100 Brilliant And Blinding Blow Outs

Ninety-nine per cent of our photography falls within a certain acceptable range of exposure - one filled with colour and detail. Last week's Shooting Challenge was dedicated to the rare .01 per cent that's blinded by the light. The resulting shots are incredible.

Second Runner Up

I shot most of the photo with the exposure I wanted, but used photoshop to up the exposure, gamma correction, noise reduction and unsharp mask.

Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm VR

ISO: 200

Shutter: 1/200

Aperture: F13

Focal Length: 50mm

[Ed note: I have a feeling that the larger you can look at this, the more you can appreciate the gradient of detail and the more striking it would be. Imagine a wall-sized print.]

-Jason Bolt

First Runner Up

Camera: Canon Eos 40d

Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8L USM

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 52mm

Aperture: f2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

[Ed note: I was just struck by the simple, clever play of black and white.]

-Justin Carney


Michelangelo´s "Creation of Men" inspired me to this "Adam´s sight of view".

I shot "Gods hand" with my Canon Eos 500D and the Canon 18-55mm lens.Also used a tripod and a remote trigger. 1/4 sec. Iso 800, into the sunlight. No software adjustments except for crop and resize.

[Ed note: My mind just kept coming back to this one.]

-Romane Renne

The notable shots mentioned here barely represent the creativity and awesome execution of this week's challenge, ranging from subtle clipping to complete whiteouts. Thanks to everyone for participating, and readers, be sure to mention your favourites in the comments!

This photo was taken on a snowy day on a back road in rural North Carolina. It was taken with a Canon PowerShot A70 at a focal length of 7.8438, f-stop 4.5 and exposure time of 1/320. -Alec Grossman

I used a Canon 40D , a 28-135mm Canon Lens, a container of guacamole, and white computer paper. - Josh Freeman

Just messing around with Optimus Prime. I set him in front of a window, set my aperture down to f10 (for detail), and then left the shutter open for a second. Shot on a T1i with a 50mm f1.8. -Juan Carlos Bagnell

Camera: Canon 40D Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8 II ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/40 Aperture: f/1.8 -Emory Dunn

Technique: Vastly overexpose and hope for the best Equipment: Nikon Coolpix L2 -Jason Miller

This picture was taken in Dana Point, CA (Orange County). I waited until the sky was clear and bright, then over-exposed for the tree. It came out pretty nicely. Camera: Canon 30D Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS ISO: 100 Aperture: f/4.0 Exposure: 1/80 sec. Focal Length: 82mm -Nolan Gaudreau

Self-portrait achieved with the use of a tripod and 2sec timer. Taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS EFS18-55 lens @ f/4.5, 2.5sec, ISO400. -Carin Perilloux

Clear Halo 1 action figure and my MBP to help achieve the white background. I used a Canon 5D Mark II with a 100mm Macro lens at f/2.8, 1/40 shutter speed and 5000 ISO. -Cody Bryant

I shot at ISO 80 with a 10 second exposure. I didn't do anything very special for the shot, just set my camera on a tripod in a well-lit area. -Viktor Polyak

Baseball photographed vs white surface and background. Canon S90 / f8 / 8 sec / 6mm / +2ev / ISO 80 Played with Aperture for brightness, exposure, contrast, saturation and crop. -Luis E. Gonzalez

This is shot when the sun is right above my head. Camera: Canon EOS 20D Lens: EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM ISO: 3200 Tv: 1/1600 Av: 14 -Wilson Cheng

Title: Hogarth, Friend Camera: Sony a300 Lens: 30mm macro Exposure Settings: f/22, ISO 400, 30 second exposure, +2.0 exposure The model is the Iron Giant Ultimate Edition, with a little Hogarth magnetically sitting on his shoulder. Mounted on a tripod, I shot this while holding a white t-shirt behind it. -Jeremy Schultz

I accidentally left my camera set for a 30 second exposure and came up with this happy accident. Shot with Canon T1i at ISO 100 for 30 seconds at f/4.5. -George Washburn

Took this picture on my lunch break in downtown Portland. Basically using my sunglasses as an Neutral Density filter. Camera GH1 Lens Panasonic 20mm f1.7 Metering Mode f4 1/200 -Aaron Parker

Just kept the camera in front of a firecracker and then lit the cracker. Camera Used was Sony DSC H10 ISO 125 Exposure : 2sec -Aditya Agarwal

Used a Canon Powershot A570 IS with a shutter speed of 4 seconds and aperture of 2.67. I'm using the CHDK firmware hack for the camera. -Kevin Fronczak

