Shooting Challenge: 43 HDR Shots... Vote For Your Favourite!

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 17.

Prizes

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 2 Of 4

Last week was all about capturing the Gizmodo Australia logo in the most creative way possible. We had some amazing entries, but in the end it was Jun Gil Park who walked away with the most votes. Nice work!


This Week's Entries

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Yunhung Huang

"A Wave of Light"

This is my usual route to work. I always enjoy a little walk down the path. It's particularly beautiful in the morning or just before sunset. The building on the right belongs to a school. I've always admire the roof.

I use my iphone 4S with Pro HDR app, and then CrossProcess app for the color. I didn't use any special lens, just the one that came with the phone.

Stefan Szello

Looked out my Cronulla unit to see a very bright rainbow and decided to get my new Panasonic FZ150 out and capture the shot in Raw. Details of the shot in the EXIF info. Processed the Raw file in Oloneo. One of the camera's first shots. First Raw shot ..ever and first processed shot using Oloneo. Will probably specialised in HDR as I love the look.

Daniel Buskariol

So I made a trip out to Circular Quay in Sydney to see if I could finally capture a nice HDR of the harbour bridge (I have tried before with no success) and was pleased with the result. I used a Canon Kiss X4 (Same as a 550d) with an EFS 18-55mm lens set up on a tripod. The shooting mode was manual, the ISO was set to 100, the F-Stop was at 4.5 and the first exposure was set to 5 seconds. I then took a total of 5 photos with the exposure compensation bracketed at -4, -2, 0, 2 and 4. I then merged the images together with Photoshop's HDR merging tool.

Lena Buchanan

This photo was taken on Cockatoo Island with a Canon 550d. It is a tunnel that goes underneath the industrial buildings on the island, at night is was very spooky! The exposure was 2 seconds for the first photo, 1/2 second for the second and 4 seconds for the third. The aperture was set manually at 5 and the ISO at 3200.

Brendan Meharry

For as long as I can remember there has been an abandoned vineyard within walking distance of my house. I don't know the story behind it, but it has been disused for 15 years at least. Shot with a Canon Eos 1100D, 1/320sec, ISO-100, f/5.6, a 18-55mm lens and a dodgy Dick Smith tripod ;)

John Nguyen

5dmk2 + 28mm f/1.8 + Polariser 3 exposures, 2 sec shutter, f/2.8 and ISO 3200 I'm paralysed with fear, as a figure appears in the window sill above me. The figure lingers and stares...

Simon Sheldon

iPhone Camera App shot at Dusk in Hawaii

David Johnson

HDR Sunrise Out I went freezing at 5am to set up and capture some normal sunrise shots and set up for the HDR..... This one's faked with it all being a software work , the initial image was -2,0,+2 split and rendered to be this final shot , the shot worked and even the sun wasn't to bad . Camera :600D Lens :18-55mm @36mm f:22 Shutter 1/30th sec Iso: 200 software GIMP 2.8

Georgios Tsiminis

I get nervous whenever I'm in underpasses like this one, aways imagining terrible things happening... even though in Adelaide it's usually very safe. I tried to give that feel to my photo, this sense of dread and impending trouble, to a scene that really wasn't that worrying if I'm being honest! Technical info: Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: Canon EF 24-105 f/4 L 24 mm, ISO 100, f/9, 3 exposures at 0.3, 1.3 and 5 s, tripod Opened in Lightroom and blended using LR/Enfuse plugin (highly recommended BTW) Converted to B&W, dodging and burning, export as jpg et voila!

Brent Clark

Equipment: Canon EOS 600D, Tripod, 55-200mm lens. Settings: Program AE mode, Automatic focus and shutter speed, 5 exposure shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2). Set up a tripod at the in-laws sugar cane farm and came up with my first ever HDR image. Used Photoshop's "Merge to HDR Pro" feature and used the "Surrealistic" setting. No other photoshopping done.

