I took the picture from my balcony using a canon eos 550d, F/14, 30sec and ISO 100 all on a tripod.
I was all zoombed in with my 18-55mm and a few seconds after I'd started taking the pic.
I slowly zoombed out, then in, then out and then in and finally zoomed all the way out and just let it stand there for 15sec to get a somewhat clean picture and non-shaky pic.

-Andreas Vadian


"Oh Freaky Christmas Tree"

Canon T2i, 1/10th of a second, f3.5, ISO 800, 20-135mm lens.
Shot on the plaza in front of the Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The tree lights are LED, which for some reason seems to produce more "jagged" zoom tracks than incandescent Christmas lights do.
I know you usually look for a longer exposure for these zoom shots, but I was having fun cranking the zoom on a short exposure like this.

-Bill Robbins


My Christmas tree is the only thing I could find to take a picture of at the moment and I wont have time any other day to do this. This is my first photo to enter in a Gizmodo contest so don't laugh cause I just bought my first SLR about a month ago, so I'm pretty beginnerish. I took about 50 photos and I liked this one best because of how the ornament looks. Shot with my Canon 30D with a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 macro lens, shutter speed 3.2s, ISO 100, aperture 20, zoom range about 23-70mm starting at 70 and held it there for about 1 second then zoomed out until shutter closed. Shutter priority mode.

-Brandon Jarisch


Camera: Olympus E-410
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 3.2 sec.
Aperture: f/22
Exposure: -5 EV
Date Taken: December 1, 9:23pm
Location: 1321 Rue Ste-Catherine - Montreal, QC, Canada


I shot this outside the Montreal Apple store on St. Catherine street while it was snowing like crazy and 3° Celsius. It's basically the main branding of the store, with the Genius Bar on the second floor behind it. After taking enough pictures of the Apple store, I did some street shooting and was approached by a couple of guys who asked me "Do you believe in the future??" (I do). I took a photo and sent to them on Twitter, though my settings were set for the giant apple light coming from the store- so it was awfully dark; still, though, it would be crazy happenstance for one of them to see it out in the ether.


-Brendan Charles

F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 0.5 seconds
ISO Speed: ISO-400
Lens: stock Canon lens


After reading the challenge during work I knew I had to try this with the Christmas tree we just set up. There are a lot of red lights on it so the colors look amber-ish but I like how it turned out. I think especially because i flinched and the lights all curve, like candy canes. Did minor color/brightness adjustments in GIMP 2.3 to clear it up a little, but I did not need to do much.

-Dan Balliro


Using my Canon EOS450D I set my camera up on my tripod in my parents room over seeing the "village" below at night when all the street lamps would be on. After messing around with a few dozen shots in the dark I decided to t36urn the lights on and when I saw my reflection I went for that instead. Shot at f36 ISO 200 and a shutter speed of 30". Have done this type of photography before and have had some interesting pictures.

-David Wheeler


Nikon D300
Tokina 11-16 F2.8 lens

ISO 800 15mm f/3.5 1/8

I stole these flowers from my living room and set them up in my make shift studio bedroom. Lit from both sides, and from underneath.


-Eddie Cohen

Sony DSLR-A200
18-70 mm lens
ISO 100
Exposure time: 2 sec
F-stop: f/5.6

I took this shot during the christmas eve of last year. While taking family shots beside our christmas tree, I got an idea of this technique. Got a shot, and this is the result. I used a tripod to have a clear shot with the settings above.


-Eljay Inocencio

"Zoom from Vince"

This picture was taken of Leftover Salmon's Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman with special guest Todd Snider during a recent show in Denver.
As a cinematographer, I'm always looking to push a new camera's limits to see what it can do. My 550D is no exception.


Shooting at slow shutter speeds with DSLRs is one of those limits you can sometimes exploit for an interesting shot.

Canon 550D/T2i
Shutter at 1/8th
Lens at F5.6

-Eric Abramson


I took the attached with a Nikon 300 on a tripod aimed at my guitar case with the flag, using the "Front Curtain" flash to get the initial image while zoomed in at 200mm, then decreased the zoom to about 50mm as the shutter closed after 1.6 seconds on ISO 200. (F-Stop 5.6) with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens. No editing of the photo had been done (other than resizing to meet your criteria). The flash used is built in, but I used my hand to cause reflected softening and warming of the light.

The idea came as I was walking past the case and saw the flag, which has been demonized of late. I figured that by flashing as I was zoomed in, it would become larger than the case, floating above it, but centralized.

-Eric Tallberg


This was a 1.8s exposure, which I obtained partly from the light conditions and partly from adjusting the aperture (6.3) to suitable levels. I did quite a few shots and I am happy with this one. The secret was to keep the camera dead steady, then shoot, and then just about after half a second or so zoom it.. and I did so many shots I can't really remember if I zoomed in or out, or it may have been the booze that kicked me out.. anyway it all turned out to be a very inspirational experiment thanks to you guys brilliant idea, and by the way I fine tuned the photo and enhanced it to the real colours in Lightroom.