I use a Nikon D90 and had the following specs on this photo: Shutter Speed: 1/13th Aperture: f/8 -Andrew Howard

This is a picture of a really cool Art Deco lamp I have in my room, I set the exposure time to a 15 second shutter and flipped the light on and off over and over again. F/8 - 15.0s - Canon Rebel XS - 18-55mm Lens @ 48mm - ISO 400 -Skylar Shafer

I have the At&t logo in my eye! Stared straight into a very bright lamp with electrical tape across it. Nikon D5000 / Nikon 18-55mm lens @ 55. 1/60 sec. / F 9 / Iso hi-1 / Monochrome. -Matthew Hill

I was doing a test shoot with a model (Kelly Ash) and this was the first test shot before I got my camera settings dialed in. yan Aylsworth to contests show details Feb 18 (4 days ago) Canon 30D F11 1/50 sec ISO 250 -Ryan Alsywoth

The subject is a Mighty Mugg Iron Man set in front of a piece of printer paper in a well-lit room. Shot with a Canon EOS 500D and a EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, with the settings at F4.5, ISO 100, +2 EXP. Cropped in Photoshop. -Antonio Fasciano

Equipment used: Canon EOS Kiss X2 Canon EF 35-80 mm Lens My office desk 'Atashin Chi' Mobile Phone Holder Shot at around 3:04pm, Thursday, February 18, 2010 Using a 20 second shutter speed, ISO 200, f-stop 22 and AWB -Mark Aromin

This was taken on a beach near my parent's hotel in Encinitas, CA. It was taken with a Canon 20D with a kit lens. It was a 1/2 second exposure at f/36 with an ISO of 400. There was some post done with lightroom 2. -Pratik Shah

Shot is of a glass of water (in a blue glass), lit by a single 14w CFL bulb. A tripod mounted Nikon D5000, with the Nikkor 35mm DX prime lens attached used in capturing image. F-stop at f/5, 6 sec exposure, ISO-200, image cropped, then resized in Photoshop Elements 8, no other processing done to the image. -Leroy Witherspoon

For this shot, I used a Canon 7D with a 50mm fixed focal length lens with an aperture of 1.8, shutter speed of 1/60 and ISO of 100. Aside from the sun lighting the entire scene, the subject was also side lit with a reflector and front lit with an off camera flash. -Malcolm Gordon

Our dog napoleon, on the snow-covered back deck of our house, Chicago IL. Taken with my 3G iPhone, augmented with PS Mobile -Mark Henderson

This shot took a bit of trial and error but I finally settled on a 1/250 shutter speed @ 100 ISO. It was taken using a 50mm lens on a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. -Ian Poley

Images below were taken with an E-P1 with the 14-42 kit lens. Subject was a Steam Punk exhibition in Oxford, UK. ISO: 500 1/20th Sec F/3.5 -Chris Balkham

This is a picture while out swing dancing. I used a Cannon Rebel XSi with the standard lens that comes in the kit, 2 second shutter speed, ISO 1600. -Robert Mitchell

Photo of my roommates dog accidently snapped with setting from a shoot the previous night, causing the overexposure. Taken with Canon Rebel XTi and Speedlite 420EX. -Alisha Seguin

The a dead curry plant was sitting on a stack of apple boxes, and the female was standing aprox a half foot behind the plant. The profile was slight desaturated to emphasize the plant. Equipment lens- Tamron 18-250mm camera body- Nikon D300 ISO-200 One Strobe Unit- Alien Bee B1600 30x60" soft box Photoshop Settings f9 @ 1/320 Alien Bee B1600 at full power -Irene Tomoko Sugiura

Shot at the Roman ruins in Jerash outside Amman, Jordan. Canon EOS-1D Mark III Canon 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle with hood Hoya 72mm polarizer filter f/1.4 1/125 sec 35mm -Franklin Williams

Subject *magic mouse *withe piece of paper *single desk lamp Camera *iPhone camera *perfect photo app *camera bag app -Adam Baugartner

i've got a big wooden 'r' in my bedroom and i thought it might look suitably odd. Olympus uDigital 600 ISO 1600 -Ronan Murphy

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel EOS XSi Lens: Canon EF 28-105 ISO: 100 F4.5 1/20 second -Todd Sonneborn

My bulldog, Karma. Taken w/ my Panasonic Lumix FZ-20, post-processing done w/ iPhoto. Kevin Oppenheimer

I shot the picture on a grey morning sky, which was in fact perfect for editing. My camera is an old Canon EOS 30D. -Clement Larrive

