Shooting Challenge: Pixelmutation

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A majority of us experience photography digitally—from taking the shot on a dSLR to viewing it through fiber optics, LCDs and social networking sites. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we're going to celebrate the digital through pixelmutations*.


* Pixelmutation isn't a real term; I just made it up. So you might not want to use it around your photo snob friends.

The Challenge

Take a photo and manipulate certain elements to appear highly pixelated to achieve an effect that appears to mix the natural, or analog, with the digital.

The Example

Our lead shot is by professional artist Johan Rosenmunthe. His collections Off and Off II explore the relationship our lives have with digital content. They're also the inspiration of this challenge. Take a peek at his work and then make the idea your own.

The Method

Even those of you who aren't post production masters will almost laugh at how simple the basic technique is. In Photoshop, you simply select an area of the image (however you'd like to do that) and choose Filter->Pixelate->Mosaic. From there, Photoshop will average the color values within the selection. You can resize the "pixels" at will.


(For those of you who use Gimp or another program, please share how you might go about this in the comments.)

And as usual, if you are a photographer who doesn't edit photos or a Photoshop guru who stays away from the camera, ask for help in the comments! There's no reason two readers can't combine forces.


The Rules - READ THESE

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 800px 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)


Send your best photo by Monday, December 13th at 8AM Eastern to with "Pixelmutation" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnamePixelmutation.jpg (800px wide) and FirstnameLastnamePixelmutationWallpaper.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!

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