-Fred Sirevag


Title: Mean Joe Green's Sensor Needs Cleaned

I just arrived home from work and I had remembered reading about this shooting challenge earlier in the day and was eager to get started on it. Once I had gathered all of my supplies(LED flashlight, CD case for body stabilization and a power strip for lens stabilization) and turned out the lights I started to capture some images, twenty-seven to be exact. I then rushed to my computer to see what I had accomplished and out of all the things that could have damaged the shot it was the dirty sensor that ruined it all, thus turning me into "Mean Joe Green" a very unhappy contestant in the Gizmodo.com shooting challenge!

Camera: Canon 20D
Lens: 28-70mm L Series
ISO: 800
F-Stop: f/22
Exposure: 2 sec

-George Westlake


This shot was taken of my 60 gallon African Chiclid tank, this is my first submission to the Gizmodo Photography Challenge and i figured the more color the better with the zoom. This image was shot with my Nikon D50 on a tripod 18-55 lens 800iso f/16 1.6sec shutter speed.

-Grant Stanley


Camera - Nikon D70s
Lens - 55-200mm VR
ISO - 200
aperture - f/8
shutter - 2.5"
Flash - SB400 (bounced 90*)
Flash mode - Rear
Tripod - Sunpak travel tripod

My first submission for any photo project with Gizmodo. I liked the idea of zooming while taking the picture, as it is something I never would have imagined doing on my own. So, seeing as it's Christmas time, I figured what was something festive, but not your typical picture of a tree, or an ornament. My girlfriend has an obscene collection of Nutcrackers and I figured they would serve my purpose perfectly. I set up using my tripod and started playing with flash, no flash, zoom in, zoom out. I really wanted to use my new Nikkor 12-24mm but it didn't have a big enough zoom range to give me the desired effect. So I slapped on my trusty 55-200mm VR, used my SB400 flash to give the more of a ghosting effect, and voila, what you see is what I shot!

-Jamie Woodley


My girlfriend and I had just recently decorated our apartment when I came across the new shooting challenge. I instantly knew I had to try something Christmas related. After many attempts with the tree and outside decorations, I got this, almost kind of by accident. Shooting with a Nikon D80 w/ 18-135 kit lens, ISO-1250, f/22, holding at 18 (1001 count) then zooming to 135 to finish the 3-ish second exposure (was using the bulb setting).

-Jared Schrafel


It's a short walk to the view of the New York skyline in Hoboken so I decided to what all the lights looked like with the zoom.

This is a long exposure taken with my 18-105 Nikon zoom. I set it for a 20 second exposure and zoomed out from the tighter frame after about 10 seconds.

Equipment: Nikon D90
Settings: 20mm zoom out to 90mm, ISO - 200, F25

-Jason Krangel


Sitting at a bar after a day of shooting around my house and . . . well there are few things more spectacular than the glint off bottles of booze and their related glasses. As they say, the rest is history.

Shot with canon 60d, iso160, 10 seconds at f5.6, range from 130-18mm, no tripod unless you count the 3 pint glasses that I rested the camera on.

-Jason Livingston


I took this picture after school, and I remembered that "Zoom Exposure" exposure shooting challenge. So I said "Why not?". I have bring back-up SLR everyday at school so I didn't missed the shot. I was originally take a picture of the road, but it was too sunny and if I'm gonna do a long-exposure image, obviously it will go overexposed (even with the aperture 36!) and make the effect not visible. So I looked for some other things to take a picture. I found some rocks and took a picture, I said to myself that "Hey, it's like a bird landing to the rocks..". Since I was on a hurry, I had no chance of taking other pictures.

Canon EOS 350D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 100, f/11 and 1/13 exposure. Shot at Manual mode.

-John Roque


Took the pictures last night at our University. They're gearin' up the lights for the Holidays. I'm fairly new to zoom exposure, but what the heck might as well try, right?

Nikon D60
Lens: 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 1600
Focal lenght: 55mm
Shutter speed was 1/1.6

-Kevin Mallari


Equipment: Panasonic Lumix LX5, wooden photo frame and bed
Setting: Shutter Priority Mode, Shutter speed 2 secs, F-Stop f/7.1, ISO 80, Focal Length 7mm
Technique: Position wooden frame on the corner of my bed, snap the shutter and move my camera towards the subject by stretching my arm as fast as possible before moving my body forward within the exposure 2 sec shutter speed

Story: My camera is not a DSLR thus unable to obtain the ZOOM effect through zooming my lens while taking the picture, therefore I try using the "physical method" to obtain the ZOOM effect not sure if this way is my photo still qualify for the competition. Nevertheless seen my camera lose out to those picture taken with powerful DSLR camera I decided not to compete in the night zoom category (which most often truly bring out the ZOOM effect) I decided to do a day shot with bright surrounding. Just nice that my bed sheet actually is vibrant enough to bring out the "physical method" ZOOM effect nicely but its also feel very empty thus I throw in a wooden photo frame which is hang on my wall all this while thats the story behind my ZOOM photo using a very primitive method.