This was shot on a Canon 7D with an 18-200mm Efs lens. It was shot at f5.6 with a shutter speed of 1/125 and exposure bias of +3.7ev at iso 500. The focal length was 90mm. This is the back of an F-101B "voodoo" fighter jet at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ. -Adam Arena

Coke glass filled with candy and the matching color bear sitting next to it. Device: Nikon D5000 Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G Focal Length: 32mm Aperture: F/32 Shutter Speed: 1s ISO Sensitivity: ISO 3200 -Rochelle Martin

This was a shot of my 7 yr old daughter running around the house with her masquerade mask on. Canon: EOS 5D MarkII Shutter Speed: 3.22 sec Aperture: F2.8 Focal Length 28mm ISO: 400 Desaturated in PS4 -Chris Stokes

Shot with my Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, F/4.5, 4 sec, ISO 1600. No post-processing except the crop in Photoshop. -Griffin Strole

Taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Nikon D5000 ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/100 Aperture: f/4.5 Focal Length: 29mm f/1.8 ISO 100 -Pedor Leal

I took this picture in my office, alone with my Fuji S2000 camera and a tripod, with typical office fluorescent lighting and a blue wall in the background. Exposure ½ sec at f/4.6 Focal length 17.9 mm ISO 500 Flash NO Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD -Nestor Maldonado

Camera: Canon Rebel XSi Lens: EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Aperture: f/2.2 Strobist: Alienbees B800 in softbox camera right, second B800 bare to the back right, 2 B400s bare on left front and back. Triggered with Pocket Wizards Post: Aperture 3 for white balance adjustment, contrast increase, and black and white :) -Zach Buechler

Nikon D40, ISO 200, 55mm, 0 ev, f/5.6, 1/60. Onboard flash used at full power. Aside from adjusting the white balance in the RAW file, no post-processing was used on this photo. -Maquette LaForest

shot from my Copenhagen window using a canon G7. settings F8.0 and 0"5 -Sam Moore

Title: A Shot in the Light Photo Details: GF1, ISO 1600, f/9, 1/160 s -Chris Keating

I really don't look this evil in person. I rolled back my eyes to add to the creepiness of this photo. Had to get at an angle to get the shadows just right. Camera: Panasonic Lumix ZS3 My Scene/ Fireworks mode Exposure Value +2 -Ivan Capaz

Equipment: SONY DSLR-A300 Kit Lens (18-75mm f 3.5) Settings: Focal Length: 18mm (f 2.5) Shutter speed: 25.0 seconds ISO: 200 -Alman Shibili

Shot using a 50mm 1:1.4 at f/2.0 and 1/8s. Edited for Contrast and Levels in iPhoto. The exposure was not adjusted. -Matthew Neuman

-Taylor Trevathan

This was taken with a Nikon D40 at 400iso 1/160th of a second (handheld) and with a 35mm prime at f/1.8 -Christopher Martin

The image is a shower curtain with an Arri 650 pounding a spot into it. Camera is a 5D Mk2 at 1/30s with a Nikon 105mm lens at 1.8 Color Temp: 2800ish ISO 320 -Steve Buckwalter

I shot it with a Nikon D5000 with the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. There was so much light coming in and my fake pug sat perfectly still, I went ahead and shot it at 200 ISO. But I opened up all the way (only f/3.5 on my lens, but it did the trick). -Sharon Hardy

This is a pic of San Francisco City Hall taken Friday 2/19 at around 11:30 a.m. (a cloudy day). Shot with a Leica M8, 24mm, f2.8, 1/350 sec. I cropped it and tried to correct perspective using Gimp. -Albert Krathaus

Took this shot on an overcast morning in Central Park at the Alice in Wonderland Statue. Used a Canon S90 on manual mode with a Gorillapod stand wrapped around a fence. Taken in monochrome at ISO 100, f/8.0, for 1/6s. Cropped and contrast bumped up a bit in photoshop. -Jeff Smith

Shot with the GH1, stock lens. -Dan Filbin

I took this in the work parking lot Canon EOS Rebel XT Shutter 1/200 sec Manual Exposure f 4.0 ISO 400 Focal: 41mm Lens: Canon 28-135mm USM POST: Photoshop RAW Import Adjustments Exposure -.4 Blacks 38 Contrast -29 -Mike Athanasatos

Canon Rebel T1i 50mm f/1.8 II (old) Promaster Flash Shot was taken at ISO 200, f/2.2, 1/40s via aperture priority. -Craig Sadrovitz

