Hope you like great photos, because last week’s Shooting Challenge is coming at you. There are some amazing photos in this bunch, so start voting for your favourite photographer! They might just win an Olympus micro four-thirds camera!
For five weeks, Gizmodo readers (and the friends they convince to vote for them) are voting one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Wednesday, July 25.
Note: In the interests of fairness, voting has been restricted to one per user, based on cookie and IP.
Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, July 3.
The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is designed to make the jump into DSLR easy. With Live View functionality that lets you see exactly what a shot will look like before you take it, coupled with a 5-axis in-body image stabiliser for shooting in low light, and a retro design inspired by the first OM-D from 1972, the EM-5 lets you capture some beautiful shots. More at Olympus.
We’re excited to be able to give this camera away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge faithful.
The kit you’re playing for is valued at $1499, and includes the OM-D EM-5 body and 12-50mm lens, both of which are weatherproof so you can feel confident when Mother Nature turns on you.
Last Week’s Most Voted Photo — Finalist 1 Of 4
Last week was all about zooming in on the world with macros, and we had some striking entries. The most voted photo came from…Jay Daley . Congrats and breaking through Jay!
Jay’s wonderful macro shot is the first of four finalists in the running to pick up the Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera. But he’ll face the winner of this week’s Gizmodo logo challenge…
This Week’s Entries
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I purchased my 35mm f1.8 today and this was the first series of photos I took with it. This photo is of the Gizmodo logo projected onto the surface of my Bose sound dock using a little NEC Data projector. The image is straight from the camera bar changing it to B&W in Lightroom.
Taken on a D80 with 35mm AF-S DX F/1.8
Settings/Equipment: Canon 5D Mkii, Sigma 50mm f1.4, shot at f1.4 ISO320, no flash. Pocket-knife.
Story: Using a pocket-knife to remove and re-arrange the keys, I created the world’s first gizmodo.au keyboard. While entirely impractical for anyone other than touch typists, it’s bound to fly off the shelves…
Negative Thinker Tattoo
After shooting a few angles of this I finally decided this might be best for an obvious “Shop-up work”,
I could do with more muscle and it has need for a dramatic effect.
Seeing as it’s a promo round you might as well have some art for representation, this was shot then inverted and textured with GIMP2 using edge detect and a sobel filter. The stensil took longer to cut out than the shoot to take , don’t worry it’s not a real tattoo but a good stenciling that was applied in acrylic,
Lens: Kit 55-250@ 79mm
Shutter: 1/60th sec
Photoshop Prog. Gimp2
Edge detect/Sobel filter
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 18-200mm
Rearranged the keys on my Logitech G510. Adjusted the back light to something close to the gizmodo blue and cropped my image to a more logo like banner. Had to improvise a little on the second o as there obviously not two o’s on a keyboard.
1/15 S. F 3.5. ISO 1600
Sony Nex3 macro lense.
I thought I’d done a creative, original idea and then when I went to down load the pic, noticed the Z was backwards Bwhahah.
The soup is now eaten……..
This weeks change worked out a little better than last time. I started by stripping the relevant key from an out of commission MBP I had lying around. At first I tried just shooting them rearrange on the keyboard, but it wasn’t the easiest to read. I then tried shooting them around some gadgets thinking it would fit the them of the blog, but it was too hard to read when used at the right size to be a site logo.
Finally I settled on this with the keys on top of the logic board. Not the most exciting but I thought it would be well suited for the website.
Taken with a Nikon D5100 with the kit 18-55mm lens. Exposure 1/60 f-stop 6.3 ISO:400
After many failed attempts at glueing 100’s and 1000’s together, trying to make a 3D model reading ‘Gizmodo’ I gave up. Trust me when I say, it DOES NOT WORK. Instead, I chose to shoot a much simpler depiction of this week’s challenge.
The shot set-up was simple, all I used was a piece of blank white paper (I really like the textures you see in the paper when taking macro shots) a permanent marker, natural light and my desk.
Shot using a my Sony TX10, macro setting.
