Shooting Challenge: 14 Shots Of X… Vote For Your Favourite!

Shooting Challenge: 14 Shots Of X… Vote For Your Favourite!

OK guys, it’s Gizmodo Australia Shooting Challenge voting time! There are some amazing photos in this bunch, so start voting for your favourite photographer! They might just win a New Look PlayStation 3!

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

Voting closes at 10am on Tuesday, October 30.


The New Look PlayStation 3 is everything you love about Sony’s iconic home gaming flagship in a new, slimmer body. The smaller footprint is thanks to the complete redesign of the internal components to make it a better organised and better looking piece of tech. Not only is it slimmer, but it’s also sporting a bigger hard drive, giving you more for less. It’s still got the same great Blu-ray capabilities from the last PlayStation 3 and it still supports some of the best games on the market right now.

The new PlayStation 3 is an awesome prize worth $399.95 RRP and we’re excited to give two of them away to Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge faithful.

There will be four rounds over four weeks — one each week. The community will vote each week on the submissions for one finalist. The four finalists will go head-to-head in the final round, and the two winners will be chosen by Gizmodo’s editors. That’s right: we have two consoles to give away!

Last Week’s Most Voted Photo — PlayStation 3 Finalist 3 of 4

Congrats to Yunis Tmeizeh for taking out last week’s awesome circle shots round with her entry! We’re now down to our last finalist. Who will win the PlayStation 3 consoles?

Check out this week’s X images below!

Week 1 Photos: 44 Shots Of Lines

Week 2 Photos: 33 Shots Of Light

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


This Week’s Entries

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Merlyn Cantwell

Playing around with 2 handmade paper bowls and a plastic flashing LED cocktail glass I created this “X” image. Not your standard X button ! No photoshopping.
Taken on Canon EOS 550D
30sec exposure
ISO 400

Deependra Singh

Camera: iPhone 4S
F-stop: f/2.4
Exposure Time: 1/120 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-80
Walking through the house I noticed that the light was changing colour and coincidentally there was a shape of a ‘X’ in the middle.
Slightly modified in Photoshop.

Stephen Rangott

I thought I would use shaped bokeh for this photo challenge. I ended up shooting this on a 5D at 70mm which wasn’t that ideal because of the sensor size. Ideally I would have used a 60D but it was bad timing this week to get hold of one. The biggest challenge is trying to set focus and lighting within a small space to get enough bokeh and depth of field on my face. I shot this on my balcony with the Sydney cityscape behind me. I used a small rotolight with 216 diff and 205 gel to warm up my face (and soften).

Phillip Basil-Jones

After months of little rain dead and dying mangrove trees poke out of cracked soil at Nudgee Wetlands in Brisbane’s North-East.
Canon 5DMKII
f/8 1/200sec ISO-250 -0.3 step exposure bias @ 17mm

Mike Brooks

Of the shots i took i liked this one best due to the 2 different X’s i was able to incorporate into the one shot.
Taken using a Canon 30D
Aperture: 4.5
Shutter: 1/160
Converted to Black and White in Photoshop. Minor changes also made to RAW file within photoshop.

Wayne Giovanazzi

Not gonna stand up to the fancy cameras the photographers use, but this is my cat in an X pose.
Taken with my Samsung Galaxy S3

Rachel Gray

For our farewell/muck up day on Monday we were taken up to Hanging Rock to have a picnic lunch. This photo was taken while my friend and I were wandering around (but it is alright, we didn’t get lost!). Lots of joy and happiness!
Canon Eos 1100D
1/100 sec


Michael Nguyen

Canon 500D
Lens: EF 50mm F1.8 II
ISO 100
Decided to go out in the sunny afternoon in the backyard and played around with the paint bottles forming a glassy X. Also letter X is on the one of the bottles…

Anthony Cerra

X-citing!! X-trodinary!!
I decided on using coffee pods of different colours to create the word ‘xcite’. After drinking coffee everyone gets a buzzzzzz of some sort!! Coffee brings a bit more X-citement in our lives.
The only modification I made was cropping the picture.
Camera: Canon EOS60D
Focal Length: 32
F Number: 4
Exposure Time: 1/60

Will Afonczenko

‘X Marks The Spot’
Camera- Canon 1100 D
While i was searching around the garden to find a great place for a photo i came across a head with an ‘X Marks The Spot’ sign on it. After i dug up the ground i finally found that the treasure was a 16 year old girl who happened to be my sister. I climbed a ladder to get up high so i could show the bricks and dirt in the shot, I made the colours fairly intense to give it kind of a pirate/dark look.

Paul Tirchett

Olympus EPL-1
35mm f1.7 (C-Mount)
The f1.7 lens make the point of focus really sharp while bluing out everything around it. I walk over this manhole every morning and thought that it would make a great photo with this lens.

Vincent Cerra

Swords crossing in a fierce battle for castle grey skull. Seems like he-man and skeletor are evenly matched. After this photo Shr-Ra came and saved he-man so grey skull is still in the hands of the good guys.
Taken with my canon 60d.

Romesh Udalagama

Equipment: Iai practice sword
Photography equipment: Picked up a new Nikon 1 J1 camera recently.
Story: Use of the sword to represent different moods, elements and how it can blend with any situation. In this case, the sword and its scabbard (saya) compliment each other in almost all ways within sword arts and depicts X, equally meaning yes or no; life giving, death giving. No intention of relating it to the Kenshin mythos.

David Symons

For me The letter X conjures up spy thrillers or film noirs.
I wanted to recreate an image that paid homage to these films. Now I just have to walk around with blak thumbs for a while.
Camera Nikon D80
28mm lens ISO640 Shutter 1/60 f4.5


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