This was shot on my Nikon D700 at 1/40 and ISO 400 with my 17-35mm f/2.8 at 25mm and f/11. I used an on board SB-900 at relatively low power to trigger an additional Alienbee 1600 which was gridded at 10 degrees to focus the light. The background was the sun shining through white curtains. -Rich Phillips

I actually took this with my macro lens, i was sitting on a log and i had my tripod with me, so i decided to just take some pictures of this tree. but i was using a 2.8 f/stop, shutter speed was 100, 200 iso, and a 100mm macro lens. i did a little photo editing just changing the color hues and tones. -Jordan Mudrack

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm f2.8 lens set to 40mm focal length shutter 1/250 f2.8 ISO 6400 -Barry Munsterteiger

Setup the viola against the wall, snapped about 30 pictures since I don't know how to properly use a flash. Canon 40d On camera flash 17-85mm IS lens -Marc Corsiglia

Taken with a Sony DSC-S85. ISO 100. 1 sec. F2.0 -Justin Hawk

The image was only slightly overexposed to keep shutter speeds relatively high to avoid excessive camera shake with the long focal length, then the exposure brought up about two stops in Lightroom. I adjusted the curves to keep the highlights blown out but also to keep the shadows and darks intact to create some contras Equipment used: Canon XSi Canon 70-200 f/4 L -Bob Sindorf

Photo settings: ISO 800 f/8.0 1/200 sec RAW with a very minor adjustment in Lightroom Equipment Camera: Canon 7D with a tripod Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lights: Novatron pack (V400D) and 2x flash heads (2103-FC) -Terence Wong

Took the shot against a white wall, during mid-morning in a sunny room, away from direct sunlight. Camera: Nikon D90 Lens: 18 - 55 mm 1:3.5 - 5.6G ISO 200 Aperature: 5.6 Shutter spead: 1/60 -Kathryn Chase

I shot this with the lens pointing straight at the sun but had to move for a while before I achieved the glare like I wanted it. Canon 450D @ 1/2000, ISO400; Canon 70-200L f4 @ 70mm, f5.6 -Johan Feito

Picture was taken on well known Mountain next to Salzburg (Austria) called "Gaisberg". There was a lot of fog and the sun was not very far away to come through the fog. Shot with a Canon EOS 7D – 24-105mm L4.0 F/5.6 24mm 1/500 ISO 200 -Stefan Kremsl

Taken with my Nikon D3000 Nikor 50-200mm lens @200mm; f/10; 1/320 sec; ISO 400. I used a relatively high ISO in order to obtain grain, and give the picture a film look. -Bruno Postigo

It was taken on my canon T1i, 50mm 1.8 lens, under 1/80s, f/3.5, ISO 100 using a 200W flash at full power with a white umbrella. Some contrast adjustments done on Canon Digital Photo Professional. -Ricardo Barbosa

Canon 30D 35mm fixed f/2 1/10 sec ISO-1600 (w. camera flash) -Brian McKinney

This fork statue from Oregon, and it has become tarnished over time. Shot inside against a plain white wall w/ sun shining in from curtains. Canon EOS Rebel XSi, standard 18-55mm lens, f3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 400 (auto) -Robert Prince

Camera was Nikon D300s. F4.5 1/100sec, ISO 200. Lens was my trust 18-200 VR set aroud 35mm. -Leigh Polen

This was taken with my Canon 40D and a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 lens on a tripod at 10mm f8 for 3.2s at ISO 400. Surprisingly my fridge is pretty clean, though the Dungeness Crab on the bottom shelf is smelling it up a bit and it looks like I need to pick up some eggs. -Neil Steininger

I shot these with my Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm kit lens and a flashlight. I used the Program mode. The shutter speed was 1/250, the aperture was F7.1 and I reduced the exposure to -0.7. This is the view through the window into my daughter's doll house. -Pete Berg

St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The setting seemed perfect for this photo challenge as it was extremely bright and snowy, making the perfect conditions for clipping. I was shooting with a Canon EOS XSi with the standard 18 - 55 lens in Tv mode with the shutter speed set at 1/5. The ISO was on auto and took the photo at 100. -Paul Carollo

I lit this with a floor lamp turned on its side. The only post processing I did was a little cropping. Camera: Canon EOS 40d Shutter: 1.6" Aperture: f/6.3 ISO: 200 -Gregg McClurg

I took this with a Nikon D5000 at ISO 200, 35mm f1.8 lens at f2.8. I actually had to reduce the exposure some in Lightroom 2, which gave a lot of contrast between the dark and bright areas of the film. This was taken in Philadelphia, PA at 4pm. -Dean Carter

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