asked my friend to purposefully stand roughly 60 feet away from me in order to achieve a light diffraction effect as I zoomed in on his silhouette. Right after I asked him to do so I noticed a homeless lady walking the opposite way as us along the path, and I told myself I might as well make this my one shot as I was fairly confident in the way the light would surround his figure. After the shutter clicked I thought I had waited too long and the lady had escaped from frame, but to my surprise she hadn't. I adjusted the color profile and cropped slightly in Lightroom.

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- Andre M.

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Hi,

I forgot about this week's shooting challenge totally. Sunday night, my wife prepared me a drink out of some over-ripe mangoes, yoghurt, ice and some rose syrup. The red rose syrup was looking so nice on the orange-color (mango?) drink, I thought of taking a snap of it and suddenly this theme of one shot came into my mind. So I was thinking of highlighting the rose-syrup-path in the drink and I was pretty nervous about the "one shot" challenge. Suddenly, the luxury of pressing and holding the shutter-release button is taken away from me and that one shot seems to be last frame of my roll and after that I will be left with no other option other than packing up !
Anyway, I asked my wife to create a spot with my Maglite, and I reviewed the shot with DOF preview button for quite a while before pressing the most thoughtful shutter release ever since I bought my D300s.
I didn't like the outcome, as I wanted more contrast of the red-orange color...anyway, here it is!

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Thanks.

Exif:
Location: Mumbai, India.
Camera: D300s
Mode: Aperture Priority
Aperture/Shutter: f/1.8, 1/3200 (-f0.3)
ISO 400
Lens: Nikon 50mm
Metering: Centre Weighted Average
Focal Length: 50mm
Treated in MS Office Picture Manager.
White balance: Cloudy.

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- Asad

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"Little Blue Heron"

Fujifilm s100fs — 1/400" — F5.3 — ISO 100 — 101.5mm — Velvia Film Simulation

- Mike Case

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I was having difficulty coming up with something to shoot since it needed to be visually interesting. When you only have one shot, you really need to think it out. I was at my sister-in-law's house in Orange, CA for a nice BBQ and noticed all the power lines in their backyard. I liked how they all criss-crossed against the blue sky. I did my best to get the wires lined up in my shot as to where it would give the most artistic look. I hope you like it.

Tech info:
Canon EOS REBEL T1i
ISO 100
25 mm
f/11
1/100

I'm still unsure of how to get the photo sizes you are requesting. I am emailing these photos out of iPhoto and using Medium for the regular size and Large for the wallpaper. If that makes sense, I will keep doing that.

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Thanks!

- Matthew Johnson

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I had just bought a new tripod and a new 18-200 lens and was dying to take a shot for this week's challenge. There was a challenge to incorporate "light" into your photo from another photography site I frequently visit, and I thought it might be fun to combine both of these challenges. I knew I wanted to get some kind of light trail shot this week since it's something I've never done. I scoured the city looking for a good spot to set up and figured the freeway would offer the best chance to get a decent shot. Unfortunately all the overpasses have a fence to prevent anybody from taking beautiful pictures. I was then forced to be a little sneaky, and probably committed a couple infractions by walking down the on-ramp, around the fence, and under the overpass. Once in place I quickly set up and debated over exposure times, aperture, and even what to focus on. Some things to consider for next time? Shooting during a sunset, a longer exposure, smaller aperture.

Canon EOS T3i
70mm focal length
15s exposure
f/10
ISO 100

- Colin McLellan

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yo!

> The photo was taken on May 1, 2011 @ Alaska State Aviation Trade Show.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 10-22mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: 8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/125

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Salamat!,

- Nathaniel Abuan

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Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Iso: 400 Shutter: 1/10

Took this picture after the conclusion of World Of Color at Disneyland, was about my 5th time seeing it so I knew I could get a good shot of the fountains and the rest of the pier behind it. So i just waited there until I liked the best combination of colors and this is the end result. I would have liked to get the shot without that big piece of fence on the lower right part of the picture. Only way to do that is to show up about 2 hours early to get in line for the show and get the good spots!

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- Carlos Guevara

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Hi,

This is a picture of the giant Foucault Pendelum inside the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. I saw the crowds using zoom lenses to catch a picture of the ball up close so I decided to go for the opposite and used a wide lens to capture the entire circle. I wanted to get a picture of the pendelum swaying with motion blur but I did not slow down my shutter speed enough so it looks fairly still in the end result. It was incredibly challenging getting the right composition with only one shot but I liked the way it came out, especially the textures and lighting.

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Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens shot at 10mm, ISO 250, f/3.5, 1/60s

- Felipe Yang

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AAHHH! I forgot to submit this! Now I've only got a few minutes to send it in so this is pretty much my description! Cool waterfall! AAHH!!

Canon Rebel T1i - 50mm lens - ISO 100 - f16 - 1/80

- Micah Gerber

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