I used a 5D Mark II and a 50mm f1.8 lens to take this photo. I was just walking around the house taking some interesting photos, but this actually came to me after watching some tilt-shift photography slides. I took the lens off the camera body and starting moving it around, trying to place the lens to give a neat looking shot.
This is actually the screen on one of our front windows. The blue sky in the top half of the photo and the tree line (that dips in towards the middle) are still visible. I love how the squares of the screen came through. I wish I could replicate it and take it more head-on for a symmetrical photo. It almost looks like motion blur.
Because the lens wasn't attached, there's no recorded f stop. The exposure was for 1/2500 sec at ISO 400. It was bright out which allowed for such a fast exposure time.
Taken With a Nikon D40x 18-55mm lens. I'm a Biologist so i have some weird things around the house, in particular a lot of skulls. I think the weirdest bit of a skull are the Turbinate Bones within the Nasal Vacuity (nasal cavity). The Turbinate Bones support olfactory nerves, and aren't as apparent in humans due to out small noses/ bad sense of smell. This photo is of a Mountain Lion, and lit with a red led headlamp so it wouldn't be bone coloured. - Derek Lance Freihofer
ISO - Hi1 (I am not sure what that means)
I happened to have a day off on Wednesday, and so I read the Shooting Challenge and grabbed my camera. I was headed out the door to run errands but thought I could watch for something fun to shoot. I was sitting in my driveway, getting ready to leave when I looked over at one of my wife's potted plants. I got out of the car, sat on the grass and took this picture. I took three and this was the third. I am guessing at the f-stop and shutter speed, because I decided to learn from last week's shooting challenge (which I forgot to send in). I turned the camera over and shot it upside down. This is a Sansevieria trifasciata or Mother-in-Law's Tongue or a snake plant. The one my wife has grown is quite dense and I shot it from less than a foot away. In the picture, it is growning down.
- Rollie Reid
This photo was taken with a Canon 7d
117mm Focal Length
1/4 second exposure
Green light to reflect on the polished metal.
The photo is of a JT12a-8 Jet Engine ( also known as a J-60 ) where the turbine section is bolted to the afterburner tail pipe.
The engine is modified for the stress of drag racing and is installed in Robert Albertson's "Night Stalker" Funny Car.
It propels the car from 0-280 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds.
- Robert Albertson
Because here in Belgium it's still dark at 5 o'clock pm when I come home from work I had to look for an interesting UPO inside my house. After some shot's of all kinds of stuff I saw this "desert landscape" sitting on my couch. It's my girlfriends favorite fleece blanket.
Kodak Z 1015 IS
- Peter Proost
I created this image using my 50mm Canon EF lens with a Rebel XSI body, iso 400, 1.8 fstop.
This image is of the inside contents of a beer bottle, from above... but let me clarify before judgement.
While this simple subject has been photographically exercised in every film school dorm and art class across the world, I decided to capture it from an internal point of reference, mimicking the view of looking inside of mouth of the human that drinks it. And upon focus, seeing deep down within: a bubbly, churning mess of chemicals and happiness.
- Caryn Sandoval
This shot was made with an iPhone 4. Sorry about that. Inspiration hit and that was all I had. I used the standard camera app with HDR on and flash off.
The shot is a top down pic of my beer. I placed the iphone directly on top of a bottle of beer and moved the bottle until the light was right. Simple shot that probably won't qualify but I thought it was cool.
- Jerry Robinson
I call this shot "ripple".
Although I've always been interested, I've always been intimidated by such skilled photographers out there. So this is my first time participating in one of these shooting challenges. I wanted my composition to be about something that isn't actually what you would think it would be. I got excited, and brought out this empty glass cup. I put it on the floor and took a picture of it from the top down. When I looked at the shot, it almost reminded me of the ripples a body of water would make when something is dropped on it. I made some color adjustments in Aperture, and voila!
Shot with a Sony A200, 18-70mm lens (set at 70mm), ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.
