I took this with my Bold 9780, I know it looks a little pixely when viewing
the full size, but it's the best I could do.
This picture was taken before my exam and doesn't it just put your mind at
ease? (*sarcasm) I'm in my freshman year, so it was a little scary when I
first saw this.

- Ramanjit Saini

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Hey Giz-

I've always enjoyed following the shooting challenges, but I've never taken one up until now. So here! I read about the challenge this morning, walked around and looked out into my backyard from my kitchen. There's a fire-pit and chairs back there for beers and stuff on the weekends with the neighbors, and this piece of wood was sitting there placed exactly as shot, as a blank canvas. I took some spray-paint, painted the "1" on it, and left the can on top of the wood. Went back into my kitchen, composed, metered and focused the shot through a window and a screen. Was shot manually, on a Nikon D7000, MF Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 AI-s, 1/400 at f/4, ISO 200, as a NEF (raw). "Developed" in Aperture then shrunk in Photoshop for you guys. Scout's honor it was one shot. Hope you like it!

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Cheers!

- Tim

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Dear Gizmodos,

well, that was an easy one since I always do one-off snapshots. This one was taken on a playground at a lake near my home in Austria. The picture has been processed in Photoshop and was taken with ISO 200@1/4000th exposure time. There's nothing much more to it except I do like how dynamic and simply happy the whole scene looks.

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- Paul

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Shot with iPhone 4 using default camera app, edited in Photoshop.

I swear I'm not a hipster.

I didn't really have a lot of bright ideas for this shooting challenge so I just shot my glasses that are totally NOT hipster glasses. Because I was bored. This was the only shot. And if you have really great eyes you can see me browsing Gizmodo on my iMac in both the reflections.

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- Kwinten Van den Berghe

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Using iPhone4 camera

Name of photo: "well this changes things"

8 years together- no ring- guess this changes things :) I only needed one shot for this dramatic change of events.
Thanks for considering my photo. if I win all proceeds go to a future college fund :)

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- Catherine McCarthy

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Canon 7D
Canon 10-22mm (at 21mm focal length)
f4.5
1/2,000
ISO 250

Capturing some shots and video for a friend as he wanted me to come up
with some footage for a song he wants to publicise. It's the first
vaguely professional thing I've done while owning camera's for 3
years. My good friend Tom (He's the 1 in the picture) wanted me to
capture the moment when stones started going through the air after a
big ol' slide down the beach.

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Needless to say it was a success and we ended up taking around 5gb of
photos and video ready for editing.

- George

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Taken with an iPhone 3GS, and no flash was used. I don't recall 100%, but I believe my son was playing with his iPod and that is how I obtained the little bit of light for the photo,
and hence the reason he's sticking his tongue out during a challenging game of Angry Birds.

ISO-1000

- Domenic Patricelli

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I was at my Aunts house when I saw this challenge on my iPhone. I immediately pulled out my DSLR, and looked for an item to photo graph. I saw that the bunny and the lamp would make a good picture, so I switched my camera on to A (aperture) mode. I focused it, and snapped a picture. Luckily, I came out right the first try! I had zoomed in fully, and set the aperture to 4.5. The ISO is 400, but I am not aware of the focus reading. Next Easter, I recommend we have a rabbit photographing contest! Ill ACE that! :-)

Taken with: Nikon D70 with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-IF (6.1MP, 3008x2000, 4x Opt). No filters used!

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- Matthew Brand

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Photo Name: "Biodegradable I Think Not"
FUJIFILM FINEPIX S1800 using Default Lens
ISO 64
SHUTTER 1/160
F5.0

I was walking on the way to school when I saw this broken TV on the hill to my right. I think it is interesting how dissonant the dark and broken TV is against the well lit grass of midday. I took my one shot and didn't even check to see how it came out until I got home later to find myself pleased with the results.

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- Jacob Jarecki

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Taken with a Nikon D200 and a Nikor 18-200mm lens. 400 ISO, aperture f/9, 1/320 shutter speed. The scene is an old lightbulb that I needed to remove from my room that caught my eye as visually striking, on a music stand with the Catalina mountains in Tucson in the background. I was looking for an object that could transform the mountains, something I photograph regularly, to provide more of a challenge.

- Mark Bramhill

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Camera: nikon d300
lens: 16-85mm 3.5-5.6
Shot: 1600 iso, 16mm, 3.5

It's a rum bar in montreal called Baraka my friends were there and i was going to join them in the afternoonl. They were standing at the end of the bar talking when i came in. When i saw the red and yellow lighting i knew it was going to be the shot for this contest. its a bit overexposed in the back window but eh ! only one shot so thats what you get.

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- Dylan Ross

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Yo Giz!

