Shooting Challenge: 21 Shots Of The Sun

Shooting Challenge: 21 Shots Of The Sun

Ow… the sun is in my eyes… 21 times. We received a great response to this week’s shooting challenge, with many different styles, interpretations and stories. Don’t forget to click on each image to see the full-size pic.

Michelle Fewings

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Took this one on my iPhone 4 as I was heading to the train station the other morning. While waiting for the train to arrive I played around with the photo in Camera+. This copy is using FX effects, colour, Redscale.

Ben Hughes

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Camera: iPhone 4S

This was a purely opportunistic shot I took from my ageing front porch, just as a very welcome sun shower was coming over.

Alex Kidman

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Shot on Norfolk Island at Puppy Point with a Panasonic DMC-TZ30 set to “sunset” mode — this equates out to f5.3, 1/160, but it’s essentially an automatic mode. Given it was right there, it seemed silly not to use the mode, although the sun was being less than cooperative with my attempts to shoot it, so instead I get a nice apocalyptic ball of fire…

Stuart Addelsee

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Canon EOS 7d, Canon 70-200mm at 200mm
ISO 100|f/32|1/500sec (Stepped down 3 stops and using a 10 stop filter)

The sun is bright! A bit of a rushed job as I ran out of time, so after adding my 10-stop filter to my lens I started taking shots of the sun. I thought this might be a little different, this could easily be the moon at night. My only post was cropping and converting to black and white.

Stuart –

Edward McAndrew

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Canon EOS 60D with an 18-55mm lens.
F-Stop: 4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO: 100

Took this picture during my holiday to Sydney, as the sun was just setting. Having been avidly snapping the Opera House, I turned around because of a loud noise, and saw the photo op.

Nikhil Bajaj

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Model – Canon EOS 600D
ExposureTime – 1/800 seconds
ShutterSpeedValue – 1/790 seconds
ApertureValue – F 9.93

took this pic late saturday evening

Sangeetha Selvananthan

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Shadows are a great way to entertain kids. This shadow was created with the morning sun shining brightly behind us. Models – Myself, my son and his teddy! Shot with an iPhone.

David Johnson

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I have recently purchased a camera and like how it makes me try different things my old one couldn’t, like shooting into the sun. The tones were good and I liked the way the water was flat smooth reflecting the sun as it disappeared on the horizon. Yes, it’s a common shot and might seem boring, but I just love the way the sun makes a graduated sky when there’s nothing else to make a “SUNSET” with.
Shot with A Canon 600D, F3:5, shutter time 1/2000, ISO 100, Lens Sigma 10-20 at 20mm.

James Gray

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Nikon D3000, 18-55mm kit lens at 18mm and f5.6

I love the way the sunlight bounces through Sydney’s streets in the early morning, the warm glow of the old sandstone with the shining glass and steel of modern architecture. Taken on Market St looking towards Hyde Park.

Nathan Zeppel

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f/8 1/800th ISO 100 @ 21mm
Canon 550D with Canon 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS

Just starting a CGI/VFX Course at tafe Tea Tree Gully, and in the main atrium is this amazing glass pyarmid letting in lots of natural light. I Waited till around lunchtime so the sun was directly overhead, then had some fun at different angles. This was my favourite shot, just capturing that rainbow flare with a pretty nice composition.

Pushed up Vibrance and Saturation in post to bring out the colour in the flare.

Anon Jiamprayoon

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EXIF Summary: 1/500s f/25.0 ISO100 24mm (35mm eq:36mm)
Image Created: 2012:02:19 17:10:00
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
F-Number: f/25.0
Exposure Program: Manual
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Pattern
Light Source: Unknown
Flash: No Flash
Focal Length: 24.00 mm
Color Space Information: sRGB
Image Width: 3031
Image Height: 1894
Rendering: Normal
Exposure Mode: Manual

This is my first entry to a photo challenge. I was trying to portray a warm sensation amongst the cool colours arounds the sun. It was fun with a lot of trial and errors.