- Dean Sanchez
I wish I had more time to attempt to make a more interesting piece but, this will have to do.
Kit Lens, Canon Rebel XTi, ISO 800, 1/40
When I was taking digital photography courses last semester, I did an entire series like this for my final project. To achieve this, I simply flipped around my lens and duct taped it to my camera. It was a pretty ridiculous sight to say the least, but the end result was absolutely amazing. I couldn't have been happier! After reading the assigned challenge I knew I would enjoy messing around with a similar set up again, but seeing as how I'm back in classes for a new semester, I'm very pressed for time, so I had to churn out something rather quick. I took one of my earrings, a 0 gauge Amethyst Geode plug, and started snapping away. This was my favorite out of the lot; there really are so many beautiful colors in geodes, and I think this picture really expresses that. Unfortunately, the image is a bit more grainy than I had hoped, but I had no tripod available so a high ISO was necessary, not to mention I was hand holding the lens rather than taping it again. I still think it's beautiful.
Hope you enjoy!
- Cory Rowland
Please see camera_settings.jpg for technical infos about the shot.
Camera: Canon 60d
Lens: Canon 18 – 135mm EFS
I wanted to create something alien and almost demonic, a place where no one can escape.
- Bernhard Huber
"The Velvet Sea"
Nikon D300s, 50mm f/2.8, ISO 3200
Just scored a new camera this week after my old SLR bit the dust over the weekend. A friend of mine let me in on the contest and I saw it as a perfect opportunity to try out the new camera! Unfortunately I had hurt my back a few days before so I was unable to get out and shoot. This resulted in my aimlessly wandering around the house shooting whatever I came across. My wife's tie-dye caught my eye so I just started experimenting with different angles and lighting, which led to what looked like tie-dye waves in the velvet sea!
- Joshua Jasko
Canon Rebel T1i, lens 18-55mm f/5.6, 1/25 ISO 6400.
This is my first submission to the shooting challenge, I have to say that the challenge was one of my inspirations to get a DSLR camera in the fist place.
The idea behind this photo came to me while i was about to lit a cigarette and my ashtray was overwhelmed with cigarette butts and right after I disposed of them I realized I could take a photo that could resemble the moon or an space rock.
- Pedro Casar
I would like to submit this image for your Shooting Challenge: UPO
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8
So basically i was looking for subjects to shoot. I figured trees were trippy and that it would be fun. So i shot a couple edited them in Photoshop and in this particular case found a wolf starring back at me.
So hope you like the image
- Aditya Nair
Camera - Leica M9
Lens - 90MM
ISO - 80
SHUTTER - 8 seconds
I took a trash bag and shot an 8 second exposure, during the 8 seconds I used a little flashlight and moved it around behind the crumpled bag.
I then brought the photo into photoshop and did some color adjustments, blurring and added the red color for a blood kinda effect. Thanks for looking!
- James Hale
So i want to continue participating on this challenges. As soon as i read this challenge, i started to look around me. I didnt wanted to find anything too crazy, but something that will make you guess a few times what it really is. Something with various possibilities. I also wanted to try something out of the normal. Not using my DSLR. I instead am using my HTC EVO 4G 8mp camera. The settings are 5M, auto WB, ISO 100, and quality on HIGH. I used my macro lense (home made lense made from a disposable camera) and shot this at my desk at work. I used my blue coffee mug to give the picture a background contrast. The pic is a Purell Hand Sanitizer bottle. You can tell the bottle edges on the pic.
- Felix Garcia
Camera: Canon Rebel XS
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
When I read this challenge, I immediately thought about a photo I did for another project a while. I wanted to recreate a similar picture, but vamped up a bit. Not sure what it is? Here are your hints:
1. It is a common food.
2. It's been in the microwave.
This is a picture of a marshmallow that's been nuked 5 times over. So, between using the zoom and destroying it, this is what I call a truly Unidentified Photographed Object.
