Shooting Challenge: 52 Depth Of Field Shots… Vote For Your Favourite!

Shooting Challenge: 52 Depth Of Field Shots… Vote For Your Favourite!

What’s the time? It’s Gizmodo Australia Shooting Challenge voting time, and that means last week’s Shooting Challenge is finally ready for your viewing pleasure. There are some amazing photos in this bunch, so start voting for your favourite photographer! They might just win an Olympus micro four-thirds camera!

For five weeks, Gizmodo readers (and the friends they convince to vote for them) are voting one weekly Shooting Challenge finalist through to the prize round to be judged and announced by Gizmodo editors on Friday, August 21.

Note: In the interests of fairness, voting has been restricted to one per user, based on cookie and IP.

Voting still closes at 10am on Tuesday, August 14.


The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is designed to make the jump into DSLR easy. 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.

We’re excited to be able to give another camera away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge faithful.

The kit you’re playing for is valued at $1499, and includes the OM-D EM-5 body and 12-50mm lens, both of which are weatherproof so you can feel confident when Mother Nature turns on you.

Note: Going forward, linking friends from your social networks to the Gizmodo voting page will still be encouraged, however, please don’t use “vote farming” sites including (but not limited to) GetOnlineVotes or link directly to The goal is to grow the Giz Shooting Community in the fairest way possible.

Also a reminder to please be respectful and constructive if leaving a comment about any photo.

Last Week’s Most Voted Photo — Camera 2 Finalist 2 Of 4

Last week we got doused in liquid-themed images and Elenor Bennett moves into the final round judged by Gizmodo’s editors. Will she walk away with an Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera too?

The second round of photo entries for the second EM-5 we’re giving away are below. Which do you like best?

This Week’s Entries

Click on images to zoom into gallery mode, and don’t forget to scroll down to vote.


Nilesh Kumar

This photo is of a wooden elephant that a friend brought back for me from Thailand. The photo was taken with the Samsung Galaxy S2

Assaph Mehr

Camera: Canon EOD 450D
Lens: 18-135 IS
Set to P mode (I was busy chasing the bee…)
Developed in Lightroom.
This was taken in the nursery down the road. My wife took better pictures with her 5D Mark II and the 180mm Macro Lens I got her for her BD, but I think that even just “hunting” the bee with my basic dSLR had good results 🙂
As in all macro shots, the depth of field allows one to focus on the subject, enhancing other compositional elements.

Andrew Ponton

Got up at 5am the day the competition closes to try and get a good shot at the last minute.
Borrowed my friends 50mm and took a photo of Brisbane city as the sun was rising up through the lens.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: 100mm f/2.8 L
Photo: 1/200sec, f/8, ISO160

Martin Visser

I usually spend a few hours each Winter Saturday at my son’s soccer match. The camera is always with me, trying to catch that action moment. With a subtle pun, I thought I would capture the depth of (the soccer) field. While the grass is browning off a little as we head toward the end of the season, it certainly is lot more playable than during those drought years. Taken at f/7.1 and 102mm (35mm equiv.) it focuses the band of grass an arm’s length away, but in the context of the action at the goal line.

Katie Abdilla

Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Lens: 24-105mm
f-stop F/4
Exposure: 1/200sec
ISO: 100
Flash: 550EX
After seeing some forks piled together in my cutlery drawer I decided I wanted to take a photo of forks ’cause they look rad.

Mark Burban

I shot this in my studio with a 85/1.2 lens mounted on a 10mm extension tube & attached to a 5dii. I used this gear because i wanted a narrow DoF while still having a very sharp image.
Scene is composed of 1:50 scale plastic models set in a cardboard city. Subjects have been lit using an overhead softbox as well as 2 x speedlights to the right to make the shadow effect.

