Hundreds of entries, thousands of votes, but as always there can be only one. Tonight we announce the winners of the epic Gizmodo Shooting Challenge and give away the Dell XPS 13 ultrabook from Intel.
For five weeks, Gizmodo readers (and the friends they convince to vote for them) voted one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Wednesday, June 27.
The challenges included:
Daniel Buskario, Long Exposure
So I took this photo this week down at a local abandoned toothbrush warehouse. The place is trashed (falling apart, sections burnt down and there is rubbish everywhere). It was pretty freaky going in but once I found there was a quick escape (incase someone squatting came to attack me for some reason) I felt much better :)
- Canon 550d (Kiss x4)
- Stock Canon EFS 18-55mm lens
- Slik tripod
- Three light sticks taped together (red, blue and purple)
- A piece of string
- A friend (to hold open the shutter on BULB mode)
The camera was set on the tripod and many settings were tested to get the photo looking as good as i could. I ended up on ISO of 3200, F number of 5.6 and probably a shutter open for about 40 seconds (so i could make the orb look full).
Daniel won for his awesome long exposure shot that he caught while wandering about an abandoned toothbrush factory.
Daniel wins an Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook valued at $1199. The Core i5 13.3-incher has edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass and is just 6mm at its thinnest point.
Ultrabooks are a new category of mobile PC that pack speedy Intel Core processors and a lightweight design — ideal for photographers looking for an editing studio, storage drive and entertainment hub on the go.
We also have one remote-controlled indoor airship (measuring 1.27m long) for each of the four finalists who didn’t win the major prize. The Turbo Blimp is valued at $200, and you’ll need to visit your local party shop to have it inflated.
Larry Chew, Speed:
Title: Banana Split
The Samurai session continues in the kitchen. The banana had no chance.
Camera: Canon 5DMarkIII
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Brad Saegenschnitter, Style:
Canon Speedlite 580Ex II, homemade LED orb tool, homemade stencilling tool, homemade bicycle wheel dome tool, adapted car neons, steel wool and chain.
ISO 320, f/10, 371 sec.
Last year, in Year 11 Photography, I looked into the Adelaide artist, Denis Smith, who specialises in creating orbs with light, or as he calls, ‘balls of light’. From then, I developed a true passion for light painting and I have been experimenting with various other methods and ideas. In my Personal Style picture I chose to incorporate five different methods of light paint which I use, starting with the silhouette created with an adapted car neon, creating the dome with a bicycle wheel dome tool, an orb with a homemade tri-colour LED rig, sparks with burning steel wool attached to a chain and finally a stencil effect created with a flash and stencil to incorporate my name.
I feel that my ‘Personal Style’ photograph reflects on me as a photographer, as it incorporates several light painting techniques which I have picked up and now use to compose my photographs.
Stuart Addelesee, Engines:
Canon EOS 7D – Sigma 10-20mm
10 sec | f/10 | ISO 100 | 10mm
I never knew my Mazda 121 could go so fast without a bonnet! A long exposure shot with my camera/tripod mounted on the front of the car.
Jay Daley, Fast Shutter:
Trying to get a little creative with the popular name PHOTO BUCKET.
After some practice at making a water arc with a bucket and convincing the letters to balance on the sand, the photo was ready to go. This was actually a pretty straight forward shot with surprisingly very little photoshop.
Shot with a Nikon D4 and 24-70mm lens at 1/3200th sec and f5.6.
Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to all of our winners.
Fancy yourself the next winner of Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge? We’re giving away the fantastic Olympus OMD E-M5 in a few weeks, so you still have time to enter this week’s category which will see you replicating the Gizmodo logo as creatively as you can. Get snapping!