- Amanda Jaegar
I went outside at 9:30 PM in complete darkness, seeking a good long-exposure opportunity. I walked around my backyard looking for ideas. I turned my attention to this ugly man hole. At that instant, the light bulb went on. I saw that this can look like an old UFO landing. To amp up the mystery, I put a rainbow strobe on my phone screen and swept around the man hole twice during the 4 second exposure. The only light source was my distant house lights. You can see me as the blur above the UFO.
Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd, Aperture ~ f/2.8, Shutter speed - 4 seconds, ISO 1600
Minor cropping and straightening in iPhoto.
- Matt Gubarg
I recently purchased the Canon EF 100mm 2.8 Macro and I wanted to test it out. Marco is so much harder than it looks but i'll be better my next week. But have a question for you, what is this a picture of? (Hopefully it is not too easy)
Lens: 100mm 2.8 macro
Focal Length: 100mm
- Jeffrey Perkins
I was tooling around in the garden (no pun intended) and tried out some freelensing (reversed the lens.) I ended up with this macro shot of a flower that I found rather interesting and spaghetti-like.
Nikon D50, 18-55mm reversed, 1/20 sec, ISO 200.
- Ryan Morse
Equipment used was a Canon EOS 450D and an LED flash light.
Camera Setting Used:
Exposure time: 1/160
Exposure bias: 0 step
Focal Length: 55mm
Metering mode: Spot
Flash mode: No flash
Bower Close-Up +10 Filter
I was looking around the room to try and think about what subject I can use for the photo.
I looked around at a variety of objects that I have and wanted to use something that is very common.
It dawned on me that I was chewing some gum and that then became the subject.
- Fred Kotze
March 3. First time opening the sunroof since last year. I couldn't help but wonder how an abstract picture of an out-of-focus brick wall with a fine German engineered sunroof foreground would turnout. Well.. see attached.
I was pleased with the result but I feel that the photo turned out a little warm, and I'm not sure about the "Shooting Challenge" editing requirements so this one is hot of the sensor.
Picture was taken with my Sony NEX-3 with the 18-55 kit lens. f/5.6 @ 1/100 ISO-250 in East Tennessee
Taking the picture required the use of the articulating screen and some body contortion from the drivers seat. I got a few strange looks while I was parked there.
- Kris Hall
Through the Drinking-Glass...
When I saw this weeks shooting challenge I thought that I might find some household appliance for a nice macro-shot but couldn't decide on what to shoot. Then I got my hands on a blue drinking-glass and wondered how it might look if I took a picture of the inside of this glass. The setup was quite easy as I just placed the glass on a white backdrop in bright sunlight and placed the camera right above it. Post-processing was quickly done in Photoshop to remove a few dust particles. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS, f3,4, 1/40, ISO-80
- Robert Fruehauf
I used my trustworthy Canon EOS 400D with EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens for this shot. It was a nice warm day and decided to go to the waterfall. It was completely iced and very cool to look at. Unfortunately it was quite dar, because the trees were blocking the sunlight. Then I had to get creative. I walked down the river and found this place where there were a lot of crack in the ice. So I grabbed this shot. Edited in Lightroom afterwards. Enjoy! - Mihkel Martinson
shooting summary : canon eos 550d, m42 to eos adapter, fujinon 55mm/f1.8 lens, iso 100, time1/1000sec, f1.8
story : A short trip with my friend. We heve idea take some nice picture around city we live in(Bratislava, Slovakia). At home a find yor challenge on a web gizmodo. So i try send this pictures. I try cach a nice bokeh of limb, maybe you will like it, so i hope :). Thanks
- Juraj Tokarcik
This might be a little obvious to anyone familiar with todays fashion. I had a little bit of a struggle with this one trying to be as creative as possible. Milked it down to the end of this week. I was at a Church event, hanging with one of my closest friends, who happened to be wearing a pair of red TOMS, which immediately caught my eye. we were sitting on the ground and thats when the challenge came to my mind, i shot like 10 different shots, experimenting with different ISO's and Manual settings. what i came out with is, in my oppinion a great shot, although it may not win, thats not the point. i had fun with it.