Tom Wood

Windows and Doors: This is the former Director's Residence at the Mt Stromlo Observatory, which fell victim to the 2003 bush fires. After a Sunday morning ride to the top of the mountian I saw this view, but the 2m fence was a challenge - hooking tripod legs in the mesh was the solution. Equipment: Nikon D7000 Nikkor 10-24mm DX Benro triopod

Tristan Davison

Got this while out bike riding through Honeysuckle, Newcastle. I thought the dust might have an interesting effect in the light. Taken on Canon 50D running Magic Lantern, 18-135 lens, 7 shots at +/- 1ev. Processed in Photomartix Pro. Ship Details [Marine Traffic]

Morgan Wilson

I have seen this Jetty from my flat every morning for the past 5 years. And I have been meaning to take a picture of it for about that long. But I am an absolute pussy when it comes to the cold so I justified any number of procrastinations to keep myself warm at home. However I decided to brave the cold mornings last week and finally get some shots as the skies have been clear and the water relatively still. I actually planned on doing some pano stitches, but settled on this HDR instead. It was shot on a Nikon D-7000 with a Tokina 11-17mm 2.8. Exposure was about 1/2 sec get the sky in balance with the jetty. at F-22, iso 200. I did the HDR in Photomatix and then straightened some distortion in Photoshop. It was a simple 3 exposure HDR mostly to

James Martin

A Sony NEX-5N with a 18-55mm lens, at ISO 320, a 3.2 second middle exposure, 6 ev auto HDR setting, at 28mm, f/4 setup on a small tripod. I'd just recently bought this camera and had been playing around with the HDR settings on it and decided coming home from work yesterday that I tryout some long exposure photos that night. So I put on my trackies and went out the door with the only tripod I could find, walking just a couple metres to throsby creek near my house. While taking some photos thought I might see what would happen if I used the HDR settings at night with long exposures and was suprised with the result. After two hours walking up and down the creek with shoes soaked from the dew on the grass I made my way home and decided on this one after worrying that I may have taken a picture of partially invisible spaceship before coming to my senses.

Andrew Barker

Nikon D90 Nikkor 18-55 IS0- 100 a typical Tasmanian paddock. looks really good in hdr, desaturated the sky a bit to give it a nice grey look to contrast the red, browns and greens. started in Photomatix and finished in Photoshop.

Erle Pereira

Had my head set on a shot of the boats lit up, but could not get a decent capture of them. Night time HDR requires long exposures, which can be particularly challenging. It has always fascinated me. 61 photos later, this is the last set of shots I took. There is noise and blur of people moving. I liked the outcome and decided to send in this one. Processed with GIMP & Luminance HDR. Used bracketing to take out 3 shots, at 0ev, -1ev, +1ev. The exposure time required for each and then for all meant it was, "fun" trying to get as less movement in the scene as possible :) Camera: Olympus e-410 lens : 14-42mm kit lens ISO : 400 Exposure: 1/1 sec (for main 0 biased exposure) 2 other HDR Brakected shots @ +1 and -1 ev.

Julian Ryan

In Shanghai last week. The Hyatt has a small cocktail bar on the 56th floor. I was exahusted and my wife tapped me on the shoulder and said look up. Put My camera on its back and held tight and let her rip. 24mm/2.8 on the D300 (equiv to about a 36mm on a full sensor) at f4.5 with a -1.3ev to +1.3ev. in RAW with about 7 shots. Tweeked it a lot to sharpen the contrast but really all it needed was the sat turned up. Grab your camera and go to Shanghai

Numan Khan

The picture is Taken with Nikon D7000 with 18-105 mm lens. It was taken on our way back from Glasshouse Mts as the day wasn't sunny as we hoped for to get some great pictures from the lookout. Any way thought will come again some other time and it was this moment where the clouds were giving such dramatic look and the trees were lit by pure sunlight so i took my camera and Hoped for the best.

Nicholas Tuck

Warehouses in Sydney: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. You must be cautious. I love doing HDR shots in these kind of surroundings, but other photographers had been there before me, there was a destroyed pocket wizard on the ground as well as part of a tripod, as if the building had eaten the photographers up only to spit out the chunks of tech. Bracketed of around 12 shots, compiled into Photomatix pro, and hurled through Photoshop for a little saturation and deeper shadow.

Jason Ruth

Equipment: Nikon D300, 12-24mm f/4 lens, tripod, remote release. Technique: 7 bracketed RAW images, only 6 used (-2.33ev to +2.67ev, in 1ev steps). Ap set at f/14, shutter was 0.5sec, through to 15 sec. ISO200, matrix metering. RAW images converted to 16 bit TIFF files, 32 bit HDR created using Photomatix Pro 4.2, and tonemapped to a 16 bit TIFF. This was then converted to a 8-bit JPG, and resized. Having put some new apps on my tablet, ones with tide times, sunrise times, and where it would rise, I was keen to put some of this info to the test. I chose Pearl Beach as my location as it was a place I had been to a couple of times and thought it would work well. Though being up at 5am is never easy.

