Selecting an object I constantly see in my daily life to experiment with came easy to me, but looking at it in such a way to conceal its identity proved to be very difficult for this challenge. I used a roll of paper towels to focus in on just a tiny piece of my photographed object, I liked the resulting galaxy-like swirl from the roll of towels.
Canon PowerShot SD1400IS, 1/20, f/2.8, ISO 800
- Emily Wells
About a day after this weeks subject was announced, my idea for the photo hit me. We had a contest back when I was in the second grade and the contest was to guess what these three images were that were taken from a different point of view. The students guessed what two of them were pretty quicly, but the last took us several weeks to figure out. I knew how hard that photo was, so I decided to try to take my own this time. I had to use my little Coolpix as my D90 wouldn't into fit into position. Processed a little in light room for effect. Oh yeah, if you haven't guessed yet, it is the bottom of sink head.
- Kyle Frantz
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.
Aperture Value: 5.00 EV (f/5.7)
ISO Speed Rating: 1600
While putting stuff away under the sink i looked up and caught a strange view of the rubber gloves i had just used to dye my hair. I really liked the way the light hit the fuchsia stains on the gloves.
- Gretchen Hargrove
Had a tough time with the lighting this one since I kinda did it last minute. Decided to shoot my StopTech slotted rotors that I never got to use on my old 2006 Civic. As per StopTech "slotting helps wipe away the debris that forms between the pad and the disc, adds more bite".
Shot using Canon Rebel T2i with kit lens, focal length 55mm, ISO 800, f/5.6
- Daniel Jennings
Shot with Canon Powershot S90 on ISO100, f/5.6, 0.8s. This isn't exactly an everyday object, but it is a variation on an object I think just about everybody is familiar with. It is a piece of art, but it is also a tool. This is a close-up, but not a macro shot. I used my unibody Macbook as a backdrop.
- Shaun Wrightson
You say Potato...
This is a sprout growing from a potato that my wife plans to plant this Spring. I set it on a stool with some felt behind it and lit it up with a flashlight from one side to help bring out the detail.
Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: Sigma 60mm F1.4 DG HSM with 68mm of extension tubes
Focal Length: 118mm
Exposure time: 6 sec.
ISO speed: 100
- Robert Allen
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: 60mm AF Micro Nikkor
Manual Camera Settings for this shot:
Location: Kitchen Sink
While doing the dishes, I noticed that the soap suds might make a nice
picture for the UPO Gizmodo Shooting Challenge. I put some of the suds in a
clear plastic container and started photographing with a light source under
the container. The result doesn't look as much like soap suds as a spider
web made by an intoxicated arachnid. I think it looks pretty cool though.
- Duane Sager
Found an old electric shaver and decided to shoot it. Thought it looked like it might be interesting. Once I saw the shot up close, I realized I really needed to clean it!
Lens: 50mm lens with macro lens attachment
1/10 sec F7.1 ISO 800
- Royce Hutain
Sigma 18-250mm lens
Meetings girlfriends parents for the first time by taking random pictures of fruit in there house. We were actually taking pictures of her art and sometimes I get carried away and take too many such as this one. It is actually the bottom of a pineapple.
- Vicky Mittal
Sigma 300mm lens
Shutter speed 0.5 seconds
I took this picture in my backyard. I recently relocated from Boston to South Florida an we always have these tiny mosquitoes that fly in bunches and are very annoying. I took a picture of one of these packs in mid air and exposed it for 1/2 a second to get an idea of how much they move. The picture is handheld so the focus is not great, but these things are all over the place. I made it B&W and then added a red tint to make them look like the hellish mosquitoes that they are.
- Juan Zorrilla
This is a macro shot of a kitchen scrubber, one of those round kinds with the white handle. I liked the consistency in the manufactured color and intricacies in the mesh, and enjoyed getting a close look at the item. Shot with a Canon 7D at ISO200, f/2.8, 1/60 sec exposure with the 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. Lighting was done through the pop-up flash controlling an off-camera 550EX.
- Wesley Duffee-Braun
I had a bottle of water sitting on my desk and tore the label off and liked how it distorted the items behind it. I came home and repeated the process in front of a glass container of beer bottle caps. I liked the color and skewed lines. It was shot on a Nikon D90 with an 18-105 lens, 1/15s, f 5.6 at ISO 1600.