Nikon D3000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm zoom lens, f/6.3
- Delyn Stirewalt
I took a stroll around campus one night and found a well lit stairwell. This is halfway between floors with some utility piping in the background. Maybe not as unidentifiable as I would have liked but I thought it was interesting none the less.
- Andrew Vanden Heuvel
A fluorescent light diffuser taken with tungsten white balance. I set the focus manually to as close as possible and then moved back and forth to change the focal point.
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
- Quentin Swager
I took this picture with the camera pointed at the bottom of a glass filled with light blue liquid sitting on my kitchen table and a lamp right behind the glass. I was looking for something to use for this weeks challenge and I decided to go with a macro shot but I don't have a macro lens so I used my nifty fifty and a reverse lens adapter.
Pentax K-7, 50mm f1.7, reverse lens adapter, ISO 400
- Cole Ewert
It took me a while to come up with this subject. I do not have a macro lens yet so that was not an option. I had to take many shots at many different angles before I got the one I wanted.
Camera- Canon EOS T1i
Shutter Speed- 1/60
Lens- EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-56 IS
Focal Length- 18.0mm
- Nick Cunningham
First time I've joined a shooting challenge, I'm excited! And just started with photography altogether about a couple of months ago.
Anyway, just saw this snail on the garden, and knew I had to take a picture for this challenge. Equipment used was a Canon T2i (550D) with the 55-135 kit lens at 135mm. ISO 3200 because I was using one of those "macro adaptors" (still cannot afford a macro lens). It was the Raynox DCR 250, for those interested. 1/30, f/5.6.
- Arturo Goga
Nikon D3100, 18-55mm, macro mode.
This challenge seemed really interesting to me because I love to take macro photography and I kept forgetting to enter the past few challenges. I grabbed my camera and walked around the house shooting anything that could be slightly interesting up close. I stumbled upon this "piece of art" in our shed and knew I had to use it. I edited in iPhoto, just small saturation changes to make it more unidentifiable, and cropped it to an area that was crisp in focus (Which explains for my lack of a high rez version). I remembered last weeks challenge about upside down photography, and because I forgot to enter I figured i'd invert this one. Hope you like it!
Btw it's particle board. In case you were stumped.
- Cody Clarke
Canon EOS 5D Mark I
17-40mm Canon EF Lens
F / 4.0
ISO - 800
Can't guess what it is.....well, I would never have guessed myself unless I saw it with my own two eyes. It is a piece of art work to be exact, a mannequin covered with condoms and light bulbs, spray-painted gold. It is own by one of my friends and hangs above their TV. Quite an eye catcher when you first walk in a room and most often districts me when watching TV at their place.
- Peter Gray
Title: Petri Dish Galaxy
I love macro photography because of the unique perspective close-up shots provide. When I happened to take a picture of a small bottle of antibacterial gel, I thought that it looked a bit like bacteria or virus in a Petri dish. I then bumped up the blacks and contrast in post-processing and the gel turned into one of those Hubble-like photos of the galaxy. So that's how I came up with the name for this photo: Petri Dish Galaxy.
Shot was taken with a Canon 5DII and Canon EF 100mm 2.8 macro lens. f/5.6 @ ISO 1600 shutter speed 1/1000 sec.
- Alex Stevenson
I took this shot while walking with my date. It was a cold and rainy night. The street lamps were very bright that night. I wanted to use a object that we see everyday and make is very usual.
Camera: Olympus E-520 Lens: Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm ISO: 100, 1/6 sec at f / 3.5
Story: For the last year I have been taking a series of pictures based in reflections on cars. The idea was to show something that everybody sees, but doesn't pay attention to. The shape of the cars distorts the image, the paint gives color and texture. And something ordinary transforms into something completely random. Unfortunately, a few months ago I discovered that someone else had been doing something similar... but anyway. This is how I see it! The only editing was cropping and curves adjustment in Photoshop.