Assaph Mehr

Every day in winter when I drive home from work, if I time it just right, I get a gorgeous sunset right over the Sydney skyline as a backdrop. There are about 5-10 minutes in the day, when the sun colours all the buildings and clouds in indescribable shades of pink and salmon. It looks so romantically beautiful, I am sometime surprised I don't have an accident. There certainly have been enough times I was was sorely tempted to step out of the car and take a picture right from the middle of the road. So naturally when this challenge was announced I knew I had to get this picture. I tried to find the best place I could to get a clear shot, and ended up in Longueville (a good place to watch the NYE fireworks, BTW). Naturally the weather has also heard of the challenge, so instead of the gorgeous cumulonimbus clouds with clear skies I just got grey, but even that could not stop the sun from painting the city in gorgeous colours. Shot with a (tripod mounted) Canon EOS 450D, a 18-135mm lens. I set the exposure to P and shot at -1, 0 & +1 ev bracketing. Exif tells me it was 72mm focal length, f/5.6, 1/40 sec and ISO-800. Merged in Photoshop and then cropped and further developed (mostly clarity) in Lightroom.

Jasper Da Seymour

Ok so Nikon D7000 with 8mm Rokinnon fisheye, manfrotto 7301yb tripod with no name brand remote. iso 100/aperture 8. 9 exposures. This was taken at a redundant and disused wood treatment plant/ train yard. This image i feel summarises the whole site, taken straight into one of the old kiln doors,left as it was the day all the workers just got up and left, removed the last pieces of timber and the door open,as that would of been the last time that it ever fired up. Didnt have enough courage to squeeze in through the door and have a look around though,maybe next time! This massive area has been sitting for over 20 years with very little vandalism and graffiti , an overwhelming site to spend a few hours in.(if your into abandoned industrial sites:))

Mark Burban

I love how nice melbourne CBD looks early evening in winter, but most of the time we are rushing home & don't take time to take in the scene. This HDR is created from 32 images shot on 5dii with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on tripod & triggered via remote cable & timer.. These images have then been tonemapped via HDR. to produce this final image. I am a huge fan of HDR, but feel it has a bad reputation because people often 'overcook' their images; but I do it because I really like to get as much dynamic range into my images as possible. This is why I choose to render my results as realistically as possible.

John Newman

I was dashing out after work to try and get some HDR photos at dusk. I managed to grab these photos from the park near my office. Using HDR I managed to get the detail in the foreground and the colour in the sky.

Chris Prendergast

Just starting out in photography I love the opportunity to take my ultra-wide angle lens out to play. When I took this, I had just lost my job and needed to go to the park to clear my head, and brought my camera with me to try and capture a landscape that not only reflected my the rather down and out mood I was in, as well as show probably the only day there was clear enough skies so far this Melbourne winter. Details: Body: Canon 5D mark 2 Lens: Sigma 12-24mm (at 12mm) f: 9 Shutter: 1/125 ISO: 100

Poay Loh

This shot was taken at the bridge near the MCG Stadium in Melbourne on a quiet Sunday twilight. I love the multiple railroads which give the city a vintage look. There is also a nice mix of colours from the sky, the railway track and the yellow lights on both sides of the track. This was taken with -2/-1/0/+1/+2 exposure and combined on Adobe Photoshop. Slight editing was done to increase vibrance. Camera – Canon EOS 600D Lens – 24-70mm (focused at 30mm) Camera Mode – Manual Exposure Time – 30 seconds Aperture – f10 ISO – 100

Stephen Moylan

Dark Clouds Rolling In I thought I was going to miss the sunset on this afternoon, then I caught this. 3 Shots, 3EV apart, put together in HDR Effex. Taken on Sony NEX-5N with kit lens.

Daniel Shortt

Taken on the way back from helping a friend move house, it was the only day I really had to shoot and since I was moving furniture all day I only had the drive home to find a worthy subject, just as the sun was setting (perfect time for HDR) I drove pase the horses in this feild, so I pulled over and grabbed my camera (pentax k-x) used the fence post to rest the camera on while I took the bracketed shots, and here we have the result. I was looking for a good example of why you should use hdr and not just turn anything into a radioactive scene. I feel this is a good example of something you could never capture with a standard shot. Settings were ISO 200 and f8 @53mm and I used 3 shots at +-2ev. I used photomatrix to mix the shots.

