You need to look at these photos. The 167 entries in this week's "Monotone" Shooting Challenge are of a completely humbling, professional quality.
Lead Shot "My Bokeh and Blue painting... This is actually just a macro shot of some left over paint from this weekend's home improvement episode. I used 1 SB800 and 1 SB600 at +1 EV in TTL bouncing off ceiling which helped create the bokeh and shadows."
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
"The subject here is some hand soap shot with a Canon Rebel XTI with a 60mm macro lens at f/5 , 1/125s and 100 ISO."
"A cardboard box with the head of the lamp facing up.
A red piece of paper was then used to cover the lamp to make the light red.
A clear folder with white paper inserted was placed on top of the box to diffuse the light as much as possible.
A glass plate was then placed on top of the folder, the plate was then filled with Schweppes Raspberry Flavour soda and two tablespoons of liquid detergent.
A small straw was then used to blow bubbles."
Camera Used: Canon 450D
Lens: Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L I USM
Exposure time : 1/125 sec
- David Juhn
"This photo was shot around 4:30 PM just before my plane dropped below the clouds into SeaTac Int'l airport. It was shot with my iPhone 3GS at f/2.8 at 1/2500 of a second with an ISO of 70 and a focal length of 3.9mm. In Photoshop CS2 I did a colour balance adjustment layer to get the bronze appearance. Although shot in colour, the original had an appearance of mostly grayscale. I did have a Canon G9 with me, but was in the process of shutting things down when I saw this view and decided to capture it with what was in my hand."
"Used a canon powershot digital camera with 8 megapixels.ISO 800. no flash."
"This picture has been shot in the Black Forrest, Germany near Baden-Baden. It was a cold morning and the fog was slowly leaving the valleys when the sun set. The picture has been taken with a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 14-24mm at f/3.5 at ISO50 (Lo1)."
"Setup: These are Chinese porcelain figurines about six inches high, sitting in a white Ikea Billy bookcase. The "sun" behind them is a spherical globe lamp with an orange CFL bulb in it. "
Camera: Nothing special. It's a 10mp Fuji Finepix s5700 set to "super macro" mode. ISO 64 2.3" F 4.5.
"Taken with my D40 and the kit 18-55mm lens. The blue sky, and blue water was beautiful, and the clouds and water on the rocks just made me take this shot."
[Ed note: It's not one colour, but the limited, specific palate is striking. It's also one of a relative handful of entries that ventured into a wide shot rather than macro.]
A kiwi-flavored candy tin Nikon Coolpix L2 Lots of zoom, no special settings -Jason Miller
nikon s210: used the remaining sunlight of today to expose the veins of the leaf, my neighborhood has very little foliage this time of year so i was lucky to find one...no filters, no effects, just pure nature ~James Maha
"Grenadine splash" Canon 5D and EF50mm f/1.8. Shot at IS0100, 1/100s, f/8. Vivitar285HV flash, 1/16th, snooted, aimed at a white background. -Kurt Elster
I shot this sailboat one-handed and not looking as I was driving down the Santa Monica Incline leading to PCH. Taken on 3/08/10 Nikon D90 18-105mm lens (shot at 80mm) F/10 1/1600 ISO 200 White balance: "Direct sunlight" setting to make the peach tones appear. -Sharon LuVisi
I took this shot of the SI Hirshhorn Museum courtyard water fountain in August of 2008. I used an Olympus D545, with ISO set at 50 and aperture set to f/4.9 (that's what flickr says). -Tina Troyster
Taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with a Canon 18.0-55.0 mm lens f/3.5-5.6. Exposure was f/5.6, 1/160, ISO 400. Morgan Mishek
Taken at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China at dawn. Canon 20D Sigma 28-75mm f/2.8 lens 1/250sec, f/7.0, 75mm, ISO 100 -Lucas Beard
Camera: Canon T1i Stock lens 18-55 mm ISO 100 This pic is half monotone and half colored sky. -Raj Walia
Was spur of the moment as I saw my running shoes. canon eos450d f/5.6 1/4sec ISO-800 80mm -David Wheeler
hoto taken in Golden Bay in Malta with my Olympus E410, at an ISO of 100, f/6.3 and an exposure of 1/500. Just a little tweaking of the contrast at home (no other edits).. Doll was abandoned next to a rubbish tip in the sand.. and I thought it looked too eerie to give it a miss! -James Baldacchino