Equipment: Nikon D300 w/ Nikkor 16-85mm lens, 1/320, f8, iso 200
If you can put a link to my flickr I would really appreciate it! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iniclof/)
- Santiago Folcini
Shooting summary: old M-42 Hanimex 80-200mm zoom lens set at focal length of 80mm, aperture set at 4, ISO at 4000 and exposure at 1/40s. Lens handheld in reverse to a Canon 60D SLR body.
Story: I was cleaning my old Revuenon 1.8/50 primary lens when I noticed the reflections on its multi-coated front lens change color from red to orange and purple. The reflection snapshots I made were too revealing to qualify for the UPO challenge. I remembered I had an old Hanimex zoom lens with F-stop control on the lens that I could use in reverse to zoom in on the reflections. Unfortunately for me I didn't have the right reverse-ring adapter for this lens so I handheld the lens to my DSLR, balanced the primary lens so that the reflections would be seen from a good angle and took the shot. What you see in this photo is the reflection of a nearby window with blinds on a Revuenon 1.8/50 M-42 lens.
- Janja Nikolic
Taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This particular painting is a Monet. Shot with a Canon T2i, 50mm f1.8 on macro extension tubes. ISO 800, f2.8, 1/60. Paintings have always fascinated me (particularly because i can't paint for the life of me) and when you get close enough, you lose the overall painting, but you get to see the physical work of the artists which is think is very cool.
- Timothy Schubert
A friend of mine has been taking glassblowing classes and this is a vase he had made. I like taking pictures of the these pieces because of the colors that you can get in the glass and because it's more than something that was bought in a store; it was made by someone I know. I wanted to take more than just a picture of the vase and this week's challenge got me thinking about different angles. I thought this top-down picture was interesting because the blue reminds me a bit of the iris of an eye.
Taken with a Nikon D3000, fstop at 5.6, shutter speed at 1/60th with an external flash that was pointed at wall at the other end of the room. ISO was set to 400 and focal length was at 50mm. I stood on top of a chair to take the top-down photo while the vase was on a table.
- Pooja Mathur
The Dark Side of a Lassie Dog: Looking for something different to photograph for this week's challenge, I ambled around the house clicking here and there. Following me in high curiosity mode, my Lassie type tri-color collie, Hoover, made every effort to explore his version for each different angle, a genuine shooting challenge! Ah ha, so let me check out the light reflecting off his coat when he settled down to observe me. I used the auto flash on a Nikon D60 with the 18-55mm lens and yes, autofocus. Photographing anything moving, breathing and curious – up close – do it fast and easily as possible. When I started looking through the photos, this eye looked back at me! I upped the saturation and we have a UPO, the ghost eye in dog hair. The eye part is simply the exposed undercoat showing through the outer hairs.
- Sally Austin
My wife and in-laws were happily making candied apples while I was struggling with the idea of another photo challenge (deserts). As they were slaving away with these deserts, I was happily getting in the way with my camera and requests to rearranged objects! We arranged and re-arranged the plates and the apples multiple times and it still didn't work. After further efforts and almost giving up, my wife picked up the chocolate covered apple and BOOM! It hit me! There it was! MY UPO! It was a chocolate blot! Quite purely random, but when you put it on a white plate and give it some contrast...it's almost like art!
- Lam Nguyen
Hello all you Gizmodos,
Ever since reading about your UPO contest it's been on my mind. What can I take a picture of that could potentially confuse the audience. Everything outside is covered in snow so that would just be a lot of white ( and really not that hard to guess ). Nothing indoors was really catching my attention either. Lots of different trinkets and toys but nothing that wouldn't end up like your run o' the mill macro shot where you're trying to guess what texture you're looking at. On the last day of the contest, I was in the washroom... sitting... and on the base board on the wall in front of me, practically ( and to a certain point, literally ) pointing at me ( and I'm sure laughing ).