Nick Karras

Usually i have the worst of luck getting photos of animals. This bird was actually about to get killed by my cat when I had saved it and let it rest upon my lemon tree, the bird was a great model for me as well as being able to save it and hand it to a vet to be fixed and released.
Shot on a Canon 600d in manual mode on continuous shooting during the afternoon

David Thompson

The time had finally come for me after following the shooting challenge for 12 months.It was a huge step to switch my camera from auto to manual,but somthing I can’t wait to do more of in the future! Nikon 3100 f5.6 1/25s iso 100 32mm

Kurt Petersen

Olympus E-30
50mm f/2 Macro + 1.4TC
1/800 f/4 200ISO
With less than a day to go for this challenge and having missed out on previous entries I grabbed my kit and headed out into a windy afternoon. I knew my best option for shallow DOF shots with my 4/3rds gear was to get up close so I was looking for macro opportunities but the breeze was making this difficult. I found a few different flowers, bugs and buds around the place but this half blown dandilion caught my eye. I had to brush away some suprises a neighbourhood dog had left for me to get a good vantage point but got this shot that I felt expressed the theme with the gradual fading out of detail in the seeds. It wasn’t till it came time to upload that I realised that you had used a dandilion for your ‘reference’ shot but this was by far my favourite shot of the day so I stuck with it.

James Chandler

I knew there would be heaps of photos of out of focus objects created by using a bright prime or macro what intrigued me was creating the same effect using a small format sensor. So I had a crack at free lensing. It was difficult as I had very little movement to play around with. In terms of the subject I’ve always had musical instruments around and while I’d struggle to read it these days it’s always amazing how note on a page becomes sound, then tunes, I wanted to tie together just a few of the notes and some of the keys. The goal was to shift the plane of focus to highlight just parts of the set. Again I used an E-5 on live view with a 50-200 zoom.

Jay Daley

Title: Country Life
So I was up visiting family in the country on the weekend and took this candid photo of my cousin and his fiance standing amongst some tall grass..
It was around 3pm so that nice afternoon light was falling over both of them and the grass which I think looks rather nice and compliments the scene really well..
This was shot with a Nikon D800 and 85mm lens at f2, 1/1000 sec ISO 50.

Wendy Dunn

Spring is coming! I am always thrilled when the beautiful Star Magnolia begins to flower as its one of the first to bloom in my garden at this time of year, and heralds a change of season.
I haven’t done a lot of DoF photography, but the sunshine and my flowering beauties encouraged me to give it a go. Just hope I did them justice!
I was using my trusty Canon EOS 500D with 50 mm lens, no flash, apeture f/1.8, ISO 100.

Edin Korjenic

12-16hr days in a fluorescent light lit prison, for the last 4 weeks, 7 days a week, this is the view i see every morning as i face it all over again
The photo is a result of a single exposure @ f/1.4, converted to B&W with Adobe Raw, with only minor adjustments performed in terms of highlights and shadows.
Equipment used:
Canon 7D
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/80 sec, ISO 400,

Taylor Boyley

28mm reversed on extensions
A macro shot of the word ‘murder’, chosen for its dramatic effect.

David McDonald

I am using a Canon D400 with the 75-300mm lens. It seems to give better light than my other smaller lens. I set the camera to P mode and crank the ISO. I don’t really have a technique, I just take photos. I have a great patch of lavender in the front yard, so spent a leisurely half hour shooting bees. Its actually quite hard to shoot them when they are flying, and keep them in focus. I tried both manual and auto focus but stayed with auto. I guess a better camera body would have helped. I have just started to try using RAW as well to fix the white balance after. SO much to learn I guess. I’m no expert photographer, and have fun taking photos of the kids/family, scenery etc. Thanks and hope you enjoy my picture.

Jonny Latuny

The weather was not good last week to go out, so i was looking for any objects around the house which can be used for this week entry of shooting challenge.
It was ended up with the idea of positioning a container of toothbrushes in backyard fence and the took the shoot.
It was shot in RAW, and processed using Canon DPP v3.11 for adjusting color and sharpness. The watermark was added using GIMP v2.8.
Here are some important exif data:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm (kit lens) at focal length of 55mm
Shutter speed: 1/800 sec
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Hope you enjoy this entry. cheers!

