Shooting Challenge: Black And White

Everyone’s got at least one digital camera these days. But how well do you use it? Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge? Black And White.

You can interpret the theme in any way you see fit. There are only a few rules that must be adhered to: 1. The work must be your own 2. Photos must be taken after the challenge was announced (no portfolio linking or it spoils the “challenge” part) 3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Email submissions to [email protected] 5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) in email. 6. One submission per person. 7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

Send your best photo by Monday, February 14 at 8am AEDT to [email protected] with “Black And White” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameb&w.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

The pic above was taken with the Samsung NX100 at the launch in Hong Kong last year using the camera's black and white filter setting (f11 and 15 second exposure). Despite having visited the Peak in Honkers a few times, this was the first occasion I'd been up there during a clear night, and the pics taken as a result were crystal clear. The great thing about this is that the filter was added post production in camera and saved as a separate file.

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