SUMMARY:
Date taken: April 27, 2011
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P7000
Aperature Priority, wide open (f/2.8)
ISO 100
Full frame, first shot, only a little Levels brightening

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STORY: I'm a swimmer, and I've been eyeing these warnings at my local pool for a while. So this contest gave me the motivation to shoot one. Got down low kneeling on a towel (tiles are hard!), waited for the swimmers to clear, and took the shot. Normally, I'd crop a bit in Photoshop and polish a little more, but this is basically what came out of the camera.

Swim or Die!

- Harald Johnson

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Hello Giz,

Here is my submission for the shooting challenge. I went to my local park after dusk, in hopes of nailing some long exposure photography.

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Equipment used:
Canon Rebel T2i
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens
iPhone 4 LED light

Camera settings:
ISO 100
f/4.5
Shutter speed: 30 seconds

I set my camera on my tripod, hit the shutter release, and rushed over with my iPhone 4 LED light to draw some light streaks. The result was a jumping man, triangles, a square box, a squiggly cord, and a ghostly image of myself. The first, and only shot of the night.

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Take care! I hope this tickles your fancy.

Sincerely,

- Jon Cady

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Hi,
Here's my submission to the Gizmodo shooting challenge: One Shot. I used a Canon 7D with 28-135 IS USM kit lens to take this picture. Camera settings: ISO 200, 0ev, f/22, 46 second shutter length, auto white balance, multi-metering.

I used my guitar and a mini mag light for this light painting. I love photography and I love playing my guitar, though I'm not a pro at either, but this kinda looked like an interesting subject to take a picture of. I have been working on my light painting skills for a while and this contest seemed like a good opportunity to actually see how good I am. When I first read the contest details this afternoon, while sitting through a boring political science lecture, I didn't pay much attention to it because I usually don't participate in photography contests. But on my frustrating rush hour drive back home, I suddenly realized my camera's costs and its inversely proportional relationship to how much I use it. Then all that was left to do was to make an irrational decision - take a picture of the first thing I find lying on my bed - and I guess by now you probably know what it was.

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Thanks for the opportunity

P.S. Please ignore my grammar, limited vocabulary, or anything else that might make me look like an eight year old. I'm actually an international student from India, living in LA, and english is not my first language.

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- Aayush Agrawal

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Story Behind The Shot:
Finishing off a crown on the rocks, I remembered how miffed I was to miss out on the recent Gizmodo mobile shooting challenge and realized I had an interesting shot right in front of me. I rinsed out and dried off the glass, turned the flash on, aimed at the bottom of the glass and bam - this happened.

Shooting Summary:
Camera - iPhone 4, Camera+ app
Aperture - 2.970854
Exposure Time - 1/163
Flash - On
FNumber - 2.8
Focal Length - 3.85
ISO - 80

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- Cory Futrell

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Hi, this is my submission to the challenge.

Equipment: iPhone 3G + CameraPro, no post-processing.
Story: I was trying to get something unique on the street, something that accidentally happened right in front of me just by chance. But chance made me pull the trigger without even noticing, and this image ended in the Camera Roll... You can see the blurred tree caused by car speed, and the sharp reflection on the mirror. No way I could have planned this, no way I can frame that reflection again while driving... BTW: I had my phone strapped and hanging from my left hand, while holding securely the driving wheel... I'm no idiot.

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Regards,

- Thomas Armstrong

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Since it was a one shot shooting challenge I wanted to attempt with the camera phone. As I never have. So on the idea of taking the time to frame up the composition and take one shot with an iPhone I found humorous. I went around for a bit with the phone out framing shots up but never committing to the shot and pressing the shutter. Found nothing that sparked my interest so went back to work and just looked down and though hmm.. The iPhone takes decent micro shots. Focused on the jeans which blew out the light hitting my hand. Almost pass for a quick shot but took a bit to frame up without taking more than one shot.

- Philip McCloskey

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So I saw the new challenge on Gizmodo and i knew i would have to finally try to do one of these contests after debating month after month!
Right outside my condo they were doing some renovations, so I ran downstairs! Grabbed my camera, ran back up, got the battery, ran down and shot the one shot!
I loved the picture due to the contrast of the yellow and black, I used iSplash in my mac and only showed the colour of the bulldozers!

Canon T2i 550D
Canon 18-55mm , Shot at 24mm
f/5.6, 1/30sec

- Ross Correia

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Hi Giz,

My name's Tim. Nice to meet you.

Here are my photos for the One challenge. I hope you enjoy.

Equipment: MyTouch 3G slide - auto ISO. Handheld.

This shot was taken in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument which was erected in 1912.