- Brad Denny
These are the struts that support an overhanging portion of the building I work in. Zooming and cropping until nothing but the struts help to obscure what these are.
Taken with a Canon S90, 1/40 second exposure at f/4.9, ISO 100. Post-processed in Paint.NET.
- Brian Hall
As a mother of a toddler and a baby, it's amazing how many unimportant things that get put away. I saved all the bottles and bottle nipples of the kids thinking I can make a collective chandelier out of it. I have yet started that project but I definitely has the inventory. I stacked my box of bottle nipples on top of a light source and took some close up shots of them using my EVO phone camera.
- Amy Chung
Is it a broken window or a broken cell phone?
ISO 400 w/flash
In order to take this picture that close up I turned the 55-250 lense backwards, foucused it by moving the lense. I turned the cell phone on so I could see the broken screen through the lense, I needed a flash supplement to make the shot.
- Blair Bartels
This is my first submission to the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge. I forgot to take pictures until late Sunday night, so this is just a shot of a glass plant rooter that I have hanging in my bathroom with an ivy plant growing out of it. I thought the lights of the bathroom looked neat through the roots and blue glass. I shot with a Canon 50D, 70mm, 1/60 second, f/4, ISO 400, and using flash because it was too dark to use just the lights in the bathroom to get a good picture.
- Karoline Traub
This is my first submission to Gizmodo Photo Challenge after a long time of admiration at the numerous wonderful submissions for this contest. I finally got my hands on my new Nikon D5000 earlier this year and one of my motivation in buying this camera is to join this contest. I tried to enter the last two theme (B&W street photography and upside-down picture) but didn't manage to submit the photo in time due to my tight schedule these days. But finally, this time, after struggling to find suitable and interesting subject for this theme, I managed to capture this photo of my polaroid. It's the best thing I can find around me when stuck at studying for my philosophy test on Monday. Photo taken with Nikon D5000, kit lens AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm @ 55mm, f5.6, ISO 1600, 1/3".
- Muhammad A Mazwin
Ordinarily, pictures of jellyfish show them floating gracefully in water. This week, the rough seas in the Atlantic gave me ample opportunity to get pictures of jellyfish without that common element.
Fujifilm s100fs : 1/400" : F5.0 : ISO 100 : 17.1mm
- Mike Case
For this challenge I wanted to stay away from the macro shots, so I decided a good challenge would be to go with a full landscape. In order to make you look twice I made it a nagative, something I think is fairly unidentifiable these days and is a good throwback for photography. Maybe I am still just thinking inverted from last weeks challenge. I went with this shot because I thought the clouds over the mountain range had a very dramatic feeling with the colors inverted.
Shot was taken with my Canon S95 at iso 80, f6.3, and 1/1000 sec.
- Lysle Turnbeaugh
55 -200mm f/4-5.6
"Live" leather, still producing milk. :D
(3 backs of milkcows, dutch belt breed for the curious)
- Anna Albert
One of things that I enjoy most about shooting with a macro lens is that usually the process is less about finding an interesting subject and more about making an interesting shot. This is a handheld panned shot of a usually spectacularly boring toaster.
Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II using a 100mm Canon f2.8 Macro ISO 400 F/2.8 for 0.3 sec
- Jesse Zibble
I took this shot on a Canon Rebel T2i (550d) at ISO 3200, f/22, @ 1/25 shutter speed using the kit IS 18-55mm lens. I really wanted to shoot some macro photography for this particular challenge, but as I do not have a decent lens for it, I had to come up with something else. This particular object is a favorite of mine, and you don't see very many like it anymore. The shape provides many interesting perspectives that I never examined before. It was a ton of fun to shoot; literally impossible to get the same shot twice which added to the fun of it all...I never knew what I was gonna get.
- Robert Lohr
Here's my entry for 'UPO':
This image is a close-up of a burned out light bulb, taken from the top. I used a Canon 60D on a tripod, 70-300 mm lens @ 300mm, f/10, 1/250 at ISO 100, and used a LumoPro 160 flash to light it from camera left.