Hayden Qian

We missed the last ride of Victoria’s Puffing Billy that day, a bad situation turned out to be loads of childish fun dancing around the empty carriages, dreamy, fantasy like and effortless shooting.
DoF is everywhere in our photography, what I find hard is controlling it to where I want the field to start and end…every other time I find myself spinning the aperture dial and yell “Bokeh!”
Taken under natural light with Canon 5D mk2, 50mm 1.4; f/1.6; 1/1250sec; ISO-400; Neutral picture style (+5 sharpness), straight out of camera JPG and Lightroom to resize.

Len Grey

I was walking around the yard looking for stuff to take a photo of for this competition, when I saw the dripping garden tap. BINGO. I started snapping away, on the largest aperture to try and get the best DoF effect I could.
I used the camera on live view setting, so that I could frame the picture easier, without having to get right down with the camera. It also helped with the focus.
I shot about 10 pictures all up, and this was the best of 3 or so that actually had a drop in them..
Shot using a 600D with a 50mm f1.8 lens, with high iso, and fast shutter speed to try catch the drops.

Poay Loh

I went to a beach to take some sunset pictures and it turned out there were beautiful sun rays piercing through the clouds. Since there was a pelican flying around, I decided to try and focus on the pelican with some depth of field of the sun rays in the background. I couldn’t focus any closer given my lens range.
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: 24-105mm (focussed at 102mm)
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/500

Sam Collins

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 1000, f/1.6, 1/40th.
Wandering into cafes and enjoying their coffee is one of my favourite things. Luckily Brisbane has some great ones.
Wandered into Brew (an amazing cafe just off the Queen St mall in Brisbane) and took this photo of the leather lounge while eating breakfast (

Jason Ruth

Red on duty.
After being introduced to lightpainting, and now starting to put together my own kit, an idea formed for this weeks challenge; what better than a fire truck (Red from the Cars movie) on duty, whilst I lightpaint in the background.
Eqpt: Nikon D300, 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, UV filter, remote release, tripod. 30 second exposure at f/3.5, ISO100, use Liveview mode to make “Red” the focal point, then set the camera completely to manual, manual focus, manual mode, move into place, start lightpainting, release shutter, then after a few spins get down behind camera a little torch light onto the Fire Truck to finish it off. I hope you like it, I had fun doing this, and it was my first time doing lightpainting on my own.

Andrew Jarvie

Here is my entry for the DOF competition for the OM-D EM-5
Shooting data as follows:
Camera: Eos 5D MKII
Lens: 85mm f1.8
Aperture: f1.8
Shutter speed: 1/400sec
ISO: 200
Story: This shot almost happened by accident. Had planned to enter this competition but had just run out of time, have been heavily under the pump with work and stressed to the nines.
A friend came in from out of town and said do you fancy meeting in the city for a coffee. Another mutual friend also took time out and came along and and next thing we knew the coffee turned into a morning of very relaxing street photography. One of my friends took us up this little alley to get some German sausage for lunch at this little cafe she knew.
The light was really contrasty and the alley was very narrow with a shopping centre bridge across it at the point where I shot this, almost creating a spotlight affect down the centre of the alley with massive areas of highlight and shadow and I could just see this coppery inlay of leaves on the alley floor literally glowing in the sun so as the others walked on I lay down in the middle of the alley and snapped off three frames before I got run over by the cars going up the road.
I had forgotten just how relaxing and fun street photography could be but my 5D just isn’t really suited for it, too big and bulky and not designed for fast shooting…. the OM-D would just be a joy to use in these situations.

Cameron Reeves

Canon 40D
50m f/1.4
I love the huge aperture range on the 50mm lenses (or more exactly, the DOF control it allows), and it hasnt disappointed with this shot of the Crawley Edge Boathouse on the Swan River in Perth. I like that the obvious subject (the Boathouse) is still recognisable, but that the focus has moved towards the rickety old jetty which makes for an interesting shot in itself.