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I read about the contest today while I was at work, and basically forgot about it until I was out on my bike this afternoon. I live in Albany, NY, and I went to go ride my bike through Washington Park because it was beautiful at sunset after I got off work. Before I finished my ride, I felt the urge to go look at one of the more noticeable monuments, and when I came across the side of the monument and saw the sunset, I was instantly inspired to capture an image. All I had with me at that moment was my cell phone, but remembering about the contest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I'm deeply interested in the nature of longevity in art, and much of my non photographic work deals with ephemeral installation. I've thoroughly enjoyed participating in this contest even if it only meant snapping a photo on my cell phone. Keep up the good work, and please continue producing enriching content on your website.

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- Tim from Albany

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Every morning, weather permitting my wife and I walk a mile or so to our favorite coffee shop. What makes the walk special (other than her company and our conversation) is that we live in a little farming community just north of Albuquerque and the walk passes by horse, burros, dogs, birds and plenty of Cottonwoods. Part of the walk is on road, but the bulk of it is on irrigation ditches and those ditches are controlled by gates. When spring rolls around and the water starts flowing, the gates provide all kinds of photo challenges โ€“ slowing down the movement, things bobbing in the eddies, etc. I take a lot of shots along the paths.

Today I saw this shot and snapped it quickly. I liked the combination of the static โ€“ concrete and steel, fixed shadows โ€“ and the chaotic โ€“ water, the rippling shadows, stuff flowing over the sluice, illumination coming from behind the gate and above.

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Shooting information:

Canon 5D MkII with a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens
ISO50
1/400 seconds
f/8.0

- Terry Brownell

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I shot this with a Canon 60D and a Tokina 11-16mm lens. It was shot in RAW at f2.8 with a 6 second shutter speed, 11mm focal length and an ISO of 400. I decided to take this challenge literally and actually try a type of shot for the first time as well as taking the first photo from that shoot. Having just gotten the Tokina lens, I wanted to try night sky photography. This was my first attempt with this camera and lens, but I had tried it with a point and shoot a while back. That didn't turn out well. This one, however, has a good number of stars in it for a picture that was shot in the middle of a city. It also has some interesting light rays that give the photo a cool, movement effect. I actually like the shot!

- Mark Perry

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Title: Dream Spark

Heres the story on this one.....

I am currently visiting some friends from out of state and when I am with these friends we usually have a lot of crazy fun. I was standing in the parking lot of their apartment complex when I get a call from another friend In the area, he then asks me if I have my camera and as always I immediately tell him yes, I do have it. He then tells me to find a metal hanger, straighten it out and meet in the field behind the apartments. Without hesitation or question I instantly get my camera ready, round up the metal hanger and run out there. Once we have both met-up in the field he bigins to tell me about this site he went to by means of "Stumbleupon.com" and it was all possible by sticking steel wool to a metal hanger, and using your arm to then swing it around your head to create about 25-30 feet of sparks. I then prepared the camera using his car as the tripod along with the case for my CF card, got the settings I wanted, focused and let it rip.

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The outcome of this photo could not have been any better in my opinion, I was so happy that he had brought this idea to me and even more happy that the photo contest this week is basically a one shot free-for-all!

Thanks for the challenge, it was great!

Body: Canon EOS 20D
Lens: 28x70mm Canon L
ISO: 100
Focal length: 28mm
F/22
Exposure: 6s

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- George Westlake

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In the true spirit of this contest I submitted a picture that was
taken with a Zeiss Ikon camera from 1937 (attached file named
"ziess.jpg), my grandfather's camera he bought in Detroit, MI. The
view finder is one that you look down through and not through the lens
itself. This means you have to guess your focal distance, and there
certainly isn't any type of auto-metering. So what I do is guess or
measure the distance (in meters) and use the LightMeter app on my
iPhone, or the Sunny 16 Rule in this case, to set the f-stop and the
speed, then record those settings on my iPhone in Notes. When it costs
$5 per 8-exposure roll, $7+ per 8-exposure roll of 120 film to
process, and then anywhere from $2-$5 per picture to scan (depending
on desired quality), you really only have ONE chance to get it right.
This is a shot of my hometown's village hall in Hinsdale, IL at f/16,
1/50, and infinite focal setting.

- Rob Lennox

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I shot this on my Samsung Captivate so I don't have any lens, ISO, exposure information (although I think it is saved in the metadata). And It was my last day of classes walking through Purdue University's Engineering Mall and thought a picture of the Bell Tower and the Engineering Fountain would look great on this beautiful spring day. So I snapped it and now I just found out about this contest and thought to myself, "Hey! I only took one shot!." So hence my submission.