So I got my camera, got on my knees, pressed against the ol' ceramic throne ( memories of college times flooding in ), and tried to get an interesting shot with it.
And dar she be.
CAMERA: Canon 60D with 18-200mm EFS ( @ 175mm )
EXPOSURE: 0.05s ( 1/20 )
F STOP: F/5.6
- Rene Daigle
Camera Specs: Canon T2i, ISO 400, 20mm, 0EV, f/14, 1/100
Story: Thank you, New England weather, for *finally* cooperating this week.
This is an M.I.T building in Cambridge, MA, flanked by 2 parking meters side to side.
There were two challenges for this shot: 1) Finding the right spot and distance from the meters so I got the perfect perspective, and 2) finding the right aperture: I wanted to make sure the DOF was just right.
Hope you like it!
- Diego Jimenez
Since it's a bit cold outside here, I've skipped the "cary your camera with you" part and instead looked at the stuff that surrounds me indoors. This is a simple blue trash bag. To make it look so mysterious I've put a small strobe lamp behind it. The strobe was overexposing the pictures so I've weekend it by covering it with blue electrical tape.
Shot with a Nikon D3100 with the 18-105mm lens at 66mm and f/7.1, 1/100 sec and ISO 100.
- Marek Baczynski
I actually already had a couple of photos taken elsewhere with the
intention to be used in this challenge. But after a trip to IKEA with
the girlfriend yesterday, I was inspired by the grid-like look our
purchase gave us. The night before submissions, I busted out the
flashes and bagged this shot. So, here's 200 IKEA "Glimma" tea-lights
taken with the following: Nikon D7000 at 105mm, f5.6 1/100sec. ISO100
with two remotely triggered flashes.
- Alex Amato
For the photo challenge I created an image of a smell sensor belonging to Luna the Coonhound. It is about million times more sensitive than noses of us, simple humans.
The photo was taken with Olympus E-PL1 and an adapted Canon FD macro 50mm, ISO 400, 1/10s, f/11. RAW processed in Lightroom with some pseudo solarization.
- Piotr Edelman
I was always fascinated by this old book I have, and now finally I chance to shoot it!
Shot with a macro 100mm at f2.8 1/15 ISO 100.
- Irina Banyik
Canon EOS 7D
EF 17-40mm f/4L
Shutter Speed: 1/200
The real trick to this shot was just having my camera with me whenever I was out. I was sitting at lunch and the sun was shining through the window onto the white table cloth. The base of the water glass, I thought, made the perfect UPO subject. I did very little post processing just some burning and dodging to complete the shot.
- Chris Humphrey
After I started using my iPhone for photos I found myself switching to the camera and the image from the lens would come on the screen of whatever I happened to be pointing the camera at when I switched it on. After a while I started taking note of these "shots" and started recording them. They would be: a close up of my jeans, the green grass of the field I was standing in, the steering wheel of my car, etc. They almost always looked at an unusual subject in a way I normally wouldnt' photograph them.
Anyway, I had another busy family weekend and fired up the camera at home to find I was pointing it at our Himalayan cat "Fluffy" who is the sweetest thing but was looking rather ominous when I turned on the camera - so I took his picture for the contest.
- Steve Hassler
I found a lot of items that I could turn into a UPO. The shot that came out the best was my guitar amp (Fender Super Reverb). I took several angle / setting / lighting shots. The best one was the first which was 1/60, f/4.5 propped on an effect pedal using a remote with my Canon Rebel XSi.
- Seth Porter
Nikon D90, 18-55mm kit lens @ 46mm, f/5.3, 1/20 sec, ISO 800. This shot was taken through a stained glass candle sconce (wall mounted candle holder :P, my girlfriend had to explain what it was so I thought I might have to too!). I was walking through her house and just happened to notice the way the sunlight played through the glass and just started snapping. With this shot, I tried my best to capture a focus point inside the sconce. Very happy with the result!
- Adam Biesenthal