Ronald Ilaya

My dog normally likes going for walks, and there’s always a time where we let her loose at the park. After a bit of running and sniffing around, she normally stops and just sits down staring at everything. I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a photo of her in her moment of contentment.
Sony NEX 7
Creative Style: Sunset setting
ISO 100

Justin Morre

Canon 60D – Canon 50mm
f1.8|1/60|ISO 200
I thought it would be appropriate to take a photo including a book that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the last month. I thought that by focusing on the actual book it would give the impression that the reader is immersed in the story.
The background is a bright white which I created by using a Clipsal flood light facing the roof. The light has a very clean white light.
Setting up the shot was difficult because I had no help, it was a quick test focus and then a dive to get in my pose before my 2 second timer finished.

Shaun Fleming

Was playing around with the 40-150mm Zoom on the OM-D when I noticed my dog asleep at the other end of the room. A quick shot to prove a long enough focal length can give nice depth of field even with a somewhat narrow aperture on a slower lens.
Shooting summary: Shot with the OM-D EM-5 at 150mm f5.6 ISO 800 with a 1/5 sec exposure (hand-held).


Bryn Lanyon

This magnolia is my favourite tree around my neighbourhood. It flowers long before anything else and the hundreds of bright pink buds contrast so well with the wintery greys and the harsh power lines around it. Spring is on its way!
Camera: Canon 5d MkII
Lens: 24-70
Apperture: f4.0
Shutter: 1/125
Iso: 200
Image correction : Lightroom

Steven Cheah

follow the light
a random photo taken in the streets of Perth that i thought was funny. if i were lost, or a tourist in a foreign country i would be strangely comforted if i saw that sign… can i get some fries with that McSalvation?
ISO: 200

Thomas O’Hara

This shot came from an impromtu shoot i did with a friend of mine. We drove a fair way out to a farm on Brisbanes outskirts and utilised the golden hour of sun. I love all the different textures provided by the reeds based on how far away from the lens they were. It was a little hard to shoot at this location because there were a lot of horses, which i wasn’t anticipating, and they were very keen to get as close of possible to see what was happening.
This was shot on a 5d II with a 35 1.4 @ 2.0, iso 100, 1/500.

Andrew Cook

My 2 year old daughter, Abi and I went for a stroll into the national park near Lake Weyba on the weekend. I was trying to capture these little pink flowers but the focus moved to the grass just as Abi dashed away in the background. So all a bit of an accident but I like how it looks so thought it was worth entering.
The photo was taken with my Ricoh Gr Digital at f4, 1/1620 which has a 28mm equiv lens. The photo had minor edits in iphoto including cropping out some of the foreground.

Tracy Miller

My friend was like it’s hot out here woman, so peace out! This photo was taken with a Canon T3i and a 50mm lens and was shot at f1.8, 1/100sec and ISO 100

Geoffrey Brown

This shot was taken out for a photowalk with mate at the railyards, short break in the rain I swapped to panasonic 14mm f2.5 sneak a shot of a lone walk along the lines.
Shot with a Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 fitted.
Aperture priority mode, set to f/2.5.
Auto ISO, 200.
Shutter was 1/2500.
Used tilt LCD to compose and was drenched at end of day.

Jonathon Cleaver

These two, rhino and elephant have wandered about my grandfather’s mantle piece and our house for years grazing on dust and furniture varnish. Sitting in our kitchen looking at this weeks photos I’d taken, I wasn’t happy with their level of depth of field. Looking around for inspiration I found these two wooden ornaments within arms reach. Then and there I set up my studio. I used my computer and it’s screen saver as a backdrop, and adjusted the wooden ornaments to have the right level of contrasting focus. I chose this photo over the others because: of the background colours; the second and third levels of focus; and how sharply you can see the dust on the elephant.
Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Iso: 250
Image Corrections: minor Levels adjustment in Phtoshop and reduced the image size by 50%.

