Shooting Challenge: 33 Shots Of Light… Vote For Your Favourite!

Shooting Challenge: 33 Shots Of Light… 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 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 16.


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!

Who Won Last Week’s Line Challenge?

Last Week’s Most Voted Photo — Finalist 1 of 4

Loads of entries came in for the Line challenge, but walking away with the gong and the title of first finalist in this challenge is Roger Stonehouse for his work around the Commonwealth Bridge.

Congratulations Roger!

This week’s Line images are below. Vote for your favourite!

Note: Linking friends from your social networks to the Gizmodo voting page is encouraged, however, use of “vote farming” sites including (but not limited to) GetOnlineVotes or links directly to will result in disqualification. 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.

This Week’s Entries

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


Damien Carobene

Atomic Green

Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 10Sec
An online impulse purchase a few weeks ago of a few LED Bulbs and CR2032 batteries turned out to be a whole lot of fun. Besides the bulb and battery, regular household twine and a bulldog clip were used to spin the bulb around.
I decided to submit this particular photo as the shape that happened to form reminded me of a science-textbook atom shape.
Some of my other happy snaps can be found at:

Bharat Agrawal

Taken on a sunny QLD day, this bee was really going to town on this flower! Wasn’t really intended for this competition, however, playing around with the photo in Aperture, resulted in a shot that made the bee look almost luminescent in it’s enchanted surrounds.
Nikon D7000
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Shot in Aperture priority:
F/10, ISO 100, 1/250

Anthony Cerra

The beauty of light can be seen in just a simple shot with candles. The shadows are symmetrical and everything looks beautiful. Lighting a candle can bring calm and serenity to people and this is why I have chosen a candle. I light a candle often when I need to relax and take my mind off things. You can just sense the aromatic smells in this photo.
There has been no modification to this photo.
Camera: Cannon EOS60D
Lens: EFS 18-200mm
ISO: 1/50

Brendan Meharry

f/4.5, ISO-100, 30 minute exposure.
My favourite kind of light is the light that isn’t obviously apparent to the human eye. For example, the earth is always rotating, and exposure photography is a great way to capture what we wouldn’t otherwise notice.

Anthony Casarotto

Nikon D700
28-70mm f2.8 lens
ISO 200
30 second exposure
I had this shot in mind as I went with a mate to the DNA Tower in Kings Park, Perth. When we got there there were a few people up it so we just did some other stuff to the side for an hour; once they were gone I nervously left my dads camera in the middle of the car park and took the shot as we went up the tower shining the lights from our phones towards the camera. I’m glad we stuck around for it.

Michelle Fewings

I was playing around with a tea light sitting in front of a photo. I took the other photo last month, it’s of the sun setting out at Mount Hay in the Blue Mountains. I’ve had the photo sitting behind the tea light ever since I got it printed. It’s like looking through a portal with the flame dancing in front of it.
Taken with a Canon 600D
F-stop: f/14
Exposure: 1/2 sec
ISO: 800
Focal length: 35mm

Karen Garth

This shot was taken with my, just purchased, Olympus E-PM1, on a visit to the Everglades Gardens in Leura.
The photo was taken just using the in-built macro settings on the camera with the standard 14-42mm lens, ISO 200.
The Light just looked amazing as it danced through the leaves.

David Johnson

I had a lot of trouble getting things placed well and a lack of a torch holder didn’t help things much nor the size of the torch, it was tiny.
So all I could do was a different light shot to last time this time a mix of writing and painting.
Camera: 600D
Lens Sigma 10-20 f:3.5 @ 14mm
App f:22
Bulb mode/ 39 seconds

Stephen Moylan

Mind out of Body

I have been wanting to do this kind of shot for a while now, It had been on my mind, and I didn’t know if it had been done before. It represents the ‘real thoughts’ of the person. In this case a scary creep that wants to freak you out. While he is actually just standing behind the rock and keeping to himself.

Shot with NEX5N (with the help of another competitor on here using his camera as a second flash)
ISO 400
8 Seconds
Also used LED on phone to paint my trail between stills.

Patrick Biedrzycki

I discovered this sort of capture by accident. Originally I was going to paint/draw light using a zippo lighter, but I quickly discovered it was out of fuel. However, the spark without a flame turned out to provide some interesting shots so I set my settings and began shooting. I went through just under 100 shots to get this one, photoshop free.
Nikon D7000
1/5 sec
Taken with the Nifty Fifty.

Dale Preston

Sony A33, Zeiss 16-80mm lens
1/3 f/4.5 ISO100

I often lie in bed looking at the pattern from our gaudy chandelier and think it looks a little sun-like.

John Wilton

A protea, growing in my neighbours garden, reaching out for and to the light of the sun. I deliberately overexposed the background to obscure a messy backyard and create a focus on the subject and in the process the petals seem to glow at the edges. This was taken with a Canon 40D and 28-135mm zoom lens at 28mm, f4.5, 1/200.

Gary Smith

Photo taken on a point and shoot over 300mtrs up on top of the roof of Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Bangkok. The picture is of the neon lights that grace the top of the tower. No editing was done besides resizing.

Dez Wong

I had always wanted to try light painting, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I set this up on my desk and just started mucking around with different drawings. I chose this one because, well, the theme is light, and it’s a light drawing. Of a light bulb.

