Shooting Challenge: Water Warfare

Water balloons. Squirt guns. The overzealous gardner with a hose. The best part of summer is the water weaponry. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, capture some element of a water fight.

The Challenge

Photograph some element of a water fight. In progress, the armament, the splash. Whatever.


The Method

So there are really two things you need to know for this challenge. First, you need to keep your camera dry. Lifehacker has some useful tips for building your own waterproof housing if you don’t have official gear. But if you’re OK with a bit of blur from plastic sitting on a lens, your case can be as simple as a Ziploc bag.


Second, many of your best photos are going to occur with high speed photography, because you’ll want to freeze the water in motion. Be sure to set your camera to a fast shutter speed. Assuming you’re outside, there will be plenty of light to allow for that (faster shutters require more light, because there’s less time for light to expose the frame.) You can even catch a water balloon bursting if you have the right setup.

The Example

Our lead shot is by midiman. What can I say? The gauntlet has been thrown. (Also, that’s a 1/500 of a second shutter speed, just so you have a frame of reference. The balloons almost float.)


The Rules - READ THESE

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, July 27th at 10AM Eastern to with “Water” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameWater.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameWaterWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include 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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