Dave Read

While I'm not usually a fan of the typical HDR look, I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. And besides, this rugged, wintery coastline in northern NSW was screaming to be photographed. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to try it out.

Atilio Bran

I have decided to give it a go to the challenge this week... HDR never done it before but what a good way to get motivated... Here is my first attemp Camera Fujifilm 5S pro f/2.8 Iso 100 1/3 sec focal lens 27mm Software used Photomatix

Damien Edwards

This photo wasn’t originally intended for this competition; yesterday I wrote a small piece which brought to mind the events in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. I thought it might be suitable to post on my blog on the 6th as a sort of anniversary observance, so I started looking for a picture of an origami crane and realised I could just take one myself. I found some directions online, made it with copy paper and set up the shot. The crane was lit with two white LED torches, one on the table, level with the crane and the other in my hand, some ambient light came from two warm low wattage down-lights about three meters overhead. The blue aura surrounding the crane was actually visible to my naked eye, as long as I wasn’t looking at the crane directly. Not owning a dedicated digital camera (wink, nudge), I took the photo with my Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 phone with the HDR Camera+ app from Almalence on the default settings (unfortunately the app doesn’t include a lot of EXIF data). Photoshop was used to remove a few small spots from the surface of the coffee table, other than that; there were no other manipulations and no adjustments. I showed the photo to a friend, who has recently started a slightly messy love affair with photography, who inquired of its HDR pedigree then directed me to the competition page. Once on the page, I realised that not so long ago, I’d originally directed him to it.

Daniel Grinvalds

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, NSW. Canon 550D with kit lens. 9 exposures at +-2ev. Post done with Photomarix and Lightroom..

Manmohan Verma

Canon 600d 55mm ISO100 Early morning i just out of my home and saw "SUN was getting ready to take shower in the clouds so i thought of capturing the moment. Rays coming from the sun seems like a sleeping baby opening its eyes to say that let me sleep some more time" Sun got ready and i missed my bus.

Marcus Cher

Taken from the iconic Webb Bridge at sunset, In the background is the Docklands Marina and in the far distance the Bolte Bridge can be seen. In the for ground is the shadowy figure of my father who happily accompanied me through out the shoot. Funny that after taking 200+ photos this acidental shot is the one that stood out. Technically the final composition is made up of 3 images that are blended together It gives both the illusion of movement and fine detail all in a single frame. Shot on Canon 7D f13 ISO 800 Shutter 0.3 seconds - 1/1250th Lens 17-55mm IS USM Assembled in NiK HDR eFex Pro via Photoshop.

Stuart Addelsee

Canon 7D - Sigma 10-20mm f/9 | ISO 200 | 11mm I went Whale watching on the weekend! I made a late night trip to capture the whales happily swimming around without a throng of people below. This is a 9 shot HDR image[ -6,-5,-4,-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,], combined in Photomatix and then some tidy up in Photoshop. Stuart [Flickr]

Mick Porter

We'd had a few days of clear skies in Brisbane, but on Friday the clouds were shaping up really well so I dashed up to the Mt Gravatt lookout just in time to catch sunset. This shot was taken with my old faithful Konica 50mm lens and processed with Luminance HDR and the GIMP.

Daniel Nguyen

Samsung Galaxy S 2 App: HDR Camera + I took multiple shots while strolling around parramatta river and thought I wanted to try taking photos in HDR with some a tiny bits of nature with man made steel, concrete and glass at a different angle on a phone. this is one of the best out of my collection. After doing so I didnt realise there was an old man in the photo which just made the photo more nice as he happens to wear grey clothing which makes it a good contrast.

Sam Broomby

I've attempted to take a HDR shot of this wreckage before but failed as I forgot to bump down the ISO, so when I combined it, the picture looked like it had acne. I was prompted by this challenge to try it again, so I headed down to the car. It has an eerie feeling to it as your gut wrenches and my phone dropped signal. I wanted to capture that feeling and I believe I did. Body: Canon 600D Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 ISO: 200 F-Stop: f/11.3 Shutter Speed: 1/25, 1/40, 1/60

Raymond Cher

Nature through mans design. This photo was taken with my son in the newish Docklands precinct. The symmetry of structure is quite pleasing. Canon EOS 7D EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM f/2.8 ISO 100

Ben Ricketts

Luckily there was some cloud around this morning so I went to the harbour and climbed down to this lighthouse. Processed in photomatix... probably a bit overdone... Multiple exposures @ f10 / ISO 50