- Andrew Ricci

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Okay, so this is my first shooting contest on Gizmodo. I've been wanting to do something like this shot, a contact lens close-up. I thought this would be good since the photos could be practically anything. I set up my camera on a tripod and used AF to take the picture, hoping it would turn out good; and it did!
Canon Rebel XS, 18-55mm, 1/100sec, 200ISO, f/7.1

- Evan

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I was totally ready for this one. I was going to my sister's wedding in Utah and I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to take lots of great one-time photos there. The day before the wedding, we went to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT which is a big family oriented complex which includes museums, an amphitheater, and gardens, among other things. We decided to spend some time there and see what it was all about. When we arrived it was snowing very lightly and the wind was blowing a bit, so it was rather cold. We went to the gardens because they are currently having their Tulip Festival. After we paid for admission and paid for the golf cart, the snow had started getting heavier. They gave us a blanket to use. I hopped on the back, which faced backwards, with my aunt while my dad and uncle took the front. The combination of driving, the wind, and the snow made it absolutely unbearable. We ventured off as far as we could go and I was snapping pictures as we went. We stopped for a moment by this statue and I took this photo. After reviewing it, instinct made me want to take another picture because there's a large, out of focus snowflake right in front of the girl, but remembering this contest I decided not to and that I'd use this one. The vivid spring colors of the flowers against the dull grey snowy background is very peculiar, not to mention the statue is of a girl in a dress who looks like she's ready to dip into the stream while it's snowing. This was taken with my Canon T2i with a Sigma 28mm lens in Shutter Priority mode at 1/500, f/4, ISO 200.

- Evan Hughes

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Mum's Curtain. Taken with a Nikon D40 at ISO 200, f/4, Zoom 70mm (that's 105mm in 35 mm film) and Exposure 1/80s.

Had recently gotten my hands on an old 70-300 mm Nikon Lens. Was so excited that I would often snap some shots in the morning before going to work just to satisfy my desire to get comfortable with this lens. And so, was in my mum's room, when I just felt like experimenting; I took the exposure all the way down, set the focus and took a shot of the sunlight coming through my mum's bedroom window. The focus and the white balance (shade) made the picture!

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- Ali Mehdi

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It was a dark and dreary rainy day. As I was driving north on Interstate 5 near Tangent OR I spotted this bright yellow crop in a bit of sun. It was on the other side of the highway so I took the next exit and drove back south. By the time I got there the sun break was gone and it was raining. I wish I'd got there while the sun was shining on the yellow field but the crop was still much brighter than everything else.

Recalling the Shooting Challenge "One shot" criteria, I drove for a bit on the shoulder to find a good shot. To avoid the now steady rain I took my shot out the window, then as I was departing I spotted a possibly better shot a quarter mile farther along. Again recalling the criteria, I passed up the second shot.

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Now as I needed to return to Northbound and my trip home I discovered the next exit was nine miles farther south. So this one shot cost me a 20 mile detour.

Nikon D40, Nikon 55-200 mm lens at 200mm. The camera was set on "P" which chose 1/1000 sec at F5 and ISO 800.

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I cropped the image a bit and increased the contrast slightly with Irfanview.

John Ousterhout

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This picture was taken by my Nikon Coolpix S3000. I carry this camera around with me all the time. I pass this place one or twice a week, today in particular when I was passing it was nice cloud less sunny day (in nottingham,uk it is end of spring/start of summer so cloudy days are decreasing) so I thought to my self that this will be the only time i can take this picture under the sunny sky which made think about this challenge. so I took auto my camera made sure the white balance and flash settings were correct (the only two setting I play with on this camera the rest are auto) and gave a nice look and picked the hopefully best shot I could take. the picture has been slightly modified in picasa using the I am feeling lucky auto tune.

- Ossama Muqeem

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Shot on iPhone 4 (HDR)

So my Grandfather had moved into our house recently because my Grandmother had passed away. Hes a proud man, who lived all his life in India, raising my father as well as his 3 other siblings. I have never really saw a side of him where he seemed emotionally vunerable, until he came to our house in the US. I saw him standing by the window looking out as if he was very lost and feeling very singular from everyone, so I took my chance to capture it. This was shot on a iPhone 4 using its HDR mode. Though the original picture was not that great, I knew I could enhance the mood with some color correction and a dark border to enhance the spacial context of the photo.

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- Krishna Yalla

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Canon EOS 550D
Focal Length 18
F number 3.5
Exposure 15 secs
ISO 1600

This was taken from the balcony of our holiday house at Anna Bay on the central coast of New South Wales in Australia. This view is of Stockton Ridge on the right and the lights of Newcastle in the center. I took this at 2230 and having forgotten my tripod at home I took this resting it on the balcony, trying to hold it still with my hands.

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- Kim Louey-Gung