Shooting Challenge: Rust

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Rust. It's the product of metal oxidation, which we interpret as everything from a ruined car to a highly sought antique patina. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll capture the beauty (or horror) of rust.


The Challenge

Photograph rust.

The Technique

Now I'm biased, but I think rust will make a remarkable subject this week. It allows you to go out and capture scenes of urban decay—architecture and rotting infrastructure. But it also opens the doors for textural macros and gorgeous abstractions. Rust is one of those fantastic themes that, once you set your mind to, can scale to any size you'd like to shoot.

The Example

Our lead image is from jesiehart, and it's a perfect example of finding a beautiful moment amidst what was probably a rotting, stinking old drain pipe. It's an oddly organic industrial scene, in which water has clearly left its mark, much like lines on a tree.

The Rules

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
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 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, June 24 at 10AM Eastern to with "Primary" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameRust.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameRustWallpaper.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!