Jun Park

Took a trip to St. Kilda for this challenge and saw an old man who was fishing on the pier. I asked if I could take a few photographs of him but initially he didn't understand as his English wasn't very good. To my amusement, the first thing he said to me was "are you crook"? I wanted to say "well I am about to shoot you" but the bad joke would've been lost on him. He ended up being very friendly and seemed to be a very skilled fisherman. He had a few fishing poles going at the same time and was constantly switching between them so it was quite challenging to get three exposures where neither he nor the poles were moving too much. This is my first attempt at an HDR image. Learned a lot from this one! Equipment Canon EOS 600D Canon EFS 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II Shot on a tripod F-stop f/11.3 Exposure Time 1/21sec ISO - 100 Focal Length 18mm

Mike Jarosinski

This was taken with a Nikon D7000 and nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens ISO 320. I normally like to use a tripod for my 3 bracketed pictured but to get this low to the ground it wasn't possible this time so they are 3 handheld shots at +/- 2. I compiled the 3 photos in Photomatix and then did some HDR toning and sharpening in CS5. This is a piece of art on English Bay in Greater Vancouver.

Brad Saegenschnitter

Port Willunga Beach For this weeks challenge, I headed back out to one of my favourite locations, Port Willunga Beach. This being my first attempt at a HDR, I don't think I went too bad. I used three separate images which I took using different exposure bracketing. Shot with a Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 24-105mm Lens f/22, ISO-1250, 1/1000

Jay Daley

Title: Lighthouse HDR So I have to be honest - I never shoot HDR's! I was out for a shoot at lighthouse on Sunday morning and after I'd finished my panoramic I thought I'd have a try at a HDR for this weeks challenge. This is a manually bracketed 4 shot HDR merge. I shot this moments after I'd finished my sunrise shot so I knew there would be highlights on the horizon therefore I shot the base image at f11, 1/50th sec ISO 100 then 2 shots, each at a stop below, and 1 shot a stop above finishing at 1/25th. Shot on a Nikon D800 with a 16-35mm lens.


Editor's note: Turns out Daniel's entry wasn't eligible and we've removed it from this week's round. He'll be back within the rules next week.


Comments

    Good luck Poay Loh - I don't know you, but I think I saw you taking it; I walked up there and you were there with another person, and dead center over the rails (where I wanted to be :P) but I got a shot a couple meters across

      I think I remember seeing you. How are you mate??

    Fun challenge to enter with a one click shot method of processing .......
    I love the range of topics happy to shoot in this company :)

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    Once again - a group of killer shots! Congratulations everyone! One slight problem - my photo seems to be showing under Stuart Addelsee's name... woops.. :)

    Manmohan's shot is incredible! :O

      NICK : Thanks for your comment.

    mmm, yeah Jay, my shot seems to be missing altogether here.

    some fantastic shots. i really wanted to enter this one, but couldn't get the time during work hours to go shoot the shot i was planning :S have to say, the photo comp is one of my favorite bits of gizmodo.

    Even if my photo gets posted now I would say my chance this week has gone, for anyone thats curious I have posted my pic at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_addelsee/7546455968/in/photostream

      Nice image.. you might have won!

      Pretty awesome Stuart, would have voted for you.

    Another week of amazing shots!! I have to give my vote to Ben Ricketts though..

    So many great shots, well done people.
    Especially to those who choose not to spam their fb friends, don't take the voting results as any indication of your photographic skill. I see one shot in particular up there proves that you don't need to enter this comp with a good photo to get a high volume of votes. It can be over exposed, over sharpened, over saturated, have an uneven horizon and be badly composed in general, and you can still be up there ahead of photos that are legitimately good.

      Yes, i hear you there.. I hope you're not talking about my shot.. hehehe.. Personally i find these comps frustrating because my small social media circle makes it hard to get votes.

      It would be much better to run this comp. so that 3 finalists are chosen via the social aspect; then judges decide who enters.. Honestly, this is likely the last time i'll enter this competition; because of the inequality of voting..

      & I'd love to say GREAT WORK from Morgan & Chris. Top notch HDR work there! WELL DONE!

        Nah your photo is great, Mark. I think it's pretty obvious which photo I'm talking about, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way about it.

        I don't see why they don't get the editors to judge these comps from the start? or maybe a small panel of photographers? or is it more about driving traffic from FB to giz?

