Shooting Challenge: 14 Very Round Shots

Some of these images made my skin crawl. The balls are freaking me out. Click through to see all 14 interpretations of this week's shooting challenge theme, and you'll see what I mean. Now excuse me please while I go wash my hands.

Ben Vawdrey

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Canon Eos 550d, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 @ ISO 100, 50mm, F/4, 1 Sec.

Surprised Sphere of Spheres is Surprised to see you.

We constructed this prism out of Buckyballs (Rare Earth magnets) in a sphere shape for this challenge.

I used a glass table in a dark room with a slither of natural light for back lighting and a 430 EX II to help the key lighting. Converted to black and white in Lightroom with a few tweaks.

Georgina Luczi

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It was taken with an Olympus E-PL3 camera. 14.0-42.0 mm, f/3.5-5.6, ISO 200. I used dramatic tone for this shot. There is no story, this is one of my giant glass lids and my very special crystal.

Patrick Korbel

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Self-portrait on a Sunny Day, Hundreds and Thousands on Canvas

When I saw the challenge was spheres, two ideas popped into my head: marbles or hundreds and thousands. I took some of photographs of them arranged in different patterns on an old sheet, before this idea occured to me. Not necessarily technically brilliant, just a bit of fun!

Camera: Canon EOS 1100D Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Settings: 55mm, Aperture Priority, 1/100 second, f/8, ISO 1250 Post-processing: Adjusted brightness/contrast and shadow/highlight of the JPEG in Photoshop CS3

Spasi Kotulova

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Sony DSC-H7 (not a DSLR) Shot in Manual Mode f/8 1/640sec. ISO80 I was playing with some little glass balls when i noticed they were throwing very interesting and colourful shadows. So decided to take some photos and here it is.

Stuart Addelsee

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Canon EOS - Canon 100mm 2.8

F/9 | ISO 100 | 10 Sec

Simple setup, one big sphere which is a light fixture and the single light source, plus lots of little spheres...

Stuart - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_addelsee/

Shannon Low

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Title: Ghost fish planet Nikon D7000 – 35mm, f1.8, 25 secs, ISO 100, Manual Mode Ever since this challenge came out I've had an increase awareness of spheres in life. With the too many choices I settled on an unused fish bowl in the house belonging to a housemate. What fishes were in here before I do not know. Though in memory of them, I've attempted to portray a soul of a fish within its own world using my laptop power cord (blue fish) and my iPhone (planet's ring).

Kevin Cheng

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Canon EOS 7D with 24-105mm f/4 L At f/4.5, exposure 1/50 sec, ISO-125, focal length 65 mm, off camera flash.

The inside of my washing machine seems perfect for this photo challenge. I added the fork for contrast against the pattern. The image was colour inverted to give it a different feel.

Rob Lacina

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This is a photo of a small vase filled to the top with colourless glass marbles. The vase was placed on a translucent plastic chopping board to diffuse the light from an external flash with a blue filter placed underneath. I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out. Apart from cropping to the square format and a touch of sharpening, this is straight out of the camera. I did, however, set the camera's white balance to "Tungsten" to exaggerate the blue colour. My first few photos with the white balance set to "flash" produced a blue that was a bit too pale for my liking. Camera – Canon EOS 550D Lens – 18-55mm @ 55 mm Camera Mode – Manual Exposure Time – 1/125 seconds Aperture Value – F 11.00 ISO – 100 White Balance – Tungsten External Flash set to manual @ 1/16 power, blue filter attached.

James Gray

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Nikon D3000 with 35mm prime, f1.8 at 800 ISO. Post processed in Lightroom with a split tone preset.

The sphere is the lightshade from the bathroom taped onto my bedside lamp,

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Nanna treasure.

Salvatore Testa

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Camera: Sony NEX-3 Lens: SEL18-55 ISO1600, f5, 1/25th Post processing: Slight cropping, and significant exposure and contrast boosting. The only spheres I could think of around the house were 100s and 1000s, so I headed to the kitchen. We didn't have any, but I did find cachous (metallic balls for cake decoration). I continued making use of things in the kitchen and poured them into a crystal glass, which I then placed on some aluminium foil.

David Johnson

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I spent some time looking for spherical shots in the outside world before diong the studio type thing ... I was thinking Jaffa's but they didn't survive the trip home ! I added some depth to the shot with a pair of mirrors and had some props (uneaten ones )left to use , an egg (smiley) timer , red and green Spherical lollies and black marbles. The shot was taken by Camera :Canon 600D :AE mode Tv:20.sec Av: 32 Iso:100 Lens (kit)55-250IS Length: 154mm

Martin Caulfield

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Canon EOS 1D MK!V Canon 100mm Macro 15" @ f22 | ISO 100

i thuoght i would play with the whole spherical theme and add a Gizmodo flavour to it. I used glycerine on a CD with a light shining on the Gizmodo logo (printed backwards)

added just a little sharpening and cropped for effect

Travis Dowsett

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This is a extreme macro shot of the pollen of a pumpkin flower.

Shot on my Canon 550D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM + a Reversed Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Setup on my Three Legged Thing "Eddie" Tripod, focused and fired from my linked Acer A500 tablet

Camera was set to Aperture Priority, f/11, ISO-100 @ 1/250 sec. Natural lighting.

I've only had 100mm f/2.8L for a few days and while playing I saw the incredible sphere shape of the pollen of the flower on our pumpkin vine, seeing that I though of this challenge and of the technique of reverse mounting my 50mm f/1.8 on the front of my 100mm so I taped it up and set to work, I wasn't happy with my hand held efforts so I setup the tripod, tethered the Camera to my Acer Tab (using DSLR Controller BETA) and used it to both focus and fire the shot, only minimal PS work, clarity, contrast, etc.