Gizmodo Shooting Challenge: Who Won The First Olympus OM-D EM-5 Camera!

Gizmodo Shooting Challenge: Who Won The First Olympus OM-D EM-5 Camera!

Hundreds of entries, thousands of votes, but as always there can be only one. Today we announce who wins the first of two Olympus OM-D EM-5 cameras Gizmodo has to giveaway.

For the last four weeks, Gizmodo readers (and the friends they convince to vote for them) voted one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors.

The challenges included:

Macro Shots
Gizmodo Logo Creativity
HDR Photography
Winter Shots


Tony Dal Masetto, Winter Shots

Winter in South Gippsland can be a long, dull period of time however one place that takes on an eerie, yet beautiful feel in the winter is the beach as storms approach. The blinding white of the summer sand yields to the much more subtle, soothing tone and the water reflects the wonderful soft greys and blues of the sky. I took this photo while a storm was approaching one of my local beaches. I felt that the black and white processing, with a cold blue tone suited the mood of the image. Taken on a Canon 60D with a Tokina 11-16. ISO 100, f8, 1/160sec. Shot in RAW, processed with Lightroom.

Awesome work Tony. We’re in love with this image.

Tony wins the Olympus OM-D EM-5. With Live View functionality that lets you see exactly what a shot will look like before you take it, coupled with a 5-axis in-body image stabiliser for shooting in low light, and a retro design inspired by the first OM-D from 1972, the EM-5 lets you capture some beautiful shots. More at Olympus.


Finalist Kudos

Editor admiration goes to:

Jay Daley, Macro Shots:

Title: Beach Ball
After going for a startrail shoot Sunday morning the sunrise was expectedly clear and dull so I thought I’d try a shot I’d been meaning to attempt for a little while.
This is a small ( I think maybe 25mm perhaps) clear glass ball balanced on a filter case on top of my tripod. A pretty easy shot to take and it turned out rather well.
I’ve had a few locations in mind to try this with but had never got around to it so I’m happy to see that this first attempt worked out as I thought..
Taken with a Nikon D4 and 105mm lens. 10seconds, f16, ISO 400

Jun Gil Park, Gizmodo Logo Creativity:

I thought bokeh would be a good approach for this challenge. I cut out the Gizmodo logo from black paper with a box cutter knife. With my bokeh-ready camera and an old stamp I found with ‘Australia’ written on it, I headed out into the cold rain at 3am this morning determined to get a shot before the deadline.

I came across a bus stop – its glass walls covered with droplets from the misty rain. The illuminated droplets acted as points of light that created a background of smaller ‘gizmodo’ bokeh lettering. amongst the larger logos formed by the street and traffic lights.
The stamp not only worked ‘Australia’ into the shot, but also served as a concrete object to contrast with the ethereal bokeh gizmodo logos.
Bokeh cover cut by hand
Canon EOS 600D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Shot hand-held
ISO – 6400
F-stop f/1.8
Exposure Time 1/200 sec
Some post editing

Mark Burban, HDR Photography:

I love how nice melbourne CBD looks early evening in winter, but most of the time we are rushing home & don’t take time to take in the scene.
This HDR is created from 32 images shot on 5dii with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on tripod & triggered via remote cable & timer.. These images have then been tonemapped via HDR. to produce this final image.
I am a huge fan of HDR, but feel it has a bad reputation because people often ‘overcook’ their images; but I do it because I really like to get as much dynamic range into my images as possible. This is why I choose to render my results as realistically as possible.

Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations again to Tony.

Fancy yourself the next winner of Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge? We’re giving away another fantastic Olympus OMD E-M5. Here’s how to enter right now!