          Hi "Commenter"

          1. By opening up photo challenge to public voting, the comp has grown because friends have shared it with other friends. Having more entries and a bigger shooting community with more talented entries is the goal.

          2. I've discussed this with you before. Your future posts on the subject will be deleted.

          Stop flogging a dead horse. You bring nothing but negative sentiment to a shooting community that is otherwise positive and encouraging. It sets a bad example for future entrants.

          3. Either submit a photo entry yourself OR if you already have, post such concerns using your actual name. Stop hiding behind this 'Commenter' rubbish.

            "So many great shots, well done people."
            "Nah your photo is great, Mark. "
            You certainly have an interesting view on negativity. I will apologise though, clearly I have upset you and some of the readers with my comments, this is after all just a bit of fun, and the competition rules should not be taken so seriously.. guilty. But there's no need to delete my posts in future Danny (except for this one of course), I'm just going to stop visiting gizmodo au. Problem solved. Now it can go back to being all flowers and rainbows.

            hi Danny, I am wondering if you can please give me an ETA for this competition to end.. In the contest details it's stated "Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, July 17." but the voting is still open at the time of this message. I'd love to know when it finishes so I know if I have to squeeze more votes out of my friends. thanks mate :)

      Out of curiosity, who was 'over exposed, over sharpened, over saturated, uneven horizon, badly composed' directed at?

        Totally agree with Danny!
        "Commenter" stop hiding behind a fake name and putting others down to try and feel better about yourself. Your comments are not constructive in the slightest and don't deserve to be in the comments section at all. Stop ruining it for everyone, clearly gizmodo's publicity has grown enormously in the last few weeks from people sharing the competition!

          I agree. I admit some of my previous comments were a little harsh & I apologise for that; but there's no excuse in hiding behind a fake name & making such trollish remarks.

    Hey thanks Mark. Yours was great too. I read your story, some serious HDR skills that went into that shot of yours, nice work.

    I too wish it wasn't a facebook comp. Although I posted one up I took it down soon after thinking it would be nicer to see who actually votes out of choice. But I saw others posting to FB, so I reposted again just to have a chance. It's a shame it has to work that way.

    Ben Ricketts has got my vote for this week but I like Andrew Barker, Jasper, Jason Ruth and Daniel Buskariol shots too.

      cheers mate.. i've been doing HDR ever since i picked up a dSLR. I adore dynamic range! Although HDR's are easy to do, they require alot of fine tuning to get things perfect. But you already know this, as I can see in your image..

      So yes, I guess everyone should hit their social media & spam their friends for votes. I've done that & think i've got all i can out of them.. So may the best, errr, i mean, most popular photographer win!

      Where's yours Grace ?
      I was looking forwards to seeing your lateral thinking applied to this one :)

      Thanks! I'm pretty new to HDR and really love it. Hopefully they have another competition for HDR's soon :)

    I have to say, I think Ben Ricketts' photo is really well composed and keeps the eye moving around the image in an interesting and satisfying way.

      It keeps your eye moving around trying to figure out where he stashed the plutonium that is making the lighthouse glow.

    Its disappointing that finalists can be determined by the amount of friends they have online rather than their photographic skills. One easy solution is to have the editors select the finalist each week. It evens the playing field, although I think Gizmodo( and their sponsors) kind of like all the hits there getting through these comps. I won't be disappointed if it reverts back to the normal weekly challenge, minus prizes, I only hope someone wanting to get in DSLR photography wins this and gets the camera and not a pro or someone with a good dslr body and a bag of lenses.

      I agree. having spent the better part of a weekend getting my shots (I went out 4 different times; unahppy with results). I reckon it's just not worth my time. exp. when it's more about how popular you are & has nothing to do with skills. I think the changes you are suggesting are a good thing & will still drive traffic to gizmodo (which is what gizmodo wants @ the end of the day.)

    Hey Tristan, I think I saw the same ship from honeysuckle you did.. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150928657728947&l=3f58d2dbbe not sure that link works if you don't have a Facebook, but hopefully it does.

      Sure looks like it doesn't it. Nice shot.

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      Yep "Discusser" it was. This is the second competition I have ever entered and I didn't realise every competition had the same time restrictions. I let Danny know and in fairness they removed me from voting. Thanks for your great concern mate

    Mark - congrats on a great image. Compositionally perfect and very well balanced. Well done!