- Joe Russo
This Picture was shot with my Droid-x, kinda funny, but all of the pics I took this week
with my D-70 just didnt look as abstract as this. Auto everything including flash. Minimalist
This weekend my friends and I pulled the engine out of his saab. While walking around the car taking
weird little pics here and there with my d70 i noticed a cool shot while looking through the hub where the
axle was removed, the star texture piqued my interest. Unfortunately I didnt have the right lens to get a good
shot with my Nikon so I stuck my camera phone in the hole. I had forgot to turn the flashoff, but ended up getting
a great over exposure of the hub itself leaving only the hanging mess of wires in the empty engine bay in focus.
It kinda looked like a strange depiction of a son I saw in an art gallery once, so why not, this is my submission.
- Ryan Onopa
Canon Rebel XS; 50mm f/1.8; ISO 200, auto white balance, no flash, free hand.
I wanted to take my camera around and find something alien from my day to day surroundings. I wandered around my apartment complex taking pictures of cars, doors, pipes, what have you. After a while of moseying around I came back to my apartment and started taking even more pictures until finally I came across the item attached. The picture really captured what I was going for and the imagination this shooting challenge required: A normal, typical person seeing the world in a whole new light. The image makes me imagine a person awaking from an extended hibernation, vision still blurry, glancing out a window of a space shuttle approaching a whole new star system. But in reality the person, being me, was really just looking out his front door peep hole, trapped inside, looking for adventure.
- Jason Lieu
Took this one while out camping the other night. I used a canon 30d and borrowed a 70-200mm telephoto from a friend. Then I used my prime 50mm backwards to get the supermacro effect. It's the base of the metal stalks on a grill scrubber. I thought they looked like tree trunks on some alien planet.
Canon 70-200mm + Canon prime 50mm
- Collin Fleck
this is a photo of a water fountain on the beach on a sunny sunday morning. i was being shuffled aside by hoards for joggers who were all well-hydrated - leaving this poor fountain somewhat neglected.
this photo is taken with my canon t2i, 50mm fixed lens at f/1.4 and shutter speed 1/4000 with iso 100
- Joanna Law
It may look gory at first glance, like the side pocket in Luke's Tauntaun sleeping bag. But it is also quite a beautiful, serene and calm scene with a lot of grandeur and gravity. Maybe it's a huge underground cave on a planet far away (I could swear I saw Barbarella whizzing by in a tiny velvet space shuttle); or maybe it's the secret essence of life hidden away at the core of biology; or maybe it's what love potion number 9 actually looks like; or maybe it's just my ketchup bottle on it's side, with a magnifying glass (a surprisingly good makeshift macro) held up in front of it's mouth and the California sun shining in through the bottom of the bottle, who knows...
03.06.2011, LA, California, Sigma DP2, 24.2 focal length, f4.5, exposure 1/125, ISO 800, no editing (check out the bokeh too!)
- Michael Hill
This shot was taken with a Canon 60D, kit lens (18-135mm) and a +10 macro lens adapter attached.
I was watching my husband take some shots for this challenge (with some seashells) when I decided to change subjects and grabbed a die-cast metel plane that we had near by. The cockpit is the focal point and macro lens gave it a pretty neat effect. It sort of reminded me of a U.F.O. of sorts I don't know why? After looking at some of the other shots he encouraged me to submit this one since it seemed to fit the theme best. I have to admit it was a lot of fun trying to find new ways to photograph everyday things so that they can be seen in a different light. Can't wait for the next challenge!
- Desirelys Carreon
I started out in my bathroom taking pictures of a hair gel bottle, but I was drawn to this textured decorative glass paperweight that has inhabited our bathroom since we bought the house (it was the only thing the old owner's left behind). I put it on the kitchen table to get some extra light, and the various colors reflected off of the glass was actually from some Mardi Gras beads laid nearby. Taken with Canon T2i, 100 ISO, 10 second exposure @100mm using a Raynox 250 macro adapter.
- Anthony Mason
Camera: Sigma DP2, 24 mm Focal length, F-stop f/4, ISO-800, Exposure 1/80, minor cropping in iPhoto
Searching for an ambiguous camera shot of a very well-known object is not the easiest thing to do. For starters I would not recommend squatting behind a half open door, balanced on the balls of your feet, with your face inches away from a door knob on a Sunday afternoon whilst your better half is frequenting the room to obtain various BBQ materials. I also would not recommend balancing your guitar on your knees whilst lying on your back to get interesting shots of the guitar neck. But since I trusted my other half not to kick open the door more than I trusted the strength of my own legs, and also reasoned that I would rather have a black eye than a broken guitar in the event that I was wrong about my partner, I gave up on my guitar, and took several shots of our front door knob from a "cat's perspective". No wonder cats are so enthralled with these things. Please note: nobody was harmed in the making of this photo.