picture of barley that I took at my friend's house Canon S90, with all options set to auto except with a Macro Focus option enabled. -Tarek Jammal
Inspiration came from the lead photo. I am constantly astonished by the vast hues throughout nature, and in particular, the red cabbage has been a vegetable of great curiosity. The hardest part of this challenge was to find a grocery store that had red cabbage in stock. Enjoy the mesmerizing purple folds. Nikon D90 50mm prime f/2.8 1/60sec ISO-200 Cropped and resized in MS Office Picture Manager, compressed with imageoptimizer (online). -George Han
Tried to get the small version under 100k, but the colors glitch at that quality, so... yeah. I did my best. It's a picture of my welcome mat. Shot with my Canon PowerShot G9 using the macro mode. ISO: 100, f/2.8, 1/100s. A bit of cropping and color correction done in Picasa. -Nick Glover
Admiral Ackbar at home in Mon Calamari. Canon 5D Mark II Nikkor 85mm w/ Canon Adapter f/2.0 ISO 100 Shutter Speed 30.0s This is a action figure from the 80's on bedsheets. Key light is coming from a Fantom 2TB External Harddrive Light. Aperture was used to bring out an aqua monotone. -Cid Salcido
It was shot with a D200 on ISO 100, Program, auto WB, stock lens, used 2 rims of paper as a tripod. I cropped, straightened in out, and fixed the white balance in photoshop's camera raw, than distorted it a bit in photoshop (lens correction). -Máté
Title: "My girlfriend mess" Canon EOS 450 D Lens EF-S 18-55mm ISO 400 -Kamil Tatara
Nikon D200 Sigma 70-300mm ISO 560 f6.3 SS 1/125 -Karen Sorbello
a picture I took last night with my film camera I believe fits into your challenge requirements. Taken on 3/10/2010 at 61 Street, Woodside Train Station, NY Camera: Nikon F100 Lens: Nikkor AF 50mm 1:1.8D Film: Kodak Gold 200 Settings: Aperture priority at f/1.8, camera chose 1/30 shutter speed. Hand held. Developed at my local lab in Sunnisyde, NY, scanned with Epson Perfection V600 Photo. Just cleaned the dust with Photoshop and cropped. -Aldo R. Altamirano
Camera: Canon Powershot SD1100is f/stop: F/8 Exposure: 1/125 sec. Focal Length: 6mm White Balance: Manual. -Pedro Leal
Taken during some rainy weather with a Canon EOS 500D & the 18-55mm IS Kit Lens, 1/100, ISO 100, f/7.1, 49mm Love the effect the water has at adding in some extra tones and shapes that would otherwise not be present. -Charlie Davis
I lucked out finding tiny, pale yellow spider on the mirror of my cream colored bathroom. I admit I cleaned up the mirror a bit in Paint.NET Canon PowerShot SD1000 point & shoot in macro mode, no zoom Exposure: 1/40 ISO Speed: 200 Aperture: 2.8 -Joe Glow
My wife's whole grains perched atop our fridge - taken with my Canon S90 @ ISO 80, F2, 15" exposure on my tripod propped up on the counter. The washout was assisted by wonderfully bright kitchen ceiling fan light. -Jesse Oliveri
I took this picture at a local Applebees and I was impressed with how the beer matched the color of the table so I hovered above and snapped a few pictures and this one came out the best. I used a Nikon D90 camera with a 50mm lens. The ISO was on auto -Bryan Cole
I decided to place my husband and his yellow hat and yellow shirt in front of a nearby yellow wall. I used my Nikon D5000. ISO 200 30mm focal length f/5 1/2000 of a second -Sharon Hardy
Hand held picture of the roof over my garage this morning from a very low angle, using a relatively shallow depth of field. Camera: Olympus E-510 Lens: Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f 1:3.5-5.6 (kit lens) Exposure: 1/125s, f 5.6, ISO 100 Focal Length: 42mm (84mm equivalent) -Mark Clem
Settings: 1/40s, F/8, +0.3, ISO 200 Equipment: Nikon D60 and 18-55mm lens Background: Hardwood floor Model: Cat Bribe: Catnip -Denise Mendoza
My camera is a Canon EOS 50D with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. I shot this at f/5.0, 1/400 and ISO 100. The color was easy here in Iraq; there's only one. We pulled up in our vehicle, shot the photo from an open window and got out of there. The subject used to be a Ford explorer that was hit by an IED (roadside bomb). -Chris Robbins
Shot on a Nikon D60 with the rubbishy 18-55 mm Nikon kit lens in Richmond Park, London. 1/100th f5.6 ISO 100 -Martin Kemp
Thanks again for all the participants of this week's Shooting Challenge. Stay tuned for the next challenge, which will be announced on Wednesday.