Anyone want to play? I’ve always thought that word searches are quite entertaining! So, I created a word search and obviously added ‘Gizmodo Australia’ in amongst a whole lot of other words like ‘cameras’, ‘shoot’, ‘challenges’, ‘competition’, ‘olympus’, ‘creative’! If you have time, ‘discover’ and ‘search’ through this little ‘game’!
Was bushwalking through the rainforest in Cairns, North Queensland when we stopped at a stream for a break. Shot on my GoPro HD Hero 2, with underwater dive housing. I sat in the water for a while hoping for a good shot (not knowing because of GoPro’s lack of viewfinder). I was rather unprepared, but that’s ok! You can see fish swimming through the background, and the suns light spilling through the trees high above the water.
Shot on GoPro HD Hero 2 with flat lens dive housing. f/2.8, 1/7 second exposure, ISO- 240
Title: The keys that changed the world.
Story: A few keys from my humble old QWERTY keyboards, that represents the revolution that computing has made to civilization. Will we still be using keyboards in 5 years time?
Camera: Sony T10
Every week I check these photo challenges, every week I swear I must submit an image, more often than not I don’t. This week it was time to get out of my comfort zone, however what do to, what to shoot, how do you minimize photoshop use?
Well photoshop was used, but only as a means to combine the letters as each letter was one photo (I live in a unit and floor space is limited, along with height to get all the characters). So here is my attempt.
Photographic Equipment used: Nikon D300, in built flash, 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens.
Camera settings (all images): 1/60sec, f/4.5, ISO400, flash. Focal Length of 37mm (adjusted).
Other Equipment used: AA, AAA rechargable batteries, Li-ion rechargable battery packs, UV torch, TV remote, eTrex GPS, Sony PSP, Canon S100, multimeter, Microsoft & Logitech Mice, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPhone 4, Belkin sports command, Nikon SB-30 flash, headphones, RAM mount, Contour Roam underwater housing, rulers, Sony Walkmans (NW-HD-1 & NW-E003F), GPS cables, Kindle cable, cable ties, Polaroid PoGo print paper, Polaroid PoGo, battery checker, HDD.
Loved doing this, but putting everything away after I was done took was the most time consuming part.
For the Giz logo comp I decided to make the logo out of items that could feature on the website.
“G” is a computer power cable.
“I” is a TV remote.
“Z” is two laptops.
“M” is a camera stand.
“O” is a crepe maker.
“D” is various point and shoot cameras and mobile phones.
“O” is the letter O being displayed on an Ipad.
Placed the item on a bed sheet and took the photo from on top a ladder. I turned the flash intensity up high to make sure the bed sheet was pure white. Even though the middle didn’t need touching up, I had to touch up the background on the edges.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
This was a very hard challenge for me to come up with a great idea for , so I decided to paint my legs with blacklight paint. I shot this with my Canon T3i, using a 50mm lens, my ISO was set at 200 with a F stop of 1.8 and a shutter speed of 3 sec.
Camera – Nikon D7000
Lens – Nikkor 18-55mm, shot at 28mm zoom, F29, 1/10, ISO 1250.
We are currently renovating our house and therefore have lots of builders rubbish lying around. My original idea was to make the logo using timber, however as I cut the timber and saw the interesting shapes the wood shavings fell to the ground in, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass.
Thought of this idea to portray the Gizmodo logo with each letter of the logo on the screen of some piece of technology. I tried to incorporate other technology with screens (ie: TV, mobile phone, etc) but each being of different sizes made it difficult to display the logo clearly. So I decided to just use my laptop to display the Gizmodo logo and the Australian flag. I then took 8 individual photos (each time moving the laptop to a new location) before merging them all together in Photoshop. Whilst browsing through the different Photoshop Effects I found a ‘Negative’ filter and really liked the kind of X-ray effect that it produced so I decided to use it.
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm
This photograph was shot on location in Hartley, Blue Mountains by two amateur teenagers. After a friend taught me how to ‘light-paint’ I thought I’d try it out myself. Another friend of mine was checking Giz as he always does (he really enjoyed your article on the Nexus 7 pricing) he found this competition. Out we went by the fire and started to take some shots. The end result is a image made of individual images stitched together using Gimp.
