Shooting Challenge: 13 Interpretations Of Gravity

When I think of gravity, I think of stuff falling. But gravity is so much more than that, as these 13 shots illustrate in this week's shooting challenge. See all the shots and the stories behind them after the jump.

Will Dinn

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"the Death of a Lens"

Taken with a Canon 350D (because my 50D was the subject) ISO 100, F/5.0, 4 second exposure. Canon 18-55 Kit Lens at 42mm

I tried to make this look as close as I could to a dropped and smashed lens. Fortunately, no lenses were damaged in the making of this photo, just a $3 eBay UV Filter (sshh don't tell anyone)

Sean O'Sullivan

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This was a great challenge, with a wedding on the weekend, and so much other stuff going on, I really only did this in the last 30 minutes before the challenge closed. I had an idea; I originally wanted to see the falling flowers from the Jacaranda trees that is so common at this time of year. But then again, that was a little too cliche and obvious, so when I got this of the water falling from them, I thought it looked pretty sweet, and when you get a lovely V shape like this it looks really nice. Of course it is somewhat contrived, it was not raining, but still a lovely shot I think.

The best part is the DOF and how some drops are so spherical and clear and others not so much, I love that narrow range this lens provides, and the great de-saturated look of the light today.


Sony a65V, 1.8/50mm lens, F3.5, Exposure -3.0EV, Drive mode, 1/1600 shutter. Some curves and b/c in post.


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Gravity is one of my favourite words. And yes, it does open up lots of possibilities to "capture" Gravity.

Given the favourable weather conditions here, in Sydney, I was thinking of capturing a raindrop at the tip of a blade of grass. However, I couldn't find a nice spot around me. I have this fountain at entrance to my workplace and was my near-perfect candidate.

Shot from my iPhone using Camera + and boy Camera + is great. The Hi-Def image is just awesome :) Default Settings and no Edits. Pure Gravity, that's it!! Hope you like it.

Raymond Cher

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Normally, when a row of freely suspended balls are in contact and impacted, the furthermost one springs out. But if they contain energy absorbent material the impact does not reach the furthest one. This gravity feature is built into the latest bocce balls so that when a player throws a bocce ball, they won’t bounce on impacting the ground.

f5.6 iso 400 100th second shutter Canon 7D

Marcus Cher

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With the help of my friend Eli we watched lead pellets dance around an subwoofer speaker, in my garage. I believe the music was a Kanye West Monster.

Canon 7D f2.8 iso 640 1/100th

Nick Rees

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Camera:Nikon D90,Lens:18-200mm,ISO:400,Apature:A1.6 F29. Equipment: Camera on tripod,lamp table,3x gold balls & golf tee. Story behind the shoot: This weeks theme was gravity. We have chosen to represent one of the sports that defies gravity ever time the ball is stuck by a club. Golf is a game of great skill in which this photo was created with just that; if gravity did not exist these would not be able to balance perfectly on top of each other. Gravitation is a phenomenon through which all objects attract each other. Modern physics describes gravitation using the general theory of relativity, but the much simpler Newton's law of universal gravitation provides an excellent approximation in many cases. Gravitation is the reason for the very existence of the Earth, the sun and every object in the universe; without it, matter would not have coalesced into masses and life would not exist. Gravitation is also responsible for keeping the Earth and the other planets in their orbits around the sun; the moon in its orbit around the Earth; the formation of tides; and various other natural phenomena that we observe.

Todd Fletcher

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Camera: Canon 600D Lens – 18-55mm @ 36 mm Exposure – 1/125 ISO – 100 Aperture – F 6.3

Just hanging around with my climbing gear at a place called flat rock in the Blue Mountains on an overcast, stormy Sunday afternoon. I love flat rock as its an exposed rock about 70m long and 30m wide near the edge of a 250m plummet into the Jamison Valley. You get awesome views of the Jamison Valley but the best part two bolts in the rock on the southern end.

Rob Lacina

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Finally an excuse to use the strobe light I've had tucked away for years, along with an apple-shaped stress ball and memories of high-school physics classes. The lighting setup was pretty simple: strobe light to the right, a reflector to the left and a black sheet draped over the clothes line for a backdrop. I was trying for a disembodied-hand effect, with the white glove and black sleeves, but it didn't quite work out as well as I'd hoped. Still, the acceleration due to gravity is really quite well displayed, with the increasing distance between apple images...

Image details: Canon 550D, 18-55mm Lens 1/2 Second @ F3.5, ISO 400

Will Nixon

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Taken with a Nikon D5100 - 55-200mm @ Wild Wood Rock offroad enduro on Sunday.

Marcus Borg

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Out with the family to test out their new flying fox. All the kids thought they would be very tricky doing flips, and other impressive jumps. Then out come the adults to show them a few new tricks, and learnt that gravity can be quite a bitch!

Canon 60D 18-55mm Kit Lens f/4.5 1/200 ISO -100 25mm Focal Length

Caleb Kirby

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My Daughter recently got her training wheels taken off her bike, eager to show how she mastered her bike we went out to the park. In one afternoon we had smiles and laughter to tears and pain and the realization that with the wheels off, that there isn't anything there to catch you when you fall.

Taken with a Canon EOS 60D 18-55 @ 28mm lens ISO 100 Exposure 1/250s Aperture f/10

Custom White Balance

Martin Calderon

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Sony A390 ISO 200 75mm 1/80 at f/4.5.

On the path to the Fingal Head Lighthouse, a perpetually falling leaf. It was stuck in a strand of spider web spinning in the breeze.

David Brennan

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I took this on the border of Burma. Some kids had dropped their fish straight into the bucket and the looks on there faces were priceless as they watched it swim around inside. Gravity at work.

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