Nikon D7000
Tamron 17-50 @ 17mm
ISO 100
mounted on a jacket with weights hanging off a blackrapid strap mount on a broken chair (I don’t own a tripod)

Saba Mustafa

This was taken with my phone which is a samsung F480 with a really lousy 5MP camera. It was taken in my house and its the result of water light and wind. when I was mopping the house there was a bit of water left under the door which I think was in contact with light from the sun which then reflected onto the wall with the addition of wind you get some really cool patterns. I really wish I could enter the video cause its mesmerising, I honestly watched it for a good 20 minutes cause it looked awesome on the wall.

Phil Brown

Swans at sunset. Feeling restless on Friday afternoon I took a walk around the lake here, kind of thought the sunset had potential and was not disappointed.

Fuji x100
1/1900 sec
PP Lightroom 4, light colour/tonal adjustment


Rachel Gray

This is what happens when I procrastinate and avoid homework/study. Having a bit of fun with a flashing glass.
Canon 1100D

Maeve Boyle

Camera: IPhone 4S
by confusing the camera so it didnt have time to focus i managed to capture many circles of light bouncing off the water.
i took this photo at Healsville Sanctuary on the 6th of October 2012

Nick Albon

I have used the most powerful light I could find to bring out the colour in this fern leaf. That light was the sun, it provided a great white background whilst lighting up the leaf’s internal structure.
Exposure 1/2000
f# 8.0
ISO 3200

Nathan Vanderwaal

Changing a downlight. Before reinserting the globe i thought I test to make sure all was working well, to my surprise got a wonderful reflective lighting effect on the ceiling.
Canon EOS 1100D
Exposure 1/30 sec
F/4, ISO-160, no flash

Nik Rasic

This was taken on Sunday night, me and my friend went up to the centre point tower in Sydney and I got this shot of the lights making the city glow, was my first time up on the centre point. I had to stand on the ledge with my camera on the glass and my jumper over my camera so that the glare inside the tower would not wreck the shot.
It was scary but worth it.
Was taken with a Canon 5dmk2ii and a 17-40mm L lens.
ISO 125
Exposure time 30s
focal length 17mm

post processed in Adobe light room.

Phillip Basil-Jones

Camera: Canon 5d MarK II
Shutter: 1/30
F-Stop: f/5
ISO: 800
Lens: 85mm Canon

This shot aims to capture the way light illuminates a colourful environment as it refracts and bends through water.

Craig Blaser

This shot was taken at Taronga Zoo over the weekend. Thankfully Mother Nature smiled on NSW on Sunday, bringing lots of sunshine.

While this is a slightly different take on the lighting topic, I love how the big cat is enjoying the light streaking across its face.

Shot with a Canon 7D using a 18-135mm (f-5.6, ISO-100)

Mark White

I’ve always loved the surreal look of plasma balls, so I set out to capture their electron beauty… To do this, all that was needed was a dark room, a tripod and patience.

Olympus XZ-1
1/3 sec
ISO 400

Simon Lee

taken 8/10
Canon EOS 7D
EF 40mm STM 2.8
f2.8, 1.3sec, ISO 100

Mark Webber meets Tron. I got a pic of the Red Bull up on my iPad and “light painted” the motion of the car by panning my camera over it with a relatively slow shutter speed.

Shawn Hu

Went to Hunter Valley over the weekend with friends when I was a uni student; it was the first time I had ventured out of Sydney and stay overnight in rural areas, hence I hadn’t have the chance to see the stars clearly. It was lucky that the sky was clear, because the forecast was cloudy/raining on the night and the next morning. Really glad I was able to capture something so magnificent in the sky above our lodge.

☆ Nikon D7000
☆ Tokina 11-16mm DX
☆ Manual/f2.8/ISO6400/15sec
☆ Tripod

Martin Roushani

“Let there be light”
I feel like civilisation takes light too lightly (pun intended), its such an amazing discovery, in the built environment it makes things stand out, and in photography, well its the most basic element of photography, its the techniques of capturing light which makes each photo unique.

I hope you enjoy (and possibly vote :D) my attempt at capturing a beautifully lit environment.

Camera equipment: Canon 550D, 18-55mm lens.
I took 3 x 6 second exposure photos (f/13, ISO-200) at different exposure levels, I chose long exposures so to capture the wheel spinning. I combined the 3 photos into one photo so the overall photo is well lit.

Joel Kong

Camera: Canon 600D
Shutter: 1/800 Sec
ISO: 6400
Lens 50mm 1.8

Was inspired by these paper like shapes that were intersecting each other, almost looking like they were on fire.

Jonathan Pearce

Living out in Roma, we don’t have many lights that I would consider interesting enough to photograph. So I thought what if I look at the absence of light. So I drove just out of town and was just going to take a photo of the stars with the horizon. It turns out that I could just see the lights of town from where I set up, so took a few pictures in that direction. 18mm, ISO640, 15sec, f/3.5.

Ryan Adams

Took this Macro photo at the farm where i am soon to get married! great light as the sun hit the web caught on the flower. the web is the size of a 50 cent coin.

Taken on a Canon 60d with a 50mm lens at 1.8


Ikea l.e.d. lights and a reflective surface. I had to use a fast shutter otherwise it was a blurry mess.

David Symons

Title “The girl with no earrings”
My photograph is of my daughter (just woken up) looking at some jewellery in the morning.

Taken with a Nikon D80 with a 50mm lens at 1/800 sec F/2.8. Minimal post production dodging and burning .

John Newman

This photo was taken off the Opera house as the sun was going down. The light was beautiful the way it reflected off the floor tiles. Taken with an 18-55mm kit lens. Two photos were merged to create a more detailed HDR photo.


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