We would have used seven people- all doing an individual letter in a single shot though we did not have enough people at our disposal.
We hope you enjoy the image.
Photo Equipment: Canon IXUS 220HS and a mobile phoneas light source.
Settings: Long Shutter
Shutter Speed/Exposure: 2.5 sec
ISO 100 also 1600 for earlier shots
Technique: Light Painting/Long Exposure/shutter speed
– Canon 5D Mark II
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
– Blue & White LED Christmas lights
ISO-6400, f/1.8, 1/320 sec.
For this weeks challenge, I decided to create a Bokeh effect with some blue and white LED Christmas lights. I arranged them on the wall with Blu-Tack then set the scene for the photo. I started by loading this weeks shooting challenge entry page on my iPhone, then balancing some Scrabble letters on top, to form the word ‘GIZMODO’.
I chose blue for the lights as both the Gizmodo logo and the camera icon is blue, and also incorporated white as I felt it complimented it nicely.
I thought a long exposure shot of Gizmodo logo while “browsing” the Gizmodo website would be an interesting way to show how much time I spend my free time on Gizmodo website. However, I also made sure the Gizmodo shooting challenge page was exposed the longest so it’s the most prominent.
I used a Canon 60D with Sigma 18-50 f2.8 lens on a 30sec exposure, f22, ISO 100. Reduced the brightness of the LCD screen to the minimum, and even then the LCD screen was still too bright. So I had to use a variable ND filter to reduce the light still and try again. The only adjustment made after was a crop and increase of contrast.
Kim Kiu Fung
body : canon 5d mark III
lens : canon 24-105mm
1/80s, f/4.0, ISO2500
i was creating this photo with trying the bokeh effect. i made an paper lens cover with a cut out image of GIZMODO logo. and i shot this photo with focal length 105mm with out-focusing to capture the GIZMODO logos in it.
In this pic I wanted to represent each letter with items associated with the variety of aspects covered by gizmodo.
G = glasses (geek out)
I = iPhone (mobile)
Z = Zelda (gaming)
M = Monopoly (entertainment)
O = Olympus (cameras)
D = Dental Floss (gadget)
O = Otto (what category isn’t covered by the Simpson?)
IS0 50 / f11 / 15 seconds
Canon 5d Mkii, 16-35mm @ 35mm
Added some colour to the logo in then displayed it on my phone. After attempting a few different motions I mounted my phone on a geared turntable constructed from Lego Technic, then rotated at various speeds by hand. After numerous attempts this image emerged.
Jun Gil Park
I thought bokeh would be a good approach for this challenge. I cut out the Gizmodo logo from black paper with a box cutter knife. With my bokeh-ready camera and an old stamp I found with ‘Australia’ written on it, I headed out into the cold rain at 3am this morning determined to get a shot before the deadline.
I came across a bus stop – its glass walls covered with droplets from the misty rain. The illuminated droplets acted as points of light that created a background of smaller ‘gizmodo’ bokeh lettering. amongst the larger logos formed by the street and traffic lights.
The stamp not only worked ‘Australia’ into the shot, but also served as a concrete object to contrast with the ethereal bokeh gizmodo logos.
Bokeh cover cut by hand
Canon EOS 600D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
ISO – 6400
Exposure Time 1/200 sec
Some post editing
Canon 7D – 50mm 1.8
1.6sec | f1.8 | ISO 100 | 50mm
I have a home made light box that I use with light stencils, I made some stencils including both the Gizmodo logo and Australia and attached them to the front of the light box. Flash is the sole light source and an old crosshatch filter on the lens is used to get the flare effects. Some slight cropping, but other than that straight from the camera.
Stuart – Flickr
Hi there, I shot this on my Nikon d90, i;ve just started playing with light painting but thought i would approach this from a different angle. That being instead of painting the letters i used some from the local art shop and painted around it instead.