-Meng Chan


Camera: Sony Alpha 290
Lens: 55-200mm
Shutter Speed: 0.8 Seconds
ISO: 100
Flash: None

Long time reader, first time picture sender!

After getting a break from work me and a friend went to Nottingham Arboretum so I could make use of the snow while it had stopped actually snowing. After many photos, six and a half snowmen, four wet feet and one confused dog (Trying to catch snowballs) we headed back. While waiting for the Tram one came down the Hill in the other Direction and I was able to catch this photo having just read about the new Gizmodo Shooting Challenge on my phone not one minute before.


-Lee Morbin

I´m Lino from Germany. I´m currently studying in Canada and therefore I bought my first DSLR. This was 5 month ago. I really bought the camera only because I wanted to take nice pictures from the landscape and cities but I got really interested in this whole photography thing. Since I read the Gizmodo blog on a daily basis, I´ve seen your weekly photo challenges. I tried some things but I never came up with a good photo. I did the same thing this week, walked trough the neighborhood and try to find a good shot....sitting at home in front of my MacBook looking at my work i though "why not?". This is the shot i choose out of about 120 other that look slightly different, I think I did a good job for a rookie like me....but what do I know?


Camera: Olympus E420
Lens: Zuiko Digital 17,5-45mm 1:3,5-5,6
ISO 100 / 17mm / 0 EV / f/5,6 / 5,0

-Lino Piva


Stuck in the backseat of the minivan between two kids, I attempted to
simulate what the moment before a rear end impact might look like. No kids,
minivans or pickup trucks were harmed in the making of this image.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55 mm (Zoomed throughout range)
Aperture: F/20
Shutter: 1/20
ISO: 200

-Marc Lanciaux


For this shot, I got the Gizmodo logo off the interwebz and made it the background of my desktop screen (iMac). I wanted to make it look interesting, so I decided to not only zoom but to rotate the camera slightly during the shot. I used a Nikon D5000, with bulb setting and the smallest apature

-Masaki Norton


This photo was taken in New York City sitting on a park bench recovering from a long night out at various the cities finer drinking establishments. I was using my EOS 20D with an 18-55mm lens at f18. The natural lighting was was soft and even enough that I was getting a plastic, abstract melty kind of feeling going on. I found this particular shot to very haunting with the superimposed partial faces.

-Matthew Vroom


Camera: canon rebel xs
Lens: The 35-55 lens that came in the box with my rebel xs
ISO: 800
Mode: Manual (Bulb)
Method: in hand

I was in my digital media class and one of the presentations had a cout down sequence in it. I had actually dropped and broken this lens that same class and this was the first picture I took when trying to see if it still worked, I was pissed because I dropped it hard and didn't expect it to work anymore. I zoomed all the way in and then all the way out with a little bit of a wave while zooming and this was the result.

-Seve Garza


"I'm a god...I'm not the God, I don't think"
Shot with a Nikon D2Xs at f/22 the exposure was 10sec. using a 18-70mm nikor DX lens with no flash. Photoshop used for levels and contrast.

After reading the challenge I was curious and excited, I've done some long exposure stuff while driving down the highway at night but this seemed exciting to me. I wanted to immediately do some test in my studio at work(after hours of course.) I took about 20 photos and this one stood out. I think it's the old master backdrop that looks like the heavens that grabbed me.

-Steven Eaton


This was Taken on the flight deck of a Boeing 777. I used a Nikon D90 with an 18-200mm lens at 18mm. The ISO was at 3200 with F3.5 and 0.4 seconds. I think it was taken around 4:00 AM some were close to Mumbai. I am a pilot here in Dubai and have been flying here for the last 4 years.

-Tom Story


I turned the lights off in the room, saw the keyboard on my laptop light up, and thought that it could make an interesting zoom photo. After figuring out how to get a tripod on my desk, I took the picture starting at 18mm and moving to 55mm. I didn't zoom smoothly; instead I zoomed, then paused a bit, then zoomed again to create the "layers" effect. Canon Rebel XS w/ EF-S 18-55mm f/1.3-5.6 IS lens, 20s, f/22, ISO 1600.

- Weston Schlack


I call this shot Zoomodo. I happened to have my SLR tethered to my laptop when I came across this challenge and I thought 'why not shoot my screen'. This was my second attempt. I took about 50 other photos, but this one I liked the best. Funny how that tends to happen... To me the buildings, from the Shayne Kaye's lead shot, look like fireworks. I shoot in RAW and did some post cropping and brightness adjustment with Aperture 3. I used a Canon 50D with a stock lens 18-55mm. Settings: ISO 100, 18mm, F/5, 1/4 sec

-Zacharia Low


-Jeff Browne