Avon Perera

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Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF50mm f/1.8 II
100 ISO

This photo was taken at Frog Hollows Reserve in Hallam – South East Victoria. I actually found this area randomly while training for riding my BMX for Ride To Work day last year (still can’t believe I rode 110km on a BMX in one day!). I’ve only just gotten into photography, and decided to come here on Friday evening to try out my Sigma 10-20mm UWA, when I decided to just whip out my 50mm prime and take a couple of shots of the sun through the grass.

It’s always the shots that you think about the least that seem to have the most impact I reckon, as this was almost a throw away until I came and went through the camera. It definitely stood out as my favourite shot of the night!

Mark Allen

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Byorgen Druffeldroff

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Lifegiver: The mid day sun enveloping all it touches.

ISO 160, 70mm, f/5.9, 1/500.

First time entry in to the Gizmodo Shooting challenge. This was taken with the best camera I have, a point and shoot, Canon PowerShot SX210. It was taken the day the challenge was announced before the clouds rolled through. It was taken in my back yard in North Sydney.

I’m quite opposed to post processing for the most part, I see it as digital artistry rather than photography. If I wanted digital artistry I’d join the instagram brigade and run around shouting “DERP! I HAS AN ART!!!”. The only manipulation done on this photo is cropping. The only other manipulation I ever do on the computer is realigning.

Jason Miller

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Out for the morning dog walk when this brilliant sunrise greeted the camera lens. North westerly winds blew the smoke from a bushfire 400km away into Perth, WA. The fire itself was sparked by a lightening strike near the town of Northcliffe.

Camera: Panasonic DMC-GH2
ISO: 160
Lens: Panasonic Lumix Vario 14-140mm
Post Processing: Colour Saturation, Shadow and Highlight enhancements.


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I drove down to Byron Bay over the weekend to take some good photos with my 1100d. The cloud gods had other plans for me that day, it turned out to be a gloomy and wet day. Naturally I was quite dejected and decided to head back home. While coming back from Byron, I missed the exit to Brisbane, and I kept driving, looking for a U-Turn somewhere when I noticed a right turn to “Macadamia Castle”, I took the turn and it was a breath taking sight over the hills, it was very cloudy but the sun decided to show its face for about 15 seconds. I put a smile on my face and clicked this.

Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 45 mm
ISO Speed 100

Martin Tardif

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This photo was taken from my balcony in Milsons Point, NSW. The last couple of weeks we’ve seen some pretty erratic weather all over Australia. While it may prevent us from going to the beach, the rain and clouds provide opportunities to capture some amazing displays of colour for those of us who enjoy chasing the light. On this day it was haling in the Blue Mountains, and down in Sydney the sky looked like something out of a science-fiction film. I shot this with a Nikon D200 and two prime lenses. This photo is shot using a 85mm lens, shutter: 1/500s, aperture: f1.8, ISO 400

Peter Miller

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On the way home gliding down the Harbour past Cockatoo Island I caught this regatta this afternoon. I relied on my iPhone’s Hipstamatic app with the John S lens and Ina’s 1969 film.

Alex Schladetsch

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I took this photo a few days ago with my iPhone 4S. I thought that the sun looked nice that day, but unfortunately the lens on my iPhone couldn’t quite handle the brightness of it, but the effect given by the sun in the photo still looks kinda cool. Taken with the camera app, no other filters/effects.

Dan Murphy

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I took this photo this morning of a vitamin D capsule with the morning sun glaring through my kitchen window behind it. Vitamin D, being something the body creates when sunlight hits the skin, I thought this image would suit your competition nicely.

Michael Leong

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Location: Merewether Beach, NSW Australia
Camera: (if you can call it that) Samsung Galaxy S2 (Camera Zoom FX App)
Editing: Straighten and Crop and Fill Lighting in Picasa

Having started doing early morning fitness with a mate in January, I’ve been down the beach three mornings a week. However, this morning, being raining, my mate bailed leaving me down the beach with a rainy morning with a bunch of low cloud and mist until the sun just peaked through and I snapped this shot. Luckily for me upon arriving at work i find that the photo contest for this week is Sun and I’ve already got my photo.