- Maria Carroll
UPO was challenging and got me thinking...I took a clear cylindrical glass tube and poured water in to it. My back ground was white paper roughly half feet away from the vlass cylinder. I used a remote flash and two study lamps for lighting. Study lamps were focused onto the white background and remote flash was behind the subject at an angle.. just to light it up sufficiently. I used food color red for this picture. I crushed them to make a fine powder and then poured on surface of water. As the color dissolves in to water it produces stunning images. after taking loads of images I could finally decide on one. Once I got the picture I croped the image and played with saturation setting. I rotated image 180 degrees to make it look like some thing stunning.
- Noslough Poto
I would have preferred to do a non macro shot but, this shot is better than
my other attempts. The object is a Kershaw folding knife. I didn't realize
I had chipped the surface until I looked at this shot. It is the true
finish on the knife, there is no alteration to the color in this photograph.
New lens I got to try out as well, the Sigma 70-300 with a macro function.
- David Lantz
Shot in RAW on a NIKON D5000 with 18-55mm kit lens at f/5.3 ISO 200 and an exposure 1/60 sec exposure set to -2.
A few weeks back my daughter recently received a gift of a small ball bouncing ball, I thought it would make the ideal candidate for this challenge as the way the light reflects off it often makes it hard to identify in the box of toys. The transparent rubber ball is full of glitter floating in a clear liquid that always seems to reflect in the light so I experimented with a range of techniques and shutter speeds however the final show was taken by shaking the ball just before the photo.
- John Kilmister
There is a lamp right next to my book shelf in my living room. Captured this with my T2i and a Sigma 17-50 lens. It was shot at 50mm, f2.8, 1/100.
When I got really close, and let the focus soften up just a little bit, it blurred the lines enough so the two blended together where they overlapped. Then I lined up where the shelf met the wall with where the lamp shade met the base, forming a nice geometric, Cubist style shot.
- Jody Abbott
This is just a simple picture of a clump of ice from the ice maker in
the refrigerator. It was lit with a few incandescent bulbs to give it
the orange color like an amber fossil. You can see the reflection of
one of the candelabra incandescent light bulbs in the top right
corner. I did not want to light it too much, so I raised the iso to
1600 which gave it a lot of grain and used the flash to fill some of
the crevasses. I waited until the ice was starting to melt to get the
Nikon D90, 200mm, f/5.6, iso 1600.
- Bryan Burra
The image was taken in an old abandoned building called Hotel del Real in Chihuahua Mexico in the cafeteria area where a bunch of chairs where all put together under scarce light coming in from boarded up windows.
Camera: Nikon D2x
Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.
- Rodrigo Carvajal
Rain, Rain, Go Away! Yeah, I was stuck inside, so I was taking lots of
pictures of kitchen stuff. This is a fork on my dinner table.
This was taken with my Canon Rebel XS using a Tamron 18-270 at 270mm.
I shot at ISO 100, 0.3 sec, at f9 (even at f9, with so much zoom and
being so close to the subject, you can still see the left & right
notches are slightly out of focus compared to the center...).
- Eric Kornblum
My husband thinks it looks like a sea urchin, I think it looks like an orchid, which it is. I tried to use different angles, but my kids kept interrupting me (causing the orchid to shake), so this is the best I could do for this week's challenge.
- Caroline Statz
My entry for the UPO shooting challenge.
I just returned from New Zealand, and the picture at the start of the challenge made me want to find something here on the ground that looked like it could have been taken from space. This is a closeup of a broken Moeraki Boulder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moeraki_Boulders). Image is a 3 exposure HDR, cropped a bit in lightroom. No other post processing was done. Canon T2i, 18-55mm kit lens @ 46mm, F/14.
- Arthur Quintalino
Camera info: Panasonic lumix DMC-FS42 - ISO 800
Everyday when I wake I see this luminary in my room and I always though that it looks like an UFO now I can see that it looks more like a lost planet...
- Paulo Victor Rodrigues