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    Thanks for the nice comments re my photo. This is certainly a social media campaign for Gizmodo more than a photo comp. But I don't feel that going out and shooting for the comp is a waste of time. it is nice to have some purpose when shooting.

    Hey guys. Turns out Daniel's entry wasn't eligible and we've removed it from this week's round. He'll be back within the rules next week.

      Sorry about this guys! I'm new to gizmodo competitions and didn't realise that every competition had the date restrictions. I know now and it won't happen again! :)

      Hi Luke, for what it's worth any chance you can fix mine and Jays photo? Cheers.

      hi Luke, I am wondering if you can please give me an ETA for this competition to end.. In the contest details it’s stated “Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, July 17.” but the voting is still open at the time of this message. I’d love to know when it finishes so I know if I have to squeeze more votes out of my friends. thanks mate :)

    Shirt Off Man aka Point 'n Shoot aka Shutter Speedos aka The Golden Lens Cap aka Northern Exposure aka The People's Polenta FTW.

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      In his defense, I remember my first HDR shots and they were probably even worse than this! Still, he must have a lot of good friends....

    It's one of those comps guys - when there are prizes on the line, people are obviously going to engage their friends/social media where it allows. You go into this competition aware that the "best" photo may not always be the winner. If you don't like it, don't enter the competition. There is no need to be as mean as some of the comments above - just enjoy!

      Hi Stuart, I appreciate your comment as it isn't harsh like many others. I admit, by no means is mine the best, and as stated in my description it is my first attempt at a HDR, which I thought looked ok. I guess even at age 17, people will still hate on you even if you are just a beginner...

        Emily I completely agree with you, clearly some people will do everything they can to win and some comments are purely to insult people rather than constructive criticism. The fact that people are getting all their friends to vote is exactly what helps gizmodo, that is heaps of publicity!

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        So what if it is? Hopefully they change the rules and it does become more of a competitition. But in the meantime, nobody wants to hear your rude and judgemental comments where you go out of your way to belitttle other people ("lessons in HDR", "slow clap") in this competition. Don't go any further out of your way to ruin a competition for everyone else who is just having a good time.

          ditto ^^

    They arr all fantastic! I like the 360deg view of the pedestrian bridge.was a fish eye used?

      Hey Trone, Thanks for the interest. Yep this was my initial shot but I read the rules incorrectly and cropped it down to 800px. Luckily for me Gizmodo put the original up.

      It's a compilation off 200+ photos to make a HDR panorama. Why so many photos you ask?

      Well basically I construct each HDR frame by taking 3 shots at -3, 0, +3 then combine them together manually using Nik Software. This gives me complete creative control and allows me to tweak the image so it takes one more of an surreal artisan look. The colours are vibrant with out been blown out and gritty details like the cracks in the ashfelt are really stunning.

      So after I've made each frame i'll select a bunch to add together as a panorama. There is a whole lot of overlap to make sure frames link together but even then you find the railing in the foreground needed a tiny touch up. It takes quite a few hours to put together but I think the final image makes the time worth while.

      If you like this work you can check out some shots from NYC that I took using this method a couple of years ago.

      http:[email protected]/5535264085/in/photostream
      http:[email protected]/5535277999/in/photostream

      Or if you if you want some help on how to do this type of photography PM me and ill give you some tips.

      Cheers Marcus.

        Thats epic! I had no idea! Well done, that's a lot of work u put into your image!

          Cheers Mark, I'm just glad you like it.

    Well spoken Emily, Totally agree.

    I think the team at Gizmodo should be thanked for putting on such an event. They have provided an online gallery for amateurs and proffesionals alike to show off there stuff !

    For most people these photos wouldn't get anywhere near this amount of exposure!

    Thanks also should go to Olympus. Now I have entered a few of these competitions with no prize attached. After three days nobody seemed to care about the photos.

    But ever since you have dangled the carrot of a sexy new camera, the hive of activity on this page has picked up ten fold.

    Cheers Marcus

      I agree. I really enjoy entering gizmodo photo competitions; & have been doing so long before any prizes were awarded. & Yes I think now that sexy 'carrots' like the OM-D are being dangled in-front of us I think it's more important that some valid method of judging be implimented. This would also benefit Olympus because quality photos would be associated with their product.

      I for one, would be happy to donate my time to gizmodo to help judge the photos. Honestly, it's not about winning for me; but about making sure the 'best' image wins! If gizmodo staff are interested in this then please contact me.

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