Nathan Wong

I love how a shallow depth of field can melt both foregrounds along with backgrounds, and wanted to create an image that used this in a way so both the foreground and background worked together to create something that contributes to the shot. I hung some shells in front and behind of the subject shell (in focus) to create a heart shape. I found it interesting, especially since you need to shoot it at the perfect angle so they all align and form the heart. The technique seemed to work so well that you couldn’t actually tell what shells were in the foreground, and what ones were in the background so I placed a net between them to help show their placement. It was a fun experiment with DoF more than anything. The shot was fairly easy after that – my canon 70-200mm IS 2.8 and 5D mkIII did the rest, along with a simple diffused flash from above. I dropped the colour sat uration in photoshop a little and cropped out a few stray fishing lines at the top.

Paul Slater

Shot this one with a Sony NEX 5N and Sigma 30mm, no flash. Was visiting my brother-in-law and avoiding his ferrets, but desparately looking for something to shoot for this challenge. Ended up wandering around the garden, and wanted to show depth from shooting from above or below, to capture the gradual in and out of focus, like with these stems. Enjoy the bee.

Xun Sun

My camera model is SONY NEX-3. Lens: E 3.5-5.6/18-55 OSS 0.25m/0.82ft. ISO 200. Exposure Time: 1/320. F Number: f/13
This photo is taken in Kings Park, Perth. I was sitting on the grass, saw this beautiful flower in the garden next to me, I was holding my camera close to the ground, lens pointing up to the sky, so I can see the base of the flower with blue sky and cloud at the background, I’m very happy with the shot.

Ty Fairbrother

This Grevillea ‘Pink Midget’ was taken at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney on the weekend.
It was shot with my newly acquired Canon 7D with a friends 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200 at 1/80 sec. It was late in the afternoon and the light was starting to fade. Not having much luck with inspiration we were heading back to the car walking up a small track when I spotted this tiny little flower.

Matthew Allen

Shot is at a professional wrestling show in Brisbane, Australia.
“Smashface” Mitch McCarthy has just defeated his opponent, Zero, and was looking back into the ring, taunting him. The crowd were on their feet, cheering for Zero and Booing Mitch for his cheating ways.
Shot last night on my 60D with a Sigma 70-200 2.8.

Ben Foster

Having never visited Mt Dandenong near Melbourne before, a group of friends and I decided to drive up there for the day. I took this shot at the Mt Dandenong Arboretum – a close up of the spikey leaves on one of the trees. Unfortunately I can’t remember the type of tree it was.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.4
Aperture: f/1.4
Shutter: 1/80
ISO: 100

Suchita Mathur

I was really excited to take photos for this week’s challenge. I thought I’d make the most of my peach tree’s confusion about the seasons and take shots of the pink flowers that are in bloom at the moment. I love their colour and delicate structure, which I wanted to accentuate with the shallow DoF.
Taken with a Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens with macro attachment at 55mm; f9; 1/320 sec; ISO 200.

Trevor van Weeren

I attended a Queensland Police Service ceremony last weekend. A dog that used to live with us was being inducted as a new Police Dog. I took heaps of photos and in the back of my mind was the DoF challenge. I like the possibilities of using DoF to tell a story, the out of focus areas provide the context for the focus point.

Rob Lacina

While looking through some old photo magazines, I read an article on still life using a chess set that fit in nicely with this week’s theme. So I thought I’d give it a try and it worked a treat.
The setup was pretty simple with a desk lamp diffused through a translucent cutting mat.
Shot in full manual mode to get a good silhouette.
Colour & Contrast adjusted in Adobe Camera Raw (To boost the orange colour)
Cropped to fix the symmetry, which was slightly off.
Camera – Canon EOS 550D
Lens – 50mm
Camera Mode – Manual, Raw
Exposure Time – 1/320 seconds
Aperture Value – f2.8
ISO – 100
White Balance – Sunny

Brendan Yu

5dmk3, 35mm f/2 ISO100
There is a national park behind where I live that is filled with many of these trees that had blooming yellow flowers. Since it is winter right now, i wanted to create a shot that showed somewhat a spring/autumn feel.

Stephen Moylan

Lazy Arvo by the River
It was pretty exciting getting this image – I was walking around Hyde Park in Perth taking different photos and was on my way to the car when I saw a couple of Ducks sitting next to the river/pond. I slowly sat near them with my Pentacon 50mm prime (only lens I have besides kit Lens), NEX-5N and just edged my way closer and closer, and eventually I had the camera literally 30cms away from one of them. Was just awesome cos they seemed to be so comfortable with me being there that I could click away and move around them and get different shots and they were happy to pose for me! It was really hard to decide which of the photos I should use, but ended up with this one.
ISO 100
1/1600 sec
$20 Pentacon 50mm

Edwin Wong

Sony NEX-5N
My Neighbor Totoro is the classic Japanese animation, which is a forest spirit. This image recreates the harmony between the spirit and the nature, but in a different scale 🙂
i bought this toy a few years ago, which has always been sitting on my desk at work since, one of my favourites

Jan Stone

Nikon D3200
ISO – 6400
300mm lens
While trying to get a good shot of this week’s full moon my eyes wandered off to a tree in my line of vision – as you do .

Nathaniel Baker

This shot was taken on a random drive through the Barossa Valley. There’s a section where its filled with palm trees and this shot seemed to be perfect for a Depth of Field photo. It was taken with a Sony DSC-HX9V. F-Stop f/3.3 at ISO-100 and a 4mm lens. focous.

Anthony Smith

Canon 600D
100mm L Macro lens (my favourite)
Manual Mode
ISO 100
1/200 sec
Off camera flash bounced off wall/ceiling
I was sitting at my desk this afternoon trying to think what I could shoot for this challenge (been lacking inspiration lately) and I have always liked photos of keyboards with shallow depths of field but didn’t want to go down that path, then I spotted my business card holder so grabbed the camera and set the card holder up in front of the some highlighters to give me colour in the background and here is the result Enjoy.

Muhammad Guntur

Canon EOS Kiss x5(600D)
18-55mm Kit lens
ISO 400
Manual Mode
1/60 shutter speed ,f5.6 aperture
Studio equipment: A table, desk lamp, A4 photocopy paper
This is an image of meal bug on an “aritificial island” that is composed of the garden moss,a small plant and moss mat. The subjects were found from a flower pot and are returned after the shoot.The image is post processed for correction and cropped with photoshop. Even though this image is more into macro photography, i believe that the image still follow to the challenge, as it still center on depth of field.
This image and its inspiration took a whole day to brew in my mind as i trying to focus on something different and out of perspective. Trying to shoot an original photo is challenging as you will always be under the influences of images that inspired you to take that photo in the first place. The idea of the photo came from the fact there is a lawn of moss mat that covered the soil. Looking at it carefully remind me it is a miniature version of a grass field and that is where the idea took off.

David Johnson

Depth of Field Dog
I was out to shoot a D.O.F. shot and decided finally just be simple with it and use what I had with the normal method of straight from the camera ,
So after Getting “Chippy” to sit in the park, of all places a couple came along and sat on the bench in the background unasked, that done I took aim set the D.O.F. and Clicked.
As any one who has snapped animals knows you may only have the one chance . I like this shot because it clearly shows Depth of Field, which was about two to three feet , leaving the rest to fade gradually into Bokeh ……..
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens : 55-250 IS II @55mm
Apperture: f/4
Shutter: 1/800th
ISO: 100
Image correction: None

Theo Batchelor

Shot with: Canon 1000D
47mm focal length
ISO 100
f-stop f/5.6 and exposure time 1/200
This is my girlfriends nut cracker, Pepito. I have always found him super creepy and thought he’d make for a good photo!

Laura Mansted

I took this photo on city week from the Eureka skydeck with some class mates and I was experimenting with long exposure and night shots. It represents how things in life can hold you back and stop you from enjoying life. This was taken on a Canon EOS 1100D with a 55mm lens, f/5.6, ISO 100 and the shutter speed was set for 10 seconds.


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